Saturday, February 27, 2010


The Astra debuted as a 2008 model and the 2009 Saturn Astra receives only minor updates including a new tan cloth interior and the upgraded 7-speaker audio system is now available on the XE trim level. Outside, the Saturn badge on the rear is moved from the bright bar to the upper painted surface, there is a new wheel cover design for the XE and two new colors are added: Polar White and Quicksilver.

The Astra debuted as a 2008 model and the 2009 Saturn Astra receives only minor updates including a new tan cloth interior and the upgraded 7-speaker audio system is now available on the XE trim level. Outside, the XE trim receives a new wheel cover design and two new colors are added: Polar White replaces Olympic and Quicksilver replaces Star Silver.


The Escape is Ford’s compact 4-door SUV which was updated for 2008. The Escape received a total makeover inside and out featuring a more rugged design to bear a stronger family resemblance to the Ford Explorer and Ford Expedition. Inside, the seating surfaces are made from 100 percent post-industrial materials rather than virgin fibers, a process that helps conserve water and electricity. The Escape joined the Ford lineup for 2001 and is built on a platform that was developed with Mazda and is shared with the Mazda Tribute. The Escape features unibody construction, 4-wheel independent suspension, and is available with either front-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive.


The 2010 Chevrolet Avalanche adds a USB connection in the center console to play stored audio files through the audio system and for charging some hand-held devices. The 1LT package now includes dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, remote start and heavy-duty locking rear differential. A single-speed transfer case is now standard with 4-wheel drive and a two-speed transfer case is optional. Taupe Gray Metallic and Sheer Silver Metallic are new exterior colors.

The Avalanche is Chevrolet’s full-size 4-door pickup with a short bed that combines the attributes of an SUV and a pickup. The Convert-a-Cab System and Midgate allow the cargo area to expand into the passenger compartment when the rear passenger seat is folded flat. The Avalanche was redesigned for 2007 with improved aerodynamics and is built on GM's new full-size SUV platform featuring a new, fully boxed frame. The interior is refined and the Avalanche enhances its flexibility with more features. The Chevrolet Avalanche also comes standard with the OnStar advanced communication system


The 2009 BMW M3 remains primarily unchanged for the new model year, having just been redesigned last year. Changes include installation of BMW's 4th generation I-Drive controller in the coupe as well as the addition of Le Mans Blue Metallic paint
The M3 began as a limited-edition model designed to meet minimum production requirements for touring car racing in Europe and Asia. The M3 arrived in the U.S. in the late '80s and was sold through the 1991 model year as a high-performance 2-door coupe. The M3 returned as a coupe for the 1995 model year, and in 1997 an M3 sedan was added. The M3 convertible completed the M3 lineup in 1998. The M3 sedan was dropped in 1999. The third-generation M3 was offered as a coupe and convertible from 2001-2006. Completely redesigned for 2008, the new M3 was powered for the first time by a V8 engine. Offered in coupe, sedan and convertible versions, the M3 is even more aggressive than its predecessor with a power dome in the middle of the aluminum hood, a rear diffuser, and gills in the front fenders that include the blue/purple/red M3 logo.


The 2010 Acura RL continues unchanged after a redesign for the 2009 model year
The RL is Acura’s flagship 4-door sedan, which was redesigned for 2009 with more aggressive styling. It continues to be a showcase for the latest advances in electronic technology, including Acura’s Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control and improved Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). The RL also offers AcuraLink weather, a new Note function for XM Radio, Traffic Rerouting, Active Sound Control, Smart Entry, Bluetooth Audio and HandsFreeLink that now features more than 700 voice commands and improved voice recognition. The RL joined the Acura lineup as a replacement for the Legend in 1996 and had previously been redesigned for 1999 and 2005, when SH-AWD was added.