Weekly Roundup: 16.02.2009 – 20.02.2009

Crisis or no crisis, there have surely been lots of leaks and announcements this week. Naturally, economic doom related reports also abounded, but we’re only going to mention the really important ones. Let’s get right to it, shall we? Monday
We started our week with a WRC report as Sebastien Loeb clinched yet another title in Norway. As Mr. Panzariu reported, he won his first snow rally in 5 years ahead of favorites Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala.

Fiat didn’t lie about their plans to release the official photos and specs of the new 500C and we have to admit, we quite like the little bugger. Click here for more info from Daniel Patrascu.

Peter Windsor confirmed
that the all-American USF1 team that is to debut in Formula 1 next year (most likely) will be officially launched on February 24th. Currently a pit lane reporter of the aforementioned broadcaster's F1 program, Windsor revealed that the team will most likely be introduced to the North American fans in 8-days time.

In more F1 related news, only this time a bit sad, Swiss giant ING Bank revealed on Monday that they will end their partnership with Renault F1 team after 2009. The two parties are currently in their 3rd and last year of contract, which will be followed through accordingly in 2009.

Unbothered by the crisis, Audi finally lifted the veils off of the new A4 allroad quattro. Alex Oagana summarizes the new model with this phrase: “What is essentially an A4 Avant on stilts and permanent all wheel-drive, the A4 allroad quattro thus becomes the A6 allroad quattro's little brother.”


Honda’s F1 team saw a ray of hope on Tuesday as several reports pointed to Richard Branson as a
possible salvation. Click here to find out more.

In other motorsport news, Audi announced their lineup for the new DTM season. As we reported, the German team decided to use exact same lineup as in 2008.

Great news for Mercedes-Benz fans as the Germans decided to take the wraps off of the CLK-replacement, the new E-Klasse Coupe. Alex Oagana has more info on the subject.

Hyundai’s luxury limousine Equus also had its share of leaks, as official photos of the upcoming model surfaced on the Internet. Click here for details.


The 2010 Chrysler 300 showed up in the company’s report to the US Government. While the exterior and interior look of the new version can be seen in the photos, the 2010 model hides a new fuel-efficient six-cylinder engine under the hood, in addition to the existing Hemi eight-cylinder, Daniel Patrascu reported.

Despite financial trouble, Renault announced it would increase the number of optional features for its Romanian Logan model from 70 to 100 versions over the next two years.

Another important news surfaced on Wednesday as Silverstone have unveiled the new layout for the 2010 British Grand Prix in the MotoGP series. The British officials have proceeded in making several changes to the track that is mostly known in the world for its long-time connections with the world of Formula 1. More info here.

Chrysler's plan for the US government unwillingly created another major news report. After 2010 Chrysler 300, we found out that the two next models to be produced by Italian automaker Alfa Romeo will be called Milano and Giulia and will be sold in the United States by parent company Fiat’s new ally Chrysler.


If you enjoyed raw power from GM, you can now wave goodbye to this concept as the company announced it decided to suspend the High Performance Vehicle Operations unit, in charge of the popular Chevrolet Cobalt SS, Cadillac V-Series and V8 Colorado.

EuroNCAP announced the same day that they had finished testing the first six cars using its revised overall car safety rating. Mazda 6, Mitsubishi Lancer, Toyota Avensis, Toyota iQ, Citroen C3 Picasso and Subaru Impreza were the first models to undergo testings according to the new standards. Click here to find out more.

Another major leak surfaced on Thursday as the “official” 2009 Alfa Romeo 159 images, along with some specs of the car's performance, hit the Internet.

A happy day for Volkswagen as they received 2 billion euros (approximately $2.5 billion) of credit guarantees from the German government. The money are sourced from the German government's bank rescue fund and will be especially used to refinance car loans and secure credit lines for both dealers and customers.


Friday brought the official photos and specs of the Rolls Royce 200EX. Check out Daniel Patrascu’s article for more info.

Things in GM land are not doing great and the latest Saab announcement comes as a testimony. The company announced on Friday that that its Swedish brand Saab will file for reorganization under a Swedish court process in order to become an independent company suitable for investment. More info here.
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