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40th Anniversary Editions: Then (Pontiac GP) and Now (Nissan 370Z)

40z00Today Nissan announced the arrival of its 40th anniversary edition of the 370Z. Can you believe it’s been 40 years since the 240Z shouldered its way into the North American market with such novelties as reliability? Time flies, I know.

While the 370Z is stock form is a decent piece of hardware, the NISMO model is where Nissan really shows engineering prowess. So with both of those models already in showrooms, how will Nissan differentiate the anniversary edition and commemorate its heroic forefather?

And of equal importance, how will this 40th anniversary edition compare to other 40th anniversary editions?

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Video: Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car 2009

Got 14 minutes on your hands? Check out Motor Trend hack at defining “a driver’s car”, and their results. The cars in attendance are certainly well-picked. But did they pick the right winner? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Axis Tuesday: Infiniti Essence Stops Geneva In Its Tracks


Breaking news: Henrik Fisker, of Fisker Karma fame, is now designing for Infiniti. This is nearly as big of a departure as Peter Schreyer’s move from Audi to Kia. For Henrik’s first design for Infiniti, he has penned a large, sumptuous coupe with a (surprise!) hybrid powertrain. Right now it’s just a concept, but if the global economy doesn’t grind to a complete halt (haha as if), there’s a good chance we’ll see a toned down version of this design in a couple of years.

The concept has a theoretical powertrain consisting of a 434 hp twin-turbo 3.7L V6 complemented by a 158 hp Li-ion battery pack for a total of 592 hp to the rear wheels. Gulp.

This design has just been unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show and it is rather good looking, I think you’ll agree. Most of the automotive press is already waxing lyrical about how amazing it is, so I’m going to mix things up and point out some areas where the Essence falls a little flat.

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2009 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto– Mark’s Top 10


While there wasn’t too much in terms of surprises at the 2009 Canadian International Auto Show, there certainly were some fantastic examples of how far the industry is progressing towards a greener, more customer-focused future.

So here are my top-10 vehicles to keep an eye out for, either at the show itself, or at something more local later this year.

10. Audi A3 TDI 2.0 – Having the folks from Audi Canada announce that we’d (finally!) see an A3 turbo-diesel was a great moment. VAG’s latest 2.0 TDI is a little torque monster, and to see it spread beyond the staid VW Jetta Wagon is something to look forward to.

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