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2010 Ferrari California


The California is packed with latest technology like dual clutch transmission, multi-link suspension. The Ferrari California is offered as a single model with the opportunity to customize the car. Technically this is completely different to the F1 system of previous Ferraris, though in practice the operation is very similar. There are paddle shifts for manual changes and an auto button.

Regular wheels are 19 inchers with 20 inch as an option. Tire widths are the same for both sizes, 245/40 front and 285/35 rear. The optional Manettino suspension gives three chassis settings instead of one. Another notable option is the set of three tailored leather cases to maximize storage space. The multi-link rear suspension is designed to provide a compliant ride.

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Title › 2010 Ferrari California


The Ferrari California features a 4.3 liter V8 engine producing 453 horsespower at 7750 rpm, with the maximum torque of 357lb-ft. Direct gas injection, offers improved low-down torque but more importantly it’s Ferrari’s first nod towards the rapidly increasing importance of emissions and fuel economy. The California achieves average 17.9 mpg, a 15 percent improvement over the F430. The optional double clutch transmission gets seven instead of six gears. All the power goes through the rear wheels.

The Ferrari California interior can compete with any luxury car with fluid curves, double-stitched leather and that steering wheel. Front row has got enough space for the driver and passenger to be comfortable. But the rear row is almost unusable for adults. The fold down rear backrest increases the turnk space. The folding metal roof works well.

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2011 Dodge Caliber


The Dodge Caliber is the highly anticipated successor to the Neon-based five door hatchback. The Caliber got a racy styling in an affordable, front-wheel-drive compact wagon.

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2011 dodge caliber


A choice of two four-cylinder engines is available with the Dodge Caliber, 2.0 liters and 2.4 liters. The base Express, Heat, Mainstreet and Uptown have the 158-hp 2.0-liter engine, while the 172-hp, 2.4-liter engine is offered on the Caliber Rush. Both engines are available with an optional continuously variable transmission.

The Caliber has a decent ride but doesn’t handle as nimbly as most small cars, and fuel economy is decent with the manual gearbox. The 2.0 litres engine achieves 23mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway with the standard five-speed manual gearbox,

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Neon-based, hatchback, affordable, compact, four-cylinder, specious, quiete, comfort, practical

and the 22.4 Liters engine achives 23mpg in the city and 29mpg on the highway with the same standard five-speed manual gearbox. The CVT automatic-a transmission delivers 23mpg in the city and 27mpg in the highway when paired with the 2-liter and the 2.4 litres engine delivers 21/25 mpg.

The entry-level Express model comes standard with cloth upholstery, 15-inch steel wheels, remote keyless entry, heated outside mirrors, air-conditioning, a four-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary audio/USB jacks and satellite radio, full power accessories, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, an in-dash beverage cooler, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth connectivity and 60/40-split-folding rear seats.

Thehe Caliber Mainstreet trim level adds a sportier suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, a chrome grille, foglights, a tachometer, a power-adjustable driver seat, a fold-flat front passenger seat, reclining rear seatbacks and a rechargeable flashlight. The Uptown trim-level adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear disc brakes, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a premium nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system with steering-wheel-mounted controls and flip-down speakers in the liftgate.

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Title › 2011 Dodge Caliber

The sporty Caliber Heat adds sport-tuned suspension and steering, 18-inch polished alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, a rear spoiler, rear disc brakes and specialized cloth interior trim. While the Caliber Heat adds automatic climate control, 18-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels, leather upholstery and a premium audio system with a touchscreen interface and 30-gigabyte hard drive. Many of the options found on the upper trim levels are offered as options on the lower trims. Other options include a sunroof and a navigation system.

Standard safety features in Caliber include a driver-side knee airbag, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and antilock brakes. Stability control is available on all trim-level except the Express. Front-seat side airbags are offered as options for all but the Express trim.

The cabin is specious and quiete. A decent amount of head- and legroom ensures comfort for front and rear passengers. The trunk can hold up to 48cubic feet of load, which is comparable to other hatchbacks, but 60/40 splid rear seats and folding front passenger seat makes caliber more practical.
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2011 Chrysler 200 Sedan


The Chrysler 200 Sedan is a four-door, five-passenger mid-size family sedan, available in four trim-level, Chrysler 200 Lx, 200 Tourning, 200 Limited and S. The new Chrysler 200 sedan is technically much improved version of last year’s Chrysler Sebring sedan. The makeover includes a vastly improved passenger cabin, updated exterior styling and a new 3.6-liter V6 engine.

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2011 chrysler 200 sedan


The Chrysler 200 Sedan offers a choice of two engines. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder comes standard producing 173 horsepower and 166lb-ft of torque. The 3.6-liter V6 is standard on the S and available as an option on all but the entry-level LX produces 283 horsepower and 260lb-ft of torque. Power is delivered through a four-speed automatic transmission in the base LX, while the rest of the lineup features a six-speed automatic. A new dual-clutch six-speed automatic, which promises better performance and fuel economy, will be available on four-cylinder models later in the model year.

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family, sedan, improved, Sebring, cabin, exterior, V6, equipped, premium, safety, quality, quieter

The entry-level Chrysler LX model comes equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch steel wheels, cruise control, air-conditioning, 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks, full power accessories, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack.

The Touring model adds a power driver seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a six-speed automatic, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a trip computer, upgraded interior lighting and shift knob and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.

The top-of-the-line 200 Limited version adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth and a premium sound system with a touchscreen interface, leather upholstery, heated front seats, remote ignition, voice controls and digital music storage. Optional equipment for 200 Limited a sunroof and a Garmin-based navigation system with Sirius Travel Link data service. The S will be introduced later in this year with a V6 engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, sport front seats with suedelike inserts and Boston Acoustics speakers.

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Title › 2011 Chrysler 200 Sedan

The Chrysler 200 comes equipped with long list of safety features including anti-theft alrarm, immobilizer, brake assistance, 4-wheel ABS, hill start control, electronic stability control, passenger and driver airbag with multi-stage deployment, accident response system, emergency fuel shut-off device, trunk anti-trap device, front and rear crumple zones, side guard door beams, rear 3-point center seatbelt, seat mounted front side airbags, front and rear 3-point seatbelts, front and rear side head curtain airbags and front and rear automatic locking retractors.

In the cabin the interior is identical to it’s predecessor but quality of material used are much improved. The new 200 is much quieter and comfortable with supportive seats and decent head and legroom. The back seats might be a little uncomfortable for a six fit adult. The 13.6 cubic-foot trunk is a little on the small side compared to other midsize sedans.
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2011 Chevrolet Cobalt

The Chevrolet Cobalt comes in two forms, two door coupe or five door family sedan. The Cobalt comes nine trim level starting from the Base Coupe to top-end SS Turbocharged Coupe. The Fuel-efficient Cobalt combines both performance and comfort specially the top-end SS.

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2011 chevrolet cobalt


The Chevrolet Cobalt Base, LS and LT shares same 2.2-liter inline four-cylinder engine producing 155 horsepower and 150lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual is the standard transmission, with a four-speed automatic available as an option for the LS and LT.

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coupe, sedan, turbo, performance, comfort MyLink, premium, sports equipped, control, manual

Fuel economy with the manual transmission is 25mpg in the city, 35mpg on the highway and 29mpg combined. The Cobalt with the automatic transmission achieves 24mpg in the city, 33mpg on the highway and 27mpg combined.

The top-end Cobalt SS Coupe is equipped with a 2.0liter turbocharged inline-4 engine producing 260 horsepower and 260lb-ft of torque. The only transmission available is a five-speed manual achieving 22mpg in the city, 30mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined.

The base Cobalt Base is equipped with a 60/40-split rear seat with a trunk pass-through, 15-inch steel wheels, OnStar, a tilt steering wheel, satellite radio, a trip computer and a four-speaker stereo with CD/MP3 player and an auxiliary audio jack. The Cobalt LS adds air-conditioning. The LT adds upgraded front seats, full power accessories and a front center armrest. The 2LT Sedan and Coupe adds 16-inch alloy wheels, antilock brakes and cruise control.

The optional features in Chevy Cobalt LT includes bluetooth, 16-inch aluminum wheels, antilock brakes, a USB port for the audio system and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls as a package called “MyLink”. Another package “Sun and Sound” adds a sunroof and a premium Pioneer seven-speaker sound system. The “Sports” package adds 17inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, front foglamps, reworked front and rear fascias, Bluetooth and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with remote audio and cruise controls in Cobalt LT. Most of these features are available as individual options too.

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Title › 2011 Chevrolet Cobalt

The top-level Cobalt SS adds an exclusive sport-tuned suspension, sport seats covered with a suedelike material, 18-inch wheels shod with performance tires, Brembo front brakes, unique exterior and interior styling cues, a sunroof, the premium Pioneer stereo and Bluetooth.

Full-length side curtain airbags are standard on all Cobalts. Most Cobalts have a front-disc/rear-drum brake setup; SS models have performance-tuned four-wheel disc brakes. Antilock braking (ABS) is optional on the LS and LT and standard on the 2LT and SS. ABS-equipped models with automatic transmissions come equipped with standard traction control. Side airbags and stability control aren’t offered.

Safety features includes Front and rear head airbags, immobilizer, dusk sensing headlamps, passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation, emergency interior trunk release, tire pressure monitoring as standard.

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2011 Cadillac STS


The STS look bolder, with a larger shiny grille, chrome door handles and functional chrome front fender vents. The new STS has an improved interior with a new steering wheel and such items as supple leather, elegant wood and metal with a sporty metallic appearance.

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2011 cadillac sts

The revamped version of Cadillac’s sporty STS sedan comes closer to rear-wheel-drive rivals.

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STS, bolder, improved, elegant, sporty, engine, exhaust, rear-wheel, options, premium, stability, controll, luxury

The 3.6-liter V6 engine kicks out 302 horsepower. It provides nearly the acceleration of the STS 4.6-liter V8 engine, which produces 320 horsepower. The V6 provides 47 horsepower more than the older V6 engine of the same size largely because ithas variable intake and exhaust valve timing and direct fuel injection. The STS with the V6 engine does 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds, which makes it almost as fast as the STS V8. The V6 achieves 17mpg in the city and 26mpg on highways. Both STS V6 and V8 trim levels have standard rear-wheel drive along with optional all-wheel-drive.

A supercharged 469 horsepower V8 engine is offered in the limited-production STS-V. The V8 needs premium fuel and provides an estimated 15mpg in the city and 24mpg on the highway. All engines delivers power through a 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift feature.

All Cadillac STS trim levels are well equipped with many comfort, convenience and safety features. Safety features includes front-seat side airbagsv standard stability and traction control systems and side-curtain airbags. Other options include a lane departure alert system and a Premium Luxury Collection package that has a navigation system and power sunroof.

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Title › 2011 Cadillac STS

The Luxury Performance package contains heated/ventilated front seats and heated rear outboard seats and steering wheel, wider tires on larger 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, upscale Bose sound system and a discreet rear spoiler. A Premium Luxury option’s include a blind-spot alert system and head-up display system. The Performance Handling Package comes with 18-inch chrome aluminum wheels with extra-wide 45-series summer-only tires and Brembo brakes.

The cabin is quiet, upscale with supportive front seats, and there is good room for five adults. All cupholders are conveniently located, and the front ones have a sliding cover. Doors have storage pockets, and the console bin is deep. The large trunk has a low and wide opening.
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2011 Buick Regal

The Buick Regal is a four door, five passenger mid-size sports sedan, available in two trims, the Regal CXL and the Regal CXL Turbo. The Regal is a handsome car with American look and feel.


Stadard features in the Buick Regal includes keyless entry, 18-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, cruise control, heated sideview mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, full power accessories, OnStar, a power driver seat, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a trip computer, a 60/40-split rear seatback,

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sports, sedan, handsome, look, feel, premium, turbo, sensors, engine, manual, safet

a seven-speaker audio system with CD/MP3 player, iPod/auxiliary audio jacks, satellite radio, steering-wheel-mounted controls and Bluetooth connectivity. Upgrade option includes a sunroof, a hard-drive-based navigation system with digital music storage and a nine-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.

The Regal CXL Turbo adds rear parking sensors and a 12-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, also available on the standard Regal CXL as optional Comfort and Convenience package. Options in the CXL Turbo include xenon headlights, 19-inch wheels and an Interactive Drive Control system.

Two engine option available in the 2011 Buick Regal either a 2.4liter four-cylinder engine that makes 182horsepower and 172lb-ft of torque, or a 2.0liter turbocharged variant that produces 220horsepower and 258lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic with manual shift capability is standard for both engines; the turbo is also offered with a six-speed manual transmission

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Title › 2011 Buick Regal

Standard safety equipment in the 2011 Buick Regal includes stability control, antilock brakes, traction control, OnStar, front seat side-impact airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Rear-seat thorax airbags are an extra-cost option on all Regals, while brake assist is included only on the turbo model.

The cabin is quiet, luxurious and comfortable inside specially on the front row with comfortable seats. The back seats migh be little uncomfortable for tall passengers due the receding roofline. The Regal has a sizable trunk that measures 14.3cubic feet, and there is a wide opening to both the cargo area and into the cabin when the split backseat is folded.

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2011 BMW 5-Series

The BMW 5-Series is a four door five passenger mid-size premium performance luxury sport sedan, and wagon loaded with technology. Fifth generation of the BMW 5 series has been one of the best automobile available in terms of luxury, performance and reliability. The BMW 5 Trim-levels are grouped as ‘Sedan’ and ‘gran turismo’.


The BMW 5 series base 528i features a 3.0-liter engine producing 230horsepower and 230lb-ft of torque. The 535i gets a turbocharged 3.0liter inline-6 producing 300 horsepower and 300lb-ft of torque. The 550i comes eqquipped with a 4.4liter twin-turbo V8 that producing 400hp and 450lb-ft of torque. Each model comes standard with rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. An eight-speed automatic is optional. BMW xDrive all-wheel drive is optional on the 535i and 550i.

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premium, performance, luxury, sport, sedan, wagon, technology, reliability, gran turismo, turbocharged, rear-wheel, manual, xDrive

The 5 Series is equipped with standard features that include 12-speaker CD audio system with HD radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, the iDrive control interface, a power tilt-telescoping steering wheel, a sunroof, power seats and Bluetooth. Upgrade options include night-vision camera, active cruise control, 14-way front seats, parking sensors, navigation, an automatic parallel parking system, ventilated front seats and adaptive xenon headlights.

Standard safety equipment in BMW 5 series includes front-seat side airbags, stability and traction control, night-vision system, antilock disc brakes, blind-spot monitor, lane-departure warning system, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and the BMW Assist emergency communications system. When equipped with active cruise control, the 5 Series also comes with a pre-collision warning system.

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Title › 2011 BMW 5-Series

Inside the cabin BMW 5 Series is very comfortable for drive and front passenger with good amount of head and leg room. The backseats are also specious and cofortable for two adults. The adjustability of the seats adds to the comfort. The overall look of the dash is clean and eliminated with standard iDrive interface. The trunk can hold upto 14 cubic feet of load, which is decent enough for a sedan.

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Bentley Arnage

The Bentley Arnage is a four door, four passenger luxurious powerful sports sedan. The is available in 3 trims, the reguler Arnage R, the higher-performance Arnage T and the stretched-wheelbase Arnage RL.

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All Bentley Arnage are powered by 6.75liter V8, twin-turbocharged engine producing massive power. The Arnage R and Arnage RL produces 450horsepower and 645 lb-ft, while the Arnage T, the most powerful of the three produces 738 lb-ft of power from same V8 engine. Arnage comes equipped with a six-speed electronically controlled manually interactive transmission with overdrive and floor mounted shifter.

The super luxurious Arnage comes loaded with comforts and quality including wireless communication access for bluetooth enabled devices, gps navigation, rear sound controls for audio, am/fm radio; 6-disc cd changer, xenon high intensity discharge headlights with automatic leveling, retractable headlight washers, rear seat hvac controls, separate driver/front passenger climate controls, automatic climate control, memory adjustments for driver side include exterior mirrors, seat and steering wheel, tire pressure monitor, voice activated controls for bluetooth hands-free phone, leather steering wheel and power seats.

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Title › 2009 Bentley Arnage

Safety features includes automatic locking retractors, trunk anti-trap device, side guard door beams passenger airbag cutoff sensor, emergency fuel shut-off device, front and rear side airbags, roof-mounted curtain airbags, rear electronic parking aid with ultrasonic sensors, crash sensor unlocks doors, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic brake assistance, traction control, power door locks, engine immobilizer, exterior monitoring, interior monitoring and anti-lift sensor.

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