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Frankfurt 2011: Maserati’s Kubang takes on the Porsche Cayenne

I am in two minds about this new Maserati Kubang. On the one hand it seems entirely rational for Maserati to look on at Porsche’s Cayenne and see a market opportunity, that until now, it has missed out on. But on the other hand Maserati is Fangio, Moss and that famous 1955 Mille Miglia race win along with Dennis Jenks’. Is nothing sacred anymore?

Porsche gives the Panamera… more range

You might be forgiven for thinking that the most economical version of Porsche’s GT saloon would be the Panamera S Hybrid – what with all its clever energy recovery tech and green credentials – but you’d be wrong. Porsche have turned to a more conventional means of propulsion for its most environment friendly poster-child.

Porsche Cayenne: greater efficiency brings more power

From June 2011 the Porsche Cayenne and Panamera will receive detailed improvements, additions and new options together with more efficient engines that produce lower CO2 emissions. So to celebrate these gains in frugality, they’ve added more power – well this is Porsche after all.

Saab premieres new 9-4X soft-roader

The new 9-4X brings unique Saab design and engineering to the growing mid-size crossover segment. With its distinctive Scandinavian looks, Saab are claiming class-leading ride and car-like handling.

Making its world premiere at next month’s Los Angeles Auto Show, the 9-4X expands Saab’s product portfolio to three car lines and will provide a fresh, alternative choice for independently-minded crossover buyers. It is an important next-step in the Swedish brand’s renaissance as an independent premium car manufacturer.

Uwe Gemballa Found Executed in South Africa

Uwe Gemballa, CEO of Gemballa Automobiletechnik, famed tuner of Porsche sports cars, was found murdered in Pretoria, South Africa at the weekend.

Mr Gemballa was found murdered in the style of an execution, with his hands tied behind his back and a bullet wound in the back of the head. He was reportedly in South Africa on business looking to close a deal which would see his cars being sold in the region.

Super-SUV test

Audi’s new Q7 6.0 TDI quattro takes the super-SUV into uncharted territory in terms of price and power, but how does it stack-up against its petrol powered rivals? And can any of them claim to be true drivers’ cars? We went to Cadwell Park to find out… and to have a bit of a laugh.

BMW launches X6 M and X5 M

The new X6M and X5M represent a series of firsts for BMW’s M division, but as controversial as they may be, they also showcase M divisions new strategy of fitting turbocharged engines to its cars.