New Products and Technology

Syndicate content

SPY SHOTS—RETURN OF THE HIGH-PERFORMANCE FORD TAURUS


Although wrapped in camouflage, auto spy photographer Brenda Priddy says there's no mistaking that this is the all-new high-performance Ford Taurus prototype. Photos of a clay version leaked months ago, Priddy says, and this one carries over familiar styling cues from Ford's stylish European model, the Mondeo.

SPY PHOTOS: NEXT BENZ E-CLASS GETS SHARPER LINES, INCREASED DRIVER SAFETY...AND 500 HP


Although not due to bow until the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Mercedes-Benz E-class wagon seen here in full three-wheel workout was captured by Brenda Priddy's global network of automotive shooters. 

SPY SHOTS—BMW'S UPDATED Z4 BACKROADS CARVER



Brenda Priddy's network of auto-spy photographers caught this BMW Z4 prototype with its top down. Priddy says there's still speculation that the Z4 will have a retractable hard-top, but most sources tell her that the base model will still offer a soft-top. The upgraded version will likely offer a removable hard-top. The Spartanburg-built Z4 will now call Regensburg, Germany, home, with production starting late in 2009.

SPY PHOTOS: THE "BABY" ROLLS-ROYCE



Prototypes of the so-called "Baby Rolls" are busy testing, wearing much less camouflage than ever before, according to spy shooter Brenda Priddy. The new and slightly less formal Rolls-Royce will likely ride on BMW’s long-wheelbase 7 Series platform, and pricing will start in the low $300,000 range. Production is now expected to begin in 2010, with an annual run of 800 vehicles. Although that sounds low, Priddy says this should double Rolls-Royce’s annual sales.

SPY PHOTOS: MERCEDES-BENZ UPDATES 300SL LEGEND WITH NEW "GULLWING"


Ace spy photographer Brenda Priddy tells us that it's been over a year since she and her network first spotted the C197 mule, the car that is to become the next Mercedes-Benz to sport the brand's iconic gullwing doors. At that time, the car was a cobbled-together tester with slapped-on Viper parts.

SPY PHOTOS: AUDI'S NEW R8 DROP-TOP



Brenda Priddy's spy photographer network caught Audi's R8 convertible variant out testing on its home roads. The 2010 model, unfortunately unlikely to arrive in Death Star Black Matte finish as pictured, will be launched next spring, Priddy says. The ragtop will officially bow at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Add to calendar