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SPY PHOTOS: MINI's HIGH-RIDING AWD CROSSMAN

SPY PHOTOS: MINI's HIGH-RIDING AWD CROSSMAN - SEMA eNews, Vol. 11, No. 44 - Oct 30, 2008

Spy shots of the psychedelic-camouflaged MINI Crossman from Brenda Priddy indicate that the hip BMW umbrella brand is readying the vehicle for production. Priddy notes that the crossover is toned down from the concept shown at the Paris Motor Show and received rear swing doors like the newest MINI on the roads, the Clubman.

SPY PHOTOS: NISSAN'S 370Z—A LIGHTER AND FASTER TWO-SEATER


Nissan's all-new 370Z coupe has been spotted rolling around the wet roads of Germany and Brenda Priddy's spy photogs got a great look at it. Priddy notes that the 370 will take some styling cues from the recently debuted Maxima, with the headlights and taillights bearing a strong family resemblance.

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.

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