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Chrysler facelifts PT Cruiser for 2006 New for 2006, the Chrysler PT Cruiser gets updated front and rear fascias, including a new front grille with the Chrysler winged badge and chrome accents, new headlamps that feature a scallop along the bottom edge and new round fog lamps. A new body-color spoiler on the liftgate provides improved aerodynamics. Chrysler also pumps up the power on the PT Cruiser, giving the available High-Output Turbo engine a power boost for 2006, now rated at 230 hp and 245 lb-ft of torque, up from the previous 220 horsepower. In addition to the exterior updates and more power, the 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser gets an all-new interior. Included are new seat trims and fabric choices.

DaimlerChrysler unveils new Jeep Grand Cherokee in Dubai
At a press event held in Dubai, DaimlerChrysler and Trading Enterprises introduced the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee. The new models are redesigned from the ground up, with independent front suspension and an Autostick gearbox. All engines offered are of the V8 variety, with the new base engine being the carryover 230 hp PowerTech 4.7-litre V8, and the top engine being the new 326 hp HEMI 5.7-litre V8. The actual base engine, a 3.7-litre V6, will not be offered in the Middle East.

Volkswagen unveils upcoming Passat wagon
Pre-production of the new Passat Estate has begun. The countdown to the European launch of the sixth new Volkswagen this year is underway: the first Passat Estates will be presented at VW dealerships in Germany, the debut market, on 19 August. The four-cylinder FSI engines with homogeneous direct injection have an output of 115 hp, 150 hp and 200 hp. A 3.2 litre V6 FSI with 250 hpwill top off the range in the final quarter of 2005. The 150 hp and 200 hp versions of the Passat Estate can be identified by twin tailpipes at the rear left of the vehicle.

New Toyota Avalon recalled in USA
More than 4,900 of Toyota's newly-redesigned Avalon sedans are being recalled for potential steering problems. The recall comes weeks after the debut of the car, which is built in Kentucky USA and sold in the United States as well as exported to the Middle East. A Toyota USA spokeswoman said the steering column on some early production models may not have been welded properly, creating the possibility that drivers could lose control. One person reported the problem, Takahashi said, but no accidents have been reported. Toyota began building the redesigned Avalon in January, and it began showing up at dealerships in February. It is unclear whether Middle East dealers plan to recall cars already sold in the region.

Bugatti Veyron sets new record as fastest car
The Bugatti Veyron prototype recently made a success of a test of homologation by exceeding the 400 km/h. The test took place with the measurements repeated at Volkswagen's test track and was approved by the "TUV", the technical authority supervising Germany. Bugatti had announced last November to have already received about fifty orders for its future Veyron. The first models must be delivered by the second half of 2005, to rich customers who paid 300,000 Euros as an installment. Each car will be invoiced at 1 million Euros. The car, which is said to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in three seconds, will be produced on order, at a rate of about fifty per year.

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