Porsche Cayenne facelifted; Project Kimber car previewed; new baby McMerc scooped
8 December 2006

Christmas might be coming, but 2007 is not that far beyond it, and it’s been another busy seven days for car fans as a result.

It started with a new Porsche, the revised Cayenne, which got a slightly more cohesive look and more grunt to boot. Further into the future, we got first glimpses of Project Kimber’s attempt to revive the AC name on top of the Smart Roadster platform, and the next Honda Accord.

We also brought you spy images of a mule (right) testing at a Mercedes-Benz facility in Germany – it’s tipped to form the basis of the firm’s next project in conjunction with McLaren, the SLS.

It’s been a big week in the car industry, too. Audi appointed a new boss, VW’s new chief hinted that he could offload Seat, rumours persisted that GM investor Kirk Kirkorian has sold his GM shares, and Ford managed to shed half of its US workforce.

On the video front, we brought you Autocar’s gallant (crazy?) attempt to take on leather-clad Germans at Bobbycar racing. It all ended in tears, naturally – but it’s still compulsive viewing!

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Next week, we’ll bring you the first official images of the next Mitsubishi Lancer, the basis for the Evo X. And look out for exclusive video from our celebratory thrash of our favourite five cars of 2006.

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