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2006 Model Guide
2006 New Car and Truck Model Guide
by Bob Plunkett

Car dealers in showrooms everywhere proclaim the advent of the "Class of 2006" with sparkling new models laced with the latest in slick lines, power and comfort.

Many of these new models represent entirely new concepts with fresh features and forceful powertrains for superior performance. Others are actually existing products which carry more assets or reveal keen new styling details plus more gear added to the list of standard equipment. And as a class, all represent sophisticated concepts containing high-tech controls and advanced mechanical systems plus the latest innovations for safety.

Vehicles in the 2006 class no longer fit neatly into a few simple categories such as sedans, coupes, pickup trucks or even sport-utility vehicles. While these configurations continue in many sizes, today's class also encompasses diverse new categories due to the emergence of crossover cars of multiple purposes that blend one type of vehicle with another to forge something entirely different. Latest examples for 2006 shows up with Chevrolet's HHR (Heritage High Roof), a retro-styled wagon resembling a cross between a 1949 round-top Suburban and the contemporary pop-top SSR pickup convertible.

But big-time horsepower still rules. Chevrolet rolls out a new rendition of Corvette's fabled Z06 which carries race-honed gear like carbon-fiber composite fenders and an awesome engine. And at Mercedes-Benz, the new SL65 AMG roadster scores a hand-built 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine with twin turbos attached to push the power numbers above 600 hp.

With all of these developments, we've assembled a capsule guide to illustrate what's new about the Car Class of 2006. All of these innovations are cataloged in the Model Review that follows. Use it to sort through the automotive Class of 2006, the largest yet with the utmost in power, performance, comfort and snazzy styling.

2006 BMW Model Guide
2006 GMC Model Guide
2006 Honda Model Guide
2006 Hummer Model Guide
2006 KIA Model Guide
2006 Lincoln Model Guide
2006 Mazda Model Guide

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