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Corvette Blue Devil project reportedly now called Sting Ray; team effort for Dodge Hornet


AutoWeek | Published 06/07/06, 9:18 am et

Maybe this is why the folks at General Motors can slyly smile and plausibly deny a super-powered Corvette Blue Devil is in the works. We hear Blue Devil (allegedly chosen to get the attention of GM CEO and Duke grad Rick Wagoner) is no longer the working name of the car but has been replaced by the more Corvette-centric Sting Ray moniker. Production of the $100,000 Blue, er, Sting Ray, with a supercharged 7.0-liter 600-hp V8 under its carbon fiber hood, could come as early as 2007.

Sting Ray is reportedly now the working name of the Corvette that will feature more power than the Z06, above.

Coming Kia compact
While we usually don’t find much to report from the Madrid motor show, this year’s Spanish show contained one vehicle of interest for the U.S. market: the Kia Rondo.

Called the Kia Carens elsewhere in the world, Rondo is a compact multipurpose vehicle that offers seating for five or seven. Rondo’s U.S. powerplants include a 2.4-liter 158-hp four-cylinder or a 2.7-liter 185-hp six-cylinder gasoline engine. Rondo goes on sale in the United States in early 2007.
Hornet’s nest
On paper, DaimlerChrysler and Mitsubishi have gone their separate ways, but that doesn’t mean an end to all future sharing. We hear DaimlerChrysler, Mitsubishi and Volkswagen will likely team up to engineer the small-car underpinnings for a European B-class car (think Nissan Versa, Mini Cooper) that will eventually hit markets around the world. That car? Our Editors’ Choice Best Concept from the Geneva show in March, the Dodge Hornet
 
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