Sunday, March 29, 2009

2009 Brawn BGP 001 : F1 Pictures

Almost all the 2009 F1 cars have been unveiled, we just have to wait for the Toro Rosso—which I presume will look very similar to the Red Bull RB5, and the newly named Brawn Racing.

Today though, I bring you the very first pictures of the new Brawn Grand Prix BGP 001 F1 car, formally the Honda F1 team.

The car currently supports a white livery, with fluorescent yellow lines running from the nose to the rear. This will obviously change when the car reaches Melbourne later this month, and will hopefully feature some sponsors.

The car is running a Mercedes engine, currently being used by Force India and of course McLaren

Brawn GP Fantastic Team Debut in Formula One First Season

Brawn GP take dramatic one-two victory in Melbourne :
Not since the French Grand Prix in 1954 has a team new to Formula One racing finished one-two on their debut. That day it was Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling for Mercedes-Benz. This afternoon it was Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello for Brawn-Mercedes after an extraordinary ‘race of two halves’ in Australia.

Button led from pole as Barrichello bogged down when his car activated its anti-stall device, and the Brazilian was then embroiled in a first-corner clash with BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld, Red Bull’s Mark Webber, Force India's Adrian Sutil and McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen.

Button streaked away from Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull, Robert Kubica’s BMW Sauber, Nico Rosberg’s Williams and the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen. But the face of the race changed on Lap 19 when Kazuki Nakajima crashed his Williams heavily, bringing out the safety car until the end of the 24th lap.

By then Button had watched a 47.7s lead reduced to nothing, and began to struggle to generate heat in his tyres. But he got his head down and opened a gap to Vettel again. As the Ferraris faded, Kubica found his BMW Sauber getting better and better on the harder Bridgestone tyre and gradually began to put Vettel, on the softer option tyre, under serious pressure in the closing stages.

Going into Turn Three on the 55th lap - with three left to run under a setting sun which made driving conditions very difficult - Kubica got alongside Vettel but they touched. Both spun, but continued. But not for long. Vettel had lost his front wing and crashed heavily just as Kubica, further down the road, did the same thing. Out came the safety car again.

Incredibly, that melee had promoted Barrichello back to the second place, despite his first-lap incident and a later touch with Raikkonen which damaged his Brawn’s front wing. It was changed during his first pit stop on the 18th lap. As the race finished under the safety car, he admitted that he had never expected a one-two after all his dramas.

Jarno Trulli started from the pit lane after Toyota’s rear wing infringement yesterday, but hauled through to take the final podium finish, while a very determined drive brought a hugely valuable fourth place for McLaren's Lewis Hamilton. The world champion was briefly third in the dying stages after Trulli ran off track behind the safety car, before the Italian subsequently retook the place - an infringement which prompted stewards to subsequently add 25s to his race time, later dropping him to 12th.

In the second Toyota Timo Glock came home fifth. The German survived a spin while battling from his own pit lane start, when he and Fernando Alonso tangled.

The Spaniard brought his Renault home sixth, while seventh place came as a bitter disappointment to Rosberg. The German was running fourth with six laps to go and had set fastest lap, but had used up his Bridgestone option tyres and was simply in no position to defend the place. By the finish he had rookie Sebastien Buemi thirsting after him as Toro Rosso’s Swiss driver scored a point for eighth place on his debut.

Neither of the Ferraris finished. Both struggled with tyre wear, and as Massa suffered a mechanical problem late in the race, Raikkonen spun and subsequently retired.

Sebastien Bourdais was ninth in the second Toro Rosso, ahead of Adrian Sutil, who survived a brush with Force India team mate Giancarlo Fisichella. They were separated by Heidfeld, who was consigned to a recovery race after the first corner fracas, while Fisichella further delayed himself by missing his pit marks in his first stop.

Webber, another in recovery mode, was the final classified finisher, ahead of Vettel, Kubica, and Raikkonen. The retirements were Massa, Nelson Piquet who spun his Renault after the first safety car restart, Nakajima and Kovalainen.

Button’s great victory marked the 200th for a British driver.

"It's not just for me but for the whole team,” he said, “a fairy tale ending really to the first race of our career together and I hope we can continue this way. We are going to fight every way we can to keep this car competitive and at the front. This has got to continue and this is where we want to be. Bring on Malaysia!”
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

2009 McLaren-Mercedes MP4-24 Formula One Pictures

This Pictures a McLaren-Mercedes MP4-24 Formula One Pictures 2009

2009 McLaren-Mercedes F1 Team and Launch Pictures

2009 McLaren-Mercedes Formula One Team :
Full name : Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Base : Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom
Team principal/s : Martin Whitmarsh
Technical director/s : Paddy Lowe,Neil Oatley
Race drivers : Lewis Hamilton,Heikki Kovalainen
Test drivers : Pedro de la Rosa,Gary Paffett
Chassis : McLaren MP4-24
Engine : Mercedes-Benz FO 108W
Tyres : Bridgestone

2009 McLaren-Mercedes F1 Team and Launch Pictures

F1 2009 : Ferrari Team and Pictures

2009 Ferrari Team :
Full name : Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Base : Maranello, Italy
Team Principal/s : Stefano Domenicali
Technical Director : Aldo Costa
Race Drivers : Felipe Massa
Kimi Räikkönen
Test drivers : Luca Badoer
Marc Gené

Ferrari F60 Formula One 2009 Pictures

2009 Ferrari F60 Technical Specifications

F60 Technical Specifications :
Chassis : Carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite monocoque
Suspension (front) : Independent suspension, pushrod activated torsion springs
Suspension (rear) : As front
Engine : Ferrari Type 056 2398cc V8 (90°) 18,000 RPM-Limited with KERS Mid engine
rear wheel drive
Transmission : Ferrari 7 speeds + reverse Semiautomatic sequential, electronically-
controlled, longitudinal gearbox, quick-shift Limited-slip differential
Weight : 605 kg (1333.8 lb) (including driver, water and lubricant)
Fuel : Shell V-Power ULG 66L/2 Fuel, Shell Lubricant
Tyres : Bridgestone, BBS Wheels (front and rear): 13"

2009 Ferrari F60 Launch

The F60, the 55th single-seater car produced by Ferrari to compete in Formula One, was first launched online on 12 January 2009. The car was named F60 to celebrate the fact that 2009 is Ferrari's 60th year in Formula One, the only team to have competed every year.

2009 Regulations Could Lead to Shake-Up : Renault Team F1

Renault: 2009 regulations could lead to shake-up :
Next season will see the introduction of several key changes to the Formula One regulations. And Renault’s executive director of engineering Pat Symonds believes that these adjustments could bring about a shift in the standings, as teams struggle to balance their 2008 development work with the need to prepare for the future.

Revised aerodynamic rules, the return of slick tyres and the introduction of KERS technology means that Formula One teams should already be hard at work developing their 2009 car. Symonds, however, whose squad is currently embroiled in a tough championship fight with other midfield teams, including Red Bull, Williams and Toyota, is aware that they also need to continue development work for their ’08 machines.

“We are a big team but we are not big enough to handle two major projects and I think some of the people who are maybe struggling a little bit this year, for example Honda, I think have pushed a lot more effort into next year than we have been able to,” explained Symonds during a team podcast on Renault’s official website. “And we may see a little bit of a shake-up of the establishment next year.

“If you are fighting, as we are this year, then you have got to keep the development. And there is nothing wrong with (that) if it is all applicable to the following year's car. Unfortunately next year's car is a very, very different animal, completely different aerodynamic rules, the KERS system is introduced, slick tyres - lot and lots of things that will make it a very different car. So it is all the more important that we start early on it. And that makes it a very hard for us to do.”

Despite the difficulty of dividing resources between next season and this, Symonds is confident that the developments Renault plan to introduce at the forthcoming Canadian Grand Prix will change the French team’s performance for the better.

“There are other parts that are non circuit specific that are coming in Canada both in aerodymanics and in suspension, which will remain on the cars for other circuits as well, whether they be high, low or medium downforce,” he added. “So there’s a lot of work going on, a lot of exciting things in the pipeline.

“We need something to get up there and be challenging the top three but I do believe those things are coming. We have gone from Australia where we had a car that was definitely not the car that we wanted and not the car that we needed, to a car that really is a great deal better. And all the things that were put in place to make the car better are still in place and still producing results, so in terms of performance I actually feel very confident.”

Renault are currently seventh in the championship, level with Toyota on nine points, six behind Williams and Red Bull.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Formula One : Toyota have unveiled the TF109

Toyota have unveiled the TF109 car that Jarno Trulli hopes can help the team deliver their maiden Formula One victory in 2009.

Unveiled during a special 'virtual' launch on Thursday morning, the TF109 looks strikingly different to its predecessors as a result of the major rules revamp for this season.

And on the back of a promising 2008, with Trulli scoring their first podium finish since the 2006 season as Toyota wound up in fifth place in the standings, the Italian driver is bullish about the work the team have done over the winter.

"I expect Toyota to be competitive again," said Trulli as Toyota unveiled their new TF109. "Beyond that I cannot say; we will have to wait and see what the first few races hold.

"I am a very confident person and I am always optimistic so again this season I have high hopes, but I know from my experience that whatever I say in the winter doesn't really count for much when the season starts - the important thing is what we do on the track.

"I hope I can fight for Toyota's first victory; that is my dream. Formula One is extremely competitive at the moment so I expect this season to be exciting and very interesting; I am looking forward to it."

He added: "I hope we can build on the progress we showed in 2008 and challenge for the team's first win. Formula One is a team game, you win and lose together, and Toyota did a very good job last year which allowed me to be competitive and fight at the front.

"I am full of hope for this season. You need to build strong foundations before you can win. It is like a house; you cannot start by building the roof.

"We have established the foundations and I believe we can build a winning team. In 2008 we made a huge improvement and took a big step in the right direction so I hope now this year we can be a top team. I am confident in my own ability so if I am given a competitive car I know I can deliver the results."

The 34-year-old from Pescara conceded, however, that the radical regulation changes that come into play in 2009 make it very hard to predict how strong each team will be.

"It is a big change and whenever you make a change like this, it is impossible to predict how it will affect each team," he added. "Toyota has the capability to adapt to these regulations as well or better than any other team so I am hoping it will give us a good opportunity.

"You can say I am cautiously optimistic. One thing is for sure, there will be bigger gaps between teams next season and bigger fluctuations in performance. It was so close last year because we had a period of quite stable rules, but always when you make a big change, the grid is spread out more, so I expect that will be the case this year."
Aticle by : Pablo Elizalde

Friday, March 20, 2009

Road to Formula One 2009 Information

The 2009 Formula One season will be the 60th FIA Formula One World Championship season. There are a total of ten teams signed up to compete in the championship.
Lewis Hamilton is the defending Formula One champion heading into the 2009 Season.
Felipe Massa was the runner up of the 2008 Formula One season

The season is scheduled to take place over 17 rounds, starting with the Australian Grand Prix on 29 March 2009 and ending on 1 November 2009 with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which is included on the race calendar for the first time and will be held at the new Yas Marina Circuit. The French and Canadian Grands Prix, which were both included in the 2008 championship, have been dropped.

Several rule changes will be implemented by the FIA, in a bid to cut costs due to the global financial crisis and to improve the on-track spectacle. New rules governing tyres, aerodynamics and Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems, among others, are some of the biggest changes in the Formula One regulations for several decades. It is unclear how the champion will be decided as the FIA initially declared a change in deciding the World Driver's Championship, with the driver winning the most races to be declared as the champion, whereas in previous seasons, the driver with the most points was considered the champion. However, they then offered to postpone the change untill 2010.

Pre-Season Testing :
The first multi-team testing session took place at Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona in November 2008, two weeks after the end of previous season.[5] All teams, except Toyota, took part in the testing session where some teams tested their new aerodynamics package and slick tyres.[6] BMW Sauber and Williams amongst the forerunners in this case, with the German manufacturer running both rear and front wings to 2009 specifications. The team's test driver, Christian Klien, labelled the car the ugliest car he'd ever seen.[7] F1 newcomers Sébastien Buemi, Lucas di Grassi and Bruno Senna tested for Toro Rosso and Honda respectively. Takuma Sato returned for a test with Toro Rosso and WRC Champion Sébastien Loeb tested for Red Bull. McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa also tested for Force India, an exercise seen as a part of the teams' new technical partnership.[8] Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Renault were the only teams to use solely their 2008 cars (albeit with slick tyres), whilst the other teams also tested 2009 interim cars during the 3-day test.
Heikki Kovalainen driving the McLaren MP4-24 at Jerez.

The next test took place at Jerez in December 2008, and was attended by six teams. Toro Rosso candidate Sébastien Buemi topped the time-sheets on all three days, defeating rival candidates Takuma Sato and Sébastien Bourdais.[9] The test also saw the McLaren team debut a front wing and nosecone designed to 2009 specifications, as well as stripped bodywork.[10] BMW Sauber and Williams continued running the interim cars which debuted at the previous test, while Renault and Toro Rosso continued running their 2008 cars with slicks and simulated downforce-levels.

Following the first launches, the teams returned to the track on the 19th of January for more testing. Toyota, McLaren, Williams and Renault tested at Algarve again together with Toro Rosso, which used their 2008 car. Sébastien Buemi, in his first outing as confirmed driver for the Toro Rosso team, topped the first three days in the interim car.[11] Heavy rain hampered the teams in the first two days, and only on Wednesday could the drivers test the new cars on the slick tyres. On Thursday, however, the rain returned, and testing was stopped early in the morning as the medical helicopters couldn't take off in the torrential rain.[12] Ferrari intended to test at Algarve as well, but moved the test to Mugello, where the rain continued to limit their testing amidst mounting concerns over the F60's legality.[13][14] BMW Sauber, meanwhile, enjoyed warmer weather testing the F1.09 at Valencia.[15]

On 9 March, testing started at Barcelona with the new team, Brawn GP, making an impact by leading the times early in the day. Toro Rosso also launched the STR4. This was the first test in which all teams used their 2009 cars. BMW Sauber led the times while Brawn GP finished fourth.[16] On day three, Brawn GP's Jenson Button was fastest by just over one second to Ferrari's Felipe Massa completing 130 laps.[17] On day four Rubens Barrichello became the first driver to get into the 1:18s.

On 15 March Renault, Brawn and Williams started the last teams public test at Jerez. Brawn, again, led the standings 0.6 seconds ahead of Renault's Fernando Alonso, completing 107 laps.[18] On day two, Fernando Alonso completed 107 laps and finished 0.55 seconds ahead of Barrichello, who completed 61 laps, and ahead of his teammate, Jenson Button who completed 12 laps, by 0.5 seconds and over a second ahead of Lewis Hamilton who was still struggling in the MP4-24.[19] Button led the final day 0.2 seconds clear, completing 114 laps ahead of Williams driver Nico Rosberg, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Hamilton.[20] The testing carried on at Jerez with McLaren and Williams staying. McLaren showed good progress after slicing a whole second off their pace with Williams driver Nakajima almost 2 seconds behind in the FW31.[21] On day two Nakajima led by 0.4 seconds to McLaren. McLaren slashed some more time out of the MP4-24, while importing over some new parts from Brackley. McLaren and Williams will return to Britain to finish off preparations for Australia; leaving for the season opener on Monday to join the rest of the grid. [22]

McLaren have been experiencing some problems with the car lacking rear downforce. At the penultimate test of the season in Barcelona, the McLaren car was rarely less than 1.5 seconds off the pace.[23] Felipe Massa stated he had never seen McLaren so far behind.

The following teams are signed with Formula One Management and make up the Formula One Teams Association:
* Ferrari
* McLaren-Mercedes
* BMW Sauber
* Renault
* Toyota
* Toro Rosso-Ferrari
* Red Bull-Renault
* Williams-Toyota
* Brawn-Mercedes
* Force India-Mercedes

New car launches:
Constructor Chassis Launch date Launch location
Ferrari F60 January 12[25] Mugello, Italy
Toyota TF109 January 15[26] Online[27]
McLaren-Mercedes MP4-24 January 16[28] Woking, United Kingdom
Renault R29 January 19[29] Portimão, Portugal
Williams-Toyota FW31 January 19[30] Portimão, Portugal
BMW Sauber F1.09 January 20[26] Valencia, Spain
Red Bull-Renault RB5 February 9[31] Jerez, Spain
Force India-Mercedes VJM02 March 1[32] Jerez, Spain
Brawn-Mercedes BGP 001 March 9[33] Circuit de Catalunya, Spain
Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR4 March 9[34] Circuit de Catalunya, Spain

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

2010 Ford Taurus SHO/ST Concept and Pictures

This week we caught several clear photos of Ford’s high performance Taurus prototypes and we caught them not far from Ford’s headquarters! Although it’s wrapped in camouflage, there is no mistaking as to what this is. Photos of a clay version leaked months ago, proving this is the real thing.
Carrying over styling cues from Ford’s stylish European Mondeo, this all-new Taurus will hopefully add some much needed excitement to the Ford lineup. These particular prototypes are of the high spec model and it packs the 3.5L twin turbo V6. We hear it should be good for around 350hp (260kW). Only AWD versions will be available and we expect it to be fitted with Ford’s new SR1 (Shock Ratio 1) suspension system that is currently used in the Lincoln MKS.
Expect some special chrome accents on the front end, twin pipes out back and 20 inch wheels on all four corners. While some think this super-sedan will wear the “SHO” nameplate, a few unidentified but well-placed sources have informed us to expect a euro-inspired “ST” badge. We will know for sure in early 2009.

New 2010 Ford Taurus SHO

Ford is getting ready to produce the 2010 Taurus SHO, and the engines will be built in the Cleveland area.
Ford Motor Co. will restart its Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 in Brook Park this spring, putting its flagship engine into the 58-year-old facility.

“To be part of Ford’s future, we’re thrilled to death,” said Jan Allman, site manager for Ford’s campus in Brook Park.

Engine Plant No. 1, which was idled nearly two years ago, will get the engine that Ford has called a key to its future. However, for the next year or two at least, the engine will go into only a few specialty products. That means low volumes, so Ford won’t need a lot of people to produce it.

When Ford idled Engine Plant No. 1, it employed nearly 600 workers on two shifts. When the plant reopens in the spring, it will require only 250 workers on one shift.

The new SHO made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show.

The reborn SHO–the favorite of enthusiasts everywhere since it first was introduced on the first-generation Taurus–completes the new Taurus lineup with twin turbos, a tuned suspension, and some of the visual flair that made the original hotted-up Taurus a hit when it took its bow in 1989.

Over the course of ten years, Ford sold about 100,000 Taurus SHO sedans, most with a Yamaha-made V-6 engine, some with V-8s built by Yamaha. This time around, Ford’s brought the engine work in-house, with a twin-turbo edition of the 3.5-liter V-6 that’s taking a place in Ford products like the same-sized six over at Nissan. All that power shunts through all-wheel drive and a six-speed, paddle-shifted automatic.

With reasonable confidence, Ford says the new SHO should reignite interest in the big four-door. “The new Taurus SHO delivers on the authentic sleeper sedan formula but adds all-new luxury-appointments, convenience features and technologies to an unsurpassed balance of power and fuel economy,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas, in a release. “This new sport derivative answers enthusiasts’ calls for a premium Ford flagship sedan with even more attitude.”

While the 2010 Taurus carries a mid-size price tag of $25,995, the new Taurus SHO checks in at a BMW-like $37,995. How will that go over with Ford fans? We’ll find out this summer when the new SHO goes on sale.Thisis a great move for Ford, as the new SHO looks great.
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2009 Geneva Auto Show: Ford Iosis Max Previews Next-Gen Focus

Ford of Europe released a bunch of images of the Ford Iosis Max concept, which is on display at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show. The company says it's an early look at the styling direction for its next C-segment car (read: third-generation Ford Focus). Given the tall body and sliding rear doors on the Iosis Max, though, we'd say it's more specifically a look at the next Focus C-Max, a five-passenger MPV relation of the U.S.-market Mazda 5.

Probably the most interesting design feature that might actually be feasible on a production car is the tailgate, which has a separate glass section that opens independently of the main hatch. It's a common enough design cue on SUVs, so why not on a minivan?

Ford's Iosis Max concept also has another of Ford's much-hyped turbocharged, direct-injected engines -- this time a 1.6-liter inline-4 good for 177 horsepower. Ford says this engine will go into production for the European market in 2010. The engine is paired with a six-speed, dual-clutch transmission. Ford has boldly named the twin-clutch 'box PowerShift -- more than a little over the top for a transmission that's only being tasked with torque loads from a 1.6-liter turbo. Of course, there's an idle-stop feature to help it comply with EU CO2 regulations.

Interestingly, the Ford Iosis Max uses an active hood system, which is an expensive way of meeting European pedestrian protection standards -- the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has an active hood as well. Usually, manufacturers just make the hood taller to provide more noggin crush space, and we expect the production version of the Iosis Max will follow suit.

Finally, we come to the Iosis Max's carbon-fiber seats, which sound oh-so-impractically costly until you find out they can fold flat.--
By : Erin Riches, Senior Editor

Sunday, March 15, 2009

2010 Mazda3 Rendered Speculation

We have an idea of what the next Mazda3 will look like based on some trademark renderings that Mazda supplied the European Union Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market; basically what they amount to are patent drawings. Based on these very rough outlines, somebody named Pascal Boissé from Auto-Motive D&C has created a rendering that gives us a slightly better idea of what the new compact car will look like. The results are a bit mixed, with the fenders and greenhouse meeting our expectations, but that happy-go-lucky front end may be a bit off. Recent spy shots don't show the snout protruding out quite that far. We may see character lines along the door's bottom edge, leading up to the rear arches as the rendering clearly shows. What we know for sure is that Mazda has been getting more expressive with its styling, as the revised 6 and recent concepts prove. We'll see the Mazda3 in person at the upcoming LA Auto Show and here's hoping that it's a bit more refined than the rendering above.
[Source: MSN]

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Suzuki SX 4, 2009 Special Editions With Trip

After an overwhelming response to the company’s April announcement that it will add standard navigation to the 2009 SX4 Sport and SX4 Crossover, American Suzuki Motor Corp.
today revealed that it will produce a special edition version of the 2008 SX4 featuring standard navigation. Available in July, the Road TRIP edition of the 2008 SX4 Sport and front-wheel-drive version of the five-door SX4 Crossover marks the first time a new vehicle under $16,000 will offer navigation as standard equipment.

Referred to as the Suzuki TRIP (Travel, Real-time traffic, Information and Play), the SX4’s navigation system is the result of a collaboration with Garmin and is available with a number of MSN Direct-enabled features, including real-time traffic, weather forecasts, news reports, stock quotes, movie times, local entertainment listings and a gas station finder capable of locating the lowest priced fuel in town.

The navigation system’s flip-up 4.3-inch touch screen display is fully integrated into the vehicle’s audio system, which results in all navigation commands being channeled through the SX4’s audio system. The system also includes an MP3 player, Navteq mapping software and preloaded street maps that feature millions of points-of-interest, such as hotels, restaurants, gasoline stations, ATMs and more than 500 Suzuki dealership locations throughout the country.

“As the only vehicle under $16,000 to offer standard navigation, the 2009 SX4 has created quite a buzz in the industry and with consumers,” said Mark Harano, president of American Suzuki Automotive Operations.

“Since summer is all about travel, adventure and exploring the outside world, we wanted to capitalize on the enormous level of interest in this vehicle by getting a navigation-equipped SX4 out in time for summer driving season.”

For drivers hitting the road this summer, a Travel Guide™ expansion module is also available that provides Fodor reviews and recommendations for restaurants, hotels, shopping, nightlife, sporting events and other tourist attractions.

The Road TRIP edition of the 2008 SX4 is scheduled to arrive in dealer showrooms in July and, including destination and handling charges, will be available for purchase starting at $15,999 for the SX4 Sport and front-wheel-drive version of the SX4 Crossover.