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Featured Model Jacqueline Suzanne is back with some amazing new photos.

  

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Can you handle Hope Solo’s workout?

Any soccer fan, male or female, knows who Hope Solo is by now. She’s become quite the topic of interest since the Women’s World Cup. Solo has released an exclusive workout as part of the Nike Training Club app, available free from iTunes. Here are just a few of the features of the app:

• Nike Training Club (NTC) is a full-body training app that caters to every level of fitness. Whether you want to get lean, toned or strong, NTC takes functional fitness training to the next level.

• The NTC app was developed by a Nike professional trainer, with more than 60 workouts including 90+ drills built on the fundamentals of strength-, cardio- and core-training. These multi-dimensional, multi-directional drills are formulated to create workouts that continually challenge the body to maximize results.

• The NTC app is goal-oriented, with Get Lean, Get Toned and Get Strong categories there are various 15-, 30- and 45-minute workouts, at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels.

• As of mid July 2011, the NTC app will feature a reward workout from Nike Trainer Ary Nunez that can be accessed after completing 3,000 minutes in the app through an unlock feature.

The images above showcase just a few of the workouts in Solo’s routine. If you think you can handle Hope Solo’s workout, grab the app free from the App Store.

  

Build your own Fiat 500 with the Fiat iPad app

There’s a lot of buzz around the Fiat 500, and for good reason. It’s an exciting little car with a lot of character, but everyone knows that we like to personalize our stuff. Fiat put together an iPad app that allows users to do just that – customize and personalize the Fiat 500 to their very own tastes. Users can add graphics, sketch designs, and much more in this interactive app.

Check out the video above and download the Fiat Source iPad app from the App Store.

  

2011 Lexus GS 450H Gallery

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Styling in the 2011 Lexus GS 450 Hybrid is what we're up to these days. The Lexus GS 450h is a luxury sedan that has the power of a sports car and fuel efficiency we could only dream about until recently. Hybrid are now finding a place in upscale vehicles and we welcome that with open arms. Enjoy the gallery of this flashy Lexus GS 450h and keep an eye out for our upcoming review on Bullz-Eye!

  

First Drive: 2012 Nissan Versa

Seattle is usually spectacular in the summer, as the gray skies and drizzle is replace by clear and crisp summer days. So I was pleased to hear we’d be driving the redesigned 2012 Nissan Versa in the Great Northwest in July. The weather cooperated for the most part and I was able to test the pre-production vehicles in both city and highway settings while taking in some of the sights around Seattle.

Exterior

Nissan has completely redesigned the 4-dour Versa for 2012, while the update for the 5-door hatchback will come a little later. The new Versa is the first Nissan model to sport the new front grille for sedans, which is a huge improvement over the previous Nissan grille. That combined with the stylish headlights completely changes the look of the vehicle. It’s more polished and elegant that its predecessor, giving off the impression of a more expensive sedan. The previous model had a more vertical feel to it, while the new Versa has a much more aerodynamic look.

The lines of the new Versa are clean and sophisticated, and this will appeal to small car buyers who are turned off by the edgier designs from competitors that are common in the compact segment. I was impressed by the look of the car from all angles as I walked around it.

Interior

The interior was roomy and comfortable. The interior comes in two colors, charcoal and sandstone, and both fit nicely with the new exterior design. Again, consumers who prefer a more elegant vehicle over an edgy design will be pleased with the new Versa. It’s also very roomy in the back seat and has best in class trunk space, making it very practical for buyers who expect to have passengers and cargo.

Performance

The Versa features a continuously variable transmission (CVT), so you won’t feel gear changes as you’re driving the vehicle and accelerating. The new Versa sports Nissan’s second-generation CVT design, improving fuel mileage over the previous model by 5 MPG. The Versa now gets 30 MPG City, 38 MPG Highway and 33 MPG combined. Nissan official stressed that the combined mileage was tied for best-in-class, as the CVT provides great mileage performance in city driving. It also features a new 1.6-liter engine with 109 horsepower @6,000 rpm and 107 lb-ft of torque at @4,400 rpm.
I liked how the Versa felt, particularly in city driving where the CVT performed nicely. It has competitive power for vehicles in this class and solid handling.

Overview

The 1st generation Versa was introduced in 2006 and was the U.S. segment share leader for the in 2010. The small car segment is growing rapidly as more buyers look for fuel economy, and with this update we can expect the Nissan Versa to continue to be a sales leader in this space. Consumers will have many choices as more brands enter this space, and the new design will appeal to many consumers drawn to a more elegant look. It will appeal to many younger buyers and consumers looking for a commuter vehicle.

The Versa has the lowest standard MSRP of any vehicle in this space at $10,990 for the S MT. This entry-level model has few options and has a manual transmission instead of the CVT but is equipped with standard air conditioning and a radio. The S CVT starts at $12,760, the SV CVT starts at $14,560 and the SL CVT starts at $15,560, and you can add a Tech Package with Navigation, XM radio and USB for an additional $700.

  

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