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February 8, 2007

2008 Scion xB and xD


Scion has released the new 2008 Scion xB and xD at the Chicago Auto Show.

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2008 Toyota Highlander (and Hybrid)

Toyota has unveiled the new 2008 Highlander and Hybrid at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show. The new Highlander is larger than the old version.

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2008 Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Taurus X

Ford used the Chicago Auto Show to announce the return of two nameplates that were supposedly killed. (Taurus and Sable) The newly revised Five-Hundred, Montego and Freestyle have had their names swapped out at the last minute.

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February 9, 2007

2008 Saturn Astra

Saturn has announced the addition of the new Astra to their lineup for 2008. The car is basically a rebadged version of the Open Astra (not sold in the US).

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2008 Volkswagen R32

Volkswagen used the Chicago Auto Show to announce the return of the the R32. According to VW the R32 delivers the "ultimate in Volkswagen sports performance with dynamic handling and refined road manners".

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2008 Mini will have an AWD Option

According to a report out of Germany, the new Mini will be available with all-wheel-drive.

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2008 Scion tC

Along with the new xB and xD Scions, Toyota has also announced the changes to the 2008 Scion tC.

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2008 Pontiac G8 GT

Pontiac's new 2008 G8 sports sedan has been revealed. The car is based on (rebadged) the Holden Commodore, which is sold in Australia.

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February 12, 2007

Dodge Demon Concept

Dodge plans to unveil the Dodge Demon Roadster Concept at the Geneva Auto Show in March. The car is supposed to compete with the Pontiac Solstice/ Saturn Sky and Mazda MX-5.

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2008 Mazda 2

Mazda has just released a few photos of the new 2008 Mazda 2. The new car will be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show, in March. There have been lots of rumors surrounding this car's release in the U.S., especially after Mazda showed the MX Micro Sport Concept at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show.

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February 14, 2007

Toyota Hybrid X Concept

Toyota will unveil the Hybrid X Concept at the Geneva Auto Show next month. This car gives us a glimpse at what future hybrids will look like from the automaker, specifically the next Prius.

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February 15, 2007

DaimlerChrysler De-Merger?

DaimlerChrysler has reported a profit of $7.3 billion in 2006, which is due
to the Mercedes arm and the commercial truck division. The Chrysler division
lost $1.3 billion last year. This is forcing management to re-evaluate the
current relationship.

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2009 Toyota Blade

Toyota's next Matrix will not be named the Matrix. The automaker is going to target the Mazda 3 five-door for the new car. It will still be based off the Corolla platform, but will adopt the name "Blade" that is currently used in Japan.

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Toyota Backlash?

Following their recent successes, the automaker is becoming increasingly worried about a future backlash.

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Dodge Challenger Production Version will Debut next Feburary!

Dodge has announced that the production version of the 2009 Dodge Challenger will be unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show next Feb 2008.

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GM and Chrysler working on Large SUV

Chrysler and General Motors are currently discussing the possibility of collaborating on a large suv for Chrysler. The SUV would be about the same size as the Suburban, something that Chrysler is currently missing from their lineup.

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February 16, 2007

Is GM Really Thinking about Buying Chrysler?

Rumors have been circling after DaimlerChrysler said that they were looking at every option necessary after the huge $1.3 billion loss last year (Chrysler Division). A possible de-merger could be on the horizon.

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February 20, 2007

2008 Audi A5 and Audi S5

Audi will unveil the new 2008 Audi A5 at the Geneva Auto Show next month. The car is larger than the TT coupe and will slot in between the A4 and A6. The car will have the option of a 3.0L V6 or a 3.2L V6. There will aslo be an S5 and RS5. The A5 convertible will also eventually replace the A4 convertible. The car will also feature the company's quattro awd system.

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2008 Maserati GranTurismo Coupe

The new 2008 Maserati GranTurismo will debut at the Geneva Auto Show next month. The car will be powered by a  4.2L 400 hp V8. There are also rumors circulating about the car being offered with a 450 hp. There will also be a convertible version, possibly with a retractable hardtop.

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Chrysler on the Auction Block

According to the U.K.'s Times, U.S. investment bank JPMorgan is preparing to start an auction of the Chrysler Group on behalf of DaimlerChrysler. It was rumored that Hyundai may have been interested in buying the troubled automaker, but those rumors have been denied. That leaves GM as the only company currently interested in acquiring the group (not confirmed). It is rumored that GM is basically interested in Jeep and Dodge, but will buy the whole group if it is necessary. It is estimated that if it does go up for sale the Chrysler Group could go for $13 billion.

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February 21, 2007

2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid 50th Anniversary Edition

Toyota is going to release a 2007 Camry Hybrid 50th Anniversary Edition, that will list for $31,680. The car is meant to commemorate Toyota's 50 years of business in the US. They are only planning on producing 3000 of these cars.

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February 22, 2007

2008 Acura NSX Delayed once Again!

The Advanced Sports Car Concept that Honda unveiled earlier this year was supposed to be a preview of the next 2008 Acura NSX. The car was set to be unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Show later this year. But now comes word that Honda may be going back to the drawing board. Apparently the car did not get the reaction that Honda was hoping for.

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February 26, 2007

New Honda Crossroad Headed to the U.S.?

The Temple of VTEC apparently received a tip that the recently released Honda Crossroad is going to come to the U.S. The new SUV would slot in between the new CR-V and Honda Pilot. Currently the car is offered with a 1.8L 4-cyl and a 2.0L 4-cyl. If this vehicle does come to the U.S. neither of those engines will work here. Seeing as the CR-V has the 2.4L engine, this car would at least need this engine to pull around its 7 passengers, a small V-6 would be even better to differentiate it from the CR-V!

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February 27, 2007

Toyota Plans on Conquering the U.S. one State at a Time!

Toyota officially announced today their plans to build the new Toyota Highlander in northeast Mississippi. The plant will be located near Tupelo, will cost the company $1.8 billion, and employ 2,000 workers.

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The New Uber Fast Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera!

Lamborghini is going to unveil the new Gallardo Superleggera at the Geneva Auto Show next month.

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February 28, 2007

The End of the Line for the Chevy Monte Carlo

The editors over at Autoblog have discovered that Chevy is quietly ending production of the Chevy Monte Carlo. May 4th is the last day that you can order the car and production will end on June 20th at the Oshawa plant in Canada. Apparently Chevy has high hopes for the new 2008 Chevy Malibu, which is going to take up the extra capacity left by the Monte Carlo. Sales in Jan 07' were down 64.2%.

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Two New Hondas in the Works?


The Winding Road has posted two stories today regarding two future Hondas (possibly).

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