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2010 Toyota Prius Will be Unveiled Next January…It's Going to be Bigger and More Powerful

The current Prius was introduced for the 2004 model year, so its growing a little old even though it is the best selling hybrid in the US, by far. Next January, Toyota is going to unveil an all-new 3rd generation Prius. The next-generation Prius (2009 or 2010 model year) will be unveiled at the 2009 North American International Auto Show...

2008 Honda Accord Was the Best Selling Vehicle in the US Last Month…Surprised?

Honda released the all-new 2008 Honda Accord last September and it seems like most people, well at least people that make comments on here, said the car was ugly. Well it looks like the US buying public has spoken and the new Accord was not only the best selling car in the US last month, but the best selling...

VW Expects the US to be the Biggest Market for the 2009 VW CC

Volkswagen officially took the wraps off the Passat CC (four-door coupe) in Detroit earlier this year. VW expects approximately 60% of the sales of the CC ( VW dropped the "Passat" portion of the name) to come from the US. VW marketing chief, Detlef Wittig told the Automotive News that the automaker is hoping that the US market will be...

GM is Going to Cut its SUV and Truck Production by Almost 140,000 Units

The slowing economy and insane gas prices in the US have made it increasingly harder for automakers to sell their large SUVs and trucks. GM announced today plans to cut a shift at hour of its North American plants. This cut is going to lead to approximately 3,500 layoffs (4% of GM's North American workforce). Approximately 88,000 fewer trucks and...

Toyota and Scion Inventories Increase to Record Levels

Declining auto sales in the US have forced many automakers to make cutbacks and to rethink their current lineups. Until now this did not include Toyota which continues to sell record levels of its Prius, Camry and Yaris vehicles. Just as GM is having to cut its SUV and truck production, Toyota is also dealing with the fact that the...

BMW M1 Hommage Concept Unveiled at the Concorsa d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

BMW unveiled the M1 Hommage Concept this weekend at the Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este. The concept pays tribute to the original M1, which just had its thirtieth birthday. The overall design of the M1 Hommage draws inspiration from the original M1 and BMW Turbo Concept. The M1 Hommage concept is basically a modern day example of the original mid-engined...

2009 Suzuki SX4 is the 1st Car Sold in the US for Under $16K with Standard Nav

Suzuki has just announced that the 2009 Suzuki SX4 is going to be the first car in America for under $16,000 that will feature a standard navigation system. The standard system is the result of a partnership with Garmin and includes many Microsoft Network enabled features such as real-time traffic, weather forecasts, local event listings, etc. The system is officially...

All-New 2009 Mazda6 for the North American Market Officially Unveiled

Mazda has officially unveiled the 2009 Mazda6 for the North American market. The 2009 Mazda6 shares many of the same styling cues with the smaller Mazda6 that was introduced at the end of last year in Europe and Japan. The US-spec Mazda6 is powered by either a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine or the same 3.7L V6 from the CX-9 SUV. The...

Lexus Officially Registers the Names for the Upcoming IS Coupe

Lexus has officially registered names for its upcoming IS Coupe, which provides more evidence that the automaker is finally going to release a coupe version of its smallest sedan. Lexus registered the IS250C, IS300C and IS350C names with the US and Canadian patent and trademark offices. As you can tell from the name the coupe will get a "C" at...

It's Official the 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1 puts out 638 HP!

GM officially unveiled the 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1 at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, but at that time the automaker had yet finalize the certification of the 6.2L LS9 V8. Three months later, GM is officially announcing that the ZR1 will put out 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft. of torque from its 6.2L engine. That output is almost...

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