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Marc Carter is the Editor-in-Chief and founder of The Torque Report. When he's not writing news or reviews for The Torque Report, he also contributes to Inhabitat.com.

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. The car has a 172 horsepower 2.4L engine, with 165- pound-feet of torque. A SRT version could also be  a possibility with the 300 hp 4-cyl from the...

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. Fortunately this will replace the ugly Grand Prix when it hits showrooms this August. The car will come with two engine choices: 261 horsepower 3.6L V6 or the 362 horsepower 6.0L V8 that will be offered in...

2008 Scion tC

Along with the new xB and xD Scions, Toyota has also announced the changes to the 2008 Scion tC. The revised car features: a new grille, headlights, tailights and an updated interior. The car will also get the new audio system that is standard in the other two Scions (160-watt unit with iPod controls). They didnt make any modifications to...

2008 Mini will have an AWD Option

According to a report out of Germany, the new Mini will be available with all-wheel-drive. The system was originally developed for the new Clubman version, but apparently they are going to offer it across the range. It should be interesting to see if the extra weight out weighs the benefits of awd. Are they trying to compete with the new...

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". Power for the new car will come from a 3.2L non-turbo V6, with 250 horsepower and 236 ft. lbs of torque. The car will also come standard...

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). This car will replace the ugly/ poor selling Ion in their lineup. It will be powered by a 1.8L engine with 140 horsepower. The Astra will be offered in three...

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. Apparently Ford's marketing dept felt that the old names resonated better with their target audience. Umm....yes we all know what a Taurus is,...

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. It looks better than the current generation, but it's still boring. The front end looks like the Subaru Forester.There will no longer be a 4-cyl option either. Instead all non-hybrid versions will use the new 3.5l engine...

2008 Scion xB and xD

2008 Scion xB and xD

Scion has released the new 2008 Scion xB and xD at the Chicago Auto Show. xB: The new car is larger than the previous version and finally has more power. The car has been stretched and features the same 158 horsepower, 2.4l engine in the tC and Camry. The extreme boxiness from the last generation has been rounded a...