Archive for August, 2010

The next Mazdaspeed3 could be powered by a diesel engine. Mazda is considering replacing the high-performance turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine currently found in the Mazdaspeed3 with a diesel one in order to increase the car’s gas mileage. Mazda recently unveiled its new Sky diesel engine and Robert Davis, Mazda USA senior VP of product development, […]

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Suzuki Swift Delayed

The Suzuki Swift has been delayed, and may not be sold in the U.S. at all due to changes in exchange rates. Suzuki has delayed its planned launch of the Swift small car in the United States, and may not import it at all. Suzuki had planned to bring the Swift, which is available in […]

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Nissan Xterra May be Discontinued

Nissan may discontinue the Xterra mid-size SUV. Slow sales and impending changes to the gas mileage laws in the United States are cited as the reasons behind the Xterra’s potential cancellation. The mid-size, off-road SUV segment is collapsing and sales of the Xterra are low, according to Larry Dominique, Nissan’s vice president-advanced product and product […]

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Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., the Indian company behind the Mahindra small diesel-powered pickup, has issued a statement saying that it has terminated the agreement with its U.S. importer, Global Vehicles U.S.A. Inc. This could mean even more delays for the diesel small truck that was originally slated for release in the United States in mid-2009. […]

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Hybrid cars have been criticized as dangerous to civilians because they are too quiet. At low speeds, most hybrids, including the Toyota Prius, typically operate on electric power alone, which makes very little noise. That can be dangerous in cities where pedestrians, particularly blind or seeing-impaired people, rely on audio cues to tell if a […]

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Honda Fit Hybrid Revealed

Honda has revealed details of the new Honda Fit hybrid. The Fit, which is sold as the Honda Jazz in Europe and Japan, will use the same drivetrain as the Honda CR-Z hybrid coupe. The Honda Fit hybrid will likely get gas mileage very close to the CR-Z’s 35-mpg city and 39-mpg highway. That’s better […]

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Audi Planning A3 Sedan

When Audi released the A3 for the 2006 model year, the company took a gamble in introducing a luxury hatchback to the United States without a more traditional sedan option available. American car buyers tend to prefer sedans over hatchbacks and wagons, and buyers in the luxury segment where the Audi A3 resides could easily […]

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Hyundai is completely overhauling its model lineup over two years. The company will launch seven new or redesigned models over a 24-month period, starting late last year with the Tucson SUV. Hyundai’s new model rush will continue after the two-year period, with new models planned for the 2012 and 2013 model years too. The star […]

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The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is so popular that it’s forcing its siblings out. Hyundai has decided to move the production of the Santa Fe, which was built alongside the Sonata, to another plant so that enough Sonatas can be built to keep up with demand. The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is built in Alabama, and currently […]

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Nissan Murano Convertible Announced

Nissan will build a convertible version of the Murano SUV. The Murano Convertible will have two doors instead of the hard-top’s four, and will go on sale sometime next year. There are no pictures available of the Murano Convertible yet, but it was revealed to a group of Nissan dealers this month. The 2011 Nissan […]

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