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The all new Passat sedan went on sale in in the USA in Fall 2005, with the launch of the wagon in January 2006, about the time that the range also added 4Motion models just in time for Winter in the Snow Belt. The Passat wagon has been available in Europe since late 2005 with the USA launch at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show clearly overshadowed by the reveal of the Volkswagen GX3 concept 3-wheel motorcycle.
An off-the-shelf appearance package gives buyers a short cut to a custom-look Hummer H3.
Pontiac takes aim at the Honda S2000, Nissan 350Z, and Porsche Boxster with the Solstice GXP, offering 260HP, likely for significantly less cash outlay. Look for the GXP in dealers in fall 2006.
Mercedes-Benz has been hard at work adding new products to its portfolio with the R-Class, upcoming GL-Class, all-new M-Class, and European-market B-Class all arriving within a sixteen-month span, but the company has not left behind its flagship S-Class sedan. The choice of dignitaries everywhere was officially introduced at the 2005 Frankfurt auto show, ahead of late 2005 sales in Europe.
Jim Healey of USA Today reaches similar conclusions as VehicleVoice ( and AutoPacific ( relative to the upcoming Toyota Yaris. Excellent replacement for the Toyota Echo, low entry price, but seems a little expensive when loaded with equipment most American drivers demand.
VehicleVoice ( and AutoPacific ( were impressed with the previous Ford Sport Trac and are more impressed with the new 2007 version of Ford's Sport Utility Truck. The 1st Sport Trac was a funky, hose-it-out, derivative of a two-generations ago Explorer. In its last year in production, the first gen Sport Trac came within a hair's breadth of winning AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Award for the compact pickup category. This is quite an achieve for a last-year vehicle.
VehicleVoice ( and AutoPacific ( have been strong advocates of replacing the bottom of Toyota's lineup - the Echo - in the USA with the Yaris. The Echo was an unlucky car. Echo was designed for the lowest common denominator buyer and was ugly to boot. Sure it was inexpensive, but it was an embarrassment to be seen in.
VehicleVoice ( and AutoPacific ( have been closely watching the development of the Toyota FJ Cruiser since retro SUV concepts began appearing at Toyota auto show displays in the early 2000s. The FJ Cruiser, shown in essentially production form during the 2003 auto show season, is the first truly retro SUV to come to market it's certainly more capable than the pseudo-SUV Chrysler PT Cruiser and Chevrolet HHR. In fact, FJ Cruiser is a true off-roader more of the ilk of the Nissan Xterra.
The Scion concept is to take Toyota vehicles on sale in Japan and sell them in the USA with minimal changes. Originally, each vehicle was to be a one-off. In other words, each Scion would live for only a few years and then be dropped. A new vehicle would be launched that would provide Scion dealers with equal or more volume. In this way, there would be no successor to the xB. Because of the popularity of the xB, there may indeed be a successor.
Not that a Civic EX has spent a week in our office, we're happy to say that we're impressed. The Civic has returned, long live the Civic!
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