Recent trademark filings by both Chrysler and General Motors indicate that Ford’s next-generation Transit Connect Wagon may not have everything its own way in the North American market. Chrysler has long hinted that versions of Fiat’s class-leading Dobló compact LCV and the Ducato large van could fill out the new RAM brand’s commercial vehicle offerings. Trademark applications in the US last month for both Ram Promaster and Ram Promaster City suggest that plans for both vans are progressing. The big surprise though comes from General Motors, which currently does not offer a modern compact LCV of its own anywhere in the world. Opel/Vauxhall’s Combo, originally a segment pioneer, has been replaced by a version of the Dobló produced by TOFAŞ in Turkey; while several emerging markets sell small Chinese Wuling vans under the Chevrolet badge, unsuitable for the US market. (more…)
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Dubai — Chevrolet's toughest, most-refined midsize sport utility vehicle, the TrailBlazer, made its global debut today at the opening of the Dubai International Motor Show in the Middle East.
The robust seven-seat show vehicle previews Chevrolet's latest SUV offering, which will be sold around the world, beginning with Thailand in early 2012.
The new-generation TrailBlazer combines the hauling and towing capability of a body-on-frame SUV with the ride comfort and efficiency of a crossover. Developed in tandem with the all-new Chevrolet Colorado pickup by GM do Brasil, it shares the same architecture as its truck sibling, with a chassis tuned to combine heavy-duty off-road capability with refined city driving. (more…)
Wolfsburg/Geneva — The Volkswagen bus, like no other car, stands for the spirit of freedom. It debuted over 60 years ago in 1950 with a contagiously simple design. Its internal Volkswagen code name was T1 for Transporter 1. The Germans called it the Bulli, and to Americans it was the Microbus. It was driven on all continents. And the world's first van is still appreciated by a fan base which spans the globe. Now Volkswagen is reinterpreting the compact original form of this automotive legend and sending it into the future — in the form of a concept vehicle for a new generation Bulli! It is spacious like it was in 1950, it is as inspirational as ever, and it has clean styling like never before. (more…)
Trollhättan, Sweden — Saab Automobile takes the next step in the biggest new product offensive in its history when the much-awaited 9
Sleek and fun-to-drive, the SportCombi adds versatility to the widely acclaimed attributes of the 9
It shares the sedan's bold, Aero X-inspired looks and features an extended, falling roof-line which culminates in a steeply raked rear screen flanked by signature Saab ‘wraparound’ window glazing. The result is an imposing and sporty wagon with a low stance and a dynamic, visual appeal that concedes nothing to the requirements of load-carrying. (more…)
Mazda MINAGI Concept to Showcase Mazda’s All-new SKYACTIV Technologies and KODO Design at the Geneva Motor ShowWednesday, January 19th, 2011
Hiroshima, Japan — Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the world premiere of its new MINAGI compact crossover SUV concept car during the press days of the 2011 Geneva motor show, which is being held from March 1–13, 2011. The Mazda MINAGI concept fully embraces Mazda's new SKYACTIV technologies and its new design theme, KODO — Soul of Motion. The exciting MINAGI concept is the forerunner to the launch of Mazda's upcoming next-generation products and symbolizes the evolution of the Mazda brand as it begins a new era.
The Mazda MINAGI is a compact crossover SUV concept that combines Mazda's SKYACTIV technologies — which represent the harmony between driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance (more…)