GM Confirms H3 Details, "Alpha" Hummers
The Hummer brand gets a new mid-size SUV based on the Chevrolet Colorado architecture in the 2006 model year, GM confirmed on Tuesday. Though no pictures were released, GM says the new Hummer will appear in the first half of next year and will sport a 3.5-liter five-cylinder engine of undisclosed power, manual or automatic gearboxes, electronically controlled four-wheel drive, traction control and stability control. GM also announced during its annual model-year media preview that Hummer would also get an "Alpha" performance lineup based on current vehicles, beginning with the 2006 H1 Alpha. The H1 Alpha gets a 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine with more power, improved emissions performance, and better fuel economy than today's H1, GM says.
GM Earns $1.3 Billion in Q2 (7/21/2004)
Disappointing news on the market-share front.
AK Case Casts Harsh Glow on In-Dash DVD
Alaska prosecutors are seeking a second-degree murder conviction for a driver accused of not paying attention and killing occupants of another vehicle - his attention diverted, they say, by an in-dash DVD player. The accident occurred in October of 2002, when Erwin Petterson Jr. crashed into a Jeep carrying Robert and Donna Weiser on the highway connecting Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula. Petterson's pickup truck was equipped with an in-dash DVD player installed to permit its use while the truck was in gear. Most manufacturers wire their DVD players to be visible to the back seats only, or in the case of nav systems, to become inoperable when the car or truck is in gear. Aftermarket systems, though, can be wired to operate at all times. The Associated Press adds that Alaska law doesn't outlaw the DVD player's installation, but that prosecutors are arguing that Petterson showed extreme indifference to life.
Camry Sudden-Accel Investigation Closed
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has closed an investigation that studied whether the Toyota Camry and Lexus ES300 accelerated suddenly, out of driver control. While the agency said it will continue to monitor the vehicles in question for more reports, it concluded that no defect in the vehicles caused unintended acceleration. The NHTSA had received reports of 30 crashes that were deemed worthy of investigation. Vehicles from the 2002 and 2003 model years were studied.
Spy Shots: '06 Cadillac DeVille
Codenamed GMX272, Cadillac is readying the DeVille for a major and very significant freshening - inside and out - for the 2006 model year. The DeVille will remain the only front-wheel-drive Cadillac until the all-new rear-wheel-drive DeVille arrives sometime in 2008. Even under this heavy camouflage, one can see - inside and out - that the 2006 DeVille will borrow styling cues from the Cadillac Sixteen concept car.
Spy Shots: '06 Cadillac DeVille (7/25/2004)
Sticking with the front wheels.
Spy Shots: '06 Jeep Commander
You've heard it referred to as the Grand Wagoneer, or maybe even by its codename YK. But it's practically official - Jeep's upcoming seven-passenger luxury ute with three rows of seats will be called the Jeep Commander. Powered by a 4.7-liter V-8, or an optional 5.7-liter Hemi, the super-sized Jeep will reach dealerships in time for the 2006 model year. Expect the Commander to be in the $40,000 range.
Spy Shots: '06 Jeep Commander (7/25/2004)
Could it be the new Wagoneer?