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2005 Detroit Show Preview II Page 2


2005 Acura RL by Marc K. Stengel (10/11/2004)
Acura's newest RL flagship redefines performance and sophistication.

Honda Ridgeline

2006 Honda SUT

2006 Honda SUT

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2006 Honda SUT

2006 Honda SUT

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The Honda SUT concept shown at Detroit's auto show last January and due at dealers in spring will be called the Ridgeline. The 2006 Ridgeline, Honda say, will be powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 with a five-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, a powertrain familiar to owners of the Honda Pilot and Acura MDX. The Ridgeline will come standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, side curtain airbags, and stability control. The Ridgeline has not been priced, but the production version will be shown at the 2005 Detroit auto show, to be held in January.

Spy Shots: '06 Honda SUT by Brenda Priddy (8/2/2004)
Looks familiar, doesn't it?

Passat Becomes Mini-Phaeton

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2006 Volkswagen Passat

2006 Volkswagen Passat

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2006 Volkswagen Passat

2006 Volkswagen Passat

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Although it will take a while before the Volkswagen Passat will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the first pictures have been released. The new Passat is 2.4 inches longer, 2.8 inches wider and just a tad taller than the current generation, which is on the market now for eight years. The good looks of the slick body does raise a question: is this a sensible replacement for the Phaeton? Although the picture does not show it clearly, the Passat has a new front with a tall grille, in the style of the new Audi models. The Passat will be available with a brand new 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine with 170 hp, two other existing diesels and a range of gas engines ranging from the 102-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder to the 3.2-liter V-6. The new Passat will arrive on the European markets in April; a 4Motion version will follow in a later stage. -Henny Hemmes

VW Could Lose A Billion by Joseph Szczesny (10/25/2004)
Rough sales times at home and in the U.S. draw Germany 's big automaker into the red.

New Jetta Bows in Los Angeles

2006 Volkswagen Jetta

2006 Volkswagen Jetta

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta

2006 Volkswagen Jetta

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The next generation of the Volkswagen Jetta sedan will be introduced at the Los Angeles auto show in January. On Thursday, Volkswagen released the first official photos of the new Jetta, the most popular VW model sold in the U.S. (it accounts for 40 percent of VW's volume in the States). The fifth-generation Jetta, which goes on sale in March, gets a new multi-link rear suspension, a base five-cylinder engine with 2.5 liters of displacement, and an optional six-speed Tiptronic automatic. The DSG semi-manual gearbox sold on some Audi models will be offered on the Jetta as well, and other additions to the larger, more sophisticated Jetta include electric power steering, stability control, and anti-lock brakes.

VW Could Lose A Billion by Joseph Szczesny (10/25/2004)
Rough sales times at home and in the U.S. draw Germany 's big automaker into the red.

Mercedes-Benz M-Class

2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

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2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

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2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Mercedes-Benz has released these first pictures of the new 2006 M-Class sport-ute, due to be shown at the Detroit auto show in January. According to a release, the new M-Class sits 5.9 inches longer, 2.8 inches wider and 0.4 inches lower on the road than the first-generation vehicle, with a 114-inch wheelbase that's 3.7 inches longer than before.  The new M-Class switches from a body-on-frame design to a unibody platform - more like the Jeep Grand Cherokee. A new G-Class with seven-person seating may also be shown; too, the B-Class crossover vehicle, and even the U.S. version of the Smart formore, may be shown in an all-out Benz SUV show.

Hyundai Sonata

Though it was on display at the recent Paris auto show, Hyundai's Sonata hadn't officially been shown to the U.S. press in its domesticated version. Now, Hyundai has issued the first shots of the U.S. Sonata, which will issue forth from the company's new plant near Montgomery, Alabama, beginning in 2005. The Sonata will be shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next January. The new, larger Sonata will be available with either a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine or a new 3.3-liter V-6, and will be the first vehicle to be produced at the new Hyundai plant. 2005 Hyundai Tucson by Bengt Halvorson (11/15/2004)
Rewriting the compact SUV value equation.

Kia Pens KCD-II Concept for Detroit

2005 Kia KCD-II concept

2005 Kia KCD-II concept

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2005 Kia KCD-II concept

2005 Kia KCD-II concept

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Kia has issued this illustration of the KCD-II concept, set to be unveiled at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The second concept vehicle from Kia's California design center, Kia says the vehicle shows what a potential three-row, seven-seater SUV from the Korean company would look like. The 192-inch concept has a 116-inch wheelbase. Kia has long sought a vehicle that would be capable of moving it upmarket in the SUV class; the same vehicle might potentially spawn a pickup truck as well, another niche the company is interested in.

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