New Opel Meriva, Toyota Prius Tuning: Today’s Car News

January 5, 2010

General Motors’ European division Opel has taken the wraps off a new compact MPV complete with suicide style rear-hinged doors. The new car is the Opel Meriva and though it was originally hoped that it could be sold in the U.S. as a Saturn, the chances of it ever appearing on this side of the Atlantic are next to nil. [MotorAuthority]

The Toyota Prius is usually the car you buy if you aren’t interested in going fast but that was never going to stop the guys at Japanese tuning shop Tommy Kaira from modifying it with go-fast bits. While there aren’t any specific power mods, Tommy Kaira do have a slew of new bodykit bits, suspension upgrades and wheel options. [Autoblog]

GM and its joint ventures in China stated that their domestic sales jumped 66.9% in 2009 to a record 1,826,424 units. Based on bullish sales of Buick, Chevrolet and Wuling vehicles, the GM China family achieved an estimated market share of 13.4%, another year-end record and an improvement of 1.3% points from the end of 2008. [General Motors]

We don’t get any of the quirky French cars from the likes of Peugeot, Citroen and Renault but we can still lust over some of them, can’t we? Here we have a new teaser for the Renault Megane CC, a stylish convertible with a folding hard-top roof that’s due to go on sale in Europe this May. [AutoExpress]

In preparations for this month’s 2010 Detroit Auto Show, organizers have spent more than $3 million in repair bills sprucing up the Cobo Center where the show is held each year. Some of the repairs included things like roof leaks and electrical wiring. [Automotive News, sub req’d]

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