SUVs/Wagons

GM Picks Michigan Plant Off Closure List; 2011 Chevrolet Viva Heading There?
GM Picks Michigan Plant Off Closure List; 2011 Chevrolet Viva Heading There?

The smallest Chevy, the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo, is a Korean design that's built in that country and exported to the United States. But now it looks like the Aveo's replacement, the 2011 Chevrolet Viva, could be built at a General Motors plant in Orion Township, Michigan. At the start of June, GM chief...Read More»

2008 Land Rover LRX Concept
Report: Land Rover LRX Hybrid Gets Green Light

Reports from the U.K suggest a hybrid version of the Land Rover LRX concept from the 2008 auto-show circuit has been confirmed for production. The two-door, off-road luxury sport-utility vehicle is said to be derived from the Land Rover LR2, save for its new hybrid powertrains. While gas-engine...Read More»

2009 Hummer H2
HUMMER Update: Chinese Derision, Cajun Au Revoirs and A Big Tennessee Howdy?

The drama at HUMMER rages on this week--if anyone still cares about the unloved brand that GM's sawing off its corporate family tree and adopting out to the Chinese. (What would Madonna say?) The details of today's moves start in Louisiana, home of the HUMMER H3--apparently, not for long. The local...Read More»

2008 Renault Z.E. Concept
Renault To Preview Production EV at 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show

The charge toward full-electric vehicles is proceeding at a snail's pace to the public's eyes, though behind the scenes at many of the world's major automakers, progress is fast and furious. Renault aims to be one of the leaders of this next wave, and will preview a production electric vehicle at...Read More»

Porsche Cayenne Hybrid logo
2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid: The World's Priciest Hybrid?

  When Porsche introduces the 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid late next year, its first-ever hybrid-electric vehicle may be the priciest hybrid on earth. While a Porsche executive said pricing hasn't been finalized, according to the German Automobilwoche, the expected European price will be in the...Read More»

2009 Audi Q5
Driven: 2009 Audi Q5

Why's the 2009 Audi Q5 the highest-rated compact luxury SUV here at TheCarConnection.com--and even so, why does it get different scores from its 2009 Audi A4 stablemate, when the two share a drivetrain combination, all-wheel drive and lots of other under-the-skin pieces? Answers to those questions...Read More»

2009 Audi Q5
Compared: Audi Q5 Vs. BMW X3 Vs. Mercedes-Benz GLK

For your shopping pleasure, three German SUVs--each one spun from the parts bin at their respective automakers to satisfy an emerging demand. What do buyers like you want? Sport-utility convenience, without the sheer bulk of the full-size utes falling out of favor with every rise in gas prices. A...Read More»

2010 Kia Forte Koup
Kia Cues Up New Models: Forte And Soul Are Just The Start For 2010

As other automakers agonize over idled plants and tough choices, things are looking good for Kia—both overseas and for its rapidly growing operations in the U.S.  Overall, Kia sales are down 6.8 percent versus last year; but that's one of the smallest drops in sales of any brand, second only to...Read More»

2009 Nissan Rogue SL
Driven: 2009 Nissan Rogue

When Nissan introduced its Rogue crossover nearly two years ago, it seemed sized a bit too closely with the brand's existing Murano. Many shoppers surely wondered, if they could have the Murano, with its torquey V-6 and more dressed-up interior, for just a little more money, why not? That was...Read More»

SUV sales in the crapper.
Shift Away From SUVs Seem Permanent -- Your Alternatives?

As fuel prices continue to edge up and the auto market remains soft, the sales decline of the traditional truck-based SUV looks to be  permanent. What are people driving instead? What should you consider if you're in the market? MSNBC reports that from their high-water mark in 2003, the percentage...Read More»

2009 Audi Q5
2011 Audi Q5 Adding Hybrid; 2010 Q7 Gets Facelift

It's been in showrooms for a few months in V-6 form, and the 2009 Audi Q5 is already being prepped for a green makeover. For now, the powertrain in the Q5 will continue to be the 270-horsepower, 3.2-liter V-6 installed in every U.S.-bound vehicle. In 2011, Audi plans to fit a hybrid gas-electric...Read More»

Driven: 2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser

I hate to admit that until last week, I had never driven a Toyota FJ Cruiser. The very capable off-roader with the funky look was introduced way back in 2006 as a 2007 model ... so I'm way behind the curve on this one. Perhaps the time gives me some added distance to judge this ready-for-anything...Read More»

2009 Audi Q7
Driven: 2009 Audi Q7 TDI

Last week the editorial team at High Gear Media convened in the Bay Area for some fun, some food, and some SEO training. Thanks to the 2009 Audi Q7 TDI, we traveled as a pack and only once (okay, twice) almost left one team member stuck in the third-row seat as we broke for Starbucks and a break...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class: Diesel, Hybrid and Twin Turbos

The Mercedes-Benz ML-Class sport-ute is nearing the end of its second generation. With a replacement due in 2011, the next M-Class could get a wide range of engines from a more efficient hybrid model to a twin-turbo AMG version, reports German car site Auto Bild. The next M-Class should arrive in...Read More»

Chrysler and Fiat logos
Fiat Swoops In As Chrysler Clears Bankruptcy, 'New Chrysler' Already Operating

Fiat is back in the U.S.A. now that it has completed its strategic alliance with Chrysler. The deal went forward almost immediately upon the Supreme Court's release of Chrysler from bankruptcy proceedings yesterday. The 'new' Chrysler says it is positioned to take on the market, focusing on the...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz E Class Luxury 3.5L 4MATIC AWD
Luxury No Defense Against Weak Market, But Germans Cautiously Optimistic

Hyper-luxury European car brands like Rolls-Royce are seeing steady sales, but their more attainable counterparts - BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz - are still riding a downward slope through May. But all is not yet lost, as there may be an end in sight. BMW's Ian Robertson, the company's board member in...Read More»

2009 Audi Q5
2009 Audi Q5: An IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says the 2009 Audi Q5 is among the safest vehicles on the road. The IIHS--an insurance industry-funded testing body that crash-tests new vehicles--says the 2009 Q5 earns "good" ratings in all three of its tests. The agency uses front-end...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
Chevrolet Equinox Hybrid Due In 2011

  With Roger Penske's PAG (Penske Automotive Group) taking control of General Motors' Saturn division, the question among product geeks was what vehicles will make up the new Saturn's line? According to AutoblogGreen and other sources, the Penske deal apparently includes a continued supply of some...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Equinox, by Rex Roy
First Drive: 2010 Chevrolet Equinox

We've just spent three hours behind the wheel of the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, Chevy's new entry for the growing compact crossover market. TheCarConnection.com was among the first to bring you a look at this new  competitor to the Toyota RAV4, Honda CRV, and Ford Escape (check out our First Look at...Read More»

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