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GM's eBay Motors Deal Goes Live Tomorrow
GM's eBay Motors Deal Goes Live Tomorrow

After a premature post-bankruptcy announcement in July, the real General Motors-eBay Motors deal is going live tomorrow, offering car buyers the chance to purchase a new car fresh off the lot straight from their living room sofa. GM hopes that tapping eBay Motors' 12 million monthly visits through...Read More»

2010 Honda Odyssey Gets Fresh Hues, Little Else New

The 2010 Honda Odyssey goes on sale today, and there aren’t many changes to report. A host of new colors are the biggest news for the Odyssey in 2010, as the model returns for one more model year before a complete redesign. While Ford and GM have discontinued their minivan models and looked to...Read More»

2010 Mazda Premacy (Japan)
Mazda5 Likely Sporting Few Changes for 2010

Mazda has announced equipment details for the Premacy, its Japan-market compact minivan that closely parallels the Mazda5. Based on this, it's likely that the 2010 Mazda5 will return with just a few minor equipment changes. In Japan, the Premacy gets a new fuel economy gauge and a newly redesigned...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS
Hyundai Gas Lock Delivers $1.49 Gas For New Buyers

In case you've been trapped in a cubicle for the past few months, it's summer again, and that means gas prices are making their march back up toward their peak. While fears of $4 per gallon gas aren't prominent - yet - Hyundai is pre-empting the rise with a promise of $1.49 gas for a full year, or...Read More»

2008 Chrysler Town & Country LX
Chrysler Town & Country: Do Families Really Swivel the Seats?

If any minivan could get me to think about driving one again, it's the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country. Chrysler's minivans seem to have a rollercoaster history, starting with being the savior of Chrysler in the '80s, then sinking into the despair of dismal quality ratings. It looks like the...Read More»

Nissan NV200 Van
Nissan NV200 7-Passenger Van For Geneva Debut

Nissan wants you to know it's prepped for a global launch of its NV200 van (though no North American plans at present). It's a versatile little van that can be configured to deliver masses of fish to the market or carry up to seven passengers, and it makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show on...Read More»

1999 Chevrolet Venture
Moms and Minivans Don't Always Mix

Sometimes, a minivan just isn't the right answer for families. My first minivan experience was almost a fairy tale. After a few years of schlepping the car seat in and out of various sport-utility nightmares, I finally decided to let my brain entertain the idea of owning a minivan. I didn’t want...Read More»

Honda Odyssey JDM
Should Honda Bring JDM Odyssey to United States?

Our very own loquacious commenter Ed (you know who you are) suggests that Honda should develop a smaller van for the U.S. market, as Mazda has enjoyed a big sales increase of its small Mazda5 van even in the midst of a down market. To that we say...good point, Ed. And indeed, Honda does have a...Read More»

2010 Ford Transit Connect
SEMA: Where Even the 2010 Ford Transit Connect Can Cool Down

Rules are made to be broken at the SEMA aftermarket show. Take a car that's not known to be cool--say, the 2010 Ford Transit Connect--and it can be spun into a whole other universe of style, totally transformed by tuners. The basics of this compact van aren't the stuff race weeklies are written...Read More»

2009 Dodge Grand Caravan C/V
A Bright Reminiscence for a Rainy Day: The Chrysler Minivan

Some decades ago, things were just as bleak for Chrysler as they are now. It had an obsolete, aging lineup that Americans weren't buying (basically a host of full-frame, old-tech thirsty vehicles that were stuck in the past). Along came Ford's Lee Iacocca, and the Federal Government's $1.25 billion...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS
TheCarConnection.com's Six Best Bang-For-The-Buck Cars

The stock market's jittery, banks are closing and the smell of recession is in the air. Is anyone worried about new cars? The answer is yes. Regardless of the tattered condition of Wall Street and some big has-beens in the money world, the real world still is turning--and that means people are...Read More»

2009 Honda CR-V
Honda and NHL Announce 3-Year Partnership

Perhaps as a platform to promote vehicle sales to its active-lifestyle, youth-oriented, and other hyphenated niche markets, American Honda Motor Co. and Honda Canada Inc. today announce a three-year agreement naming Honda as the official vehicle of the National Hockey League (NHL). Predictable...Read More»

2008 Honda Civic Hybrid
TheCarConnection.com's Six Best Cars for Great Fuel Economy

If you're like most of America, gas prices have made a huge impact on how you drive, how you live, and what you expect from your next new car. Prices are heading higher, gas is less available in some areas (here in metro Atlanta, it's hit or miss finding a fully supplied station, much less premium...Read More»

Dodge ev
Dodge EV in Trio of Chrysler Electric Cars for 2010

Not to be outdone in the hot new electric and E-REV segment, Chrysler has announced not one but THREE new Chrysler electric cars that rely solely or predominantly on electric motors for their forward propulsion, according to CNBC--not to mention the expansion of a fourth electric vehicle that's...Read More»

2008 Nissan Quest SL
2009 Nissan Quest Prices Jump Modestly

Basking in the "Tuscan Sun"--the sole new exterior color for the 2009 Nissan Quest--just got a tad pricier. In addition to new automatic door locks and the aforementioned additional color, major changes to the minivan for '09 include an MSRP jump of $750 on the base Quest 3.5 to land at $25,950...Read More»

Volkswagen Microbus Concept, 2001 Detroit Auto Show
6 Reasons to Doubt the U.S. VW Microbus

This weekend's chatter about a new Volkswagen Microbus erupting from the company's new Tennessee plant is fun reading, but don't count on a new minivan from VW anytime soon. A report in an Australian newspaper speculated that a new Microbus for the U.S. market only would be coming from VW's new...Read More»

2010 Toyota Sienna
Spy Shots: 2010 Toyota Sienna

TheCarConnection.com's spies caught this disguised 2010 Toyota Sienna prototype testing in the desert. The prototype appears to utilize most of the current Sienna's bodywork, so we initially thought it was facelift of the current Sienna.  But there are some very rough sections which seems to point...Read More»

Not So Short Take: 2008 Chrysler Town & Country

Much has been made about the decline in popularity of the minivan. With the proliferation of crossovers and SUV-lights, one might think that the mommy-box market was tanking. After all, GM and Ford bailed on the segment, so it must not be viable, right? Wrong. The reality is that while the minivan...Read More»

Hey, Taxi! Ford Yellows Up Transit Connect

The New York auto show hosts introductions of important new production and concept cars each year -- but usually, it's also home to some future-thinking about the next generation of taxi cabs. This year Ford's gone the taxi route with the new Transit Connect, the Turkish-built minivan the company...Read More»

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