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September 4, 2002

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2005 Chevrolet Equinox

2005 Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet says it will market its first crossover vehicle, the Equinox, in the 2005 model year. The new vehicle is based on the company’s Theta architecture — that’s the Saturn VUE to those of us outside the Renaissance Center. The Ingersoll, Ont., CAMI plant now building the Chevy Tracker and Suzuki Vitara will be converted to Equinox production in 2004 for a 2005 model-year launch, according to GM. GM will spend more than $322 million to update the plant for assembly of the new vehicle; Suzuki has not announced whether they will field a similar vehicle to be built alongside the Equinox.
GM Interiors: Changing from Inside by TCC Team (8/26/2002)

Plaintiff lawyers today are stepping up their indictment of Crown Victoria police intercept vehicles, charging that Ford could make the cars safer for cops with just a few market-ready add-ons including rubber fuel tank liners and fire extinction equipment common to race cars. Lawyers, supported by plaintiff attorney group safetyforum.com, will run a press conference today in Washington D.C., and have on hand widows of some of the eleven known officers to have died after Crown Victoria police car gas tanks caught fire in high-speed crashes, as well as a video demonstrating how rubber bladders make the cars safer. Find out more inside TheCarConnection.com today:
Ford Cop Cars Face Outcry (9/3/2002)

Look at the 2003 Volvo XC90 up close and it is clear that this vehicle is overdue for the Swedish maker and has a definite edge over the Mercedes M-Class and BMW X5. Volvo's newly installed North American boss Victor Doolan will benefit from a sales turnaround helped by the XC90, but he is anything but a lucky guy arriving just when a hot new product arrives. Volvo has been a mess, and Doolan, 62, has been deployed to fix it before he collects his retirement package. How big a role does safety play in Volvo’s turnaround goals? Read more inside TCC:
Volvo Looking for Safe Haven by Jim Burt (9/3/2002)

The Canadian Auto Workers are planning to pick a strike target this week — and the once-safe assumption that the target will be the Ford Motor Co. now appears to be uncertain. Ford's announcement in January that it planned to close its Ontario truck plant had seriously undercut the automaker's relationship with the Canadian union and the CAW had vowed to get even during the contract talks this fall. Last week, however, after the union had resumed talks in earnest with Ford, General Motors and DaimlerChrysler, Hargrove backtracked slightly and began hinting that Ford might not be the union's first target this year after all. Who will the target be — and how does the death of the Camaro and Firebird figure into it all? See for yourself inside TheCarConnection.com:
CAW Talks Reaching Critical Stage by Joseph Szczesny (9/3/2002)

Chevrolet has auctioned off the last Camaro to be sold to the public. The red Z28, equipped with T-tops, was sold to Mark Gembinski of Mayville, Mich., for $71,500, at a charity auction held in Auburn, Ind. The 32-year-old Gembinski told the AP he was brought home from the hospital in a 1969 Camaro and “got a little crazy” while bidding for the vehicle at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival on Sunday. It wasn’t the actual final Camaro, though — it was next to last. The final Camaro went directly from the production line closed last Tuesday in St. Therese, Quebec, to the Chevrolet museum collection. The auction proceeds will go to the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere, the news service reports.
GM: Camaro Factory to Close by Joseph Szczesny (10/1/2001)

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