2006 Detroit Auto Show, Part XIII Page 2

January 10, 2006

Will there ever be a flagship SRT version of the Jeep Compass? Don’t hold your breath, said Joe Eberhardt. “We’re still debating it, but at this point I would say no.”


2006 Detroit Auto Show, Part VIII by Bengt Halvorson (1/9/2006)
Jeep Compass, Toyota Camry, Nissan Sentra and Urge.



Jeep Wrangler Four-Door At NY In April


The eagerly anticipated four-door version of the new Jeep Wrangler will make its world debut at the New York Auto Show in April. The news was revealed by senior vice president of Chrysler Group design, Trevor Creed. There had been speculation the JacobK.JavitsConvention Center event would see the car’s debut, but Creed’s statement during a one-on-one interview marked the first time it had been officially confirmed.


Like its standard two-door sibling, the new model will be powered by a 3.8-liter gasoline engine, plus an all-new 2.8-liter diesel for Europe.


Preview: 2007 Jeep Wrangler (1/9/2006)
Squared off, powered up, and ready to rocks.


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European GMs to Get Hybrids


Hybrid engines will appear in the Chevrolet Captiva and Opel/Vauxhall Antara SUVs by 2009.


Both cars are built on the same platform as the next Saturn Vue, so it’s natural to assume they’ll get the same hybrid system that’s in the Green Line version of the Vue, unveiled at the 2006 NAIAS. But that’s not right, said Nick Reilly president and CEO of GM Daewoo, based in South Korea. “It will be a version of the two-mode hybrid system that was unveiled in the Tahoe. It’s going to be two or three years away, and that’s going to be the first application of the unit (in those two brands) because it’s something that’s not being done by other people.”


So what about in other cars? Reilly confirmed: “There’s work going on across the product range and there will be four or five applications across the two brands of Vauxhall and Chevrolet.”



GM Europe Getting Smaller SUV?


A second SUV could soon be on the way from Chevrolet’s South Korean operation. The model would sit underneath the Captiva – due to make its world debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

Speaking at NAIAS 2006, president and CEO of GM Daewoo, Nick Reilly, said: “Potentially there’s a smaller SUV. It could be something new, or it could be something from South Korea which could be based on the T2X concept.” That was unveiled at the Seoul Motor Show 2005 as an unbadged silver car on the GM Daewoo stand. But, crucially, since that event it’s been resprayed blue and now wears Chevy badges.



Concept Seat Has EZaxis


A concept seat to boost passenger access into the third row of chairs has been launched at NAIAS by interiors firm Johnson Controls.


Called EZaxis, the base section tips up so it’s vertical and flat against the seat back. Then the whole thing swings in towards the center of the car, allowing free walk-through access to the rear. David Busch is principal designer of the prototype, and said it had already received much attention from car makers. “It’s the hit of the show for us. It will be ready for 2009 and 2010 vehicles.”

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