Lexus RX Hybrid Confirmed for Next Year

The Power of a V8 and the Economy of a Four-Cylinder Even though the Toyota Prius has grown up for 2004, sporting more interior room and hatchback versatility, without a doubt there will be consumers wanting more. More size, more performance and more luxury will be the calling cards of the upcoming Lexus RX Hybrid, […]

Model Year 2005 the Last Year for Ford Thunderbird

Supercharged SVT Thunderbird Wont Make it to Production Do you want a new Thunderbird? According to Nick Scheele, Ford Motor President and COO, the retro roadster was never intended to run for more than four years. Doing the math makes the 2005 T-Bird the final model year, giving you two years to make up your […]

Cadillac Escalade-V to Sport V12 Power

New V12 Only Suitable for Escalade for the Time Being Soon after the CTS-V hits the road Cadillac is said to be readying a tuned version of its full-size Escalade SUV. The Escalade-V will sport V12 power, the first to do so in the crested-wreath brand since 1937. The all-aluminum, dual-overhead cam engine, first shown […]

New Corvette Z06 Commemorative Edition Looks Like Latest C5-R

Special Paint Scheme and Carbon Fiber Hood set This Corvette Apart While Chevrolet dealers will be quick to say that all Corvettes are special, the top-tier Z06 is just that much more special. And how will they feel about the upcoming Commemorative Edition Z06, sporting the blue, red and silver color scheme of the Corvette […]

2004 Toyota Prius is Bigger, More Powerful and Cleaner than Outgoing Model

Hatchback Offers More Functionality than Outgoing Trunk If you like the thought of reducing noxious emissions while saving on fuel costs but need a larger car than the current crop of hybrid gas-electric vehicles, Toyota is listening. For 2004 its Prius goes through a major transformation, in style, performance and spaciousness. Soon to be sized […]

New Saab 9-2 to Be Reworked Subaru

GM Needs to Ask, Who in North America Would Buy a Saab Trailblazer? The assimilation process has begun. Quirky Swedish automaker Saab, 50% owned by General Motors, will now lose its legendary identity in the name of sustainability. GM vice chairman Bob Lutz stated, “We could keep on treating Saab like a protected species that […]

Strategic Vision Rates BMW and Volkswagen Number 1 in Their Categories

J.D. Powers Initial Quality Survey Contradicts Strategic Vision Who makes the highest quality cars? Well that depends on which research company you investigate? And what exactly does quality refer to? Reliability, recalls, interior fit and finish or perceived quality, panel gap widths or exterior welds? All are quality issues and each will negatively or positively […]

Aztek in Ruins After 2004

Ultra-Functional Aztek Doesnt Appeal to the Majority of Buyers When GM initially announced its Oldsmobile division was to be phased out there was a period of mourning among Cutlass 442 and Toronado fans. Even cries of remorse went out when the General dropped their Pontiac Fiero, Buick Reatta and Cadillac Allante models. So what will […]

Maserati Shows Pictures of its Next-Gen Quattroporte

New 4Porte to Incorporate 400-HP V8 Maserati, the legendary Italian marque now owned and operated by Ferrari, has just released photos of its forthcoming Quattroporte, a tease in preparation to showing the car in the flesh as part of the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show on September 9. The Trident brand has a forty-year history of […]

Green Report: Hybrid Electric Vehicles 101

Making Sense of the Newest Technologies There are two types of hybrid electric vehicles, series and parallel. In a series hybrid, a small gas or diesel engine is employed as a generator, creating power to drive the electric motor and recharge the small battery pack. Thus, the gasoline engine never directly powers the vehicle. The […]