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    REPORT: VW planning Polo-based mini MPV
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    Next up to announce a miniature MPV is Volkswagen, said to be eying its Polo for conversion to a (little) people hauler. In Europe such a car would go against competition like the Opel Meriva and Fiat Qubo. A VW board member suggested that such a car would be about adding to the company's small car ...

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    Shanghai 2009: Buick's handsome new MPV concept is all business
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    Buick "Business" MPV concept - Click above for a hi-res gallery
    General Motors has unveiled its new Buick "Business" MPV concept in Shanghai, and while details remain scarce as we try to practice our Chinese, we can tell you that while the idea of another Buick minivan may be hard for U.S. ...

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    Rendered Speculation: Yet another next-gen Ford Focus photoshop
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    Ford's design language can be largely distilled to three words: "let it ride." 2005's Iosis Concept created the template for kinetic design, and ever since then Ford has cashed in a number of winning bets on that language. Next up is the 2010 Ford Focus, based on the Iosis Max concept, and all of ...

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    Spy Shots: Opel Meriva mule caught brandishing suicide doors
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    The Opel Meriva concept shown at last year's Geneva Motor Show had a nifty set of rear doors that employ that less-than-nifty epithet: suicide doors. According to all the spy shots that have surfaced, the production model won't exchange the concept's novelty for more sedate, rear-hinged doors at ...

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    Toyota working on Yaris-sized 7-Seater?
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    If you've been distressed by not being able to buy a clown car at any local lot, Toyota has news for you: the company is working on a Yaris-sized seven-seater. That is odd enough to make us ask "What?" and "Why?" in several languages. Even better, though, is when Toyota engineer Hiroki Nakajima ...

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    GM axes small crossover plans, Asian compact coming instead
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Chevy Orlando concept
    When GM and the UAW agreed to a new contract in 2007, several new models and the plants in which they would be built were agreed on. Drastic shifts in customer tastes are changing those plans rapidly, and the General is scrambling to ...

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    Mazda developing vehicles for people with special needs
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    For the thirteenth year running, Mazda has created a number of vehicles for those with special needs to be showcased at the International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition in Japan. The AZ-Wagon gets a lift-gate out back so that folks limited to wheelchairs can enter and exit through the ...

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    Subaru Exiga: Up close and personal
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2008 Subaru Exiga.When we showed you Subaru's new MPV last week your response was pretty much unanimous: man that is fugly. The car's reception on the other side of the Pacific has been a lot warmer though, particularly for the headlights' signature blue ...

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    Spy Shots: GM's 7-passenger global people mover
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    Brenda Priddy & Co have brought us the first glimpse of GM's upcoming 7-seat MPV. Based on the Delta global platform, it is said to be about the same size as the Mazda5. The person hauler is apparently the work of GM Daewoo (GMDAT), with R&D work carried out in Bupyeong, South Korea.The ...

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    Frankfurt preview: Volkswagen Caddy Max and Max Life
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    Although it's certainly not the sexiest thing to come out of Frankfurt thus far, the new Volkswagen Caddy Maxi MPV still deserves (a little) note. Produced by VW's Commercial Vehicles group, the Maxi Life is a step below the Transporter, built atop a 320 mm wheelbase and stretching a full 4,880 mm, ...

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    Japan: Mazda releases MPV Bright Stylish M'z Custom
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    Click image for galleryHere in the States, if you want a people-mover from Mazda, you need to go the crossover route and pick up either the CX-7 or CX-9, or you can go for a compact minivan in the spiffy-looking Mazda5. In Japan, however, the MPV lives on, and it's a lot nicer than any of the ...

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    Spy Shots: VW's Sharan van
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    There's a whole class of small minivans over in Europe that we miss out on here in the US. Ford's got the great new S-Max, and Volkswagen's working on bringing a new version of its Sharan to market. AutoExpress managaed to nab a new Sharan, due by the end of 2008, with one of its long lenses. These ...

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    Why did Mazda axe the MPV with this in the wings?
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    Despite the protestation of General Motors and Ford, we believed the Chrysler Group's take on the minivan market's current state given at the Detroit Auto Show. According to the boys and girls from Auburn Hills, the market for Soccer Mom-mobiles will likely hold steady, and they hope to enjoy an ...

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    Tokyo Auto Salon: Mazda Mega-Gallery
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    Click for our gallery of 31 high-resolution photosMazda brought a ton of rides to the tuner-centric Tokyo Auto Salon this year. In addition to machinery like the CX-7 Bright Stylish Concept we brought you a few weeks ago and the Roadster (MX-5) Mazdaspeed M'z Tune Concept that Damon reported on ...

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    Citroen unveils 5-seat version of C4 Picasso
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    click above image for high-resolution galleryThat fine Euro MPV, the Citroen C4 Picasso, will be shrinking in March of this year. According to Autoblog Spanish, visitors to the Geneva Motor Show will see a whole new vehicle rather than the 7-seat microvan they have come to know. In its place there ...

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    Fiat and PSA unveil new compact vans
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    Fiat and PSA Peugeot-Citroen have taken the wraps off their new jointly-produced compact utility vans this week. The new Peugeot Expert, Citroen Dispatch and Fiat Scudo will be officially launched in January to replace the three vans of the same names currently on the market. As you can see from ...

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    Paris Motor Show: CitroŽn C4 Picasso
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    Citroën unveiled their new minivan (MPV in European parlance) at the Paris show. The C4 Picasso joins (rather than replacing) the long-in-the-tooth Xsara Picasso, as well as the larger C8, in the Citroën line-up, and will start selling in France next month and other markets in the next ...

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    2007 Honda Stream debuts in Japan
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    Our sister site, Autoblog Spanish, recently posted on the debut of the 2007 Honda Stream, a model sold in Europe and Asia that could best be described as a four-door, three-row minvan. The new Stream's design seems to borrow heavily from Honda's current design language, which places a large brand ...

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    Kia shows off next Carens at Madrid Auto Show
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    More details on Kia's new Carens have surfaced, now that the mini MPV has debuted in Madrid. The five-to-seven seater is widely expected to show up in U.S. dealers as the 'Rondo' where it will mix it up with everything from the Mazda 5 to Chevrolet HHR and Toyota Matrix. A marked improvement in ...

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    Hyundai Entourage wins Top Safety Pick award
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    Hyundai Motor America's all-new 2007 Entourage (shown above) has garnered the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's gold "Top Safety Pick" award, with the best rating ever for a minivan. The Entourage is also the first Hyundai to receive an IIHS "gold" award.The Entourage ...

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