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Report: VW New Beetle successor timeframe and details come into focus

2005 Volkswagen Ragster concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Mitsubishi abandons in-wheel motors for electric car, still no plans to bring it to the U.S.

Mitsubishi's annoucement of the "i MiEV" electric vehicle based on their "i" minicar has so far caused a bit of a stir. First, Automotive News reported that the car would be headed for the States. Then CNN said that the report was incorrect. Then, in a new Derrick Y. Noh

Toyota research: the bigger-is-better fad has passed

AutoWeek is reporting that some executives and managers in the Toyota camp are worried that the upcoming second-generation Sequoia SUV will be too large for consumers' tastes. In the face of high gas prices, we saw a dramatic decline in the sales of large gas-guzzlers, but some executives are saying that there's more to it than just that. They say the bigger-is-better fad has pass

Ford to offer North America's first light-duty diesel in the F-150 by 2009

According to AutoWeek, Automotive News has reported that Ford will introduce North America's first light-duty diesel truck in either 2008 or 2009. The confirmation came from Ford's former vice-president of manufacturing for the Americas, Dave Szczupak,who retired last week.

A tale of deactivating cylinders: After 25 years GM finally succeeded with its Active Fuel Management

For the history-minded, there's a short, interesting article on AutoWeek's website about GM's early difficulties and eventual success with their cylinder deactivation system. The article starts with GM's failed attempt at rolling out their first production engine with the system installed under the Cadillac badge called V8-6-4 in 1981. The system had so many problems that Cadillac dealers often disconnected it because there was no known fix.

So who broke Honda's embargo?

Though Honda did have an embargo on the release of the CR-V until September 1st, some have made the valid point that Motor Trend technically broke the embargo first when copies of its October 2006 issue featuring an article on the 2007 Honda CR-V hit mailboxes this past week. At that point, AutoWeek needed only to "bend the rules" in order to justify publishing photos and information on the web that had already reached the eyes of readers thanks to Motor Trend.

2007 Acura MDX unveiled early, too

AutoWeek followed up its "unapproved" online debut of the 2007 Honda CR-V with the unveiling of the 2007 Acura MDX, as well. Heavily inspired by the MD-X Concept that was unveiled at the 2006 New York Auto Show, the new MD-X sports an all-new design that differs sharply from the well-received looks of the current model. The new design works well too, especially the bold front grille treatment and gently bulg

Premature release: 2007 Honda CR-V debuts a bit early

AutoWeek decided to pull back the curtain early on the 2007 Honda CR-V and publish pictures and details of the new CUV that the automaker had placed on embargo until September 1st. We've seen this happen so many times before, and not just by small blogs and websites who don't know any better, but by big media outlets like AutoWeek, that at this point we find it hard to believe they did it without permission directly from Honda. Automakers are getting more and more savvy about building buzz that

Volkswagen's GX3 to be nixed because of legal concerns?

Sadly, Volkswagen looks ready to pull the plug on its GX3 project, which only weeks ago looked set to put the three-wheeled star of this year's L.A. Auto Show in U.S. showrooms by 2007. AutoWeek reports that concerns about U.S. liability laws have driven a stake through the heart of the project, which, although not officially dead, is at best on life-support.