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Smart Car for the USA Debuts at NAIAS

smart fortwo

For the very first time on US soil: the new smart fortwo, celebrating its USA premiere at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit (January 7 to 21, 2007). The new smart fortwo will be available in the USA beginning in the first quarter of 2008. The car shown in Detroit is an European version of the new smart fortwo. Model lines to be available in the United… Continue reading

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GM Takes the First North American Truck and Car of the Year Awards

Saturn Aura

General Motors started off the 2007 North American International Auto Show with a bang when its new full-size pickup, the Chevrolet Silverado, and its new midsize sedan, the Saturn Aura, won the North American Truck and Car of the Year awards.

“I just want to go, ‘YES!’,” said Jill Lajdziak, Saturn vice president for sales, service and marketing, while she pumped her fist in the air. “Sometimes you have… Continue reading

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2008 Ford Focus and Focus Coupe Unveiled at NAIAS

2008 Ford Focus and Focus Coupe

The 2008 Ford Focus is redesigned inside and out with a bold new exterior, a modern interior and a long list of new safety and technology features, including Ford Sync-Ford’s exclusive fully-integrated, voice activated in-car communications and entertainment system for mobile phones and digital media players

Also new is a sporty two-door Focus coupe, which is designed to attract new and younger buyers in the growing small car market… Continue reading

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2007 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra

At the 2006 New York Auto Show, Hyundai, the Korean automaker that’s become the industry poster-child for the term ‘successful turnaround’ introduced an all-new iteration of the car that, 20-plus year ago, originally brought the brand to the States — The Hyundai Elantra.

That original Hyundai Elantra was plagued with build quality and reliability problems, but by the time the most recent generation was introduced a few years back… Continue reading

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2007 Suzuki SX4

Suzuki SX4

Suzuki also showed yet another all-new vehicle in New York. The SX4 is a small sport crossover, with clean styling and a motorcycle-inspired feel. Power is provided by a 2-liter four-banger, and all-wheel-drive is standard.

Suzuki SX4

Suzuki SX4 Rally Car

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2007 Kia Sorrento

2007 Kia Sorrento

As usual, Korean brand Kia put on one of the best shows at the New York Auto Show. Although their charismatic President is gone, the PR flaks still livened the event up by bringing out that wacky “power to the people” spokesperson from the Kia commercials. This is a guy who’s seemingly able to get excited about almost anything, and his introduction of the all-new 2007 Sorento SUV was no… Continue reading

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