Nissan NV Cargo Van Compared to the Competition – Video

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Nissan is looking to take some market share from several domestic automakers with its new NV Cargo Van. The three-door, two-passenger full-size van comes in a variety of trim levels and can be had with either a 4.0-liter V6 engine with 261-hp or a 5.6-liter V8 with 317-hp. Continue Reading...

2013 Ford Transit To Receive 3.5-Liter Twin Turbo EcoBoost

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2013 Ford Transit To Receive 3.5-Liter Twin Turbo EcoBoost
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More details have been released regarding the full-size 2013 Ford Transit van, which will partially replace the discontinued E-series. In Ford F-150 fashion, the new Transit van will also provide the option of a robust twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine, good for 365-hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. The new full-size Ford van will be… Continue Reading...

Dacia Lodgy Participates In Trophee Andros Rally Championship Before Official Debut

Dacia Lodgy Participates In Trophee Andros Rally Championship Before Official Debut
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Dacia has taken quite a different approach in revealing its latest minivan, Lodgy. Rather than traveling the usual auto show circuit and looking pretty on rotating pedestals, a unique, race-prepped Dacia Lodgy has been made to compete in France’s ice rally series, the Trophée Andros, months before any information on the production model is available…. Continue Reading...

Classic Volkswagen Bus On Sale In Holland

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Classic Volkswagen Bus On Sale In Holland
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Holland hippie community rejoice! As of last month, Volkswagen‘s Dutch operations has debuted the 2012 model Volkswagen Bus. No, it isn’t the Bulli concept we saw earlier at Geneva, but the original Volkswagen Type 2, commonly known as the Bus or Combi. The popularity and desirability of the classic van isn’t surprising. Current asking prices… Continue Reading...

Highly Radioactive Cars Being Sold Illegally in Japan

Highly Radioactive Cars Being Sold Illegally in Japan
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If you thought the risk of buying a flood car after Hurricane Katrina was serious, imagine having your health threatened just from being near the car. That’s exactly what’s been happening in Japan, where unsuspecting consumers are being sold dangerously radioactive cars that belonged to people living in Fukushima and the surrounding area after the… Continue Reading...

Truck With President Obama’s Telepromter Audio Gear Stolen In Virginia

Truck With President Obama’s Telepromter Audio Gear Stolen In Virginia
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A truck containing a teleprompter and audio gear used by President Barack Obama was stolen in Virginia, prompting questions about security lapses. The gear, estimated at about $200,000, was parked in a van at a Virginia hotel parking lot ahead of Obama’s visit to the area.  The van was said to be carrying audio equipment,… Continue Reading...

2012 Nissan Altima, NV Recalled For Air Bag Defect

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2012 Nissan Altima, NV Recalled For Air Bag Defect
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Two weeks ago, a recall was launched for approximately 20,000 Nissan Altima sedans for a front suspension bolt that may not have been properly tightened during production of the vehicle. Today, another recall was launched regarding an incorrectly assembled air bag control unit in both the 2012 Altima and the 2012 NV work van. The affected vehicles… Continue Reading...

1963 Volkswagen Bus Hammers At Record-Setting $217,800

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1963 Volkswagen Bus Hammers At Record-Setting $217,800
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The Barrett-Jackson auctions are famous for selling rare exotic cars for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Usually the cars that command the highest prices are limited production Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s and Aston Martin’s. At the Orange County auction, a 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger sold for $215,600, and a 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III James Young sedan… Continue Reading...

Ford To Cut Back On Red And Black Paint Due To Supply Shortage

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Ford To Cut Back On Red And Black Paint Due To Supply Shortage
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Ford is asking dealers to curtail orders of three shades of red paint, and one hue called “Tuxedo Black” due to difficulties sourcing metallic elements needed for the paint. The element, which is produced by a Japanese supplier, is unable to be produced to due damage resulting from the natural disasters that occurred in the… Continue Reading...

Geneva 2011: Volkswagen Bulli Is A 21st Century Microbus

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Geneva 2011: Volkswagen Bulli Is A 21st Century Microbus
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In Germany, the Volkswagen Microbus was affectionately known as the “Bulli”, proving that terms of endearment and the German language aren’t always compatible. While Volkswagen had a false start with their Microbus concept in 2001, the same idea is back 10 years later, and it manages to be even more contemporary while still providing Baby… Continue Reading...

Detroit 2011: Ford C-Max Marks Company’s Return To Minivan Segment

Detroit 2011: Ford C-Max Marks Company’s Return To Minivan Segment
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Ford‘s last minivan, the Freestar, left the market in tatters roughly 6 years ago, lagging badly behind the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. For 2011, Ford is back, with a vehicle that couldn’t be more different. The Ford C-Max ditches the Freestar’s antiquated architecture and inefficient V6 for a pair of 4-cylinders, including a 1.6L… Continue Reading...

Detroit 2011: Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi Plug-In Hit Prius Square In The Junk

Detroit 2011: Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi Plug-In Hit Prius Square In The Junk
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Although Toyota has been hyping their new Prius MPV for months, Ford‘s announcement of not one, but two hybrid minivans is sure to take the wind out of Toyota’s sails (no pun intended). The C-Max Hybrid and Energi (Ford’s name for the plug-in variant) will be 5-seaters only, and use a lithium-ion battery pack, considered… Continue Reading...

Chrysler Town & Country Set To Capture Minivan Sales Crown

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Chrysler Town & Country Set To Capture Minivan Sales Crown
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Few people pay attention to minivans, but an interesting sales war is heating up, with what could be Chrysler’s first major sales victory in their post-bailout era. Chrysler‘s Town & Country minivan, which just underwent a pretty substantial refresh, is the leading minivan according to sales data, moving 102,495 units through November. The perennial leader,… Continue Reading...

Nissan, Mitsubishi, Expand Business Alliance

Nissan, Mitsubishi, Expand Business Alliance
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Nissan and Mitsubishi announced a new joint venture today, notably involving a minicar project that will see Nissan’s engineering prowess and Mitsubishi’s small car expertise utilized in to give greater market share to both companies in markets outside North America. The first salvo of products will include a Nissan-built van to be sold as a… Continue Reading...

2012 Mazda5 Priced From $19,990

2012 Mazda5 Priced From $19,990
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The re-designed Mazda5, the smallest minivan available for sale in North America, will go on sale with a base price of $19,990 starting in January of 2011. The Mazda5 will come in three trim levels, with the base trim being Sport, Touring being the mid-level and Grand Touring acting as a top of the line… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Microbus Rumors Surface Yet Again

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Volkswagen Microbus Rumors Surface Yet Again
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Even though it’s spawned various stillborn re-incarnations, the VW Microbus may be returning thanks to executives within Volkswagen pushing for a concept that evokes the iconic utility vehicle. Klaus Bischoff, head of design for Volkswagen, stated that the 2001 Microbus concept did not make it to production due to cost factors, but noted there was… Continue Reading...

Ford Transit Connect XLT Is A Domestic Swagger Wagon

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Ford Transit Connect XLT Is A Domestic Swagger Wagon
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The Ford Transit Connect XLT has taken off with the commercial vehicle set, and even non-car-loving folks have come to know them for their distinctive shape, calling them “bread vans” or “ice cream trucks”. Ford seems to have finally listened to the internet and produced an honest civilian version of the Transit Connect, and it looks pretty… Continue Reading...

LA 2010: Nissan Quest Is A Challenger For Swagger Wagon Supremacy [Video]

LA 2010: Nissan Quest Is A Challenger For Swagger Wagon Supremacy [Video]
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The 2011 Nissan Quest may not be the official holder of the “Swagger Wagon” title, but it looks pretty damn good. On sale in early 2011, the new Quest is a radical departure from the old model, which was as exciting as vegan meatballs. All the usual minivan conveniences are present, like flat-folding seats, power… Continue Reading...

2011 Kia Sedona Updated With New Styling, Engine

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2011 Kia Sedona Updated With New Styling, Engine
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Kia‘s Sedona minivan, an often ignored but solid bargain in the minivan segment, gets a new grille for 2011, along with an upgraded powertrain. The Sedona’s new V6 puts out 271 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque with power being put down through a 6 speed manual transmission. This gives the Sedona a 27 horsepower… Continue Reading...

2011 Chevrolet Orlando Pictures Revealed, Will Debut At 2010 Paris Auto Show

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2011 Chevrolet Orlando Pictures Revealed, Will Debut At 2010 Paris Auto Show
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Chevrolet‘s Orlando micro-van has had its first pictures shown ahead of its debut at the Paris Auto Show. Based on the Cruze platform, the Orlando won’t make it to the United States, but is expected to be a strong seller in world markets, as well as Canada, where the compact minivan market has entries from… Continue Reading...

Ford And Chrysler Announce Recalls

Ford And Chrysler Announce Recalls
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The Ford Transit Connect, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Nitro and RAM 1500 are being recalled by Ford and Chrysler respectively, for separate issues. A pushpin that holds the Transit Connect’s headliner in place could come loose, a seemingly minor error that according to Ford’s statement on a NHTSA website, “…could exceeded head injury criteria requirements set… Continue Reading...
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