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Almost Showtime for the Last Winter Weather NAIAS

Next year the 2020 NAIAS moves to June, starting the week of the 8th. Continue reading

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U.S. Built Volkswagen Passat Priced from $20,765 to $33,720

Passat normally would face fierce competition from the entrenched Japanese Big Three – Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima and Honda Accord – but its not clear if production disruptions at those makers will continue into the late summer when it will appear in dealer showrooms. Continue reading

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Volkswagen Opens New Passat Plant in Tennessee

VW’s ambitious plans promise that one million new generation U.S. built Passat models will be sold during next seven years after cars arrive in dealerships late this summer. The plant also appears to be a logical choice for building a new Audi model. Since 1987, more than 700,000 Passat sedans have been sold in the U.S. The Japanese Big Three sell that many of their similarly sized family cars – Camry, Altima, and Accord – each year. Continue reading

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Prius, Priuses, Prium and Prien? No, Toyota Prii is the Plural

Toyota Motor Sales announced yesterday at the Chicago Auto Show that the official plural of Prius is now ‘Prii.’ This Prii name is the result of a contest that launched in January at the North American International Auto Show in … Continue reading

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Honda Debuts Civic Concepts at NAIAS for 2012 Models

The Honda Civic Si coupe and Civic sedan made world debuts at the North American International Auto Show today in thinly disguised “concept” form, providing the first official glimpse at the styling direction of what are mildly revised Civic models, … Continue reading

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Toyota Reveals Prius extended Family of Vehicles at the NAIAS

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. unveiled a Prius family of vehicles today in Detroit, as part of its strategy of introducing 11 new hybrid models to its global lineup in the next 23 months. Continue reading

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General Motors Ups Volt Production as Chevrolet Volt is Named 2011 North American Car of the Year at NAIAS in Detroit

General Motors is increasing production plans for the Chevrolet Volt hybrid for at least the second time in four months. The 50% increase in 2012 U.S. production will result in 45,000 four-seat models in 2012 instead of the 30,000 Volts originally schedule.

The announcement comes as the first Volts were delivered to retail customers in California, Texas, Washington D.C. and New York in December – about 350 of them – all that GM produced its Hamtramck, Michigan plant. Continue reading

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VW Passat Debuts at NAIAS. Will be Built in Tennessee

Volkswagen has taken the wraps off its NMS – new mid-size sedan – and surprise it’s a Passat. True, it’s the largest Passat since its 1987 debut in a segment long dominated by the Japanese Big Three – Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Nissan Altima.

VW has been promising that this Passat is finally right for the American market, and it will mark the return of VW to more than a small player since the day when it dominated U.S. imports with the Beetle. Continue reading

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