News Front: May / June

Briefs: New medium-duty haulers, new SUVs on the horizon, thumbs up for diesel

Allyson Harwood
Jun 6, 2006
Photographers: The Manufacturers
V-10 TDI-
The turbodiesel Touareg will return for the 2006 model year and will be sold in 45 states starting in June.
Titan Power Grows, Shrinks-
Expect to see a V-6 in the Nissan Pickup as well as a diesel in 2007 or 2008.
Not a Freelander-
Land Rover will probably give the Freelander replacement a new name when it arrives in early 2007, perhaps an alphanumeric like the LR3. How about the LR2?
Photo 2/9   |   Hybrid GMT900 Tahoes
Tahoe, Yukon Hybrids
General Motors will produce two-mode hybrid GMT900 Tahoes and Yukons. The 2008 SUVs will use an AFM-equipped V-8, two electric motors, and a new transmission, for a 25-percent increase in fuel economy. The hybrids will have regenerative braking, engine shutoff at idle, and full-electric capability.
RV Sales Up-
The industry's sales increased in 2005, and travel trailer sales were up over 20 percent compared with 2004.
How Big Is Toyota?-
Its market value is over $200 billion, which is more than that of retail giant Wal-Mart.
Audi Q5, Q3-
A small SUV called the Q5 will be added to the lineup by 2008, and there could be an even smaller model called the Q3.
Photo 3/9   |   Power Block on Spike TV. Courtney Hansen
In Your Spare Time...
Looking for something to do? Check out the Power Block on Spike TV. Courtney Hansen, formerly the host of "Overhaulin'," now hosts this block of shows every Saturday and Sunday. It features news, trucks, and retrospectives on classics. And Hansen's first book, "The Garage Girl's Guide to Basic Car Ownership and Maintenance," will be in stores in August.
Diesel Support-
DaimlerChrysler will introduce new diesel models starting in fall, and BMW, Honda, and Nissan will add diesels to the lineup in the next three to four years.
Photo 4/9   |   GM HD Dualie
GM HD Dualie
KGP Photography
With the all-new versions of GM's new full-size SUVs now fully launched and a recent debut of the redesigned Chevy Avalanche, GM's development of its full-size truck line has now moved on to its heavy-duty models. Take this first appearance of this massive four-door dualie prototype, which seems sized to do battle with the Dodge Ram Mega Cab and any other supersize trucks on the market. The dualie rear-wheel configuration looks to be matched by a flared front fender, further emphasizing the width of these 2500HD and 3500HD trucks. The camouflage manages to hide most of the other stylistic differences between the light- and heavy-duty pickups, but some important details appear to show through in the truck bed. Note the metal rails along the edges of the truck bed, which seem to mimic Nissan's innovative "Utili-Track" system, seen on the full-size Titan.
2007 Suzuki SUV
Brenda Priddy and Co.
We caught the first pictures of the newest Suzuki SUV--a Theta-based 'ute larger than the Grand Vitara or the outgoing XL-7. This newest vehicle for the Suzuki lineup will bow for the 2007 model year and will offer three rows of seating. Power is expected to come from either a 3.4- or 3.6-liter V-6 and will be a close sibling to the Equinox and Torrent. It'll likely have some styling cues from Suzuki's Concept X. Although close to the Chevrolet and Pontiac variants, the Suzuki will measure in a bit longer--making it the largest SUV that Suzuki has to offer. Production will be at the CAMI plant in Ontario, alongside the Equinox and Torrent, and we should see the longer and still un-named Suzuki in dealerships sometime next fall.
Photo 5/9   |   Bigfoot monster truck
Bridgestone and Bigfoot
Bridgestone announced it'll continue its sponsorship of the Bigfoot monster truck through 2010. While Bigfoot began as a single truck, it has since expanded to a fleet of competitive monster trucks, all of which will share the sponsorship. For a schedule of Bigfoot appearances, visitwww.bigfoot4x4.com.

Photo 6/9   |   International RXT
International RXT Fifth Wheel
The second truck in International's personal-use line has been made fifth-wheel friendly. The RXT, which recently went on sale, will be available with a nine-foot tow-body bed. The truck is meant for equestrian, boating, and RV enthusiasts and business owners and boasts a near-30,000-pound towing capacity and a 9000-pound payload capacity. RXT prices start at $76,000. For more information, visit www.internationaldelivers.com.

Photo 7/9   |   Arte House
MT Arte House
Interested in buying classic images from Motor Trend's archives? Visit the Arte House. Here, you can search for images from the magazine's past and order copies of them from the Web site. Small and large prints and posters are available.Visit motortrend.artehouse.com/for more information.
Dating in Cars
Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider, co-authors of "The Rules...for Dating in Cars," have some dating tips for men.
• Fill the tank and don't ask her to chip in for gas, no matter how high the price.
• She means more than the car. If something spills, don't make a fuss about it.
• Lay off the horn. Be a gentleman and ring the doorbell.
• Open her car door and turn up the heat if it's cold.
• Keep your hands on the wheel, no matter how pretty she is.
• Don't talk on your cell-phone during the date.
• At the end of the date, don't be lazy. Escort her to her door--how else are you going to snag that good-night kiss?
Photo 8/9   |   4.0-liter V-6
New 4.0-liter V-6
The 2007 Nitro R/T uses a never-before-seen 4.0-liter V-6. Where did it come from? According to DaimlerChrysler, it's a stroked version of the 3.5-liter (pictured here) found in the Pacifica. The 4.0-liter receives a new upper intake manifold, new cam profile with higher lift and revised timing, improved NVH, and a higher compression ratio (raised from 10.0:1 to 10.2:1). The upgrades increase horsepower by five and torque by 25 and reduce peak-horsepower rpm.

Photo 9/9   |   Nissan Terranaut
Nissan Terranaut
Nissan's latest concept is a four-wheel-drive vehicle that has explorers and adventurers in mind. The cabin offers space for driver, passenger, and a third person in back, who sits in a fully rotating seat that allows access to the vehicle's computer, science lab, and communication equipment. The Terranaut uses puncture-proof tires that can be used on- or off-road.

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