Chrysler Town & Country to stay, Grand Caravan to go?


In an inevitable tug of war that has raged for over a year, Chrysler appears to be still up in the air as to which minivan will get the ax. Last we heard, the Town & Country was the one to go, as the Grand Caravan is a best seller in Canada, however it appears the tables have turned once again. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Chrysler is showing off two sets of vehicles: A Dodge & Chrysler minivan, and a Dodge & Chrysler crossover.

“That’s why he (Marchionne) can say what he’s saying because he knows we have several projects cooking,” Ralph Gilles to the Free Press.

Whenever the redesigned van hits stores in 2014 or ’15, only one will remain as a van and the other arriving as an all-new crossover.

via AutoBlog

source Detroit Free Press

2013 Buick Encore gets it’s First Drive

2013 Buick Encore

As the Encore gets closer to dealer showrooms, the automotive press has released their initial opinions on the new CUV. Positive reactions are abound with a few questioning where exactly the luxury compact fits into the Buick line. It’s a curious vehicle for the US market considering other offerings, such as the Chevrolet Trax. However, as most have concluded if you’re a young professional or an empty nest retiree, Buick has you in their sights. Links are attached below.

MotorTrend – First Drive: 2013 Buick Encore

Car and Driver – 2013 Buick Encore First Drive Review


AutoBlog – 2013 Buick Encore First Drive


You’re invited to our Chrysler Premiere Event!

On March 19th, you’re invited to our Chrysler Premiere event! This event is to show off the redesigned and reinvigorated Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram products. We will be here to answer any questions you may have or to take any of our updated models for a spin.

Before you stop by, click the link below for a chance to win a new Dodge, Chrysler or Jeep product. If you aren’t a winner of a new vehicle, you may receive a $ 25 gift card just for seeing us.

via Chrysler Premiere Event Page

GMC Granite may go into production. Reverse doors included.

We’ve talked about the GMC Granite before and according to a report over on MotorTrend,  will be green lit for production. Concept suicide doors in tow. The information comes from a “well placed source” within the company.

The concept was built on the C-Segment (Volt, Cruze & Verano) platform and was powered by the 1.4L Turbocharged 4 Cylinder found in the Cruze with a 6-speed manual transmission. However, MotorTrend speculates that the 2.4L 4 Cylinder in the Verano could also make an appearance as the powerplant of choice.

It’s all conjecture until the press release hits the wire. But we can all agree, this concept could make a nice splash in the fast growing small car segment.

via [Autoblog] source [MotorTrend]

New Chevrolet Volt 30 second spot

The all-new Chevrolet Volt has been cleaning house. First it attained Automobile Magazine’s Automobile of the Year, then Motor Trend named it their Car of the Year. The spot above will be adjusted to reflect the coveted Motor Trend award, but in the interim, it’s an enjoyable narrative from Tim the Tool Man Taylor. Enjoy!

Cruze Eco rated at 42MPG highway. Available in January for $ 18,995

Via press release, GM has official fuel economy numbers for the new Cruze Eco. 42 miles per gallon highway. And no, it’s not a hybrid. Almost 50 tweaks and cheanges were made to help the all-new Cruze to attain higher numbers than it’s “green” competitors. It also attained an impressive 0.298 drag coefficient, which, to put in persepctive, is less than a Bugatti Veyron.

Press release after the jump.

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