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Chevrolet Makes Trax for NY

After long delay, compact crossover finally is coming to US.

by on Apr.16, 2014

GM CEO Mary Barra introduces the new Chevy Trax: the company's first small crossover-utility vehicle at the New York Auto Show.

Chevrolet is making tracks for New York. More precisely, it’s showing off the new Chevy Trax crossover-utility vehicle at the 2014 NY Auto Show.

Small SUVs make up one of the world’s fastest-growing product segments, but until recently, General Motors planners didn’t think there was enough market in the U.S. for the Trax which has been on sale in much of the rest of the world for the last several years.

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But with a growing number of competitors targeting this niche, the corporate bean-counters finally decided to give the little Chevy crossover a green light, and Trax will land in U.S. showrooms by early next year – if not sooner. (more…)

Sportage Shows Kia’s Styling Growth

Small sport ute is beautifully designed, but please, fix the ride.

by on Feb.10, 2011

Kia's new Sportage continues the automaker's recent trend toward building stylish vehicles.

For the better part of two decades Kia has made progressively better cars, but the design and styling still lagged.

The designs were often boring (previous generation Sportage) and sometimes strangely ornate (Amanti).

Not many people looked at a Kia, any Kia, and said “Wow, I want to drive that.”

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That is changing rapidly. The latest Optima is a smartly styled mid-size sedan. The Soul is a funky little box, the type of shape that hipsters love. And now, Kia has an swoopy new Sportage small crossover.

Kia says the new Sportage design takes its – sorry about this – cue from the Kue concept that was introduced at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. Well, OK. That sleek two-door concept did have a high beltline and a low roof, much like the new Sportage, but after that, they don’t have all that much in common.
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GMC Terrain Review

More than an Equinox clone.

by on Sep.10, 2010

GMC's Terrain is built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Equinox, but unique sheetmetal gives it a completely different look.

There was a time when it seemed General Motors was content to slap a different grille on the front and a different sticker on the back and sell the same car under three or four different brands. A Chevrolet Uplander minivan was the same as a Pontiac Montana, not to mention the Buick Terraza and Saturn Relay.

In fact, this GMC Terrain illustrates how GM is now going about what many have derisively called “badge engineering.” The Terrain is a twin of the new Chevrolet Equinox, but you’d hardly notice based on the sheetmetal.

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Where the Equinox has a sleek look, the GMC version is blocky and angular. It’s safe to say that those who find the Equinox appealing probably won’t care for the Equinox and vice versa.

In reality, the two vehicles’ hardpoints, such as the wheelbase, windshield and door openings are all the same.
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