Kia Sedona

Kia Sedona

Kia Motors has anounced Kia Sedona 2006-model redesign, arriving in dealerships this month.

Although the Sedona’s base price has increased significantly, so has the quality and content.

The basics: The 3.8-liter all-aluminum engine is shared with the Hyundai Santa Fe and Azera. The new engine is smoother than the underpowered 3.5-liter iron-block engine it replaces, and has considerably more power and torque.

Despite growth in nearly every dimension, the Sedona shed more than 400 pounds in the redesign. Most of it came from the lighter engine, high-tensile steel in the body, and a lighter-weight transmission and rear suspension.

Notable features: Standard features include cruise control, stability control, traction control, CD player, tire-pressure monitors, power windows and mirrors, keyless locking with alarm, tri-zone air conditioning, four-wheel antilock disc brakes and six standard airbags with a full-length side curtain for all three rows.

The base model stickers at $23,665, including freight.

Third-row seats fold into the floor. Second-row seats weigh about 60 pounds each, fold forward and can be removed. Second-row passengers have windows that go down.

Pontiac Pursuit

Pontiac Pursuit

General Motors unveil the new Pontiac Pursuit on Chicago Auto Show. The coupe will be a high-performance relative of the Chevrolet Cobalt coupe with some Pontiac influences. The vehicle will give the Buick-Pontiac-GMC channel a shot at the small-car market, a source close to GM says. GM is still considering names for it. Pontiac intends to launch the coupe as a 2007 model and likely will start production this fall in Lordstown, Ohio.

The car will be priced similarly to the Chevrolet Cobalt SS supercharged coupe, which starts at $20,490, including shipping. In Canada, GM sells a Cobalt sibling called the Pontiac Pursuit.

Redesigned Toyota Tundra

Redesigned Toyota Tundra

Toyota unveiled the redesigned Tundra at the Chicago Auto Show. What emerges for the 2007 model year is a bigger, beefier pickup, with styling that takes its cues from the FTX concept truck from 2004.

What buyers will find in the redesigned Tundra:

1. A bigger truck.
2. A new 5.7-liter V-8 joins the engine lineup.
3. Towing capacity rated at more than 10,000 pounds.
4. Three trim levels – base, SR5 and Limited – and three cab configurations, including the Double Cab.
5. The options list will include a rearview backup camera and Bluetooth connectivity for cellular telephones.

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Audi to build Q5 SUV

Audi Q5 SUV

Audi make plans to add a small SUV called the Q5 by 2008. Audi group also is considering an entry-level SUV called the Q3.

The Audi Q5 SUVwill be positioned against the BMW X3 premium SUV and will be sold in both Europe and the US. It likely will be based on the A4 sedan.

If built, the Q3 would be similar in size to the Golf SUV planned for 2007 by Audi parent Volkswagen.

A Q3 would give Audi a three-SUV lineup. Its first, the Q7, was introduced last autumn. The Q7 shares a platform with the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne.