Monthly Archives: December 2002

First Drive: 2003 BMW 760Li

All images shot on location in Miami by BMW. Click image to enlarge by Paul Williams “Oh, my!” said the beautiful girl hanging out the car window next to my shiny 2003 BMW 760Li. “Oh, my, my, my!” she continued, … Continue reading

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Mercedes-Benz to unveil new E-Class wagon in Detroit

December 30, 2002 Mercedes-Benz to unveil new E-Class wagon in Detroit Stuttgart, Germany – Mercedes-Benz announced that the new E-Class station wagon will have its world premiere at the Detroit auto show in January. It’s scheduled to go on sale … Continue reading

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Leasing down dramatically in the United States

December 30, 2002 Leasing down dramatically in the United States Nashville, Tennessee – New lease volume for the period January to November, 2002 for the largest national lessors declined 14.5% from the same period in 2001 according to a survey … Continue reading

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Michelin creates concept tires for concept vehicles

December 30, 2002 Michelin creates concept tires for concept vehicles Detroit, Michigan – Michelin tire company is equipping many concept vehicles at the upcoming North American International Auto Show with special Michelin and BFGoodrich brand tires. More than 15 concept … Continue reading

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Mini recalls models with CVT transmission

December 30, 2002 Mini recalls models with CVT transmission Whitby, Ontario – BMW’s Mini division is recalling Mini Coopers equipped with the optional continuously-variable transmission because the wrong type of transmission fluid was used in models built between August and … Continue reading

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Acura announces price for Canada-only 3.2TL Type S A-Spec

December 30, 2002 Acura announces price for Canada-only 3.2TL Type S A-Spec Toronto, Ontario – Acura Canada announced that Acura 3.2TL Type S A-Spec, which made its debut at Le Salon de l’Auto de Montreal, will carry a manufacturer’s suggested … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 2003 Hyundai Accent GL sedan

Click image to enlarge by Greg Wilson Great value in a small sedan The Hyundai Accent is one of only two subcompact cars left in the Canadian marketplace that starts under $13,000 (if you don’t count the languishing Daewoo brand) … Continue reading

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Cadillac to show 1000 horsepower V-16 concept car in Detroit

December 24, 2002 Cadillac to show 1000 horsepower V-16 concept car in Detroit Detroit, Michigan – The CarConnection, a respected Detroit online automotive publication, reports that Cadillac plans to introduce a flagship luxury car with a 1000 horsepower V-16 engine … Continue reading

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Volkswagen produces 22-millionth Golf

December 24, 2002 Volkswagen produces 22-millionth Golf Wolfsburg, Germany – The 22-millionth Volkswagen Golf came off the assembly line in Wolfsburg on December 19th. The jubilee vehicle, a Golf FSI in indigo blue pearl effect finish, is destined for a … Continue reading

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Kia Sedona named Best Van by Sport Truck Connection

December 24, 2002 Kia Sedona named Best Van by Sport Truck Connection Irvine, California – Sport Truck Connection Television has announced the winners of its fourth Annual Light Truck and SUV Awards (ALTAS) and has named the Kia Sedona the … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 2003 Acura CL Type S six-speed

Click image to enlarge by Haney Louka Home of possibly the best stir stick on the planet Acura must be listening. Lo and behold, a new six-speed manual transmission is now offered on the 2003 edition of Acura’s thoroughly competent … Continue reading

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2004 Pontiac GTO previewed on “XXX” DVD

December 23, 2002 2004 Pontiac GTO previewed on “XXX” DVD Click image to enlarge Detroit, Michigan – Pontiac will offer a preview of the new 2004 Pontiac GTO on the “XXX” Special Edition DVD, available December 31st. The action-packed film, … Continue reading

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Number of luxury SUVs jumps in 2003

December 23, 2002 Number of luxury SUVs jumps in 2003 Tustin, California – AutoPacific, a U.S. automotive analyst, released the results of a study of the United States sport utility vehicle market showing that the number of SUV entries has … Continue reading

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