Cross Over Vehicle

Your Crossover is a Station Wagon.

Posted in Chevrolet, Cross Over Vehicle, Ford, Infiniti, Volvo by Corey | December 14th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

I’ve got sad news for you my friend; that crossover you bought – the vehicle that combines the practicality of an SUV with the driveability of a car – it’s actually been known for generations by a different name.

You own a station wagon.

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Honda Element Ends Production

Posted in auto industry, Cross Over Vehicle, Honda, Newsworthy, SUV by Kurt Ernst | December 6th, 2010 | 6 Responses |

2010 Honda Element

It was boxy, but good, and was perhaps the only passenger vehicle less aerodynamic than a Volkswagen Microbus. After an eight year run, Honda has announced the end of Element production, citing declining sales as the reason. Originally intended as a lifestyle vehicle for Generation X, the Element never drew the audience that Honda expected; instead, most buyers were north of age 40, and they embraced the Element for both it’s funky styling and its incredible versatility. Or maybe it was the only vehicle on the market that reminded buyers of the old VW bus.

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A Virtual Range Rover Evoque, Driven By Ghosts

Posted in Car Buying, Cross Over Vehicle, Land Rover, Luxury Cars, New Cars, Range Rover, SUV by Kurt Ernst | December 2nd, 2010 | 1 Response |

We’ve already told you all there is to know about the Range Rover Evoque (here and here), which won’t be on the streets for another ten months or so. That didn’t stop Range Rover from creating the above video, which appears to show a virtual Evoque being virtually driven through virtual streets, by ghosts. You do get a good sense of what the Evoque looks like on the road, and you also get a decent look at the Evoque’s well appointed interior and panoramic roof.

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Porsche Says ‘Ja’ To The Cajun

Posted in auto industry, Cross Over Vehicle, New Cars, Porsche, SUV by Kurt Ernst | December 1st, 2010 | 3 Responses |

2013 Porsche Cajun

If you’re one of the purists who feel that real Porsches are air cooled and rear-engined sports cars, the announcement that Porsche will build a compact, entry level SUV is a sure sign the apocalypse is upon us. If you’re among those who aspire to own one of Stuttgart’s finest, but are saddled with the realities of raising a family, you probably see the Cajun as good news from Porsche. Either way, Porsche has announced their approval of the Cajun project, aimed at younger buyers new to the Porsche brand. The compact SUV is expected to compete against the Audi Q5 and the BMW X4 when it hits the market in 2013.

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2011 Subaru Tribeca Touring: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Buying, Car Reviews, Cars, Commuter Cars, Cross Over Vehicle, General, Import Review, RideLust Review, Subaru by Kurt Ernst | November 30th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

2011 Subaru Tribeca Touring

Thumbs Up: Comfortable for front and rear seat passengers.

Thumbs Down: No telescoping steering wheel, on the expensive side.

Buy This Car If: You know and love Subaru, and want more style, luxury and room than the Forester offers.

For years, Subaru struggled to build some kind of a brand identity in the United States. Even in their early days, they were fairly well known in states like Colorado and Vermont, where winters typically range from bad to brutal. Subaru offered an inexpensive, reliable and fuel efficient AWD alternative to full sized SUVs, and the brand’s reputation began to grow. For years, their advertising slogan was “inexpensive and built to stay that way”, but times move on and buyers don’t necessarily want inexpensive and de-contented cars, even ones that get you just about anywhere you need to go.

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2011 Ford Explorer Orders Twice What Ford Expected

Posted in 4x4, auto industry, Cross Over Vehicle, Detroit, Ford, New Cars, Newsworthy, SUV by Kurt Ernst | November 29th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

The 2011 Explorer testing in Dubai. Photo: Ford Motor Company

Based on their own market research, Ford expected the 2011 Explorer to be a huge sales success. It was what the Explorer buyers in their focus groups asked for, despite the fact that critics bemoan its loss of hardcore off-road capability and heavy-duty towing capacity. Ford appears to have guessed right, since they’ve taken roughly double the number of orders expected so far. To date, dealers have ordered some 7,500 units, consumers have ordered some 3,000 copies and corporate buyers have sent in POs for some 4,500 units. Total the orders, and that sum of 15,000 is twice the 7,500 that Ford expected prior to launch.

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2012 Camar-O-mino: The Ultimate in White Trash Transport.

Posted in Chevrolet, Concept Cars, Cool Stuff, Cross Over Vehicle, Custom, Holden by MrAngry | November 23rd, 2010 | 4 Responses |

2012 Camaromino

Well honk my hooter and call me Cletus! Someone has actually taken the time to create the ultimate in new age redneck transport. By mating a Holden Ute SSV with a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, a new breed of overland transport has been created. May I present to you the 2012 Camar-O-mino, and hot damn if this just don’t tickle the pickle. The Holden Ute SSV is basically the Australian version our beloved, and now defunct El Camino for those born after 1990. It’s also powered by the same 400 hp 6.0-liter V8 mill that found its way into the Pontiac GTO that was built from 2004-2006.
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2011 Range Rover Evoque Proves Four Doors Can Be Sexy, Too

Posted in Car Buying, Cross Over Vehicle, Land Rover, New Cars, Range Rover, SUV by Kurt Ernst | November 11th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

2011 Range Rover Evoque 5 Door

The 2011 Range Rover Evoque may be the best looking SUV (or crossover, depending upon your perspective) in the history of mankind. Will you be able to ford jungle streams and climb straight up the side of a volcano in one, like you could in a Land Rover Defender or a classic Range Rover? No, probably not, unless the stream is only a few inches deep and the volcano has a gravel road to the caldera. That certainly won’t hurt Evoque sales, since the urban-hip SUV is aimed at a buyer more concerned with image than with capabilities.

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BMW Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over N54 Motor

Posted in BMW, Cars, Cross Over Vehicle, Legal, Newsworthy by Kurt Ernst | October 13th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

2008 BMW 335i

It’s hard not to like a motor that produces 300 horsepower, 300 ft lb of torque and is silky smooth as only an inline six can be. When BMW rolled out the 3.0 liter, twin-turbo N54 motor in the 2006 335i, it helped move a lot of inventory from BMW dealer lots. Some saw it as a poor man’s M3, although “poor man” and BMW are somewhat contradictory terms. The motor proved to be so good that BMW bolted it into 1 series cars, 3 series cars, 5 series cars, the Z4 roadster and the X6 crossover. In other words, the N54 has become a fairly common motor in BMW’s product mix.

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2011 Volkswagen Touareg Models Announced

Posted in auto industry, Car Buying, Cross Over Vehicle, General, SUV, Volkswagen by Kurt Ernst | September 29th, 2010 | 2 Responses |
2011 VW Touareg TDI

2011 VW Touareg TDI. Photo: VW

In the market for a mid-size SUV / Crossover vehicle? Can you hold out just a little while longer? If you can, then you may want to give VW’s second generation Touareg SUV a drive when it hits dealer showrooms later this fall. For diesel fans, this is very good news since the Touareg will be back with a TDI clean diesel variant. Unfortunately, the V10 turbodiesel and it’s stump pulling 553 ft lb of torque won’t be used in second generation, but there’s still enough grunt in the new oil burner to keep torque fans happy.

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