Month: July 2014

Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon Creating Their Own Identity

Back in the early 90s a horizontal bar across the grill of the Chevrolet Tahoe was the only thing that set it apart from the GMC Yukon. Victims of badge engineering these practically identical twins shared everything except the emblems above the front license plate. It wasn’t until 2007 that the duo began to develop their own identities after receiving distinct headlights and front fascia. With the introduction of the fourth generation Tahoe/Yukon pair the siblings can finally call themselves unique. The exterior of the 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe shows little resemblance to the 2014 GMC Yukon. Only a keen eye would be able to...

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Volkswagen Routan – One Hit Wonder

Volkswagen Routan – 2009-14 Volkswagen Routan History Volkswagen won’t be sticking a VW emblem on the next generation Chrysler Town and Country minivan and calling it a Routan. Although it may have seemed like the Routan died a few years ago Volkswagen is officially ending production of the minivan this year.  Relegated to fleet-only status for 2014 the Routan will go quietly into the night while reminiscing about all the fun it had with Brook Shields as she tried to sell German Engineering in a Chrysler shell. There’s no word on whether VW will be offering another minivan in North America but chances are slim considering the recent announcement of a new seven-seater SUV based on the CrossBlue concept. With only five years in existence and no changes the Volkswagen Routan bids farewell as a One Hit Wonder that very few wondered...

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2015 Toyota Yaris vs 2015 Mazda 2

Toyota is hoping to steal the thunder away from Mazda in the hot hatch segment by revealing the 2015 Yaris less than a week after Mazda teased us with the 2015 Mazda2 (known as the Demio in other countries). Toyota will try to stay ahead of its competitor by making the 2015 Yaris available sooner. Both hatchbacks have been restyled, taking cues from their larger siblings. The Mazda2 will easily be confused as a Mazda3, and may become known as the Baby 3 (You heard it here first). Although there is some Corolla in the Yaris, it still has its roots embedded in...

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Volkswagen Eos – One Hit Wonder

Volkswagen Eos – 2012-2015 Volkswagen Eos – 2007-11 Volkswagen Eos History The Volkswagen Eos will become a One Hit Wonder when it’s discontinued after 2015. The two-door hard-top convertible was introduced as a 2007 model replacing the dated Golf Cabriolet. Once the Eos is retired Volkswagen will have the Beetle as the only convertible in its lineup. Although that’s one more drop-top than most car brands Volkswagen almost always had two. Perhaps the departure of the Eos is a sign that the German automaker is bringing the Golf Cabrio to North America since the GTI Cabrio has been available in Europe since 2013. In its seven year run the Volkswagen Eos has had only one facelift in 2012 to keep on par with VW’s brand identity. The Bubbly lights and fascia were redesigned to a straighter, more sophisticated look. With only one facelift throughout its lifespan, the Volkswagen Eos goes down in history as a One Hit...

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2015 Toyota Yaris Revealed as Competition Heats Up

With the competition heating up in the hatchback segment it’s about time Toyota redesigned the Yaris. The current four year old Yaris has been losing its cool while other hatchbacks like, Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, and Kia Rio have been getting hotter. The 2015 Toyota Yaris will also have to compete with a redesigned Mazda2 coming out around the same time. This is the Yaris’ fourth redesign dating back to 2000 when it was known as the Echo. Although it’s easily recognizable as a Yaris its large grill has become a prominent fixture on most Toyota sedans including the Corolla...

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Kia Forte5 Generations – Through the Years

Kia Forte5 – 2014-Present Kia Forte5 – 2011-2013 Kia Spectra5 – 2004-09 Kia Forte 5 History The Kia Forte5 is a member of the Forte family that includes a sedan and coupe. This 5-door hatchback debuted as a 2011 model, two years after the sedan was introduced. It replaced the Kia Spectra5. The Forte5 competes in the compact car segment against hatchbacks like Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra GT, Subaru Impreza, and...

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