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General Motors has unveiled its face lifted 2013 Chevrolet Traverse at the New York Auto Show. The big crossover has abandoned the company’s corporate grille in favor of a new design that’s expected to eventually make its way to the rest of the Chevrolet utility vehicle stable. With three chrome-finish bars across the upper grille inlet, more expressive headlamp arrays and a new fog light design, the 2013 Traverse looks more conservative and polished, at least from up front. Move past the A-pillar, however, and the vehicle looks plenty familiar. Even with a new hatch and redesigned tail lamps, the 2013 Traverse has not strayed far from its family-minded original recipe.
Likewise, the 2013 model’s drive train remains untouched. The same 3.6-liter V6 puts down 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque through either the front wheels or an all-wheel drive system and the six-speed automatic has been reworked for quicker shifting.
Buyers will be able to opt for Chevrolet’s new MyLink system, complete with Internet-based applications like Stitcher and Pandora as well as Bluetooth voice and audio capability. Like its fellow Lambda-platform sibling, the reworked Buick Enclave, the Traverse will also be available with a new center airbag that bisects driver and front-seat passenger.
For more information and the video review look at the Chevrolet Traverse page.
John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America CEO, confirmed that the all-new seven passenger 2013 Santa Fe will replace the Veracruz model. “The Veracruz is going away” Krafcik told. “It ends production around November.” Hyundai debuted the Santa Fe at the New York International Auto Show in both five-passenger and seven-passenger configurations.
The seven-passenger Veracruz was a new nameplate for Hyundai when it rolled out in 2007. It never gained much acceptance in North America, so Hyundai has found a new way around that problem.
“It’s hard to establish a new brand name” Krafcik said. “It can take US$50 to $100 million dollars. Santa Fe is a golden nameplate for us, it’s a great product, and now it will be much more efficient in my marketing spend.”
Indeed, it will also be more efficient producing a five- and seven-passenger Santa Fe than two different vehicles. From the B-pillar forward, there will only be minor differences between the two Santa Fe models.
Furthermore, the new design of the Santa Fe moves it into Hyundai’s stylized fluidic design theme. The Veracruz, which still included many of Hyundai’s older design elements, just didn’t fit in with everything else. Now, or at least in the coming months, it will be no more.
Look at the video review on the Hyundai page.
All Renault dealers in the UK will sell the French carmaker’s Dacia budget brand under a “no haggle” pricing agreement from the beginning of 2013.
With prices starting at under £7,000 for the Sandero supermini and under £10,000 for the Duster SUV. Both models will be launched in the UK in December 2012.
The move is part of a dramatic overhaul of Renault’s UK operations which sees the deletion of the Laguna, Espace, Modus, Wind and Kangoo car models from February 2012. The brand is also axing 55 dealers in a bid to match the size of its network to its volume expectations.
The brand has been sold in continental Europe for some years with UK managing director Thierry Sybord having worked on its original purchase from the Romanian government in 1999.
Sybord said Dacia will be a good fit for Renault dealers and its “no haggle” pricing is aimed at new customers who have previously purchased used cars where pricing is one of the main criteria. Fleets will not be offered discounts.
“Dacia is fully part of Renault’s action plan. If we had Dacia now our situation would be very different,” he said.
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