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General Motors 1: Avanti 0 in Trademark Infringement Lawsuit

Avantis Studebaker XUV Sport Utility Will Have to Change Avanti Motor Corp., best known for its reincarnated Studebaker Avanti replica, has agreed to modify the design of its upcoming sport utility vehicle. The two companies came to an amicable agreement out of court. First shown at the Chicago Auto Show, the Studebaker XUV (Xtreme Utility Vehicle) came under fire for looking like a “knock-off” of General Motors Hummer H2, or at least thats what the lawsuit stated. Avantis Studebaker, at a targeted 150 handcrafted units per year, is hardly a threat to the popular H2, but trademark infringement is trademark infringement and the tiny automaker will have to make changes. Modifications to the front and rear fascia will help the XUV to look more like

Industry Report: GM Drops Old Nameplates in Order to Show Fresh New Face

Out with the Old and In with the New as GM Attempts to Upgrade Its Image Whats in a name? A heck of a lot if hundreds of millions, and even billions of research and development dollars could be lost due to a given models previously poor image. For that reason its out with the old and in with the new for many of General Motors nameplates. By now everyone should be aware that GMs Oldsmobile division is soon to be phased out altogether, and some may even have heard that the Pontiac Aztek is getting axed. While the former is bad news to auto enthusiasts who grew up admiring Cutlass 442s while being awed by outlandish Toronados, most will say good riddance to the

First Official Photos of Jaguar X-Type Estate

Jaguar Joins Audi, BMW, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo with Versatile Wagon On Friday, August 15, Jaguar offered up the first pictures its new X-Type Estate (station wagon) that is scheduled debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 9, 2003. Jaguar states that in Europe over one third of station wagon purchasers make their choice due to styling, something the X-Type Estate has in spades. This should bode well for a model that, in 4-door sedan guise, hasnt sold as well as its contemporaries. Like the sedan, permanent all-wheel drive will be standard, with 2.5 or 3.0-L V6 engines available. A new 2.0-L diesel, announced in June, will get the nod for European customers with no news of its availability in the U.S. Actually, Jaguar

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Green Report: What Do French Fries and Your Car Have in Common?

Biodiesel is an Unorthodox but Relevant Alternative Fuel Did you know that fuel could come from an organic source as well as petroleum? While I knew about the benefits and the drawbacks regarding diesel, “biodiesel” was initially an unfamiliar topic. After a little research its starting to win me over. Before I state why heres a little background info. The term biodiesel, first introduced in 1992, describes a low-emission fuel gleaned from restaurant grease and/or the oil of crops such as soybeans. It is produced by blending lye, an alcohol such as ethanol, and an oil. While the fastest-growing alternative fuel in the United States, according to the National Biodiesel Board, its not particularly new. Europeans have been using it for over 15 years in

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First Official Photos of Jaguar X-Type Estate

Jaguar Joins Audi, BMW, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo with Versatile Wagon On Friday, August 15, Jaguar offered up the first pictures its new X-Type Estate (station wagon) that is scheduled debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 9, 2003. Jaguar states that in Europe over one third of station wagon purchasers make their choice due to styling, something the X-Type Estate has in spades. This should bode well for a model that, in 4-door sedan guise, hasnt sold as well as its contemporaries. Like the sedan, permanent all-wheel drive will be standard, with 2.5 or 3.0-L V6 engines available. A new 2.0-L diesel, announced in June, will get the nod for European customers with no news of its availability in the U.S. Actually, Jaguar

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Canadian Vehicle Sales Slumped by 8.9 Percent in June

Preliminary July Sales Showed 11 Percent Positive Rebound If youre thinking that domestic sales are slipping a bit lately, Statistics Canada announced that new vehicle sales were down significantly in June as well, compared to the same month last year. June 2003 sales reached 129,997 units, 8.9 percent lower than June 2002 sales. Also of note, June sales saw a 10.2 percent reduction next to Mays 144,829 units sold, but it should be said this drop has more to do with a seasonal adjustment than with a particular change in buying habits. However, the May to June results were worse than a Thomson Financial/IFR projection, previously reported by Bloomberg News, had estimated. The reduction in month-to-month sales from May to June was only to be

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Industry Report: GM Drops Old Nameplates in Order to Show Fresh New Face

Out with the Old and In with the New as GM Attempts to Upgrade Its Image Whats in a name? A heck of a lot if hundreds of millions, and even billions of research and development dollars could be lost due to a given models previously poor image. For that reason its out with the old and in with the new for many of General Motors nameplates. By now everyone should be aware that GMs Oldsmobile division is soon to be phased out altogether, and some may even have heard that the Pontiac Aztek is getting axed. While the former is bad news to auto enthusiasts who grew up admiring Cutlass 442s while being awed by outlandish Toronados, most will say good riddance to the

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General Motors 1: Avanti 0 in Trademark Infringement Lawsuit

Avantis Studebaker XUV Sport Utility Will Have to Change Avanti Motor Corp., best known for its reincarnated Studebaker Avanti replica, has agreed to modify the design of its upcoming sport utility vehicle. The two companies came to an amicable agreement out of court. First shown at the Chicago Auto Show, the Studebaker XUV (Xtreme Utility Vehicle) came under fire for looking like a “knock-off” of General Motors Hummer H2, or at least thats what the lawsuit stated. Avantis Studebaker, at a targeted 150 handcrafted units per year, is hardly a threat to the popular H2, but trademark infringement is trademark infringement and the tiny automaker will have to make changes. Modifications to the front and rear fascia will help the XUV to look more like

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Bugatti EB16.4 Veyron Ready to Rumba with 987-HP

Volkswagen is the Envy of the Premium Car World with 3 Ultra-Lux Brands Unless youre a car enthusiast you may not know what a Bugatti is, but to those on the inside the storied automakers upcoming model is probably the most intoxicating car to ever grace the planet. The EB16.4 Veyrons quad-turbocharged 8.0-L W16 engine will boast the highest specific output of any production car, nothing short of 987-hp. Factoring in its extremely lightweight carbon-fiber and aluminum construction, 7-speed dual-clutch paddle shift gearbox and all-wheel drive traction; the Veyron will be capable of ridiculously short sprints to highway speeds. How ridiculous? Take a deep breath because the Bugattis G forces might leave you gasping as it darts to 60 mph in all but 2.8 seconds,

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