I'm surprised Toyota is adding another SUV to their lineup since they already have 5 different SUV models. But i like the idea of a smaller Volvo and the diesel option on the M-class.2005 Detroit: Volvo C30, Toyota FJ Cruiser headed to U.S.; Mercedes to sell diesel M-Class
Posted Date: 1/11/05
Confirming more than three years of speculation, Volvo will build a vehicle smaller than the S40 and sell it in the United States, Volvo Car Corp. CEO Hans-Olov Olsson said.
The vehicle, to be called the C30, will be 8 inches shorter than the S40 and will arrive in late 2006. The idea of Volvo building a C30-type vehicle originally was spilled by Wolfgang Reitzle, former chairman of the Premier Automotive Group, in an interview in late 2001.
Toyota FJ to USA
After two years of study, Toyota will bring the FJ Cruiser to America this year. The production version of the rugged two-door SUV will be unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show, a Toyota source said. The source said it will look "very close" to the concept FJ Cruiser that debuted at the 2003 Detroit auto show. It also will carry significant cues of the original circa-1960 FJ-40 Land Cruiser, down to the identical logo. It will be imported from Japan and go on sale this fall.
Mercedes to sell diesel M-Class
Mercedes-Benz will launch a diesel M-Class SUV by 2006, says Paul Halata, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA LLC. The M-Class diesel will use Mercedes' new 3.0-liter V-6 engine. A nameplate hasn't been decided. The second-generation M class was unveiled Sunday. It goes on sale in the United States in April.
Because of tougher emissions requirements and fuel quality, the M-Class diesel will only be sold in 45 states, Halata says. This means it won't be available in New York and California, he adds, much to the chagrin of dealers in both cities who are "very upset," they can't sell diesels.