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    Future Products: Japan

    http://www.autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=102996

    Article includes a table and descriptions of the upcoming models.

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    Re: Future Products: Japanese Automakers in the US

    D-max influence at last?

    The 2006 Isuzu i-350 pickup is based on the GMC Canyon.

    i-280, i-350: Two 2006 pickups, versions of the GMC Canyon, went on sale in July.

    The Isuzu i-280 is an extended cab pickup, equipped with a 175-hp, 2.8-liter, four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic transmission is optional. The i-350 four door is equipped with a 220-hp, 3.5-liter, inline five-cylinder engine and a four-speed automatic transmission.

    A diesel engine will be added for the 2008 model year.

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    The new Silverados/Sierras better be world-beaters, cuz I'm sure the new trucks from Nissan and Toyota are gonna be good. Look how many Tundras they've sold, and its not even a full-size truck yet. Hell, I even owned one myself. Trucks are high profit, and truck buyers are notoriously loyal, so losing them would be a serious blow.

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    Re: Future Products: Japanese Automakers in the US

    Quote Originally Posted by Arizona Slim
    The new Silverados/Sierras better be world-beaters, cuz I'm sure the new trucks from Nissan and Toyota are gonna be good. Look how many Tundras they've sold, and its not even a full-size truck yet. Hell, I even owned one myself. Trucks are high profit, and truck buyers are notoriously loyal, so losing them would be a serious blow.
    agreed. GM may have let the car buyers wonder but i think GM will let that happen the truck buyers.

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    Did you see the Toyota list!? Just reading it makes me getting more eager to see the new models.

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    Re: Future Products: Japanese Automakers in the US

    Quote Originally Posted by Arizona Slim
    The new Silverados/Sierras better be world-beaters, cuz I'm sure the new trucks from Nissan and Toyota are gonna be good. Look how many Tundras they've sold, and its not even a full-size truck yet. Hell, I even owned one myself. Trucks are high profit, and truck buyers are notoriously loyal, so losing them would be a serious blow.
    True, for the big 2.5, even a small loss of market share say somewhere between 2 to 5% could be disasterous.

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    Re: Future Products: Japanese Automakers in the US

    Some revelations from this list:

    The '07 Suzuki XL-7, based on Theta, DOES get the 3.6 "high feature" V-6. Wonder what Suzuki had to do to pull that one off.

    The Maxima is not selling at expectations. Really? Funny, maybe it's the region where I live, but I sure see more of this generation than the last one on my roads.

    They forgot to note that the '08 Accord will be all-new.

    So, the Avalon platform is the basis for the '07 Camry and next Highlander, etc. I thought the '05 Avalon is based on the current Camry platform. Isn't it?

    The article begins by stating that the next Altima ('07) will be "radical". Then in the model list it says "evolutionary rather than revolutionary".

    The '07 Camry gets a new 3.3L engine, NOT the 3.5. Sounds to me like the next Camry is shaping up to be a Sonata clone. But then the model list says it follows in the Mazda 6's footsteps. What?

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    The Element is not getting redesigned until 2008? WOW, they have alot of faith in their products.
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    Re: Future Products: Japanese Automakers in the US

    Looks like there's alot happening around 2008-2009. I can't wait to see what attempt that Nissian and Toyota are going to make at the heavy duty truck market. The Supra and Skyline sound interesting as well.

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    Suzuki with a sport sedan in 2008...can't wait....about time......I can see it now: An Aerio Evo

    I agree thouh with the 3.6 in the next XL-7...Suzuki got on GMs good side

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    Re: Future Products: Japanese Automakers in the US

    Quote Originally Posted by SonicAerio
    Suzuki with a sport sedan in 2008...can't wait....about time......I can see it now: An Aerio Evo

    I agree thouh with the 3.6 in the next XL-7...Suzuki got on GMs good side
    There may be hope for Isuzu yet.

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    Re: Future Products: Japanese Automakers in the US

    Pickup: An Acura pickup, based on the Honda Ridgeline is being talked about, but sources say it has not been approved.
    Honda/Acura would be very stupid to pull something like this. If they brought Acura's styling to the Ridgeline, it might be pretty cool, but having luxury pickup trucks is an idiotic idea. Sort of like the Lincoln Blackwood

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    Re: Future Products: Japanese Automakers in the US

    Quote Originally Posted by chaseabryant
    Honda/Acura would be very stupid to pull something like this. If they brought Acura's styling to the Ridgeline, it might be pretty cool, but having luxury pickup trucks is an idiotic idea. Sort of like the Lincoln Blackwood

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    I think it would be a terrible idea.

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    Re: Future Products: Japanese Automakers in the US

    Quote Originally Posted by chaseabryant
    Honda/Acura would be very stupid to pull something like this. If they brought Acura's styling to the Ridgeline, it might be pretty cool, but having luxury pickup trucks is an idiotic idea. Sort of like the Lincoln Blackwood

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