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Briefs: VW, GM, Mercedes

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

VW Mulls Smaller SUV

Volkswagen is said to be working on a smaller SUV than its current
Touareg. The new, smaller SUV likely will be easier on gas. It is
expected to be a 2007 model-year vehicle.

New GM Trucks Coming for 2006

The next generation of pickup trucks and spin-off SUVs may appear
in a few months as 2006 models. Paul Ballew, a GM executive director,
recently told analysts that GM’s new trucks and SUVs, using what is
called the “GMT 900 architecture,” will be very popular when they reach
the public. No further details were given.

Mercedes Considers Diesel on M-Class SUV

Mercedes is considering a V-6 diesel option for its 2006 Mercedes
M-Class SUV. It likely will be a 3.0-liter engine, available some time
in 2006. Emission laws in some states may prevent the engine from being
sold there, including California and New York. Initially, two engines
will be available on the wider and longer ’06 M-Class SUV: a new 268-hp,
3.5-liter V-6; and a 302-hp, 5.0-liter V-8.

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