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Sleuth: The Week of October 5

October 09, 2008|By Wheelbase Communications

Hot off the press!

With a name like Orlando, it better be for sale here!: General Motors’ volume brand will use the Paris, France, auto show (which began Sept. 30) to preview a seven-seat tall wagon aimed at the European market. But the Sleuth hears the Chevrolet Orlando could arrive here in about 18 months. The Orlando will be based on the upcoming Cruze small sedan’s Delta II architecture, though it will be a larger and therefore more versatile vehicle. GM says the “O” would showcase the automaker’s latest-generation 2.0-liter turbo-diesel and will feature three rows of seats. The interior will be quite similar to what the Sleuth’s moles have seen in the Cruze with a waterfall center stack and switchgear out of GM’s current models. For a concept, the Orlando looks very production ready.

Ford rolls out next Harley series: The market for trucks might be soft, but Ford still has some excitement in the pipeline with its latest Super Duty pickup truck, the Harley-Davidson F-450. Ford and Harley have been building special edition F-Series pickups for almost a decade: 11 different models so far. This 12th iteration is the biggest and baddest one yet: a dual-rear-wheel, one-and-one-half-ton hauler with a curb weight of 8,700 pounds and the capability to tow 24,500 pounds, or about 24 Harley-Davidson motorcycles. You’ll also get blue “tribal” flames etched in the paint, a chromed grille and side vents, Harley-Davidson’s name embossed in the cargo box sides, unique wheels with Harley shields in the center caps and a fancy black leather interior with, you guessed it, even more Harley badging.

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BMW Concept X1 copies X6: Bavaria’s largest automaker says it wants to move into different areas, even much smaller segments. BMW’s X1 concept car, to be shown at the Paris, France, auto show that began Sept. 30, will take several design cues from the BMW X6, especially from the B pillar on back. Despite the coupe-like inspired lines, the X1 should offer plenty of rear-seat head room and cargo space. The new wagon is expected to hit the market in 2010 with full time all-wheel drive. Its overall size is also said to be comparable to that of Toyota RAV4. It remains possible that the X1 will share some components with Mini’s upcoming sport utility vehicle. Mini is owned by BMW.

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