April 19, 2013

Auto Briefs

GM revamping midsize pickups; Ward's picks top interiors


The current Chevrolet Colorado. (General Motors)

GM planning new midsize pickups
General Motors plans to unveil a line of revamped midsize pickup trucks this year with gas mileage and features designed to take sales from Toyota's Tacoma. The trucks will replace the aging Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. One of the new vehicles will go after buyers who need a truck for work. Another will aim for younger "lifestyle" buyers who use trucks to haul recreation equipment and play outdoors. The company says it is evaluating whether to keep the Colorado and Canyon names.
The Associated Press



Ward's names its favorite new interiors
Ward's has released its 10 Best Interiors list, recognizing its favorites among vehicles with new or significantly upgraded interiors. Ward's, an auto news and data company, based the scores on materials, ergonomics, comfort, safety, value, fit-and-finish and overall design.
The winners: Acura RDX, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Spark, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Kia Forte, Lexus GS 450h, Mazda6, Nissan Pathfinder, Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn and Toyota Avalon (shown).
— NWautos staff


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