The Peugeot HX1 is a conspicuously attractive luxury concept MPV

The French upper crust once lived so luxuriously the masses decided to chop their heads off, perhaps hoping to find gold inside the aristocratic piñatas. Yet the dour, simple Germans have owned the luxury market. Can an MPV place the French back atop the throne of conspicuous consumption? Sadly, no, because it's just… » 9/14/11 2:30pm 9/14/11 2:30pm

Joule MPV Brings South African Engineering To Paris Show Floor

We brought you word of the Joule all-electric MPV » 10/03/08 4:45pm 10/03/08 4:45pm yesterday, a South African entrant in the new electric car wars, and now we have live shots of the Joule on the floor. The little Afrikaaner is produced by a new tech company called Optimal Energy and was designed by a former Jag stylist — though we're going to have…

Indonesian Toyota Innova Apparently Getting Facelift

Not that we really knew what the outgoing model looked like, but apparently the Indonesian-built Toyota Innova is getting some minor cosmetic tweaks. Currently available only in exotic markets like India, Malaysia, and of course Indonesia, the Innova is a popular vehicle for those wanting a spacious 5-passenger MPV… » 8/04/08 2:40pm 8/04/08 2:40pm

Toyota Alphard Scans Show Minivan Pre-Dekotora'd For The Masses

Possibly reaching out to the dekotora crowd, Toyota seems to be taking the next generation of its most awkwardly named MPV in a distinct direction with a gigantic and protruding front fascia. The Toyota Alphard, which is named for a star but sounds like the first mentally challenged person or a movie about Alf in… » 2/26/08 5:45pm 2/26/08 5:45pm

Mazda MPV Crashes Into Chicago TV Studio During Live Broadcast

I don't know what's more jolting to me — the fact a Mazda MPV took a flying header into the Chicago ABC7 studio at the top of yesterday's 10:00 PM broadcast or that the e-mail accompanying this tip was » 12/24/07 11:00am 12/24/07 11:00am

Now that I look at it, maybe if Ravi Baichwal were a Jewish kid from Metro Detroit, he'd totally be my spitting…

Cop Ends High-Speed Pursuit by Delivering Baby

When we hear "100 mph" and "Sheriff's Deputy" in the same story we tend to expect it to finish with some sort of horrific wreck or jail, so we were a bit shocked when we found this story of a car chase that resulted in a little girl named Claire Jeon. It all started when Davis County Deputy Cory Cox clocked a Mazda… » 11/08/07 5:15pm 11/08/07 5:15pm

Drive The Self-Parking VW Touran, Pretend You're "Knight Rider"

David Hasselhoff ain't got nothing on this driver of the new VW Touran in this new "Knight Rider" themed commercial from the folks from V-Dub. Watch as the F1 dad, or whatever the European equivalent to a Nascar dad would be, uses the Touran's self-parking feature to mimic K.I.T.T. a Lexus. We even hear it parks… » 10/17/07 2:00pm 10/17/07 2:00pm

The Renault Scnic Conquest: An MPV With Off-Roading Style?

Although the "Conquest" version of Renault's little Sc nic MPV was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show, we're just getting our first chance to take a gawk at this little people mover. It's what Renault's calling a "car designed with leisure pursuits and the great outdoors in mind. Its bold styling resembles that of an… » 5/03/07 10:41am 5/03/07 10:41am

Spy Photos: More on the Ford Focus C-Max 4x4

Somewhere in Europe, there's a buyer waiting for a high-roof Ford Focus that can trudge through snow like a mini Unimog, while hauling the kids, pets and groceries home from Sainsbury's. Soon, they'll be able to take delivery. Ford's been working on this Focus C-Max allroad for a while, as spy shots have testified.… » 3/19/07 12:32pm 3/19/07 12:32pm

Question of the Day: Japanese MPV or CX-9?

AutoWeek gives a what-might-have-been report on Mazda's decision to bring the large CX-9 crossover to market over the redesigned MPV minivan. Mazda's senior veep for product development laid out the reason for the shift from minivan to crossover in very certain terms. Thanks to fewer incentives and higher transaction… » 2/02/07 10:04am 2/02/07 10:04am

Kia Rondo SX Concept Coming to Chicago

The jaded 'ol Jalops were impressed with the 2007 Kia Rondo MPV we saw and poked at in LA and Detroit: the cargo room, the eerily not-injurious legroom in the third row, the low sticker price for a V6. So we'll be paying extra special attention to the company's fashion concept — the SX — which will be unveiled at the… » 1/31/07 4:29pm 1/31/07 4:29pm

Chariot Afire! SPACE WAGON AMUSEMENT! A Carstar!

Commenter pres just recently asked, "When did the Eagle Summit suddenly become en vogue again?" We understand if pres missed the boat, although the correct answer to his query is, "When did anything that was sold other another name as the Mitsubishi Space Wagon ever go out of vogue?" What's more, its antecedents,… » 1/24/07 5:45pm 1/24/07 5:45pm

Pack a Lunch, Kids! It's the Toyota Picnic!

Maybe, just maybe, if Toyota had introduced the Picnic on these shores... Maybe just maybe, if they had introduced the Picnic on these shores twelve years earlier... And maybe, just maybe, if D. Boon had been riding in one instead of sleeping in the back of a van on a fateful December night in Arizona back in '85...… » 1/24/07 3:45pm 1/24/07 3:45pm