Minivans are affordable people carriers. They appeared in the late 70's with the Chrysler Voyager and the Renault Espace. Crossover slowly but surely taking over the minivan segment.

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General Motors hopes to satisfy the needs and wants of both minivan and SUV buyers with the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse CUV. The crossover that debuted last year at the Chicago Auto Show has 10 cup holders, seating for 7, a potent direct injected V6, optional 4 wheel drive, third row seating and promises return on average 20 miles per gallon. Starting at just under $30,000 the Traverse is an attractable package that offers the amenities of a minivan with the outward appearance of an SUV.

Chevrolet Traverse

The large grill is the first thing that you see on the Traverse and it is distinctly Chevrolet. The opening is cut in half by a horizontal bar that displays a bowtie front and center. The piece is almost identical to the grill of the Chevrolet Malibu and hints at a possible design theme for the future.

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Toyota is finding a creative way to show off some of its helpful technology. The Ultimate NASCAR Fan Sienna Rampvan revealed at the SEMA Show highlights the same widespread vehicle improvements can be seen on other Sienna Rampvans offering remarkable wheelchair accessibility, together with a long list of fresh features perfect for the avid NASCAR enthusiast.

Ultimate NASCAR Fan Sienna Rampvan based on the Toyota Sienna

Created by BraunAbility, the Sienna NASCAR Fan Rampvan is fitted with detachable passenger seats with wheelchair tie-down points for up to three wheelchairs, a totally lowered floor, foldout ramp and an ground-breaking "kneeling" rear suspension, all created to offer access for wheelchair and scooter users.

Hyundai believes that MPVs are the future, at least for Europe. Kun-Hee Ahn, chief Hyundai’s European operation said, "The world is currently a very unfriendly place for SUVs. For us the future has two directions. We will do more MPVs: our smaller B (supermini) and C (compact family) segment i20 and i30 will each have a people carrier version built on their platform."

The i30 MPV will be inspired by the i-Mode concept and will be revealed in 2010. After it the company will also unveil a MPV based on the i20. Hyundai is also to launch a replacement to its Sonata saloon, the i40, next year but hasn’t yet decided on its BMW 5-Series rival, the i50.

Source: CarMagazine
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Although the new Honda Odyssey was launched just a week ago Mugen hurried and revealed its customization kit for the new Japanese minivan. The kit from the tuning company is available in two versions, one for Odyssey Absolute and one for the standard Odyssey.

Honda Odyssey by Mugen

The difference between the two kits is that the standard Honda Odyssey kit consists in a new front bumper without the fog lights, new front grille and a new rear lip spoiler, the other parts remaining the same. The Honda Odyssey Absolute features a re-designed front bumper, front camera cover, new HID fog lights, a new front grille, side sills, a re-designed rear bumper with new exhaust cutters, a rear roof spoiler and new brake pads micro mesh brake line.

Honda Odyssey by Mugen

The interior got also customized and includes new sport mats, door sign lights, rear mirror covers and new aluminium sport pedals. In order to add a plus of sportivity the Japanese tuning house also added a new set of R an XJ aluminium wheels available in 17 and 18 inch and 4 colors.

Honda sells a different version of the Odyssey in Japan than it does in the U.S. Although Honda calls it a minivan and it seats the same as the U.S. Odyssey , this car shares more in common with the first generation Odyssey that Honda sold in the U.S. from 1995 to 1998. The Japan Odyssey is shorter in all dimensions, it has four hinged passenger doors, and looks more like a wagon than a minivan.

Japan only: Honda Odyssey

On sale today, the new Odyssey is equipped with a 2.4l DOHC i-VTEC engine and torque converter-equipped CVT transmission. It is also equipped with advanced safety technologies, including the new Multi-view Camera System. A special mobility-assistive version equipped with a lift-up front passenger seat will go on sale in November.

Press release after the jump.

Ford unveiled at the 2008 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover the new Fiesta Van, a model based on the all-new Ford Fiesta car which is being launched in Europe from autumn 2008. The Van version will go on sale from early 2009.

The new Fiesta Van is available with a well balanced choice of engines to offering commercial customers excellent fuel economy and low cost of ownership.

Engines available include the 1.25-litre Duratec 16V petrol unit (82 PS/60 kW), a frugal 1.4-litre Duratorq TDCi turbo diesel (68 PS/50 kW), and a top-of the-range 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi (90 PS/66kW) turbo diesel with standard closed-loop coated DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter).

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To show its commitment to social responsibility, the Mazda Motor Corporation will be participating in the 35th International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition (HCR) in Tokyo, Japan. The company will be showcasing its special needs cars at the event. Although the vehicles will initially be available in Japan, there is that possibility that they will eventually make it to American shores.

Three special needs vehicles by Mazda will be showcased at the event.

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If you think you saw almost everything in terms of strange car designs we present you Camper- the World’s Lowest Bus from VW . The design is signed by two famous specialists, Just Kampers and Andy Saunders. With only 1 meter height(3 foot) the bus nicknamed “Vancake” was developed in only three days during the Bug Jam festival at the Santa Pod Raceway, in UK. The car features a custom paint job and an electric sunroof.

Renault revealed today the revised 2008 Scenic, a more efficient and streamlined model that will go on sale in France this autumn at a price starting €19,900.

Renault Scenic

The new Scénic line-up focuses on six equipment levels: Emotion, Latitude, Carminat, Exception, Conquest and Jade. These changes combine with evolutions to the model’s interior and exterior styling, as well as upgrades for the different equipment levels and the introduction of option packs.

All versions except the Conquest equipment level are now equipped with satin-chrome foglamp surrounds and trims, grille and door handles, plus Gloss Black lower headlamp masks. Inside, all versions now come with a leather gearlever knob and steeringwheel. The Latitude, Carminat and Jade versions feature light beige for the dashboard and upholstery, while the Emotion, Exception and Conquest equipment levels are delivered with a dark charcoal interior trim.

Renault Scenic

The New Scénic Range has also seen a reduction in the number of powertrain options. The number of Scénic variants has consequently come down from the 84 versions previously available to 37. The number of five-seat Grand Scénic versions has been reduced from 74 to 27, while the number of seven-seat Grand Scénic versions has been cut from 71 to 27.

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