SUVs Could Be Banned in Paris - News from Automotive Design and Production:
"Paris is considering doing what would be unthinkable in any American city - banning SUVs. It seems that the automotive brutes are becoming increasingly popular in the City of Light, leading the city's council to pass a measure that may ban SUVs on high-pollution days.

The main complaint, as reported by the British newspaper The Guardian, seems to be that SUVs emit a lot more carbon dioxide than the compact cars usually seen plying Paris' often narrow streets.

"It just keeps getting weirder and weirder out there...

Meanwhile, on This Side of the Pond, Trucks and Cute-Utes Are Still Hot
Recapping the first half of the year, sales of SUVs rose a healthy 2.2 percent in the first half, although they were propped up by profit-eroding rebates. The high gasoline prices are influencing vehicle choice. At least that's how we interpret the increase in sales of 18.9 percent of sport wagons. These offer better fuel economy and handling than big SUVs. Still, light trucks continue to gain share from cars. Toyota continues to expand its market share; Mitsubishi, on the other hand, is free-falling.

The crossover/hybrid/sport wagon/whatever-you-call-them vehicles are selling fast, and just about every manufacturer has one. Regardless of the name, 822,440 of these cute-utes were sold in the first six months of this year. That's 18.9 percent more than a year ago.

The Ford Escape lead the charge at 98,532 units. The model is up 25.1 percent for the year, with the Honda CR-V second with 69,979 units.

The Chevrolet Equinox with 23,460 sales since its March debut is doing very well; so is the Cadillac SRX, with 14,192 sales since its January arrival in showrooms. The SRX helped Cadillac's SUV group increase sales 66.1 percent in the first half.

Goodmark/Stylin' Concepts '04 Chevy Silverado Giveaway
Win the truck of your dreams! Enter now for your chance to win this '04 Chevy Silverado loaded with all the custom necessities, including a Goodmark hood; Street Scene body kit, grille, and mirrors; Corsa exhaust system; APC wheels, In-Pro Carwear euro taillights; Hypertech Power Programmer; Gaylord's tonneau cover; Altech LED line-of-fire lightbar; Nu Image flame gauges; Belltech lowering kit; Powerslot brake rotors; One Trick Truck door handles; Owens floor mats; and Billet Specialties billet antenna. In addition to all these goodies, the truck will feature Goodmark's signature "flame on black" custom paint. All entries must be received by 11/10/04. Fill out our easy-to-use online entry form at www.stylinconcepts/sweepstakes, or contact: Stylin' Concepts, 7820 E. Pleasant Valley Rd., Independence, OH 44131, (800) 401-7089.

Start date: 8/2/04
End date: 5:00 p.m. EST 11/22/04
Mailed entries mailed by 11/22/04 and received by 11/29/04

'04 Ford Heritage F-150
An '04 ford Heritage F-150 pickup truck drove off the assembly line at the Ontario truck plant on June 28, 2004, marking the end of production at the 39-year-old plant. Hundreds of employees gathered around the final truck as two long-time employees, Eddy Moir and Gerald Wydsyz, both with 41 years of service, climbed in, started the engine, and pulled away, ending an era.