California International Auto Show
SoCal auto enthusiasts rushed to the California International Auto Show at the Anaheim Convention Center in October. On the main floor, automakers showcased their '06 models and even revealed some new products. Down below, onlookers enjoyed custom autos all day, while DJs mixed housy beats after hours. Check out our snaps of some of the choicer trucks and SUVs we discovered at the show.

Number Crunch
$15 Billion
The amount by which GM will be reducing its retiree healthcare liability, according to its latest deal with the UAW.

$7 Billion
Additional savings GM expects to garner by increasing productivity at some factories and closing others, cutting manufacturing jobs, tweaking healthcare for salaried employees, cutting more manufacturing jobs, reducing costs of raw materials, and other factors.

Best Offer
GM is looking for a buyer of its controlling interest in the GMAC financing company.

Value of gasoline incentives now offered by Ford to new car buyers.

A Long Way To Go
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Chevrolet Sport Wagon
No, this is not a zebra, but the newest Chevrolet SUV and yet another ute built on GM's Theta architecture-although this is a bit smaller than the current Theta vehicles and is being referred to as a "sub-Theta" crossover.

Sharing the Theta architecture with the Chevrolet Equinox, Saturn Vue, and Suzuki's upcoming SUV based on the 2005 NAIAS Concept X entry, this SUV-based on the Chevrolet S3X concept from the 2004 Paris Motor Show-was styled in Korea by Daewoo and co-developed with GM Daewoo Auto & Technology here in the U.S. It will likely carry a variety of nameplates, including Chevrolet, Opel, Saturn, and possibly even Buick.

The Korean market will get a Daewoo version of this SUV, but it's also expected to carry the Chevrolet and Opel nameplates across Europe. And, a first for Chevrolet in Europe-a diesel powerplant will be offered. But, most importantly, it will be a new sport wagon/crossover entry for General Motors.

The Daewoo version will offer seating for seven, but the European models will only offer five-passenger configurations.-Brenda Priddy & Company

2008 BMW V5
It seems like BMW has everyone fooled with its Volkswagen-Thing-like engineering mule, but our sources in Germany are speculating that underneath this shell is BMW's R-Class fighter.

These sources refer to this project as "Space Functional Concept" (SFC)-a vehicle with the roominess of a large station wagon, capabilities of an SUV, luxury amenities, and the driving experience of a sporty coupe. Based on all the information we've been able to obtain, our illustrators put together this rendering of what we believe the South Carolina-built crossover may look like. This stylish seven-seater will be RWD, with optional AWD available, and will be equipped with the latest in German technology.-Brenda Priddy & Company