Over 35 years ago, Ford Motor Company produced its 2.9L V-6 engine in Cologne, Germany. Prior to its wide-spreading popularity in North America, the 2.9L V-6 engine was intended and used in European vehicles. Between German markets and British markets, the engine was replacing other competitors in the market. Its versatile use in makes and models quickly grew the engine’s popularity in North American markets. As for the specifics of the engine, in comparison to the 2.8L engine, the 2.9L engine underwent minor changes and improvements.
The Toyota name has been around for decades and one of their shining lines is the Toyota Highlander. Called the Toyota Kluger in Japan and Australia, the Highlander is a midsize SUV built on the same platform as the Toyota Camry. This SUV was first announced at the 2000 New York International Auto Show and arrived the same year in Japan and a year after in North America. The Toyota Highlander claims the title as the first car-based mid-size SUV or midsize crossovers. The first generation sported five and seven-seat configurations and came standard with front-wheel drive and offered all-wheel drive. The first engines were the 2001–2007 2.4 L 2AZ-FE I4,116 kW (155 hp) and the 2001–2003 3.0 L 1MZ-FE V6, 151 kW (203 hp) with the 3.0 engine propelling the Highlander 0–60 mph in approximately 8.8 seconds. The most recent sees an improvement of having specs such as 3.5 L 2GR-FKS V6 2.5 L A25A-FXS.
The Lexus LS 400 is a full size luxury sedan and serves as the flagship for the luxury line of vehicles for Toyota. This vehicle has a rich history and has seen years of growth from its initial release in the 1980s. The Lexus LS 400 started development in 1983 with a release in 1989 and cost $1 billion to create and market.
Although you may not immediately recognize the model name, the Suzuki Sidekick is an incredibly interesting and historic vehicle. The Suzuki Sidekick was first produced by Suzuki in 1988 and so far, has four generations of vehicles under its name. It is a SUV that has had many different names through its geographic markets. In Japan, it is known as the Suzuki Vitara and the Suzuki Escudo with the Sidekick name being only used in the first generation produced for North America. Suzuki and General Motors both teamed up for the North American production of the SUV. The first generation sported many different trims and levels and in 1966 even received a sport version with a 120 hp (89 kW), 1.8-litre 16-valve four-cylinder Suzuki J18 engine.