Weekend Roundup: Chevrolet Orlando Breaks Cover, Nissan to Offer Murano Drop-Top

On vacation, or stepped away from your Blackberry, PC, or iPad for the week? Here are a few of the top news stories for the past week, along with a preview of metal to be unveiled at September’s Paris Motor Show.

Nissan will offer a Murano SUV two-door convertible
Although it may polarize opinion, Nissan has given the go-ahead to a two-door, convertible version of its redesigned 2011 Murano SUV.

Dodge Charger Pursuit package previewed
Dodge will rejoin the race to perfect the police cruiser with the its redesigned 2012 Charger sedan. It will join the Chevrolet Caprice PPV and a potential entry from Carbon Motors.

China’s ten-day traffic jam begins…and mysteriously ends
A ten-day traffic backup that spanned nearly 60 miles clogged one of China’s major thoroughfares. The jam, which began last week, seemed to miraculously end on its own late this week.

Chevrolet celebrates 75 years of Suburbans
At a media event this week, Chevrolet presented carefully maintained examples of its collection of Suburban sport-utility vehicles. The nameplate turned 75 in 2010, and was marked by the introduction of the Diamond Edition model.

Audi A1 is going global, but is still not for the U.S.
Fans of premium small cars got another kick in the gut this week, when Audi announced that its smallest offering will be sold outside Europe … but not in the United States. The A1 goes on sale in Europe, officially, today.

Paris Motor Show preview
This week, we learned about some of the upcoming, highlighted models that will debut at the Paris Motor Show next month. The standouts include Chevrolet’s Cruze-based Orlando MPV, and a Honda Fit/Jazz hybrid that will not be sold in the United States.

Stay with for updates and previews of more models as we inch closer to the auto show season.