Hyundai announced the 2011 Sonata 2.0T at a private press event on the eve of media day at the New York Auto Show and now we have the first live photos of the new turbo-charged direct-injected Sonata. As we reported, the Sonata 2.0T boasts a class-leading 274 hp with fuel efficiency of 34 mpg on… Continue Reading...
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Mazda announced it will introduce its next generation Sky powertrain in North America in 2011. The gasoline-based Sky-G engine and Sky-Drive automatic transmission system will make their way into production models in 2011 while the diesel-based Sky-D engine (pictured above) will reach North America in 2012. The Sky powertrain concept is part of Mazda’s goal… Continue Reading...
After seeing the consumer feedback for the 2011 Mazda2 after its unveiling at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December, Mazda has decided to launch the new sub-compact in late July, starting at $13,980. The Mazda2 will be available at two trim levels, Sport and Touring. Both come with a 1.5L four-cylinder engine claiming 100… Continue Reading...
The 2011 Infiniti QX56 was unveiled at the New York Auto Show with more power, better fuel economy, but the same price as the 2010 version. Unless its predecessors which were based on the Nisssan Armada, the new QX56 shares DNA with the Nissan Patrol. The direct-injected 5.6l engine has a claimed output of 400… Continue Reading...
Aston Martin introduced a new limited edition run of 40 cars celebrating Chief Executive Ulrich Bez’s tenth anniversary heading the luxury car manufacturer. The DBS UB-2010 edition includes a run of 20 Coupes and 20 Volantes, each personally specified by Bez with a new Azurite Black paint finish with metallic bronze leather with woven seat… Continue Reading...
Tata unveiled a new electric version of its Nano at the Geneva Auto Show. The Nano EV joins the Indica Vista EV in Tata’s electric line-up. The Nano EV will use the same super polymer lithium-ion battery as the Indica Vista EV. The electric version of the world’s least expensive automobile has a range of… Continue Reading...
Mazda unveiled a limited edition MX-5 at the Geneva Auto Show, celebrating the car’s 20th anniversary. Only 2,000 units have been announced, each equipped with a uniquely-numbered scruff plate. Unfortunately for us in North America, those 2,000 models are exclusive to Europe. The 20th Anniversary Edition MX-5 will be available in three colors, the new… Continue Reading...
With the launch of the all-new Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible, we’re not sure if we should talk about how unexcited we are about another special edition Bentley that looks like all the rest, or if we should just slam the snooty British automaker’s color choice. With the debut of this new model, Bentley has introduced… Continue Reading...
What’s the one car Michael Schumacher cannot pass? The official Formula One Safety Car, of course! That’s the riddle Mercedes-Benz’ Dr. Dieter Zetsche asked before introducing the SLS AMG F1 Safety Car at the Geneva Auto Show. The SLS AMG Safety Car then drove to the stage and its gullwing doors opened up to reveal… Continue Reading...
Mazda unveiled the second generation Mazda5 at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show. The Mazda5 gets a slight facelift with elements Mazda’s “Nagare Flow” design. The new Mazda5 might even look especially happier and smilier than usual. Under the hood is a 2.0L direct injection gasoline engine with Mazda’s i-Stop system. According to Mazda, the new… Continue Reading...
Hyundai unveiled its i-Flow concept vehicle, calling it a preview for a future D-Segment contender. According to Hyundai, we may see the i-Flow’s styling and technology in a 2011 production model. Would it be too much to expect it in the 2011 Euro-spec Sonata? The seventh of a series of concepts from the Russelsheim design… Continue Reading...
Volvo unveiled its new S60 at the Geneva Auto Show, trumpeting one of its biggest features: a pedestrian detection system. An evolution of Volvo’s automatic braking technology, pedestrian detection system uses radar and camera technology to sense when a pedestrian is about to step in front of the vehicle. If the S60 is traveling at… Continue Reading...
Audi really went all out to promote its new A1 at the Geneva Auto Show. Newly-signed brand ambassador Justin Timberlake gave Audi’s press conference star power, drawing one of the largest crowds on media day. Unfortunately the pop star’s appearance was a little underwhelming in this reporter’s opinion. Lesson #1: If you’re going to have… Continue Reading...
Nissan introduced the fourth generation of its Micra small car at the Geneva Auto Show, with hopes the compact car will help the company branch out into emerging markets. The compact car is built on Nissan’s new V-Platform (V as in “versatile”), which provides Nissan with a base to adapt the Micra to the 160… Continue Reading...
Along with the launch of the new Audi A1 at the Geneva Auto Show, the automaker unveiled an E-Tron electric vehicle concept. The A1 E-Tron is powered by a 102 hp electric motor with a range of 31.07 miles. A compact Wankel rotary engine kicks in when needed to recharge the lithium-ion battery, potentially extending… Continue Reading...
Kia unveiled the third generation Sportage new styling and a longer, wider and lower body at the Geneva Auto Show. The 2010 Kia Sportage takes many of its styling cues from the Kue concept model shown in Detroit in 2007. For Europe, Kia will offer the Sportage with four engine options, two diesel and two… Continue Reading...
Mercedes-Benz unveiled its F800 Style concept, representing what the German car maker calls the future of premium cars. The F800 concept has two variants, a plug-in hybrid with a 272 hp V6 direct injection engine paired with a 109 hp lithium-ion battery powered motor, and a fuel cell-powered 136 hp electric model that produces water… Continue Reading...
As expected, Audi is unveiling a new A1 model to its e-Tron family of electric vehicles at the Geneva Auto Show. The A1 e-Tron is powered by an electric motor with an internal combustion engine that is used only to recharge the motor’s battery. The motor has a continuous output of 61 hp but can… Continue Reading...
Mitsubishi displayed the new ASX at the Geneva Auto Show. Leaked photos made their way online last week but we’ve got live images of the crossover, expected in North America as the Outlander Sport. Europeans will have the option of a 150-hp 1.8-liter turbo-diesel engine (the first with variable valve timing), and a 116-hp 1.6-liter… Continue Reading...
Jaguar unveiled a special edition of the XKR at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show. Part of the company’s 75th anniversary celebrations, the Special Edition model is a combination of two option packs, the Speed Pack and the Black Pack. As its name implies, the Speed Pack gives the XKR a speed upgrade to a maximum… Continue Reading...
MINI was supposed to introduce its new Countryman at the Geneva Auto Show but leaked photos of the crossover forced the company to release pictures and details in January. Today, at the Geneva Auto Show, MINI had the Cooper and Cooper S Countryman models on display as it prepares for the official unveiling tomorrow. We’ve… Continue Reading...
Volkswagen has released three images of the 2010 Polo GTI, which will be introduced at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show in March. The 2010 Polo GTI will be powered by a 1.4 liter TSI engine, claiming 178 bhp, and a seven-speed DSG transmission. The GTI version stands 0.6 inches lower and uses stiffer suspension than… Continue Reading...
Nissan displayed the Stillen GT-R at its exhibit at the 2010 Canadian International Auto Show. Built in 2009 by Steve Millen and the rest of the Stillen team, the one-off GT-R competed at the Targa Newfoundland race. The Stillen GT-R was clocked a 0-60 run in 2.9 seconds, quicker than the stock version’s 3.5 seconds…. Continue Reading...
Nissan Canada announced it will present the Stillen GT-R at the 2010 Toronto Auto Show. Race car driver Steve Millen and the Stillen team built their version of the GT-R “Godzilla” in 2009 for the Targa Newfoundland race. The Stillen crew lightened the GT-R by 172 lbs. and tweaked throttle response and suspension. The result:… Continue Reading...