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 |  Mar 03 2012, 12:01 PM

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Next week, Hyundai will unveil its European spec Veloster Turbo at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Contending in a competitive hot-hatch market, Hyundai UK President and CEO Tony Whitehorn said, “Veloster has quickly established itself as fun car and a unique proposition. The enhanced performance will increase the Veloster’s appeal for drivers who want the perfect combination of stand-out design, a fun drive and the practicality of a hatchback.”

The Veloster Turbo will be the first Hyundai to feature the twin-scroll turbocharged 1.6-liter T-GDI engine. To optimize fuel efficiency as well as performance, the new T-GDI engine features an air-guided intercooler, direct fuel injection, dual continuously variable valve timing, and an auxiliary belt for enhanced engine reliability.

According to specs, the engine will produce 183-hp and 199 lb-ft of torque, capable of reaching 60 mph in 8.4 seconds with the in-house developed manual transmission. Comparatively, the North American offering produces a more robust 201-hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Whitehorn explained, “UK drivers tend to prefer more torque from a lower engine speed, so our European engineers have specified a set-up that still provides a substantial increase in power– up from 140 ps to 186 ps– while also delivering the desired low-end torque. The resulting package is very competitive against the performance of competitors such as VW Scirocco and Vauxhall Astra.”

Aesthetics wise, the Veloster Turbo delivers all the quirky styling of the standard Veloster but will also feature unique front and rear bumper treatments, 18-inch wheels fitted all around, fog lights, a new rear spoiler, a sportier grill, as well as unique projection headlights with LED daylight accents.

Look for more details and pictures on the new Veloster Turbo as we near the Geneva Auto Show.

GALLERY: Hyundai Veloster Turbo

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 |  Dec 06 2011, 7:00 PM

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Porsche is spicing up their U.S. vehicle lineup starting next year with three new models, including a diesel Cayenne.

It’s hard not to see the writing on the wall when a status symbol like Porsche decides to port the diesel counterpart of their high-end SUV to the U.S. Most people familiar with the European car market know that diesels are a staple across the Atlantic, but until recently the alternative fuel was pretty much an 18-wheel thing. That’s all changing, as mainstream manufacturers are offering efficient diesel versions and companies like Cummins are ramping up their capacity in anticipation of a market shift.

If you still struggle with the smoke-belching image diesel vehicles evoke for so many Americans, figure this: Porsche is counting on the diesel Cayenne to help double their U.S. sales by 2018 without adding any dealerships. The other two sales-boosters are a redesigned 911 and the 430 horsepower Panamera GTS.

If the American diesel is true to its Euro-spec brother, you’re looking at a Cayenne that boasts just under 40 mpg combined. It’s likely that the car will have a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, making 245 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque, capable of a 0-60 sprint in 7.6 seconds. You won’t be winning any races in it with a top speed of only 137 mph, but then again you’re looking at a fuel-saving SUV.

If speed is really more important than mileage to you, consider the hybrid version, which makes 380 horses. Just know that you’re probably going to pay about $10,000 more for a vehicle that only gets about 24 mpg.

[Source: Automotive News]