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 |  Jun 18 2012, 4:32 PM

Sliding in new directions both mechanically and stylistically, Acura is taking steps to revitalize itself as a brand, but will keep its notoriously “beaky” front end look despite its questionable reception.

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 |  Jun 04 2012, 9:22 AM

The automotive industry is a global business that is constantly evolving and growing, and we here at AutoGuide know it can be hard to keep up sometimes. So here is a summary of the top stories you may have missed this week:

Fisker Sold Over 1,000 Karmas this Year

Fisker will recall a selection of its Karma exotic EVs because of a possible battery coolant leak

 

 

Unibody Lexus GX, Turbo Powerplants a Possibility

At a recent 2013 LexusES 350 media event, Mark Templin, group vice president and general

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 |  Jan 12 2012, 4:45 PM

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Hyundai will debut its next-generation Santa Fe crossover at the 2012 New York Auto Show in April, Motor Trend has confirmed.

Little is known about the new CUV, though the third-generation will probably feature the same drivetrain with somewhat improved performance and fuel economy. We’re also guessing the majority of aesthetic updates will be on the inside, keeping in line with the company’s other updated interior designs. Another example is the updated Elantra— you can see pictures-a-plenty of the futuristic design cues in our review.

The Santa Fe got an update in 2010 (pictured above), and the CUV isn’t a poor seller, but it isn’t great either falling into the middle range for overall sales last year with just over 74,000 units sold in North America. That’s a lot better than the abysmal 1,524 Azeras sold last year, or if you really want embarrassing numbers: 18 in December. It’s also nowhere near the Sonata, which capped 2011 off with almost 226,000 units sold.

While a fresh design and a little more horsepower isn’t going to slingshot the Santa Fe to such regal status among the fleet, it could stand to get current Hyundai customers back into the showroom at just the right time, when their 2010 leases are set to expire. Sales have been more-or-less stable since the update, but are on a slow decline, meaning the reiteration is probably a wise choice.

GALLERY: 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe

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[Source: Motor Trend]