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2010

2010


Automakers from all over showed up to the 2010 SEMA Show with a slew of accessories to slap on to their existing models. Jaguar has their Black Pack , Chevrolet has their Z-Spec , and now we get Toyota with their Plus Performance Package. The future Plus brand of accessories will be available in limited production beginning in April 2011. Showcasing their future line of accessories in the hybrid Prius.

The Prius Plus Performance Package features a seven-piece aerodynamic body kit that includes a uniquely styled rear diffuser, which enhances its already sleek appearance and maintains its 0.25 coefficient of drag. The aero kit also includes front and rear bumper spoilers and side skirts. The whole package is finished by race-inspired 17-inch forged wheels.

The package also includes sport-tuned lowering springs that provide a lower center of gravity, enhancing the vehicles on-road performance through quicker turn-in, enhanced steering response, and improved cornering ability. A rear sway bar is added to reduce body roll for flatter, more stable cornering and maneuverability. And of course lets not forget the "Plus" logo on both the exterior and interior.

Press release after the jump.


Kia brought a hybrid version of the Forte sedan to this year’s SEMA Auto Show with the intent to show the world that a compact hybrid sedan can be anything but boring. The model revealed in Las Vegas is just a concept, but if enough customers show enough interest in this hybrid concept, then we can’t imagine that Kia wouldn’t run to the production line with this one.

The hybrid concept was designed by Kinetic Motorsports and its hybrid system combines a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine fueled by liquefied petroleum gas (propane) and lithium polymer battery with accentuated design characteristics, including body panel enhancements and a lowered stance, to create a one-of-a-kind personality for the environmentally-friendly sedan.

The package is finished by cast aluminum alloy wheels and low-rolling resistance tires for improved fuel economy and reduced road noise. On the inside, interior panel treatments feature custom enhancements, while a 1200 watt Infinity®2 audio system will entertain passengers.

Press release after the jump.

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There are numerous Mazdas being shown at the SEMA show in Las Vegas and some have unique body styles and neat paint jobs, but this Mazda does all its talking on the road.

TheMazda3 Turbo Sedan takes the normal sedan look, but adds some serious power to it for some driving excitement. It’s like adding ballistic missiles to a submarine, as normal subs are great, but a missile sub is even better and even more aggressive. While we are perfectly aware that the turbo is by no means a nuclear weapon, it’s still pretty neat.

To create this vehicle, Mazda let its team have a little fun with some parts. The team took its knowledge of the Mazda parts bin and its close relationships with MAZDASPEED Motorsports suppliers, looked in the mirror, and decided to build a fast version of the Mazda3. We should work at Mazda.

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Small cars don’t have to be boring, just ask owners of the legendary Mazda MX-5 . This car doesn’t have the power of a sports car or the size of a supercar, but it sure is fun to drive, more so than some of its larger car counterparts.

Mazda has been known to be small car lovers over the years, as they take these tiny chassis and make them fun to drive. Take the MazdaSpeed 3 for instance. It wasn’t large and it wasn’t as powerful as a Ford Mustang , but it had to be one of the best driving vehicles on the road.

Mazda hopes that their new Mazda 2 Evil Track will continue this small sporty car theme, as it takes the base 2 and adds a touch of speed to it. Imagine what would happen if the cute little green Mazda went to prison and you get the idea of what this Evil Track is all about.


Could the Mazda MX-5 Cup Car be outrun by a hybrid out on the track? It’s quite possible with Honda Performance Development’s CR-Z Racer powered by the same hybrid system as found in Honda’s road-going SEMA child, the CR-Z Hybrid R Concept . This system combines a turbocharger and an upgraded Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system that, together, produce 200 horsepower and 175 lb-ft. of torque.

In addition to the modifications made to the hybrid setup, Honda also added a performance clutch, limited-slip differential, a ‘circuit-tuned’ suspension, upgraded brakes, and some aerodynamic components. We can’t get past that huge rear wing and those graphics.

The interior of the CR-Z Racer has also been primed for a race with the use of a single front seat, a roll cage, and other bare bones features.

The two concepts shown at the 2010 SEMA Show are not intended for sale, but Honda Performance Development does plan on sharing the racing potential of the CR-Z Racer at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race in December. We smell a money-making opportunity in the works? Well, if the Racer is any good, of course.

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In the world of the American sedans, there are many different levels of quality. These levels are clearly defined, as some are terrible, some are bad, and a few are decent. There are a couple that are good, but not many, and that’s something that we hate to say because the midsize sedans from Japan have gotten a bit dull over the years.

In the good category, we have theFord Fusion . It looks good, drives well, but it suffers from a bad transmission. The Chevrolet Malibu is decent. It’s a start in the right direction, but not quite there yet. Then we come to the Dodge Avenger . For many years, this car was just appalling, a word that we don’t often use to describe a car, but in this situation it works quite well.

For 2011, Dodge has redone the Avenger in the hopes that it can climb out of the cellar and compete with the Fusion and the many other Japanese sedans.

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Mazda is taking its aftermarket accessories to the track with the MX-5 Cup Car on display at the SEMA Auto Show this week. This model has already had an impressive racing career since its launch in 2006, thanks in part to its lean weight of 2,600 pounds and its authoritative 195 HP motor mated to a stock six-speed gearbox.

The MX-5 received a few tweaks here and there to get the sports car ready for the track. North American design director, Derek Jenkins, was assigned the task of getting this sports car, as well as some Mazda2s , another MX-5 , a couple of Mazda3s , and an RX-8 , ready for their SEMA debut.

"The versatility of Mazda vehicles is extraordinary. With just minor modifications to a stock Mazda, it can be ready for the track or a car show. Our SEMA cars demonstrate this ability; taking a vehicle from the dealership and making it a truly unique piece."

The transformation for the MX-5 began with a MAZDASPEED cold air intake system, and a 3-piece front strut tower brace for the chassis. After that it was time to put in the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Devel Devel opment MX-5 Cup kit. This kit includes double adjustable shocks, specified springs, and threaded-perch coil-overs. Every Mazda sports cars on the show floor this year run identical anti-roll bars and end links.

All this car needs now is a track to race on!

Press release after the jump.

The second concept car to be displayed at the SEMA Show is a Toyota 4Runner SUV customized by Wheeler Magazine. Called the 4Runner Backcountry, this SUV comes packing some serious features that will allow just about anyone to take a successful trip of hiking, camping, or just plain exploring through any and all roads.

The 4Runner Backcountry features an ARB Steel Touring Style Roof Rack - used to mount the ARB Series III Simpson Rooftop Tent and ARB Awning 2000 -, HID driving lights, and a rear tire and Expedition One Geri fuel can carrier that moves the spare tire from under the vehicle to the back. More cargo space out back was achieved by modifying an Old Manu Emu (OME) suspension system and lifting the SUV by about three inches higher than a standard 4Runner. This tweak made it possible to fit P285/70R17 Falken WildPeak A/T tires mounted to 17x8 Teflon-coated ATX Mojave wheels to the vehicle.

The interior of the 4Runner Backcountry doesn’t get much changed, but there’s a ton added to make those trips that much more convenient. The 4Runner gets a Cobra CB radio and a dash-mounted Garmin GPS system, along with factory switch blanks to clear out the dash. The SUV also gets a rear cargo area-mounted Power Tank on-board air system for airing up tires and an ARB Fridge Freeze for those yummy snacks.

Press release after the jump.


Chevrolet has brought with them a trio of test vehicles for their new Z-Spec line of aftermarket accessories. One of those testers is the concept version of the all-new Volt electric car featuring some of Chevrolet designers’ ideas for a potential line of accessories.

Sure, an electric vehicle isn’t the most ideal car to tune, but that doesn’t mean that the Volt can’t pull off the ground effects kit, the modified rear fascia, the blacked-out trim accents, and the new 19-inch wheels, as well as some exterior graphics. Inside, the Volt gets a sports steering wheel, leather-wrapped Recaro front seats, and racing pedals.

The new Z-Spec line is being showcased on Chevrolet’s trio of small cars; the Volt , the Cruze , and the Spark , but eventually Chevrolet says that the whole lineup will be able to get fully customized using the Z-Spec line.

"Chevrolets have always been vehicles customers love to personalize and Z-Spec could give them more choices than ever," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing.


If you think the Honda CR-Z is hot, then you will fall head over heels in love with this CR-Z decked out in Mugen accessories that is currently being displayed in SEMA. We aren’t exactly huge fans of Honda’s hybrid coupe, but the exterior package provided for it makes us rethink our bashing quite a bit. We can’t waste too much time thinking, though, as this limited edition will only be available in 300 units starting in the spring of 2011.

To make the hybrid the exquisite machine you see in front of you, the Honda had to take on plenty of components including a full MUGEN body kit, a front grille, a rear wing spoiler, 17-inch "XJ" aluminum wheels, sport mats, a unique black aluminum shift knob, and a billet aluminum oil-filler cap. All of the painted parts will come color-matched to each of the five available CR-Z colors and each owner will receive a unique serial-number plaque designating each kit as one of 300 available.

Upon revealing this car in Las Vegas, Honda said: "The combination of greener practicality with style and fun makes this vehicle a perfect fit for young, environmentally conscious buyers looking to further personalize their cars."

Pricing details will be made available closer to the on-sale date.


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