2011

2011

Rumored for quite a few years now, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster three-door coupe has made its world debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. With an exterior design inspired by a high-performance sport bike, the new Veloster is a sporty coupe that delivers an impressive 40 mpg and the same functionality as any hatchback coupe out there.

The 2012 Veloster is powered by an all-new Gamma 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, the smallest Hyundai engine to use Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI). Delivering an impressive 138 HP, the engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an all-new, six-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). What’s mpressive about the Veloster is not only the 40 mpg fuel economy, but also its specific output: 86.3 HP per liter, better than any of its competitors.

For anyone that has been waiting for the new Veloster for a long time, the wait was definitely worth it. The equipment list will include technologies that will make the car more fun to drive than any other on the market.

UPDATE 08/11/11: Hyundai has released a fresh new batch of photos for the 2012 Veloster. It has about 30 photos and its definitely well worth the time you spend looking at ’em!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Hyundai Veloster.

The UK’s Ford Kuga is on its way to its second generation, but before the curtains get drawn back on that model, Ford has decided to preview the future generation crossover (the 2013 Escape in our neck of the woods) with the new Vertrek concept at the Detroit Auto Show. The Vertek (Dutch for "departure") was built on Ford’s global C-segment platform, which is the same platform used on models like the Focus , the C-Max , and, of course, the Kuga.

"Vertrek concept is a no-compromise solution we feel utility vehicle customers will embrace around the world," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of Global Product Devel Devel opment. "It is a revolution compared to what is typically seen in this segment in North America and is a stylish evolution compared with products outside North America. This new design is sleeker and more fuel efficient and delivers the capability, including people and cargo volume, customers demand globally."

Hit the jump to read more about the 2011 Ford Vertrek concept.

Ford has unveiled their first ever fuel-free, rechargeable passenger car at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. In fact, Ford says this will be the first of five total fuel-free vehicles they plan on revealing. The new Focus Electric will be offered in both North America and Europe by late 2011 and is Ford’s response to the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf . We knew it would come eventually, we just didn’t they were planning on bringing a whole troop of fuel-free vehicles to go up against the competition.

The new Ford Focus Electric will be launched with a series of new technologies including a unique version of the MyFord Touch driver connect system especially for electric vehicles, a new value charging feature powered by Microsoft, and a smartphone app called MyFord Mobile that helps plug-in owners control their vehicles remotely.

The model uses a Ford-engineered lithium-ion battery pack that can be charged using the recommended 240-volt wall-mounted charge station (sold separately) or the 120-volt convenience cord that comes with the vehicle. According to Ford it delivers a mile-per-gallon equivalent better than the Chevrolet Volt.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Ford Focus Electric.

The European market has proven to be a moneymaking investment for the Volkswagen Passat , but in the U.S., the sedan has not seen impressive sales numbers. This could very well be the reason Volkswagen has unveiled the 2012 Passat at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show just after revealing their 2011MY sedan just a few months ago at the Paris Auto Show. Known as the NMS until just recently, the 2012 Passat will go on sale in mid-August, and is rumored to be priced under $20K.

US customers will get to choose from three equipment lines - S, SE, and SEL - and three different engine options. These options consist of two gasoline engines and one diesel, with power ranging from 140 to 280 HP. All of them will be offered with a standard dual clutch transmission (DSG). Volkswagen has announced that, with the new Passat, the diesel engine will be able to deliver an impressive 43 mpg.

Hit the jump to read more about the U.S.’s 2012 Volkswagen Passat.

And you thought gullwing doors were just for supercars and time-traveling vehicles of the Back to the Future variety.

Korean automaker Kia is attempting to break that mold with the KV7, a crossover concept that uses the growing fad of gullwings by incorporating them into a vehicle that’s scheduled to make its debut at the North American Auto Show in January.

Details on the car will be revealed in the days leading up to the auto show, but the concept is just a small taste of what to expect from Kia – and to a bigger extent, it’s Korean brother from another mother, Hyundai – as it attempts to expand its line-up and do away with it’s old conservative perception. Moving forward, the KV7 is the first step in Kia’s attempt to release cars that put a premium on style and quality.

Though it’s scheduled to debut in concept form in Detroit, there’s no telling whether the production version – if it makes it there – will be identical to what the concept is going to look like. We’re not overly optimistic about it – especially those gullwings - but we still have to give credit to Kia for releasing production vehicles that first made headway as concepts. These include the Soul , the Sportage , and the Forte Koup , which bore some striking resemblances to their concept forms.

Nevertheless, Kia is poised to make a pre-emptive strike on the industry in 2011 with the KV7 Concept. It’s a good move for a brand that’s looking to make some serious headway in the coming years.

UPDATE 01/09/11: Days ahead of its major debut at the 2011 NAIAS, Kia has just revealed the first teaser photo of its new concept crossover, the KV-7. Not much can be derived from it except an image of what looks to be an oddly configured headlight with lights that look more like teeth. Apart from that we can also see one side of the front bumper that looks to have come with its own set of lights. Check it out in the gallery!

Short Press Release after the jump.

Source: Kia

It seems that 2011 has started in style for British customers with a special edition Lexus RX 450h . Called the SE-I, this new version comes fully equipped for the cold season. The model is already available for order, and with prices starting from £49,398 (£48,899 for the model and an additional £499 for the package).

The SUV’s exterior is distinguished by a new roof rails and a rear bumper protect, plus front and rear under-run plates and a new set of 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside there is a tough boot liner for those occasions where muddy boots are a problem. There is a refrigerated cool box that can not only keep your food and drinks cold, but can also keep them warm during those winter months. The option list includes: Remote Touch control, electrically operated tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, Lexus Navigation System, and a 12-speaker audio system.

Under the hood, everything remains the same. The Lexus RX450h will feature a Lexus Hybrid Drive system with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. This, combined to a new, more efficient inverter delivers 295 hp, 27 more hp than the current generation RX hybrid.

Press release after the jump.

With a relatively short history (it was launched in 2004 as a 2005 model), the Chrysler 300 has never been the most successful model on the market. It would make sense for Chrysler to give it a solid kick in the pants as it heads out the door, but instead, they have decided to give the sedan one last chance. It’s time for the 300 to fish or cut bait, and Chrysler is hoping for the former with some exterior and interior updates, as well as some engine mods. The Chrysler 300 will make its official debut in 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show with sales to begin later in the year.

As usual, the 2011 Chrysler 300 will be offered in four models: Touring, Limited, 300C, and 300C AWD. An SRT8 version will be revealed in late 2011 as a 2012 model.

Update 01/07/2010: Just before its official launch at the Detroit Auto Show, Chrysler has announced pricing for the new 300. The standard model is priced from $27,995, while the Limited Edition’s prices go up to $31,995. The 300C version goes on sale at a price of $38,995 and the 300C AWD at $41,145. They’ve also released more images for the updated sedan which we’ve added to the gallery. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to read more about the future Chrysler 300.

Having an auto show without any Mopar vehicles is like having a sundae without any whipped cream; it may still taste good, but it’s just not the same. Thankfully, we won’t have to experience that because the Detroit Auto Show will be chalk full of "Moparized" models. Among them there will be a Chrysler 200 Super S that has received the full on Mopar treatment.

To get to this final project as seen in the rendering released by Chrysler, Mopar started off with a 2011 Chrysler 200 which they then covered in a Black and Tungsten - which is just a fancy way of saying black and gray - paint scheme. After that, the tuners added a gloss black grille surround, a gloss black mesh grille, recessed wing badge, vented hood, and lower chin spoiler. Other small additions consist of a fog light bezel with light bar and brake induction openings. This rendering doesn’t show the back of the car, but if it did, we’d see a bright exhaust tip and a decklid spoiler. The exterior package is finished off with a new set of 19" wheels.

The interior won’t receive much in the way of anything, but it will get Katzkin leather seats and numerous black elements to go along with the exterior.

The Chrysler 200 Super S doesn’t get anything in the form of an engine modification, so we’re not sure if it can live up to the "Super" name. Guess we’ll have to wait and see just how fitting this name is when the Detroit Motor Show opens its doors next week.

Press release after the jump.

Just a few days before the official debut at the Detroit Auto Show, Buick has decided it was time to uncover the 2012 Verano. This new compact luxury sedan is the third model Buick has revealed in the past two years. It will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2011, with its sights set on competing with the Lexus IS 250 and the Audi A3 .

The 2012 Buick Verano has a refined styling with a sporty profile, luxurious interior, and a powerful and efficient engine. "Verano expands our lineup, continues Buick’s momentum and gives us a great opportunity to attract a new generation of customers with a product that delivers on their expectations for design, performance and technology," said John Schwegman, vice president of Buick marketing. "It is a smart choice that delivers unexpected luxury in a compact sedan – and it will compete head-to-head with competitors from Audi and Lexus."

Updated 06/06/2014: Buick announced today details on the 2015 Verano which offers a series of modest updates, including a new exterior color, new Appearance package, some minor interior updates and OnStar 4G LTE system. Also, the six-speed manual option was dropped.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Buick Verano.

While the Detroit Auto Show is just a few weeks away, General Motors has decided to offer us a few hints on what the company will be offering, and the first details revealed are on the GMC Sierra All Terrain HD Concept.

Based on the Sierra HD , the Sierra All Terrain HD concept is shorter, wider, and taller than the original. It features a unique five-foot, eight-inch Crew Cab/short box body configuration that supports a wheels-at-the-corners proportion. Its exterior design is accentuated by a large, airflow-optimized grille, streamlined bumpers, large fender flares, LED lights, smooth-appearance front marker lamps integrated behind the top edge of the windshield glass, and 20-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 35-inch-tall BFGoodrich tires.

Under the hood GMC has placed a 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 engine that delivers a total of 397 HP and 765 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to an Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission.

UPDATE 01/06/2011: News images for the 2011 GMC Sierra All Terrain HD concept have been revealed. These images feature more shots of the exterior and even a couple highlighting the interior of GM’s modified heavy duty truck. Check them out in the gallery provided!

Press release after the jump.


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