American muscle is back and better than ever with the 2010 Dodge Charger entering the new model year with a few minor updates. The refreshed Charger will feature changes like color matching side sills and a fresh chrome grill with black inserts as well as a few leading edge technologies, starting at $25,140 and climbing all the way up to $40,630 for the top of the line SRT8 version.
In addition to the legendary 5.7 Liter HEMI V8 powered Charger R/T, Chrysler will offer a Super Track Pack handling package that offers owners even more driving excitement with a set of sticky 20 inch Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car tires, front and rear Nivomat self leveling shock absorbers, a larger rear stabilizer bar, a quicker 3.06 rear gear and a less intrusive Electronic Stability Control allowing the driver to have a bit more on throttle enjoyment.
The modern technologies include the ESC we mentioned previously and the new All Speed Traction Control which makes it possible to bring a 21st century muscle car to market with the ride and handling characteristics inherent of a rear wheel drive sports car thanks to outstanding performance and handling, a nearly 50/50 weight distribution over the front and rear axles as well as some unique suspension tuning to ensure driving excitement.
After seeing the bold faced Mitsubishi Outlander GT prototype based on the front end of an EVO X, the Japanese automaker has finally revealed the official details about the 2010 Outlander SUV, and it will be offered in both GT and SE variants with an asking price starting at just $20,840.
For the 2010 model year, Mitsubishi has taken the front end from the popular prototype and incorporated it into the entire Outlander lineup. Another new item for the 2010 Outlander is the gearbox. Mitsubishi’s TC-SST (Twin Clutch-Sport Shift Transmission) was previously only available in the LancerEvolution X MR and has since been expanded to the entire EVO lineup can now be had on the Outlander. Mitsubishi also lays claim that the 2010 Outlander offers the best as far as safety technologies are concerned, coming with features like ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), ASC (Active Stability Control) and S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control) as well as six airbags all standard.
Under the hood the diamond star brand has incorporated a new fuel efficient MIVEC V6 that cranks out a maximum output of 230 HP along with gas saving Idle Neutral Logic. The system increases the 2010 Outlander’s efficiency by automatically disengaging the transmission and placing it in neutral when the vehicle is at idle, thus saving owners some money at the pump while they wait for the light to turn green. Meanwhile the MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system) manipulates both the intake and exhaust valves in order to optimize the engine’s air/fuel mixture in order to produce as much power as possible with the least amount of harmful emissions.
Part of Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom theory behind automobile building is that every model in the lineup must have the spirit of a sports car. Thanks to this creed, the entry level Mazda3 is entering the 2010 model year refreshed, redefined, reengineered and restyled. Offered in both Sport and Grand Touring trims with prices ranging from $19,230 to $22,300 the compact people mover promises not to disappoint.
Under the hood Mazda offers a choice of two engines. Mazda3i models will be powered by a 2.0 Liter engine that makes 144 HP and 132 lb-ft of torque, while Mazda3s models will receive a larger 2.5 Liter power plant complete with variable intake valve timing and a two mode composite intake manifold to make the most of the power plant’s 167 HP and 168 lb-ft of torque that gets 21 MPG around town and 29 MPG on the highway with a manual transmission and 22 MPG in the city and 29 MPG at speed with the new automatic.
The Mazda3 comes with a host of creature comforts like heated front seats as well as an 8 way power adjustable driver’s bucket and key fob that automatically opens up the doors. The Japanese automaker also offers Bluetooth hands free conectivity, dual zone climate control and the most intricate multi function steering wheel of any new economy car on the market today.
The Japanese automaker Nissan has just announced pricing for the special edition 2010 Rogue S Krom, a supped up CUV that gets a few cosmetic upgrades to set itself apart from ordinary crossovers and is now available in dealer’s showrooms across the country with prices starting at $23,940 for the base model Rogue S FWD Krom Edition and climbs all the way up to $25,140 for the Rogue S AWD Krom Edition.
The new Nissan Krom edition is based on the 2010 Rogue S and adds a set of brilliantly finished aluminum alloys wrapped in 225/60 Continental Conti 4x4 Contact tires before adding a unique grille to match the rims along with an aggressive front fascia complete with integrated fog lights. In the back, the Nissan Rogue Krom edition includes a boldly styled rear sport fascia with integrated center exit exhaust down low and a color matched rear spoiler up top. The body colored theme continues with the power side mirrors on the exterior while on the inside a Krom emblem and steering wheel mounted audio controls complete the Krom equipment modifications.
The South Korean automaker Hyundai is updating their lineup with a much more fluidic design theme and because of which the the budget people mover Tuscon SUV receives a a whole new playful persona. That much we already knew since the 2010 Hyundai Tucson was unveiled at the Los Angels Auto Show last week. What we didn’t know at the time was that prices for a new Tuscon would range from $18,995 for a well equipped GLS six speed manually shifted model and go all the way up to $24,345 for a top of the line Limited model.
The 2010 Tucson will be powered by the same Theta II GDI 2.4 Liter DOHC inline four cylinder engine that can be found in the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, delivering a maximum output of 176 HP and 168 lb-ft of torque, that is 26% more power than its predecessor. The all new four banger will be mated to either a six speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC manual control or the manual as standard equipment.
Volvo today announced prices for the 2011 C30 and C30 R-design. The C30 will go on sale at a price of $24,600, while the sporty C50 T5 R-Design starts at just $26,950.
For 2011 the C30 gets a soft nose, front fenders, grille, headlights and lower front spoiler, a larger Volvo iron mark and also larger air intake. For the R-Design version most of the modifications has been made under the skin: steering ratio is lower, spring stiffness has been increased by 30%, and there is also a new sport chassis . Both models come with a turbocharged 227 hp inline 5-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission.
The Japanese automaker Nissan has just announced pricing for the 2010 Nissan 370Z. Fortunately for Z fans Nissan is keeping true to their roots with an affordable sports car, next year’s asking price will remain under $30,000. The base model with a rev matching six speed transmission is priced at $29,990 and climbs to $31,460 for the seven speed automatic version. A drop top 370Z will set you back $34,660 if you shift it yourself, and $36,130 without a clutch. However the much coveted Nismo edition is priced at a lofty $39,190 and has no slush box option. Either way the 2010 Nissan 370Z is powered by a 3.7 Liter V6 engine that sends a total of 332 HP to the rear wheels, although Nissan’s engineers have managed to squeeze 350 HP from the race bodied Nismo’s VQ37VHR making it even more desirable.
Nissan revealed details on the 2010 Rogue SUV once again offering a unique combination of sporty styling, engaging performance, versatility, safety and traditional Nissan value – including a new high-content 360° Value Package.
The 2010 Rogue is available in two models, Rogue S and Rogue SL, each with a standard 170-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). Both S and SL models are available with an intuitive All-Wheel Drive system. Rogue SL models include standard 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
For 2010, the Rogue SUV is priced as follows: Rogue S FWD $20,340; Rogue SL FWD $21,930; Rogue S AWD $21,540; Rogue SL AWD $23,130. The 360° Value Package is priced at $1,040.
Nissan announced prices for the 2010 Rogue SUV which is now on sale. For 2010 the Rogue SUV is being offered in four high mileage models, each equipped with a standard 170-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. Prices will start from $20,340 for the S version and from $21,930 for the SL version.
For 2010, Rogue S models are available with a new 360° Value Package, which includes 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, privacy glass, integrated rearview mirror rearview monitor, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear spoiler and chrome grille. The 360° Value Package is priced at $1,040, a $1,000 savings compared to purchasing items separately.
They Hyundai Genesis sedan stole the show last year taking home many automotive journal’s car of the year awards for its ability to blend attractive styling and high end luxury in a resonably priced package. With the scheduled arival of the Equus, Hyundai will now hava a slew of upsclae offerings for new car buyers. Despite the warm reception that the Genesis received last year, a new car only has the ability to make one first impression, so you can expect to see the classic curvilinear shape and signature waterfall grill going through a few restlings as the Genesis ages in order to keep the design fresh and at the forefront of consumer’s consiousness.
This next generation of Hyundai’s flagship sedan was spotted in the deserts of the mid west, most likely undergoing extensive cooling system analysis along with the new Equus. The Genesis is hiding both its nose and rear quarters draped with the traditional black automotive camoflage that makes most spy photographers either jump for joy at the sight of a new car or swear in frustration at not being able to capture what lies beneath. In this case it looks to be a pair of restyled fenders and maybe even a redesigned set of headlights judging by the careful placement of the disguise. However the most interesting feature of this clothed beauty is the black flap in the middle of the grill.