Detroit Auto Show

Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen of America revealed today new renderings of the future New Midsize Sedan (NMS) . Also, it has been confirmed that the official debut will be made at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. The renderings focus on the new model’s distinctive German design and progressive body styling.

The front view shows the strong hood lines and integration of the new Volkswagen design language across the face of the vehicle. The side view introduces the broad C-pillar and strong shoulder line, as well as the distinctive three window segments. In addition, the sculptured side panel has a strong rocker line running between the wheel arches. The unique head and tail lights are visible from the front and rear perspectives and underscore the model’s modern, sporty look.

The new model will be produced at the company’s state-of-the-art assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen hopes to sell around 15,000 units a year. Production will begin in the third quarter of 2011.

The last time Porsche made an appearance at the Detroit Auto Show, George W. Bush was still the president of the United States, Michael Jackson was still alive, and Cash for Clunkers was still a thing of the imagination. All of these things might seem like ages ago, but the truth is, we’re only talking about the past three years.

Yep, 2007 was the last year Porsche was seen on the grounds of the Detroit Auto Show, but all that’s about to change this year after the German sportscar maker announced their intention to return after being conspicuously absent for the past three years.

We figured that at some point, this would happen. We just didn’t expect it to be this long. After all, the Detroit Auto Show is one of the biggest of its kind in North America and traditionally, or at least before the financial crisis struck, all the big brands always made certain of having their presence known during the event.

And now that the auto industry has rebounded nicely, it looks like we’re going to be seeing the heavyweights – with Porsche being the first - book their return tickets to Detroit.

The Volkswagen R GmbH division is busy at work again, and this time they have taken on the Touareg in their attempt to reel in the profits that are being seen in BMW’s M-series and Mercedes’ AMG series . They have already created R (radical) versions of the Passat , the Golf , and the Scirocco , but they still have more being kept under wraps. Not only will Volkswagen be creating a speedier version of the Touareg , but there is also a possibility for a hybrid version for that same future R version. We can expect the official debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

The future Touareg R will feature enlarged air intakes with the R logo, an integrated front spoiler, bi-xenon headlights, a roof edge spoiler, a striking shining black diffuser, the chrome tailpipes on the dual exhaust system, and larger alloy wheels. Under the hood, Volkswagen will place a turbocharged V8 engine with an output of 450 HP borrowed from the Audi Q7.

As for the hybrid version, it will combine the same 500 HP turbo V8 engine with the electric motor found in the Touareg Hybrid . However, for the R version, Volkswagen will drop the older limitation of 47 HP in order to move a giant 2.2 tonnes.

More details to be revealed in the near future.

The automotive term EV comes with an unnecessary stigma of being slow and boring. However automakers like Fisker and Tesla are creating fun to drive sports cars with green power trains and zero emissions, but the ability to have your cake and eat it too comes at a price. However the world’s largest engine builder tried to make things different when they introduced the CR-Z sports coupe concept at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Honda CR-Z

Honda has finally unveiled the long awaited production version of the CR-Z hybrid coupe at the 2010 North American International Auto Show with sales slated to begin as early as summer and will be followed up with a European version later on in the year. The CR-Z is powered by an IMA hybrid system made up of a 1.5 Liter gas burning engine combined with an electric motor that provides an additional 14 HP for a grand total of 124 HP and 131 lb-ft of torque. The concept’s design remains mostly unchanged for the production version with its low slung roof line, sporty rear spoiler, aggressive profile and LED lights that are being used for the first time in one of Honda’s production vehicles.

UPDATE 06/16/2010: Jason Barlow, once co-host of the popular BBC show Top Gear, appears as the celebrity star of Honda’s new promo video for the 2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid Coupe. Check out the video after the jump.

Updated 06/22/2010: Honda announced today prices for the 2011 CR-Z sports car. Sales will begin on August 24 at a price of $19,200, plus a destination and handling charge of $750. The CR-Z is available in two equipment grades – the well-equipped CR-Z (base) and the feature-rich CR-Z EX. Standard features on the CR-Z include an AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with six speakers, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, remote entry, cruise control, and more. Full prices list after the jump.

Press release after the jump.

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Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen has announced that they will be adding a sporty model division to their lineup. The Volkswagen R GmbH division was developed and is expected to turn out sportier versions of Volkswagen’s existing models using the R and R Line names. Examples of that are the already previewed Volkswagen Golf R and Volkswagen Scirocco R . Europe is also seeing the Passat CC R Line that was previewed at the Detroit Auto Show .

“Our vehicles contribute to the emotionalisation and growth of Volkswagen brand,” explained Ulrich Riestenpatt gt. Richter, General Manager of Volkswagen R GmbH.

Volkswagen undoubtedly wants to take advantage of the popularity behind the BMW M series and the Mercedes AMG division by creating a separate division of their own. Their vision is to supply the market with an answer to its demand for “individualised vehicles with contemporary sportiness and exclusivity.” Volkswagen R GmbH will be responsible for developing, implementing, and selling the R and R Line cars. These cars will be “turbocharged” versions of their already existing models and will also come with unique R line packages as well as Volkswagen exclusive items.
We expect the Volkswagen Golf R to hit the US market in late 2011 and hope the next R Line model follows shortly thereafter.

Check out the press release after the jump.

When BMW revealed the new Z4 Roadster, the new retractable hard top came with some bad news: there will be no M version. However the Z4 sDrive35is that is set to be revealed in January 2010 at the Detroit Auto Show is just as good as any other M model.

The new Z4 sDrive35is is faster and better than any other model in the Z4 line-up: powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six with increased air flow and more boost pressure. The result is an output of 335 HP at 5,900 RPM and a peak torque of 332 lb-ft from 1,500 RPM to 4,500 RPM. The sprint from 0 to 60 MPH is made in just 4.7 seconds, while the car’s top speed is limited to 155 MPH. The engine is mated to a 7 speed Double-Clutch Transmission with SPORT and SPORT+ modes for crisper shifts and more performance driving.

The Z4 sDrive35is borrows the M Aerodynamics and adaptive M Suspension from the larger cars. The new Z4 rides on lightweight 18 inch five spoke alloy wheels, a striking front bumper with a matte aluminum trim bar in each outer air intake, a rear bumper with accentuated surrounds on the tailpipes, and a rear diffuser finished at top in body color and black textured surface underneath. On the interior BMW added a new M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, an M driver’s footrest, and sport seats.

Updated 01/29/10: BMW today announced prices for the Z4 sDrive35is. Sales will begin in the Spring at a price of $61,925 including $875 Destination & Handling. By comparison, the MY2011 Z4 sDrive30i and Z4 sDrive35i start at $46,875 and $52,775 respectively.

UPDATE 06/28/2010: Check out our review of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is by clicking here .

Press release after the jump.

The 2010 Buick LaCrosse comes in three trim level- CX, CXL and CXS and with a choice of two V6 engines. prices will range from $27,085 to $33,015. The CX is powered by a a new 3.0L direct injection V-6 that delivers 255 hp and and 211 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The CXL gets the same engine as the CX, but adds leather-appointed heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lamps, outside rearview mirror with LED turn indicators and puddle lamps, and 18-inch wheels. Intelligent AWD is available.

The CXS is equipped with a 3.6L direct injection V-6 that delivers 280 hp and 261 lb.-ft. of torque; the engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The CXS gets a real-time active-dampening suspension; perforated, leather-appointed, heated and cooled seats, and chrome-plated 18-inch wheels (19-inch optional).

Starting in the first quarter of 2010, Buick will offer a third engine choice for the LaCrosse CX model: a new direct injected Ecotec 2.4L four-cylinder with prices starting at $26,995.

The Ecotec 2.4L four-cylinder engine delivers a total of 182 hp) and 172 lb-ft. of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the new powertrain combination is expected to deliver fuel economy of 30 mpg highway and 20 mpg city.

Press release after the jump.

Revealed in 2008, the Corvette ZR1 is entering the 2010 model year with new Performance Traction Management (PTM) technology. It is an advanced system that is part of a new Launch Control feature that optimizes traction for greater and more consistent on-track performance. The car comes in two trim levels: 1ZR and 3ZR, with prices starting at $106,880, and respectively at $116,880.

The Corvette ZR1 is powered by supercharged and intercooled 6.2L engine rated at 638 hp and a peak torque of 604 lbs-ft. The ZR1 makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3,4 seconds and will not stop until it will hit a top speed of 205 mph. This way, the ZR1 becomes the most powerful production car ever offered by Chevrolet and GM.

The Corvette ZR1 shares the platform with the Z06, but it is meaner and badder. It features lightweight materials: the roof panel, roof bow, lower rocker moldings, front splitter, the underside of the hood are made out of exposed-weave carbon-fiber, while front fascia, doors, rear fenders and rear fascia are made of various other composite materials. This makes the ZR1 more agile. According to Ed Peper: "It all boils down to the power-to-weight ratio and the ZR1’s is exceptional – better than the Porsche 911 GT2, the Ferrari 599 Ferrari 599 and even the Lamborghini Lamborghini LP640. In fact, the ZR1 is expected to be the first production Corvette to achieve a top speed of at least 200 mph."

Full details after the jump.

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The Korean automaker Hyundai has been hard at work in order to meet the future Environmental Protection Agency’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards whereby a manufacturer’s range must average 35 MPG. With a commitment to weight reduction and efficiency, and the new Blue-Will Plug-in Hybrid concept that made its debut at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is further evidence of Hyundai’s commitment to a greener tomorrow with its panoramic glass roof and solar cells for recharging the batteries that allows for an electric only driving distance of up to 40 miles on a single charge and an average fuel economy of more than 100 MPG. In case you weren’t able to attend the show in Cobo hall, here is the Hyundai presentation for your viewing pleasure.

Continued after the jump.

No doubt the Audi R8 is a true sports car and during its life time has won lots of prestigious awards. But even for Audi what we might call a "best car" can be better. Thus the R8 V10 5.2 FSI, an even faster R8. The V10 version will be offered with two distinct gearboxes, both manual and R tronic, with prices starting at $146,000. The R8 V10 is powered by the same 5.2 liter V10 as the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 and is rated at 525 HP, which is 105 ponies more than the V8 version but about 27 HP less than the Gallardo.

What also distinguishes the V10 version is a new rear diffuser, twin oval tailpipes and new LED headlights while the super car keeps the same road hugging magnetic ride dampers. The R8 V10 can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in under 3.9 seconds and the R tronic semi automatic equipped V10 will reach 125 MPH from a standstill in another 8.1 seconds with a top speed around 197 MPH.

UPDATE 07/02/2010: The Audi R8 V10 got loose at the El Toro Marine Base airstrip with ALMS driver Nathan Swartzbaugh behind the wheel. Thankfully, someone was there with a video camera! Check it out after the jump!

Press release after the jump.

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