Acura TSX wagon revealed in New York


The all-new 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon made its world debut at the New York Auto Show. The TSX Sport Wagon offers a smart solution to modern utility needs with its balanced and efficient driving performance coupled with bold styling and versatile cargo capabilities according to a company spokesperson.

The Acura wagon has an innovative and highly functional rear cargo space that includes a removable side panel to accommodate wider items such as golf clubs and integrated under-floor bins for hidden storage. It is based on the European Honda Accord Wagon. Its practical utility is cleverly masked behind crisp lines and sleek European-inspired exterior. Powering the Sport Wagon is a 2.4-liter, all-aluminum DOHC i-VTEC, inline four-cylinder engine paired with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission fit with steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters.



Bentley showcasing its fastest, most potent drop-top ever

Bentley: Bentley Motors is showcasing its fastest, most potent drop-top ever – the new 2011 Continental Supersports Convertible – during the New York Motor Show beginning this week. The newest addition to the Continental model range features a 621-horsepower, twin-turbocharged W12 engine that is capable of running on both gasoline and E85 bio-ethanol.


Cadillac shows off CTS-V Sport Wagon with 556 horsepower

Cadillac has unveiled the CTS-V Sport Wagon show car in New York foreshadowing the next addition to its V-Series performance line. It combines the performance and luxury of the landmark CTS-V Sport Sedan with the dramatic design of the CTS Sport Wagon.

“The CTS-V Sport Wagon is a natural extension of both the V-Series and the CTS lineup, offering an uncompromising performance car to enthusiasts who want the extra room of a wagon,” said Don Butler, vice president for Cadillac marketing. “The V-Series Sport Wagon is another hallmark of the dramatic presence and power of Cadillac vehicles.”

The CTS-V Sport Wagon will go into production in late 2010, with initial sales in North America, followed by export markets including Europe and the Middle East. The new model rounds out the V-Series offerings, which include all variants of the CTS family’s sedan, coupe and sport wagon body styles.

Like its sedan and coupe stable mates, the CTS-V Sport Wagon is powered by a supercharged 6.2L V-8, which delivers 556 horsepower (415 kW) and is backed by either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. A suite of technical and performance elements complement the powertrain, including Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 performance tires mounted on 19-inch forged aluminum wheels.



Chevy Cruze Eco to deliver hybrid-like efficiency of 40 mpg

At the New York Auto Show, Chevrolet reveals the compact 2011 Cruze Eco. This high-efficiency model is powered by a 1.4L Ecotec turbocharged engine with variable valve timing that achieves an estimated 40 mpg on the highway when combined with a six-speed manual transmission. Cruze Eco is expected to deliver the best fuel economy in the compact segment, while offering midsize car presence.

“The Cruze Eco delivers hybrid-like efficiency without the price tag,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president Chevrolet marketing. “Along with the Volt electric vehicle, it demonstrates how Chevrolet is working to bring new products to market that range from gas-friendly to gas-free.”

Chevrolet also shows an optional RS sport appearance package for the Cruze LT and LTZ trim levels.

Cruze models for the United States and Canada will be produced at the Lordstown, Ohio assembly complex. In February, Chevrolet announced the addition of a third shift at Lordstown that will add 1,200 workers to support a smooth, fast and flawless ramp-up of Cruze production. More than $350 million has been invested to re-tool the plant and add new, state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment.

“This investment helps secure the best possible manufacturing footprint to react to market demand and deliver vehicles faster to our customers,” said Campbell. “We believe Cruze is the right car at the right time for American consumers.”



Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will average 38 mpg

Hyundai Motor Co. said its first U.S. hybrid will have cost and performance advantages over gasoline-electric models from its primary competition. The 2011 Sonata Hybrid available late this year uses a system that's lighter than those in hybrid versions of Toyota's Camry or Ford's Fusion, while providing better acceleration, according to Hyundai.

The lithium-polymer battery is said to be 20-percent lighter. The Sonata Hybrid will average 38 mpg in combined city and highway driving, said a Hyundai official. Hyundai didn't announce pricing or a sales target for the new model.

Hyundai seeks to break down luxury car barriers with Equus

Hyundai aims to break down the barriers of owning a luxury car with the introduction of its all-new flagship, the 2011 Equus. Equus will compete with the best luxury sedans in the world on all levels including amenities, performance, advanced technologies, design and ownership experience when it arrives at select Hyundai dealerships late this summer according to the manufacturer.

Equus broadens Hyundai's lineup of premium vehicles and like Genesis, is built on Hyundai's rear-wheel-drive architecture. It is powered by the 4.6-liter Tau® V8. The Tau inside the Equus will produce an estimated 385 horsepower using premium fuel and 378 horsepower using regular fuel. Equus features such technology as a lane departure warning system, electronic air suspension, smart cruise control and a Lexicon audio system.



Infiniti to hold prices on new QX56 sport utility

Infiniti will hold the sticker price and raise destination charges by $85 when the restyled and re-engineered 2011 QX56 shifts from a U.S.-built to imported (from Japan) SUV this summer reports Automotive News from the New York Auto Show.

The two-wheel-drive QX56 will carry a $56,700 sticker price plus a $950 destination charge, up from $865. The four-wheel-drive model will list at $59,800, before the increased freight fee. Both models have additional standard equipment, such as an upgraded Bose audio system and automatic temperature control. The QX56 will be powered by a 400-hp, direct-injection, 5.6-liter V-8 mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The 2010 model has a 320-hp, 5.6-liter V-8 and five-speed automatic.



Kia Motors has upped the dimensions of its mid-sized Optima sedan and stoked the car’s power to compete better against its family-sedan rivals. The 2011 Optima, unveiled today at the New York auto show, sits on a 110-inch wheelbase, nearly 3 inches greater than that of the 2010 model. The new model picks up an inch in width and 1.7 inches in overall length, according to Automotive News.

Kia also is following its affiliated brand, Hyundai, by using a turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder gasoline engine in the Optima, instead a V-6. The turbo four-cylinder engine will give the Optima 274 hp. Its base 2.4-liter four cylinder engine will put out 200 hp.

Base price for the new Optima is expected to be $17,995 with out shipping charges.



Small Lexus hybrid, the CT200h, will be coming to U.S. customers

Lexus will add a second hybrid-only model to its line-up for 2011.  The CT200h will be the first dedicated gas-electric entry into the premium compact segment.

The 2011 Lexus CT200h made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.  The maker described it as a perfect fit for a small but growing segment of “eco-conscious” European consumers who want hybrid power, rather than the diesel drivetrains that have come to dominate the Continental market.

There was some question about if and when the small hybrid would make it to the States, but Lexus now confirms the CT200h will roll it into showrooms here for the coming model-year, and made its public debut at the New York International Auto Show.

The 2011 Lexus CT200h will be the smallest of the brand’s expanding line-up of hybrids, a list that already includes gas-electric versions of the GS, RX and LS models, as well as the first dedicated Lexus hybrid, the HS 250h.

The CT200h will be powered by a 1.8-liter inline-four cylinder gasoline engine that uses the more efficient Atkinson cycle, and which features Lexus’ Variable Valve Timing with intelligence, or VVT-I, system.  It will be mated to the Lexus Hybrid Drive technology, which features two motor generators.



Lincoln gets its first hybrid  to go on sale this fall

Lincoln introduceD its first hybrid — the new 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid — a premium midsize car poised to be the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America. Ford Motor Company — America's largest domestic hybrid seller — is further broadening its aggressive electrification plan and second generation of hybrid technology with the new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

Lincoln's first-ever hybrid is expected to deliver at least 41 miles per gallon in the city when it goes on sale this fall.



Four-door MINI to go on sale in U.S. early next year

The all new MINI Countryman, MINI’s biggest and boldest model, makes its U.S. debut during the New York Auto Show.

Equipped with four doors, four individual seats and a four-wheel-drive system known as MINI ALL4, the Countryman will be hitting the U.S. early next year.

Measuring 161.3 inches long and with a wheelbase of 102.2 inches, the MINI Countryman offers more passenger space than any other MINI vehicle, along with nearly 40 cubic feet of cargo space. The extra interior space is made possible by the additional height of the body, and by the car’s longer wheelbase, which has grown nearly six inches compared to the hardtop.



Nissan introduces the sporty crossover Juke

Nissan introduces the Juke.  With its high waistline and complex curves the all-new small Juke crossover SUV, was designed and developed to be a sporty crossover alternative to traditional small hatchback vehicles by providing both dynamic style and an exhilarating driving experience.

The bold interior design features a wide center console that takes its inspiration from a motorcycle fuel tank.



Porsche Cayenne lighter and more agile with more power

The new generation Porsche Cayenne is lighter, more agile, with more power, increased efficiency and reduced environmental impact with a complete exterior and interior styling re-design.

The Cayenne S Hybrid model is the highlight of the new line-up, with a technically sophisticated parallel full hybrid drive-train which combines the sporting performance of an eight-cylinder with the economy of a six-cylinder and a unique 'sailing mode' for even lower fuel consumption. The new Cayenne also features a new Tiptronic S eight-speed automatic transmission.



Scion hopes to pick up the pace with IQ micro-minicar

Designed to attract younger buyers the company, a division of Toyota, unveiled U.S. versions of the iQ micro-minicar and revamped tC coupe intended to help halt a sales slump.

The iQ, already sold in Japan and Europe, will arrive in the U.S. in early 2011 and the tC will be available late this year. Toyota, the world's largest automaker, began selling Scions across the U.S. in 2004. The brand's sales peaked at 173,034 in 2006, falling to 57,961 in 2009. In this year's first two months, deliveries of its tC, xB wagons and xD hatchbacks slid 20 percent. The tiny two-door iQ with a 1.3-liter four-cylinder will have fuel economy in miles per gallon in the “upper 30s, said a company spokesperson.



Subaru introduces new version of its Impreza WRX STI

Subaru of America introduced a new 4-door version of its Impreza WRX STI performance flagship model at the New York Auto Show.

This will be the first time that the WRX STI has been offered in two body styles (5-door and 4-door). In addition to the new styling, the 2011 WRX STI features significantly revised suspension tuning and lighter 18-inch wheels for even sharper handling. The 2011 4-door WRX STI will expand the appeal of this iconic performance model to a wider range of driving enthusiasts, according to a Subaru spokesperson.

The 2011 WRX STI continues as the ultimate-performance Subaru with its high-boost 305-hp turbocharged/intercooled 4-cylinder Boxer engine and 6-speed manual transmission. The STI also features Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with three "Auto" modes, as well as a manual mode with six driver-selectable differential locking settings.

The 2011 Impreza WRX STI models arrive in Subaru dealerships late this summer.



Suzuki introduces Sport version of its four-door Kizashi

American Suzuki arrives in Manhattan for the global introduction of its 2011 Kizashi Sport at this year's auto show. Offered exclusively on Kizashi GTS and SLS trim levels, Suzuki's new "Sport" variant sport sedan is scheduled to  go on sale in the United States this August. Pricing for the all-new 2011 Kizashi Sport will be announced closer to the vehicle's arrival in dealer showrooms.

Based on the recently introduced 2010 Kizashi (pronounced "Kee-Zah-Shee") the 2011 Kizashi Sport introduces a host of external mods. These include a more muscular front fascia (with chrome accents) and lower grille, body side sill extensions, lower body side molding with chrome accents, a trunk mounted spoiler, custom light weight 18-inch alloy wheels and a 10mm lower ride height for a combination of better aerodynamics and a lower center of gravity for enhanced grip and sharper handling.

Inside, the new Kizashi gets a distinctive designed sport steering wheel with perforated leather grip and contrasting stitching on the leather seats, shifter boot and emergency brake boot (when equipped with black leather interior). Interior upgrades speak to the Kizashi's sporting intent, with form-fitting sport seats and driver-centric cockpit.



Volkswagen unveils second-generation Touareg with three engine choices

Volkswagen of America, Inc. unveiled the second generation Touareg, showcasing the brand's first-ever hybrid at the auto show.

Touareg has three available engines: A V6 FSI gasoline engine, a V6 TDI Clean Diesel engine, and a V6 TSI gasoline hybrid engine. With the hybrid model, a 3.0-liter supercharged, direct injection V6 gasoline engine is paired with a special electric motor that reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by about 40 percent. An eight-speed automatic transmission keeps power available while helping the Touareg Hybrid achieve approximately 25 and 21 mpg during highway and city driving respectively.

With the V6 engine and electric motor combined, a total of 375 horsepower and 428 lbs.-ft. of torque are available, allowing for full towing capacity of up to 7,700 pounds. Compared to its predecessor, the 2011 Touareg is wider and has a shorter overall height for a stronger presence. A longer wheelbase and greater length provide greater stability, and more room inside the cabin, while the use of new materials and other adjustments have removed nearly 450 pounds from the vehicle.m



Volvo pulls warps off eye-catching 2011 S60 sports sedan

Volvo Cars of North America pulled the wraps off the all-new, stylish and eye-catching 2011 S60 sport sedan at the New York Auto Show.

The all-new Volvo S60 sport sedan will arrive at dealerships later this fall. The all-new S60 introduces a unique safety technology: Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake that detects pedestrians who walk into the road in front of the car, warn the driver — and automatically apply full braking power if the driver does not respond in time.

In the U.S., the S60 will be offered with the sporty "Dynamic" chassis as standard, while other markets will be offered with a "Comfort" chassis as standard and the "Dynamic" chassis as an option.