Archive for January, 2008

2009 Hyundai Genesis

Posted in auto shows, Hyundai with tags , on January 31, 2008 by Shun Ty

The Genesis is Hyundai’s first attempt at a V-8 powered rear-wheel-drive sedan for the U.S. Genesis shows that Hyundai is ready to compete in a class far above where it started. The newly developed Genesis engine is a 4.6-liter V-8 producing 375 horsepower.

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2009 Volkswagen Passat CC

Posted in auto shows, Volkswagen with tags , on January 30, 2008 by Shun Ty

The Passat CC shows a new design direction for Volkswagen, with striking lines in a four-door coupe. The car comes to the U.S. with the choice of a 2-liter turbocharged four cylinder putting out 197 horsepower or a 3.6-liter V-6 making 276 horsepower.

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2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart

Posted in Mitsubishi with tags , on January 29, 2008 by Shun Ty

The Lancer Ralliart comes with all the wonderful powertrain and cabin tech we’ve been eagerly anticipating in the Lancer Evo X. The Ralliart version holds the road with the same all-wheel-drive system as the Evo X, gets power from the same turbocharged 2-liter engine, and shifts with the same dual clutch transmission. We would be happy in either car.

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2009 BMW 135i Convertible

Posted in auto shows, BMW with tags , on January 28, 2008 by Shun Ty

We’ve been eager to drive the BMW 135i Coupe ever since we saw it at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show. In Detroit, BMW rolled out a convertible version to make it that much more desirable. The little 1-series uses the same twin turbo engine found in the 335i and 535i.

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2008 Audi TTS

Posted in audi, auto shows, concept cars with tags , on January 25, 2008 by Shun Ty

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Audi has given its S treatment to most of the cars in its line-up, such as the S4, S5, and S6, but this is the first time we’ve seen it on the diminutive TT. Although the body looks the same as the TT, it uses aluminum panels around the front to save weight. Strangely, instead of beefing up the bigger 3.2-liter V-6 available on the TT, Audi uses a turbocharged 2-liter to give the TTS 272 horsepower.

2010 Fisker Karma

Posted in auto shows, green cars with tags , , on January 23, 2008 by Shun Ty

2010 Fisker Karma

The Fisker Karma comes from a new company attempting to market a luxury sport hybrid. The car can travel 50 miles under electric power and gets to 60mph in 5.8 seconds using its gas engine and electric motor.

The car features cutting-edge plug-in hybrid technology, penned as Q DRIVE, developed by Quantum Technologies exclusively for Fisker Automotive. The Karma’s Q DRIVE configuration consists of a small gasoline engine that turns the generator, which charges the lithium ion battery pack, powering the electric motor and turning the rear wheels. This proprietary design allows consumers to drive the car emission free for up to 50 miles a day provided the car is charged every evening. It’s conceivable that if consumers follow this daily routine, they will only need to fuel the car but once a year. This Q DRIVE technology will provide a base for all future derivatives from Fisker Automotive.

The sleek design of the Fisker Karma, which accentuates the long hood, is a direct result of the breakthrough all-new from the ground up chassis design with powertrain development. This unique design places the battery pack at the center of the vehicle between the two axles, providing optimal vehicle driving dynamics, maximum safety, and proportionate design. Both the interior and exterior of the car will be put to market as seen at the NAIAS.

Fisker Automotive is a privately owned car company with Henrik Fisker serving as the CEO. Fisker Coachbuild, LLC will be the exclusive design house for Fisker Automotive through the entire range of product development. Additional executive team members include Vic Doolan, Board Member FA & Director of Retail Development; Alan Niedzwiecki, CEO Quantum Technologies & Board Member FA; Bernhard Koehler, COO; Thomas Fritz, Director of Engineering; and production design by Alex Klatt, formerly of BMW and Mark Clarke formerly of Porsche. This experienced team will help Fisker Automotive lead the future and redefine automotive design by creating the ultimate eco-chic car — cars that marry unparalleled style with environmental consciousness.

Fisker Automotive will offer its range of cars worldwide with first deliveries starting in North America in the 4th quarter of 2009.

2009 Mercedes Benz SLK

Posted in auto shows, Mercedes Benz with tags on January 23, 2008 by Shun Ty

Mercedes-Benz gives its SLK-class a significant update for the 2008 model year, with two new engines, a supercharged four cylinder and a six cylinder. Both engines show increased horsepower and better fuel efficiency over their predecessors. A new option, direct-steer, increases the steering ratio as you turn the wheel, making for tighter steering without compromising direct line stability.