Archive for Detroit Auto Show

2009 Dodge Ram

Posted in auto shows, dodge with tags , on February 10, 2008 by Shun Ty

Not to be outdone by Ford, Dodge gave its Ram pickup a serious update, including a raft of tech options. The MyGig music server will be available in the Ram, as well as Sirius backseat TV. For the 2010 model year, Dodge will make a two-mode hybrid version available.



X6 to be BMW’s first hybrid?

Posted in auto shows, BMW with tags , on February 7, 2008 by Shun Ty

BMW calls its new X6 a Sports Activity Coupe, but it fits the lines and function of a crossover. The X6 is being used to launch some new technologies, such as BMW’s first direct injection engine, a 4.4-liter V-8 with twin turbochargers, and a variable steering system which increases the steering ratio the more the wheels are turned.


BMW has committed to delivering an X6 hybrid, but official details have not yet been released. Visually the hybrid is identical to the regular X6 but BMW claims that the model is 20 percent more fuel-efficient.

Various reports indicate the X6 will be BMW’s first production car offered with the option of a hybrid powertrain.

2009 Subaru Forester

Posted in auto shows, Subaru with tags , on February 6, 2008 by Shun Ty


Subaru gives its Forester a significant and much-needed update for the 2009 model year. As a Subaru, it still has all-wheel-drive, and is powered by a boxer-style engine. The Forester 2.5 XT adds a turbocharger for 224 horsepower.

  • The 2009 Forester offers naturally aspirated and turbocharged/intercooled 2.5-liter Boxer engines, both revised to provide better low-end and mid-range torque for more responsive everyday performance.
  • New interior materials, including double-stitched fabrics and high-grade plastics, impart a feeling of higher quality.
  • Forester is offered in a wide array of models, with the 2009 Forester 2.5 X offering one of the best values in the crossover SUV segment and the range-topping Forester L.L.Bean Edition offering more luxury without compromising the vehicle’s sporty nature.
  • The 2009 Forester offers a navigation system for the first time as well as advanced audio system upgrade options.
  • The 2009 Forester comes pre-wired for XM® or SIRIUS® Satellite Radio. An auxiliary audio input jack enables connection of an iPod® or MP3 player.

2009 Toyota Venza

Posted in auto shows, toyota with tags , on February 5, 2008 by Shun Ty

Toyota showed off an all-new crossover at the Detroit Auto Show. The Venza, powered by either a four cylinder or a V-6, can be had with a variety of electronics, including a navigation system, Bluetooth cell phone integration, rear seat entertainment, and a premium JBL audio system.


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.



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.


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.