The 2012 Hyundai Accent features a 1.6-liter, I4, 138-horsepower engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. The all-new Accent has a bold front fascia and rear bumper giving it an eye-catching, fluid and modern design.The Hyundai Accent GLS achieves 40-mpg on the highway and 30-mpg in the city and includes distinctive 16″, 8-spoke alloy wheels with low rolling resistance silica tires for maximum fuel economy. Active Eco System modifies engine and transmission control for improved fuel economy and the Accent’s aerodynamic body, kick-up design on the trunk edge, shielded tire and optimized engine undercover help minimize resistance.
Porsche engineers never sleep or if they do, they are dreaming of more ways of getting Porsche drivers to produce more endorphins by continually pumping up the performance factor of their sport cars and SUVs. The new 911 Carrera GTS, that was went on sale last December, is now available with intelligent all-wheel drive and 408 hp from their 3.8-liter flat six engine.
A redesign of the intake duct has added 23 hp, taking the peak power output to 408 hp at 7,300 rpm. Consequently, the fire breathing engine has a more generous torque curve in the lower and middle engine speed range. This means 236 lb-ft of torque (320 Nm) is available from as low as 1,500 rpm; overall, the six-cylinder engine delivers its peak torque of 309 lb-ft of torque (420 Nm) across a broad engine speed range from 4,200 – 5,600 rpm.
The driver’s euphoria is further enhanced by an unmistakable acoustic signature from the sports exhaust system, and this unique character is supplemented by exhaust tailpipes finished in a distinctive black surface design.
The 2012 Honda Civic Sedan HF features a 1.8-liter, I4, 140-horsepower engine and a 5-Speed automatic transmission. The HF is new to the Civic lineup and takes fuel efficiency to higher levels with 41-mpg on the highway and 29-mpg in the city. The Eco Assist system enhances efficient vehicle operation and provides feedback to the driver to promote more efficient driving styles. Honda also enhanced the HF’s aerodynamics by lowering the ride a bit compared to other Civic models and also adding special wind-cheating underbody panels.
The 2011 smart fortwo features a 1.0-liter, I3, 70-horsepower engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. It comes in three trims, the pure coupe, passion coupe, and the passion cabriolet, which all achieve 41-mpg on the highway and 33-mpg in the city. The 2011 fortwo is currently the smallest production car available for sale in the U.S. and provides a solution for environmental efficiency with conservation of material, space and natural resources.
The redesigned, fuel efficient 2011 Hyundai Elantra features a 1.8-liter, I4, 148-horsepower engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. It comes in three trims, the GLS M/T, GLS A/T, and the Limited, which all achieve 40-mpg on the highway and 29-mpg in the city. The 2011 compact Elantra has an all-new chassis with a fully independent suspension and a body that’s up to 49% stiffer.
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The original Homer Simpson voice now available for TomTom App version V1.7
April 26, 2011 –Fresh from Springfield, Homer Simpson – the world’s favorite animated patriarch – is now making his way onto your TomTom App for iPhone for the very first time, as the friendly and encouraging co-pilot to your journey!
Developed in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products (FCP) and Locutio Voice Technologies, the original Homer Simpson voice for TomTom’s range of personal navigation devices is now available on the new TomTom iPhone app v1.7.
The voice app marks the first time a celebrity voice has ever been available for mobile phone based GPS. Additional territories include United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Portugal, Luxembourg, Finland, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and South Africa.
The original Homer voice for iPhone comes with all the latest and updated maps (TomTom version 1.7), which means drivers not only receive Homer’s own special words of wisdom, such as “Make a U-turn. Ha ha, you’ve goofed. D’Oh!” but also the latest TomTom map store on board their iPhone.
The return of the affordable, sensible, fun-to-drive coupe
By Greg Gaillard
FR-S stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport. Pretty simple. Jack Hollis, VP of Scion, personally believes it should stand for Friggin’ Really Sweet, but the legal department at Toyota was NOT feeling the same way.
Initially people questioned Toyota’s investment in Subaru. GM had struggled to create a profitable partnership with the off-beat brand, so what could Toyota do differently? The unofficially named Toyobaru answered by not following the traditional strategy of re-skinning existing platforms to fill out brand portfolios. A decision was made to build something new; something that melded both companies’ best components and ideas. Soon thereafter rumors suggested that the first product from this mindset would be a co-developed 2+2 sports car that would put a halo over both companies’ showrooms.
Chevrolet has revamped their mid-sized Malibu sedan while keeping handling, comfort and fuel economy in mind. Taking exterior design cues from the Camaro and efficient aerodynamics from the Volt, the 2.5L four-cylinder engine six-speed automatic powers it along for a quieter, smoother ride. Beefier than previous versions, this Malibu sports a tightly designed exterior that competes with the sharpness of the Hyundai Sonata. The most impressive aspect of the Malibu, especially in light of current escalating gas prices, is the fuel efficiency; the design is not just about aesthetics as it significantly reduces wind drag – nearly 60 points – compared to the previous model.
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Automotive Icon Gets a Major 21st Century Update
Volkswagen had the glow of a proud papa announcing the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle at the New York International Auto Show today. Looking to shed its feminine demeanor, VW redesigned the Beetle with the aim at attracting a more masculine audience. Gone is the flower vase that used to occupy the center dashboard area and the cavernous roof area. The revamped version gets some exterior tweaks that lend it a more sporty and dynamic look.
Volkswagen was quoted saying that the new Beetle is “longer, wider and lower, giving a more masculine and dynamic appearance.”