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New Hyundai Veloster Hot Hatch Targeted for Summer 2011 Launch

Monday January 31st, 2011 at 11:11 PM
Posted by: aquadog

2012 Hyundai VelosterHyundai announced the new 2012 Veloster at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Veloster is a 3-door coupe hatchback that features a 1.6-liter GDI Gamma four-cylinder, 138-horsepower engine with six-speed manual transmission (or the optional six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission) with an estimated 40 mpg highway rating. The Veloster has one door on the driver-side and two doors on the passenger-side; however, the exterior door handle has been disguised to keep the coupe look. The second passenger-side door is a forward-hinged rear door, unlike the MINI Cooper Clubman.

The Veloster’s design also draws inspiration from motorcycles with black A-pillars for a motorcycle helmet visor appearance for the glass, motorcycle tailpipe inspired air vents, sport bike fuel tank looking center stack and controls, and a center console that looks like a bike seat.

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2011 Nissan Versa Hatchback 1.8 SL Review – Economy with Benefits

Wednesday December 22nd, 2010 at 2:1212 PM
Posted by: berrichondanny

2011 Nissan Versa HB
By Danny Chang

Pros

  • Plenty of head room
  • Decent acceleration if you keep your foot down
  • Decent trunk space for a hatch
  • Easy access

Cons

  • Could use more power
  • Quirky Gallic styling
  • Better MPG would be nice

My first car that I drove in high school was a dark blue 1986 Nissan Sentra coupe. It had a 1.6 L engine that probably put out just over 84 HP. It was a pretty base model with an aftermarket radio that had a push button auto reverse cassette deck. It had no side view mirror on the right hand side, but hey, who needs that. It had no AC, which was a bit problematic in the SoCal summers where temperatures routinely shoot up to the high 90s and low 100s in the valleys. To kick a man when he’s down, the Sentra used to overheat regularly and I had to pump the hot air into the cabin in order to cool the engine down. What the Sentra did have, though, was a five-speed manual transmission and a smooth clutch. So I was pretty interested to see what the new econobox from Nissan is like, almost a quarter of a century later.

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Featured User Review: 2008 Nissan Versa 5-door Hatchback

Tuesday July 13th, 2010 at 8:77 AM
Posted by: mswig

2008 Nissan Versa HatchbackFeatured User Review: 2008 Nissan Versa
European car comfort for the cost of a Japanese compact car

by Martin Swig

Price Paid: $13000.00
Review Date: July 13, 2010
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5
Value Rating 5 of 5
Used product for:
2 1/2 years

Summary:
After more than two and a half years and 30,000 miles of Versa ownership, I was happy to see that the rest of the world is recognizing this superb car. I’m referring to June 2010 sales of new cars in the sub-compact / small hatch category. Versa was at the top of the list, outselling Kia Soul (2nd), Chevrolet HHR and  Aveo, also Dodge Caliber, Hyundai Accent, Mini, Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Scion xD.

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