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40 MPG Cars – Affordable and Fuel Efficient

Tuesday March 29th, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Posted by: aquadog

2011 Chevy CruzeWith fuel prices continually rising, 40+ mpg cars are looking like a great option for consumers who can’t afford or don’t want hybrid technology. Without breaking the bank, these affordable fuel efficient cars range from $15,000 to about $20,000 and all provide 40 mpg or more highway mpg driving. Companies that have joined the 40-mpg club are Ford, Honda, Kia, Mazda, Hyundai, Chevrolet, and Smart.

Automakers are achieving the 40 mpg mark by using lighter-weight materials, modern gasoline powered engines with direct injection and six-speed automatic transmissions along with additional fuel-saving technologies such as low-rolling-resistance tires.

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ZL1 Camaro, Redesigned 2012 Acura TL, Audi TT RS – 2011 Chicago Auto Show

Saturday February 12th, 2011 at 2:22 PM
Posted by: ponycargirl

Article and photos by Megan Green

Camaro ZL1

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Minutes before the much anticipated debut of the Chevy Camaro Z28, it was all over Twitter that the car revealed would actually be a ZL1. A high performance Camaro, the aluminum hood is raised with a vented insert, rear diffusers and spoiler, and 20 inch forged aluminum wheels. Under the hood is the LSA 6.2L V8 engine with a 6-speed manual transmission. The ZL1′s power comes from a supercharged aluminum-block 6.2-liter V8 producing an estimated 550 hp.

The interior is given as much attention as the exterior design with microfiber suede inserts on heated leather seats. Unique to the ZL1 is a leather wrapped shifter and steering wheel, redesigned with the bottom of the wheel squared off and ZL1 badges. The ZL1 is still in development, though, and is projected to be available in early 2012. The ZL1 name is taken from the 1969 Camaro ZL1, which had an aluminum block 440-hp 427-cubic inch V8.

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Car Companies are Spending Big Bucks on Super Bowl Ads

Tuesday February 1st, 2011 at 3:22 PM
Posted by: aquadog

2011 Super Bowl XLV (45)2011 Super Bowl XLV (45) , the biggest television event of the year is coming up this Sunday, February 6, and the auto companies are spending big bucks ($3 million for 30 seconds) on advertising that will rival beer companies’ air time. Car makers such as Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Suzuki, Volkswagen, and Bridgestone are all going to be making TV appearances from pre-game through post-game shows. Some companies have already started to build their campaigns before Super Bowl Sunday through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Audi is stirring up interest for their A8 Super Bowl commercials by posting the “Audi Estate Sale” on Facebook and messages on Twitter. Audi will also takeover YouTube’s homepage on Super Bowl Sunday.

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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 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Video Review by Driving Sports TV

Tuesday November 2nd, 2010 at 2:1111 PM
Posted by: Derek

Hyundai’s first hybrid could offer efficiency above 30 mpg, for thousands below the competition. The all-new 2011 Sonata, a sedan that has so far delivered the kind of styling, efficiency and low MSRP that sends consumers scrambling for their checkbook. Now Hyundai offers the Sonata as a hybrid model that comes loaded with nearly all of the latest and greatest tech to keep fuel consumption at a minimum. Watch Ryan as he delivers a behind-the-wheel review of the Sonata Hybrid.

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Hyundai says that the Sonata Hybrid can cruise on battery power alone at speeds of up to 62 mph. How do they do it? Under the hood, Hyundai has converted its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine to the Atkinson Cycle and added a 40-horsepower electric motor. The duo is good for a combined 206 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque, but the real star of the show is the car’s battery pack.

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Review – That's when I fell for the Leader of the Pack

Monday September 13th, 2010 at 11:99 AM
Posted by: anson

By Anson Tse

Pros:

  • Gutsy 4-cylinder with V6 power
  • Lots of value for the money
  • Huge interior space

Cons:

  • Styling has a bit too much going on
  • Navigation system could be improved
  • Missing a V6 option

Hyundai continues to improve its product line up in the US by leaps and bounds. Typically it takes an automaker several generations to make some serious headway in to the US market and Hyundai has been at it for over 20 years. However, the latest generation of products that have come from Hyundai are homegrown–designed in California and built in Bama. The Hyundai Sonata has been getting progressively larger just like the average American. Is this another Korean game changer?

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

Thursday July 22nd, 2010 at 9:77 AM
Posted by: peter

By Peter Newton

Pros:

  • Radio controls integrated into steering wheel (and integrated very well!)
  • Bluetooth® phone controls
  • iPod support
  • XM® Satellite Radio
  • Lots of storage compartments
  • Elegant trim touches
  • Good mileage for gas SUV at 22 mpg

Cons:

  • Dated styling
  • Uninspired driving
  • Acceptable freeway on-ramp power

First Impressions
Over the last decade, Hyundai has made huge strides in improving their reputation for safety and quality. In 2006, they passed Toyota in the JD Powers and Associates quality ranking – a major change for a brand that had once been the poster child for low quality. Note that this was way before Toyota started recalling everything – they used to be the standard for quality! With the better reputation, long warranties and their low prices, Hyundai has grown sales in North America from about 250,000 cars in 2000 to 435,000 in 2009, grabbing share from their established rivals. The biggest part of that success has been the Santa Fe, a crossover SUV that has become commonplace here in import-friendly California. The gist of all of this background is that I was interested to check out the most popular SUV that the up-and-coming Hyundai has to offer.

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First Impressions: 2011 Hyundai Sonata – Changing our perceptions of the carmaker in a good way

Friday May 28th, 2010 at 7:55 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2011 Hyundai Sonata
By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Eager 198 hp 4-cylinder engine
  • Surprisingly agile chassis
  • Eye catching exterior
  • Excellent value

Cons:

  • Could use a bit more power
  • Design borrows a bit much

Midsize sedans have long been a bread and butter product for car manufacturers, not to mention a great way to gain brand loyalty with customers, as well as earn recognition from the critics. It’s no surprise, then, to see Hyundai go all out with its recent redesign of the Sonata. As one of the few automotive success stories of these tough economic times, Hyundai is on the verge of shedding its value-oriented, second-tier status and becoming one of the world’s top-tier automotive brands. With any luck, the new Sonata will do for Hyundai what the Accord and Camry have done for Honda and Toyota.

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2011 Hyundai Equus Includes an iPad to Replace Paper Manual

Wednesday April 14th, 2010 at 10:44 PM
Posted by: michael.leroy

Apple iPadBuy one iPad and for an additional $49,500 get an Equus

Hyundai announced at this year’s New York Auto Show the 2011 Equus will come with an Apple iPad preloaded with a digital copy of the owner’s manual.

The all-digital owner’s manual will be a fully interactive application. Could this be the end of the traditional paper owner’s manual sitting unread in our gloveboxes or a marketing ploy riding on the success of Apple’s new product?

An iPad as an owners manual comes with its own set of problems. Imagine having to change the tire or replace a headlight bulb and realizing you left the iPad at home so Junior could play Scrabble on it. What happens the first time you drop the “digital manual?” Spending another $499 just to read your manual will be a pain unless Hyundai offers other methods of viewing the manual.

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2010 Hyundai Tucson Review

Friday March 26th, 2010 at 3:33 PM
Posted by: Derek

What we like:

  • Almost perfect compact suburban get-it-done family mover
  • Most of the road noise stays outside
  • Sharp-dressed interior
  • Good fuel economy
  • Available XM Nav traffic with live updates

What we didn’t like:

  • Position and angle of display screen gets a lot of glare from sun
  • iPod interface and controls reset to default settings every time the ignition is turned on
  • To maximize fuel economy the automatic transmission up-shifts too early, which causes engine to  fall out of power range and bog
  • Tight cargo hold limits “utility” function

Ruling: it’s fuel-efficient, stylish and high-rent — but limited on utility

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