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Best-Selling SUVs in 2010

January 15, 2011 1 comment

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Well we arent really great fans of SUV’s but for our Viewers we bring this one.

Chevrolet Suburban – With 2010 sales of 45,142 (compared with 41,055 in 2009), the half-ton and ¾-ton Chevrolet Suburban large SUV clearly offers maximum passenger and cargo capacity, along with impressive towing capability. The Suburban is also one of the longest-running nameplates in the U.S. automotive market, dating back more than 75 years. With space for up to nine people, maximum cargo capacity of 137.4 cubic feet, the easy-to-drive Suburban can easily tow up to 8,100 pounds of boats and trailers. Under the hood, The half-ton Suburban boasts a 320-horsepower Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 engine with Active Fuel Management and E85 flex-fuel capability – achieving an EPA-estimated 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway. In ¾-ton Suburbans, power comes from a 352-horsepower 6.0-liter V-8 engine with 10 mpg city/16 mpg highway. Ground clearance is 10.5 inches in front and 9.1 inches in rear. Maximum payload is 1,657 pounds. The Suburban is available in three models, LS, LT, and LTZ, in two-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD), with base prices ranging from $40,925 to $56,170.

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Ford Expedition — If you need to tow a large boat or camper-trailer, you can’t beat the power, comfort, and capability of Ford Expedition and Expedition EL large SUVs. With three-row seating for up to eight, second- and third-row seats that fold flat into the floor for a maximum cargo capacity of 108.3 cubic feet (Expedition) and 130.8 cubic feet (Expedition EL), and best towing capacity in its class of 9,200 pounds (4×2 Expedition) and 8,900 pounds (Expedition EL), the list of Expedition accolades goes on. Total 2010 sales of regular and extended-length Expedition models of 37,336 was up 17.9 percent from 31,655 in 2009. These are truck-based, old-school full-size SUVs. Grunt comes from the 310-horsepower 5.4-liter V-8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is flex-fuel capable, meaning it can run on E85 ethanol, gasoline, or any combination of the two. Two-wheel drive is standard, while four-wheel drive is optional. The Expedition has 8.7 inches ground clearance, achieves EPA-estimated 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway (non-EL and EL 4×2) and 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway (non-EL 4×4). Starting prices for eight Expedition models ranges $36,900 to $49,030.

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Jeep Patriot – Comfortable and affordable for a capable off-road SUV, the compact, five-seat Jeep Patriot scored 38,620 sales in 2010, up 23 percent from the 31,432 sold in 2009. For 2011, the Patriot benefits from refreshed styling, is available in two-wheel drive (Sport 4×2 and Latitude 4×2) and four-wheel drive (Sport 4×4 and Latitude 4×4) models, and has base prices ranging from $15,995 to $21,395. Two-wheel drive Sport and Latitude models are powered by a 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine with dual variable valve timing (VVT) , while 4x4s get the 2.24-liter in-line four-cylinder powerplant with dual VVT. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 23 mpg city/29 mpg highway (2WD) and 22/28 mpg (4WD). Ground clearance is a hefty 8.2 inches. Cargo capacity with rear seats folded is 62.7 cubic feet. Payload is a maximum of 925 pounds, and the Patriot tows up to 2,000 pounds.

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GMC Yukon –Like the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, the GMC Yukon is a large, truck-based SUV powered by a Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 engine that makes up to 320 horsepower (332 hp in the Yukon Hybrid). EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers are the same as well: 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway, and in the Yukon Hybrid, 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway. Yukon can tow up to 8,500 pounds (6,200 lb in Hybrid), and has a payload capacity up to 1,673 pounds. Starting prices for the Yukon, available in SLE, SLT, and Denali trims, is $38,535 up to $58,990, while the Yukon Hybrid starts at $51,200. Sales of GMC Yukon in 2010 were 28,781, down 2.1 percent from 29,411 in 2009.

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GMC Yukon XL – Similar to the Chevrolet Suburban in length and powered by the same 320-horsepower Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 engine, the GMC Yukon XL sold 23,797 in 2010, up 41.6 percent from 2009 sales of 16,819. Note that combining 2010 GMC Yukon and GMC Yukon XL sales totals 52,578 – elevating Yukon above Ford Expedition (which includes regular and extended-length models in its sales numbers). Towing, payload, seating capacity and fuel economy are identical to the half-ton Chevy Suburban. A Vortec 6.0-liter V-8 engine powers ¾-ton models, achieving EPA-estimated fuel economy of 10 mpg city/16 mpg highway (2WD) and 10/15 mpg (4WD). The 2011 GMC Yukon XL has a starting MSRP of $42,005.

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2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

January 14, 2011 Leave a comment

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After years of teasing, Chevrolet has officially unveiled the 2011 Camaro Convertible ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

On sale in February, the drop top remains pretty faithful to the coupe’s design but the trunk lock cylinder has been moved to the rear seat area (for a cleaner exterior appearance) and the antenna is relocated to the deck lid.

As for the top itself, it’s made out of a durable canvas material and features an acoustic headliner as well as a glass rear window with a defogger. When the single-locking latch is opened, the top can be lowered in approximately 20 seconds with a push of a button. Sadly, luggage capacity drops to 10.24 cu ft (290 liters) and decreases to 7.85 cu ft (222 liters) when the roof is lowered.

To ensure the chassis remains solid, engineers installed a strut tower brace, underbody “V” braces, and a transmission support bracket. Furthermore, additional structural reinforcements were added to eliminate cowl shake. Thanks to these modifications, the Camaro has better torsional stiffness than the BMW 3-Series convertible.

Like the coupe, the convertible is available with three engines. The entry-level 3.6-liter V6 produces 312 hp (232 kW) and 278 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. It carries an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 17 mpg city / 29 mpg highway (manual) and 18 mpg city / 29 mpg highway (automatic).

If that sounds a little weak, the 6.2-liter L99 V8 churns out 400 hp (298 kW) and 410 lb-ft (556 Nm) of torque. It is available exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission and returns an estimated 16 mpg city / 25 mpg highway.

Lastly, the 6.2-liter LS3 V8 has 426 hp (318 kW) and 420 lb-ft (569 Nm) of torque.  It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission and is expected to return 16 mpg city / 24 mpg highway.

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Ford Vertrek Concept – 2011 Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2011 Leave a comment

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Based on the ubiquitous global C-platform that has already spawned the new Focus and C-MAX families, the Ford Vertrek Concept was created to serve as the basis for a compact utility vehicle that will have global appeal in its design, engineering and in its technology. A de facto forerunner of the next-generation Ford Escape and its European Kuga counterpart, the Vertrek Concept melds dynamic visuals, exceptional people/cargo space and class-leading fuel economy into a package that Ford execs will use as a sounding board as they seek to reach new buyers in a segment that has more than doubled in size in the U.S. since 2000 and enjoyed equally robust growth in Europe and Asia.

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Jim Farley, group vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service summed up the purpose of the exercise noting. "The Ford Vertrek Concept will allow us to hear directly from potential customers about trade-offs they are prepared to make as we look to deliver a future production model that brings to life all these attributes."

Exciting appearance

Embracing a look that tastefully treads a fine line between evolutionary and revolutionary, the Vertrek embodies Ford’s latest take on its kinetic design language. Despite the heightened sense of visual drama present in its signature trapezoidal grille treatment, raised hood surfaces, prominent wheel arches and flowing shoulder and rooflines, the Vertrek boasts aero numbers that are more than five percent better than the current Escape/Kuga.

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The Vertrek’s interior extends the kinetic modeling theme with equally distinctive executions of the dash and four individual slim-line bucket seats. The former, loaded with MyFord Touch technology, is finished in Dusk Grey leather, as is the equally friendly center console that extends all the way into the rear passenger area. Each seat is covered in naturally-tanned velour leather hide inset with metal accents. Woven leather flooring surfaces replaces traditional carpeting throughout the Vertrek’s cabin while neon red-orange fluorescent highlights add one more eye-catching detail to the mix. Style aside, the Vertrek provides the same amount of usable people and cargo space as the current Escape with the rear seats up or folded (and 10-20-percent more than the current Kuga) and its large, single- piece hatch cutout facilitates loading/unloading chores.
Outstanding fuel economy 
To address the increasingly critical question of operating efficiency, the Ford Vertrek Concept relies on a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine matched with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, one bit of show-car tech we can expect to find whatever production variant it may spawn. In Europe, the company will offer its 2.0-liter Duratorq TDCi turbodiesel in the Kuga successor.

To help bump its mileage making capability even further, the Vertrek also is fitted with the Ford Auto Start-Stop system, a feature the automaker recently announced will be rolled in across its lineup in the next several years. In addition to increasing mpg by up to 10 percent in city driving conditions, Start/Stop also can trim up to five percent of normal CO2 emissions in mixed-operating mode. To help cope with the added battery demands Start/Stop brings, the Vertrek also boasts Smart Regenerative Charging that increases alternator output whenever the vehicle slows down or brakes.

While some degree of design refinement/reshuffling is certain to take place before the Vertrek morphs into its ultimate volume-build form, it appears Ford is seriously committed to making its next-gen Escape a true benchmark in the compact SUV segment.

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Hyundai Curb Concept – 2011 Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2011 Leave a comment

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Designated an Urban Activity Vehicle (UAV), the Hyundai Curb Concept is aimed at piquing the interest of a new generation of potential Hyundai buyers. In addition to avant-garde styling that puts a more youthful spin on the automaker’s existing Fluidic Sculpture design language, the Curb is meant to serve as a rolling test bed that can showcase a number of present and future connectivity features that Hyundai is developing for its recently introduced Blue Link infotainment/telematics system.

Hyundai designer Jason Brown refers to the appearance of the Curb as "Tough Tech," a look that conveys a sense of urban armor that melds its protective essence with a decidedly high profile. The Curb’s extended windshield that wraps around its slim-line A-pillars recalls the face shield on a sport bike while a prominent grille, innovative LED front/rear lighting treatments, a panoramic glass roof and boomerang-shaped body side sculpting further add to the Curb’s appeal, as do a set of 22-inch five-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in custom Michelin tires with saffron accents that match the Curb’s interior trim color.

Hyundai’s UAV makes an equally strong visual statement when seen from the rear. Like its side doors — one for the driver and two on the passenger side for easier rear-seat access — the Curb’s large clamshell hatch opens via touchpad surface. A special One-Way paint developed by Shamze Custom Coatings allows the Curb name to be projected literally through the exterior finish. As a final flourish, the Curb features pop-up roof rack towers and a bike rack that pops out and up from its exhaust vents.

To help link the Curb’s exterior with its cabin, the rocker panels extend into the passenger compartment, which is rendered in black, white and saffron. All of the seats are covered in a stretchy, quick-dry "board short" material. In addition to offering fore/aft adjustability, the rear perches also can be folded down to increase utility.

Recognizing the increasing importance to connectivity to Gen Y and younger buyers, the Curb offers a plethora of displays and surfaces that can keep all on board fully linked to each other and the outside world. The centerpiece is giant acrylic touch-sensitive multi-purpose screen that runs from the dash and center console to the rear seat area. The driver gets critical information — including navigation, vehicle diagnostics and inputs from the side-view camera that replace conventional mirrors — courtesy of a new Heads Up Display developed by Continental while individual LCD screens in the front seatbacks offer entertainment to the Curb’s rear-seat occupants.

Hyundai’s new Blue Link telematics system also commands its share of the Curb limelight, providing a comprehensive array of services from navigation guidance and Automatic Crash Notification and Assistance to remote lock/unlock/start, theft protection/recovery functions and vehicle diagnostic/maintenance notifications. The Curb’s package offers several innovative touches, including a new Blue Link Location Sharing feature. Using information sent to its dedicated website, Location Sharing can securely facilitate impromptu meetups of those invited by allowing a vehicle’s position to appear as a point of interest on the Curb’s navigation screen.

Motivating the Hyundai Curb Concept is a turbocharged version of the firm’s 1.6-liter direct-injected Gamma four-cylinder engine that makes 175 horsepower and 169 lb-ft of torque. It’s backed by a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission and coupled with economy-enhancing Idle Stop and Go (ISG) start/stop technology. Hyundai says the combination will allow the Curb to return 30+ mph in the city and 40+ mpg on the highway.

No word on production plans for the Curb, but given Hyundai’s take-no-prisoners approach to the market, it seems possible that some variation on the theme may well be moving its way through the future product pipeline.

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Compact coupe concept

January 13, 2011 Leave a comment

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Expect the production version of the new Honda Civic to look a lot like this concept car when it goes on sale this spring.

Honda will replace the Civic sedan and coupe, but only a coupe concept is on display at the show.

The concept retains the short-hood, fastback proportions of the current Civic, adding sporty touches like 19-inch wheels, a trapezoidal center tailpipe and a rear spoiler with dual vents.

Honda’s not saying much about the 2012 Civic’s powertrains, but you can expect hybrid and natural-gas powered models as well as a gas-powered version.

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Kia Concept Car Debut

December 30, 2010 Leave a comment

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Kia is the next manufacturer in a long list to start to produce some eco-friendly concept cars. They have already released some pictures of their recent concept and have explained that the debut launch is not too far away. They have chosen to use the Paris Motor Show that is in October as the main debut for the vehicle.

According to Kia, the new Pop concept is likely to change the way that people think about eco-friendly vehicles and in particular, the Kia brand itself. The press day on the 30th of September is likely to be where people can get a much more in depth peak at the new concept. Kia has already suggested that the concept will utilize a three seat structure. Along side this it will be using electric motor setup, setting it up to be extremely eco friendly.

Like many of the concept cars these days, this has been designed as an extremely small city vehicle. At only 3 meters in length, it is one of the smallest vehicles that they develop. They have already suggested that it will be a zero emissions car, which is obviously a good thing. The creative design that Kia has brought to the new “Pop” concept is extremely unique.

They have managed to incorporate the likes of a panoramic roof along side LED tail lights which is going to give it that extra bit of presence on the road. The Kia brand is drastically changing the way their range is perceived by the end user. Effectively, they are going towards what all manufacturers should be doing, which is to produce vehicles that have a minimal impact on the environment.

They are certainly trying hard to achieve this, with the Pop concept being the third eco-friendly development that they have revealed in 2010 alone! In fact, Kia has already suggested the way their company is going. A spokesman for the company has already suggested that they are looking towards producing cars that are small and eco-friendly.

They are certainly sticking to their word, going on to say that they hope to release a hybrid by the end of the year in the USA. The new Pop concept does look like it has a lot of functionality behind it, but Kia may have problems. It seems like they are one step behind manufacturers such as Toyota, a company that has already released similar models.

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Mazda Shinari Concept Car

December 30, 2010 Leave a comment

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Mazda is constantly improved their range of vehicles, most of which started out as concepts in a previous life. The new Shinari concept from the manufacturing giant is proof of this and is an exciting concept for people looking to purchase a new car in the future.

Mazda has already suggested that the first sighting for the public will be available at the Paris Motor Show, which will take place at the end of September. Mazda has promised that the four door coupe will be on display for all to see and it is likely that the majority of the technical specifications will be released here too.

Essentially, the Shinari concept will show the route that the company will be taking in the future. While the focus is to produce an eco-friendly range of cars, Mazda will be mixing this up with their next generation design and style.

There are a lot of features in the Shinari that can be seen in the rest of the Mazda range. The likes of aggressive styling help to keep the brand different from the rest of the manufacturers that are fighting for their market share.

Mazda has managed to create a new look by including the likes of wide wheel arches and a uniquely designed front grille, giving it that extra bit of style. This is coupled by the fact that the styling of the bumper and headlights has a tint of both Audi and Aston Martin inside them.

Although the Shinari looks like a completely new vehicle from the exterior, it is likely that the interior and the mechanics behind it have been taken from elsewhere. They have taken inspiration from the likes of BMW and Jaguar, but in reality, it will probably end up taking the place of the current Mazda6, or at least running in a similar category.

It seems Mazda has certainly taken the right route here. They either needed to go for an eco-friendly vehicle, or a luxury one. They have obviously chosen the later, with the new concept featuring the likes of leather and aluminium throughout, simply adding to the class that it already possesses.

At the present time, the Mazda Shinari is a concept and nothing else. Mazda has not suggested that it will be released as a production model any time soon – or in fact, at all!

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