The Hyundai Veloster’s nontraditional styling, clever packaging, and cheeky driving dynamics impressed us when we first drove one earlier this year. Not quite a coupe, and definitely not a hatchback in the mainstream sense, the Veloster impressed us with its versatility and economy, as well as its ability to make an impact wherever it goes. Naturally, then, when Hyundai announced plans for a Veloster with the power to match its unique looks, our interest was piqued.
For 2013, Hyundai is re-entering the front-wheel-drive compact coupe race with the eponymous Elantra Coupe. While this is hardly Hyundai’s first entry in the segment — remember the Scoupe and the Tiburon? — the Elantra Coupe is an important spear in Hyundai’s three-pronged approach to expanding its Elantra lineup to include sedan, hatchback, and coupe variants. Continue Reading →
With the summer season in full gear, even a true Autosavant can have trouble keeping up with automotive news around the world. Here’s a snapshot of some of the stories that made news this week.
The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan is a refreshed model for this year. For 2012 the Tiguan has received a revised exterior and upgraded transmission bits that help it look more like the rest of its family and remain competitive in the pile of little SUVs. In a word, the little VW is adorable. The Tiguan wins the award for the car that I have driven that garnered the most approving looks from the women that it encountered. The Tiguan is easily likable, but like a lot of things little and adorable, it can do things that make you want to scold it and put it in a corner.
Today we talk about Cadillac cobbling together a pile of technologies in an effort to make a self-driving car. Then we review the 2013 Ram 1500, which did not receive enough coverage at the New York Auto Show. What would a week be without an update on Fisker? We hope we never find out, but it is looking more and more likely. Also in the death news, Scion is killing off the xB and xD. Finally, we talk about the new compact sedan from Nissan. Click the link to see the video.
Today we talk about the Beijing Auto Show and what interesting news is coming from China this week. Here is a hint, it rides on 23″ wheels, is expected to make 600 horsepower and will be this companies biggest sales success (Also, you are looking at its picture). In other news, we briefly review the sale of Ducati to Audi. After realizing that Mark Zuckerburg could have purchased a whole motorcycle manufacturing company instead of an iPhone app we review an interesting bit of news from Ford Austrailia. Will we ever see the return of the American rear-wheel drive sedan? We can only hope. Click the link to see the video.
Over the last week we have been driving around a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara edition. Like the large majority of the people who will buy, own, and drive one, we spent most of our time with the Jeep on paved surfaces. We have split this video review into three parts; the first part covers driving a Wrangler on the street. In the second, we take the Wrangler to an off road park to have some fun. In the third and final video, we show what’s involved in removing the Wrangler’s roof; it requires far more than just pushing a button.
Today we talk about Mopar’s in-car wireless charging pad and the price of the upcoming Dodge Dart. Next up, is an app from Lexus that will let you try their navigation before you buy the car. Then, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and their goal to put an end to all power-braking. We talk about the next generation Mustang, just like the rest of the internet today. Finally, we plan to say goodbye to the Chevrolet Avalanche.
On the window sticker of the 2012 Mazda 3 SkyActiv automatic sedan it states that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates this car at 40 MPG on the highway. Right now, 40 is the number that matters. According to the maturation of Jay-Z, 30 is the new 20, but when it comes to cars, 40 is the new 30. The ability to rate a normal gasoline powered car at 40 MPG highway is one of those figures that manufacturers are happy to tout.
In order to hit this magic number Mazda combined several technologies and called them SkyActiv. The question that remained for me was if Mazda left the rest of its compelling formula behind on the path to a 40 MPG number. Continue Reading →
Today we go through all of the known releases to date for the 2012 New York Auto Show. New York might not be the year’s biggest auto show, but it is the last of the major shows for the year and the last chance for most of the manufacturers to present their 2013 models. Expected highlights of the show are the 2013 Dodge Viper and new Chevrolet sedan. Autosavant will be covering the the NYIAS in person, so be sure to follow @AutosavantKG on twitter for live tweets and photos.
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