Kia Rio 2006

The Kia Rio 2006 received the Autobytel “Editors’ Choice Award for Most Improved New Car.”

“Rio is a magnificent subcompact class-leading car with attractive styling and performance wrapped in a smart yet extremely affordable package,” said Len Hunt, executive vice president and COO of Kia Motors America. “We’re pleased that Autobytel, the press and the entire automotive community are recognizing the Kia Rio for all it offers consumers.”

The Kia Rio is available in three variations, Base, LX and Rio5 SX five-door. The Base model begins at $11,110 with destination, and the SX five-door starts at $14,040.

Mazda CX-7

Mazda CX-7

Mazda will unveil the CX-7, a new SUV, at the next Detroit Auto Show. New Mazda SUV specifically designed for the North American market and will go on sale in the North American in the spring of 2006.

The Mazda CX-7 is powered by the MZR 2.3-litre DISI TURBO, an intercooled 2.3-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine, that produces a hearty 244 bhp at 5,000 rpm.

“Prominent front bumpers, A-pillars rooted at the body??s leading edge and Mazda??s signature five-pointed grille make this model instantly recognisable as a Mazda. Large 18-inch aluminium wheels and a sporty interior fulfil every car enthusiast??s innate desire to jump in and drive, while high quality is achieved through detailed craftsmanship.”

Acura back home to Japan for 2008

Honda Motor will sell Acura cars in the Japan starting in 2008 to compete with Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus luxury brand for an expanding generation on wealthy pensioners.

Honda may sell up to five Acura models in the 2008 year. The Acura, developed by Honda in 1986 for the U.S. market, is being brought back to Japan to compete with luxury brands including Lexus, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen-Audi. Luxury cars are among the most profitable and fastest-selling vehicles in Japan.

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Mazdaspeed Concept RX-8

Mazdaspeed Concept RX-8

Mazda Motor will be show a New Mazdaspeed Concept RX-8 with a tantalizing lineup of other customized and tuned vehicles at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2006, from January 13 to 15.

Will be displaying many hot cars, from customized versions of the All-New MPV, to the All-New Miata, and other cars in the Mazda line-up will share the spotlight with the RX-8.

New Porsche Cayman

Porsche Cayman

TechArt design studio anounced a new elegantly and aerodynamically efficient program for the Porsche Cayman coupe.
The new front spoiler, lends the front of the two-seater a more dynamic appearance. At high speeds it also reduces lift on the front axle. To optimize the lifting effect on the rear axle and to achieve a more exciting look, TechArt Automobildesign offers a rear spoiler for the Cayman models.

The one-piece Formula wheels are especially light weight and are available for the new Cayman in 17-, 18-, 19- or 20-inch diameters, all T??V-tested. The largest version features 8.5Jx20 wheels with ContiSportContact 2 tires in size 235/30 ZR 20 in front and 11Jx20 wheels with 305/25 ZR 20 tires on the rear axle.

TechArt engine tuning for the new Porsche Cayman is under development.

FIAT Panda SUV

Fiat introduces its first Panda SUVs at Bologna Motor Show. It’s the Panda Cross, SUV based on the Panda B-car, designed Giugiaro.

1.6L 4-cyl. gasoline engine or a 1.9L 4-cyl. diesel, the FIAT Panda will make its on-road debut in February 2006. The car measures 141 ins. (358 cm) in length and is 63 ins. (161 cm) wide, with a wheelbase of 91 ins. (230 cm).

The FIAT Panda SUV goes on sale in March 2006 for around $19,500

Chevrolet Tahoe 2007

The GM anounced new 2007 models. The Chevrolet Tahoe, high-profit big SUV will appear on US market in the spring 2006.

The exteriors have been cleaned up both aerodynamically and visually. The cabins have a particularly well-finished look.

News Hyundai Seven-Seat Santa Fe 2007

Hyundai Seven-Seat Santa Fe 2007

Now that the all-new second-generation Santa Fe has just been introduced in its home market of South Korea, it’s plain to see that Hyundai will be shifting its midsize SUV gears. And the coming changes make sense. Since the compact Tucson arrived on the scene earlier this year the Santa Fe has lost some of its followers, but at the same time the slightly smaller model has allowed opportunity for the Santa Fe to grow in its coming generation.

It will be a seven-seat SUV with a frame that’s larger than the current model, but shorter than traditional seven-seaters like the Chevrolet Trailblazer or Ford Explorer. In fact, while wider than the Explorer, it’s closer in overall size to Toyota’s Highlander than any other sport ‘ute; only an infinitesimal 14 mm (0.6 inches) shorter but noticeably wider by 74 mm (2.9 inches).

The new Santa Fe will make its North American debut at this year’s Detroit auto show in January, sharing the stage with another important vehicle, the HCD-9 Talus, a concept car which depicts the future of Hyundai sports cars.

While production of the new Santa Fe is already underway at the Ulsan, South Korea factory, North American models will be built at Hyundai’s recently finished Montgomery, Alabama plant that builds the critically acclaimed Sonata midsize sedan, as previously mentioned. U.S.-market Santa Fes will arrive on sale during the first quarter of 2006.

The Fastest American Cars

Forbes recently searched high and low for the ten fastest American cars to grace the planet Earth. At the top is the SSC Ultimate Aero (shown), with a trim V8 (no, that isn??t a typo) that produces a stunning 1,046 horsepower and a maximum speed of 260-273 mph. We??ll get our fill of the Aero soon as the car is being featured in upcoming issues of The Robb Report, Motor Trend and Road & Track. Also gracing the list is the Saleen S7 Twin Turbo that tops out at 240-260 mph, the Ford GT at 205 mph and the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with a top speed of 198 mph. Of special interest were the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Magnum SRT8s, which tied for ninth place, and the Caddy CTS-V in 10th, which are arguably the only cars on that list you would actually want to drive year-round.

New Suzuki SX4 for U.S. market

American Suzuki Motor Corporation announced a specially designed U.S. version of the all-new Suzuki SX4 vehicle is slated to hit dealer showrooms in the United States next year. Production of the European version of the SX4 in Eastern Europe also was announced yesterday.

The all-new SX4 features a versatile, rigid five-door design, an available all-wheel-drive system, and for the U.S. market, a sophisticated fuel-sipping 2.0-liter DOHC engine.

The new Suzuki SX4 offers an available, sophisticated all-wheel-drive system that sends power to the rear wheels as needed with no additional input necessary from the driver. Called the Three-Mode Switchable AWD system, it features a selector switch on the center console that allows the driver to select from three modes: 2WD, AUTO (AWD High) and LOCK (AWD Lock). Customers in the United States will have a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or an available four-speed automatic transmission.

Production of the European version of the SX4 begins this month at the Magyar Suzuki Corporation assembly plant in Esztergom, Hungary. The world debut of the Suzuki SX4 is scheduled for the Geneva Motor Show in March 2006 and the North American introduction of the U.S. version of the Suzuki SX4 is slated for April 2006 in conjunction with the New York International Auto Show. The SX4 is slated to go on sale in the United States in the late summer of 2006.