Kia Sedona

Kia Sedona

Kia Motors has anounced Kia Sedona 2006-model redesign, arriving in dealerships this month.

Although the Sedona’s base price has increased significantly, so has the quality and content.

The basics: The 3.8-liter all-aluminum engine is shared with the Hyundai Santa Fe and Azera. The new engine is smoother than the underpowered 3.5-liter iron-block engine it replaces, and has considerably more power and torque.

Despite growth in nearly every dimension, the Sedona shed more than 400 pounds in the redesign. Most of it came from the lighter engine, high-tensile steel in the body, and a lighter-weight transmission and rear suspension.

Notable features: Standard features include cruise control, stability control, traction control, CD player, tire-pressure monitors, power windows and mirrors, keyless locking with alarm, tri-zone air conditioning, four-wheel antilock disc brakes and six standard airbags with a full-length side curtain for all three rows.

The base model stickers at $23,665, including freight.

Third-row seats fold into the floor. Second-row seats weigh about 60 pounds each, fold forward and can be removed. Second-row passengers have windows that go down.

Audi A5 Spying

Audi A5
We have pics of the new Audi A5 coupe. It’s 2 2 V6, a 3.2L FSI, and 3.6L FSI, with nary a four-banger in sight.

Slated to find private hands in 2007, if this shot is accurate the A5 finds front-end styling dominated by Audi’s now-trademark, Euro-plate friendly horse collar grille, along with a high beltline and short rear overhang.

Pontiac Pursuit

Pontiac Pursuit

General Motors unveil the new Pontiac Pursuit on Chicago Auto Show. The coupe will be a high-performance relative of the Chevrolet Cobalt coupe with some Pontiac influences. The vehicle will give the Buick-Pontiac-GMC channel a shot at the small-car market, a source close to GM says. GM is still considering names for it. Pontiac intends to launch the coupe as a 2007 model and likely will start production this fall in Lordstown, Ohio.

The car will be priced similarly to the Chevrolet Cobalt SS supercharged coupe, which starts at $20,490, including shipping. In Canada, GM sells a Cobalt sibling called the Pontiac Pursuit.

Redesigned Toyota Tundra

Redesigned Toyota Tundra

Toyota unveiled the redesigned Tundra at the Chicago Auto Show. What emerges for the 2007 model year is a bigger, beefier pickup, with styling that takes its cues from the FTX concept truck from 2004.

What buyers will find in the redesigned Tundra:

1. A bigger truck.
2. A new 5.7-liter V-8 joins the engine lineup.
3. Towing capacity rated at more than 10,000 pounds.
4. Three trim levels – base, SR5 and Limited – and three cab configurations, including the Double Cab.
5. The options list will include a rearview backup camera and Bluetooth connectivity for cellular telephones.

Toyota Tundra for sale

Honda Four-Door Civic Si

Honda Four-Door Civic Si

The new Honda Civic Si model was anounced on Chicago Auto Show. A concept on the Chicago stage but promised for production in the fall, the Civic Si Sedan will share the current Si Coupe’s 197-hp four and six-speed manual transmission, along with its limited-slip differential. New 18-inch wheels jazz up the sedan, and four-piston Brembo brakes increase stopping capability. Honda says 2007 will be the first time that two Si models will be available at the same time in the Honda lineup.

Honda Four-Door Civic Si

Audi to build Q5 SUV

Audi Q5 SUV

Audi make plans to add a small SUV called the Q5 by 2008. Audi group also is considering an entry-level SUV called the Q3.

The Audi Q5 SUVwill be positioned against the BMW X3 premium SUV and will be sold in both Europe and the US. It likely will be based on the A4 sedan.

If built, the Q3 would be similar in size to the Golf SUV planned for 2007 by Audi parent Volkswagen.

A Q3 would give Audi a three-SUV lineup. Its first, the Q7, was introduced last autumn. The Q7 shares a platform with the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne.

Seat in South Africa

Seat Leon

The VW group to launch a new (for SA) Spanish car brand SEAT in South Africa later this year.

The Seat line-up includes the Alhambra, Altea, C??rdoba, Ibiza, Le??n and Toledo.

There is no official indication yet which models will go on sale here but we predict that the Le??n, Ibiza and Altea will make their way here.

Seat models shares engineering and components with VW products. Familiar VW engine options for Seat models are 1.9 TDI, 2.0 TDI and 2.0 FSI.

Honda Accord Hybrid 2006

Honda Accord Hybrid 2006

Honda Accord Hybrid, was redesigned for 2006, rolling out at U.S. dealers with an MSRP of $30,990.

The Accord Hybrid shares all the 2006 upgrades in the conventional Accord, plus a few exclusive features, including exterior trim, unique alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors with built-in turn signals, exclusive exterior colors, a dashboard display panel for the hybrid system, special lightweight hood and body components, and standard power moonroof.