Home Blog Page 100

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.


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

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.

Chevy Camaro concept

Chevy Camaro concept

The Chevrolet Camaro concept was one of the hits of the 2006 NAIAS.

GM’s product boss Bob Lutz admitted the retro-styled 2+2 had been sent back to the drawing board after the original finished version had been seen by one highly influential viewer.

“We felt good about it but we didn’t feel great about it. Sometimes it needs someone else to look at it,” said Lutz. “Rick Wagoner said ‘that looks just like the old one and why would we want to do that? Let’s get some modern flair into it so we’re not repeating the past.’ Ed Welburn had been working with one group of designers so he put a second team on to it. And right away, the moment there was competition, things started to get a little more exciting. We have gone with a compendium of the two teams’ work that has the best elements of both cars.”


Mazda CX-7: new pics

Mazda CX-7

Mazda CX-7

Mazda CX-7

Mazda show a new photos of the 2007 Mazda CX-7 SUV ahead of the vehicle??ôs official debut at the Los Angeles auto show. The Mazda CX-7 is the first of three all-new Mazda vehicles that are being designed and engineered specifically for the North American market.

The new shots include a exterior view. The CX-7, or at least the one in the pics, wears a set of 18-inch aluminum wheels that will be rotated by a 244-hp, 2.3L turbo four-cylinder with direct-injection. The motor is shared with the new MazdaSpeed6, though specially tuned for the CX-7 to deliver 258 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed sport automatic will help the new ute deliver a combined estimated 23 mpg.

Mazda CX-7 arrives in the spring of 2006 as a 2007 model.

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??ôs leading edge and Mazda??ôs 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??ôs innate desire to jump in and drive, while high quality is achieved through detailed craftsmanship.”

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.


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