2015 Hyundai Sonata

The term "all new" has been thrown around loosely in the automotive industry. In the case of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, it applies accordingly. This new Sonata performs better, is quieter and more comfortable than previous models. It is wider and longer.

The new Sonata was unveiled at the New York Auto Show last April.

Hyundai is a leader in the U.S. sedan market with offerings such as the Elantra and Genesis to go along with the Sonata.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Sedan Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gals (70L) MPG: 24 city / 35 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 191.1 in. (485.4 cm) Wheel Base: 110.4 in. (280.4 cm)
Height: 58.1 in. (147.6 cm) Width: 73.4 in. (186.4 cm)
Performance
Engine: Inline 4 GDI Displacement: 2.4 Liter
Horsepower: 185 HP Max RPM: NA RPM
Torque: 178 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic w/ SHIFTRONIC®

* SE Model

Engine & Performance

The 2015 Sonata is equipped with a 2.4L, inline-4 cylinder engine generating 185 horsepower with 178 lbs ft of torque.

The engine is paired to a 6 speed SHIFTRONIC automatic transmission.

This powertrain allows the Sonata to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.7 seconds with a top speed of 135 mph.
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Exterior

The new Hyundai Sonata benefits from the car manufacturers new "Fluidic Sculpture 2.0".
The overall styling has a more rigid form as opposed to a sweeping descent of its lines. The roofline is basically the same as are the doors and windows.

The front fascia features an upright grille with a 3D effect of the horizontal slats versus the flat appearance of its predecessors. The headlamps are more recessed away from the grille. The hood also has been changed providing for a new pronounced center section.

The profile view is unchanged from the A-pillars to the rear, which features smaller LED taillights with a softer trunk lid line and trapezoidal exhaust tips.

Interior

The interior features a new instrument panel with a center stack filled with an infotainment display.

The Touch screens begin at just under 4 inches and grow to a full 8" as the trim level goes up. The front seats are heated, cooled and vented while the rear passengers are kept warm during cooler temperatures.

With a starting price of its basic model set at $21,600 it is expected to compete with autos like the Chevrolet Malibu and Mazda6.

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July 31, 2014 at 1:43 am | No comment

2015 Infiniti QX80

After receiving a new name in 2014, Infiniti’s full-size QX80 luxury SUV has been restyled, refinished and repacked for 2015.

During the 2014 New York Auto Show, the all new 2015 Infiniti QX80 was revealed.

This new model is different; it has new front and rear fascias, new wheel designs, 3 new exterior colors and several interior refinements.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 26 gals (98L) MPG: 14 city / 20 hwy
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Length: 208.3 in. (529.1 cm) Wheel Base: 121.1 in. (307.6 cm)
Height: 75.8 in. (192.5 cm) Width: 79.9 in. (202.9 cm)
Curb Weight: 5633 lbs (2555 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 49.6 cu ft-3 Maximum Seating: 7 people
Performance
Engine: V8 DIG DOHC Displacement: 5.6 Liter
Horsepower: 400 HP Max RPM: 5800 RPM
Torque: 413 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm Transmission: 7-Speed Automatic ASC-2
Max Towing Capacity: 8500 lbs (3856 kgs) Maximum Speed: NA

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2 Adaptive Shift Control
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Engine & Performance

Infiniti QX80 is powered by a robust 5.6 liter V6 engine. It produces 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission and is available in either a rear or 4-wheel drive.

Braking is provided by 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking system and Electronic Brake force Distribution and Brake Assist.

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Exterior

Infiniti has cited the Q50 sedan as the inspiration for the front of this new SUV. It includes a redesigned upper grille and a lower grille opening. All the fog lights and headlights are LED.

The new front bumper incorporates sonar sensors for adaptive cruise control and also a forward collision-alert system. New wheels are available; 20- inch aluminum alloy as standard and 14 – spoke 22-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels as an option.

Other exterior features include tinted rear lamps, dark-finish headlight lenses and pool lighting just beneath brushed-finish running boards. Three new colors have been added to give it a total of 7 colors to choose from, the new colors are Majestic White, Hermosa Blue and Graphite Shadow.

Interior

On the inside, Infiniti has updated some of materials such as higher-quality leather on the higher-trim models and different silver and wood accents on door panels and center stack.

Other standard features include premium audio, a single in-dash CD/DVD player with MP3 playback, satellite Radio, USB connection, a sunroof, navigation, a new auto high and low beam feature and 2 revised option packages; deluxe technology and driver assistance.

A 15-speaker Bose surround sound system, adaptive front lighting, climate control, a Plasma cluster air purifier and grape poly-phenol filter are also available.
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July 30, 2014 at 1:43 am | No comment

2015 Kia Sedona

The modern minivan class has welcomed a few new comers over the past few years.

One of the newcomers is the 2015 Kia Sedona.

The car is completely redesigned to give more comfort while driving.

Read on to learn more about the new Sedona.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Van Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.8 gals (75L) MPG: 17 city / 24 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 202 in. (513.1 cm) Wheel Base: 118.9 in. (302 cm)
Height: 71.5 in. (181.6 cm) Width: 78.1 in. (198.4 cm)
Curb Weight: 4456 lbs (2021 kg) Ground Clearance: 6.6 in. (16.7 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 32.2 cu ft Maximum Seating: 7 people
Performance
Engine: 3.3 Liter V6 DOHC Compression Ratio: 10.6: 1
Horsepower: 276 HP Max RPM: 6300 RPM
Torque: 248 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic OD
Max Towing Capacity: 3500 lbs (1588 kgs) Maximum Speed: NA

* 2014 LX Model specs

Engine & Performance

This car is powered by a 3.3 liter V6 engine. The engine produces 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed automatic continues the gearshift duties.

Exterior

Compared to the previous model, the length has increased by 1 inch and its wheelbase by an inch and a half. The width has not changed and the car's roof is up by about an about 1.5 inches.
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The exterior features the brand’s tabbed grille; predatory headlamps and the flat hood that makes it look more like a cross-over. Other interesting exterior design features include one lower window that kicks up each sliding door and an Optima-like -chrome strip that actually runs from the car's side mirror all along the roofline .

The wheels range from between 17 and 19 inches spokes. At the rear, you find horizontal LED tail lamps, an amusing 'diffuser-esque' rear bumper and a roof spoiler.

Interior

Depending on the configuration, the interior can seat 7 or 8 people. Other features include soft-touch material, contrasting stitching and some solid or 2-toned color schemes.

The new seating include 2nd –row seats that actually slide and also flatten against the front seatbacks for an easy access to the third row.

The car also comes with the next-generation UVO -infotainment and telematics system. This will be the very first Kia to have e-services such as speed alert, GPS-based geo-fencing, curfew alert and one driving-score function. This will also be able to function with some mobile apps like the iHeart Radio, Pandora and Yelp.

Safety

Safety has become an important aspect to minivan owners. For this reason, Kia has paid attention to this area in the Sedona, they include standard hill-start assist, brake assist, rollover mitigation & cornering brake control.

Other optional features include radar cruise control, collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot detection.

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July 29, 2014 at 1:42 am | No comment

2015 Mini Countryman

The 2015 Mini Countryman is the latest car in the BMW-owned company's highly successful Countryman range.

It is the first Mini variant to have both four doors and the option for all wheel drive.

Fuel consumption figures have been improved, and all models now benefit from the new six-speed transmission. The exterior has also received a make-over.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Compact Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.4 gals (47L) MPG: 27 city / 35 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 161.7 in. (410.7 cm) Wheel Base: 102.2 in. (259.5 cm)
Height: 61.5 in. (156.2 cm) Width: 70.4 in. (178.8 cm)
Curb Weight: 2954 lbs (1340 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 16.5 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: Inline 4 DOHC Displacement: 1.6 Liter
Horsepower: 121 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 114 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 9.8 seconds Maximum Speed: NA

* 2014 Cooper Countryman specs USA

Engine & Performance

The 2015 model boasts a range of extremely efficient engines, with a choice of gasoline or diesel power units, depending on your location. At the head of the range is the Cooper S Countryman, which has a 190 horsepower engine capable of bringing the car to 60 mph from rest in 7.5 seconds.

Attention has been given to a smooth, responsive acceleration in fifth gear. Fuel consumption has been improved to just short of 40 mpg in normal city driving, and carbon dioxide emissions have also been cut.

The 122-horsepower Cooper Countryman takes nearly 10 seconds for the 0-60 mph sprint and has gas consumption of 41 mpg overall, while the diesel variant returns an impressive 56 mpg.

All models benefit from a six-speed transmission.
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Exterior

The Countryman has a more attractive appearance. The front profile is strong and upright, with chrome accents on the radiator in some variants. The all-wheel drive versions have revised underside guards, giving drivers reassurance regarding ground clearance and allowing more confident off-road driving.

A large number of color schemes are being offered, with new metallic paints such as Jungle Green adding to the existing range. The car's alloy wheels have also been redesigned, with 16-inch rims as standard, and light, 17-inch alloys on upper models.

The exterior also now benefits from LED fog lamps and daytime driving lamps.

Interior

Inside, the cabin has been made more comfortable, with a reduction in both road and wind noise. The trunk has slightly increased in size.

The clever interior design from previous models is retained. This allows the continuance of the long-standing Mini tradition of providing a spacious interior in a highly compact package.

More

Although the new Countryman retains many of the features that have made the Mini name popular throughout its history, the new vehicle offers several innovations, including a stronger focus on off-road ability.

These are intended to bring the car even greater success in the premium compact segment of the market.

The company says that the car has a more mature feel than its predecessors, while retaining what is claimed to be a charismatic design.
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July 28, 2014 at 1:42 am | No comment

2015 Mini Paceman

The new MINI Paceman is a real eye-catcher. This is the world’s first ever Sports Activity Coupe in premium compact segment.

The 2015 Mini Paceman presents an excitingly new athletic and elegant design.

Apart from the car’s upgrade, the premium characteristics on the inside of this car have also been refined.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hatchback Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.4 gals (47L) MPG: 28 city / 35 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 162 in. (411.5 cm) Wheel Base: 102.2 in. (259.5 cm)
Height: 59.9 in. (152.1 cm) Width: 70.3 in. (178.6 cm)
Curb Weight: 2940 lbs (1334 kg) Ground Clearance: 5.3 in. (13.5 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 11.7 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: Inline 4 DOHC Displacement: 1.6 Liter
Horsepower: 121 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 114 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 9.7 seconds Maximum Speed: NA

* 2014 Cooper Paceman specs USA

Engine & Performance

The 2015 Paceman is powered by a 1.6 liter engine that produces 121 hp and 114 pound-feet of torque.

The S trim produces 190 horsepower, while the John Cooper Works power produces is 218 horsepower. The Paceman JCW is the fastest; it can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds.

The top speed is expected to around 150 mph.
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Exterior

This Mini comes with a distinctive and highly expressive body design that reflects the vehicle’s properties which is a hallmark of MINI.

A high-opening tailgate indicates the high degree of functionality and the versatility offered by this car. The upright front section together with the large headlamps and the hexagonal radiator grille contour conveys a solid presence.

The rear lights have been arranged horizontally for the very first time in a MINI. Apart from the long doors, other striking features in the side perspective include a roof which sits on top of the vehicle and is optionally available in contrasting colors.

Other exterior features include a wide range of paint finishes. Colors such as jungle green and midnight metallic grey are now available. Light alloy wheel comes as standard in all models.

Interior

This car has been designed as a 4-seater. Its standard trim comes with sports seats for the driver and his front passenger. The 2 rear seats offer great shoulder and head room to support excellent comfort.

The central instrument bears John Cooper Works logo. The rear backrests can be folded down to create more luggage volume from 11.6 to 38.1 cu ft.

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July 27, 2014 at 1:42 am | No comment

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