Kia does not have a tradition of designing the most stunning looking car, so the company's American designers took the task of making the Soul, a compact mini MPV
, an eye catching look. The roomy interior and comfortable seats make it a good buy. Additionally, the tall hatchback shape makes it very convenient for carrying luggage and sports items. The Kia Soul
gets its power from a 1.6-liter engine that can deliver a maximum power of 140 horsepower. The Soul also features satellite-radio connection and map lights, features that are mostly absent in cars that sell for than $17,000.
Hyundai Genesis Coupe
The two door version of the highly popular Hyundai Genesis
sedan was recognised as the North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this year. The sportier and more powerful Coupe uses a rear wheel drive system and the suspension is as good as that of a race car. With a V6 engine, the Genesis Coupe can churn out 300-horsepower. The coupe gives you a luxurious feel with its leather-wrapped steering wheel and the Brembo brakes, which usually cost more than $25,500, also find a place in the coupe. The Genesis Coupe scores some brownie points in the looks department too. Other attractive features include trip computer, Bluetooth, iPod connection, active head restraints and electronic stability control.
Ford Taurus SHO
Considered to be America's BMW
, the Ford Taurus SHO is more powerful version of the full-size 2010 Taurus. Featuring an EcoBoost engine, with direct injection and turbo-charging, the Ford
SHO brings a unique combination of fuel efficiency and muscle. The engine generates a maximum power of V-8, 365-horsepower vehicle with the fuel efficiency of V-6. Paired with the powerful engine is a six-speed automatic gearbox that boasts of steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and all-wheel drive. A unique feature of this car is its external data sources sent through satellite radio. The live traffic feature shows incidents and traffic flow information. Adaptive cruise control, and advance safety features set it above the competition.
Cadillac CTS Wagon
Wagon followed after the successful launch of its redesigned CTS sedan. Initially, the CTS wagon was designed for export to Europe, where people prefer luxury wagons. The CTS Wagon, built on proven CTS chassis, features a V-6 engine which is paired to a six-speed gearbox. Cadillac's edgy styling is well reflected in The wagon offers a respectable 26 mpg on the highway. The CTS Wagon features an anti-theft alarm system that works to immobilise the car through the OnStar network of General Motors
Jeep Grand Cherokee
The popularity of the Jeep Grand Cherokee was instrumental in launching the SUV
boom of the 1990s. America's love affair with big, gas-guzzling hulks is pretty much over, but Chrysler believes there's a new chapter for this rugged classic. Jeep's engineers have shortened the vehicle, given it a more aerodynamic shape and equipped it with a more luxurious interior, featuring more expensive materials and higher-grade controls. It also comes with a more efficient V-6 engine while trying to remain faithful to Jeep's can-do heritage. The introduction of the Jeep Grand Cherokee
is now scheduled for the second quarter of 2010.
Venza was supposed to have debuted earlier this year, but it was delayed when the recession forced Toyota to cut production. It's here now, though, and it looks great. The new Venza, which is based on the same architecture chassis as that of the always popular Toyota Camry
, has the audacity to look like a traditional station wagon. The modest size seems right for the times - as much as monstrously big SUVs seem like dinosaurs. The standard 286 V-6 engine provides ample power for a multipurpose vehicle that is designed to carry people and packages
Nissan's latest iteration of the fabled "Z car" carries on the Japanese automaker's tradition of offering a sleek and sporty roadster. The new Nissan 370Z
has a 3.7-liter, double-overhead-cam, multivalve engine that delivers 332 horsepower but gets 26 mpg on the highway. The 370Z also comes with a carbon-fiber drive shaft, seven-speed automatic transmission and speed-sensitive power steering. The interior of the 370Z presents a nicely executed design with aluminium accents that give the cockpit a contemporary flair.
Known for small cars
and SUVs, Suzuki makes its first foray into the heart of the U.S. market with the midsize Kizashi
sedan. The exterior styling is fresh, and the interior packs cool features such as sporty seats and a nifty instrument cluster that give the car character. The Kizashi's key asset could be its power train, which includes a new 4-cylinder aluminium engine that can be matched up to either a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic transmission. Kizashi won't go on sale until late fall, and the price is expected to be in the low-$20,000 range. Toyota and Honda better look over their shoulders, because the Kizashi makes clear that Suzuki intends to claim a share of the midsize market in the U.S.
Over the years, the Volkswagen Golf
has been a familiar sight on American streets. In 2006, however, VW switched to the Rabbit name for the small car. But the Rabbit will disappear in 2010 as VW introduces the sixth-generation Golf - and reintroduces the Golf name to the U.S., starting in October. The new Golf's power train has been updated for the U.S. market with a 2.5-liter gasoline engine; a 2-liter diesel engine will be offered as an option. Price of the new car
hasn't been finalized, but it is expected to come in at around $18,000 for the version with the gasoline engine. That's a lot of value for the money, and these days that's a strong selling point.
The exterior of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
has been given a complete makeover. The spirit of Teutonic austerity that animates Mercedes-Benz design remains, but the lines of the new E-Class look sleeker and more contemporary. The E-Class is loaded with new high-tech features such as an advanced drowsiness-detection system that monitors more than 70 parameters to warn drivers who are on the verge of dozing, a system that closes the sunroof and secures the cabin for a collision, and a brake assist that provides additional braking force in emergency situations.