Hyundai Motor America today introduced the all-new Azera in a North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Azera is the fifth vehicle to adopt the company's signature Fluidic Sculpture design language.Tucson, Accent, Elantra, Sonata and Azera now all have a modern, sleek, sophisticated style, creating the illusion of constant motion. This flagship Fluidic Sculpture sedan also features a more powerful Lambda II 3.3-liter GDI engine, six-speed transmission, best-in-class combined fuel economy of 23 miles per gallon and a wide range of advanced safety equipment.
The Lambda II 3.3-liter GDI engine is the heart of the 2012 Azera. It produces a best-in-class specific output of 88.8 horsepower per liter, while having the smallest displacement V6 in the segment. This engine has a high-pressure direct injection system (over 2,200 psi), which dramatically increases power and torque, while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. This system eliminates the need for a large displacement V6 engine and increases the compression ratio from 10.4 to 11.5 for greater thermal efficiency and output. It also features all-aluminum construction, four valves per cylinder, piston cooling jets, roller timing chain, CrN Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating on the top ring chamfer and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) for a broad power spread. A three-stage Variable Intake System (VIS) further broadens its power curve to improve the vehicle's off-the-line acceleration and passing performance. EPA fuel economy estimates for the Azera are 20 mpg city / 29 mpg highway / 23 mpg combined.
► 2013 Cadillac XTS [driving scenes]
Cadillac unveiled the 2013 XTS, the newest addition to the Cadillac luxury
sedan lineup. It arrives in showrooms in the spring of 2012 as the most
technologically advanced production car in the brand's history. Larger than
the CTS, the new XTS delivers the space, elegance and dramatic presence
that are Cadillac signatures, but with entirely new and technically
advanced methods tuned for a new generation of luxury customers. It also
marks the debut of CUE, a comprehensive in-vehicle experience that merges
intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for
information and media data. In addition to the CUE interface and
connectivity, many other advanced technologies are integral to the new XTS.
It will be the only luxury sedan with standard Magnetic Ride Control -- the
world's fastest-reacting suspension. Advanced technologies that enhance
vision are available as well.
► 2012 Honda CR-V
The all-new, the fourth-generation Honda CR-V debuted today at the Los
Angeles Auto Show. The 2012 CR-V introduces an upscale styling direction,
greater fuel efficiency, and added features and functionality. The CR-V
will go on-sale at Honda dealerships nationwide on December 15th.
With the previous-generation CR-V recognized as a "Top Recommended Vehicle"
and having the "Best Retained Value SUV under $25,000" by Edmunds.com, and
named top compact crossover SUV in dependability by J.D. Power and
Associates, the all-new 2012 model introduces the latest evolution of
Honda's successful CR-V formula. Compact on the outside and roomy inside,
the CR-V represents an ideal balance for size and capability in the entry
SUV segment. The all-new five-passenger CR-V offers improved car-like
interior comfort, a smoother and quieter ride, and even more innovative
features than the previous model.
Powerful and Efficient 4-Cylinder Engine
Leading the changes are a more efficient engine design with improved horsepower and
torque, along with an all-new Real Time All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) with
Intelligent Control System™. All CR-Vs are powered by a 2.4-liter i-VTEC
4-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 163 lb-ft. of
torque paired with a standard 5-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated
fuel economy1 is rated at 23/31/26 mpg city/highway/combined (FWD) (an
increase of +2/+3/+2 mpg compared to the 2011 CR-V), and a compact
SUV-class leading 22/30/25 mpg city/highway/combined (AWD) (an increase of
+1/+3/+2 mpg compared to the 2011 CR-V). Eco Assist, a new feature on the
CR-V for 2012, indicates to the driver when the vehicle is being operated
in an efficient style via "green" visual cues surrounding the speedometer,
and a selectable ECON Mode alters operating characteristics of the vehicle
to support an efficient driving style.
New Standard Features
New for 2012 standard features include an Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear
Seat and a range of standard technology features. New high-tech features on
all models include a Bluetooth®2 HandsFreeLink® phone interface
(previously an available feature), a full-color intelligent
Multi-Information Display (i-MID) and a multi-angle rearview camera with
guidelines. As a first for Honda, every 2012 CR-V includes an SMS text
messaging function, which can read received texts from compatible cell
phones aloud over the audio system. Another first is the introduction of a
Pandora® Internet Radio interface3, compatible with the Apple® iPhone®,
which works with the vehicle's audio controls and i-MID.
The CR-V lineup starts with the CR-V LX model, now with more standard
equipment for 2012. The CR-V LX is equipped with air conditioning, cruise
control, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, i-MID, remote entry, a 160-watt, a
4-speaker audio system, Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS). The
CR-V EX adds an upgraded six-speaker audio system, power moonroof, 17-inch
alloy wheels and more. The CR-V EX-L builds on the rich features of the
CR-V EX and adds a leather-trimmed interior, 10-way power driver's seat,
automatic dual-zone climate control, 328-watt 7-speaker audio system with
XM®4 Radio and much more. Available features for the CR-V EX-L include the
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System5 with Voice Recognition™ and FM
Traffic, or a DVD Rear Entertainment System (not available with
Navigation). Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™ is an
available feature on each model.
► 2013 Mazda CX-5
Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today unveiled its all-new 2013 CX-5
compact SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The North American debut is the
first Mazda to fully encompass SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, the brand's
engineering-focused philosophy toward improving all-around vehicle
efficiency; the segment newcomer also offers best-in-class fuel economy. A
sneak peek into Mazda's new generation of vehicles, CX-5 embodies the
perfect balance between the best of all worlds: captivating design, dynamic
handling, unexpected efficiency, flexible functionality and first-class
safety, with a dash of Zoom-Zoom.
► Nissan JUKE R [interior]
New images and video containing the first official audio of Nissan Juke-R's
beating heart -- its 480bhp, 3.8-litre engine -- have been released ahead
of official testing later this month (November 2011).
Dubbed the world's fastest crossover, Juke-R is a unique concept car that
combines the power, speed and handling of Nissan's flagship GT-R sports car
with the bold, exciting design of the Juke crossover model. Images and
video reflect the thought-provoking, energetic style of this urban rebel
crossover, while its foreboding matt black finish enhances the car's
The car's unique, impactful styling places Juke's curves and lines over
GT-R's 3.8-litre engine, drivetrain and suspension, making Juke-R the most
testosterone-packed compact crossover in the world. It is a force to be
reckoned with not only in performance but also in its bold and menacing
Large, provocative vents in the front bumper provide cooling for the
Juke-R's twin turbo V6engine, while
subtle submerged ducts in the bonnet help draw air through the engine bay.
Flared wheel arches cover the GT-R's 20-inch RAYS forged alloy wheels to
merge with a new sculpted skirting. At the back of the car a dynamic split
rear wing provides the supercar crossover with down-force, while twin
pentagonal Exhausts emit the GT-R's
evocative engine note.
Inside, the Juke's motorcycle-inspired console is at the centre of a
modified interior cabin fitted out to go racing complete with twin race
seats, full race harness and a race-spec roll cage. GT-R steering wheel,
pedals, dials and 7-inch touch-screen display are built into a modified
version of Juke's dashboard.
Officially announced by Nissan Europe in October, Juke-R is not a
production car but a special, road legal concept car.Two versions of the
Juke-R are being created -- one in left-hand-drive and one in
right-hand-drive. Juke-R will go into testing in late November before it's
unleashed on the world to take on the urban playground.
Until then, follow the Nissan Juke-R story on the official Nissan Juke
YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/NissanJuke and at
2011 Hyundai Azera Limited Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the 2011 Hyundai Azera
Limited. Last generation for this body style and being redesigned for the
2012 model year. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and
exterior of this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and
noting unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine
and the details of it, start it up and see how it sounds under
acceleration. A thorough tour/review of this car designed to give others a
greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.
2012 Hyundai Azera
From the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at
the 2012 Hyundai Azera.
2012 Hyundai Azera (Grandeur) promo
Positioned between the Sonata and the Genesis, the 2012 Hyundai Azera will
come onto the market next summer and feature the automaker's latest take on
the `fluidic sculpture' design philosophy. The video shows the South Korean
market Grandeur but the car sold in the U.S. should be very similar. It
appears to be a very stylish sedan, with the best elements of the Sonata
and even some influences from Hyundai's Equus flagship featuring.
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2012 Hyundai Equus
Parkway Hyundai in Wilmington, NC gives us a walk-around of the Hyundai
Equus. Learn about the Equus and all of the Hyundai vehicles at Parkway
Hyundai by visiting us at www.ParkwayHyundai.com or
Real World Test Drive 2012 Hyundai Azera
It's Hyundai's new full-size sedan that the Korean automaker hopes will
"conquest" buyers of the Toyota Camry and the big Buick.
Grant Winter takes us to Mount Kisco new York for a "first look" at
the new Azera: