The all-new 2011 Chrysler 300: Externally, the blocky styling of the past has been replaced with chiseled good looks that feature a sleeker shape, raked windshield, and crisp sheet metal folds that give the impression of tail fins that were oh-so-popular in the 1950s.
There are those who are confident that BYD cars are the real deal—investment wizard Warren Buffett, for one, with a 10-percent stake in them. Others are at least waiting until the cars are available here. How soon before we see Chinese cars become mainstream?
A better Chrysler 300 makes its official debut at Detroit for the 2011 model year.
Eco Assist will also make its first appearance on a gas-only Civic, serving to help the driver be more fuel efficient. We see it as a “not fun” mode, but with such technologies, Honda asserts that its gasoline-engine Civic will achieve 40 mpg on the highway.
Engine specs and sizes were not released, but Honda did say that intelligent valve timing and lift control (i-VTEC) will make its way, unsurprisingly, into the new Civic.
With the majority of Audi’s lineup getting a full makeover, it was inevitable that the A6, the “all-business-all-the-time” sedan, would follow suit.
In a unique twist, the ride and handling characteristics of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic were tuned by Corvette engineers. We suspect this means the Sonic will handle very well.
A sporty crossover coupe, the Mini Paceman concept utilizes the most powerful engine in the Mini lineup, the John Cooper Works 1.6-liter, whose twin-scroll turbo helps to produce 211 bhp and peak torque of 192 lb.-ft., although an overboost function allows brief forays to 207 lb.-ft.
VW’s new 2012 Passat is longer and more spacious inside than the new European Passat, which Volkswagen hopes will give it an edge against the likes of Honda’s Accord and Toyota’s Camry.