2011 KIA SPORTAGE SX
The new turbocharged 2011 Sportage SX compact CUV scheduled to arrive in the firm’s U.S. showrooms later this month. The automaker has also released details and pricing. For 2011 model, the Sportage SX gets new powertrain and a sportier-tuned suspension.
The Sportage SX is Kia’s second vehicle in the States to feature the company’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with direct-injection technology and a twin-scroll turbocharger that delivers 256 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of peak torque. The 2.0L Turbo is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission and is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions. Kia said the FWD model returns 22mpg in the city (10.7 lt/100km) and 27mpg on the highway (8.7lt/100km).
A sportier-tuned suspension with firmer shock and strut rates for improved handling over the standard versions along with several bespoke styling features such as the unique 18-inch alloy wheels and grille trim, dual exhaust, and special side sill moldings. The exterior updates are complemented by SX-specific interior appointments including standard aluminum door sills and a modified gauge cluster.
2011 TOYOTA YARIS HSD CONCEPT
Toyota Yaris HSD Concept is unveil at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show on March, 1 and its will launch in Europe in 2012. the car concept is the first superimini hybrid model based on the next-generation Yaris.
The Yaris hybrid will be built at Toyota’s Valenciennes plant in France and will be on sale during the second half of 2012. By 2020, the Japanese manufacturer plans to offer full-hybrid variants for its entire European lineup.
Fitted with Hybrid Synergy Drive version of the Yaris features some bespoke styling cues that separate it from its conventional sibling. These include the large trapezoidal lower grille, the vertical “aero” corners housed in the front bumper that minimise air turbulence and the rear reflectors in the rear bumper. Other changes include the 18-inch rims, specially designed to aid brake cooling.
2011 Toyota Yaris HSD Concept uses thin rear-view cameras instead of conventional door mirrors and even the shape of door handles has been modeled to improve airflow around the car. Building on the eco theme, the roof of the car is covered with solar panels that provide power for the air conditioning system, it for the sake of aerodynamics.
Toyota stresses that the Yaris HSV produces zero CO2, NOx and particulates tailpipe emissions while in full EV mode.