The two Kia and its greater sister brand Hyundai are firing with each barrels lately. The most recent evidence is the all-new 2012 Kia Rio, a trendy reinterpretation of the Korean brand’s subcompact entry that joins the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, and its relative the Hyundai Accent at the top rated of the small-auto rankings. Its excellent seems to be, lavish functions, and fuel efficiency have got be producing our longstanding favorite in this class, the now-aging Honda Fit, seem nervously over its truncated tail.
Kia’s wedgy styling performs better on the five-door Rio hatchback than it does on the 4-door sedan, but each carry off taut, European-inflected lines with grace. The nipped-in Kia grille and swept-back headlights are recognizable, with sculpting behind the front wheels top back to the far more rounded contours of the rear end. Inside, the dash is clean, functional, and nicely finished, with a significant show screen and airplane-type rocker switches.
The 138-horsepower, one.6-liter four-cylinder engine can be paired with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain EPA gas-mileage ratings of 30 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, for a combined rating of 34 mpg with the manual but, oddly, 33 mpg with the automatic. There will also be a start-stop selection, for $ 400, that shuts off the engine when the car isn’t moving. It restarts as quickly as the driver begins to release the brake pedal, which will add one mpg to the city rating.
The 2012 Kia Rio may use a standard strut and torsion-beam suspension, but you’d by no means know it from the entertaining handling. It holds the road nicely, rides smoothly, and has extremely little of the crashing and bounding that used to define modest vehicles. The electric energy steering is predictably numb, but it’s weighted nicely beneath tighter and tighter turns. The new Rio is simply miles ahead of the old a single, and practically as enjoyable as the cheerfully raucous turbocharged edition of the Chevy Sonic. For sportier tuning, go for the SX model.
Inside, the 2012 Rio isn’t fairly as large as the hardly-a-subcompact Nissan Versa, nor does it have really the volume of the Hyundai Accent or Honda Match. As an alternative, the Kia Rio is about the exact same size as the Ford Fiesta, at about 160 inches lengthy. The front seats have a exceptional long array of travel, and pleasantly significant bottom cushions. But back-seat pasengers will not appreciate the room of some other subcompacts, with minor spare room for knees or heads. The cargo bay holds 15 cubic feet in the hatch, with the sedan providing 13.7 cubic feet of trunk volume. The Rio has the typical array of airbags and electronic safety systems, but hasn’t however been rated for crash safety by the NHTSA or IIHS. A rear-view camera is optional, however, which is uncommon on autos this modest.
In late December of 2011, Cadillac published a thirty-2nd clip on the CTS sedan named “Front to Back” showing two autos riding alongside each and every other, with one driving forward and the other in reverse.
Apparently, some viewers weren’t certain if said scene on the industrial was genuine or not so Cadillac came out with some added footage from distinct angles.
“Many of you have been shocked to discover that our CTS ad with the two automobiles driving side-by-side was 100% authentic,” a Cadillac spokesperson wrote on the brand’s Facebook page. “Now, as promised, we’re providing you all the extended footage of our remarkable drivers in action.”
You can peep the videos following the break.
The fellas at Sport Automobile set about discovering the true top speed of yet another sports automobile. This time it is a lovely Mercedes SLS Roadster that’s been put via its paces. They handle to hit 327 km/h leading speed in the SLS Roadster, which is astonishing, but not as astonishing as the noise that six.two liter V8 helps make. Quick acceleration bursts in this car are the most fun, exactly simply because of the amazing soundtrack.
Examine out the video immediately after the jump.
by way of: WCF
March 15, 2012 at three:00pm by Alexander Stoklosa
Ford has priced the heavily updated 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500, starting from $ 54,995 for the coupe and $ 59,995 for the convertible. We’ve covered the new Shelby at length, partially since each time we see its output numbers—650 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque—we get a pleasant tickle in our nether regions. Have we talked about it can hit 200 mph? Then, just as it seemed as if our anticipation for the automobile couldn’t develop any further, we were taken for a ride in a GT500 development mule. Even on snow tires, we duly noted the car’s awesomeness. But back to its pricing.
We had been previously told to anticipate the 2013 GT500 coupe to commence at less than $ 60,000, but $ 54,995 is really a bit significantly less than that. Much better still, that price represents only a $ 5390 bump over the 2012 model. The new convertible’s price tag goes up by the identical $ 5390, to $ 59,995. Each the coupe and convertible can be had with the $ 3495 SVT Performance package deal, which includes a Torsen restricted-slip differential, forged-aluminum wheels (19-inchers up front, 20s in the rear), Bilstein adjustable dampers, distinctive rear springs, and a unique gauge cluster and shift knob. Regrettably, even with the further SVT bits, the convertible’s best speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
It goes with no saying that the Shelby GT500 is 1 heck of a bargain, and we cannot wait to get our mitts on 1 and place it through our testing procedures. Seem for this kind of a check soon, as the coupe goes on sale in Could, followed sometime later by the convertible.
No – what you are about to prepared isn’t made up for hilarious entertainment. According to western New York authorities, 4 young Amish adults have been charged with illegal possession of alcohol following their buggy collided with a police automobile. Ironically, the police car was responding to a report of a drinking get together.
Officials say that police had been responding to reports that men and women had been drinking alcohol in several buggies on a country road. When a patrol vehicle arrived on the scene, a single of the buggies changed lanes and hit a police car. The buggy flipped, triggering minor injuries to one particular of the riders.
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Ferrari, Lamborghini, Supercar Videos — By Neil Ward on March 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm — No Comments
For those of you who spend your evenings browsing YouTube with no real intent, or look at GTspirit’s Facebook page without keeping track of the time, you might not be getting much, or indeed any, work done, but you may have seen two of the best videos on the internet made YouTube member mingming360.
The first two show a brand new, white Lamborghini Aventador dropping a few cogs in a Chinese tunnel and getting very shouty. For once, it’s nice to see an Aventador being used properly, rather than only being taken out for special shows.
The third features the slightly rarer Ferrari 599 GTO in the same tunnel, and unfortunately for us the driver was wearing led shoes. Listen to the crackles on the overrun – truly staggering. Shame both of the cars cost more than £ 200,000.
Buy hay ho, we can all dream.
While GMC’s Denali trim is a hit, for some purpose the brand’s most preferred crossover even now does not show GMC‘s signature grille. This is all about to alter with the introduction of the 2013 Terrain Denali.
In the official press release, Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of GMC Advertising mentioned that ”Denali is increasing rapidly. With 7 distinct designs, sales for this brand inside of a brand enhanced 79 % from 2010 to 2011. With this in thoughts, the decision to generate a much more-upscale Terrain was an straightforward a single.”
In addition to the chrome grille, the upgraded Denali will also function 19-inch wheels (V6 model only), satin chrome accents, physique colour rocker panels and front and rear fascias, new headlights and taillights and a dual exhaust. The best terrain’s interior will also display-off some large finish design and style with a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mahogany wood accents, a soft-touch instrument panel with French stitching, Denali-embossed leather seats and illuminated Denali sill plates.
The biggest news for the refreshed Terrain Denali is the the introduction of a more powerful three.six-litre V6, which will change the 3.-litre V6 across the Terrain lineup. The greater V6 will output 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque, or 37 hp and 50 lb-ft far more than the three.-litre.
Fuel aware customers can buy the Terrain Denali with the 2.four-litre four-cylinder, which outputs 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque and boasts 32 mpg on the highway. The 4-cylinder-equipped Denali will characteristic slightly more compact 18-inch wheels with All-wheel drive availability with the two engines.