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2010 New York Auto Show

Live from the Big Apple…it’s the season's last big auto show.

by on Apr.01, 2010

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

Live from New York…no, it’s not Saturday Night Live…it’s the last big event of the car show season, the 2010 New York International Auto Show.  And is, as you’d expect, combing the halls of Jacob Javits Center looking for the latest products and the hot new stories.

We’ll be there all week, posting updates as quickly as we can log onto our servers, so keep coming back to find out more about all the sedans, sports cars, coupes, cabriolets, SUVs and even an assortment of station wagons making their debut in the Big Apple.

You’ll find complete NY Auto Show coverage after the page break.


First Look: 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Blue Drive

Korean maker to debut first hybrid at NY Auto Show; along with new Sonata Turbo.

by on Mar.26, 2010

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will be the first to use lithium-polymer batteries.

Sadly, we can only offer this sneak peek at the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybid Blue Drive, the Korean maker’s first gas-electric model to reach U.S. shores, but what you’ll likely first notice isn’t the hybrid powertrain – which remains hidden beneath the skin – but the sedan’s distinctive front end, clearly meant to give this model a more up-market feel.

Hyundai officials are saving most of the details for the Sonata Hybrid’s official debut, which will come at next week’s New York International Auto Show, but we’ve been able to “gather string,” as journalists often put it, collecting just enough details to highlight what Hyundai has in store.

(For one thing, the NY Auto Show preview will reveal not only the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, but also a new high-performance Sonata Turbo model.)

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One of the more intriguing details about the Sonata Hybrid Blue Drive, to use its formal name, will be the first production gas-electric model to use a lithium polymer battery.  Its competitors, ranging from the Toyota Prius to the new 2011Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid (Click Here for a review) all rely on older nickel-metal hybrid (NiMH)  battery technology.


First Look: 2011 Kia Optima

Debut planned for New York Auto Show.

by on Feb.22, 2010

Look for a New York Auto Show debut for the 2011 Kia Optima.

If the name, Kia, calls to mind cheap and cheerful subcompacts, you might think again after checking out these renderings of the new midsize sedan the Korean carmaker plans to unveil at the upcoming New York Auto Show.

Kia has been making a move up-market, it recent years – though not quite as successfully as its sibling, Hyundai.  The new model, which replaces the outgoing Optima, could prove a big step forward for Kia.


Set to reach dealer showrooms in the fall of 2010, the 2011 Kia Optima will be longer, lower and wider than the old model.  It features a “significantly longer” wheelbase than the old ’10 Optima, Kia says, (though it’s holding hard numbers for the NY Auto Show preview).  That should translate into a fair bit more interior passenger and cargo space.  The comparable Hyundai Sonata, for example, slips into the EPA “Large Car” category in terms of cabin room, though it sits on a midsize platform.   (more…)