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2012 Hyundai Genesis Comes in at $34,200

Korean maker adds all-new 429-hp 5.0 R-Spec at $46,500.

by on May.25, 2011

The big changes with the 2012 Hyundai Genesis can be found under the hood.

Hyundai is ready to let buyers slip into the newly-updated 2012 Genesis sedan, and despite some significant upgrades and changes, it’s carrying a barely 1% price increase, at $34,200 – before delivery charges.

The 2012 model-year brings the first significant update of the Genesis sedan since it was named North American Car of the Year, a few years back.

But the big news is on the powertrain front, the new ’12 Genesis continuing to offer both the 3.8-liter and 4.6-liter engines found in the original car, but also introducing a new 5.0-liter direct-injection V8 shared with the even more luxurious Hyundai Equus sedan.

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Exterior changes for the new model-year are relatively modest, with Hyundai introducing an “enhanced” grille, larger air intakes and modified headlamps that adopt the now-required LED accent lights.  There are new puddle lamps in the mirrors, revised rockers and redesigned taillights, as well as new asymmetrical exhaust tips.

The suspension has been tweaked on all models, with larger rear stability bars added to reduce body roll.  Brakes have been upgraded, a Lane Departure Warning System and Daytime Running Lamps added.  But the big news is that new 5.0-liter V8 – and the addition of an all-new 8-speed gearbox that becomes standard across the Genesis line-up.

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First Look: Production-Ready 2010 Acura ZDX

Offers industry’s longest glass roof.

by on Oct.16, 2009

The 2010 Acura ZDX joins a growing list of sports car-like crossovers.

ZDX joins a growing list of sporty crossovers.

With a panoramic roof that stretches from the windshield to the tailgate, the production-ready version of the 2010 Acura ZDX is making its formal debut, this week, at the Orange County Auto Show.

The ZDX – like the new 2010 Honda CrossTour that it shares its underpinnings with – is taking aim at an all-new model segment, blending sports coupe with crossover, perhaps the best existing example being the recently-launched BMW X6.

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The 2010 Acura ZDX is the first vehicle to be designed at the new Acura Design Studio, in Torrance, California, and the production version stays surprisingly true to the original concept penned by Acura’s first female designer, Michelle Christensen.

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First Drive: 2010 Land Rover LR4

Along with re-makes of 2010 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, British marque signals a new direction.

by on Aug.31, 2009

The 2010 Land Rover LR4 replaces and upgrades the old LR3. The new model features a bigger engine, a more refined interior, improved Terrain Control and a quieter ride.

The Land Rover LR4 replaces and upgrades the old LR3. The new model features a bigger engine, a more refined interior, improved Terrain Control and a quieter ride.

In its first new product introduction since the takeover of Jaguar and Land Rover by the Indian conglomerate Tata, Land Rover has introduced a trio of new luxury SUVs for the 2010 model year, the LR4, which replaces the LR3, a heavily reworked Range Rover Sport, and an all-new Range Rover.

Like many recent luxury entries, including the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Land Rover is playing the value card for a recession-weary buyer.  The new LR4, which will come in the door at a price of $51,750 (including D&D charges), is some 5.6 percent less expensive, comparably equipped, when compared the 2009 LR3.

On or Off Road!

On or Off Road!

Aside from the obviously cleaner and more modern appearance, including new fenders without plastic flares, hood, grille, lamps and air intakes, the LR4 has substantial chassis upgrades for better, less-nervous highway ride.  A new TRW variable-rack power steering system takes care of that, along with new suspension arms and knuckles that move the center of gravity closer to the roll center, which means far less body roll in fast corners.  The all-wheel-drive system carries a new center differential that biases more power to the rear tires on full-throttle acceleration.

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Mercedes-Benz Slashes E-Class Pricing

Price cut aimed at undercutting BMW and other competitors

by on Apr.30, 2009

Mercedes plans to slash the price of its new E-Class models by 10 percent, despite the addition of significant new hardware -- and a complete interior and exterior redesign.

Mercedes plans to slash the price of its new E-Class models by 10%, despite significant new hardware -- and a complete interior and exterior redesign.

Aiming to undercut the competition, and stop a precipitous sales drop, Mercedes-Benz is taking the dramatic step of cutting prices on its all-new, 2010 E-Class sedan by about 10%, despite the addition of “significant” amounts of new content on the updated model.

The 2010 E350, with its 3.5-liter V-6, will start at $48,600, the automaker announced, during a media preview of the sedan, on Thursday. The ’09 E350 currently goes for $53,200. (The figures don’t include destination and delivery charges, which will come to $875 on the 2010 E-Class.)

The more powerful E550, meanwhile, will start at $56,300, also a cut of about 10% compared to the 2009 model.    (more…)