Sunday, April 04, 2010

At the 2010 New York Auto Show, Electric Ideas

By Seth Fletcher

NY Auto Show Audi
The New York International Auto Show is always a smaller affair than the bigger annual confabs in Detroit and Los Angeles. Still, this year's show brought with it several interesting unveilings, a fair number of hot cars, and yet more evidence that the hybridization and gradual electrification of the automotive scene continues apace. Here are a few highlights. 

Mazda 2
Chevrolet Volt
Hyundai managed to dazzle the crowd by unveiling two new versions of its existing midsize sedan. Weird, right? Well, the dazzle is all about performance for price. The Sonata 2.0T, for instance, combines a direct injection with high-performance twin-scroll turbochargers to squeeze 274 horsepower out of a four-cylinder engine. And? When it arrives later this year it‚ll cost less than $25,000 (exact pricing yet to be announced). The other variant is the Sonata Hybrid, which uses lithium-ion batteries and,according to Hyundai gets, up to 39 mpg on the highway and 37 mpg in the city. If they live up to the promises Hyundai has made for them, these will be extraordinarily competitive cars.
 Fiat 500
For the future of Chrysler, look to Fiat, the company's new corporate overlords. Chrysler is set to bring the Fiat 500 across the Atlantic later this year; it‚ll run on a 1.2 liter, 70hp engine. (Tiny car, tiny engine.) Last month the company said that it would be making an electric car based on the 500 platform in 2012.

Infiniti Concept

Nissan Leaf
 Lexus CT 200h
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