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Winter's icy stranglehold on the northern hemisphere has finally been broken. After months of gray skies and freezing weather spring is finally in the air. Automakers are responding to the warmth and sun by emerging from product hibernation. Companies located in places ranging from South Korea to the United Kingdom have unveiled a bumper-crop of new hardware ranging from sensible to insane. Here are the Top 10 reveals from the 2013 New York International Auto Show.
Baring any surprises, the star of this year's New York Auto Show is likely to be the Mercedes CLA45 AMG, a high-powered version of the brand's stunning new affordable luxury sedan. Other major debuts include the 2014 Cadillac CTS, Acura MDX, updated Honda Odyssey and Hyundai Equus, as well as refreshed version of the Buick LaCross, Regal and Chevy Camaro. Rumors point to a Subaru hybrid reveal while it'll also be the first showing of the controversially designed Jeep Cherokee.
With the dramatic HND-9 concept car Hyundai is previewing the design and powertrain of the second-generation Genesis Coupe.
The “evolution of Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture design philosophy,” what’s perhaps more interesting is what’s under the hood, with Hyundai foreshadowing future powertrains with a turbocharged 3.3-liter direct injection V6. Power from the new engine is an impressive 370 hp, up roughly 20 hp from the current 3.8-liter V6. No torque figures have been mention, but expect the turbocharger to deliver well-above the 295 lb-ft in the current car.
Power makes it to the rear wheels using the brand’s 8-speed automatic transmission.
As for the look, it mimics the dramatic style of the HCD-14 Concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show this year, which is said to preview the next-generation of Hyundai’s luxury sedans. While the HCD-14 is more of a design concept, showcasing ideas that could come to fruition, it isn’t yet clear if Hyundai intends the HND-9 to more closely represent the production Genesis Coupe.
Look for more details on the HND-9 concept and the future of the Genesis Coupe when Hyundai officially unveils the car at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show on March 28th. The Korean automaker promises more information not only on the car’s design, but also it’s “cutting-edge technologies.”
The Veracruz never stood a chance. With a lackluster advertising and promotional campaign behind it, the 7-seat Hyundai crossover never gained traction with consumers.
So, when it came time to redesign the 7-seat crossover, Hyundai decided to ditch the old name, instead banking on the market-strong Santa Fe badge to succeed where the Veracruz failed.
Instead of building a one size fits all body that would either be too large for two row seating applications or too cramped for three rows, Hyundai is building two lengths of Santa Fe. The shorter Santa Fe is the Sport which was released earlier this year. Available with a choice of four cylinder engines, one turbocharged and one not, the Santa Fe Sport is more of a compact crossover and seats only five passengers.
As it stands, the American made Santa Fe Sport is maxing out its production capacity and sales are up 35% from September to February, compared to the same time period a year before. But the Santa Fe Sport is bought primarily by members of the pre or post family cycle; empty nesters, singles, childless families, etc. Hyundai is fully aware, and fully admits that they are lacking sales, and a product, from those within the ‘family’ cycle – those with kids. To address this, the built in Korea long-wheelbase Santa Fe is being introduced.
It's business as usual to have supercars in spades at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Exactly how awesome was it? Here's a hint, the 1,030 hp carbon bodied Koenigsegg Hundra didn't even make the list. We're just using it to fill space.
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