петък, 4 ноември 2011 г.

New cars coming up in 2012

2012 is knocking on the door. If you're planning to buy a new car, here is a list of upcoming cars that look promising enough to delay a purchase.

2012 Hyundai Veloster

The new Hyundai Veloster is an aggressively-styled 3-door coupe (1 door on the left, 2 on the right) with a 1.6 liter direct-injected engine and the first application of Hyundai's home-grown six-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission. Along with its stand-out styling, the Veloster boasts a 40 MPG highway rating -- and if the rumors are correct, the 136 horsepower 1.6 liter engine will be joined by a 200 horsepower turbocharged version.

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

The VW Beetle has a new mission: Less cute, more sport. Updated “retro” styling on somewhat larger dimensions and a roomier, more practical interior are said to be the highlights. The car will launch in mainstay-selling 2-door hatchback sedan form. The 2.5-liter 5-cylinder will remain the mainstay engine for the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle. The Bug should be available with a pair of turbocharged 4-cylinder engines for the first time in several years, though both will be VW’s latest 2.0-liter designs: a 200-horsepower gasoline unit with direct fuel injection and a 140-horsepower “clean diesel” TDI.

2012 Ford Focus

The Focus is available in both sedan and hatchback versions and is powered by a 2-liter 160 horsepower engine. EPA fuel economy estimates are as high as 28 MPG city/40 MPG highway with the SFE package and 6-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission.

2012 Ford Focus Electric

Ford will introduce an all-electric battery-powered version of the Focus in select markets. The Focus Electric has a 100 mile range and will charge in half the time of the Nissan Leaf.

2012 Subaru Impreza

The star feature of the 2012 Subaru Impreza is the fuel economy, which is expected to be rated at 27 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway--a 30 percent increase over the previous model. That leap in fuel efficiency is due in no small part to the new, 2-liter boxer-style engine, which provides a 10 percent fuel economy gain compared to the outgoing 2.5-liter engine. As with any give, there will be a little take: you have only 148 horsepower to play with in the 2012 Impreza, compared to 170 hp found in the previous model year.

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