Okay, silly name aside, everything about this Kia concept sounds awesome. For a start, it’s a Kia Soul minus two doors, which is pretty cool on its own. This thing looks like a second-gen RenaultSport Megane crossed with a Range Rover Evoque, only funkier. Despite the elimination of the back portals, the Track’ster’s wheelbase is almost a full inch longer than a standard Soul. It’s also five inches wider than the standard car, as well.
No, the Hyundai Azera isn’t the sexiest or most important car at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, but we don’t mind. It still looks like a very competent entry-level luxury sedan, and if it drives anything like the current Azera, it’ll be relatively uninspired, but still rather good.
Forgive us for yawning, but we must admit that from an auto show perspective, the 2011 Toyota Avalon is hardly exhilarating. Still, we’re glad that it was refreshed and that it sports a more aggressive appearance with better interior refinement.
A common stereotype says that minivans aren’t cool. But look at this Honda Odyssey Concept — it’s pretty excellent. We like the new styling direction that Honda is using with its much-loved minivan, and we can’t wait to see what the actual production model looks like.
Not only is the Kia Ray Concept an interesting endeavor into the future possibilities of fuel-efficient vehicles, it marks the fist vehicle developed specifically under Kia’s new EcoDynamics sub-brand (similar to the BMW “Project I”). It’s certainly a looker, with a swooping, futuristic design, and we hope that something similar actually comes to production sometime soon.
The heavy duty truck wars are on! Ford’s new Super Duty is only a few weeks away from hitting the streets, Dodge’s Ram HD is just now hitting dealers, and the third contender in this segment is the Chevrolet Silverado HD, which officially debuted today at the Chicago Auto Show.
Even though the 2011 Ford Edge isn’t an all-new product, the automaker has given it a substantial refresh for the new model year. Boasting a choice of three engines (including an all-new 2.0-liter EcoBoost four) and a more aggressive Sport model, the Edge should indeed continue to be the best-selling midsize crossover.
Only a few months after Toyota pulled the wraps off of its all-new Sienna minivan, Honda is following suit with an updated version of its strong-selling Odyssey. And while Honda is referring to the van on display at this year’s Chicago Auto Show as a concept, we’re sure that it’s just a few small tweaks away from being production ready.
There really isn’t a strong business case to be made for the Toyota Avalon these days, especially with the current recall mess that the automaker is currently working through. Nevertheless, Toyota has officially taken the wraps off of the redesigned 2011 Avalon, and while it doesn’t prove to be a big departure from the model it replaces, it’s still a very welcomed refresh.
If you’ve ever wanted a 7-Series from BMW’s M division, this is the closest you’ll get. And while a factory-fresh M7 would be pretty cool, we’d much rather have this Alpina-tuned version. It looks excellent and isn’t like anything else on the road — we’re eagerly awaiting our first drive.
With all of the hype surrounding the Hyundai Genesis and the all-new 2011 Sonata, it’s easy to forget that the relatively well-received Azera is still sitting on dealer lots. And while we’re still waiting for an all-new model to come forth, the Toyota Avalon of Hyundais does get a few improvements for the 2011 model year.
The aging Scion tC coupe is in great need of a substantial refresh, but Toyota is once again offering consumers a special, limited-production version of the car. The Release Series 6.0 features a Speedway Blue paint job, as well as an Alpine audio system, HD radio, and a navigation system with a 4.3-inch touch-screen display, offering turn-by-turn voice guidance, three-dimensional map viewing, and a spiffy tC RS guidance icon. (Oooh. Aaah.)
Move over, Crown Victoria — Ford has a whole new style of taxi to unleash on the streets. Not only is the 2011 Transit Connect Taxi just plain cool, it has useful upgrades that taxi owners and passengers will appreciate.
Ford has said over and over that it plans to release four new battery-electric and hybrid vehicles over the next couple of years, and we now have the official details on FoMoCo’s first offering — the Transit Connect Electric. Hitting the streets near the end of 2010, the zero-emissions Transit Connect Electric will be ideal for commercial vehicle buyers looking to cut down on their carbon footprint.