Detroit Auto Show

By | January 11, 2011

We didn’t make it to the Detroit International Auto Show this week but we thought we would highlight some of the cars that debuted.

The Hyundai Veloster (that we showed a teaser photo of last week) made its debut yesterday. The hatchback coupe has two doors on the passenger side and one door on the driver’s side. It has a longish (104.3”) wheelbase for its overall short length (166.1”)

It didn’t have the 1.8L engine that was speculated, but it will come with a Gamma 1.6L I4 with 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque that is estimated to get 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway – more than the Honda CRZ. The Veloster is available with a conventional manual and a dual-clutch transmission.

Another Hyundai concept the “Curb” which also debuted at Detroit sports a turbo version of the 1.6L with 175 horsepower and 169 lb-ft of torque – hopefully this engine will become optional in the Veloster.

It looks like a BMW X6 from the passenger side and a CRZ from the driver’s side. We would like it if it was just a regular two-door hatch with only two seats and a huge cargo hold.

Ford showed off the Vertrek concept. Based on the 2012 global Focus platform the Vertrek is set to replace the Kuga in Europe; Territory in Australia; and the Escape in North America, the Vertrek is part of Ford’s “One Ford” game plan of offering the same vehicle in Europe, Australia and North America. The different markets are expected to keep their current names (although Australia might adopt the European Kuga name).

Honda showed a Civic sedan and an Si coupe. Honda didn’t give any specs about the engines but said they would be more efficient (40 mpg highway) with lower emissions. A hybrid and a CNG version are also available. No word on the size of the new engines or power output but it is speculated to have the new turbo 1.6L I4 with 160 horsepower for the base car and a 200 horsepower version for the Si. It looks that the Si sedan might be dead – truly sad to see it go.

(Jason Udy, AutoCar, Motor Trend)


Chad Waite on January 12, 2011 at 1:03 am.

Ok, I really like the Velostar. It may be weird but it’s pulling a Nissan Juke on me right now.nnAlso, that center Civic SI exhaust is SICK!

rossl on January 12, 2011 at 4:56 pm.

Some pretty cool cars at Detroit this year. Good bye SI sedan.

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