2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

THE 2011 Sonata Hybrid: THE NEW STANDARD FOR MIDSIZE SEDANS
Sonata Injects Emotion, Advanced Powertrains and Superior Quality into Bland Segment

2011 Hyundai Sonata hybrid

2011 Hyundai Sonata hybrid

As global automakers work out implementation timing for new fuel-efficient powertrain technologies such as gasoline direct-injection (GDI), twin-scroll turbochargers, and full-hybrid powertrains, Hyundai announced today that the all-new 2011 Hyundai Sonata is the first vehicle in the industry to offer all three technologies with the new Sonata 2.0T (turbo) and Sonata Hybrid joining the hot-selling GDI-equipped Sonata in Hyundai showrooms later this year.

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Video: Travis Pastrana’s last ever rally race

Travis Pastrana Rally

Travis Pastrana Rally

The last of a sideways era occurred when Travis Pastrana drove his final rally races behind the wheel of a Subaru this past weekend. We didn’t know it at the time, but the U.S. Rallycross championship double header held at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Saturday and Sunday would be the last time anyone got to see Pastrana drive his iconic Impreza rally car. The jack-of-all-tail-out trades is moving to NASCAR next year and will ditch his Subaru for a Toyota. He’ll be driving in the Nationwide Seriesfor the newly formed Pastrana-Waltrip team.

Thankfully, we have some video highlights of last weekend’s U.S. Rallycross races that focuses on Pastrana. So this is your last chance to watch the rally driver with the most X Games medals, the guy who jumped his car over 250 feet onto a floating barge last year, and the dude who recently smashed the Mt. Washington Auto Road record, do his thing behind the wheel of a 550-horsepower Subaru. Here on out, It’s all left turns for Pastrana.

For those who care, Pastrana finished fourth in both Saturday and Sunday’s races, which secured him enough points to finish third in the 2010 U.S. Rallycross Championship points standings. Check out the video after the jump.

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Nissan Announces U.S. Pricing for 2014 GT-R Track Edition – Production Limited to 150 Units

2014 Nissan GT-R MSRP.pdf NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today announced U.S. pricing for the new 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition of $115,710* USD. The Track Edition is designed to take the legendary street supercar even closer to a pure motorsports competition machine**. It features a specially tuned suspension, special brake cooling guides, front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts and a lightweight quilted cloth mat where the rear seats usually reside. Availability of the GT-R Track Edition is limited to 150 units for the United States. It is on sale now at select certified Nissan GT-R dealers nationwide.

2014 Nissan GT-R

2014 Nissan GT-R

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2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO Offers New Exterior Look

The 2014 370Z NISMO, which is set to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide this summer, follows the new NISMO design theme with distinctive new exterior and interior accents.

2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO

2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO

Pierre Loing, Vice President, Product and Advanced Planning and Strategy, Nissan Americas said: “The 370Z NISMO, since its introduction as part of the original Nissan 350Z lineup, has embodied the spirit of NISMO – race-proven engineering that is attainable. With the enhancements for the 2014 model year and the addition of the new JUKE NISMO, we’re unifying the look and feel of these distinctive NISMO models and paving the way for additional NISMO vehicles to follow.”

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All New 2014 Lexus IS

All New 2014 Lexus IS

The all-new Lexus IS model range made its European debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Due to be launched by mid-2013, the range includes the IS 300h – the first IS to feature Lexus Hybrid Drive – and the rear-wheel drive IS 250, as well as a further evolution of the F Sport package, available for both models.

All New 2014 Lexus IS

All New 2014 Lexus IS

Driving performance is considered the single most important element of sport sedan ownership by D-premium segment customers. In conjunction with a dramatic new design featuring the Lexus spindle grille, the new IS has been engineered to provide outstanding dynamic capabilities and driving experience.

‘We adopted an entirely different approach to the development of the new IS’ said Junichi Furuyama, IS Chief Engineer. ‘Rather than developing each individual aspect in the hope that they will combine to offer an engaging driving experience, we first established the pleasurable driving experience owners desire as our major premise, and then we developed the individual performance elements to support it.’

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2013 Nissan GT-R

2013 Nissan GT-R

2013 Nissan GT-R

As one of the most acclaimed supercars in automotive history, the Nissan GT-R is the ultimate expression of the Nissan brand and its “Innovation for All” philosophy. A multi-dimensional performance machine that lives up to the concept of “the ultimate supercar that can be driven by anyone, anytime, anywhere,” the Nissan GT-R receives a number of engine and suspension refinements for its fifth year of production all designed to enhance its already legendary performance.

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2013 Nissan Sentra Teaser

On the heels of the Beijing Motor Show, at which Nissan Motor Company unveiled an all-new global sedan, Nissan North America (NNA) announced that this new model will be the basis for an all-new 2013 Nissan Sentra. In conjunction with the announcement, Nissan released teaser video clips and images of the North American market’s uniquely styled 2013 Sentra SR. The all-new Sentra will be unveiled in the United States later this summer and go on sale in the fall.

“Sentra is the third of five all-new core models we’ll be introducing in a 15-month product onslaught,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, NNA. “The all-new Altima goes on sale this summer and will be followed closely by the all-new Pathfinder and Sentra. And when the next two new models launch in 2013, we will have refreshed 75 percent of our volume, rewarding our loyal owners and attracting new customers into Nissan showrooms.”

The all-new 2013 Sentra will be launched as the nameplate celebrates its 30th anniversary in the U.S., promising to bring a new level of refinement and innovation to the segment. Nissan will unveil the Sentra and release more details about it this summer

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2012 COPO Camaro: GM’s Baddest Factory Camaro Ever!

It’s the baddest factory Camaro ever! The 2012 COPO Camaro is a pure drag racing car built to compete in NHRA Stock Eliminator and Super Stock classes, and in this episode of HOT ROD Unlimited, we go behind the scenes within General Motors to learn about the car, watch some radical burnouts, meet some of the people behind the COPO, see one of the engines on the dyno, and visit the Performance Build Center where the engines are assembled. At the time of our visit, the only COPO was the very first one, known as the Proof of Concept car, serial number 001. GM was not ready to release engine power numbers, drag times, or vehicle weights, as class details are still being worked out with the National Hot Rod Association.

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Bugatti Veyron vs Nissan GT-R

Full video with Bugatti Veyron vs Nissan GT-R vs Nissan GT-R

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Infiniti LE Concept Zero Emission Luxury Sedan Makes World Debut at New York International Auto Show

Infiniti LE Concept

Infiniti LE Concept

Infiniti today unveiled its dramatic new Infiniti LE Concept, a near-production version of the performance luxury brand’s first zero emission luxury sedan. Making its world debut during a press conference at the 2012 New York International Auto Show at New York’s Javits Center, the Infiniti LE Concept combines an advanced electric vehicle drivetrain and wireless charging system with signature Infiniti luxury style and Inspired Performance. A production version of the LE Concept is expected to reach Infiniti showrooms in near-similar form within the next two years.

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