Archive for December, 2010

TMC Launches Redesigned ‘Vitz’

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
Toyota Vitz 1.3 F
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Toyota City, Japan — Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces the launch in Japan today of the redesigned “Vitz” compact car.

Since the launch of the first-generation in 1999, the Vitz has achieved cumulative sales in more than 70 countries and regions around the world — including many European countries — exceeding 3.5 million units¹. With more than 1.4 million of those units² having been sold in Japan, the Vitz is truly a core model of the Toyota brand.

The new, third-generation Vitz, developed based on a new definition of the ideal compact car to meet consumers' diversifying compact-car needs, features sharper styling as well as a compact exterior (more…)

i40:Hyundai’s New European Flagship

Monday, December 20th, 2010
Hyundai i40 Rendering
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Hyundai Motor Co. has announced that its new D-segment car for Europe will be called i40. The i40, which was known by the codename ‘VF’ during development, arrives as the company embarks on the next phase of its brand and product evolution in Europe.

Set to make its world premiere at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March, the new i40 aims to further shift European consumer perception of Hyundai to a more aspirational position, thanks to the vehicle's dynamic design and class-leading quality, performance and technical features.

The new i40 will be launched in wagon form, with a sedan version following later in the year. (more…)

Honda Announces “Li Nian S1” the First Model from Guangqi Honda’s Original Brand, at the 2010 China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition

Monday, December 20th, 2010
“Li Nian”/Everus S1
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Guangzhou, China — Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the following information at its press conference at the 2010 China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition (Press Day: December 20, Exhibition period: December 20–27).

1. All-new compact sedan model “Li Nian S1” from Guangqi Honda's own brand “Li Nian” (English brand name: Everus)

Guangqi Honda Automobile Co., Ltd., an automobile production and sales joint venture of Honda in China, today announced the all-new compact sedan model of Guangqi Honda's original automobile brand, “Li Nian” (Everus) to be known as “Li Nian S1”. (more…)

Nissan Unveils New Global Sedan at the 8th China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition

Monday, December 20th, 2010
New Global Sedan
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Yokohama — Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today unveiled an all-new sedan model at the 8th China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition. Using the famed ‘Sunny’ name in China, this new model will go on sale first in China in January 2011 and then progressively across 170 countries worldwide under different vehicle brand names.

The Nissan Sunny was first introduced in China in 2003 and was significant as the first locally built model from the new Dongfeng Nissan partnership. Acclaimed by consumers for its combination of quality, space and driving performance, the Sunny quickly help establish a foundation for the Nissan brand in the passenger vehicle market in China. (more…)

GMC Sierra All Terrain HD Concept Takes Heavy-Duty Capability To New Ground

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

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Detroit — The GMC Sierra All Terrain HD concept is an exploration of heavy-duty truck capability combined with greater off-road versatility. It is highlighted by a bold exterior design, enhanced all-terrain suspension and premium details expected of a GMC — all designed to enable greater access to off-road destinations.

The new 2011 Sierra HD underpins the All Terrain HD concept, with a modified, production-based 4WD chassis and the Duramax diesel/Allison 1000 six-speed powertrain. The enhanced suspension and unique body dimensions, including increased ground clearance and wider track, as well as greater approach/departure angles, deliver off-road capability while maintaining HD levels of payload and trailering capacity. (more…)