2010 New York Auto Show

Hyundai Equus (c) Hyundai Motor America

The 2010 New York International Auto Show hosted the debut of a number of important new cars, covering the spectrum from fuel-efficient to high-performance. As the economy begins to show signs of improvement, many automakers are adding new products to their lineups.

Hyundai continues its product onslaught with the introduction of an all-new flagship sedan, Equus and two new powertrains for the 2011 Sonata midsize sedan. Hyundai explained that Equus is designed to compete with the best luxury sedans in the world in terms of amenities, design, performance, advanced technologies and ownership experience.

Equus is built on Hyundai’s  rear-wheel-drive architecture and is powered by the 4.6-liter Tau V8, producing an estimated 385 horsepower using premium gasoline. Equus features include lane departure warning system, electronic air suspension, smart cruise control and a Lexicon audio system.

Already on sale with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, the Sonata 2.0T is powered turbocharged, direct-injection 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that produces 274 horsepower and achieves an impressive 34 mpg highway using regular gas, according to Hyundai.

Hyundai also debuted its first hybrid for the U.S. market, the 2011 Sonata Hybrid, with a unique hybrid powertrain design, battery technology and vehicle appearance. The Hybrid Blue Drive is a complete parallel hybrid system which can operate on the electric motor only, the gasoline engine only or a combination of the two and is the first hybrid system to utilize lithium polymer battery technology. Sonata Hybrid is expected to deliver 37 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco (c) General Motors

Chevrolet introduced the 2011 Cruze Eco, a new version of the Cruze compact scheduled to go on sale later this year, that achieves fuel efficiency similar to a hybrid, but with a conventional drivetrain. Powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter Ecotec 4-Cylinder engine combined with a 6-speed manual transmission, Cruze Eco benefits from significant aerodynamic improvements, including a unique air shutter in the lower grille that closes at higher speeds to direct air around the vehicle. Cruze Eco is expected to achieve an estimated 40 mpg highway.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon (c) General Motors

On the other end of the spectrum, Cadillac combines V-Series performance with the stylish new CTS Sport Wagon to create the ultimate grocery getter, the high-performance CTS-V Sport Wagon. Powered by a 556-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic with steering-wheel shift controls, the CTS-V Sport Wagon delivers a performance car with the extra room some drivers need. Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo Brakes and Pilot Sport PS2 will be part of the package when the CTS-V goes on sale in limited numbers this fall.

2011 Scion iQ (c) Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Toyota’s Scion brand introduced the iQ micro-car alongside an updated second-generation version of the popular tC coupe. Described by Toyota as a premium micro-subcompact, the iQ is designed for urban drivers trying to get the most out of a very small package. The iQ’s unique 1+3 seating configuration with driver and front passenger seats offset, allows a second adult passenger and a small child or packages in the rear seats. A 1.3-liter gasoline engine produces over 90 horsepower and combined with a CVT will be rated as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-II), expected to achieve a combined fuel economy rating in the high 30s.

The iQ is very small but includes a full array of safety features, including Vehicle Stability Control, ABS with Electronic Brake force Distribution, Brake Assist and Traction Control. A total of 10 SRS airbags are standard, including the world’s first rear-window curtain airbag.

2011 Scion iQ 2011 Scion tC Jack Hollis (c) Toyota  Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.

Scion’s best-selling vehicle that attracts the youngest drivers in the industry, the new 2011 tC sports coupe is updated with a new design and more performance. Beginning with a new 2.5-liter engine that produces 180 horsepower combined with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic with sequential shift, the new tC also receives suspension updates and new 18-inch alloy wheels and tires. The tC also features new sport-tuned electronic power steering and larger disc brakes.

The new 2011 tC takes design cues from the Calty-designed Scion FUSE concept, including the helmet-inspired cabin shape. Inside the tC is driver-focused with a new flat-bottom three-spoke steering wheel, sport seats and V-shape cockpit to make instruments and controls easily accessible to the driver.

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