The Volkswagen Eos is a unique all-season convertible with an integrated power panoramic sunroof that sets it apart from all other retractable hardtop convertibles on the market.
The 2013 Eos is powered by a 200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed DSG automatic transmission. There are four available trims: Komfort, Sport, Lux, and Executive. Standard features include heated front seats, electronic dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel, SIRIUS satellite radio, and Bluetooth Handsfree wireless connectivity. Safety features include active seat-integrated rollover bars, daytime running lights, electronic stability program, hill hold control, a tire pressure monitoring system, and front and side airbags. Steering linked Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights are standard on all but the Komfort trim.
For 2013, a new Sport trim has been added to the line-up.
The Versa Note fills the 5-door hatchback slot in Nissan's line-up and brings sharp styling and unique technologies to the sub-compact class.
The Versa Note is front-wheel drive and is powered by a 109-hp 1.6-liter four cylinder engine mated to either a five-speed manual or Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). Safety comes from six standard airbags, front seat-belt pretensioners, engine immobilizer, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability and traction control. A rear view camera is available, as is a surround view monitor system, part of an SL Tech package that includes a touch-screen navigation system, Bluetooth streaming audio and NissanConnect which provides Google functionality as well as real-time fuel, flight and weather information.
The Versa Note is all-new for 2014 and replaces the Versa hatchback last seen in 2012.
The Cadillac ELR is a dramatic and exciting luxury sport coupe powered by an extended range electric powertrain. The extended range electric vehicle (EREV) technology enables a driver to do most of their daily driving in electric mode while allowing longer trips due to the range-extending generator.
The two-door front-wheel drive ELR is powered by EREV technology combining an electric motor with 295 ft-lbs of torque, and an 84-hp 1.4-liter gas engine as an onboard electric generator for 35 miles of electric only range and a total range of more than 300 miles. The lithium-ion battery pack can be charged on either 240 or 120 volts. The aggressive styling includes 20-inch wheels and full LED headlamps. Inside, the four seats are leather covered and the instrument panel includes keyless access with push-button start as well as Cadillacs' CUE media and infotainment system with SiriusXM satellite radio, Bose premium sound, navigation, and a reconfigurable instrument cluster. Safety features include eight airbags, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and rear vision camera. Available features include premium bucket seats, adaptive cruise control, and advanced safety features such as side blind-zone and rear cross-traffic alerts.
The Honda Insight is an aerodynamically styled, practical four-door, five-passenger hatchback hybrid that holds the title of being the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle to market in North America.
The Insight is powered by Honda's Integrated Motor Assist system, which is a combination of a 1.3-liter gas engine and a 13-hp electric motor, all attached to a continuously variable transmission. The engine and motor combined generate 98-hp and 123-lb.ft of torque, and provide 40-plus mpg fuel economy. The base trim offers six airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and traction control, automatic climate control, power windows, locks and mirrors, keyless entry and a two-speaker CD audio system with an auxiliary input. The LX trim adds floor mats, cruise control with steering wheel controls, a security system and a four-speaker CD audio system with USB interface. The EX trim adds alloy wheels, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth for hands-free cell phone use, heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. A voice activated navigation system with FM traffic and a rearview camera is available on the EX trim.
As the Touareg was heavily revised for 2011 (larger, lighter, more refined), not much changes with VW’s SUV this year. The new Touareg Sport with Navigation model has an 8-in. color touchscreen and a 60-gig hard drive. The VR6 and TDI models get a touchscreen radio with an in-dash 6-CD player. As before, the base engine is a 3.6-liter V-6, plus a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 (that gets 28 mpg on the highway!) and a hybrid powertrain that blends excellent performance with great economy. The hybrid system mates a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with an electric motor fed by nickel-metal hybrid batteries. This pricey ($61,110) Touareg Hybrid can travel at speeds of up to 30 mph on electricity alone before the gasoline engine automatically kicks in.