The brand new 2012 Hyundai Accent isn’t set to go on sale until summer but the car made its official U.S. debut this past week at the 2011 New York Auto Show so we now have all the juicy details--the juiciest being its 40 mpg fuel economy for just $12,445. If you’re confused as to how the 2011 model’s base price went from $10,795 to $12,445 in just one year, note that the previous Accent GL three-door is no more. For 2012 the new base model is the Accent GLS five-door with a six-speed manual, while the range-topper is the $16,795 Accent SE with a six-speed automatic. Also...
Special Brands for Small Turbo Engines: GM To Follow Ford?
Used to be that turbos were used in performance cars, from the Saab Turbos of the late Seventies to BMW's current range of twin-turbo sixes. These days, the little air pumps more often make smaller engines perform like bigger ones to give fuel economy. In brief, a turbocharger uses exhaust gases to...John Voelcker
Five Questions To Ask About Those DoE Advanced-Tech Loans
On Tuesday, we covered the news that Ford, Nissan, and Tesla had been granted a total of $8 billion in low-interest loans by the US Department of Energy to retool for advanced automotive technologies. With a few days under our belt, we've considered the story and have a few questions for you to...John Voelcker