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Focus on Performance in General Motors’ Small Cars

The small car segment of the U.S. market was dominated by models that were good enough, but did not excel in their performance. However, good enough will not be what General Motors is looking for as it revived its performance division. Small cars offering efficient performance will become more important for GM. General Motors is going to increase performance on the small cars they will be producing, Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Aveo being the first models to benefit from this renewed focus. The more compact cars will have added value and sportiness and it is hoped that they will attract buyers that cannot afford larger prices on larger cars. Sub-compacts on the U.S. market are hardly present, and a new performing Aveo might be what plenty of new car buyers will be looking for.

Although the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze will only reach U.S. dealerships in September, it is already a popular car on the international market. GM is proud of Cruze, considering it the fastest growing nameplates in the world.

Aveo has made its debut in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show. The 2012 Aveo is far from the budget-conscious models on the streets today. It looks like an Euro-style hatchback with rally car features, such as integrated roof-mounted spoiler and center-mounted exhaust pipes. Aveo will probably be a great little car for moving around town, but with styling to impress anybody, even those interested in fuel bill savings.

Other automakers besides GM are trying to give their newest small cars more appeal. Besides better styling or interiors, their performance is becoming more and more important. Even if they will cost more than the cars they will replace, the change is more than welcome. The 2012 Chevrolet Aveo is also reflecting these trends.

General Motors dominated the car market from 1930s to the first decade of the new century, only to be surpassed by Toyota in 2008 in numbers of cars sold. This is when GM needed to ask the federal government for money to keep the company going. Since then it is trying to become a smaller and more profitable company. The General Motors High Performance Division suffered the most from the 2009 bankruptcy, but is now becoming a priority to replace emphasis on Cadillac V-series or Chevrolet SS models.

High performance vehicles were put on hold in 2009 and since then the only performance models coming from GM were CTS-V Coupe and Sport Wagon. However, small and fuel-efficient cars are coming back favored by higher fuel prices and changing tastes. A new generation of small cars that do not sacrifice comfort or performance will cater to the tastes of the new generation of buyers. Big and powerful engines such as V8s have long been a soft spot for GM. However, smaller engines offered in performance versions of new 4 cylinder Chevrolet Cruze and Aveo might mean a brighter future for GM. Time will tell if the new strategy will bring better profits.

Concept Vehicles From Honda At 2007 Tokyo Auto Salon

The 2007 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has already come to an end but it should not a cause for concern for most car lovers and aficionados. You see, the year is just starting and the list of upcoming auto shows are slowly unveiling and it means a lot more chances for people to be with the newest vehicles in the market.

In line with this, there is going yet to be another auto show. However, this one is going to be held in the Chiba Prefecture in the Asian country of Japan. The name of the show? The 2007 Tokyo Auto Salon. The show opens on the 12th this January and ends on the 14th.

During the mentioned show, Asian auto manufacturer Honda would be also showing off some of its best vehicles. In fact, the company has announced that they would be putting on display four of its newest concept vehicles – the Forza Smart 2-seater scooter, the Fit Daily Active, the Stream Exclusive, and the Stream Hyper Sport. These four were created and developed by the Honda Access Corporation, one of Honda’s subsidiary manufacturers known much for creating the best Honda aftermarket products and ignition parts.

Honda’s theme for this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon exhibit is “Be Cool, Be Chic.” According to the company, this new theme of theirs would be mainly directed at showing people just how to get around town with a touch of class. After all, the vehicles that the company would be showing off are some of the newest ideas created and developed underneath the company’s roofs.

The Honda Fit Daily Active concept vehicle is a small vehicle and it has been developed with the thought of mobile and portable gadgets that has been making its rounds in society. This vehicle comes with cameras and sensors and is mainly targeted towards the young ones who are more inclined to online games and easy means of communication.

The sole and only scooter in the line up is the Honda Forza Smart 2-seater concept. This one bears 250cc and promises to give its user high quality comfort. As per the driving experience, Honda says that the driver of this scooter would find it pleasant to use and would be quite best for easy driving in the city.

As per the Honda Stream Hyper Sport concept, this one has been created to be a medium-sized minivan. When you do take a look at its interior, you would most certainly find tons of features to give you entertainment.

Last on Honda’s concept vehicle list is the Honda Stream Exclusive concept which is also another minivan. As compared to the previous minivan, this one gives its users more features on luxury and comfort. Honda claims that this one may be one of those vehicles to join the ranks of uptown cruisers when it comes to luxury.

Land Rover LRX Concept to Become 2011 MY Range Rover

Land Rover confirmed that the Land Rover LRX Concept that debuted at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show in January has been approved for production, and will emerge as the 2011 MY Range Rover.

This Rover is built on the same platform as the Freelander, yet it is the smallest and most compact option of the Range Rover line-up. While the concept featured 2 doors, the real-deal will have 5-because luxurious or not, this is an SUV and doors are an integral part of its convenience and rugged usage. Also, the front bumper has been slightly revamped from the concept version. Other than these and perhaps some minor tweaks, the basic design elements of the LRX concept will make it into production.

The more diminutive and less obtrusive 2011 version is the brand’s most economical and environmental option to date. Some of the green bragging points include a 150 g/km of CO2 emissions, or an astonishing 50 miles per gallon highway.

As the concepts continue to evolve, there is hope toward even more drastic improvements, such as 120 g/km, which would boost fuel consumption to an even more incredible 60 miles per gallon. The company is confronting the need to steer away from traditional specs, and to evolve into a future of continuously greener methods of manufacturing and operating.

The luxury company continues to impress as a forward-thinking luxury brand, maintaining its position well above the curve. Whether you own a Range Rover, Land Rover, or enjoy the occasional Range Rover rental, it is a company who has branded its way into our lives.