2009 Honda Element Preview

Critical Knowledge:
  • Element gets a facelift
  • Front fenders are metal instead of composite material
  • Interior features brighter color schemes, new trim, and revised switchgear and gauges
  • LX model adds a restyled center console with a removable cooler/storage

2009 Infiniti FX Preview

Critical Knowledge:
  • All-new for 2009

  • New 5.0-liter V-8 engine

  • Three different models

  • Seven-speed automatic transmission

  • Continuous Damping Control (CDC) suspension

  • Distance Control Assist (DCA) safety feature

  • On sale in June 2008


2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring Preview

Critical Knowledge:
  • 5-door wagon returns to lineup

  • First 5-door compact with standard stability control

  • Standard USB/iPod auxiliary port

  • Standard XM satellite radio

  • On sale by end of 2008


2009 Honda Pilot Prototype Preview

Critical Knowledge:
  • Complete redesign

  • New interior and exterior styling

  • Seating for 8 with more space in every seating position

  • Front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD) available

  • V-6 engine with improved Variable Cylinder Management system

  • Sales to start in spring 2008


2009 Hyundai i20 Preview

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2009 Honda Fit Preview

Critical Knowledge:
  • Second-generation model

  • Longer and wider than previous model

  • Midsize interior with versatile seating, cargo configurations

  • More powerful new engine

  • Standard front side and side curtain air bags

2009 Honda FCX Clarity Preview

Critical knowledge:
  • Hydrogen-fuel-cell powered sedan with electric drive
  • Styled to take advantage of fuel cell powertrain packaging
  • 270-mile range
  • Starts in temperatures as low as 22 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Fuel economy equiva

2009 Hyundai Sonata Preview

Critical Knowledge:
  • Refreshed midsize sedan

  • New, more powerful 4-cylinder engine

  • More power from V-6 engine

  • All-new interior

  • Exterior: wheels, bumpers, lights changed

  • USB/iPod auxiliary input standard

  • On sale in February 2008

2009 Hyundai Genesis Sedan Preview

Critical Knowledge:
  • Luxury sport sedan built on a new rear-wheel-drive (RWD) platform

  • Choice of V-6 or Hyundai's first V-8 engine

  • Features include 17-speaker Lexicon stereo, adaptive front lights, smart cruise control

  • Goes on sale Summer 2008

2009 GMC Sierra Hybrid Preview

Critical Knowledge:
  • Full-size pickup, crew cab body style

  • Available in 2- and 4-wheel drive (2WD and 4WD)

  • GM 2-mode hybrid system

  • Electric motor less than half the size of single-mode hybrid systems

  • All-electric driving up to 30 mph

  • 6.0-liter V-8 engine with Active Fuel Management


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