The Honda Civic has been going back and forth with the Toyota Corolla for the crown as the best-selling nameplate of all time, in large part because it offers its drivers a tremendous all-around value. From earning an IIHS Top Safety Pick to being named to KBB.com’s “10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 of 2013” list, the Civic is able to deliver it all.
Including race car-like performance. Honda is planning to add a Type R hatchback to the Civic family for 2015, which would be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Prior estimates had the 2015 Civic Type R generating around 280 horsepower, but that number has jumped to 320 hp, according to recent reports.
Honda revealed photos of the Civic Type R, and you can get a sneak peek of it below!
Hyundai is in the midst of one of its most innovative eras ever, beginning with the all-new Genesis getting a complete redesign for the 2015 model year. A similar redesign is on the way for the 2015 Sonata, which Hyundai recently introduced to the world at the New York International Auto Show.
The seventh-generation Sonata becomes the latest new Hyundai model to incorporate the automaker’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design. Here’s what Chris Chapman, chief designer of Hyundai Design North America, had to say about the all-new look of the 2015 Sonata:
“We crafted the shape of the 2015 Sonata in the same way an award-winning chef refines his recipe over the years. With the 2011 Sonata, Hyundai took the midsize sedan from a meal to a gourmet dinner. The evolution to Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’s more taut, modern lines reflect the improvements in refinement and driving dynamics for 2015.”
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata will still be powered by a four-cylinder engine. The 2.4-liter Theta II GDI engine – available with the Sonata SE, Limited and Sport – will be able to generate 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged GDI engine option will produce 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
And much like the 2015 Genesis, the all-new Sonata will come with a number of innovative technology features – some of which help keep you connected and entertained, while others are designed to keep you safe. Most notably, the Sonata will become the second Hyundai model to feature the new Blue Link telematics system, providing everything from remote-start capability and Google-powered destination search to Hyundai’s Assurance Car Care in-vehicle app.
Major auto shows represent a great time for manufacturers to introduce new concepts and models to the world, and Volkswagen certainly used the big stage of the Big Apple to do just that. At the New York International Auto Show, VW showcased the all-new 2015 Golf Sportwagen to North American consumers for the first time.
The next generation of the Golf Sportwagen will include a wide range of changes, highlighted by its engine offerings. The 2015 model will be available with a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine as well as the completely new TDI Clean Diesel engine Volkswagen has on the way, nicknamed the EA288. As a result, the 2015 VW Golf Sportwagen is expected to see a 17 percent increase in fuel economy, along with plenty of additional room for cargo.
VW also showcased the 2015 Jetta at the New York Auto Show, which will come with an even more efficient TDI Clean Diesel engine and a host of new driver-assistance technologies and systems.
Want to get a sneak peek of the 2015 Jetta or Golf Sportwagen before they get to market? Check out the photo gallery below!