Most people looking seriously at either the Honda Civic or Hyundai Elantra coupes are less than worried about performance. Instead, it's about looking cool without breaking the bank.
That's something Hyundai nailed with its fluidic design language that leaves the Elantra Coupe looking streamlined and slick. It works especially well in coupe form where the car's short deck lid complements the car's organic lines.
The Civic's exterior won't surprise you. Far from a shocker, it's doesn't get any attention — though a redesigned model is on its way to dealers soon.
Even still, it's hard to look at the 2012 Civic and think it's bad looking. It's just isn't particularly sexy. Regardless, the sharp lines and chiseled rear end have an aesthetic of their own that some might prefer over the Hyundai’s styling.
As the old saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That stands for the exterior of both cars, though step inside and it’s hard not to be more decisive in judgment. It’s hard not to have an opinion that leans heavily in Hyundai's favor.
Between the Honda Fit and the Toyota Yaris exists a difference of about seven inches in total length, a significant amount, especially when it comes to sub-compacts. So in a comparison of the two it raises the question, does the Yaris make up for its lack of length with other attributes, or does the Fit’s size render it a more useful small car?
Well, the storyline that exists between these two starts with the powertrains. Both cars run small four-cylinder engines, with the Fit’s plant making 117 hp at 6600 RPM and 106 lb-ft of torque at 4800 RPM, while the Yaris just lags behind with 106 hp and 103 lb-ft of torque, made at 6000 RPM and 4200 RPM. With automatic transmissions, the Fit has a one-cog advantage over the Yaris, with an old four-speed – though both are rather outdated in a world of six-speed autos. Around town the two engines feel about the same at take off, though on the highway cruising speeds the Fit has more get up and go than the Yaris.
The 2013 Accord Coupe is a 2-door, 5-passenger family coupe, available in 10 trims, ranging from the LX-S 6-Spd MT to the EX-L V-6 6-Spd AT w/ Navigation.
Upon introduction, the LX-S 6-Spd MT is equipped with a standard 2.4-liter, I4, 185-horsepower engine that achieves 24-mpg in the city and 34-mpg on the highway. A 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard. The EX-L V-6 6-Spd AT w/ Navigation is equipped with a standard 3.5-liter, V6, 278-horsepower engine that achieves 21-mpg in the city and 32-mpg on the highway. A 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard.
Over three generations and almost 10 years, more than a million Volkswgen Scirocco models have now been sold. To mark the occasion, VW has revealed a special-edition version of the coupe.
The Scirocco Million comes finished in exclusive 'Deep Black' metallic paint and is easily recognisable thanks to two thick decorative stripes down the centre of the bonnet, plus painted wing mirrors and 18-inch Interlagos alloy wheels (even bigger 19-inch rims are available as options). It also shares the same aggressive bumpers and side skirts as the R-Line models.
The F125 is the latest concept to be showcased by Mercedes, taking centre stage at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Billed as a ‘trailblazing concept for large, luxurious automobiles’, the F125 concept is hydrogen powered and is linked to an advanced fuel cell claimed to produce more performance than the most powerful S-class in the current model line-up.
And it’s claimed to be frugal too. Mercedes is saying it will have an emissions-free range of 1,000km – that’s six-times the range claim of the 100-mile-per-charge full-electric Nissan Leaf.
Mercedes has strictly stated that the F125 is purely being used as an exercise to look into future technical developments in the luxury segment, so don’t expect this to be in the model line-up anytime soon.