2012 Volkswagen Beetle

The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle has been completely redesigned and it is available in a coupe body style only. The Volkswagen Beetle is an icon in the automotive industry. Volkswagen produced the first generation in 1938. In 1998 the production was relaunched with the Volkswagen New Beetle. Now, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is a modern interpretation of the original Beetle and it is sportier and more masculine. The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is a retro car that competes with other retro car such as the Mini Cooper or Fiat 500.

The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is a two-door, four-passenger hatchback available in Beetle, 2.5L Beetle and Beetle Turbo trim levels. The base Beetle comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, full power accesories, heated mirrors, cruise control, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a trip computer and an eight-speaker sound system. The 2.5L Beetle adds heated front seats with lumbar adjustment, floor mats, Bluetooth and an iPod interface. The Sunroof package adds a panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition, keyless entry, a front center armrest, a multifunction steering wheel, a touchscreen audio interface and a six-CD changer.

The Beetle Turbo adds to the 2.5L Beetle 18-inch wheels, sport seats, rear spoiler, foglights, alloy pedals and specific cloth upholstery. The Sunroof and Sound package adds shift paddles and a premium Fender audio system with subwoofer. An option on all Turbo models is a sport-tuned suspension.

The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is an automotive icon reinvented. Placing the original Beetle and the 21st century Beetle next to one another, it is clear that the lines of the rear sections are nearly identical, but the overall look is bolder and more dynamic. The 2012 Beetle is 71.2 inches wide (3.3 inches wider), 58.5 inches tall (.5 inches lower) and 168.4 inches long (6 inches longer). The 2012 Beetle has now a powerful appearance with muscular tension.

The new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle offers an agile, driver-oriented coupe experience with a quality of materials that goes beyond all class limits. The car’s styling, ergonomics and quality interact to create a new, friendly car with a highly individual nature. Similar to the original Beetle, the new car has an extra glove box integrated into the dash.

Standard on the base and the 2.5L Beetle models is a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that produces 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard while a six-speed automatic is optional.

The Turbo is the sportiest model of 2012 Volkswagen Beetle and it comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged TSI gasoline engine that produces 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automated manual (DSG) is optional.

The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle comes standard with traction control, stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and antilock disc brakes.

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2012 Honda Crosstour

The 2012 Honda Crosstour is based on the Accord sedan and combines sedan and SUV attributes resulting in a Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV). The 2012 Honda Crosstour successfully combines the sporty roofline of Accord with an aerodynamic look and hatchback flexibility. The 2012 Honda Crosstour competes with Subaru Outback, Toyota Venza and Chevrolet Equinox.

The 2012 Honda Crosstour approaches the crossover SUV formula from sporty and fuel-efficient perspective while also maximizing the versatility, interior’s cargo capacity and premium feel. The 2012 Crosstour is available in EX ( starting at $27,755) and EX-L (MSRP from $ 30,805) trim levels.

The 2012 Honda Crosstour EX comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, automatic headlights, foglamps, power front seats, keyless entry, dual zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, a 60/40-split-folding rear seats, Bluetooth and a seven-speaker audio system with a six-CD changer and an iPod/USB interface. The EX-L trim level adds 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, driver seat memory functions, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an upgraded sound system. A voice-activated navigation system is an option for the EX-L.

The Crosstour’s exterior design emphasizes a bold, aerodynamic look that also conceals an accommodating rear cargo area with a large, lift-over tailgate. Premium interior styling, appointments and details extend from the passenger compartment all the way through the cargo area. An under-floor storage area in the rear of the vehicle adds functionality, while reversible cargo floor panels accommodate dirty objects. Two new colors are available on all 2012 Honda Crosstour models: Basque Red Pearl ( replaces Tango Red Pearl) and Twilight Blue Metallic (replaces Glacier Blue Metallic).

The 2012 Honda Crosstour comes with two available engines. New for 2012 Crosstour is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 192 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. The other choice is a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) for power and efficiency. This VCM system is programmed to run on 3, 4 or 6 cylinders, based on current power requirements. This V6 engine produces 271 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is the only available transmission for the 2012 Honda Crosstour. Front-wheel drive is standard and the Real Time 4WD system is available on the V6 models.

Safety equipment of the 2012 Honda Crosstour includes anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, side curtain airbags, driver’s and front passenger’s side airbags, dual-stage front airbags and active front seats head restraints.

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2012 Volvo XC70

The 2012 Volvo XC70 is a crossover wagon that has a roomy and comfortable cabin with more cargo space than some larger SUVs. The Volvo XC70 is comfortable, practical and safe and has an expressive design, all this making the XC70 to be an elegant car for an active urban life. The 2012 Volvo XC70 competes with Buick Enclave, Ford Flex, Mazda CX-9, Audi Q5 and Subaru Outback.

The 2012 Volvo XC70 is a five-seat wagon available in two submodels – 3.2 (starting at $ 32,950 MSRP) and T6 (MSRP from $ 39,100) – that are further broken into trim levels. The Volvo XC70 T6 is available with all-wheel drive only, while the 3.2 is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Standard equipment on the 2012 Volvo XC70 3.2 includes 16-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, roof rails, foglamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, an eight-way power driver seat with memory functions, a 40/20/40 split rear seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player and an iPod/USB audio interface. The 3.2 Premier trim adds a sunroof, leather upholstery and rear privacy glass. The Premier Plus trim adds keyless ignition, keyless entry and front and rear parking sensors. The Platinum trim adds a rearview camera and a navigation system.

The T6 version of these trim levels offers the same equipment but other engine, standard all-wheel drive, 18-inch wheels and upgraded instruments. The Climate package adds automatic wipers, heated front and rear seats and an air quality sensor. The Technology package adds warning systems for impeding collisions and adaptive cruise control.

The 2012 Volvo XC70 has been developed and balanced to give a first-class driving experience, based largely on pliant ride and secure road holding allied to high stability. Stability is particularly important when driving with many passengers and a lot of luggage. Thanks to the design of the body structure and the optimised use of different grades of high-strength steel, torsional rigidity was increased by no less than 15 percent compared to the previous XC70 model. The chassis technology has been further developed to provide even more stable and more controlled road manners.

The engine for the 2012 Volvo XC70 3.2 is a 3.2-liter 6-cylinder that produces 240 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. The front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The Volvo XC70 T6 comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 engine that produces 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel drive is standard. All 2012 Volvo XC70 models come with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2012 Volvo XC70 comes standard with ABS, traction control, stability control, hill descent control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, anti-whiplash front head restraints and Volvo’s City Safety feature that helps drivers avoid collisions with vehicles in front of them.

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2012 Kia Sedona

The 2012 Kia Sedona minivan offers style, comfort, convenience and performance at a great price. The Kia Sedona is only Korean-brand minivan on the market and it has generous dimensions and unibody construction that offers impressive and functional luggage and passenger space and sophisticated ride and handling. The competitors of 2012 Kia Sedona include the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town&Country.

The seven-passenger minivan Kia Sedona is offered in LX (MSRP from $ 24,900) and EX (starting at $ 29,190) trim levels.The standard 2012 Kia Sedona LX comes with 16-inch wheels, keyless entry, rear parking sensors, roof rails, full power accesories, front and rear air conditioning, a fold-down table between the front seats, 60/40-split fold-flat third-row bench seats, a tilt steering wheel with audio controls, cloth upholstery, cruise control and a six-speaker CD/MP3 stereo with USB/auxiliary input jack. A DVD entertainment system for rear seat is available.

The EX trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, heated outside mirrors, foglamps, a power tailgate, power-adjustable front seats, a trip computer, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, wood interior trim, chrome exterior trim, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and dual power-sliding doors. The Luxury package adds to EX a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, heated front seats and leather upholstery.

All 2012 Kia Sedona models come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces an impressive 271 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic with Sportmatic clutchless shifting is the only available transmission. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

The 2012 Kia Sedona offers an extensive list of standard safety features including six standard airbags (dual advanced front and front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags for all three seating rows), active front headrests and a four-channel, four sensor ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). Additional standard safety equipment for 2012 Kia Sedona includes a Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

The experts of thecarconnection.com website say about 2012 Kia Sedona:

The aging Kia Sedona still offers the usual minivan virtues of people-carrying and cargo-toting, but there are newer, more flexible, safer choices.


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Dodge Challenger 2012

The 2012 Dodge Challenger is a big, retro-styling 5-passenger two-door coupe. This coupe looks and sounds like the classic American muscle car but features the fuel efficiency, handling, safety and technology expected in a contemporary car. New for 2012 are an 18-speaker premium Harman Kardon stereo and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the automatic transmission. The competitors of 2012 Dodge Challenger are Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.

The 2012 Dodge Challenger is available in three trim levels that each correspond to a different engine: SXT, R/T and SRT8.

The standard equipment of 2012 Dodge Challenger SXT includes 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, keyless ignition, cruise control, full power accesories, automatic climate control, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, a six-way power driver seat, a trip computer and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The optional SXT Plus package adds automatic headlights, foglights, leather upholstery, heated front seats, illuminated visor mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity and an upgraded sound system with an iPod/USB interface.

A number of other packages is also available for Dodge Challenger SXT model. The Super Sport package adds 20-inch chrome wheels, a rear spoiler and a performance tuned suspension, steering and brakes. An Interior Appearance group includes metal-accented pedals, upgraded floor mats and a T-handle shifter. The Electronics Convenience group includes remote start, heated mirrors and displays for tire pressure and outside temperature.

The 2012 Dodge Challenger R/T gets a V8 engine, the SXT basic equipment plus Super Sport group and adds automatic headlamps, heated mirrors, foglamps, a USB/iPod interface and Bluetooth connectivity. The R/T Plus package adds the rest of of the features of the SXT Plus package.

The 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 gets more powerful V8 engine, all the R/T’s basic equipment but adds xenon headlamps, sport seats, unique 20-inch wheels, hydraulic power steering and upgraded brakes and suspension.

The new 2012 Dodge Challenger delivers exactly what muscle car enthusiasts want: a powerful engine, a performance suspension and athletic head-turning styling.

The 2012 Dodge Challenger offers exceptional rear seating for a two-door coupe, achieving best-in-class rear head room (37.4 inches) and legroom (32.6 inches) compared with its competitions. The Dodge Challenger is the segment’s best day-to-day pony-car choice, offering maximum comfort and functionality to go with its legendary iconic styling and performance.

The 2012 Dodge Challenger SXT is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 24-valve VVT engine that produces 305 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard. EPA fuel economy estimates at 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.

The 2012 Dodge Challenger R/T gets a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 dual VVT engine that produces 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual. Fuel mileage estimates are 15 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.

The 2012 Challenger SRT8 392 comes with a 6.4-liter SRT HEMI V8 engine that produces 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Fuel mileage estimates for 2012 Dodge SRT8 are 14 mpg city/ 23 highway.

Every 2012 Dodge Challenger comes standard with stability control, traction control, antilock disc brakes, active front head restraints, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.


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