Posted: 07 Jan 2011 04:10 PM PST
Lexus confirms the leading premium brands in the U.S. market: manufacturers of luxury Toyota sold 229,329 cars in 2010, well, ahead of BMW (220,113) and Mercedes (216 448). For ten years that Lexus is lagging overseas. However, the gap with German competition is narrowing: just think that BMW have just to divide it by 9,216 units compared to 19,473 in 2009. A trend confirmed by the analysis of growth trends: in 2010 Lexus has a fairly heavy +6.2% vs. +14% Mercedes. A situation that could have been determined by the number of recall campaigns involving the entire Toyota Group, with subsequent damage of the image.
Posted: 07 Jan 2011 03:22 PM PST
The new Hyundai i40 SW will make its official debut at the Geneva Show next March 2011. The new family of Korean house offers an aggressive and sporty look, and will represent an important model for the range of the House. The fact there are many competitors in the segment: Ford Mondeo, Opel Insignia, Renault Laguna and Volkswagen Passat. The choice of Hyundai, at least initially, was to import in Italy only the estate version of the i40, while the sedan is not available. Up front we find a hexagonal mask, while the general rule will be streamlined, with the raindrops on the roof back. According to early rumors, the inside trim will be at very high levels and the bridge will be fascinating.
From 2012 a new turbodiesel will also be available with more powerful dual-clutch automatic transmission, which many will be a bi-turbo version 1.7, which may go on other models to replace the current 2.0 CRDi. SW The i40 will be 480 cm long.
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