Cars have always attracted a lot of attention of the people around the world. Today, cars are not just luxury items but also a social status symbol and daily life necessity and therefore more and more people are interested in buying good cars that they can use for its sheer performance and looks.
New Cars for 2011
However, it is really tough for the automobile manufacturers to compete the market demands where looks and performance both criteria have to be above the par. Year after year news cars flood the market but there are only a few car models that make their mark and here is the list of new cars for 2011.
Ford Shelby GT500
Among the top new cars is Ford Shelby GT500 which is already making a lot of buzz at the Chicago Auto Show. The car is certainly going to make heads turn because it has a lot of performance and muscle to it and Ford is making sure that they provide their best efforts to this muscled car. The outer appearance of the car is certainly very muscular but that does not make the car too dull. Inside the hood is the powerful 5.4 liter V8 engine that can produce 550 horsepower and 510 lb-feet of torque. The outside is all aluminum case which is very new for Ford Shelby.
Honda is going to storm the automobile market in 2011 as they have a huge list of cars that will be launched during this year but Honda Odyssey is something that you should watch out for when it is released. This minivan is certainly very different from the rest of the lot that Honda produces. The minivan is 1.6 inches lower than conventional minivan giving it a more sport look. You can compare its looks with Toyota’s Sienna SE but Honda has added a new fascia in the front to distinguish it. It has a 3.5 liter iVTEC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management that can produce 248 horsepower and provide fuel economy of 19mpg in the city.
Nissan Quest could easily rank with the best new cars in 2011 because it is the fourth generation of Nissan Quest minivan. The car was initially going to be launched in 2010 but Nissan decided to keep this one for 2011. It has the most aerodynamic shape body recording 0.32 Cd in the wind tunnel. It has almost all the best features like one touch power sliding rear doors, 2nd row power sliding windows, advanced climate control system and HID xenon headlights. Nissan Quest has a 3.5 liter V6 engine that can produce 260 horsepower and 240 lb-feet of torque. Nissan has also incorporated Xtronic CVT gearbox that handles all gear shifting work on its own.
BMW Alpina B7
BMW is one of the leading automobile manufacturers and you cannot keep BMW away from the competition. This year BMW will launch their BMW Alpina B7 which looks very much like BMW M7. BMW recently announced that this year they will launch all their new models early and Alpina B7 is in the list too. This car has 4.4 liter V8 engine that can take you from zero to 60 in just 4.5 seconds. The car can produce 500 horsepower and BMW has work very hard to keep the handling better.
Chevrolet Silverado HD
The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD is made for heavy duty pick up market and it certainly has a lot of muscle to it from the outside. You can really see that it is very bulky and take quite a load. Chevrolet has built this car on the new frame with asymmetrical rear leaf spring design. To make this car work Chevrolet has added 6.6 liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 engine that can run on B20. New smart features like Wi-Fi, Hill Start Assist, and smart exhaust brakes are added to the car.
Crossovers are really becoming popular in the United States and keeping that is mind Ford has come up with their new Ford Edge. The car looks superb from the front with the new fascia. However, the best feature of Ford Edge is its new powertrain. Ford has incorporated a 3.5 liter V6 engine which can produce 285 horsepower. However, the base model has 2.0 liter engine and Ford Edge Sport has a 3.7 liter engine that can produce 305 horsepower. Ford has also incorporated MyFord touch control interface for easy access to all features inside the car.
Hyundai is gradually gaining a lot of market in the United States and to capture some more attention Hyundai will come up with their new model the Hyundai Azera 2011. The car will have some of the best features that Hyundai cars have but Azera has a better powertrain to it which makes it better for drivers. The car will have 3.3 liter and 3.8 liter V6 engine with variable valve timing and valve intake system. Hyundai has claimed that the engine will produce 260 horsepower and will provide fuel economy of 20 to 28 mpg in the city.
The 2011 Ford Fiesta is one of the most anticipated cars this year and people in the United States are looking forward to its release. This subcompact car is already on sale in Europe since 2008 but have yet to enter the US market. Many car critics believe that 2011 Ford Fiesta is the best combination of styling and practicality. The car will be available in sedan and hatchback models. It will have 1.6 liter V6 engine that can produce 120 horsepower and 112 lb-feet of torque. It is considered to be highly fuel efficient with 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Ford Fiesta is considered to be among the best small affordable cars in the year 2011.
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is a mid-size sedan that is going to hit the markets soon this year. Hyundai has decided to make it more appealing to the people who want something stylish and elegant but not expensive. Hyundai Sonata will certainly compete Toyota Camry and Honda Accord when it is release. Although, Hyundai Sonata does not have a V6 engine it has a new direct injected four cylinder engine with six speed automatic. Hence, it has a DOHC 2.4 liter GDI four cylinder engine that can produce 198 horsepower and 184 lb-feet of torque. Since it does not have a V6 engine, Hyundai Sonata is lighter than its competitors and that works as an advantage.
Last but not the least on the top car list is Kia Sorento which will be out in the market in next few months. The Kia Sorento is a good performance car with superb navigation controls and designed for people who want good cars at a budgeted price. The Kia Sorento has 2.4 liter V6 engine that can produce 172 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque. The higher LX version has 3.5 liter V6 engine with six speed automatic transmission. However, the best selling point for Kia Sorento will be the interior space which is bright, airy and spacious.