Archive for January 2014

Kia GT4 Stinger Concept Vehicle Photo Gallery

Kia GT4 Stinger Concept

We know how much Kia fans love to be in the loop with all the exciting industry trends, and we were privileged enough to catch a glimpse of Kia’s GT4 Stinger Concept, which debuted at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month.

The rear-drive sports car concept included a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine capable of 315 horsepower. The GT4 Stinger featured the same engine that you’ll find in a Kia Optima racecar, which generates more than 400 horsepower.

Want to get a closer look at Kia’s up-and-coming sports car before it hits the market? Check out the photo gallery below.

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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Wins Cars.com Family Car of the Year Award

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Named Family Car of the Year

When you describe the major strength of a vehicle, you can typically fit it into one of a few categories: its reliability, its cargo and/or passenger space, or its fun-to-drive nature, just to name a few. The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport manages to do what seems like the impossible, combining all three characteristics into one midsize crossover.

That impressive combination helped the 2014 Santa Fe Sport earn Cars.com’s Family Car of the Year award, beating out the Buick Enclave and Honda Odyssey in the process. Here’s what Kristin Varela, Cars.com’s chief mom, had to say about the reasoning behind the Santa Fe Sport’s victory:

“The redesigned Santa Fe Sport’s interior flexibility and available convenience and safety features, such as side window shades and blind spot monitors, make it a natural choice for families. A few of our experts even called the Santa Fe Sport ’fun to drive,’ which is a rarity for a family car where driving fun isn’t often a priority for auto makers.”

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, another excellent family vehicle, was a finalist for Cars.com’s “Best of 2014” award. The 2013 edition of the Hyundai Santa Fe recently took home the 64th annual GOOD DESIGN Award in the transportation category for its “dynamic character lines and bold design features.” The GOOD DESIGN Awards are given out by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

Nissan Showcases ‘Sport Sedan Concept’ for the New Maxima at the Detroit Auto Show (Photos)

2015 Nissan Maxima Sport Sedan Concept

Nissan made headlines recently when it rolled out a completely redesigned Rogue for the 2014 model year, and it appears the automaker will follow suit with the next-generation of the Maxima.

Nissan showcased a Sport Sedan Concept for the 2015 Maxima at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, which appears to have a family resemblance to the all-new 2014 Rogue. Both models seem to be part of Nissan’s ongoing initiative to “apply sports car principles” to its sedan and crossover lineups, according to Nissan’s senior vice president and chief creative officer, Shiro Nakamura.

If you’re in the market for a sports car, chances are you’re looking for lots of power, and the 2015 Maxima promises to deliver plenty of that from its 300-plus-power 3.5-liter V6 engine. In terms of appearance, the Maxima Sport Sedan Concept includes two distinct features: a “V-Motion” movement from the grille through the hood, as well as a “floating” roof, which is supposed to create a sense of openness in the cabin.

We can’t wait until the 2015 Nissan Maxima arrives at our Chicagoland Nissan dealership, but in the meantime, you can enjoy some photos of this sporty new sedan below.