March 5th, 2013 at 11:47am
General Motors takes the wraps off the convertible version of the 2014 Corvette Stingray. Kia reveals a small sleek looking hatchback called the provo. Ferrari finally gives us a look at the successor to the Enzo, the LaFerrari. All that and more, plus today’s host Christie Schweinsberg takes a look at a few of the models that have impressed her for this year’s Ward’s 10 Best Interiors award.
Hello and welcome to Autoline Daily. Today is Tuesday the 5th of March, 2013. I’m Christie Schweinsberg from WardsAuto.com filling in for John while he’s out of town. But now let’s get to the news.
2014 CORVETTE STINGRAY CONVERTIBLE
And we’ll hop on over to Europe where the Geneva Motor Show just kicked off. First up, General Motors took the wraps off the convertible version of the 2014 Corvette Stingray. It features an all-new electronic top that can be lowered with the key fob. And the top can also be opened and closed while driving up to 30 miles-per-hour. The styling remains similar to the coupe that was revealed earlier this year and its powered by the same 6.2 liter V-8 as the hardtop. The 2014 Corvette coupe and convertible will be available in global markets at the end of the year.
KIA PROVO CONCEPT
Kia revealed a small sleek looking hatchback called the provo. The concept car is powered by a 1.6 liter turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder gasoline engine which is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The rear wheels also get additional power from an electric motor which gets its energy from regenerative braking. The provo was designed in Frankfurt with the European customer in mind.
Ferrari finally took the wraps off the successor to the Enzo, the LaFerrari. It’s kind of an odd name, but the 949 horsepower hybrid, can go from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds and features a hand-laminated carbon fiber chassis, so who cares what the name is. The LaFerrari has been called the “maximum expression” of what defines the company which is a very fitting title because this is unlike anything we have seen from Ferrari before.
LAMBO CELEBRATES 50 WITH VENENO
In other sportscar news, Lamborghini pulled the silk back on the Veneno. A 750 horsepower supercar with more ducts, wings and hard edges than we’ve ever seen. The Veneno takes its name from a famous fighting bull from 1914 and was built to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. Don’t drool over this one too much though, it has a nearly $4 million price tag, only four have been built, three of which are already spoken for and the one being shown at the Geneva show is headed straight to the Lamborghini museum.
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF VARIANT
Volkswagen debuted the new wagon version of the Golf, called the Golf Variant. It’s got more passenger room than the previous model and is up to 230 pounds lighter. The design of the Variant is the same as the hatchback up to the B-pillar. It’s powered by a variety of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines with direct injection. The engines can be mated to five and six-speed transmissions as well as a dual clutch transmission. The Golf Variant goes on sale in Europe this August.
WHAT’S YOUR CYLINDER INDEX?
And now let’s get to this week’s Autoline Poll. We want to know, what is your household cylinder index? Or to put it another way, how many combined cylinders do you own? This includes cars, trucks, lawn mowers, ATVs, boats, etc. For example, if you own two 4-cylinder vehicles, a weed whacker, and a lawn mower, you would have a cylinder index of 10 — eight for the cars and one each for the weed whacker and lawn mower. To vote, just visit Autoline.tv and click the link under today’s show notes. You’ll be able to enter your cylinder count and leave any comments you have. Don’t forget, you can also get your friends and family to tally up their cylinders by sending them the link below the poll. Get to it, because we’ll reveal the results on Thursday.
The winners for this year’s Ward’s 10 Best Interiors will be announced soon. And coming up next, a look at a few of the models that have impressed me for this years award.
2013 WARD’S 10 BEST INTERIORS
My colleagues and I are at the halfway point of testing for WardAuto’s 10 Best Interiors of 2013. I’ve said it each of the last eight years we’ve being doing this, but in this, the ninth year, it still holds true — the vehicle interiors we’re judging are the best yet.
WardsAuto editors are evaluating more than 50 vehicles this year – a record by the way – and I’m noticing the, shall I say, “inexpensive” vehicles of the bunch, have particularly impressive cabins.
In the past, if you paid less than $20,000 for a new car, barring a Volkswagen, you were all but guaranteed hard, thin plastic trim that was shiny; fuzzy fabrics on the seat and headliner; and the faux-est of faux metallics.
That’s but a memory judging by the less expensive models we’ve tested. For instance, the tiny Chevy Spark wore a-not-too-shabby faux leather, and had interior trim panels that matched the exterior color of the car. With available paint colors such as Techno pink and Jalapeno green, this look really spices things up.
Even in the $20,000-$25,000-range you don’t always get quality materials. But the Hyundai Elantra GT and Toyota RAV4 we tested were stellar, especially for their high-quality, low-gloss, plastic finishes. For the RAV4, you’d swear the dash was swathed in more expensive soft-touch skin.
Winners of WardsAuto’s 10 Best Interiors for 2013 will be announced next month, and our AutoInteriors conference is May 22 at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, MI. For more information on that event, visit autointeriors.com.
And that brings us to the end of today’s show. Once again I’m Christie Schweinsberg from WardsAuto.com, thanks for watching and I will see you next time.
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