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Tougher Cars in Rough Times

February 2, 2009 by  
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Jeep Partiot EV

With the global economy’s  downturn, the automotive industry is taking a hard hit. So exactly how are manufacturers reacting to the financial crisis, and what does it mean for consumers? The North American International Auto Show promised light at the end of 2009. The January exhibit debuted what’s in store for motor-savvy enthusiasts everywhere – and much of it is good news. Some of the hottest cars from companies like Hyundai, Lexus and Honda made dazzling appearances as they offered reassuring specifications. Not only have automotive competitors tried to maintain product integrity, they’ve also developed a series of energy efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles.

This year is definitely something to look forward to, especially when it comes to these five vehicles. The 2009 Honda Insight, 2010 Jeep Patriot EV, and 2010 Lexus HS 250h are shining examples of cars that care for Mother Earth. Each model has specific traits aimed at reducing pollution in the environment. As for the 2009 Hyundai Genesis and the 2010 Buick Lacrosse, there’s no better way to express luxury. Both cars are powerful and affordable, stocked to the max with a variety of bells and whistles.

2010 Jeep Patriot EV
One of the lowest priced SUVs in Canada now comes with a sense of social responsibility – an electric-drive motor. Combining energy-generating technology with a small gasoline tank, the 200-horsepower Patriot EV has a range of over 640 km, with over 60 km of non-fuel, electric operation. The result means more gas money in your pocket and less pollution for the environment. And with an engine that gets you from 0 – 100 km/h in just eight seconds, it’s a ride that heavy-footers should take seriously.

2010 Buick LaCrosse
It looks like more than one manufacturer is stepping up to the plate to compete in the world of automotive luxury. GM’s 2010 LaCrosse will definitely be a looker, with an accentuating exterior design. Depending on which of the three models you choose from, features include 18-inch wheels and a V-6 engine with up to 280-horsepower. And the interior follows suit, with heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control, rear flip-up DVD players, USB ports, power rear sunshade, touch screen display, and a reverse parking camera. This lavish ride comes with everything but the kitchen sink.

2009 Hyundai Genesis
You know this is something special after being awarded Car of the Year at the Detroit auto show. It’s one of two cars on the planet with a Lexicon-branded audio system, the other being the Rolls Royce Phantom. But here’s the best part: starting at a great price, the base Genesis puts out 290-horsepower with its 3.8-litre V-6, while boasting luxury features commonly found in vehicles like BMW and Mercedes. If that’s not enough, for under $45,000 you’ll get a 4.6-litre first-ever V-8, with 375-horsepower. The BMW 550i would be a little jealous.

2009 Honda Insight
Here’s another example of an earth-friendly, affordable ride. The Insight’s hybrid engine relies on gasoline and electricity like most of its counterparts, with one unique difference. A second fuel-saving device called Eco Assist offers green empathy at the touch of a button. Pushing the dash-mounted ECON switch instantaneously modifies onboard systems while driving, providing greater fuel economy and overall efficiency. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should expect a dull ride. Paddle shifters on the steering wheel allow drivers to switch gears manually.

2010 Lexus HS 250h
This is what happens when refinement meets fuel economy. Introducing the Lexus HS 250h, a hybrid designed for entry-luxury car buyers. If you’re looking to save the planet in style, this sleek electric engine vehicle is the answer. Besides features such as an audible lane departure warning system and a voice control touch screen, the interior is lined with an environmentally friendly ecological plastic. The carbon-neutral material, made of plant-based substances, lowers carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent. Who says going green can’t be fun?


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