What’s new at Auto123.com (video)

This week, Auto123.com features the following road tests the 2010 Mazda3, freshly launched at the Los Angeles Auto show and previewed for you on the California highway. The 2009 BMW 7 Series, the newly-unveiled, fifth generation of which inherits advanced technological innovations that will make life easier for the driver. The 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara JX, a compact SUV now available with a fuel-efficient, 4-cylinder engine and feel free to check out our video filmed during our road test of the 2009 Hyundai Sonata, a mid-size sedan that proves that pricing does not always reflect the quality of a product.

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2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara JX Review

When the Grand Vitara was redesigned for the 2006 model year, the 4-cylinder Vitara bit the dust. Suzuki’s compact SUV was left with only one engine which was shared with the old XL7. For a few years, it was sufficient. Now, as SUV owners are downsizing, 4-cylinder trucks are the new trend. Toyota’s RAV4, Ford’s Escape and Mazda’s Tribute have all received engine upgrades for 2009, so Suzuki didn’t have much choice but to follow suit. And the Grand Vitara actually gets two new engines for 2009, a four and a more-powerful six.

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2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara JX Review

When the Grand Vitara was redesigned for the 2006 model year, the 4-cylinder Vitara bit the dust. Suzuki’s compact SUV was left with only one engine which was shared with the old XL7. For a few years, it was sufficient. Now, as SUV owners are downsizing, 4-cylinder trucks are the new trend. Toyota’s RAV4, Ford’s Escape and Mazda’s Tribute have all received engine upgrades for 2009, so Suzuki didn’t have much choice but to follow suit. And the Grand Vitara actually gets two new engines for 2009, a four and a more-powerful six.

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What’s new at Auto123.com (video)

This week, Auto123.com features the following road tests: The Honda Fit, the little Japanese car that features a convertible trunk more spacious than the Mazda5’s. The Toyota Camry Hybrid, a fuel-efficient ride popular with the quiet crowd. The Volkswagen Tiguan, the new German alternative to the BMW X3… that costs less! And feel free to check out our video on the 2009 Hyundai Sonata road test, a mid-size sedan that proves that the quality of a product is not always reflected in its price.

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2010 Mazda3 Sedan

2010 Mazda3 Sedan
2010 Mazda3 Sedan - Mazda Sedan Review - Automobile Magazine
We drive the 2010 Mazda3 just before Mazda officially unveils the car at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The current Mazda 3 is among our favorite small cars, and with more than 1.8 million units sold to date, one of Mazda’s most important models. Rather than mess with a good thing, the Zoom Zoom company isn’t changing much for the new, second-generation compact sedan. (Mazda has chosen to reveal the four-door sedan now at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show; a five-door hatchback, our favorite version of the 3, will be revealed later.)

Photo Gallery: 2010 Mazda3 Sedan – Mazda Sedan Review – Automobile Magazine

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2010 Ford Fusion

2010 Ford Fusion
2010 Ford Fusion - Latest News, Features, and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
It wasn’t easy, but with a little help from Mazda, Ford managed to resuscitate its midsize sedan portfolio with the Fusion. With new styling, substantial powertrain improvements and a new hybrid model, we’re expecting the 2010 Ford Fusion to be a similar success.

It wasn’t easy, but with a little help from Mazda, Ford managed to resuscitate its midsize sedan portfolio with the Fusion. With new styling, substantial powertrain improvements and a new hybrid model, we’re expecting the 2010 Ford Fusion to be a similar success.

Photo Gallery: 2010 Ford Fusion – Latest News, Features, and Reviews – Automobile Magazine

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2010 Mazda3 finally arrives

For Japanese manufacturer Mazda, the Los Angeles Auto Show is a true celebration. Having just taken back the reigns of its destiny by buying back 20% of Ford’s shares, the automaker is taking advantage of the California show to launch is most popular model, the Mazda3. And popular is quite an understatement. Worldwide, the Mazda3 represents 30% of the manufacturer’s total sales.

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