Kicking the Tires at the Philadelphia Auto Show
The auto show circuit is in full swing around the globe. One of the latest shows is the Philadelphia International Auto Show, which runs through Feb. 7. Auto dealers are hoping for a record number of tire kickers this year, with many new models make debuts.
Let’s take a look at some of them now:
The all new Chevrolet Cruze is the second generation Cobalt and is larger than its little brother. The roomy cabin is full of amenities. The body is sharp and sporty. The car is making its debut in Asia and Europe and will be back home toward the end of this year. The Cruze is a “mid-compact,” but GM will put it up against the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Ford’s Focus. The 15.4 foot cargo area is roomier than all of its competitors.
Overseas the Cruze offers a 112 horsepower 1.6 liter, 140 horsepower 1.8 liter, and 150 horsepower 2.0 liter turbo-diesel.
When the Cruze comes to the US, it will most likely be fitted with GM's new 1.4 liter direct-injection four. Shoppers will choose between the six speed manual, or the six speed automatic that GM usually reserves for its larger cars. The base model should get about 40 mpg on the highway, with a base price around $14,500.
The “supermini” is also touring Europe and Asia. Sales have been brisk overseas. The package should be about the same in the U.S. Buyers can choose between a four-door sedan or the four-door hatchback. The Fiesta is quite refined for a small car and received a fresh new body this year. The engine will be the ‘tried and true” 1.6 liter, mated with Ford’s six-speed automatic. Expect about 40 mpg on the highway.
The Mazda 2 is a close relative of the Fiesta. Everything should be about the same, including the price. Both cars should come in just under $14,000.