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Buick Regal GS

The current generation Chevrolet Malibu is available with I4 and V6 engines

The 2011 Kia Optima SX (pictured above) like its Hyundai Sonata relative will only be available with four-cylinder engines
CAFE leads to engine downsizing for GM

Manufacturers are preparing for upcoming CAFE changes which will require corporate fleets to average 34.1 mpg by 2016. As a result, a number of auto manufactures are turning to direct injection, turbocharging, hybrid technology, and full electrics to boost their fleet fuel economy.

General Motors is taking a big step, according to GM Inside News, to improve the fuel economy of its bread and butter midsize sedans. The next generation Chevrolet Malibu (due out as a 2012 model) will reportedly only be available with four-cylinder engines.

The current generation Malibu is available with a four-cylinder base engine and an optional six-cylinder engine like most other midsize sedans on the market. It's likely, however, that the next Malibu will use two new four-cylinder engines featuring direct injection technology -- the base engine will be normally aspirated while the uprated motor will be turbocharged.

GM already uses this approach with the new 2011 Buick Regal. The base Regal is available with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. An optional 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine producing 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque will be made available later in the model year. An even more potent Regal GS will come later next year with an uprated turbo four producing 250+ hp.

Another manufacturer that is going four-cylinder-only is Hyundai (along with its accompanying Kia brand). The 2010 Sonata is currently only available with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (24/35 mpg). The 2011 Sonata will be available with a 2.0-liter turbo four cylinder which outpowers and outgrunts the optional V6s in other midsize sedans while delivering 22 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Both powertrains will also make their way into the upcoming 2011 Kia Optima.

Toyota's Camry and Honda's Accord are both due for complete redesigns within the next two years, so it would be interesting to see if they too go for a top to bottom four-cylinder engine lineup.

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RE: Sounds almost too good to be true...
By Brandon Hill on 9/1/2010 12:26:02 AM , Rating: 1
Subjectively speaking, that big ass grille on the Sonata isn't pretty either. Come to think of it, all styling is downhill.

And that person who designed Nagare left on his own free will to Renault; saying Mazda ditched it isn't accurate one bit.

There is only ONE fully Nagare vehicle that will come to the U.S. market and that is the Mazda5. It has the full grin, and the wavy bits on the side. The Mazda3 is "Nagare-light" being that it got the grille. Same goes for the refreshed Miata/CX-7 to a lesser extent.

Now Mazda is already moving to Kodo...

I personally am not a fan of the Sonata's Klingon "Warf" grille, but the rest of the package is quite appealing.

Far better? Try almost the same.

Mmmm, no.

(Initial Quality chart is towards middle of page)

(Dependability chart towards middle of the page. Hyundai above average, Mazda well below -- even Kia is better)

How is this a mistake by giving what people American's want? They have the Europe version which is smaller and what people didn't want here.

The V6 is just Ford's anyhow, it isn't like they wasted money there either. Most have 3.5l V6s in this class, how is it big?

By ROI, I mean Mazda put all of this energy into "Americanizing" the Mazda 6 and it still hasn't generated the sales numbers they wanted. Mazda was aiming for 100,000+ unit sales per year for the current generation Mazda 6. They're on track to sell less than 50,000 this year.

They would have been better off leaving it a world car like Ford is doing with the Fiesta/C-Max/Kuga and next generation Mondeo (which will be our new Fusion).

RE: Sounds almost too good to be true...
By sprockkets on 9/1/2010 9:36:14 AM , Rating: 2
I guess Consumer reports vs. JDP disagree, but both are based on people responses.

Oh well. I don't know why the Mazda6 is flopping. The cheap sonata is part of it, but they solved what people complained about to them about it being small.

It's like the Miata/MX-3 is a nice vehicle, and I drove one across a track. But when the GM roadsters came out they sold like crazy. In a silly way of thinking, it's almost as if those buyers were waiting for an american roadster, even if it isn't as good.

By moriz on 9/1/2010 9:55:38 PM , Rating: 2
my girlfriend and i are looking at cars lately, and we're pretty impressed with the mazda 6. decent looks, excellent steering, drives well, has decent fuel economy, and the interior is HUGE. despite being physically smaller than my dad's '03 camry, it has a noticeably bigger cabin.

as for why they seem to sell so poorly, i believe that it's not so much that the mazda 6 is bad, but more because the mazda 3 is so ridiculously successful. those things are EVERYWHERE; they're spreading like the plague.

By sprockkets on 9/1/2010 3:47:21 PM , Rating: 3
I remember looking at that chart when it came out when reading leftlanenews and called BS on it. Why should Scion, a Toyota rebadge, get way way worse on reliability than Toyota itself? And since Mazda vehicles share Ford parts, how could it be that much worse?

Same for Dodge. No way in hell that is more reliable than anything.

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