Photos: New models from New York

A variety of new models and model updates are on display at the 2008 New York auto show, from a sporty new coupe by Hyundai to a clean diesel Mercedes-Benz SUV and a mini-van with a Volkswagen badge.

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Hyundai quickly follows the introduction of its Genesis Coupe concept from the 2007 Los Angeles auto show with this production-ready version, based on its new Genesis platform. The Coupe will launch as a 2010 model next year with two engine choices, a 212 horsepower intercooled turbocharged four cylinder and a 306 horsepower 3.8-liter V-6.
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For interior refinements, the Genesis Coupe gets an Infinity stereo system and smart key. A six speed manual is standard with both engines, while the a five speed automatic is optional with the four cylinder and a six speed ZF automatic is optional with the V-6.
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The hard top version of Pontiac's Solstice roadster can be had in either standard or high-performance GXP versions. The Coupe uses a targa-style roof which can be removed with three latches inside the cabin. Instead of a trunk, the Coupe's back glass opens up revealing a small cargo area.
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Mercedes-Benz updated its SL-Class roadster, restyling the hood and front grille. The car also gets an updated navigation and stereo head unit, complete with a 4 gigabyte hard drive that can store approximately 1,000 MP3 tracks. An AMG version is also available.
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Acura gave its TSX sedan an update, with big improvements to its cabin electronics. The car gets new data features fed into its navigation system, such as weather reporting.
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Saab's new Turbo X 9-3 has all-wheel-drive and 280 horsepower from its turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 engine. A big 295 lb-ft. of torque helps it get to 62mph in 5.7 seconds.
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The LCD in the Turbo X 9-3 shows GM's standard music and navigation system, with convenient tabbed interface for navigating its different functions.
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The new performance version of Pontiac's G8 sedan features a massive 6.2-liter V-8, making an estimated 402 horsepower at 6,000RPM, and 400 lb-ft. of torque at 4,400RPM. It keeps that power to the pavement with a multi-link MacPherson strut front suspension and four link independent rear suspension. Brembo brakes bring it to a stop. 60mph should come in 4.7 seconds.
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Coming out this fall, the retro-styled Dodge Challenger comes in a base model, plus R/T and SRT8 performance models. The R/T model will have a 370 horsepower 5.7-liter V-8 Hemi, while the SRT8 gets a massive 425 horsepower from its 6.1-liter V-8 Hemi.
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The Challenger has cabin tech as well as massive horsepower with the MyGig system, which features a hard drive-based navigation system with room to store MP3 tracks.
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Nissan calls the updated version of its Maxima 4DSC, for four door sports car. It is a good-looking sedan, powered by a 290 horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a continuously variable transmission. The top of the car is glass, letting in much more light than the narrow glass of past models.
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Nissan offers an optional 9 speaker Bose audio system with iPod integration for the Maxima. An optional navigation system includes a hard drive with 9.3 gigabytes of storage for MP3 tracks.
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We've been looking forward to Lincoln's new luxury sedan, which will feature a THX audio system, the Ford Sync system for controlling cell phones and MP3 players, and a new navigation system that includes weather, traffic, fuel prices, and movie listing.
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Honda redesigned its small Fit, giving it a slightly different hood treatment and an updated suspension and 1.5-liter four cylinder engine.
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One of the most interesting changes to the Fit is the option for Honda's excellent voice recognition navigation system.
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Audi's updated all-wheel drive wagon comes with a choice of two direct-injection gasoline: the top-of-the-range V-6 is good for 265 horsepower. Inside, the Avant comes with a new MMI interface as well as an available 505-watt Bang and Olufsen audio system with 14 speakers.
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Pontiac insists its sport truck is a whole new category of car, although owners of old El Caminos and Rancheros would hold a different opinion. For interior amenities, the G8 sport truck gets Bluetooth cell phone integration and a 230 watt Blaupunkt audio system. Its LCD touch screen serves to control the stereo and climate.
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Volvo calls its new crossover the safest car it has ever built, which is saying a lot coming from a company known for safe cars. The XC60 gets power to all four wheels from a turbocharged 3-liter transversely mounted inline six cylinder engine.
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The XC60 includes a set of innovative safety features, such as blind spot and lane departure warning. We assume it will offer a Dynaudio speaker system, optional on other Volvo models.
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Mercedes-Benz bills its ML320 BlueTec as the cleanest diesel in the world. It uses AddBlue technology, a urea solution which, when injected into the exhaust stream, converts nitrogen oxides into ammonia. Mercedes-Benz will also launch BlueTec versions of its R-Class and GL-Class.
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The 2009 Saturn Vue Green Line will be available with GM's 2 mode hybrid system, a full hybrid system which can drive the car under electric power only at low speeds. This system should offer significant fuel economy improvement in the Vue.
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For some reason, Volkswagen felt that, to offer a minivan in the U.S., it needed to license the Town and Country platform from Chrysler. As if the company doesn't have a mini-van in Europe, or hadn't for years had a successful van in the U.S. before the mini-van name was coined.
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Reflecting its Chrysler roots, the Routan gets the same MyGig navigation and music system also available in the Chrysler Town and Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan.

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