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Sleuth: The Week of March 23

March 26, 2008|By Wheelbase Communications

Hot off the press!

Hyundai makeover begins: At the New York auto show (March 21-30), the Korean automaker showed the first car that it hopes will spark its product makeover: the 2010 Genesis Coupe. The car is based on the same rear-wheel-drive platform as the new Genesis sedan. The two-door is expected to hit the market next spring with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A 3.8-liter V6 — and not a V8 as is the case with the sedan — will also be available. Here’s the best part: Hyundai will tout the coupe as the most affordable 300-horsepower car on the market. Actually, look for 320 ponies in this baby.

Pontiac’s sport truck shows its Australian roots: There’s a saying in Australia that nothing’s better than something that comes from Down Under. Well, Down Under is about to move Up Here. The Sleuth hears that Pontiac will add a sport truck variant to its G8 sedan lineup for the 2010 model year. The sport truck will be based on the Holden Ute sold in Australia. General Motors owns and operates Pontiac and Holden. The G8 ST, as it is being called, was to be shown at the New York auto show (March 21-30). It’s the first car-like pickup truck to be sold in North America in decades (El Camino, anyone?). The G8 ST name is not final, but instead will be decided by GM based on consumer feedback. The sport truck is powered by the same 360-plus-horsepower 6.0-liter V8 used in the G8 GT sedan. The ST seats only two.

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