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【Summary】Global automakers including Toyota, Hyundai, Ford and Mazda are showing off their latest models this weekend at the Silicon Valley Auto Show being held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

Original Eric Walz    Jan 05, 2018 5:29 PM PT
The Silicon Valley International Auto Show Kicks Off in San Jose

SAN JOSE, Calif., — Global automakers including Toyota, Hyundai, Ford and Mazda are showing off their latest models this weekend at the Silicon Valley International Auto Show being held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

FutureCar was on hand to cover the event. Here are some of the notable new models that were on display.

2018 Kia Stinger GT2

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Among the many eye-catching vehicles on display was the Kia Stinger, a high-performance, four door sedan Kia says will rival models from BMW, Audi and Porsche. The Stinger was designed to offer a powerful, fine-tuned ride to not only directly compete with other luxury European nameplates, but to exceed in performance.

Albert Biermann, head of Kia's Vehicle Test & High Performance Development and former BMW M Division VP, and his talented team of engineers were committed to perfecting the Stinger's ride and handling.

Integrated into the MacPherson Strut front and 5-link rear-suspension geometry, the available Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS) offers suspension tuning for the GT1 and GT2 drive modes. The system monitors and adapts to everything from road conditions to vehicle behavior to deliver maximum driving performance.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf

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The 2018 Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf remains one of the best selling EV's in the world. The 2018 Nissan Leaf made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, soon it will be available in all 50 states in the U.S. later this month. Production of the Leaf for the United States began in December. Nissan is committed to building its electric vehicles in the U.S. and the Leaf has been built in Tennessee since 2013.

"We're committed to vehicle electrification and manufacturing in the United States," said Jeff Younginer, vice president, manufacturing, Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant, Nissan North America, Inc. "With the LEAF's low starting price and latest suite of Nissan Intelligent Mobility features, we're excited to ramp up production and bring the LEAF to market next month."

The 2018 Leaf is equipped with a 130 kWh battery pack providing 150 miles of electric range. It has been reported that the 2019 Leaf will come with a 140 kWh battery pack, which will extend its range to over 200 miles.

2018 Toyota C-HR

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The 2018 Toyota C-HR

Small SUV's continue to grow in popularity. The world's largest automaker Toyota is showing off its new compact SUV, the C-HR, in Silicon Valley this weekend.

C-HR stands for "Coupe High-Rider," according to Toyota. A 144-hp 2.0-liter inline-four is fitted to a CVT and front-wheel drive. However, all-wheel drive is not an option on the C-HR.

The list of standard safety features is extensive. The C-HR has available forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking; lane-departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control to keep a safe distance from the car in front of you.

The C-HR is built on the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that underpins current Prius models.  It's a unified structure, supported atop a strut front suspension and a multilink setup in the rear. The rack-and-pinion steering is electrically assisted, the anti-lock brake system utilizes ventilated discs in front and solid discs on the rear. The engine is positioned transversely up front driving a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

In line with today's global auto industry, all of the C-HR's for the U.S. market are assembled at Toyota's plant in Sakarya, Turkey.

Acura NSX

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The new Acura NSX

Acura's halo supercar — the NSX was also on display. The new model features an aluminum-intensive chassis that also features carbon fiber. Other modern touches include magnetorheological dampers that can control roll, pitch, and squat independently at all four corners.

Power for the all-new Acura NSX comes from a non-VTEC 75-degree twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 making 500 hp from 6,500 to its 7,500-rpm redline and 406-lb-ft of torque, available from 2,000 to 6,000 rpm.

The engine is assisted by three separate electric motors. The first sits between the engine and nine-speed dual-clutch transaxle. That motor is rated 47 hp and 109 lb-ft. A front-mounted twin-motor unit uses two 36-hp, 54-lb-ft electric motors to power the front wheels and provide torque vectoring during cornering. Total system output is rated 573 hp with 476 lb-ft of torque.

Acura says the 3,800-pound NSX can reach 60 mph in about 3.0 seconds and is electronically limited to 191 mph.

The Silicon Valley Auto Shows runs through Sunday, January 7.

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