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TIME Magazine Lists the ’10 Most Exciting Vehicles of 2010′

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  1. Kia Soul
  2. Hyundai Genesis Coupe
  3. Ford Taurus SHO
  4. Cadillac CTS Wagon
  5. Jeep Grand Cherokee
  6. Toyota Venza
  7. Nissan 370Z
  8. Suzuki Kizashi
  9. Volkswagen Golf
  10. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Kia Soul

Kia doesn't have much of a design tradition in the U.S., so the South Korean company's American designers took the liberty of giving the Soul — a small crossover vehicle — a unique, eye-catching shape.

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

The Genesis is built on rear-wheel drive, is suspension-tuned for racing, and has a 300-horsepower, V-6 engine. The coupe also boasts Brembo brakes, which are usually found in cars that cost more than $25,500, plus luxury touches like a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Ford Taurus SHO

The SHO's EcoBoost engine — with direct injection and turbo-charging — delivers the power of a V-8, 365-horsepower vehicle with V-6 fuel efficiency. The SHO also comes with a six-speed automatic gearbox, featuring steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and all-wheel drive.

Cadillac CTS Wagon

Now Cadillac is going to see if the vehicle will appeal to the post-SUV American buyer as well. The CTS wagon is built on the proven CTS chassis and is powered by a V-6 engine with a six-speed gearbox that's expected to get 26 m.p.g. on the highway.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep's engineers have shortened the vehicle, given it a more aerodynamic shape and equipped it with a more luxurious interior, featuring more expensive materials and higher-grade controls.

Toyota Venza

The new Venza, which is based on the same architecture chassis as that of the always popular Toyota Camry, has the audacity to look like a traditional station wagon.

Nissan 370Z

The new 370Z has a 3.7-liter, double-overhead-cam, multivalve engine that delivers 332 horsepower but gets 26 m.p.g. on the highway. The 370Z also comes with a carbon-fiber drive shaft, seven-speed automatic transmission and speed-sensitive power steering.

Suzuki Kizashi

The Kizashi's key asset could be its power train, which includes a new 4-cylinder aluminum engine that can be matched up to either a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic transmission. Kizashi won't go on sale until late fall, and the price is expected to be in the low-$20,000 range.

Volkswagen Golf

the Rabbit will disappear in 2010 as VW introduces the sixth-generation Golf — and reintroduces the Golf name to the U.S., starting in October. The new Golf's power train has been updated for the U.S. market with a 2.5-liter gasoline engine; a 2-liter diesel engine will be offered as an option.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The spirit of Teutonic austerity that animates Mercedes-Benz design remains, but the lines of the new E-Class look sleeker and more contemporary.

[Source: Time Magazine]

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