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Cruze At L.A. Auto Show, Sonata Gets Direct-Injection Power: Today’s Car News

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze and pre-production 2011 Chevrolet Volt

2011 Chevrolet Cruze and pre-production 2011 Chevrolet Volt

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While General Motors’ financial strife may be putting many of its development plans on the back burner for now, the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is right on track. While the stylish four-door isn’t set to go on sale until late next year, GM has confirmed today that it will be making its U.S. debut as early as next month, at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. [Motor Authority]

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is just around the corner but unlike previous versions of the car, this latest model won’t be available with a V-6. Instead, it will get an advanced four-cylinder engine with direct-injection technology. [Automotive World]

Nissan had always planned a softer and more luxurious SpecM version of its GT-R supercar, and according to a new report its release may come as early as the start of 2010. The biggest problem, however, is that the car is expected to be priced even higher than the current SpecV model, which itself is almost twice as expensive as the regular GT-R in Japan. [Edmunds]

Ford is on the verge of selling Volvo to China’s Geely and it has now come to light that the American automaker will get to keep the rights for any licensed technologies borrowed from Volvo. Geely, too, will be allowed access to the technologies. [Automotive News, sub req’d]

The first American built Kia has rolled off the production line at the automaker’s newly built factory in Georgia. The particular vehicle is a 2011 Kia Sorento and is the first of an expected 300,000 vehicles to be produced at the plant annually. [Carscoop]

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