By now, most of the auto world's 2014 models have rolled into showrooms. They've also made appearances on test tracks and crash sets so that various entities can evaluate their reliability and safety features.
It's been a rip-roaring year for auto sales, and Kelley Blue Book thinks that the current trend will continue through at least 2014. The firm predicts a total of 15.63 million U.S. new-car sales in calendar year 2013, and even higher figures for next year.
Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4
The Lamborghini Gallardo has soldiered valiantly for the last several years of its decade-long run, with special edition upon special edition making the very most out of its now aged platform. But the Gallardo's time has come. A new Lamborghini has arrived. The Huracán.
Claudia Schiffer has been recruited by Opel as its new brand ambassador. The German model, television host and businesswoman will feature in a new marketing campaign for the struggling brand that will highlight its German roots, although in most markets where Opels are sold it’s a well-known fact that the brand is owned by General Motors.
What has two doors, a hood scoop, and a Lexus badge? Lexus will unveil the latest model in its F line of performance cars at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. It will have two doors, but that's all Toyota's luxury brand will confirm, for now.
2015 Honda Fit
The Honda Fit has always been a little different from other small cars. A little more zing, a dash more space inside and a much smarter interior layout than most. The new 2015 model looks set to continue those trends, but we'll know for sure from January as that's when the car will make its U.S. debut, at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
Toyota's Prius has become such a significant figurehead for hybrids that Toyota has turned the Prius name into a burgeoning range of models. First to join the regular Prius was the Toyota Prius V, a hybrid wagon, and most recently we've got to know the 2014 Toyota Prius C, a Yaris-sized hybrid subcompact offering some impressive economy and emissions figures.
A recent 1,200-mile East Coast road trip in my 2013 Tesla Model S electric car proved to be something of a turning point in my view of the car. Fitted with the smaller 60-kilowatt-hour battery pack, my car's EPA range of 208 miles was not quite enough to make it between Superchargers--Tesla's proprietary ultra-fast DC charging stations--at normal Interstate speeds in cold weather.