The Asterisks: cars on hold for 2015
First, Infiniti said it would replace the G37 sedan with the Q50 sedan. Then it said no, it would actually keep the G37 around for a few more years until its new compact cars were ready for sale. Now, for 2015, Infiniti says it's renaming the G37 the Infiniti Q40. So the newest vehicle in the brand lineup is actually one of its oldest. Mind blown. Golf clap. Done.
Lexus has a new IS sedan for 3-Series deniers, but the two-doors? Last year they were carryovers, and this year, they get a new RC model name. The coupe/convertible and slap-happy-strong F editions? We're not saying, and Lexus isn't saying, when or how they'll be back--but we'd suggest you watch that RC space carefully.
The perky little Mazda 2 hatchback never made much noise in the marketplace, and it's officially skipping the 2015 model year. As for the pretty little 2016 Mazda 2 just announced for Japan? Odds are we'll be seeing it in America sooner rather than later.
The Maxima's in a holding pattern from 2014. Nissan has shown a concept sedan at auto shows, but says only that it will have enough '14s on hand until it launches a new version early next year.
Volvo's been smothering the Internets with details of an all-new XC90 crossover we'll see later this year at the Paris auto show. But new cars from Sweden typically take some time to land on American shores--so the XC90 finishes off its last generation as a 2014, skips 2015, and leaps headlong into the future with the new, 2016 version.