10 Automotive Trends to Look for in 2013

Trends in automotive design and performance are constantly changing, making different models the car of choice each year. Automotive manufacturers are always looking for a better design or better vehicle engineering to produce the next year’s hottest car. The design features that are the most wanted or trend setting in the automotive community are simply known as “trends”. Here are ten automotive trends to look for in 2013.

Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai Veloster. Photo by Michael Gil from Calgary, AB, Canada. License: CC BY 2.0.

1. Hyundai Veloster

The lackluster engine performance of the earlier Hyundai Velosters will be replaced with a more high-powered 201 horsepower engine in the 2013 model that will match the stylish looks of the vehicle. The increase in performance will add another 45 percent to the horsepower, providing the power that consumers were expecting in the original design.

2. Dodge Dart R/T

The well known Dodge Dart brand has been updated and improved, offering a vehicle that deserves a brand new look. The R/T model is built on a Fiat chassis with an independent suspension, giving it a better ride and turning performance. The 2.4 liter four cylinder engine has increased horsepower, adding to its power.

3. Ram 1500

The engineers at Dodge have not just refined their flagship truck, they have started over, producing new design features that will leave other truck designers trying to catch up. If you think you know all about the Ram 1500, you need to take another look.

4. Jeep Liberty

This is not your fathers Jeep. The new designs are going to focus less on being able to go off-roading and more on maintaining higher speeds on the highway without a lot of noise chatter, providing easier performance on the roadway.

5. Porsche Macan

Imagine what could happen if Porsche and VW ever got together. The result is the new Porsche Macan, a great handling new vehicle that is being designed for markets around the world. The design is already getting a lot of attention for its stylish looks and agile performance.

6. Mercedes-Benz CLA

Mercedes has finally made good on the idea of providing an American style compact Benz with the new Mercedes-Benz CLA. This all-wheel drive four cylinder engine promises to deliver great results and a spectacular driving experience.

7. Chevy Corvette C7

Chevrolet has revamped their very popular Corvette model, improving the interior of the car while also increasing the engine performance to give an impressive 440 horsepower. Look for added styling and design in the popular vehicle.

8. Audi A3

Audi has come on strong in the last few years and the new Audi A3 design just increases their standing. Based on the styling of the VW Golf, the A3 will provide better fuel economy with a front wheel drive vehicle.

9. Subaru WRX

Subaru is starting to get a lot of attention and the new WRX is leading the way in the companies great new designs. With higher compression ratios and more stylish designs, the WRX is definitely a car to take a look at before you make your next purchase.

10. Chevy Sonic RS

When you want a fuel efficient, environmentally friendly vehicle, take a look at the new Chevy Sonic RS. With an Ecotec 2.0 liter engine, the vehicle has great power and performance while providing a very budget friendly vehicle. The Sonic RS has been given a lower suspension for better driving performance.

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Karl Stockton is a valued contributor for CosmoBC's BizBlog and TechBlog.

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