The first international motor show of the year is about to open in Detroit, or Motown as it is otherwise known. It will showcase the first of what promises to be a bumper crop of new cars arriving on the motoring scene this year. So if you are thinking of acquiring a new motor sometime soon, you will have plenty of options for choice. Here are some of the new models arriving in coming months.
The year has kicked off in the UK with the launch of the new Volkswagen Passat. This is the eighth generation of a car that has been in the VW range for over 40 years. This latest model is very well equipped, civilised to drive, exclusively diesel and available as a saloon or estate car. A 4×4 Alltrack version will join the range later in the year.
Skoda’s new Fabia is about to start arriving in showrooms. It has a perkier feel behind the wheel, better economy and more kit than before, and is roomy for a budget car. There will also be a Fabia Estate. Fresh on the road this month too is the latest Ford Mondeo, with a more streamlined dashboard, lots of safety kit and driving dynamics that are the new benchmark for rival models. Hyundai has a crisp new i20 five-door, with the three-door version coming a couple of months later.
Porsche’s new Cayenne is another January arrival, but you will need a big budget for this one, with a starting price set at a whisker under £50k. Others being showcased this month are Kia’s latest Sorento, a sporty GT version of the Peugeot 308, an updated Honda CR-V, and a new Celerio budget model from Suzuki with a sub-£9,000 starting price.
Moving into February, the new motor momentum continues with the launch of another keenly priced small car in the Mazda 2. Also coming is a revised Mazda MX-5 sports car, and Suzuki’s second new arrival of the year in the updated Vitara. Look out too for the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
So what else is on the way as 2015 progresses? Coming this spring are a facelifted Audi A1 and Q3, an update for the popular BMW 1-Series and also a convertible version of the 2-Series. Ford will add a bit of spice to its range with the Focus ST, and will also launch a facelifted C-Max.
Jaguar is refreshing its flagship XJ range, and that will be another spring arrival. Mercedes-Benz has a spring launch planned for its new C-Class Plug-In Hybrid, and Volkswagen will introduce a plug-in hybrid version of the Golf. Smart is reinvigorating its range with new models of both the fortwo and forfour. Toyota will update its Prius+, with a new generation Prius due later in the year. There is a spring debut planned for Vauxhall’s new Corsa and Volvo’s new XC90.
Moving on to the summer, look out for a new Audi A4 and Q7, facelifts for BMW’s 3-Series and 6-Series, and a new model BMW X1. What was previously known as the Citroen DS5 will appear in mid-summer as a refreshed model, as a key model for DS which is now being established as a separate brand in its own right.
Also due this summer are an updated Honda Civic and new model HR-V. Jaguar’s new smaller saloon the XE will arrive in showrooms mid-year, and Kia will bring out a new Optima. Mercedes will have a facelifted GLA, and MINI a new model Clubman. More on the way in mid-summer are a facelifted Seat Ibiza, Ssangyong’s new model called the Tivoli, a facelifted Toyota Avensis, and Vauxhall’s new Viva.
Later in the year, mooted for autumn arrival, are lots more newcomers. They include a new models of the Audi A5, Citroen C3 Picasso, Ford S-Max, Infiniti Q30, Mazda CX-3, Mercedes GLC and C-Class Convertible, MINI Countryman and Convertible, Mitsubishi ASX, Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet, Renault Scenic, Vauxhall Astra, Volkswagen Touran and Tiguan … the list goes on. And on.
It is obviously going to be quite a year for refreshment of the motoring scene, with a bumper crop of new models and buoyant sales for the motor industry. Happy 2015!