The world’s top automakers have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on their 2014 models. Some of these have already been unveiled at recent auto shows, from Los Angeles to Paris. Others will be revealed in the months to come, as we lead up to their first sale dates. The following are five cars from popular global brands that stand out from the competition, due to factors such as their new technological features, eco-friendly engines, or affordability.
Ford has been ahead of the curve in the past decade when it comes to producing consumer-friendly, affordable, and sustainable cars. Their Ecoboost engine is behind this, along with their new hybrid vehicles. One type of car that is expected to pick up in demand for families in 2014 is the hybrid minivan. The new B-Max will help meet this demand, with its compact size, environmentally friendly engine, and economical pricing.
The most recent Hyundai i30 was launched in 2011, and enough time has passed that fans of this South Korean brand are eager for a new model. When you read Hyundai i30 review and news you’ll find that the upgraded version will feature an upgraded and reworked engine. It also has higher quality finishing materials, electronic-assisted steering, and a more futuristic interior design including a 7 inch LCD screen and infotainment system. The car is made to be intuitive for a safer and smoother ride, which should make it a bestseller in 2014.
Known for its pintsized hatchbacks, Fiat is now branching out into the compact SUV market with the Fiat 500X. This hotly anticipated vehicle is also notable in that it will be sold in the USA, which many of Fiat’s other models are not. Expect to see a lot of buzz developing around the 500X, which from early renderings looks like it will be quite roomy and sporty.
Crossover vehicles are bestsellers, and another newcomer to appear next year is the Toyota RAV4. This will be available in three different trim levels to choose from, and will be featured at an affordable price for its high tech features. You can read a Toyota RAV4 review by Motoring or other popular automotive websites to learn more about these various standout features, which include everything from Bluetooth to a moon roof. The highest quality option will have high-tech soft seating, an 8-way power driver’s seat with memory capabilities, fog lamps and display audio with navigation. All this and a decent fuel economy should make it a serious contender in the crossover market.
New BMW models are always big news in the automotive world, and the new compact hatchback i3 is going to be no exception. It’s quite different to other BMW offerings, with a lighter weight and high tech materials used in its design. More importantly, the i3 is the first entirely electric car offered by BMW, and it could potentially be a game-changer in this market. It has a high range of up to 100 miles, which can be extended with an optional gasoline engine to 190. The first run of the new i3 will be available later this year with a limited number of vehicles, before it goes into wider production next year.
These are five of the top cars to keep an eye on at this year’s auto shows, all of which should have mass appeal.