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New cars: What's ahead in 2013

2013 Acura ILX 2.4L: An all-new compact luxury car with three engine choices, including Acura
2013 Acura ILX 2.4L: An all-new compact luxury car with three engine choices, including Acura's first gas-electric hybrid. The car starts at $25,900. Wieck
Gallery: 2013 New cars: What's ahead

DETROIT (AP) — After a blitz of new models hit the United States last year, automakers have slowed down this year, at least on the surface.

But the new models for 2013 are in key parts of the auto market and will have a bigger impact on car buyers.

For the 2012 model year, car companies flooded the market with 47 new or revamped vehicles. So far for 2013, there are only 32, according to the auto website. But many of the introductions are in small and midsize cars — the two biggest segments in this country,

Nissan's Altima midsize sedan, with its luxury interior and 38 miles per gallon on the freeway, is raising the bar. But Ford's new Fusion comes out later in the year, as does a new Honda Accord. Chevrolet's four-cylinder Malibu also is just getting to showrooms.

In the small-car market, Chrysler's Dodge brand introduced a brand-new Dart during the summer built with Fiat technology, giving the company a strong competitor in a market where it hasn't been for years. The Dart isn't alone. Honda, stung by criticism of its revamped Civic last year, is making it quieter, and upgrading the interior and handling to quiet the critics. Nissan also is revamping the Sentra and promises it will be at the top of the segment.

There also are critical models for several brands. Cadillac rolls out three new cars, including the ATS small sports sedan that will compete with the BMW 3 Series. Ford is trying to end the Toyota Prius' lock on the gas-electric hybrid market with a new C-Max small wagon, and even Jaguar is trying to appeal to more people by offering smaller engines and all-wheel-drive in more of its cars.

Here's a rundown of what's new for the 2013 model year:


ILX (Photos): All-new compact luxury car went on sale in May. It has three engine choices: a 2-liter, 150-horsepower four-cylinder; a 2.4-liter four with 201 horsepower; and Acura's first gas-electric hybrid with a 1.5-liter engine and an electric motor. The car starts at $25,900.

RDX: Crossover SUV is all-new and a little bigger. Went on sale last April. Has a new 3.5-liter, 273-horsepower V-6 and a new six-speed automatic transmission. It's available with all-wheel-drive. The RDX starts at $34,320.

ZDX: The cross between a coupe, sedan and SUV gets minor exterior styling changes for the new model year. Goes on sale in October. Current version starts at $46,120.


ALLROAD: The wagon returns after a seven-year absence, powered by the brand's 2-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Wider track and more ground clearance to handle snow and gravel. On sale already. Starts at $39,600.

A4/S4: Both get a new grille, hood, and front and rear bumpers. Minor interior changes. Already on sale. A4 starts at $32,500 and the S4 performance model at $47,600.

A5/S5/RS5: The coupes also get a new grille, hood, and front and rear bumpers. Minor interior changes. S5 performance model gets the 3-liter supercharged V-6. RS5 track-ready supercar comes here with a 4.2-liter V-8. Already on sale. A5 starts at $37,850. S5 begins at $50,900. RS5 starts at $68,900.

A6/S6: The A6's 2-liter four-cylinder turbo model comes with all-wheel-drive and eight-speed automatic transmission. S6 performance model gets 4-liter, 420-horsepower, twin-turbo V-8 and a seven-speed double clutch transmission. A6 on sale already and the S6 is coming soon. The A6 starts at $42,200 and the S6 at $71,900.

A7/S7: A7 gets five-passenger seating option with rear middle seat. S7 gets the 4-liter, 420-horsepower, twin-turbo V8 with a seven-speed double clutch transmission. A7 is already on sale and starts at $60,100. S7 due in fall at $78,800.

A8/S8: The big cruiser lineup gets two new engines to attract more buyers: the 3-liter, supercharged V-6 and the new 4-liter, twin-turbo V-8. S8 gets an even beefier version of the new 4-liter V-8 at 520 horsepower, and eight-speed automatic transmission. A8 is already on sale and starts at $72,200. S8 goes on sale in the fall starting at $110,000.

Q5: The SUV gets cosmetic changes including a new grille, bumper and rear tail lamps, and lift gate. Gets an optional 3-liter supercharged V-6. There's a new hybrid gas-electric version with lithium-ion batteries and the 2-liter, four-cylinder engine. It has an eight-speed automatic transmission. All models come out in the fall. Pricing hasn't been announced.


CONTINENTAL GT SPEED: If the distinctive coupe's looks don't draw you in, then the performance will. The GT Speed is the fastest road car Bentley has ever made, with a 6-liter, 616-horsepower, 12-cylinder engine that can go from zero to 60 in four seconds. It gets a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and has a top speed of 205 mph, just in case the freeway is empty. It's due in showrooms in October. Starts at $215,000.

CONTINENTAL GT and GTC CONVERTIBLE: Both available with a V-8 engine for the first time, but it's no slouch. It's a 4-liter powerplant with 500 horsepower. It also gets a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and the engine runs on only four cylinders in cruise/light throttle mode. Available early in the fall. V-8 GT Coupe starts at $174,000; V-8 GTC Convertible at $191,400.


135is: This is a performance model that sits at the top of BMW's 1 Series lineup. The 135is has a 3.0-liter V-6 with 320 horsepower (compared with 230 horsepower for the base 128i coupe). Buyers can choose a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission. It also has a sport suspension, special rims and grille, and other sporty touches. The 135is starts at $44,145 and goes on sale this fall.

7-Series: Other than new LED headlights and a new grille, the 7-Series looks similar to the outgoing model. The differences are mostly under the hood. Both the V-6 and V-8 engine options have been upgraded to offer more power, and 20 percent to 25 percent better fuel economy. Horsepower with the V-8, for example, has jumped 10 percent to 445, even though the company promises it will get better fuel economy than the 17 mpg average on the outgoing V-8-equipped model. The top-of-the-line option remains the 6.0-liter V-12, with 544 horsepower. All the engines are now mated with eight-speed transmissions, up from six. Automatic start/stop technology, which shuts down the vehicle at stop lights, and regenerative brakes also help save on fuel, although official fuel economy numbers won't be out until later this summer when the 7-Series goes on sale. A hybrid version, which borrows the ActiveHybrid technology from BMW's 3- and 5-Series, is due out this fall. Pricing starts at $74,195.

X1: The small crossover is finally coming over from Europe, where it went on sale four years ago. It's nearly 7 inches shorter and 3 inches narrower than the X3, making its long BMW hood seem even more prominent. The base model has a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder with 240 horsepower and an estimated 27 mpg in combined city and highway driving. Buyers can upgrade to a 3.0-liter V-6 with all-wheel-drive that gets 300 horsepower and 25 mpg. The X1 goes on sale this fall starting at $31,545.


ENCLAVE: GM's 5-year-old big crossover SUVs, including the Enclave, Chevy Traverse and GMC Acadia, get a bit of a facelift to try and stretch their lifespan. The Enclave, which seats up to eight, keeps its 3.6-liter V-6 engine, and its six-speed automatic transmission gets an update. Engineers also refined the people-hauler to make it quieter. It gets new front and rear fascias, a new grille and headlight design, and new tail lamps. Inside there's new lighting, softer materials and chrome accents, and a new center stack. It goes on sale in October or November. The price has not been announced, but it'll almost certainly be more than the 2012 model, which starts at $36,500.

ENCORE: The all-new upscale small crossover SUV gives Buick its first entry in a segment now dominated by the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Ford Escape. But General Motors is aiming the Encore a little higher, trying to make it more luxurious than the top sellers. The Encore, which hits showrooms early next year, seats five and has up to 48.4 cubic feet of cargo room, more than the BMW X1 or Audi Q3. It also will be all-wheel-drive capable, and GM claims it will be quieter than the competition. It will be powered by GM's 140-horsepower, 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. It's the same engine used in the Chevy Sonic. It'll have 10 standard air bags. The price has not been announced.


ATS: The General's all-new rear-wheel-drive small sports sedan hit showrooms during the summer. Cadillac has high hopes that it can compete with BMW's 3-Series, which dominates the segment. Last year, BMW sold more than 94,000 3-Series cars, including sedans, coupes, stations wagons and convertibles. Cadillac says the ATS is quick, nimble and quiet. Its styling is like a small CTS sedan. The ATS is powered by a choice of three engines: a 2-liter four-cylinder turbo with 270 horsepower; a 2.5-liter inline four with 200 horsepower; and a 3.6-liter V-6 with 318 horsepower. Manual and automatic transmissions are available. It starts at $33,095, and the 2.5-liter version can get up to 33 mpg on the highway.

XTS (Photos): Caddy's new, big, front-drive car hit showrooms last spring to give the brand a sorely needed model. The XTS has GM's fast-responding magnetic ride control suspension, and the company says the top-line models will offer the highest level of technology and luxury. The car has a 3.6-liter, 304-horsepower V-6 engine that gets an estimated 28 mpg on the highway. The starting price is $44,995.


SPARK: It's an all-new mini-car, even smaller than the dinky Chevrolet Sonic. The Spark, which comes only as a hatchback, seats four. GM says it has bold colors and comes with 10 air bags for safety. It also has a 7-inch touch screen which can display smart phone navigation, videos, photos and contacts for dialing. Designed to compete against the Fiat 500, the Smart fortwo and the Scion iQ, the Spark has a 1.25-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. It can get up to 38 mpg on the highway. It went on sale during the summer and has a starting price of $12,245.

MALIBU: GM began selling an Eco version of the new Malibu early this year at the behest of the chief executive, who wanted the car on the market faster than originally planned. He didn't get everything he wanted. The normal version of the car with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine didn't hit showrooms until summer. The Eco gets an estimated 37 mpg on the highway with its small electric motor that aids the four-cylinder engine. The normal version has a 2.5-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder engine with 197 horsepower. It gets 34 mpg on the highway. It will be joined in the fall by a 259-horsepower, 2-liter turborcharged four. GM says the new car is the quietest Chevy in history with handling that rivals high-end sedans. It starts at $22,390.

TRAVERSE: The aging crossover SUV that can seat eight people gets a small facelift. The interior gets softer, more premium materials and the outside gets some minor changes. It also gets the industry's first front-center air bag to help protect people in side-impact crashes. It's due in showrooms in in the fall. The price hasn't been announced. The 2012 model starts at $30,485.


300: Chrysler's stylish flagship is mostly unchanged, except that the 3.6-liter V-6 engine on the 300S sport model now has eight more horsepower, for a total of 300. The base model, which starts at $29,845, now includes heated leather seats and optional all-wheel-drive.


DART (Photos): A game-changing small car for Dodge, which hasn't really competed in this segment since the Dodge Neon in the 1990s. The Dart looks more expensive than its $15,995 starting price would suggest, thanks to exterior touches like big wheels and LED lighting across the back, and interior features like the softly wrapped, backlit dashboard. The Dart, which went on sale in June, is a product of Chrysler's marriage with Italian automaker Fiat, and is built on the platform of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, a five-door hatchback sold in Europe. It also borrows Fiat's penchant for personalization, with 14 different interior and trim combinations and 12 exterior paint colors. Under the hood is the standard 2-liter I4 dubbed the Tigershark that puts out 160 horsepower and a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo, also with 160 horsepower. A 2.4-liter turbo in the sporty R/T version comes out toward the end of 2012 with 184 horsepower. Transmissions include a six-speed automatic, a six-speed manual and a six-speed dual clutch transmission. The base model gets 36 mpg on the highway and 25 in the city; the Aero version gets up to 41 mpg on the highway.

SRT VIPER: The Viper returns for the first time since Chrysler shut down production in 2010, when it was desperately trying to stay afloat during the recession. The sizzling sports car — designer Ralph Gilles has famously said its design was inspired by "a naked woman on the beach" — has some of Viper's hallmarks, including a "double bubble" roof that gives the driver and passenger more headroom and gills along the fender to release heat from the engine. The headlights are designed to look like snake eyes, while the LED tail lights have a snakeskin texture on the lens. The Viper roars with an 8.4-liter V-10 engine, which is expected to get around 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. There's a six-speed manual transmission. The car is built by hand and won't make a lot of money for Chrysler even with its expected price tag near $100,000. But it's a halo car that shows what the company can do now that it's back on its feet. The Viper is expected to go on sale later this fall.


F12 BERLINETTA: Ferrari says the Berlinetta, which replaces the 599GTB, has the most powerful naturally aspirated V-12 engine yet, with 730 horsepower (79 more than the GTB) and 508 foot-pounds of torque. The Berlinetta also gets 30 percent better fuel economy than the GTB's 15 mpg on the highway, thanks to reduction in internal friction, a reworked transmission and a more aerodynamic design. Pricing hasn't been announced, but it's likely to top the $310,500 price tag of the GTB.


500 TURBO: The Fiat 500 Turbo, which goes on sale this fall, sits between the Fiat 500 and the performance Fiat 500 Abarth in the Italian carmaker's lineup. It has a 135-horsepower, 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine linked to a five-speed manual transmission. That's 25 horses less than the Abarth. The 500 Turbo also has some styling differences, including a larger fascia and a liftgate-mounted spoiler. It starts at $20,200, or around $2,500 less than the 2012 Abarth.


C-MAX: Ford hopes to make a dent in Toyota Prius sales with the C-Max, a new small wagon that only comes in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric versions. Gas and diesel versions of the C-Max have been on sale in Europe for nearly a decade, but Ford wanted a dedicated hybrid, like the Prius, so it won't sell gas or diesel versions here. The C-Max is built on the same platform as the Ford Focus small car but sits up higher and is a few inches longer. It gets 47 mpg in both city and highway driving — topping the Toyota Prius V wagon, which gets a combined 42 — and it starts at $25,200, which is $1,300 less than the Prius V. The C-Max hybrid goes on sale this fall, while the plug-in hybrid C-Max Energi — which can go up to 85 miles per hour in all-electric mode — will go on sale in 19 U.S. markets this fall and in all 50 states by early next year.

ESCAPE: The new Escape small SUV, which went on sale in June, ditches the boxy styling of the old version in favor of the aerodynamic, chiseled look of Ford's new cars. At first glance, the new Escape looks smaller than the old one, but it's actually 4 inches longer and has slightly more cargo space thanks to design tricks like thinner seats. It also has the same 3,500-pound towing capacity. The Escape comes with three four-cylinder engine choices, including a 1.6-liter EcoBoost that can get up to 33 mpg on the highway. It also has an industry-first feature: an optional liftgate that opens automatically when the driver waves a foot under the bumper. The Escape starts at $22,470.

FOCUS ST: The sporty small car that enthusiasts are drooling about. The ST has a sport-tuned suspension, six-speed manual transmission and 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with 252 horsepower (compared with 160 horsepower on the base Focus) and 270 pound-feet of torque. Unique, 18-inch wheels are paired with high-performance front and rear disc brakes. Recaro racing seats are optional. The ST goes on sale later this year with the starting price of $23,700, or $7,500 more than the base Focus.

FUSION: The Fusion midsize car has been a hit since it went on sale in 2005. Ford hopes to finally unseat the Toyota Camry — America's best-selling car — with the new Fusion. It has sharper lines than the outgoing version, with a new, more aggressive-looking trapezoidal grille. Inside, there is softer leather and thinner seats, which offer passengers more leg room. Ford is offering five engine choices: the base 1.6-liter I4, which saves fuel by temporarily shutting off power when the car stops; two versions of the EcoBoost engine, which uses turbocharging and direct injection to improve power and fuel economy; a hybrid that is expected to get 47 mpg; and a plug-in hybrid that runs longer on electric power than the regular hybrid. Pricing and exact fuel economy numbers haven't been announced. The Fusion goes on sale this fall.

TAURUS: Ford's largest sedan gets a reworked grille and hood and a new optional engine: Ford's 240-horsepower, four-cylinder EcoBoost, which gets an estimated 26 mpg in combined city and highway driving. The base engine, a 3.5-liter V-6, gets a horsepower boost, from 263 to 288. It gets up to 23 mpg. The high-performance Taurus SHO has a new spoiler and other minor upgrades. Its 365-horsepower, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 remains the same. The Taurus starts at $26,600; the SHO, at $36,995.


ACADIA: The eight-seat big crossover SUV gets an update, including an exterior design with LED lighting. Inside, there are more soft-touch materials and ambient lighting. A rear camera is standard, as is a front-center air bag. The Acadia goes on sale in the fall. Pricing hasn't been announced. The 2012 version starts at $32,835.


ACCORD: Honda's top-selling vehicle is new from the ground up with a sedan and coupe. It faces serious competition from midsize competitors in the largest segment of the U.S. auto market. The new car has a more sculpted, athletic look on the outside and an interior that Honda promises to be luxurious. It's smaller on the outside yet bigger on the inside, with improved handling over the old version. The new version gets three new engines that Honda says will be among the class leaders in efficiency. There's a 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder, a revised 3.5-liter V-6 and a two-motor plug-in hybrid that runs on gas and electricity. The four-cylinder comes with a continuously variable transmission that doesn't shift gears but allows the engine to run at optimal speed all the time. It also has a six-speed manual transmission. The V-6 comes with a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-gear manual on the coupe. The plug-in hybrid has a six kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and an electric motor. It can go 10 to 15 miles on battery power. The Accord goes on sale in the fall. Pricing wasn't announced. The current sedan starts at $21,480.

CROSSTOUR: Crossover vehicle is updated with more rugged styling outside and interior upgrades. Gets the updated more efficient and powerful 3.5-liter engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Goes on sale in the fall. Price wasn't released. Current model starts at $27,755.

CIVIC: All new for 2012, but panned by critics as for having a choppy ride, noisy cabin and mediocre interior. Honda says it will update the car to address some of the criticism. New Civic comes out in the fall. The 2012 model starts at $15,955.


GENESIS (Photos): Hyundai cuts the 4.6-liter V-8 from the engine choices, leaving the 5-liter V-8 in the R-Spec model and the 3.8-liter V6 in other models. The luxury sedan gets a new 8-inch dashboard display and new telematics.

SANTA FE: Two new versions of the crossover SUV. One model, the Long Wheel Base, or LWB, has three rows of seats and can seat up to seven people, better appealing to big families. It's due out in January. The other version is the Sport, which seats five. It debuted in August. The Sport has two engines, both four-cylinders. Standard is a 190-horsepower 2.4-liter. There's also a 2-liter, 264-horsepower turbo. Both have direct fuel injection, meaning the gas and air are mixed in the cylinder surrounding the piston. That's more powerful and efficient than older engines. The LWB has only one engine, a 290-horsepower direct-injection V-6. The price of the LWB hasn't been released. The Sport starts at $24,450.


EX37/FX37: Infiniti has upgraded the base engine on both its small EX SUV and midsize, performance-oriented FX SUV. The new 3.7-liter V-6 gets 325 horsepower, or 22 more than the outgoing 3.5-liter V-6. As a result, the EX35 and FX35 have been rechristened the EX37 and FX37. Both are set to go on sale soon. Pricing hasn't been announced, but the 2012 EX started at $35,800 and the FX started at $43,700

JX (photos): This three-row, seven-passenger crossover, which went on sale last spring, has some smart innovations, including a backup system that warns drivers about traffic crossing behind them and applies the brakes if necessary, and a second-row seat that can slide back and forth with a child seat still attached, for easier access to the back row. A flat platform makes the third row roomier. Style-wise, it has the same bulbous Infiniti nose and flowing lines of the smaller FX crossover and the QX SUV. Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 265 horsepower that gets 21 mpg, which is competitive in the seven-passenger segment. Pricing starts at $40,650.


XF: The big news for this model year is that Jaguar is starting to add smaller engines and all-wheel-drive to its luxury sports sedans. With all-wheel-drive, Jaguar will be able to compete better with BMW and Mercedes in snowy states, where AWD makes up most of the luxury car sales. All Jags now have V-8 engines and are rear-wheel drive, which isn't always good in snow. The smaller engines will help the company compete better on fuel economy. Few details have been released, but we know the XF will get a turbocharged 2-liter inline four-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower. It'll also get a new 340-horsepower, 3-liter supercharged V-6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Stop-start technology will be standard in V-6 and V-8 versions. That stops the engines at a traffic light and turns them back on when the driver accelerates. The car is due in showrooms this winter. The price hasn't been released, but the 2012 XF sells for $53,000 excluding shipping.

XJ: Ditto on all-wheel drive, the supercharged V-6, eight-speed transmissions and stop-start standard on the V-6 and V-8 versions. The all-wheel-drive XJ starts at $76,700 and is due out in the winter.


GRAND CHEROKEE: A 241-horsepower diesel V-6 will join the lineup early next year. Chrysler hasn't released details.

WRANGLER: The iconic Wrangler gets a new, more luxurious soft top that's easier to open.


CADENZA: Kia hasn't made any announcements about a replacement for the full-size Amanti sedan, which ended production in 2009. But some dealers are already advertising the Cadenza sedan and say it's expected to come out in the 2013 model year.


LR2: Compact SUV gets a minor refresh that includes front and rear lamps and grille and a new center stack in the interior with added storage.

RANGE ROVER: The brand's flagship big SUV is all new for 2013 with aluminum architecture to make it lighter and improve gas mileage. Few details have been released, but it still will be powered by a V-8 engine. It's due in showrooms early next year. Price wasn't released, but the 2012 starts at $80,275.


ES: The ES midsize car now has the distinctive spindle grille and sharper lines of its bigger siblings, the GS and LS. The interior is roomier, with updated electronics. The 268-horsepower engine is the same as the 2012 model, and gets around 27 mpg on the highway. But there is a new hybrid version, the ES 300h, which gets an estimated 40 mpg. The ES starts at $36,100; the hybrid starts at $38,850.

GS: The 2013 version of the midsize GS went on sale in February. It has the more aggressive look of the new LS, with the same chiseled lines and spindle grille. It's powered by a 3.5-liter, 306-horsepower V-6 that gets 28 mpg on the highway. Also available is a sport version, the GS 350F, with a specially tuned suspension, and a hybrid, the GS 450h, which has 338 horsepower and gets 38 mpg. The base GS starts at $46,900; the hybrid at $58,950.

LS: A new version of Lexus's flagship sedan goes on sale in November. It has a more aggressive new design highlighted by its new spindle-shaped grille. A 4.6-liter, 386-horsepower V-8 engine will sit under the hood, and a hybrid version will also be available. Inside are some nice creature comforts, including a climate system that automatically adjusts the ventilation and the temperature of the seats and steering wheel. More details, including pricing, will be released closer to its arrival in dealerships.


MKZ: Ford has spent the last two years plotting the comeback of its flagging Lincoln line, which was the best-selling luxury brand in America 20 years ago but fell into mediocrity when Ford failed to invest in it. The new MKZ midsize sedan is the first glimpse of the big changes Ford is planning for Lincoln, which will get seven new vehicles by 2014. The new MKZ, out in the fall, has a sweeping, panoramic glass roof among its options. The signature Lincoln split-wing grille is redesigned and toned down, and the sides sweep back into a sharp tail that sits above another Lincoln signature: a narrow strip of taillights across the back of the car. Inside, it's elegant, with push-button shifting that eliminates the need for a shifter and opens up the console for more storage space. The MKZ shares a 2.0-liter, 240-horsepower EcoBoost engine with the Ford Fusion, but buyers can also opt for a 3.7-liter, 300-horsepower V-6 or a 45-mpg hybrid version. The MKZ starts at $35,925, which is a little less than one of its primary targets, the Lexus ES, and about the same as its other, the Cadillac CTS.

MKS: The flagship hasn't gotten the total makeover of the MKZ, but the 2013 model has a number of upgrades, including a more subtle grille, better horsepower from the 3.7-liter V-6 base engine (300 horsepower, versus 273 in the outgoing model) and a new adaptive suspension system that monitors the road, steering and braking and makes adjustments for a smoother ride and better handling.


GRANTURISMO: The new Sport version of the two-door sports car replaces the outgoing S. It has a 460-horsepower, 4.7-liter V-8 (compared with 405 on the base model) and higher torque. New 20-inch wheels and LED headlights are on the outside, and more comfortable seats and a more ergonomic steering wheel are inside. It also has a brand new color: "Blu Sofisticato." The Sport starts at $126,000, or $3,000 more than the GranTurismo.


CX-5 (Photos): The CX-5 five-seat crossover SUV is a new addition to Mazda's lineup, and will square off with some of the biggest sellers on the market, including the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape. It uses what Mazda has dubbed its SKYACTIV suite of technologies (basically, an extra-efficient engine and transmission and a lighter platform) to achieve an impressive 35 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission. A 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with 155 horsepower comes standard with each of the three trim levels. The CX-5, which went on sale in the spring, starts at $20,995.


C250: Coupe and Sport/Luxury Sedan get a direct-injection, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 201 horsepower. Already on sale. Sport Sedan starts at $35,350. Luxury Sedan at $35,770. Coupe base price is $37,800.

C300 4MATIC: Sport/Luxury Sedan gets new direct-injection, 3.5-liter V-6 with 248 horsepower. Also gets stop-start technology that shuts off engine when the car is stopped and restarts it when the driver presses the gas pedal. Already on sale. Sport Sedan starts at $38,950. Luxury Sedan starts at $39,360.

C350: Coupe and Sport Sedan get stop-start on 3.5-liter V-6 with 302 horsepower. Already on sale. Coupe starts at $43,200. Sport Sedan begins at $41,400.

C63 AMG: Coupe and sedan get hand-built, 6.3-liter V-8 with 451 horsepower. Optional development package gets 481 horsepower. Went on sale in July. Sedan starts at $59,800, coupe at $62,330.

E400 HYBRID: Sports Sedan made its debut in the summer with a 302-horsepower direct-injection V-6 gas engine and a 27-horsepower electric motor. It has stop-start technology and can travel on electricity only. Starts at $55,800.

G550: G-Class SUVs get restyled interior and exterior with LED daytime running lights. Gets more powerful V-8 engine with 388 horsepower. On sale in the summer, starts at $113,000.

G63 AMG: Gets new 5.5-liter direct-injection bi-turbo V-8 with 544 horsepower and stop-start technology. On sale in the summer. Begins at $134,300.

GL350BlueTEC (Photos): GL-Class SUVs are all new. They're longer, wider and taller. BlueTEC 4MATIC gets V-6 turbodiesel with 240 horsepower. On sale in September. Starts at $62,400.

GL450: Direct-injection twin turbo V-8 with 362 horsepower. On sale in September. Starts at $63,900.

GL550: Direct-injection twin-turbo V-8 with 429 horsepower. On sale in September. Starts at $86,900.

GL63 AMG: Hand-built AMG V-8 with 550 horsepower. On sale early next year. Price not announced yet.

GLK250 BlueTEC: GLK class gets restyled interior and exterior with LED daytime running lights. New 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel with 190 horsepower debuts on this model. On sale early next year. Price not announced.

GLK350: All-wheel-drive and rear-drive models get new 3.5-liter, direct-injection V-6 with 302 horsepower, plus stop-start technology. Already on sale. Starts at $39,090.

SL550: SL-Class Coupe/Roadsters are new with all-aluminum body shell. SL550 gets new direct-injection bi-turbo V-8 with 429 horsepower and stop-start technology. New, more efficient seven-speed transmission. Already on sale. Starts at $105,500.

SL63 AMG: Gets new 5.5-liter direct-injection biturbo V-8 with 530 horsepower. Also gets seven-speed transmission and stop-start technology. Already on sale. Starts at $145,800.

SL65 AMG: New with 6-liter V-12 engine with 621 horsepower and seven-speed transmission. On sale in November. Price not announced.

SLS AMG GT COUPE: Aluminum body, gull-wing doors and hand-built V-8 with a carbon-fiber drive shaft. On sale in November. Price not announced.

SLS AMG GT ROADSTER: Same as Coupe but with power soft top and conventional doors. On sale in November. Price not announced.


MINI CLUBVAN: The new Clubvan is a two-seat, five-door compact delivery van. It's basically a Mini Clubman with panel sides. The cargo area has 30.3 cubic feet of storage space and is nearly 4 feet long. The Clubvan is powered by a 1.6-liter I-4 engine with 121 horsepower that gets 30 mpg in combined city and highway driving. Pricing has not yet been released for the Clubvan, which goes on sale this fall.

MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS GP: The fastest Mini ever goes on sale in September in a limited run of 2,000 cars. Mini hasn't released specifications or pricing.

MINI PACEMAN: Mini hasn't released many details about the sporty Paceman, other than some teaser shots on its Facebook page, but the elongated, two-door coupe is expected to go on sale sometime next year.


OUTLANDER SPORT: Outside, the small crossover SUV gets refreshed with new front and rear fascia with two-tone look. Interior is spruced up with new chrome door trim accents. A new ES model comes with four-wheel drive. Goes on sale shortly. Starts at $19,170.


ALTIMA (Photos): The 2013 version of Nissan's best seller, the Altima, has a more elegant, luxurious look, with a dramatic, tapered grille and chrome strips along the windows. Even more dramatic is its fuel economy: up to 38 mpg with its 182-horsepower, 2.5-liter I-4, which is the best fuel economy in the midsize segment (and 20 percent better than the outgoing Altima). A 270-horspower, 3.5-liter V-6 that gets 31 mpg on the highway is also available. The Altima has a new hands-free system that connects to the driver's smartphone, and new safety features like blind spot and backup warning systems. It starts at $21,500, or $1,000 more than the outgoing Altima.

PATHFINDER: Nissan gives the aging Pathfinder seven-seat SUV a much-needed upgrade this fall, ditching the old boxy design for a rounder look. The new Pathfinder, which starts at $28,270, promises a best-in-class 26 mpg from its 260-horsepower V-6 engine. Like the Infiniti JX, it has a clever rear seat that slides back and forth so you can have access to the third row without having to remove a child seat from the second row. The Pathfinder also boasts the only reclining third-row seats on the market. Even with the third row in place, there is 16 cubic feet of storage in the rear, including an under-floor storage area to keep valuables hidden.

SENTRA: Nissan will debut the 2013 Sentra small car early next year. The company hasn't released details, but it's expected to borrow a lot of the design elements of the new Altima.


CAYENNE: The SUV gets a 3-liter, 240-horsepower V-6 turbodiesel engine that will boost gas mileage to 29 on the highway. The Cayenne has a 26.4-gallon fuel tank, giving it a one-tank range of more than 700 miles. There's also a sportier GTS model added with a 4.8-liter, direct-injected V-8 with 420 horsepower. The diesel starts at $55,750; GTS at $82,050.

BOXSTER (photos): Mid-engine, rear-drive sports car loses 80 pounds and gets faster. New lightweight body and revamped chassis with a longer wheelbase. Boxster gets a 265-horsepower, 2.7-liter, six-cylinder engine. Boxster S gets a 3.4-liter, 315-horsepower six. Already on sale. Boxster starts at $49,500. S starts at $60,900.

911: Cabriolet version moves onto new underpinnings that were unveiled with the regular 911 Carrera last year. The platform is lighter, more efficient and faster, Porsche says. Cabrio starts at $93,700.

PANAMERA: Souped-up GTS model came out in March. Gets the 4.8-liter V-8 with 430 horsepower, plus a sportier suspension. GTS starts at $111,000.


RAM 1500: Chrysler's workhorse gets a refresh after three years on the market. It gets a new, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, which gets 42 percent more horsepower and at least 20 percent better fuel economy than the outgoing Ram, which got 20 mpg on the highway. The Ram has several new features designed to save gas, including an eight-speed transmission and a system that temporarily shuts down the truck at stop lights. The available 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 has 395 horsepower and 10 percent better fuel economy than the outgoing model. There's a new grille and fascia and interior upgrades. Pricing hasn't been announced, but the 2012 Ram starts at $22,120 for a regular cab, $33,015 for a quad cab and $43,275 for a crew cab. The Ram goes on sale this fall.


PHANTOM II: The Phantom family, which includes the sedan, coupe and convertible coupe, is rechristened the Phantom Series II a decade after the first Phantom sedan went on sale. There is a new eight-speed transmission that helps improve fuel economy by 10 percent over the current 14 mpg in city and highway driving. Outside, there are six cameras so the driver can monitor every angle around the car, and new LED headlights that turn in whatever direction the car is going. Inside, there's a larger, 8.8-inch control screen in the dash with three-dimensional maps and a new smart phone holder. The Phantom Series II starts at $398,970.


FR-S: Toyota hopes to invigorate its youth-oriented Scion brand with the FR-S sports car, which went on sale in June. It's a sexy, two-door four-seater that pays homage to past Toyota speedsters like the Celica and the AE86 Corolla. The FR-S has a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder flat boxer engine, which lets it sit low like Porsches and other supercars. The engine was jointly developed by Toyota and Subaru, which helps explain why the FR-S looks a lot like the 2013 Subaru BRZ. The FR-S has 200 horsepower. It starts at $24,955 for the six-speed manual transmission.


FORTWO: Minor cosmetic changes including larger grille, sculpted side skirts and rear apron changes. One special edition on sale now. Another special edition and electric version due later. Base model starts at $12,490.


BRZ: New rear-wheel-drive sports car with 2-liter, 200-horsepower flat Boxer engine and one of the lowest centers of gravity of any production car. Choice of six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Has aluminum hood. On sale already. Starts at $25,495.

LEGACY: New front grille, headlights and bumper cover for the midsize sedan. On sale already. Starts at $20,295.

OUTBACK: Sport Utility Wagon gets new grille, headlights and bumper cover. On sale already. Starts at $23,495.

XV CROSSTREK: New compact crossover combines five-door design and everyday comfort. Has new 148-horsepower, 2-liter engine with a continuously variable transmission that doesn't shift gears, so the engine revs at optimal speed. Can get up to 33 mpg on highway. On sale already. Starts at $21,995.


MODEL S: Electric carmaker Tesla, which made its name four years ago with the introduction of the Roadster electric sports car, is entering new territory with its first mass-market, five-seat sedan. The base Model S can go 160 miles on one charge, but buyers can upgrade to batteries that go 230 miles or 300 miles. The luxurious interior includes a 17-inch touch screen that replaces all the knobs and buttons on the dash. Each Model S comes with a charger plus adapters for a standard 110-volt household outlet, a 240-volt outlet and a public charging station. The Model S, which went on sale in June, starts at $49,900 after a $7,500 federal tax credit. The high-end Signature Performance version starts at $97,900.


AVALON: Toyota's full-size sedan is getting a sharper, more angular new look and, for the first time, a hybrid version. It has a plusher interior and some smart new features, including a bin in the dash that stores two mobile devices, and touch-sensitive climate and entertainment controls. Toyota says the new hybrid will get 40 mpg in combined city and highway driving. But otherwise, Toyota hasn't released details about the engine lineup or price. The Avalon goes on sale later this fall.

LAND CRUISER: The 2013 Land Cruiser arrived in dealerships last winter. Its $77,955 starting price now includes a $6,000 upgrade package that used to be optional. The package includes rain-sensing wipers, a rear backup camera, voice-activated navigation and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. The 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter V8 engine, which gets 18 mpg on the highway, remains the same.

RAV4 EV: The electric RAV4 is the first all-electric, five-seat SUV on the market. Its battery and drive system are borrowed from Tesla Motors, a maker of high-end electric cars, and it's expected to travel around 100 miles on a charge. The electric RAV4 starts at $49,800, which is more than double the $22,650 starting price of the gas version, although the electric RAV4 will be eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit that will narrow the gap. Toyota only expects to sell 2,600 electric RAV4s over the next three years, partly because they'll only be sold in certain markets. Sales begin in California soon.


BEETLE: The cute retro bug coupe gets a convertible version and a 140-horsepower diesel that can get 41 mpg on the highway with a manual transmission. Diesel on sale already; convertible arrives late this year. Starts at $19,795.

CC (Photos): Gets new front and rear styling and new interior with seating for five. Bi-Xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights standard. New LED tail lights. Already on sale. Starts at $30,610.

JETTA: Hybrid version goes on sale late in the fall. Few details have been announced, but it's expected to get 45 mpg in combined city and highway driving. No price yet. S model stays the same, other Jettas get minor upgrades, including a new chrome radiator grille and chrome window trim on the outside, and metallic trim on the dashboard and doors. Also the steering wheel, shift knob and hand-brake lever are leather-wrapped on the SE model. Non-hybrid Jettas already are on sale. Starting price is $16,675.


XC-60: The 2013 version of the XC60 mid-size SUV has two new safety features: high beam lights that automatically switch to low when traffic is coming, and a front camera that monitors speed limits and displays them in the instrument cluster. No updates to the 3.2-liter V-6, which gets 240 horsepower and up to 25 mpg on the highway. The XC60 starts at $34,200, up nearly $1,000 from the 2012 model.

AP Auto Writers
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