As the world’s economy begins to recover from recession, motor manufacturers in particular are showing renewed confidence. As a result there’s a raft of new and interesting cars set to be released on to the market this year.
Reviving a name from the past, the new Vauxhall Viva is a hatchback city car rather than the small saloon of old. Due to be launched in the summer, it’s based on the Chevrolet Spark and will be built in South Korea. Powered by fuel-efficient three-cylinder petrol engines it’s expected to offer 60mpg plus fuel economy. The new Viva will go on sale in the summer.
Fiat 124 Spider
Another comeback of a name from the 1960s and ’70s, the new Fiat 124 Spider is the product of a tie up with Japanese maker Mazda and shares many components with the latest MX-5. It will be on sale towards the end of the year. There are rumours of a blistering 200bhp Abarth version powered by Fiat’s MultiAir turbo engine.
For the first time in the car’s 50 year history the Ford Mustang will be officially sold through Ford’s UK dealer network this year. Ford is already taking pre-orders. A 5.0 litre V8 model tops the range but most sales in the UK are expected to be of the 2.3 litre EcoBoost version. Both hard and soft tops will be available.
Honda’s Jazz has built a well-deserved reputation for being practical choice, offering a surprising amount of space in a small package. The new Jazz set to go on sale in the summer will take on the likes of the Kia Venga, also face-lifted this year. Initially the Jazz gets 1.3 litre petrol power but a hybrid version is expected to follow.
Whilst it will be the Mustang’s debut in the UK that will grab the headlines, the new S-Max is arguably much more significant. Previewed at last October’s Paris Motor Show, the S-Max is expected to go on sale in the summer. The same size as before, it comes packed with new technology including power folding rear seats and a self-parking system for both parallel parks and car park bays.
On sale from May, Jaguar’s new mid-sized saloon is set to take on the likes of the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4. It will be available with 2.0 litre petrol and diesel engines and a range-topping 3.0 litre V6. With a lightweight aluminium body it should offer a blend of performance and economy. For business users looking for car leasing Leicester based totalmotion.co.uk expects the new Jag to be a popular choice.
With Jaguar breathing down its neck there’s no wonder the German company is revamping its best selling model this year. On sale late in the year the face-lifted 3-Series will offer better economy thanks to new three-cylinder turbo engines. Expect to see improved quality in the cabin and possibly a petrol/electric hybrid version too.