PORSCHE: 2013 911 Carrera 4/4S – Making its North American debut at the show is the 911 Carrera 4, showing off its prominent broad rear section and a red light strip between the rear lights. The Carrera gets an updated version of Porsche’s all-wheel-drive system, called Porsche Traction Management which emphasizes power to the rear wheels, and driving performance on a wide variety of road surfaces and in all weather conditions. The world premiere of the 2014 Cayman fixed roof compact sports car adds impetus to the Carrera introduction. The new, smaller sports car is expected to house a 275-horsepowe 2.7-liter inline six-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual.
MITSUBISHI: 2014 Outlander – The Outlander has taken on a dramatic new design that puts futuristic as a theme for Mitsubishi. A new version of the MIVEC engine is under the hood of this all new large crossover that transports seven. Safety features abound including available forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning systems.
FIAT: 2014 500e – Fiat dumps the 1.4-liter gas engine to make room for a 100-horsepower battery operated electric vehicle that includes a new sleek look, a redesigned front end including an accent color on the redesigned lower front fascia and low front lip, and body character marks by the rear tires. On the inside, aside from a bright color scheme, the most interesting item is a push-button transmission selector. Like many EV’s the 500e is expected to be a limited edition built to meet California’s regulations for zero-emission vehicles.