The Volkswagen Eos is a unique all-season convertible with an integrated power panoramic sunroof that sets it apart from all other retractable hardtop convertibles on the market.
The 2013 Eos is powered by a 200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed DSG automatic transmission. There are four available trims: Komfort, Sport, Lux, and Executive. Standard features include heated front seats, electronic dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel, SIRIUS satellite radio, and Bluetooth Handsfree wireless connectivity. Safety features include active seat-integrated rollover bars, daytime running lights, electronic stability program, hill hold control, a tire pressure monitoring system, and front and side airbags. Steering linked Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights are standard on all but the Komfort trim.
For 2013, a new Sport trim has been added to the line-up.
The long-awaited new Focus turns out to have been worth the wait, challenging small-car perceptions with an upscale combination of amenities and technology. More to the point, it’s a hoot to drive and frugal, too, thanks to a direct-injected 2.0-liter I-4 boasting twin independent variable cam timing. Not enough? Sometime in mid-2012, the 2013 Focus ST (photo) will make its debut, packing a turbocharged EcoBoost I-4 and 6-speed manual. Handling has always been a Focus strength, but now typical front-drive understeer is all but missing thanks to standard torque-vectoring control that distributes torque between the drive wheels to improve cornering traction and turn-in. Then there’s the Focus Electric, said to recharge in half the time of a Nissan Leaf.
The new model year 2012 finds Aston Martin offering an even dozen versions of its popular Vantage. From the nearly $200 grand V-12 Carbon Black to the V-8 Vantage N429 Coupe with manual gearbox at $131,600, there is a beautiful sports coupe for any wealthy enthusiast. And the joy of driving an Aston Martin is worth the price of admission. Beautifully finished interiors with leather upholstery, manual or Sportshift gearboxes, and a variety of standard features plus a lengthy list of options make it easy to personalize "your" Aston Martin. New for 2012 are a Garmin satellite navigation system, beam-blade windscreen wipers and a wide range of colors for the brake calipers. With either the V-12 or the V-8, you’ll find plenty of driving excitement.
The handsome Golf, now in its sixth generation, is the most successful VW nameplate ever, with global sales topping 27 million. It’s easy to see why. The Golf is available as a practical 3-door or 5-door hatchback, fitted with engines that run from the economical to the powerful. The base engine is the 2.5-liter 5-cylinder, which is not especially smooth but has the torque that buyers in the U.S. appreciate. Much better are the turbocharged 200-bhp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder found in the sporty GTI, and the 2.0-liter turbodiesel in the Golf TDI, which gets fantastic highway fuel economy of 42 mpg. Who needs a hybrid? For 2012, the option packages have been simplified, with the TDI Tech Package now having LED running lights, keyless entry and pushbutton start.
The ATS sedan is an all-new addition to the Cadillac lineup. The Cadillac ATS is a lightweight, compact sport sedan with a level of performance, luxury, and sophistication that will challenge the competition.
The ATS has a choice of three engines. A 2.5-liter inline-4 engine producing 202-hp matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission is available with rear-wheel drive. Available with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive a 270-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 and a 320-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine are also paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is available with the 2.0-liter turbo and rear-wheel drive. Standard features include eight airbags, a Bose speaker system, sport suspension, and LED lighting for the gauges. Available features include Brembo brakes, HD radio, Bose 10-speaker surround sound, CUE - Cadillac User Experience technology with an eight-inch LCD touchscreen, navigation, Magnetic Ride Control, and a wide range of new safety features to help prevent crashes.