How do you update an already retro design? You flatten its roof, make it look more masculine and hope the design attracts more male buyers. Longer, lower and wider than the New Beetle, the new Beetle is based on an all-new chassis (related to the Golf's), fitted with either a 170-bhp 2.5-liter 5-cylinder and a 6-speed automatic or the 200-bhp direct-injected 2.0-liter turbo mated to VW's dual-clutch 6-speed automatic. Manual transmissions, says VW, will come at a later date. Also coming later (in 2012) is the super-efficient 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine, which is expected to give this 4-seat front-driver highway fuel economy of 40 mpg. The Beetle Turbo, of note, has multilink rear suspension, whereas the standard Beetle has a twist beam.
Subaru’s full-size crossover utility vehicle, the Tribeca, returns to 2012 essentially unchanged from last year. That means seating for seven, a torquey flat-6 engine and Subaru’s all-wheel-drive system across all model ranges. A 100-watt, 6-speaker audio system comes standard on the cloth-seat-equipped Premium trim, while leather seating surfaces and a Bluetooth enabled 385-watt 10-speaker Harman-Kardon system is standard on Limited and Touring models. As the premium vehicle in Subaru’s lineup, the Tribeca is available with a moonroof package, navigation system and rear seat entertainment system. All trim levels come with keyless entry, dual-zone climate control with adjustable fan speed for the rear seat passengers.
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 2014 Eos is powered by a 200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed DSG automatic transmission. There are three available trims: Komfort, Sport, and Executive. Standard features include heated front seats, electronic dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel, SiriusXM 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 2014, the Lux trim has been removed from the line-up and touchscreen navigation is now standard on all trims.
The LINCOLN MKS is a full-size luxury sedan that has been engineered to capture the attention of a younger demographic by focusing on a clean and elegant overall design. The LINCOLN MKS incorporates all the top-grade luxury items that many have grown to expect from LINCOLN.
The LINCOLN MKS offers customers the choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Power comes from a 305-hp 3.7-liter V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission featuring SelectShift with paddle activation. Optional on the all-wheel drive is a 365-hp 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine with twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection, resulting in V8 power while maintaining the fuel efficiency of a V6. Standard features include MyLincoln Touch with 8-inch touch screen, remote vehicle start, heated and cooled front seats, HID headlamps, SYNC hands-free communications and entertainment system, and a rear view camera. Standard safety features include six airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, brake assist, LED brake lights, traction control, stability control, and a post crash alert system.
For 2013, the LINCOLN MKS carries over with minimal changes, a rear view camera is added to standard equipment on all models and there are a few new exterior colours to choose from.
Honda’s unconventional pickup returns for its seventh season with modest changes. A new Sport model receives a unique honeycomb grille, standard foglights, black headlight and taillight housings and special 18-in. alloys. Meanwhile, carryover trims gain a three-bar grille that echoes the Pilot’s. Unibody construction with an independent rear suspension provides a smooth ride. The rather small 5-ft. bed features composite construction, 1100 lb. payload, a dual-action tailgate and hidden storage compartment. A 3.5-liter V-6 with slightly improved highway mpg teams with a 5-speed automatic transmission and full-time awd. The spacious five-passenger cabin can be enhanced with an optional navigation system, rearview camera and Bluetooth.