Five Automotive Trends

By DavidPage

Each year brings new developments and improvements to the automobile industry. But consumers want to know if there are any new trends for 2013. Here are the top five automotive trends for 2013.

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More Horse Power

It is exciting to see the Shelby back at the forefront Ford’s lineup of powerful vehicles. It is amazing to see a production car with a stock speed of 200 MPH. But one glance under the hood will reveal all. Shelby GT500’s aluminum-block 5.8-liter V8 engine produces 662 horsepower, making it America’s most powerful car for this type of vehicle.

The Year of the Ecoboost Motor

Since larger muscles require higher fuel consumption, every 100 HP has translated into approximately 1.0 liters of engine capacity. The Ecoboost motor shows that small engines don’t have to be slow or boring. A 2.0-liter engine is available in the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Genesis. It produces about 135 horsepower per liter when turbocharged. Car buyers can find the right balance between conserving fuel and driving pleasure by choosing smaller consumption.

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Hybrid Revolution

Every car company seems to be making hybrids in an effort to keep up with the current trend. But there are some companies that are actually changing the game. BMW’s futuristic-looking sports car, the i8, outperforms all hybrids and other cars in its category. This is a revolutionary reimagining of the hybrid made by a leading automotive company. The Toyota Highlander is a full-sized SUV hybrid 4WD SUV. It’s the best SUV SUV in terms of MPG and performance. There are less reasons to drive a hybrid than driving a sports car or a 4WD vehicle.

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Tesla goes mainstream

Tesla is a small-scale car manufacturer that produces electric cars in a way that is so rare, very few people have even heard of it. 2013 could be the year that this all changes. Although the price of a Tesla in limited production was high, it offered drivers a vehicle that could reach 60 MPH in just 3.7 seconds using electricity. This was a great feat, but it was not generally affordable to the general public. Many believe that Tesla is now poised to be the fourth largest car manufacturer in America. With a fully equipped production plant, they can produce 20,000 Model S cars. Although the Model S is a sedan that can go from 0-60 in just 5.6 seconds, they sell quickly at half the cost of its flagship model.

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Smarter Keys

Electronics have always been about personalization and convenience. This is what the future looks like for electronics. Ford’s MyKey smart key allows parents to program settings that will help supervise and control teenage drivers. The standard features include speed limiter, heightened tractor control system, and stereo volume limiter. However, texting block, blind spot assistance, and texting block are unexpected bonuses.