(PRWEB) August 16, 2012

At least 30 updated car models are scheduled to arrive in the United States in time for the 2013 new car model year. Many car manufacturers have been putting off major design overhauls, with only a few auto makers introducing completely updated models in recent years. Say goodbye to the Chevy Avalanche, Hyundai Veracruz, Lexus HS 250h, Mazda CX-7, and the Mercedes-Benz R-Class. All these models have been discontinued. Many of the new 2013 models include updated safety features, including some previous safety features now offered as standard rather than optional.

Acura, Audi, Bentley, Chevrolet, Cadillac, BMW, Ford, Mazda, Kia, Infiniti, Fiat, Mercedes-Benz, Dodge, Buick, and Ferrari are introducing all new car models for 2013, while most major manufacturers are making some changes to popular models that haven’t seen major changes in at least 3-4 model years. Some models updated or overhauled within the last few years such as Acura’s MDX, Audi’s A3, and Chevy’s Silverado series will be carryovers from last year in terms of design features and style.

Top-selling models being redesigned for 2013 include Ford’s Escape and Fusion. Much of the Escape’s new design comes from Ford’s European Kuga model. New features spanning most 2013 models include eco-friendly materials, more user-friendly features, keyless entry, improved fuel efficiency, and more hands-free features to improve driver focus. Honda’s popular Accord will introduce its ninth generation design for 2013 this fall. The redesigned model will feature three powertrain options, including an updated direct injected 3.5 L V6. The new 2013 Honda Accord Sedan is currently available for preview on the car maker’s website.

Chevy will redesign its Malibu and Colorado models for 2013. The Colorado debuted at the Bangkok Motor Show in 2011. The best-selling Chevy truck is believed to be the first diesel mid sized truck model sold in the United States. The redesigned Malibu, now marketing as a global car in all markets, debuted at the Auto Shanghai in China in 2011. Changes include upgraded engines with more torque and power and more standard options such as multiple airbags. These changes echo updates seen in other models for 2013, especially when it comes to offering more safety features as standard rather than optional.

Some auto manufacturers are opting to carry over popular models and hedge their bets on changing one or two models for 2013. Acura is one such auto maker, carrying over most of its models from 2012 into 2013. The company is counting on the Acura ILX, a new model for 2013, to attract the attention of luxury car buyers. Industry analysts suggest that Acura may be planning to discontinue its popular TL and TSX models to create a new TLX model, possibly for 2014. GMC is also carrying over most of its North American models, with only the Terrain receiving a makeover. The 2013 Acadia, unveiled at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, will be refreshed with the body of the defunct Saturn Outlook.

Kia, often listed as one of the most affordable car brands on the market, is carrying over its popular Rio and Sedona models for 2013. The car maker is focusing on the new Cadenza, available in South Korea since 2009. Edmunds believes that the 2013 model will be a “prime competitor” in the large sedan market segment. Jeep will carryover all of its 2012 models to 2013, while Nissan is designing the Altima. Expect hybrids from all manufacturers to command a greater market share as such cars become more affordable. The overwhelming trend for 2013 new car models is an emphasis on safety and fuel economy.

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