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Many new models signify a turnaround for the auto industry — and good news for families

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…” — Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Just as Dickens described, the global automotive industry, which has suffered through the economic apocalypse of recent years, is entering 2012 with a positive outlook and a plan for a much brighter future.

The compact crossover Buick Encore is just one of 47 new or redesigned models due out in 2012.

Over the past three months, automakers have filled two major auto shows — in Los Angeles and Detroit — with many more new and improved models than in previous years. An excellent wrap-up story about last week’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit by New York Times Auto Writer Lawrence Ulrich, points out that the dog days of the auto industry are now in the rear view mirror.

The number of new-models introduced at the 2012 Detroit auto show suggest a growing recovery from a downturn that felled some brands entirely and caused other automakers to scale back new-model development or delay production plans. As consumers return to showrooms in coming years — many by necessity, with the median age of the American car near record highs — they’ll be tempted by an explosion of new models.

Subtracting models lost when brands like Pontiac were shuttered, the industry’s net gain in new models was just four in 2010 and 13 in 2011, according to LMC Automotive, a research firm. Looking ahead, LMC projects a turnaround in which consumers will see net gains of 47 new or redesigned models in 2012, 66 in 2013 and 47 more in 2014.

Ulrich also provides a round-up of all the new models at the Detroit show.

The Family Car attended both the LA and Detroit shows. Click below to view quick video overviews from each show:

2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show

2012 North American International Auto Show

January 17, 2012 at 6:41 am Leave a comment

Spunky Mazda 2 – a true “green” car

Mazda has been rolling out some pretty exciting and creatively designed vehicles these days . . . many featuring the most uncreative names. You’ll find the Mazda 3, Mazda 5, and Mazda 6 (all totally different models), and don’t forget the CX family of CX-5, 7 and 9.

But rest assured that once you figure out the naming issues, you will have no confusion recognizing the quality and performance that are truly Mazda’s middle names.

This little tasty temptation is the 2012 Mazda 2, a sporty little hatchback that scoots around with spunk on a very nimble four-cylinder engine that produces 100 horsepower. Those numbers are timid compared to others on the road, but then how many of those can claim a top fuel mileage of up to 35 miles per gallon?

And while small, the hatchback and folding seats provide plenty of space for active families who want to get out on the road with sports gear handy for whatever adventure awaits.

Everything about the Mazda 2 is fun — even the front end sports a happy grin.

December 26, 2011 at 5:54 pm Leave a comment

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