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The 5 Most Interesting Cars of 2013

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On: Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 1:43PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

The 5 Most Interesting Cars of 2013

2013 was a huge year for the automotive industry -- it was full of comeback stories and the rise of the automobile, once again. The success of the industry may be due to smart business practices and internal strategy, but it could also be because this year had some cars that were nothing short of game changers. Here are five of the most influential cars of 2013. 

Make/Model: Corvette Stingray

Why it Matters:

The world got its first look at the seventh generation Corvette this year and also got to experience the modern take on the Stingray for the first time. This model incorporates new technology to improve both fuel economy & driving experience, a totally new design, and a powerful engine. It represents GM's efforts to reach new drivers, while keeping their current loyalist happy -- and it seems to be working as the Stingray is popular amongst younger drivers, women, and on the global market as well.

Make/Model: Chevrolet Impala

Why it Matters:

The humble Impala made waves this year when it became the first domestic to receive the highest rating for a sedan for the year by Consumer Reports. This newly redesigned year model has the marketing of a luxury sedan, at an affordable price.

Make/Model: Mercedes CLA

Why it Matters:

The CLA grabbed the attention of consumers and auto bloggers everywhere because of its price tag -- a Mercedes for under $30,000. This model has been dubbed the entry-level Mercedes-Benz and surely opens the brand up to a whole different kind of buyer.

Make/Model: BMW i3

Why it Matters:

The i3 is a very different kind of BMW -- it was created to act as an urban car and ultra efficent model. While the production of the i3 is very limited, and most are already spoken for, the technology incorporated into this model foreshadows what we can expect to see from all BMWs in the future in order to meet new fuel economy standards. It’s currently fighting for the title of “ Best Car to Buy” by Green Car Reports and is becoming known as Tesla’s first competition in the luxury green car niche.

Make/Model: Toyota Corolla

Why it Matters:

The newly redesigned Toyota Corolla underwent a major makeover for the 2014 model. Toyota boldly changed many things about its top selling model -- changes included an appearance redesign, improved materials/craftsmanship, lighter unibody, and many improvements to increase fuel economy.

What to Expect for 2014

While there are some majorly important models already on the market in 2013, either as 2013 or 2014 models, next year is going to be a huge one for new models & redesigns as well. In the later part of this year, we’ve seen some very interesting concepts like the VW Golf GTI;we've also seenreveals of production models, like the 2015 Ford Mustang.

Changes to most models and introduction of new ones are imminent due to both demand for more technology by the consumer and an upcoming requirement that auto makers offer a more fuel efficient lineup. We’re going to see smaller engines with turbo chargers to increase fuel economy while keeping up with power standards, and more hybrid configurations as well -- this is true for cars, trucks, and SUVs alike. You can also expect more futuristic looking vehicles -- auto designers seem to be ditching the retro look and aiming for something fresher to entice younger drivers.

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