Ford unveiled the new Fusion for the 2010 model year. The vehicle receives a much needed visual refresh with its trademark tri-bar grill being expanded drastically to dominate the front end. Gone is the bucktoothed lower chrome grill bars, having been replaced with thinner horizontal slats and a chrome surround.
The next Fusion can be spec'd with any of four distinct powertrains: a 2.5-liter four-banger, a 3.0-liter V-6, a 3.5-liter V-6, or a gas-electric hybrid. We're not sure why Ford has two V-6 options, especially because the two engines' outputs are only separated by a mere 23 ponies (240hp vs 263hp).
The Mercury Milan is the Fusion's twin sister, featuring a distinctly different aesthetic, but identical platform and powertrain.
Nissan's xB-alike, the Cube, will be hitting showroom floors soon as a 2009 model. Motivated by a 1.8-liter engine mated to the next-generation Xtronic CVT, the Cube is expected see about 30 hwy mpg.
The Cube is probably the most unique vehicle sold by Nissan, with a squared circle aesthetic that is punctuated by this wrap-around, asymmetrical rear window, and a refrigerator style rear door.
The 2009 Nissan 370Z Coupe is a fantastic example of "the more things change, the more they stay the same." The 370Z features all-new smaller dimensions, new sheet metal, and a bigger, more powerful powerplant, yet it manages to retain the essence that makes a Z car.
The new Z's wheelbase and overall length have been shortened by four and two inches, respectively. This results in a smaller car and, hopefully, more dynamic handling.
Lexus's 2010 RX 350 and RX 450h (pictured) receive visual updates on the outside, but on the inside the change is more revolutionary.
The RX's cabin has been dramatically revised, now featuring an all-new "Remote Touch" interface that is controlled by a center console mounted joystick.
Mini announced a pilot leasing program for its MINI E electric vehicle. 500 examples of the new zero-emissions vehicle will be made available in the California, New Jersey, and New York markets.
The MINI E's whisper quiet range of about 150 miles is accomplished thanks to a massive array of lithium ion batteries that occupy the space where the rear seat used to be. Recharge time is 2.5 hours when using the included wallbox high amperage charger.
Audi showed its Q5 TDI, which takes the clean diesel tech developed for the Green Car of the Year Volkswagen Jetta TDI and scales it up for use in a full-size SUV.