Smokin’ is the name of the game and scorching hot is the end result. This is the way we should treat auto sales this year, since anyways most automakers are swarming to eat a piece of the growing pie of the US auto industry.

Coming up after spectacular sales last year that signaled the long-awaited rebound of the second-largest auto market in the world, this year could break even more records because carmakers have numerous product launches in store for eager clients. We’re once more utterly subjective, but here are some of our favorite pics for the year to come –regardless of segment, political color or other real-world contraptions. On the other hand, be sure that each is well documented and has been given careful consideration. And yes, we selected them in alphabetical order.

The first to spring into our mind is Acura’s new TLX midsize luxury/sports sedan that comes to replace two models – the TL and TSX sedans. And yes, it’s a more sensible choice than jumping on the NSX bandwagon – that’s a dream car that few will afford, fewer will buy and many will desire. Next up, we have entries in the very fashionable pickup truck segment – the Chevrolet Colorado / GMC Canyon siblings as they mark the return of the largest US automaker to the light duty small pickup segment. We should also give the nod to the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – now a true sports car that has nothing to fret from the European/Japanese pack.

Another Detroiter, the second placed Ford Motor has two utterly crucial launches – the new F-150 aluminum bodied pickup truck and the iconic, 50-year old, Mustang. If you have a house with a garage pick both and you can consider your auto worries ended for the next few years. General Motors has the range of luxury wannabees covered with its own lineup of full-size truck-based SUVs: Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban, GMC Yukon/XL and the very “subtle” Cadillac Escalade/ESV.

Asian automakers won’t be caught napping this year either, though their introductions do fall in a segment that has fallen out of favor recently – the passenger car sector – Hyundai bringing its Genesis flagship luxury sedan and Kia… bringing the K900 as the biggest, most luxurious and pricey model to date. Yes, they could be twins.

In the very attractive compact and subcompact crossover segment things are getting so hot that we should wear sunglasses and employ some protective lotion when talking about them: Jeep’s Renegade and its twin sister the Fiat 500X are coming, Lincoln is showcasing the MKC while Lexus boasts the new compact NX. Big ticket spenders should direct their attention to Porsche’s new Macan SUV for their better half and towards the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe for themselves.


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