The automotive industry is — and has been — in the midst of a great upheaval in the wake of the financial crisis, a transformative force that for better or for worse has seen some serious commitment by automakers to redesigning and re-energizing their lineups to gain traction in the burgeoning auto sales sector, one of the few aspects in American commerce that has seen substantial growth in the last several years.
Cars like the new Chevy Corvette, the new Mustang, and the Challenger Hellcat have been soaking up a lot of press recently, and for good reasons — all of them. But the more sensible side of the industry has seen great changes as well, and families now have more choice than ever before. Better choices, too; cars today are safer than ever, more tech-laden, and better looking (though that’s largely subjective).
Here’s a smattering of ten new family cars that will be making a debut for the 2015 model year. Some are brand new, and others are complete or near-complete redesigns of existing models. This list is by no means a comprehensive one, nor is it meant to be; the cars are listed in alphabetical order. Some cars are already in production, and some have yet to be built, but will be in the near future. A hat-tip to The Globe and Mail for the inspiration.
1. Chevrolet Cruze
The Chevrolet (NYSE:GM) Cruze isn’t seeing as drastic a change as others on this list, and aside from some small details and aesthetic adjustments, it is remaining largely the same for the 2015 model year. Those small differences add up to big changes, however; the new grille gives the Cruze a more premium appearance, and inside, there is OnStar 4G LTE, which also offers a mobile WiFi hotspot and text messages that are read aloud over Bluetooth. A completely new Cruze is slated for 2016.