As the economy slowly gets back it feet, the automotive industry has been one of the greatest beneficiaries of the release of pent-up demand as the recession lifted. Manufacturers worldwide have been experiencing significant gains in the U.S. market, and as a result, the competition has arguably become fiercer than ever before.
In efforts to remain on the cutting edge, automakers have been pouring tremendous amounts of resources, money, and time into developing new vehicles, and revitalizing older, dated models in hopes of bringing their brands to the forefront of consumer thought.
Though this list is by no means comprehensive, here are nine examples of refreshed and redesigned cars aimed at keeping their parent companies relevant in the fight for consumer dollars.
1. Toyota Corolla
The sleepy, now dated look of the Toyota (NYSE:TM) Corolla of old has been replaced by the sleeker, far sportier model you see above. What has long been a clunkier compact has been refreshed with more graceful lines, a more aggressive stance, and a vast menu of options to choose from.