Week in Review: New Beauties and Old Favorites

Who said all news has to be bad news? This week, automakers were looking far into the future and planning to introduce some exciting new models. On Monday, we heard Mazda will offer a new premium compact car. Tuesday brought us news about new products that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be producing in the next five years. On Wednesday, BMW celebrated the 30th anniversary of the legendary M5. Thursday had us ogling at a beautiful new Aston Martin sedan, while Friday came with news that Subaru is expanding its lineup for 2020. Check out all the top stories this week.

Monday, May 5

Our week started out with some pretty big news for Mazda. It was reported Monday that the Japanese automaker will debut a premium small car set to slot between the Mazda2 and Mazda3. This new model will be available with either a Skyactiv diesel engine or a 1.5-liter gasoline engine. It will also feature a premium edge and luxurious exterior lines, which may signal that it takes after the Hazumi concept. And this is just one new offering Mazda plans on producing in the coming years. Along with the new small car, Mazda will also debut a new Miata roadster, a redesigned Mazda2, a CX-3 subcompact crossover, and a CX-9 large crossover. We'll be first in line to drive each of them.

Tuesday, May 6

This is perhaps the biggest story of the entire week. The newly-christened Fiat Chrysler Automobiles laid out its entire five-year plan, and it looks like there are some huge changes in store for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Fiat. First off, the Chrysler brand will introduce a new entry-level 100 sedan in 2016, followed by a midsize crossover in 2018. The brand will also bring in two plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2017. Next, the Dodge brand will ditch the Grand Caravan model, but will gain a number of SRT cars. Jeep will introduce a number of new SUVs, including a compact SUV in 2016 and a Grand Wagoneer in 2018. Finally, Fiat is now married to Chrysler, and both groups will work together to revive each brand in the coming years.

Wednesday, May 7

Who doesn't love a good M car? On Wednesday, BMW announced it would introduce a limited 30th Anniversary Edition model to celebrate the 30th birthday of the M5. In the same "30" theme, BMW said that only 30 models will make their way to the U.S. For those lucky enough to get their hands on one, buyers will enjoy a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 with 600 horsepower. It should be able to reach 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. With these kind of numbers, the special edition M5 will be the most powerful BMW production car ever made. Wow. Check out the post for details on how to reserve one of these models.

Thursday, May 8

We were excited when we got our hands on pictures of an all-new Aston Martin sedan. This beautiful car was spied testing on the U.K. streets before it goes on sale either late this year or early 2015. According to our source, this car will receive the same 5.9-liter V-12 engine as the Rapide S, and it will likely be called the Lagonda. This long-wheelbase car will be a limited-run model with production numbers similar to the One-77. Expect an incredibly high price for this car since it is fully customized, built by Q by Aston Martin.

Friday, May 9

We concluded the week with news on Subaru's future goals. Just like Fiat Chrysler, Subaru is making long-term product plans for the next several years. Along with introducing a new seven-seat crossover and plug-in hybrid, Subaru will bring new fuel-efficient engines and safety systems to North America. Perhaps Subaru will introduce a traditional Atkinson cycle engine to its lineup? In addition to these changes, Subaru will also increase production capacity, and ending production of the Camry sedan at its Lafayette, Ind. plant will help Subaru make more of its own vehicles. Apparently, Subaru has been doing something right already, since its sales are up a whopping 22 percent through April of this year. It seems like all Subaru has to do is continue the momentum.