Week in Review: New Cars and Old Scars

By | October 26, 2013
Another week of scintillating automotive news has come and gone, leaving us closer to the holidays than we maybe want to admit. This week, we were introduced to the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and given a sneak peek at its all-new interior. Tuesday showed us that even if you're the best car on your home track, when you're thrown in with stiff competition, you may find yourself at the bottom. On Wednesday we saw the first renderings of the 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan, and Thursday brought us the BMW 2 Series. Friday showed us that even if you have the science backing you up, if you don't have the best lawyer, you can lose a very expensive lawsuit. Now go ahead and read the shortened versions of our top stories so you can spend the rest of your time working on that killer Halloween costume or trick-or-treat route. Monday, October 21
With the introduction of the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, many speculated on what the automaker was going to do with the popular C-Class. What did they decide? To move it up in class. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class features an interior that is more common on the more expensive models in the lineup, including the advanced technology from the 2014 S-Class. Taking a page out of the 2014 E-Class' book, the new C-Class will have the Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection. Aside from the mass amount of tech that has been thrown into the new C-Class, Mercedes-Benz has completely redesigned and modernized the interior, adding a new level of luxury and refinement to the popular model.
Tuesday, October 22
This was not the week for Lexus or Infiniti. According to Consumer Reports, both vehicles failed to be recommended, and while the Infiniti was just too new, the Lexus didn't stack up. The Infiniti received a "Very Good" road test score, but still fell short compared to its competition. When we were behind the wheel of the Infiniti Q50, we thought it was like the holy grail of luxury sport sedans. Looking at the Lexus IS 250, it was neither luxurious nor sporty. It offered poor handling, a loud interior, and a cramped cabin. The engine was sluggish, but when the new turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is introduced, we expect that will all change.
Wednesday, October 23
Renderings of the new 2015 Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan have finally been released. The exterior design is based off the Hyundai HCD-14 concept, which looks much more aggressive than the model it replaces. Although some didn't like the chunky exterior of the concept model that debuted back in January, the renderings show a sleeker model, with the lines stretched and lowered. Not much is known about what will be under the hood, but we suspect it may use the same engines as the current model, including the 3.8-liter V-6 that produces 333 horsepower, and the 5.0-liter V-8 that pumps out 429 horsepower. We expect the 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan will make its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.
Thursday, October 24
The new BMW 2 Series has been getting a lot of attention, especially in the form of leaked photos across the internet. However, BMW has finally releases some information on the 1 Series replacement. The 2014 BMW 2 Series will be just a few inches longer and wider than the outgoing model, giving rear passengers more legroom. The new model is expected to go on sale during the first quarter of 2014 with a base price of $33,025 for the 228i and $44,025 for the M235i. BMW has lost its way these past few years, but hopefully with the addition of the new 2 Series to the lineup, the spirit of BMW performance will be renewed.
Friday, October 25
Not too long ago Toyota managed to get out of a lawsuit for unintended acceleration, but this time around, the Japanese automaker has been found liable in an accident that injured a driver and killed her passenger. Toyota will have to fork out $3 million plus damages, and there are more cases on the horizon. Even though the automaker has won three cases so far, this may have just opened the door for other losses, given that Toyota has already settled a $1.6 billion lawsuit as the result of a recall back in 2009 that started this whole scare. Even though there are multiple cases against the automaker, NASA has experimented with Toyota's equipment and found it able to stand up to any outside electronic interference. Basically, they couldn't find anything wrong with the cars.