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The year 2016 is here, bringing with it a new collection of vehicles from the world’s top automobile makers. And there is plenty to be excited about this year as car manufacturers roll out new versions of trusted models as well as some brand new vehicles that are destined to change the way all of us drive in the future. Not surprising that 2016 is shaping up to be one of the more exciting years in the automotive industry in recent memory. So, as we begin the New Year, here’s a look at the 20 most exciting 2016 makes and models of vehicles.

20. Abarth 124 Spider

This convertible Spider is manufactured by Fiat, and the European automaker is hoping its new take on the ultra-cool sports car will add some sex appeal to its brand. In an effort to replicate the success of other well-known convertibles such as the Porsche Boxster, Fiat’s Abarth 124 Spider follows on from the 695 Biposto, and represents the next step in the car maker’s effort to produce sports cars that high-end consumers covet. It is a far cry from the traditional tiny, fuel efficient Fiats that motorists have come to expect. Features of this car include a sleek body complete with mesh grill, large air vents, carbon fiber side skirts, multi-spoke alloy wheels, lowered suspension and twin exhausts. Under the hood, car aficionados will find a 1.4-liter turbo engine that produces 170 horsepower. Source:

19. Alfa Romeo Sport Utility Vehicle

You don’t typically think of Alfa Romeo when you talk of sport utility vehicles (SUV). However, the automaker known for making luxury sports cars is turning its sights to the SUV market in 2016 with a premium model in this segment. The European brand is releasing an SUV 4×4 this year that it hopes will compete aggressively with the established models of its rivals such as the mid-size Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Porsche Macan. Of course, being an Alfa Romeo, the SUV is focused heavily on style, providing what looks, on the surface, to be a coupé and SUV hybrid. Part of a companywide revival plan, Alfa Romeo’s SUV is powered by a six-cylinder gas or diesel engine with 350 horsepower that challenges the Audi SQ5 at the top end of the SUV range. Source:

18. Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius is an established brand from one of the world’s top selling automakers. And the Prius is the car that has become synonymous with the gas/electric hybrid vehicle. That said, the Prius has lost some of its shine in recent years and been eclipsed by newer, some say cooler, hybrids such as those made by Tesla. Global sales of the once red hot Prius are down, and the automotive world seems to be moving quickly onto the next generation of hybrids or fully electric cars. Toyota hopes to regain a strong foothold in this space in 2016 with its all-new Prius model. Indeed, the 2016 Toyota Prius boasts fuel economy as high as 60 miles per gallon of city driving, which would be enough to cement the car’s standing as the most fuel-efficient vehicle on the market today. Add a plug-in that has an extended electric range and this could be the year that the Prius reasserts its dominance in the hybrid market. Source:

17. Ford GT

There’s no question that the 2016 Ford GT is an impressive looking car. The big question surrounding this model of the Ford classic concerns the price. At $350,000, is it going to be too expensive to attract buyers? Consider that the new Ford GT costs four times as much as the rival Chevrolet Corvette Z, and you can see why automotive experts are concerned about sticker shock when it comes to this car. In fact, the $350,000 for the new GT is the most money Ford has charged for one of its vehicles in its entire history. For that price, motorists will get a powerful “supercar” that features an ultra-high boost twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces 600 horse power. Pretty impressive. The car also sits extremely close to the ground, and features a design that is ultra-modern compared to the retro look and feel of the GT cars produced by Ford in recent years. High price or not, this is one car that deserves a look. Source:

16. Honda Civic

For a more affordable option, people may want to take a look at the 2016 Honda Civic Mk10. This model looks to be a sleeker and more stylish take on the classic Honda Civic. And for good reason. Honda is trying to regain lost market share to its rivals in the compact car space, namely Volkswagen and Ford. Honda unveiled a two-door concept of the Civic Mk10 at last year’s New York Motor Show, and the response was largely positive. Honda has also made clear that it is aiming to appeal to a younger demographic with the next generation Civic. In addition to the dramatically different exterior design, the interior has also been overhauled. It now features a less cluttered dash, a large central touchscreen and more leg room for the driver and passengers. In terms of engines, the new Civic has a 1.6-liter diesel option that will be offered alongside the 1.5-liter gas engine found in other Honda models such as the HR-V. Source:

15. Audi A8

The Audi A8 is another car that is getting an impressive overhaul for 2016. Exciting new features include plenty of self-driving technology, futuristic organic LED lighting and a more immersive touchscreen control panel. The flagship car for automaker Audi also boasts the company’s signature drivetrain. The body of the newly designed A8 is also deliberately more sporty and aimed at a hip buyer who wants a sedan that is cool and has some swagger. The all-new designed A8 should attract people who have been loyal to the Audi brand as well as some potential new converts. Source:

14. BMW M2

The most anticipated new offering from BMW this year is the M2, an eagerly awaited successor to the 1 Series M Coupé. The new M2 is a slightly smaller, cheaper and faster alternative to the popular M4 model. Unlike the 1M, the new M2 will be available with either manual or automatic gearboxes giving buyers some welcome choice in terms of drive and handling. The engine is an upgraded version of the BMW M235i’s turbo straight six engine, but with 370 horsepower behind it. This enables the M2 to go from 0-60 miles per hour in just 4.5 seconds in the manual transmission and 4.3 seconds in the automatic version. Motorists will no doubt love the style and power of BMW’s M2. However, with a price tag starting north of $50,000 for the basic model, the BMW will remain attractive to an elite clientele. Source:

13. Lexus LF-C2

The new Lexus LF-C2 is a convertible hybrid car that is racy and sporty in appearance. A true roofless vehicle—there is no folding hood or fabric—this is one car that is for fair weather driving. A deliberate take on RC convertibles, the Lexus LF-C2 is striving to give the Audi A5 Cabriolet and BMW 4 Series a run for their money. This offering from Lexus is distinctive looking, and likely to be a responsible ride with the engine’s power coming from the gas/electric hybrid engine that is capable of going 66 miles per gallon of gas. There’ll be an RC F version as well, powered by the same 5-liter V8 engine. People who are fans of Lexus will definitely want to check out this car. Source:

12. Infiniti Q80

The concept for the Infiniti Q80 turned heads at automotive shows all over the world. And now this four-door luxury coupé is coming to market and the Japanese automaker, Infiniti, is planning to make the vehicle its new flagship car. With its sights set on the Mercedes CLS, Infiniti wants to make some serious inroads into the luxury car market, and plans to use the Q80 to lead the charge. The design of this Infiniti vehicle is particularly impressive, with a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain that can produce 400 horsepower and can, reliably, push four wheel drive. Capable of getting 50 miles per gallon of gas, the Infiniti Q80 also has a cabin that is the automaker’s most luxurious and advanced to date—with leather and adaptive LED headlamps, plus a built-in safety kit and laser-guided cruise control. Source:

11. Maserati Alfieri

No discussion of top cars is ever complete without mentioning Maserati. And although the once reputable sports car maker has hit some bumps in the road with its recent offerings, the 2016 Alfieri promises to change that and restore the Maserati brand to its former glory. Considered special by automotive critics, the Alfieri is meant to compete directly with the Jaguar F-Type and other luxury sports cars. A hit at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, the Alfieri is already a star among car aficionados who want to add this beauty to their collection. Powered by a 4.7-liter V8 engine, the Maserati Alfieri has been featured in video game Gran Turismo putting it squarely on the pop culture landscape. Source:

10. Mercedes V-ISION-E

Believe it or not, Mercedes is coming out with a minivan. And the V-ISION-E promises to offer an ultra-luxurious take on the traditional family transport. Despite its weird name and spelling, the Mercedes V-ISION-E has a number of cool attributes, including a hybrid electric engine, reclining seats, leather trimmed tables, and plenty of cargo room. The engine is also powerful for a hybrid, with the ability to go 0-60 miles per hour in just 6.1 seconds—unheard of for a minivan, and an ell-electric range of 30 miles and an impressively low carbon dioxide emission rating. Able to seat eight people comfortably, the Mercedes V-ISION-E threatens to revolutionize the minivan experience for people. Parents had better get their orders in today. Source: YouTube

9. Porsche Mission E

Due to hit showrooms towards the end of 2016 is the gorgeous Porsche Mission E, a car that the manufacturer has proclaimed is the future of the company. The Mission E, after all, is the German automaker’s first all-electric production car. It’s likely the one car keeping engineers at Tesla awake at night. A sleek four-door coupé that has 592 horsepower even though it runs on a battery is impressive. So too is the fact that the Mission E can accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds. And the Mission E promises a range of 310 miles. Porsche has said that it charges faster than the average Tesla model thanks to a new “supercharger” that facilitates an 80% charge rate in as little as 15 minutes. The body is comprised of aluminium, steel and carbon fiber polymer. There are a number of other technological innovations inside the car too, including a wireless inductive charger and eye tracking software. Tesla and other electric vehicle manufacturers had better be worried. Source:

8. Acura NSX

The Acura NSX promises to be a sexy sports car that offers a comfortable and reliable commute to-and-from the office. In development since 2012, the NSX has the potential to help reinvent what people think of as an “electric car.” The electric engine in this car happens to be a supercharged V6 that really makes the vehicle kick. Plus, there are additional electric motors placed at each of the front wheels to give this car all-wheel drive capability. The body itself is impressive and appropriately sleek and daring. The only question is: will the $150,000 price scare off motorists? Source:

7. Volkswagen Sport Coupe GTE

Don’t look now, but Volkswagen is also getting into the sport coupe market with its new GTE brand. Planning to position the GTE as a cut rate rival to the Mercedes CLS, Volkswagen has designed the GTE to be a sleek sports car and a new offering in its arsenal. Of course, the Volkswagen Sport Coupe GTE also has a four-wheel drive, a gas/electric hybrid drivetrain and a 3-liter V6 engine with twin electric motors under the hood for 374 horsepower. A five second sprint to 60 miles an hour should make this car attractive to gear heads, as should the fact that it emits very little carbon dioxide. Source:

6. Toyota Supra

The Toyota Supra has long been a favorite of sports car enthusiasts in Asia. The original Mk IV Supra terrorized roads throughout Asia in the 1990s, and people could not seem to get enough of the twin turbocharged inline six engine that could reach more than 1,000 horsepower when boosted. The next generation Supra is now expected in 2016 and many auto enthusiasts cannot wait. Toyota has said that it is collaborating with BMW on the Supra’s platform, as well as an all-new turbo inline six engine. Though the new Supra will be a little bit smaller and less over-the-top than previous incarnations, it still should be a great ride and the car that people who love affordable sports cars have been waiting to get their hands on. Source:

5. Tesla Model X

People’s love affair with Tesla shows no signs of cooling in 2016. The red hot electric car maker is set to release its second electric car this year, a crossover SUV called the new Model X. While not yet in showrooms, the Model X has already racked up thousands of pre-orders. And, eager to strike while the iron is hot, Tesla has also unveiled the concept for its next car—the Model 3, a brand new compact sedan. Forecast to be out in early 2017, the Model 3 will be the most affordable Tesla model yet with a target base price of about $30,000. Both the Model X and Model 3 promise to push the driving range of an electric car, with the Model 3 projected to drive 200 miles on a single battery charge. Buyers of the Model X can also expect the usual array of advanced technology from Tesla, including swappable battery packs and a fully autonomous self-driving mode that can take the wheel in certain situations. Source:

4. Chevrolet Bolt

Speaking of long-range electric cars, Chevrolet is planning to introduce its brand new Bolt model in 2016. Not to be confused with the Chevy Volt gas-electric hybrid, the new Bolt is an all-electric sub-compact car that promises 200 miles on one battery charge. And the price for this kind of innovation is affordable at around $30,000. This car could set the new standard for what people expect out of an electric car. It certainly should give competitors such as the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus a run for their money. Plus, the clear Plexiglas roof lets in plenty of natural light making the vehicle feel less enclosed. Although Chevy may want to reconsider the name to avoid confusion between the Volt hybrid and Bolt electric cars. Source:

3. Buick Cascada

The reinvention of Buick continues with the new Cascada, a convertible that hopes to reignite sales after a few down years. The first Buick convertible to debut in more than 25 years, the Cascada seats two comfortably and four people rather uncomfortably. However, Buick is hoping people will overlook the tight fit and instead focus on the fact that the insulated soft-top folds down in 17 seconds, and can operate while the car is moving at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour. A 1.6-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four cylinder engine produces 200 horsepower, which is significant for a compact car such as the Cascada. Standard features include an on-board subscription-based WiFi hotspot for connecting mobile devices to the internet. Definitely not your grandfather’s Buick. Source: YouTube

2. Chevrolet Camaro

Everybody loves a Camaro. In fact, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has been named “Car of the Year” by Motor Trend magazine. Pretty impressive considering that this is the sixth generation of the venerable Camaro. And what makes this version so special? According to Motor Trend it is the fact that the Camaro is one of the finest driving vehicles in the world and has a price that is within reach of the average driver. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro competed against 25 other cars for the coveted honour of Car of the Year, and won out in categories as diverse as design advancements, efficiency, safety, value for money, engineering excellence, and performance against intended function. The 2016 Camaro also received a five-star safety rating and sells for under $30,000. Not too shabby. Source:

1. Apple Car

Is 2016 the year that tech giant Apple unveils its very first car? It is widely regarded as an open secret that Apple is developing an electric car. Dubbed Project Titan within Apple, the electric car is being worked on by, reportedly, more than 600 engineers who are striving to make it as innovative as the first iPod and iPhone. No doubt spurred on by rival Google’s foray into the automotive industry with its autonomous self-driving car, Apple is trying to develop an electric car with a battery life beyond what we have seen to date. There are concept drawings of the Apple car available online and it is tentatively called iMove. But when we will actually see the completed car unveiled remains a mystery. Rumors put its roll out date anywhere from the end of 2016 to 2019. Whenever the car debuts, one thing is for sure: it will likely revolutionize the automotive industry as we know it. Source:
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Jack Sackman

Jack Sackman has been writing about movies and TV for Goliath since 2013.