2016 Car Trends

Car manufacturers are never content to rest on their laurels, especially in the face of intense competition both domestically and internationally from rival companies. The group that benefits from this, of course, are the consumers. Every single year brings proof of their constant desire to improve and/or change things as far as vehicles are concerned. Some of it is based on advances that have been made in technology, while in other cases, it’s due to consumer trends. Without further adieu, here are the 2016 car trends that consumers can expect to see:

Increased Horsepower

Many of the cars that are coming out are going to have increased horsepower. That’s something that has already become apparent in many of the recent car models that have been released. The increase in horsepower is due to the major advances that have been made in technology, particularly with turbocharging. What’s even more remarkable is that new car models have smaller engine displacements as well.

Some notable models are the BMW M5, which boasts 560 horsepower, and the Mercedes-AMG E63, which has 550 horsepower.

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Plug-In Hybrids

In contrast to the vehicles with major horsepower are the plug-in hybrids. One of the main reasons for the increase in a number of plug-in hybrids that are being made available is that environmental restrictions in regards to fuel-economy are increasing. Car manufacturers need to produce models that meet the standards both in the United States and internationally.

Perhaps the flagship model of the plug-in hybrids, which are also known as PHEVs, is the Chevrolet Volt. Developments in technology have meant that it features extended EV range and other advances in fuel efficiency.

Other companies are joining the trend as well, including a PHEV C-class sedan from Mercedes-Benz, and a Hyundai Sonata.

Diesel Technology

Many new vehicles being released will be running on diesel fuel, something which is not that common in America. One of the main vehicles is the Nissan Titan XD. It features a 5.0-liter turbo-diesel V-8 engine.

Other notable models are the Land Rover Range Rover HSE Td6 and Range Rover Sport HSE Td6, the Dodge Ram EcoDiesel 1500, and the Volkswagen GolfTDI SportWagen.

Time will tell if this catch on, but many car manufacturers are certainly willing to bet that they will. 

Renewed Focus on Aerodynamics

This has to do with the design of the vehicles. Many vehicles currently have soft curves, but this is expected to change. Newer models will have more sculpted lines that have a prominent surge or crest in them.

Lines and curves seem to be the focus of the newer models. Many brands are making designs that are intended to be more synonymous with the brand itself, such as with the front ends of vehicles.

Focusing on aerodynamics will give a boost to the fuel efficiency of new vehicle models, in addition to the performance of the vehicles.

Some of these trends may or may not stick, but auto manufacturers will continue to test out new ideas every single year to find out what works well and in an effort to stay fresh.

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