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LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT YEAR

Monday, December 30, 2013

New models arrive on a competitive market

By Carlos A. Pefaur
Herald Staff

The New Year is almost here and it will arrive with great developments for high-speed lovers. This year saw record sales, surpassing the unprecedented mark of 900,000 units. Considering how competitive the Argentine market will be in 2014, carmakers are working full throttle on their new launches.

However, all these new models could yet suffer modifications or cancellations due to the tax hikes being debated in Congress, despite the complaints of manufacturers, import firms and dealerships.

In the automobile sector, the tax will indirectly reach 120 models, and in turn 370 versions.

The rate, which is applied onto the sale price to the dealer (before taxes and commissions) will be applied as follows:

With a rate of 30 percent: a car that used to cost 239,000 pesos will be worth 312,000 pesos.

With a rate of 50 percent: a car that used to cost 385,000 pesos will be worth 505,500 pesos.

In principle, the new taxes would affect nine percent of units sold and 15 percent of revenue.

The launches

Alfa Romeo

The 4C is the new sports car from the Italian carmaker. It has an exceptional design, two seats and a rear central engine. It’s four metres long, and its engine is modern and has 1750cc with power of 241HP.

Audi

The A3 Sedan is the new three-body version of the A3, and is 15 centimetres longer tan the five-door Sportback version. Engine features have not yet been divulged, but they should be the same as those found on the car’s range counterparts: the 1.4 litre engine with 122HP, 1.8 litre with 180HP or the 2.0 TDI with 143HP. The Audi S3 is the company’s sports model. The SQ5 is the most powerful car in the Q5 range, with a 354HP engine and Quattro traction.

BMW

On the foundations of the new 6 Series, BMW has developed a luxurious four-door sports car with a certain coupe aspect and a towering image. The versions available have petrol engines, such as the 640i (3.0 turbo with 320HP) and the 650i (V8 4.4 turbo with 449HP), which come with either rear or integral traction. The BMW X5, the new generation of BMW’s largest SUV, could also be arriving. The 2 Series, 3 Series, Gran Turismo and 4 Series are also in the works.

Chery

This is a small minivan with the air of a crossover and an off-road look, which would include a 1.3 litre 83 HP engine. The Beat is a versatile product with good interior space despite its limited dimensions, with a length of just 3.8 metres.

Chevrolet

The new Capitva has a 2.4 litre 182 HP engine. The only new feature announced by GM was the incorporation of an automatic transmission for its Onix range (five-door hatchback), the Prisma (four-door sedan) Another arrival is that of the Chevrolet Malibu, which is the eighth generation of the medium-sized US sedan.

Citroën

The Citroën C4 Picasso will arrive to continue leading the minivan segment. It will arrive from Europe in two versions, one five-seater (Picasso) and another seven-seater, the Grand picasso, in both diesel and petrol engines. The new Berlongo is the latest generation of the model, which has larger dimensions and will also be imported from Europe. Another great launch from Citroën will be the new C4 hatchback, made in Argentina. The car is based on the C4 Lounge, and comes in diesel and petrol engines. The DS3 and the DS5 will also be arriving.

Ferrari

The Ferrari 458 Speciale is the successor of the 458 Italia: a sports car with a 4495-cm3 V8 engine and 605 HP at 9,000 rpm. Four hundred and ninety nine La Ferrari models will be made. Its power is of 963 HP and its torque of 900Nm. It reached 100kmph in under three seconds and its top speed is of 350 kmph.

Fiat

The Fiat 500L B was named as such due to its frontal design, in line with the small Cinquecento, and will include a 1.4 litre 95HP engine. It will have a high level of safety features, but specifics have not yet been divulged.

The Fiat Strada has incorporated a third door (rear) in its two-cabin version. The Fiat Panda 4WD Trekking, the small friendly model will be imported with its integral traction feature, offering a unique combination on the local market. The Fiat Fiorino and Linea will be redesigned as well as the Uno and Uno Cargo.

Ford

Today’s Ford Ka is a concept car developed by Ford Brasil, and the final model will include barely any changes from the concept design. It will probably arrive in late 2014. The new Mondeo will also have a more aggressive design. The S-Max minivan will also be arriving, while the ranger will also have a 2014 version.

Honda

The third generation of the Honda Fit will arrive next year with a complete renovation for the successful small minivan, which is imported from Brazil. Honda has also presented the new generation of the City, which will be made in Argentina. The Civic will also be reworked.

Hyundai

The new version of the Hyundai Santa Fe’s wheelbase distance has increased 10 centimetres and 22.5 centimetres in length, reaching 4.89 metres. With its seven seats, the model replaces the Veracruz, and arrives with a potent 3.3 litre V6 engine with 290 HP, with the most complete equipment in terms of comfort and security. The incorporation of a diesel version for the new Santa Fe has also been planned.

Jaguar

The Ditecar dealership is considering importing the Jaguar F Type, as well as the XF, the famous sedan that incorporates new engines.

Jeep Cherokee

The new generation of the Jeep Cherokee is nothing like previous versions, turning 180 degress in terms of design, adopting a new platform with completely independent suspension. It comes with a the new pentastar 3.2 litre engine with 271 HP and incorporates a new automatic nine-speed transmission.

Kia

The Kia Soul arrives with changes in its design but maintains its particular style, propelled by the new 2.0 litre engine with direct injection. The new Cerato, the attractive C segment sedan, will also be completely redesigned. The Kia Carens, the 4.5 metre modern minivan, can seat up to seven.

Land Rover Discovery

The Ditecar dealership could decide to import the Land Rover Discovery 2014, which includes some new aesthetic features, an improved audio system, better safety and assistance features, along with more efficient engines.

Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz GLA is German brand’s new crossover, which, based on the platform of the new A-Class, has a very modern and attractive design. It has front or integral 4Matic traction. The C-Class, the brand’s most successful sedan, also has a new generation. Also in the works are the A-Class 45 AMG, the CLA 45 AMG and the G-Class 500, 663 AMG as well as the GL 63 AMG.

Mini

The new Mini is the third generation of the model in BMW’s modern era. It is 10 centimetres longer (reaching 3.82 metres), has an improved aerodynamic coefficient and larger trunk space on account of a 3cm increase in its wheelbase distance.

Nissan

The Nissan most likely to arrive in the country is the Sentra’s new generation, a C segment sedan with greater efficiency. The Japanese brand is also considering the Altima and Versa Norte.

Peugeot

The Peugot 208 GTi, will be imported from Europe to add spice to the 208 range. Its three-door body has sporty details but the best part is hidden under the hood: A 1.6 litre  turbo engine with 200 HP. Also arriving is the Peugeot 208 XY, a more chic version equipped with the same engine but lesser HP. The 3008 will be coming soon with a redesigned front. The Peugeot 5008, the large MPV will also present changes in the front and some of its equipment. The RCZ-R is another of the highlights from Peugeot. The Peugeot 301 is a low cost sedan that could be imported from Spain.

Porsche

The Porsche Macan is the Cayenne’s brother. The 911 GT3, Turbo and Turbo S (560 HP) could also arrive. The Porsche Panamera will be renovated.

RAM 2500

The full-size pick-up has a new generation that has a totally new design and many improvements. For the moment, the only option available is a V8 petrol engine, but in the RAM 2500 will arrive in 2014, with the renown Cummins 6.7 litre diesel engine with 370 HP, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Renault

The Renault Clio IV is the public’s most awaited model, especially the RS version, which has a 1.6 litre turbo engine with 200HP, paired with a sequential six-speed gearbox.
The Sandero, like the Logan, will also come in a fully renovated version. The Mégane, which is imported from Turkey, will be arriving, along with the RS hatchback (supersport) version with 265 hp. The Fluence is the nationally made sedan that shares features with the Mégane, and could receive cosmetic changes, especially a new front, to align itself with the latest global Renault. The French automaker could also redesign the Duster.

Range Rover

Range Rover has recently presented its latest generation in different markets. Measuring 4.85 metres, the Sport is slightly smaller than the original Range Rover, but has enough size to fit seven.

Subaru

The Subaru New WRX, developed from the Impreza, has a sporty aspect and is propelled by a 2.0 litre engine with direct injection and power of 268HP, with integral traction.

Suzuki

After two years of absence, the Japanese brand has returned to the company through the Distribuidora Automotriz Argentina dealership, a company that partners Indumotora, which imports for Subaru. The first model available will be the Grand Vitara, in three and five-door versions. The Swift III and Celerio would also be incorporated.

Toyota

The Toyota Corolla will be completely renovated with a line that has already been introduced in other markets. Made in Brazil, it will probably have the style of the European model, which is different from the version made for North America. The New Hilux is without doubt the most desired model. There is talk of late 2014, which like the current model, will be made in Argentina’s plant in Zárate.

Volvo

Ditecar will import the Volvo V40 T5 y D4, Volvo V40 Cross Country, Volvo S60/V60 (redesigned) and Volvo XC60/XC70 (redesigned).

Volkswagen

The Volkswagen Up!, produced in Brazil, will be arriving in Argentina. With a minivan body type, it is renowned for its optimum use of interior space, with room for five people.
VW Beetle: the new generation of the attractive, now bigger, powerful and sporty model. Golf/Golf GTi: reaching its seventh generation, the new GTi, imported from Europe with 2.0 Turbo engine 220 hp. The Gold made in Mexico would add further versions. The Saveiro, a new version of the small double cabin pick-up, and the Passat Alltrack are also expected in 2014.

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