If you’re planning on buying a new car in the coming months and haven’t been to a car dealer recently you may find some unfamiliar nameplates.
As they say, you can’t tell the players without a scorecard, so they (Forbes.com) compiled a slideshow that highlights the 10 hottest models that are brand-new for the 2013 model year.
Developed in a partnership between Toyota and Subaru, the FR-S (pictured) and BRZ are mechanically and stylistically similar “back to basics” rear-drive sporty coupes with sleekly cast exteriors. Each pack a Subaru-derived 200-horsepower 2.0-liter “boxer” four-cylinder engine that that configures the cylinder banks in horizontal opposition, as opposed to conventional inline or V-shaped arrangements. Subaru uses this design in all its models — Porsche is the only other mainstream automaker to feature horizontally opposed engines, mainly because it helps a car maintain a lower center of gravity which, in turn, contributes to superior handling characteristics. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with a six-speed automatic optional. The interior is nicely and simply designed with large gauges and straightforward controls; back seat room and cargo space are scarce, however.
Check out the full article for all the details.the original article from Yahoo! - Autos via Forbes, written by Jim Gorzelany