While every other auto blog is bombasting readers with The Best (fill-in the blank) of the last twelve months, the Crank thinks hindsight is for wimps. Predicting the future, that’s where the money’s at.
Despite the Autopocalypse and a gaggle of 2009 models already available in dealer showrooms, there are still a flood of new cars coming in the next twelve months.
Small cars are still popular in Canada. But will either the forthcoming Mazda3, Volkswagen Golf, Nissan Cube or Kia Soul be the most significant?
With gas prices now almost half the price from last July’s record high prices, will new hybrids like the Toyota Prius—and its Lexus HS 250h derivative—Honda Insight, or Ford Fusion Hybrid still be relevant?
Will new performance cars like the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, or Nissan 370Zed be seen as mere dinosaurs?
And will anyone have any money left to buy the Porsche Panamera, BMW Z4, Mercedes E Class, or Audi A7?
So get your crystal balls out. Throw some tea leaves in the pot.
By this time next year, which one—if any—of the above do you think will be significant enough to be 2009’s Car of the Year?