Next year is shaping up to be electric for the auto industry. That is, several electric vehicles are among the most anticipated new models of 2020.
USA Today reported that General Motors, Ford, Tesla, Porsche and Volkswagen are among the automakers poised to roll out new electric vehicles as competition heats up in a segment that still represents fewer than one in 50 new-car sales.
“On paper this could be big,” said Jeremy Acevedo, manager of industry analysis for car-research site Edmunds. “But now the proof’s in the pudding with EVs. We’ve seen a lot come out with lackluster sales.”
To be sure, perhaps the most anticipated vehicle of the year is the furthest thing from electric. Here are some of the most anticipated redesigned and new models set to arrive in 2020:
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
• For the eighth generation of the Corvette, General Motors made a big change. The automaker’s engineers moved the Vette’s engine from the front of the vehicle to the midsection.
That change was aimed at placing the vehicle in the pantheon of high-performance exotic European sports cars that zip around corners and accelerate like rockets.
While some Corvette purists might grumble about it, most critics and fans seem to be pumped up. The mid-engine Vette isn’t even out yet, and it was already named MotorTrend Car of the Year.
“It’s America’s sports car,” said Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Cox Automotive, whose brands include Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader. “It’s really setting a new bar in terms of price and performance.”
Haven’t heard of Rivian yet? You probably will soon.
The Michigan-based electric vehicle start-up has attracted investments from Amazon and Ford after developing an impressive electric vehicle architecture that can reused for different models.
The R1T is expected to be the first major electric pickup sold in the U.S. when it begins production in late 2020. If it’s on time, Rivian will have at least a year head start on Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s electric Cybertruck.
“They probably will hit this deadline, and we probably will see a Rivian truck this year,” Acevedo said.
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