As soon as Christmas ends our thoughts turn straight to what is going to happen in the New Year. We start to concentrate on changes we can make to our own lives in order to ensure that the coming year will be better than the last. It’s quite an important and thoughtful time as we consider what has gone wrong and how we can put it right next time around.
For businesses it is very much the same as they must reflect on the successes and failures of the year and plan a way of improving. No industry does this more than the motor industry with rivals stumbling over each other to launch new models and technologies to boost their sales and blow their competitors out of the water. Thus far, 2014 looks like a great year to be a car fan and here’s why you should look forward to Auld Lang Syne on New Year’s Eve:
The iconic American Muscle car is making a rare appearance in Europe in 2014, and the Mustang will be growling its way into Lifestyle Europe and other Ford dealerships around the UK. The right hand drive Mustang will roar onto European soil with its trademark gapingly formidable front end, muscular body and stunted rear. Most importantly though, it will be propelled by a barnstorming V8 engine, which is as good as it sounds or instead you can choose a more environmentally-friendly 2.3L, if you are a glass half empty kind of person.
Alfa Romeo 4C
Alfa Romeo has finally got back to what it does best, building achingly-beautiful, noisy and instantly desirable sports cars. The 4C debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and will be readily available in 2014. The styling is reminiscent of a bygone head-turning era of car design with a curvaceous front end that takes cues from the Giulietta and Mito, but with a sporty twist. Its good looks are twinned by a lightweight body making use of the available power from a 4-cylinder 1.7L engine and the waspish responses expected of an Alfa Romeo.
No one does luxury cars quite like the Italians and its more of the same with the all-new Maserati Ghibli. Think a shrunken down Quattroporte and you are mostly there with the looks of the car maker’s attack on the mainstream premium market. Seductive looks are joined by a beautifully-finished interior that is endlessly customisable and it is no slouch in getting to sixty in just six seconds; while it has the fun factor when testing it on more rigorous driving roads.
2014 looks set to be a great year for the car enthusiast and that’s before the latest models debut at the year’s motor shows.