Performance cars were predominant in this week’s new cars section including products from the U.S., Korea and Japan.
By far, the Cadillac ATS was the most popular. Offered in three engine options, the American luxury brand’s entry-level sport sedan is proving to be more than a hit, but a savior to the brand with the second-best sales of any current Cadillac product.
Much of what makes the Ford Mustang an icon to its fan base will change in the future. The rowdy solid rear axle will be gone in a plume of tire smoke, while the upcoming generation will welcome a turbocharged four cylinder engine. Despite that, or perhaps in light of it, the 2013 Ford Mustang was near the top of this week’s list.
The only non-performance car to be tapped this week, Lincoln’s MKZ is finally stocked in dealers and selling well. At least that’s what April’s sales numbers reflect, although it shouldn’t come as a surprise when the product in question was withheld from customers with pre-orders for four months. Is this a speedy release of pent-up demand or a legitimate buoy for Lincoln to cling to?
Hyundai’s Genesis coupe is more powerful than ever, and still a performance bargain. A legitimate Asian challenger to the red, white and blue bleeding Mustang above, customers can elect to drive either a 2.0-liter turbocharged model or the more raucous 348-hp 3.8-liter six cylinder.
Finally, the slightly more expensive but better-equipped Subaru BRZ sports sedan rounded off this week’s list. An almost identical twin to the Scion FR-S, this is the only rear-wheel drive car in Subaru’s stable.