KUHF’s David Pitman stopped by the show as it was in its final preparation stages to talk with Houston Automobile Dealers Association President Wyatt Wainwright about how 2011 turned out for auto sales, how 2012 looks, why people are hanging onto their cars longer these days, and what’s up with automakers not making splashy world debuts of their cars in Houston.
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The 2013 Cadillac ATS is one of the cars HADA President Wyatt Wainwright believes will generate quite a bit of enthusiasm at this year’s Houston Auto Show. The rear-wheel-drive sedan is a size smaller than the CTS, and it’s intended to compete with the likes of the BMW 3 Series, the Audi A4, and the Mercedes C-class.
The 2013 Ford Focus will offer five different powertrains, ranging from a 179 hp 1.6 EcoBoost inline 4-cylinder engine, to a 2.0 liter EcoBoost that bumps up the horsepower to 250. There’s also a hybrid that’s EPA rated at 47 mpg in the city. To help improve fuel economy, all accessories, including the air conditioner and water pump, are electrically powered, and not driven by the engine belt.
Ford says its 2013 Fusion is an evolution of its “Kinetic” design language. It has grown slightly in width and length, borrowing design cues from Audi, Jaguar, and Aston Martin. The trunk space is down almost a cubic foot from last year. Thinner front seats will provide a bit more leg room for rear-seat passengers.