Every year brings new and exciting things to the automotive world and 2014 is no different. As 2014 comes to a conclusion it’s time to pay tribute to the top 5 most important vehicles that debuted for 2014.
2014 Toyota Corolla
5. Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla might not be the top 5 most exciting or innovative vehicle to come out in 2014. However, it’s a vehicle that all mainstream automotive companies majorly target. Like it or not the Corrolla represents the bread & butter of a cheap and reliable transportation automotive appliance. Toyota has grown to be known for visual non-offensive cookie cutter vehicles. For 2014 Toyota didn’t stray far for the proven receipt, but broke the mold by styling the Corolla with more emotion. The 2014 Corolla could become one the vehicles that helps Toyota bring expressiveness to their vehicles.
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA
4. Mercedes- Benz CLA
Mercedes-Benz is known for its luxury, style, prestige, high-end expense, and tradition. When you mention front-wheel-drive compact car to an automotive enthusiast, they will not think of luxury, style, prestige, high expense, or Mercedes. The 2014 CLA broke all perceived notions of what a FWD (AWD optional) compact Mercedes could be in The USA in a good way. Mercedes has never sold a FWD vehicle or a vehicle that started under $30,000 in the USA. The 2014 CLA not only broke ground for those two reasons but also proved that they could pull of a FWD based car that did come off as a watered down budget offering. Mercedes-Benz has strengthened its traditions without taking away from its legacy, although it is no longer offered for under $30,000 for the 2015 model year.
2014 Chervolet Corvette
3. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
For 2014, Chevrolet took a different approach to its traditional classic. They found a way to make the Corvette revolutional without going away from the format that has made the Corvette a legend. The Corvette is known for being an aggressive, lightweight, performance vehicle that cost a fraction against its competitors. For 2014 Chevy turned up the aggression and the performance. The 2014 Corvette not only looks meaner but performs better in every way including in fuel efficiency. Chevrolet has made the Corvette feel more premium inside the cabin, made the car perform better with its multiple adjustable suspension/performance variables, and gave the Corvette an edge with its fictional elements that it proudly wears on its exterior.
2014 Jaguar F-Type
2. Jaguar F-Type
Jaguar has shown that it still knows how to produce sports cars. Jaguar has been able to instantly pick up its mojo in a segment that it hasn’t participated in for decades, which is a very hard thing to obtain. The 2014 F-Type came out of the box ready to do battle with its competition. This car looks the part and performs the part as well. The 2014 F-Type builds on its styling heritage without making it look retro. This car shows that Jaguar is still a company to be reckoned with.
2014 BMW i8
1. BMW i8
The 2014 BMW i8 didn’t hit the industry by storm, because BMW has teased us with the development of the i8 for years. However, the impact of what the 2014 i8 is has changed the landscape of what the automotive industry could be in the future. BMW has successfully translated a production plug-in hybrid that is truly green and mean. The i8 is efficient, sporty, and looks like nothing else on the street. Although, The Porsche 918, Ferrari LaFerrari, and the McLaren P1 combine performance with some levels of eco-friendliness the i8 is truly an eco focused offering. The i8 gives the automotive enthusiast a sigh of relief that eco minded cars can be built with performance.