JAGUAR XF: The last new Jaguar to be developed under Ford ownership, the new 2009 XF blends “the style and performance of a sports car with the refinement, and sophistication of a luxury sedan,” according to Jaguar. The interior is trimmed in wood, aluminum and leather. The XF replaces the S-Type.
MINI COOPER CLUBMAN: Think of it as the Maxi Mini. Making its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto show is the Mini Clubman wagon. It features a unique rear door that’s split down the middle and opens to either side. There’s also a “clubdoor”, hinged at the back, on the passenger side of the car to provide easy access to the back seat and help make the Clubman a true five-seater.
MERCEDES-BENZ C63 AMG: This is the road-going sibling to the car currently competing in the German Touring Car Championships (DTM). Its AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine develops a peak output of 451 horses and provides 0-60 m.p.h. acceleration of about 4.5 seconds. Performance features include speed-sensitive sport steering and the new three-stage sport suspension that combines smooth ride and race-car handling. The C-class is the smallest sedan in the Mercedes fleet and is new for 2008.