Unlike previous iterations that saw Europe get a vastly different — and in most cases superior — version of the same model, the 2012 Ford Focus ($TBA; Early 2011) will be nearly identical across the world. This re-imagined descendant of Escort will boast an electric power assist system, Dynamic Cornering Control, the Sync connectivity package with an 8-inch MyFord touch-based control panel in pricier models, a new 2.0-liter DI Ti-VCT engine, and a dry-clutch six-speed Ford PowerShift automatic transmission. If the fuel economy on the standard models isn't good enough for you, Ford will also offer a fully battery powered electric version, with a driving range of 80-100 miles.
As much a car as it is a gadget on wheels, with the 2011 Audi A8 ($TBA; late 2010) Audi has raised the automotive technology bar once again. The latest version of Audi's flagship sedan boasts standard features like quattro all-wheel-drive, a 4.2L FSI V8 engine good for 372hp, and an Aluminum Space Frame body. These traditional features are overshadowed by the car's technical prowess, however, thanks to additions like full LED headlights that adjust direction and throw length based on instructions from the navigation system, a touch-pad multimedia controller, tri-color ambient interior LED lighting, an available 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, dual rear 10.2-inch headrest-mounted displays, available separate rear seats, an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, lane change assist, night vision, and more. It's as close as you can get to a real-life KITT, and will likely carry a price to match.
Those of you looking for an alternative to the standard Bimmer, Benz, or Lexus sedan now have a new option: the 2010 Saab 9-5 ($TBA). An all-new design, the 9-5 offers a choice of 2.0L gas, 2.0L diesel, 2.8L V6, or 1.6L turbocharged engines, and boasts high-end features like an aircraft-inspired head-up display, adaptive Bi-Xenon headlights, Saab's DriveSense adaptive chassis with real-tim damping control, an 8-inch touchscreen navigation system with hard disk storage for both maps and music, USB and auxiliary input ports, keyless entry and startup, tri-zone climate control, parking assistance and Saab's XWD all-wheel-drive system.