2011 Audi R8 Spyder Quattro and 2011 Audi A8: Sorry, but I am picking two cars here from one brand. The 510-horsepower Spyder is the first convertible version of Audi's hottest car, the R8 coupe. It has a fully automatic soft top. The A8 is the flagship sedan of Audi and was shown for the first late in 2009. Both hit dealerships in 2010.
2011 Chevrolet Volt: The Volt is a mass-produced, affordably priced, all-electric sedan due in selected U.S. showrooms in late 2010, and in 2011 in Canada. It has small gasoline engine that kicks in if the batteries run dry.
2011 Nissan Leaf: Like the Volt, the Leaf electric car will go on sale later in 2010. It is a pure electric, however; it does not have a range-extending gas motor. Owners will lease the battery pack, not buy it.
2011 Hyundai Sonata and 2011 Hyundai Equus: Another daily double from one auto maker. The Sonata, due in late spring 2010, looks like a serious challenger in the mid-size market - and only four-cylinder engines will be available. The Equus is an upscale, large sedan that signals Hyundai's serious intentions with higher-priced models.
2011 Ford Fiesta and 2011 Mazda2: These two subcompact cars share the same basic mechanical underpinnings. They are stylish, fun to drive and show where small cars are going in Canada and the U.S.
2011 Scion lineup: Toyota will launch its Scion youth brand in Canada this year. It will be interesting to see how Canadian respond.
2011 BMW 5-Series: The 5 is BMW's most important model. For 2011, the styling is refined and elegant, while improvements in fuel economy, technology, ride and handling are intended to keep BMW on top in this segment.
2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe: This was the prettiest car at the year-ending Los Angeles Auto Show and will be the flagship model for the brand.
2011 Jaguar XJ: Jaguar has broken with its tradition of the past 30 years and designed a flagship car that is new and progressive, inside and out.
2011 Ferrari 458 Italia: Ferrari's new two-seater 458 V-8 was designed by Pininfarina with help from Ferrari test driver Michael Schumacher, the former Formula One racing champion. The 458 can reach 100 kilometres an hour in under 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 325 km/h.