But let's not kid anyone. The Civic Sedan and Civic Si coupe "concepts" will arrive in showrooms looking almost identical to the "concepts" offered here - cars that look nearly luxurious, to be truthful. Honda says the new gasoline power trains will offer improved fuel efficiency and the hybrid will be Honda's first with advanced lithium-ion batteries.
The 2012 Veloster is, according to Hyundai, a very stylish, sporty hatchback with an asymmetrical approach to its design. The car has three doors, with a wide door located on the driver's side and two conventional doors on the passenger side. Thus, from the driver's side it looks like a coupe and from the passenger side it looks like a sedan.
The smallish three-door crossover is aimed at Gen-Y owners who want to personalize their rides with electronics, including social networking and location sharing, says the company. A 1.6-litre direct-injection engine is the only power plant offered, coupled with the paddle-shifted dual-clutch tranny.
The 2011 Sonata Hybrid has an industry-first Lithium Polymer battery pack. This is a full parallel hybrid drive system with six-speed automatic transmission. The Sonata Hybrid can accelerate up to 100 km/h on battery power alone.
Other Hyundai models to look for: the all-new 2012 Hyundai Accent sub-compact; the completely redesigned 2011 Hyundai Elantra; the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T which delivers V-6 performance while achieving four-cylinder fuel efficiency; and the 2011 Hyundai Equus luxury sedan.
The 2012 Infiniti M35h is the first hybrid from Nissan's luxury brand. It is, says Infiniti, "the first hybrid ever to offer 360 horsepower and 40 miles-per-gallon (6.9 litre/100 km) fuel economy." The M Hybrid can drive on electric power alone at speeds up to 100 km/h and can travel on electric propulsion for up to 1.9 km. Infiniti says that in mixed diving, the Infiniti M35h is able to drive in electric only mode for as much as 50% of the time.
Infiniti will also showcase its 2011 Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) G Coupe. A full range of IPL vehicles is planned.
The 2011 Optima Hybrid is Kia's first hybrid vehicle. It has a parallel drive system, "using a state-of-the-art lithium polymer battery that is lighter and smaller than those used by 2010 Toyota, Ford and Nissan mid-size hybrid sedans," says Kia.
Meanwhile, the 2011 Optima mid-size sedan is a new model, combing "standout exterior styling with a comfortable, luxurious interior," says Kia. The Optima is a sister car to the Hyundai Sonata, which means like the Sonata the base engine is a 2.4-litre Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine with 198 horsepower and fuel economy rated at 5.7 litres/100 km highway and 8.7 litres/100 km in the city.
A 2.0-litre turbo has more horsepower than the Honda Accord V-6, Nissan Altima V-6, Ford Fusion V-6 and Toyota Camry V-6, says Kia. Yet this turbo, driven properly, has the fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder engine (5.8 L/100 km highway, 9.2 L/100 km city).
The 2012 Range Rover Evoque five-door is, says Land Rover, "the smallest, lightest, most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever. The five-door will join the coupe model to round out the Evoque lineup.
The Evoque represents Land Rover's environmental play. It is the smallest, lightest, most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever. Under the hood is a new gasoline engine with direct injection.
The 2012 Lexus LFA is a V-10 super car. It, says Lexus, "is a showcase for innovative technology, including the world's first SRS seatbelt-mounted airbag and more.
The 2011 CT 200h and IS 350 AWD are also new entries from Lexus.
"The CT 200h luxury compact hybrid is designed to appeal to an emerging type of luxury driver. It is an all-new, fun-to-drive model with a sporty style that doesn't compromise on versatility and innovation," says Larry Hutchinson, Director of Lexus in Canada. The CT 200h delivers the best combined fuel economy in the luxury segment, at just 4.6 litres/100 km.
The 2012 Mazda3 represents an updated version of Canada's second best-selling car in 2010. In addition to receiving a facelift, the Mazda3 is the first Mazda to the new SKYACTIV gasoline engine and SKYACTIV automatic transmission.