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Infiniti: Nissan’s luxury brand is getting the new JX crossover in the spring. It’s a large wagon aimed at the likes of the MDX and Audi Q7. There is talk of a new small Infiniti coming perhaps later in the year or as a 2014 model. The G will likely be re-engineered and the QX56 freshened.

Jaguar: We are getting plenty of hints about a new Jag sports car and it just might come as something to compete against the Porsche Boxster, though less expensive and prettier. A wagon version of the XF is set to be shown in March at the Geneva auto show.

Kia: We can expect to see a new sedan called the Cadenza in 2012, along with a redesign of the Forte and Rio. The Sportage may be freshened, too.

Lexus: Toyota’s premium offerings will get reinvented for the 2013 model year, starting in 2012, of course. The new GS will be first, arriving in the spring. Then look for the IS and ES lines to get reinvented, too.

Lincoln: The big Navigator is due to be restyled, and there is talk of a new Lincoln small crossover. Also, the MKZ and MKS are due for to be reinvented.

Mercedes-Benz: A lot is about to happen here. The GL will get a redesign, as will the SL, and perhaps even the S-Class. A new B-Class is coming and there is talk of the A-Class coming to North America, too. The E-Class will be refreshed and the CL redesigned.

Mini: BMW’s “youth” brand gets a roadster and coupe in 2012. The Clubman will be restyled and there is talk of something called the Paceman coming in 2012.

Nissan: A huge year ahead. The Versa hatchback is coming in 2012, along with the freshening of the GT-R and the 370Z. Over the course of 2012 and perhaps into 2013, look for all-new versions of these core models: Altima, Sentra, Rogue and Pathfinder. A small utility vehicle called the NV200 can be expected in the next 18 months, too, along with new styling for the Frontier pickup and engineering upgrades to the Murano crossover.

Porsche: The new 911 comes in 2012 and we can also look for a Boxster redesign and a freshening to the Panamera.

Scion: Toyota’s “youth” brand will welcome a sports car to the fold, the FR-S, which is a joint project with Subaru. The xD is also likely to be redesigned.

Smart: It seems only natural for Smart to launch an electric vehicle and it’s coming. Now that’s a city car.

Toyota: Hybrids. Toyota is emphasizing hybrids in 2012. The Prius C is coming and should be priced in the very low $20,000s. A plug-in Prius is coming, also. Then the Avalon is likely to get a redesign, the RAV4 re-engineered to some extent, the Highlander will surely be redesigned, the Tacoma restyled and we may even see a RAV4 electric vehicle go on sale.

Volkswagen: Look for a Beetle turbo-diesel, and perhaps a Beetle convertible this year. The Golf R is coming for sure, and a Jetta hybrid could be coming.

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