DB7: Aston Martin offers the redesigned DB7 Vantage coupe and convertible for the 2000 model year. U.S. sales began in July.
A4: The redesigned A4 sedan, code-named B6, arrives in mid-2000 as a 2001 model. The A4 has played a major role in resuscitating Audi sales in the United States. The redesigned A4 will borrow some Audi TT Coupe styling for its front-end appearance and styling cues from the current A6 sedan for its turret line and rear end.
An A4 coupe arrives six months later, with an A4 Avant wagon and cabriolet to follow, each in six-month intervals.
The new A4's wheelbase grows slightly to 104.3 inches.
S4: This high-performance version of the A4 debuts in September or October as a 2000 model. The S4 has a 2.7-liter, twin-turbo, V-6 engine. It generates 250 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque. The S4 comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, quattro and sport suspension.
A6: The A6, redesigned for the 1998 model year, gets two more engines for the 2000 model year. In addition to the standard 2.8-liter V-6, the A6 gets a 4.2-liter V-8 and a biturbo, 2.7-liter V-6. The A6 sedan will be freshened for the 2001 model year.
The A6 Avant Allroad wagon bows in Europe in spring 2000, but U.S. dealers won't see it until late 2000 or early 2001.
A8: The A8 is freshened for the 2001 model year.
TT: The sporty TT Coupe, introduced this year as a 2000 model, adds Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system this fall. A more powerful 225-hp engine will follow in a year.
The TT Roadster arrives in spring, probably as a 2001 model.
3 series: BMW's redesigned sedan bowed last year; now it's time for the new 2000 coupe and wagon.
In keeping with BMW's practice, the automaker will roll out additional body styles over a two-year span. The coupe went on sale in July. The wagon, which will have its U.S. debut around March as a 2000 model, is the first 3-series wagon offered in the United States.
The redesigned convertible is due about a month later, and the high-performance M3 coupe is expected in fall 2000 as a 2001 model.
Z3: Why tamper with success? The South Carolina-assembled Z3 roadster went on sale in 1996 and receives a freshening for the 2000 model year.
2002: Reviving the BMW 2002 model for the year 2002 seems like too good a tie-in to pass up. But BMW spokespersons say it is wishful thinking on the part of some analysts, 2002 fans and spy photographers.
The original 2002 model put BMW on the map in the United States in the 1970s. There are hundreds of 2002 Web sites on the Internet, mostly devoted to restoring old 2002s and finding parts.
5 series: BMW's first V-8-powered, high-performance 5-series M car reaches the United States in October. The 2000 model packs 400 hp.
The 5 series is due for a facelift around the 2001 calendar year and a redesign around 2003. The current 5 series bowed in 1996.
7 series: The 7 series is due for a redesign in the 2001 calendar year, assuming BMW continues on a seven-year product cycle. The 7 series got a slight facelift last year.
Two new light-armored 7-series models bow this fall: the V-8 740iL Protection and the V-12 750iL Protection, each equipped with run-flat tires.
BMW says the bullet-resistant glass and body panels will stop a .44-caliber Magnum. The armor is added on the BMW assembly line.
BMW's 750iL shares its engine with the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph.
Z8: James Bond is the first to drive BMW's new high-performance roadster. The car is one of the stars of a new Bond film, The World Is Not Enough. The Z8 will debut here in early 2000 packed with the 400-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 also used in the new M5.
X5: BMW's first sport wagon goes on sale in November, powered by a V-8 engine.
A six-cylinder version arrives next year. BMW's South Carolina plant will begin exporting the X5 next year as well.
In the next few years, a high-performance X5 model likely will be introduced, aimed at the AMG-tuned Mercedes ML55.
360 Modena: Ferrari North America Inc. began selling the 360 Modena earlier this month. The 360 Modena Spider convertible will be added next year. The new car is powered by a normally aspirated 3.6-liter V-8 that produces 400 hp.
The 360 Modena, styled by Pininfarina, made its public debut at the Geneva auto show in March. The model is expected to account for around 65 percent of Ferrari's annual worldwide production of about 3,500 cars.
355: Ferrari is discontinuing the 355 model at the end of the 1999 model year.
456M GT, GTA: Ferrari launched the 456M GT last year. No changes are on the horizon.
F550 Maranello: The 12-cylinder F550 Maranello coupe was introduced in 1996. The car is expected to be restyled in the late 2000 or early 2001 calendar year.
F50: Ferrari is working on a new, limited-edition supercar. Outsiders have dubbed it the 'F60,' but Ferrari says that will not be the name. The new car is expected to bow in the 2003 model year.
X400: In early 2001, Jaguar will launch an entry-level, rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan that will share a platform with the next-generation Ford Mondeo. The current Mondeo shares its platform with the Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique.
The new car, code-named X400, will go in sale in Europe first, with U.S. sales following a few months later. The car likely will be labeled a 2002 model here.
The X400 is aimed at such rwd sedans as the BMW 3 series and the new Lexus IS 200 in Europe and IS 300 here.
Jaguar expects the X400 to boost worldwide Jaguar volume to 200,000 cars a year by the 2002 calendar year.
S-Type: The S-Type sedan is Jaguar's answer to the BMW 5 series and Mercedes-Benz E class. U.S. sales began in May as a 2000 model. Two engines are offered: a 3.0-liter V-6 and a 4.0-liter V-8. A supercharged version will probably follow.
Jaguar is expected to add an S-Type station wagon, responding to rivals Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Saab and Volvo, who are feeding a growing luxury station wagon niche. The wagon may bow in the 2001 model year.
XJ8: The XJ8 sedan is due to be replaced, possibly in the 2002-03 timeframe. The next generation XJ8 likely will share a platform with a Ford Motor Co. product.
XK8/XKR: High-performance versions of the XK8 coupe and convertible go on sale this fall.
Supercharging boosts the V-8 in the XKR to 370 hp, vs. 290 in the XK8. There are minor body changes, such as the addition of hood louvers to differentiate the XKR.
Sport-utility: Executives downplay speculation that Jaguar will get a version of one of Ford's hot-selling sport-utilities.
Freelander: The Freelander, the newest and smallest sport-utility produced by Land Rover, will come to the United States in early 2000 as a 2001 model. The U.S. version is expected to have a V-6 engine and a five-speed automatic transmission.
Defender: The Defender dropped out of the U.S. line after the 1997 model year because it lacked passive restraints. It is sorely missed as an image maker. The U.S. market probably will not get a replacement until an all-new model debuts around the 2003 calendar year.
Discovery: The Discovery is due for a redesign around the 2002 calendar year; a long-wheelbase model is expected a year later.
Future models will have much in common with BMW, especially since BMW now has a sport wagon of its own, the X5.
Range Rover: The top-of-the-line model is due to be replaced for the 2002 model year, likely using a new platform, jointly developed with BMW.
Consistent with the improvements that were made to the Discovery Series II, the new Range Rover will have better on-road handling. But off-road performance is also a priority, to keep the Range Rover distinct from the X5.
A class: Before Daimler-Benz acquired Chrysler Corp., there was talk that the mini Mercedes-Benz A class sedan might be sold here, possibly with a gasoline engine, an electric motor, or both. The latest word is that the A class will not have a market here.
C class: The C class is Mercedes' lowest-priced car line in the United States. The redesign planned for the 2001 model year will generate the line's first wagon for the U.S. market, a model that may be available with optional awd.
The U.S. market likely will receive a C-class hatchback, even though hatchbacks are more popular in Europe than in this country.
E class: Mercedes' No. 1-selling model receives a facelift for the 2000 model year, resulting in a slightly more aggressive, aerodynamic appearance.
The lower hoodline makes it impossible to fit Mercedes' inline six-cylinder diesel engine under the hood, so U.S. models will be without diesel power.
For the 2000 model year, Mercedes will expand the availability of its 4Matic awd system to the E430 sedan, the first time the company has offered awd with a V-8 engine in the United States.
A redesign is expected around the 2003 calendar year. The car's length will be about the same, but the wheelbase will be extended, creating a larger passenger cabin.
S class: Mercedes' premium luxury sedan is redesigned for the 2000 model year. The S-class sedan bowed this spring, while the coupe will join the lineup next year, also as a 2000 model. The V-12 model bows next year, probably for the 2001 model year.
SL: The SL roadster gets a long-overdue redesign for the 2002 model year. The current generation had its U.S. debut in 1990 and got a facelift in 1995.
Look for the SL to receive a folding hard top, similar to the SLK, and such top-of-the-line features as the video screen in the console.
One version of the SL likely will get the V-12 planned for the 2001 S class. AMG will create a high-performance SL.
CLK: The CLK series receives a facelift for the 2000 model year plus the addition of the CLK430 Cabriolet.
The CLK debuted in 1997 as a six-cylinder coupe. A convertible was introduced next, followed by a V-8 coupe, the CLK430, in fall 1998.
For now, the 2000 CLK430 Cabriolet rounds out the four-car lineup. An AMG-modified version, the CLK55, is for the 2002 model year.
SLK: The SLK was an early 1998 model, so a redesign is some years away. A midcycle facelift is likely by the 2003 model year.
Maybach: An ultra-luxury car based on the Maybach show car that debuted at the 1997 Tokyo show is not likely before the 2003 model year, sources say.
SLR: Mercedes hired McLaren International to build a 200-mph supercar based on the SLR Vision concept car, which debuted at the 1999 Detroit show. The concept car had a supercharged, 5.5-liter V-8. The production car is due around the 2003 calendar year.
M class: The M-class sport-utility receives an interior upgrade for the 2000 model year. That is unusually early for the typical Mercedes eight-year product cycle, but Mercedes has acknowledged the need to improve the M class in light of the fierce competition at the upper end of the sport-utility market.
The M class has room to improve. In response to complaints that the interior looks cheap, Mercedes covered the A pillars with fabric and replaced smooth plastic with textured plastic.
Meanwhile, competitors are gleeful that the M class has continued to perform poorly on the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey.
For the 2000 model year, the M class adds a video screen command console, similar to the setup in the 2000 S class.
Mercedes will add the high-performance, AMG-tuned ML55 for the 2000 model year. The ML55 should help the image of good on-road performance, which Mercedes now is pushing in its M-class advertising.
Boxster: Porsche Cars North America Inc. adds the higher-performance Boxster S this fall, the biggest change to the Boxster since the roadster made its U.S. debut in early 1997.
The Boxster S carries a larger six-cylinder boxer engine - 3.2-liter vs. 2.5-liter. Maximum power is 252 hp; maximum torque is 225 pounds-feet at 4,500 rpm. The bigger engine is 48 hp more powerful and develops more torque at lower revolutions.
Exterior styling is virtually unchanged from the base Boxster. Porsche says that to the naked eye, specially styled alloy wheels are the most noticeable difference between the two models. The Boxster S transmission, suspension and electronic engine management system are all upgraded to handle the more powerful engine. The Boxster S gets a six-speed manual transmission vs. a five-speed in the regular Boxster.
A significantly restyled Boxster is due around the 2003 model year.
911: Considering the current 911 model was the first all-new 911 in 34 years, it is a little early to look for a new car.
The all-new coupe had its U.S. introduction for the 1999 model year, followed early this year by the awd 911 Carrera 4 and an all-new 911 Cabriolet, also for the 1999 model year.
Next in the U.S. 911 lineup is a redesigned 911 Turbo, due in mid-2000 for the 2001 model year. The 911 GT3 - with its 3.6-liter engine (vs. 3.4-liter) and large fixed wing - is not earmarked for export to the United States. The 911 GT3 went on sale in Europe in May.
Sport wagon: In the next 18 months or so, the world will find out how well the words 'Porsche' and 'sport wagon' fit together.
The 2002 Porsche sport wagon is the product of a joint venture with Volkswagen AG. Porsche's share of the investment is around $600 million. Worldwide volume for the Porsche sport wagon is expected to be about 20,000 units the first model year. VW plans to sell four times that many.
Porsche is doing the engineering work to develop the platform and its own engines. The Porsche and VW models will have separate exterior styling.
Volkswagen AG bought Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd. last year, after an extended fight with another suitor, BMW AG. But in a legal end-around, BMW separately obtained the rights to the Rolls-Royce brand name.
To settle the dispute, the rivals agreed to split Rolls-Royce from Bentley. Through the end of 2002, VW owns both Rolls-Royce and Bentley and the factory that builds them in Crewe, England.
BMW takes over the Rolls-Royce brand Jan. 1, 2003. BMW has said it wants to keep Rolls-Royce volume small. However, VW wants to boost Bentley's annual sales volume to 10,000 units, a fivefold increase.
During the awkward interim, Rolls and Bentley are not expected to launch any totally new models. It was only last year that Rolls launched its first all-new sedans in almost 20 years, the Bentley Arnage and the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph, both with BMW engines.
After the split, probably after the 2003 model year, VW is expected to launch a new, smaller Bentley - plummeting, in Bentley's tongue-in-cheek phrase, to the size of a Mercedes S class.
The U.S. lineup is essentially unchanged for the next few years.
Bentley: The model line consists of one sedan, the Arnage, equipped with a twin-turbo BMW 4.4-liter V-8; and four two-door models: the Continental SC with a Targa-style top; the Continental T and Continental R coupes; and the Azure convertible.
Rolls-Royce: One model is offered, the Silver Seraph sedan with a 5.4-liter, BMW-produced, V-12 engine. BMW has said it will be ready for a new Rolls-Royce once it gets control of the brand in 2003.
9-3: For the 2000 model year, Saab squeezed a few more hp out of the 9-3 Viggen and made the package available on the four-door hatchback and convertible, in addition to the coupe. Viggen, which means 'lightning,' is named for the Saab Viggen fighter jet.
The Viggen coupe went on sale June 1 as a (very) late 1999 model, equipped with a 225-hp version of Saab's 2.3-liter four. The 2000 Viggen package goes on sale Oct. 1, pulling 230 hp out of the engine that was retuned for lower emissions.
Saab will redesign the 9-3 for the 2003 model year. The new 9-3 likely will share some of its basic structure with General Motors' new Epsilon platform.
9-5: Saab also adds a high-performance version of the 9-5 sedan for the 2000 model year - the 9-5 Aero, a successor to the old 9000 Aero package.
Like the Viggen, the 9-5 Aero receives the 230-hp variant of the inline four-cylinder engine plus sporty interior and exterior styling that includes flared rocker panels. The 2000 9-5 Aero goes on sale Oct. 1.
Sport wagon: Saab also is said to be considering a small awd sport wagon. If the vehicle is approved, the new model's introduction is probably at least four years away.
New Beetle: A convertible is expected for the New Beetle line in the 2001 or 2002 model year. Volkswagen says it will announce its convertible plans during the Frankfurt auto show in September.
The hot rod New Beetle Rsi packs a 225-hp V-6 engine and goes into production in 2000, most likely as a 2001 model. Don't look for econo pricing: The Rsi will carry a sticker somewhere between the Audi TT Coupe and the Porsche 911.
Passat: The Passat was redesigned for the 1998 model year and will be freshened for the 2000 model year. A redesign for the popular sedan is expected for the 2002 model year.
An 'S' version, or Passat Plus, is in the works, equipped with an eight- or 12-cylinder engine. The car is expected in the 2001 model year.
Golf/GTI: The Golf was redesigned for 1999 model year and will be freshened for the 2001 model year. The GTI gets a sports suspension package for the 2000 model year.
Golf Cabrio: VW's convertible continues to be offered on the old, third-generation Golf platform. The redesigned Cabrio will bow for the 2003 model year.
Jetta: The Jetta also was redesigned for the 1999 model year; a freshened model will arrive for the 2001 model year.
Colorado: An awd sport wagon developed in conjunction with Porsche will be ready for the 2002 model year. Internally it is called the Colorado.
The new model will do battle in the high end of the sport-utility/sport wagon market. It may even spawn a unibody pickup truck.
EuroVan: VW's big minivan is freshened for the 2000 model year and redesigned for the 2002 model year.
Volvo's product plan has two homegrown platforms - small-car and large-car - plus two joint ventures. Those plans remain in place for now, even though Ford Motor Co. bought Volvo Car Corp. this year. But in the future, it is logical to assume that, like Jaguar, Volvo will share platforms with Ford.
Volvo's two joint ventures are:
NedCar BV, a joint venture with Mitsubishi Motors Corp. that builds the S40 and V40 in the Netherlands. In February, Volvo and Mitsubishi increased their stake in the joint venture to 50 percent each, buying out the Dutch government, which owned one-third.
Following the Ford/Volvo buyout, Volvo and Mitsubishi affirmed that the joint venture will continue 'business as usual.'
U.S. dealers will receive the 2000 model S40/V40 in September.
Autonova, a joint venture with Britain's TWR Group that assembles the C70 coupe and convertible in Uddevalla, Sweden.
Autonova had a slow, trouble-plagued startup: The C70 coupe was scheduled to go on sale in the United States in spring 1997 but did not arrive until fall 1998; and the convertible, due in 1997, barely made its debut before the end of 1998.
For now, Volvo dealers continue to offer the C70 and convertible, and Autonova continues to build both.
S80/large-car platform: The S80, which was introduced for the 1999 model year, was the first product based on the new large-car platform. A wagon is next, due early in 2000.
Volvo won't say what the new wagon will be called, but it will not automatically be badged the V80, as Volvo is trying to differentiate its wagons from its sedans.
S70/V70: The new wagon will be followed about six months later by a successor to the awd V70 Cross-Country wagon. It will be more sport wagon-like in appearance than the current model and will be designed from the ground up as an awd vehicle.
A successor to the S70 sedan is due in 2001. The S70 began life as the 850 back in the fall of 1992.
Small-car platform: The first car off the new small-car platform should appear around 2002.