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Our Motoring Editor puts you in the picture with all the models here - or soon to arrive
The BMW 3-series rival is expected here in October with prices likely to kick off at €45,000. It will be saloon only at launch. There will be a 2.2 turbodiesel 150hp AT8 and 180hp AT8, 2.0 turbo petrol 200hp AT8, 2.9 V6 turbo petrol 510hp AT8. Expect three trims: Giulia, Super (you can add Lusso and Sport packs) and Quadrifoglio.
Facelifted Giulietta gets mild styling tweaks and is expected before the year is out.
And watch out for the mid-size Stelvio next year. The Mito also gets a facelift.
The DB11 is a late 2016 debutant. The DB9 replacement is powered by a 600bhp twin-turbo V12 (0-100kmh in 3.9sec) engine.
The Vantage GT8 - lightweight, race-focused sports car - makes a summer appearance
They are mad busy with lots of new metal scheduled. The A3 gets a facelift late in 2016 but the styling tweaks are minor.
Their A4 Allroad quattro is here with the 2.0 TDI 163hp and 7spd S tronic version starting from €52,850.
Looking forward to the new A5 - we'll see it this year but it's a 2017 buy (See Page 4). There will also be a Sportback.
Next year will usher in a new A6 too with lots more style to it, I'm told.
The second-gen of the larger, and excellent, A7 is a 2007 date as well. Worth waiting for I'd say.
The small Q2 crossover is a 171-reg car. Rugged looks and smaller than the A3 Sportback, it will have quattro four-wheel drive as an option.
The new Q5 is also a 171 buy. Lots in common with the A4.
Further afield will be the exciting Q6 SUV (2018) which, we are promised, will have a high-capacity and quick charging battery. It will have three electric motors.
Their high-tech range topper Q8 (2018 again) will be a five-seater and rival the likes of the BMW X6 and Range Rover Sport.
The TT RS we already know about (2016) - its aluminium-block 5cyl pumps up to 400bhp.
Both the current A6 and A7 get more connectivity and entertainment.
A new 3.0TDI 6cyl 190bhp S tronic front-wheel drive in the A7 means a cut in price.
The SQ7 will start at €119,900 on the road here (435bhp V8 diesel strongest in its sector). It's a July delivery.
The S4 has a new turbo V6 engine (354 bhp) and arrives in August.
We must wait until 2018 for the Continental GT - shares underpinnings with the next Porsche Panamera.
Looking forward to their rear-drive sports car this year too.
The Mulsanne is getting a facelift with the lineup extended to four models.
Their electric i3 gets a bigger capacity battery, longer range and a charging system that is quicker. Here for July with OTR prices starting at €36,300 (including grant and VRT).
The 740e and 740Le xDrive are just arriving.
The i8 Protonic Red Edition of the plug-in hybrid supercar should be here by July/August and will cost €153,890.
An M760Li xDrive V12 - wow! - is scheduled for end-of-year arrival.
A facelifted 3-Series GT - production starts in July - has a new petrol engine range, design tweaks and a bigger range of options.
The LWB version of the excellent X1 is due late 2016 and there is speculation it could herald a 7-seat version of the small crossover
The coupé-like X2 shares the X1's underpinnings and is being spoken of as late 2016 production.
The new X3 is due in 2017 and we'll see a 'new' X5 believe it or not in 2018. It will have plug-in hybrid and performance versions.
And their big SAV, the X7 will be coming in 2018 - to compete for buyers of large luxury motors with the likes of Audi, Mercedes and Land Rover.
The new 5-series is a 2017 debutant and will have plug-in hybrid powertrains as well as the usual lineup of diesel and petrol engines.
Watch out for the Z5 sports car later this year/early next.
Should be fun - and it is being developed with Toyota.
The Chiron (2017) develops a quite incredible 1,479bhp.
Got €2.5m handy?
Their Dispatch and Spacetourer are expected around September. No details on line-up or pricing yet.
The second-generation C3 Picasso is planned for late 2016/early 2017. Expect it to reflect elements of the C4 Cactus.
A new C3 isn't too far off - again styling cues courtesy of the Cactus.
The C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso get end-of-year facelifts.
Lots of models coming from Citroen over the next couple of years.
The Duster gets a facelift from the end of the month; there is a new top end 'Prestige' trim. Pricing will be from €16,690.
The DS 3 is due this month. No sign of pricing or line-up. Cabriolet not coming to Ireland.
The F12tdf is being let loose this summer. With lots of weight shed, this hardcore V12 coupe gets a power boost to 770bhp.
The GTC4Lusso (facelifted FF) is planned for late 2016. It's a couple of years off (2018) but the Dino name returns as a new mid-engined sports car.
The Tipo gets here in October. There will be a saloon, hatchback and estate. Prices will start under €19,000.
There will be: a 1.4 petrol 95hp MT6 (manual 6spd), 1.4 turbo petrol 120hp and 1.6 petrol 110hp AT6 (auto 6spd); a 1.3 turbo diesel 95hp MT5 and a 1.6 t/diesel 120hp MT6.
The 124 Spider hits the road in July with a 1.4 turbo petrol 140hp MT6. Just the one trim: prices will start around €30,000.
Hatch and Cabrio versions of the 500S also get here for July. Prices will be around €14,500. Lineup: 1.2 69hp petrol MT5/AT5, TwinAir Turbo petrol 85hp MT5/AT5 and 105hp MT6; 1.3 turbo diesel 95hp MT5.
Their Talento van gets here in September.
There will be a 1.6 diesel 120hp-145hp, two wheelbases and two roof heights. Crew-cab and Combi versions too.
The Fiorino goes on sale in July with a 1.3 turbo diesel 80hp (MT5/AT5). Price: €14,340.
The Panda gets a facelift in 2017 - infotainment and engines primarily.
The Focus RS has arrived as has the large SUV Edge.
Their new Transit has a new 2.0 litre TDCi (105PS to 170PS) which will perc percolate across many car models. It also has a "full suite" of driver assistance systems including Forward Alert, Pre-collision assist, Speed Sign Recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control and the new Side Wind Stabilisation option. It gets here August/September and will cost from €23,250.
The next-gen Fiesta is due for 2017 unveiling. But the current Fiesta-based ST200 is a summer reveal.
This mad-hot version pumps 197bhp.
The new Ka+ is due by autumn (See Page 11) and will start from €13,050 while the Kuga gets an October facelift (latest Sync infotainment system, new 1.5-litre diesel).
The electric Focus will be around late in the year - 160km range on 30 minutes charge.
The big news is the new Civic 5dr shown in Geneva. It is due here early next year.
The expected engines are a 1-litre turbo petrol and a 1.5 turbo petrol as well as a next-gen 1.6 diesel. It will be one of the biggest cars in its segment.
I doubt we'll see it here but they have a production-ready version of their Fuel Cell Vehicle.
Much more likely is the 2018 arrival of the S2000 sports car - a competitor for the Mazda MX-5.
The face-lifted Santa Fé has just landed in showrooms.
And they are bringing in full electric as well as hybrid versions (PHEV and petrol-electric) of the IONIQ.
It will get here later in the year but I have no idea of price as of now.
Expect the third-gen i30 by next year and there will be an i30N to showcase their new performance wing.
The compact QX30 SUV goes on sale in Europe this year and the Q50 gets an autumn facelift.
Meanwhile, the Q60 (BMW 4-series, Audi A5 coupé rival) is going on sale in Europe imminently.
Their first SUV, the F-PACE, is extremely roomy and has good handling/ride ability. Just launched here. Prices from €44,100. Big seller is the 2-litre diesel.
Lots of talk about a new E-Pace small SUV next year - as well as an electric SUV. The wonderful F-TYPE gets a 2017 facelift.
They hope to have both the 1.6-litre Niro petrol-hybrid (Prius rival) and Optima wagon by September/October but there's no news on prices yet. The Optima wagon will have the same 1.7-diesel engine as the saloon. There will be a new Rio and Picanto next year.
Expect the Range Rover Evoque convertible from August. Priced from €66,330 for the 2.0TD4 SE 150PS automatic.
The new Discovery will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show in September. I'm told it should be here for January deliveries. The new Defender arrives way out in 2019 but we'll get a Range Rover Sport SVR next year.
The LC 500 sports coupe is a late 2016 arrival.
The Levante is a large SUV chasing buyers of the Range Rover Sport, Porsche Cayenne and the Jaguar F-Pace - late 2016
The MX-5 RF with its folding hard-top goes on sale early next year.
The Mazda6 may get some small spec upgrades for 171.
As usual they are bringing in cars faster than most. Here in July are the CLA facelift, C-Class cabriolet and the GLS (which replaces the GL).
In August we should see the GLC Coupé and S-Class cabriolet.
In September the new E-Class estate arrives after being officially unveiled this week - the saloon is one of the cars of the year so far. We'll see the Coupe version of the E-Class in January as well as the AMG GTR.
A year or so from now the E-Class cabriolet should arrive - as should the facelifted S-Class.
Their new MINI Seven Hatch edition 3dr/5dr has recently gone on sale. It comes as a 3dr or 5dr with Cooper, Cooper D, Cooper S and Cooper SD engines. It costs from €27,090 OTR. It takes its name from the first Mini, the 1959 Austin Seven.
The new Countryman is due late 2016 - it looks better and is roomier.
The Outlander gets a facelift this year but not sure when. However, the underrated ASX gets one in September.
A new Pajero isn't far off - next year by all accounts.
They say they haven't much lined up for the immediate few months but it is widely reported the new Mirca should be here by early next year while the next Juke looks like it could be a 171 reg.
We'll catch sight of the new Insignia next year. It's said to be larger and roomier.
The great little Meriva will arrive here next year too but gets conventional doors as opposed to its 'reverse-open' ones on the current model.
The Mokka X is a facelifted version of the current model - tweaked exterior and a new engine - and gets here in October. X is for Crossover.
The Zafira Tourer gets a facelift from October too.
The new 2008 arrives in July. Little by way of a price increase. Watch out for some excellent petrols.
The new 3008 has just recently been revealed and arrives here towards the end of 2016. It will be the first with the second generation i-Cockpit.
We'll see the new Expert van (See Page 9 for a preview) in September at the same time as the new Traveller MPV.
And there will be a new 5008 by the end of next spring.
The new lightweight 911 R is due late 2016.
But we'll wait til 2018 for the new 911 which may have a hybrid powertrain.
The next Cayenne, based on Audi's Q7 platform, is also due in 2018.
But the next-gen Panamera will arrive late 2016 - it's much changed.
There will be a Shooting Brake next year - more head and boot room.
We'll see the large SUV Koleos next May or so.
The Megane hatchback debuts here shortly; engines will include dCi 110, dCi130, TCe 130,TCe 205, dCi 110 EDC auto. Prices will be revealed at the end the month.
The Megane Sport Tourer is due by October. And the saloon model, which replaces the Fluence, will be a January starter.
We'll see the new Scenic and the Grand Scenic (5-seater and 7-seater) by November, while the facelifted Clio model is due the end of September.
Reported to have an SUV model lined up for 2017.
The new Ateca SUV is a late summer/early autumn arrival and will cost from €24,750. The 1.6 diesel starts at €26,450.
The Alhambra 20th anniversary model has been recently introduced.
The new Superb Sportline is due in August /September.
There will be a Fabia Scout with prices from €18,695 for the 1.0 MPI 75bhp which goes on sale this month.
The Octavia gets a 1.0 TSI (115bhp) petrol engine - the first on the MQB platform in the Volkswagen Group.
Look forward to seeing how it fares. It's due in July.
The new Kodiaq large SUV is due in February.
The new, roomier Tivoli XLV crossover has just gone on sale.
It starts at €24,750. The five-seater has a huge boot (720 litres), a 1.6-litre diesel and automatic or manual transmissions as well as 2WD or Intelligent AWD. Top-spec price is €28,995.
SsangYong have an all-new Rexton, facelifted Rodius and Korando Sport coming down the line next year.
The new Impreza is planned for later in the year.
The excellent Baleno large supermini will make it for July.
There is a fine 1.0 (111bhp) 3cyl petrol engine and a mild-hybrid one with 1.2-litre petrol. Lots and lots of spec. Prices start at €17,995.
The Vitara S has new a 1.4 Boosterjet engine and will be here in September.
In October, there will be a brand new S-Cross.
Early next year there will be a small (like the Fiat Panda) crossover called iM-4.
The Model X seven-seat SUV based on the 4WD Model S electric saloon is a summer launch.
The Model 3 won't be in right-hand-drive until 2018 at the earliest, I'd say.
The new Hilux goes on sale this month. It looks so much better, has much improved cabin comfort while towing capacity is up to a maximum of 3.5 tonnes. There is a new 2.4 litre diesel.
Prices from €29,250 for the 2.4-litre Single Cab DLX 6spd manual (6MT).
The new Proace commercials go on sale in September. There will be four body types (4.6m to 5.3,) and will include a passenger, panel and crew cab. Engines: 1.6-litre and 2-litre diesels.
The new Qashqai rival, the C-HR is planned for later on in the year. Looks great and has the same interior space as the Nissan though it has the appearance of being smaller and lower.
We'll see the second-gen plug-in Prius too; emissions are only 32g/km.
The Tiguan is here. Its lineup includes a 1.4-litre TSI petrol and 2.0-litre TDI 150bhp (initially). From €29,720.
The Golf GTI Clubsport arrives in July and with its 2-litre TSI 265bhp powerplant it costs from €44,000.
A revised up! city car goes on sale in November with three outputs from the 1.0-litre petrol (60hp, 75hp and 90bhp).
I'm told it will start around €12,500.
The V40 has got a facelift with a new trim-level structure following new XC90/S90.
Increase in spec across the board. Navigation now standard on all trim levels apart from entry on S60/V60/V60 CC/V60.
T3 and T5 Geartronic (152hp and 245hp petrols) now on the S60 and V60.
There has been a significant price reduction on the V60 D6 Twin Engine hybrid - it has been cut by almost €15,000, from €67,495 to €52,745.
The V90 gets here for January sales.