It's been a tough year for automakers – no one is denying that – but it hasn't slowed the development of new products from Detroit, Europe, Japan and Korea for the 2009 model year.
And while high fuel prices have dictated changes in the model mix – more diesels, hybrids and a few more gas-sipping small cars – there's still a solid dose of traditional horsepower coming, from a 375-horsepower Hyundai to the 638-horsepower Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1.
Here's a sampling of what's new for 2009 and beyond:
ACURA: Honda's luxury brand rolls out an all-new TL for 2009, the most powerful model yet. The smaller TSX is also new, larger and slightly less sporting. The flagship RL gets a mild makeover.
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BMW: We will see a new 7-Series flagship sedan in early 2009. Also, the X3 and X5 SUVs get an optional diesel.
CHEVROLET: The Camaro will finally arrive in March as a 2010 model, with a 3.6-liter V-6 or a pair of V-8s. The Silverado pickup gets a hybrid version, offsetting the fire-breathing Corvette ZR-1.
DODGE: The Challenger, introduced in 2008 with only the 425-horsepower engine, gets milder SE V-6 and Hemi RT V-8 versions for 2009.
FORD: Ford's F-150 is redesigned for 2009, with a revised all-V-8 powertrain, a new frame and freshened exterior styling.
HONDA: The bigger, more powerful 2009 Fit is already on the market, joining the redesigned, more powerful Pilot SUV. In a year, look for the Insight hybrid.
HYUNDAI: The Genesis sedan and coupe take direct aim at European imports, with a 290-horsepower V-6 or a 375-horsepower V-8, moving Hyundai into a segment of the market it has never tried to penetrate.