German car analyst Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer has announced that 104 new car models are scheduled to be launched on the European market in 2007, almost a third more than this year. The industry is expected to move past its recent focus on SUVs and convertibles to see increased activity in the medium and small vehicle segments. New medium car models will include the next generation of the Mercedes C-Class; the new Audi A4; the new Renault Laguna; and the third generation of the Ford Mondeo.

Action in the compact class is really set to heat up, with many new models, including the Slovenian built Kia Cee'd; the Toyota Auris which is replacing the Corolla; the Fiat Bravo which is replacing the Stilo; the Nissan Qashqai; the two-door version of the BMW 1-Series; the Volkswagen Crossgolf and Scirocco; and the new GM Opel Astra. Ford may also be planning a new Focus Coupe.

New models are also expected in the small, SUV and sports segments. Fuel prices may have dropped of late but the trend is definitely still towards more economical, and biofuel-friendly, models. Hybrids such as the Toyota Prius have yet to make any great inroads into the diesel-friendly European market however.

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[Source: Hybrid Car News]

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