Nissan's smallest car in the U.S. market is the Versa and it's due for a refresh. That new design is expected to appear in 2010 and will be built on the same platform that French partner Renault uses for the Megane. Like the current Versa, it will apparently be coming in both four-door sedan and five-door hatch flavors. Also coming from the French side of the family will likely be some engines. Like those from many other automakers, these are expected to follow the path of smaller displacement a
Ford announced earlier this year that all of its future cars would be common between the U.S. and Europe starting with the Fiesta and the next-generation Focus. The Fiesta will arrive in early 2010, with the Focus coming later in the year. The Focus will be built on an updated version of the C1 platform that's used on the current Euro Focus and the Mazda3. German magazine Auto Bild has a rendering of what they think the new Focus will look like. Ford NA design boss Peter Horbury has said future
The December issue of Road & Track should be turning up on magazine racks and in mailboxes momentarily including a segment on new and future cars. Parts of it have already turned up online including this rendering of what they think the Tesla Model S will look like. Unfortunately, the reality of actually laying out, print and shipping paper magazines mean that they the content was generated weeks or months ahead of last week's announcements at Tesla.