Looks like I will be a busy car reviewer the next few years. New models will come fast and furious in the 2013-16 model years, according to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch’s annual product pipeline analysis, dubbed the “Car Wars” report.
The above-average flood of new vehicle launches will peak with 105 all-new cars and trucks for 2014 and 2015 model years.
U.S. automakers will lead in introductions, leading to likely increases in market share vs. Asian and European makers, according to the report.
GM, having gotten past the bankruptcy-induced hole in its product pipeline, will undergo a dramatic replacement rate that will largely remake its lineup, says the bank, including:
-Redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups and their derivative SUVs.
-A new generation of the full-size crossovers, including the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave.
-New versions of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain compact crossover SUVs.
-A new Impala full-size car for 2014.
The bank sees GM gaining market share a bit with the launches, to an estimated 18.2% by 2015.
Ford will see an above-average replacement rate, too, says the report. It projects that the automaker will have a “solid product cadence,” culminating in an all-new Ford F-Series pickup line in the 2015 model year.
Following Chrysler’s current product makeover surge, the report says the carmaker will have a below-average launch of new vehicles in the coming years. Chrysler will launch a slew of new crossovers, though, such as the new car-based Jeep Liberty replacement, and other small and midsize Fiat-based vehicles, such as the redone Chrysler 200 and new-entry 100, in the coming years. Expect an all-new Ram truck in the 2017 model year, the report says.
Korean, European and Japanese automakers are expected to have below-average replacement rates for the 2013-16 model years.