Audi A3 Cabriolet
THE second-generation A3 Cabriolet is an all-new car. Adopting the styling of the slinky A5 Cabriolet, it is vastly improved compared with its predecessor and offers improved rear legroom with a longer wheelbase.
This soft-top A3 also gets a 1.4TFSI engine under the hood.
THE popular CLA200 may no longer qualify to be in Cat A from February but have no fear, the Mercedes-Benz CLA180 is likely to be here.
The CLA180 also has a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine but instead of the CLA200's 156 hp, it has been detuned to produce a kosher 122 hp.
IT has sleeker and smoother styling than its two predecessors, but the third-generation X-Trail will stand out for a more important reason - its new 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine allows it to slot into Cat A for the first time. Another first is that this new Nissan crossover is also available as a seven-seater.
THE new Mazda3 1.5 will be available as a five-door hatchback or four-door sedan.
The latter's styling is especially appealing as it looks like a smaller version of the slinky Mazda6. Like all recent Mazdas, it has SkyActiv technology which combines efficient engines with a smooth transmission in a lightweight but strong body.
Audi A3 Sedan
THE A3 is Audi's first compact sedan and it slots neatly into Cat A with its 1.4 TFSI engine.
Like the A3 hatchback, this turbocharged unit produces 122bhp and drives the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. More interestingly, it has the longest wheelbase for an A3 variant and hence, the roomiest rear bench.
THE fourth-generation of the City is all-new.
Its overall length of 4,440 mm is unchanged but its wheelbase of 2,600 mm is 50 mm longer than the car it replaces.
The existing 1.5-litre engine is retained but it is now mated to a new continuously variable transmission instead of the previous five-speed automatic.
THIS handsome hatch is based on a new platform that makes it shorter and lower but wider. The 308 is lighter and more efficient, with a new low-emission 1.2-litre turbo engine that produces exactly 130 hp.
Its i-Cockpit interior is similar to the 208 supermini, with a small steering wheel and a touchscreen to reduce the number of buttons.
Toyota Corolla Altis
THE 11th generation of the Toyota Corolla Altis has gone upmarket. Bigger with a longer wheelbase and more refined with a higher level of standard equipment, it is also slightly more expensive.
Its 1.6-litre engine is carried over but is now mated to a seven-step continuously variable transmission instead of the old four-speed auto.
Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
THE latest version of the topless Bug is sportier and less feminine than the old convertible.
The four-seater Beetle Cabriolet's fabric roof takes just 10 seconds to open or close electrically. Under the hood, it should have a 1.2 TSI engine producing 105 hp and mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.