By Ali Oswald
If you've spent any time looking for a new car, you've probably noticed that some terms keep popping up again and again. Phrases like all-new, redesigned or even refreshed may seem like variations on the same theme, but these terms actually mean different things.
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"All-new" is widely used, but not always in the same way by car manufacturers.
"Automakers like to use all-new all the time," said Dave Sullivan, an analyst at automotive research firm AutoPacific. It's used in car commercials to generate interest among buyers who want a new car, Sullivan said, but it has another meaning, too.
All-new models have been created from a blank sheet of paper, said Chrysler spokeswoman Wendy Orthman. Honda spokeswoman Jessica Howell adds that all-new models can be ones that haven't been seen before. Two examples are the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C sports car and the 2015 Acura TLX luxury sedan.
Confusing matters, all-new and redesigned are sometimes used interchangeably.