Another year, another blizzard of new cars. We not only list the lot, we pick the best for all budgets and tastes
Everything in the prestige world spins around the 3 Series, even if Benz is doing better with its C-class. The all-new 3 delivers more luxury and refinement, with a return to familiar styling, plus a smarter pricing policy, from $60,900 for a 320d. The entry turbo petrol 320i arrives mid-year.
Ford Falcon four
Ford has to persuade heartland buyers that an Ecoboost Falcon can really work for them in a class where big sixes have done best. It’s the most important car of 2012 — one way or the other.
Korean cars now come with class, so the question is: how does Hyundai do a 21stcentury sports car? The Veloster has a quirky three-door body and the promise of driving enjoyment. Pity it won’t be tweaked into a Kia for Australia.