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The top 10 new cars of 2013

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page - PAUL GOVER CHIEF RE­PORTER paul.gover@cars­guide.com.au

THE new Holden Com­modore is the most im­por­tant new car of 2013. The VF and the VF alone points to the fu­ture of mo­tor­ing in Aus­tralia.

If Holden can re­verse its dis­as­trous sales slide of 2012 and put smiles back on the faces of big car fans, the VF will be a success. It will also en­sure the in­vest­ment needed to keep Holden pow­er­ing to the end of the decade. If it flops, then things are not look­ing good for the Red Lion brand.

But the VF has al­ready scored a big hit for 2013 with a land­mark ex­port deal that turns it into the Chevro­let SS, with pre­dic­tions of be­tween 7000 and 10,000 sales a year for a fully loaded ex­port model with a tidy profit po­ten­tial. The VF also be­comes, as the SS, Chevro­let’s race­track hero in NASCAR.

There are plenty of other land­mark cars set for 2013.

The S-Class from MercedesBenz will be the world’s most ad­vanced car, the Fer­rari F150 prom­ises to be the fastest, and the Nis­san Pul­sar is the most wel­come among those who have missed their baby favourite dur­ing the in­glo­ri­ous era of the Ti­ida.

We also ex­pect ar­rivals from Kia and Hyundai, which will con­tinue to tip the show­room scales to­wards Korean cars that are more than just bar­gain­base­ment deals, as well as the Toy­ota RAV4 and more.

So here are my top 10 choices for the coming year, in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der, with their PG rat­ing based on their im­por­tance to us all. Some are for fun, some are se­ri­ously se­ri­ous but ev­ery sin­gle one is set to make a ma­jor im­pact on our roads.

TOP 10

FER­RARI F150

5/10

The red rocket is a toy but what a toy. It re­places the Enzo as Fer­rari’s su­per­car flag­ship and roars into ac­tion against the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 as the world’s fast car fac­to­ries re­bound from the GFC. The F150 — its real name is still se­cret— won’t be sold in Aus­tralia but the left-hand drive speed ma­chine’s driv­e­train marks a rev­o­lu­tion. It’s Fer­rari’s first petrol-elec­tric hy­brid hero, a plan also fol­lowed dur­ing devel­op­ment of the 918 and P1, and driv­e­train that will trickle down to af­ford­able cars.

FORD KUGA

4/10

The Blue Oval brand needs new heroes but the Kuga and Eco­Boost are as good as it gets for 2013. The SUVs will be wel­comed and should sell well— if Ford can fi­nally get its mar­ket­ing ma­chine out of first gear. There’s no real progress on the Fal­con un­til 2014 and, de­spite prom­ises of a mas­sive im­prove­ment, that could be a year too far.

HOLDEN COM­MODORE VF

10/10

April can­not come soon enough for Holden fans, even though the VF will show its colours in March when the new body­work is draped over the V8 Car of the Fu­ture con­tenders. The big changes are in safety and qual­ity, with a ma­jor cabin up­grade and driver aids in­clud­ing blind-spot warn­ing. The mid­dle part of the Com­modore— the costli­est to change— con­tin­ues un­til 2016.

KIA CER­ATO

8/10

The cur­rent Cer­ato is bot­tom of the class at Kia, which has been one of the vast improvers in years. It gets an over­due re­make that picks up the me­chan­i­cal package of the great lit­tle Hyundai i30— 2012 Cars­guide Car of the Year

Toy­ota RAV4

Holden Com­modore

VF

Next? 2003 Enzo. Fer­rari

F150 Ford Kuga

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