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The top 10 new cars of 2013
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Next? 2003 Enzo. Ferrari
F150 Ford Kuga