If you ask us, 2012s been a pretty good year for new cars. Mind-blowing supercars such as the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the McLaren 12C Spiderhave stolen quite a few headlines this year, whilst more mainstream marvels like the all-new Volkswagen Golf,Dacia Duster, BMW 6 Series Gran Cabrio and the opulent Range Rover have pinched the rest.
On that basis, 2013 has some pretty big boots to fill. Thankfully, the worlds auto makers are set to have plenty of amazing cars to show off next year.
Below, though, are the ones we reckon will be the highlights of the year. And what better to kick the list off with than what will undoubtedly be one of the most desirable?
As the immortal saying goes, the best things come to those who wait, and us here at carwow are hoping that phrase will apply to next years Maserati Quattroporte
. After all, the current cars been on sale since 2004, and its screaming for a worthy successor for quite some time now.
Details of the are pretty scarce at the moment, but from the snippets of info we do have for instance, were told hardly anything has been carried over from the old QP suggest that next years all-new version will be a noticeable step forward.
Of course, this is just speculation at the moment we wont know for certain until its compared with its competitors sometime next year. That said, we doubt itll be a bad car and, even if its not quite as good as those fast BMW and Mercedes saloons, it wont stop us lusting after one!
Whilst its at the opposite end of the spectrum to the luxury Italian super saloon, the Dacia Sandero is still a car we reckon will be a highlight of the New Year. And all because it has the potential to really shake up the new car market.
The reason why it could cause such a stir? When its officially released in December (yes, it wont be launched in 2013, but customers wont get them until next year, so it counts in our books!) Renaults Romanian budget brand will be marketing it for a whisker less than 6,000.
Okay, so thats for the most basic version, but even a Sandero with all the bells and whistles boled on can be had for the price of a low-spec Ford Fiesta
Which, in the financially troubled times were living in, is something thatll certainly appeal to prospective new car owners on a budget.
Marketing a car as the spiritual successor to one of the most iconic road-going machines of all time is certainly a move by Jaguar that has a few risks attached. It cant just be good enough: if it isnt brilliant or worthy of being compared to the E-Type, all that time and effort would have been in vain.
The good news, though, is that we highly doubt the F-Type will be what youd call shabby. With the Porsche 911
being benchmarked as a rival and claims its more rigid and driver focused than the already pretty hard-edged XKR-S, its certainly something that the Coventry based firm has high hopes for.
Long story short, us here at carwow and, indeed, pretty much every car fan in the world are seriously looking forward to finding out what the motoring press think of the F-Type.
Kia ceed/pro_ceed GT
Given the resurgent Korean firm has been marketed at the more youthful, down with the kids end of the market, its surprising that its taken this long for Kia to make a potent rival for the Ford Focus
ST and VW Golf GTI.
Next year, though, will see the arrival of the sporty GT flagship models for the ceed and pro_ceed range (theyre not spelling errors, by the way thats genuinely how their names are spelt!) that aim to give the established giants of the industry something else from the Far East to worry about.
To date, we only know itll have the same 1.6 turbocharged engine and six-speed manual transmission from the Hyundai Veloster Turbo
, so its safe to assume itll have to punch to keep up with the class leaders. What were really keen to find out, though, is if it stands up to the best of the best through the twisties
Whilst all the driving enthusiasts will be either swooning or bemoaning over the arrival of the turbocharged RenaultSport Clio
, but one of the key cars from Le Regie next year is the ZOE all-electric car, which is expected to go on sale in the summer of 2013.
Whilst its roughly the same size of the Clio, its importance is similar to what Dacias pinning on the Sandero, in that it has the potential to shake-up the new car market Renault hopes the ZOE will be the electric car to convince us sceptical Brits that EV power is relevant in a world thats dominated by road tax exempt diesels, ultra-frugal petrols and innovative hybrids.
Whether thats the case, though, remains to be seen. However, given the Twizys had a pretty positive reception so far, and the folk from Tesla across the pond seem to have done a pretty good job with the Model S premium saloon car, the ZOE has every possibility of being one of the surprise hits of next year.
Porsche 918/McLaren P1/Ferrari F70
Of course, you cant do a list on Most anticipated cars of 2013 without including arguably the three most talked about supercars of the New Year: the ultra-expensive, ultra-fast and ultra-advanced trio from Porsche, McLaren and Ferrari.
Whilst details on all three are sketchy we dont even know the official names of the McLaren and Ferrari yet! - we do know that theyll all utilise some form of electric drive support (yes, even cars like these are jumping on the eco bandwagon), extensive use of carbon fibre and enough space age gubbins on board to make the Curiosity Rover look like a Tyco R/C car.
Rest assured, whilst it would perhaps be a tad optimistic to expect the giants from Stuttgart, Maranello and Woking to let their cars feature in head-to-head group tests, we wont be at all surprised if the Porsche 918, McLaren P1 and Ferrari F70 will be stealing all the headlines and magazine front covers in 2013!
Of course, there are plenty more exciting and important new cars thatll be revealed or will go on sale next year, and we simply cant fit them all on one blog post! However, wed love to know what your most anticipated cars of 2013 are, so feel free to name us your personal highlights of the New Year in the comments section below.