10 Hottest New Cars for 2013

Check out this 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra!  © Ford Motor Company
Check out this 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra! © Ford Motor Company

It looks like 2013 will be a decent year for the auto industry -- in fact, we're already getting a preview. Thanks to the long-standing industry practice of introducing new model year cars midway through the previous calendar year, plenty of "upcoming" cars have been roaming the streets since the summer of 2012. It can be tricky to make such predictions, since numerous unpredictable factors can interfere with the release date of a new car (some can be delayed, while others can be completely killed off) but, at this point, we think this list is pretty safe.

Top-10 lists like this are always a little tricky -- like car shopping, some decisions are all business while others tend to get a bit personal. Facelifts of popular existing models are usually a safe bet because they're a known quantity, even when the automaker's worked in some interesting new features. And as far as all-new cars go? It's another fair bet that, if a new car has enjoyed a good amount of hype, or fills a particular void in a brand's lineup, it'll be rewarded with a fair amount of initial interest.

But, as it goes for all cars, whether they can actually compete in the market remains to be seen.