| 9th January 2013
This year is set to be the one of the most exciting ever for new car launches. New cars in 2013 include the next-generation Volkswagen Golf, a new Range Rover and even a new Ford Fiesta.
This means 2013 will see some of the best and most popular cars on sale today be revamped, remade and relaunched - and here is a guide for anybody looking for a new car in 2013, even if that search is on a budget.
New cars in 2013 under £10,000
The Ford Fiesta is the UK's most popular car of 2012 with over a quarter of a million sold, so it is no surprise to see plenty of excitement around a new 2013 Ford Fiesta.
The revamped front end houses a grille that is reminiscent of an Aston Martin but customers are more likely to be wowed by the sub-£10,000 price tag and massive range of technology. The latter includes SYNC voice activation control for the sound and satellite navigation systems.
There is also a selection of brilliant engines including the jewel in Ford's crown, a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol that delivers road tax-free levels of emissions and, according to Ford, the same power as its previous 1.6-litre unit.
New 2013 Ford Fiesta prices start from a penny-saving £9,795 for basic models, making it the best value around in the small hatchback market.
The Dacia Sandero, which boasts five doors and is larger than the likes of the Fiesta, also arrives in 2013 with an extremely basic level of equipment but a stunning price of just £7,000 - the lowest of any new car currently on sale in the UK.
New cars in 2013 for under £20,000
This is the big one; the seventh generation of probably the nation's most respected family hatchback. The Golf has forged a reputation for reliability, low running costs and, above all else, quality.
The new Volkswagen Golf will be no different - but it is completely new from the ground up with new weight-saving materials used in the build, better aerodynamics and superb new engine options.
These include a 1.4-litre 138bhp petrol offering 60.1mpg and 109g/km of CO2 emissions and a choice of two diesels including a 1.6-litre 103bhp unit delivering 74.3mpg and road tax-free levels of CO2 emissions (99g/km).
There is also a vast update to the amount of equipment and all models get DAB radio and Bluetooth as standard, as well as a larger boot than previous versions.
New 2013 Volkswagen Golf prices start from a bargain £16,330 - which gives you a lot of car for very little money. This is going to be one of the most exciting cars to go on sale in the next 12 months.
This year will be a big one for sub-£20,000 cars. The new Seat Leon is based on the same platform as the Golf, while the Skoda Rapid is a smaller, more efficient model to sit below the popular Skoda Octavia in the range.
There's a new Vauxhall Adam city car, priced at around £12,000, with an array of fashionable customisation options and low running costs. Its petrol engines include a road tax-free version while car insurance quotes should be relatively low.
The Vauxhall Adam falls into insurance group 4 (out of 50) and therefore will be one of the most affordable cars to insure. This is because car insurance groups are a rating system to guide insurers on how much they should charge for insurance premiums - the lower the number, the more likely a cheaper rate will be offered.
There is also a new Renault Clio featuring a new look, more space and its new R-Link 'tablet' dashboard technology.
A sporty Mini Paceman will be joined by mini SUVs such as the Vauxhall Mokka and Chevrolet Trax, while a Citroen DS3 Cabriolet brings a touch of summer to the new car market in 2013.
There's also the first in the expanded Fiat 500 range in the shape of the larger Fiat 500L, complete with coffee maker and a sound system designed by Beats by Dre.
All of these can be bought for under £20,000, leaving plenty of things for customers to think about this year.
New cars over £20,000 in 2013
Moving into the more expensive end of the market there is a plethora of exciting new cars. However, the most eye-catching of them all promises to be the stunning new Jaguar F-Type.
The two-seat sports car is a spiritual successor to the Jaguar E-Type and as a result uses all of Jaguar's design tricks to look sleek, powerful and emotive.
It looks fantastic and is available in coupe or droptop variation. A low, road-hugging design and sensuous curved lines hark back to Jaguars of old and as a result, this will be one for the motoring purists.
The Jaguar F-Type features a luxury, equipment-packed interior and a choice of power-packed 3.0-litre V6 335bhp and 5.0-litre V8 488bhp engines.
The V8 propels the car to a stunning 60mph time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 186mph and there is even the option of an 'Active Exhaust' to add to the sound.
New Jaguar F-Type prices are a hefty £58,500 but this could rise to nearly £80,000 for range-topping models.
Alfa Romeo 4C
For a cheaper, but still brilliant, sports car buyers may want to wait until later in the year and get behind the wheel of an Alfa Romeo 4C.
Based on the same design as the stunning Competizione 8C supercar, the 4C is a brilliant, quick, lightweight sports car that will turn heads wherever you go. Alfa Romeo 4C prices are expected to start from around £40,000.
Elsewhere, the new Range Rover will roll into showrooms early this year with a new look, more luxury and lower running costs - and a price tag of over £70,000 for the ultimate off-road luxury SUV.
A more executive, but no less impressive, BMW M6 Gran Coupe adds performance and power to the large executive segment.
To find out new car prices for these cars and more take a look at our new car prices section.