It's 2013? Already? In the car world, that would be a definitive yes. With 2012 half over, major car companies have started unveiling next-year's models to itchy ignition fingers -- with other debuts right around the corner. Here are the ones keeping car enthusiasts humming and consumers' engines revving.*
-- Gregg Rosenzweig
This is not your father's Cadillac. Or his. This stylish, AWD luxury car comes tech-loaded thanks to CUE -- the Cadillac User Interface -- a touch-sensitive display that can do all sorts of non-Caddy like things such as play music wirelessly via Pandora.
Arrival Date: This one's arrived at dealerships.
Price*: Starts around $44,075
New usually holds great appeal to car drivers -- which is why this brand new model sedan's style and spaciousness will be a gust of fresh air given its price point. The fact that it shares the same engine as the Alfa Romeo? That only helps.
Arrival Date: October 2012
Price: Starts around $15,995
This all-new model is all abuzz with the puberty set given its European styling and hot hatch, street fighter mentality. The 252-hp EcoBoost engine gives it a little extra vroom. This might be the teenage dream.
Arrival Date: September 2012
Price: Starts around $23,700
This crafty three-door Veloster has given other Hyundai models such the Genesis a run for its money. The '13 Turbo model only intensifies this love affair, adding an extra 63 horsepower and a whole lot of giddyup.
Arrival Date: Currently at Hyundai dealerships.
Price: Starts at $22,725
As one of the top selling cars on the road, the Altima continues its perennial run as a reasonably priced car -- that looks more expensive. Edmunds.com calls this fifth generation version "the most refined, efficient and upscale Altima ever."
Arrival Date: It's here. It's now.
Price: Starts around $21,500 for the base model.
After four years of development, this all-new compact sport coupe arrived with a 200-hp bang, proving that even Subaru itself can be cool. Toyota even partnered up in the creation of the BRZ, a prime example of its excellent handling.
Arrival Date: Currently starring on a Subaru lot near you.
Price: Starts at $25,495
Apparently the Model S sold out before the first car was even delivered according to Tesla. But once again, Tesla showed that style, sportiness and sustainability do not have to be mutually exclusive ideals.
Arrival Date: Sold out, but there's a waiting list for the next batch.
Price: Starts at $57,400*
(*Pricing does not include a $7,500 federal tax credit.)
This premium luxury car one ups the 5 Series with its turbocharginess, length and price tag. It's also the first 6 Series car with four doors. It's the ultimate in goose bumps, yet for a pretty penny.
Arrival Date: Fall 2012
Price: Starts at $76,000
The iconic snake/sports car is back after disappearing in 2010 -- and this time, it's dropped the "Dodge" name. It's even more ferocious this go 'round with V-10 engine spewing out 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque.
Arrival Date: Fall 2012
Prices: Nothing's official at this point.
This award-winning SUV with the super-cool, sophisticated interior comes in two sexy new flavors for 2013 -- bright "Alpine" white and a classy black "Vapor." It also still gets 0-60 in 4.8 seconds, pretty damn good for a utility vehicle.
Arrival Date: Special editions arrived in August 2012
Prices: Starts at $60,920