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_AUSTRALIAN _ car buyers are already spoilt for choice, with more brands and more models available per capita than in any other market in the world.

And things are only going to get better in 2013, with a host of new products scheduled to land on our shores over the next 12 months.

But next year's most important launch, by a considerable margin, will be the home-grown Holden VF Commodore, the first major change to Australia's favourite large sedan since the launch of the billion-dollar VE Commodore in 2006.

Back then, the Commodore was Australia's top-selling car, a title it held for 15 consecutive years until being knocked off the pedestal by the Mazda3 last year. This year, it will battle to finish among the top five best sellers.

And if the VF does not rekindle interest, it may not only spell the end of the Commodore, a car that has been produced here since 1978, it also could make it difficult for General Motors to justify the huge investment required to continue to build cars in Australia.

We have already been provided with a clue on how the new Commodore will look with the launch last month of the 2013 Chevy NASCAR entrant.

The race car is based on the VF SS Commodore, which will be sold in the US as a top-end performance car for the Chevy brand, but we will have to wait until April before learning full details of a car that Holden promises will be lighter, more fuel efficient and loaded with more technology.

And there are going to be plenty of other landmark cars competing for the car buyer's attention in 2013.

At the top end of the market, we will see the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the world's most advanced car, along with a plethora of models from Audi.

While the most important car bearing the four rings on the bonnet will be the entry-level A3 Sportback, there will also be a host of high-octane performance models, including the SQ5 which will become Australia's fastest diesel SUV.

Talking about fast, we will also see the arrival of the new Porsche Cayman and the Ferrari F150.

There will also be plenty happening at the other end of the market, with Mitsubishi launching the new Mirage small car at a price that is going to force a number of its competitors to reassess their pricing structures.

Volkswagen is again going to be a big player with the arrival of the seventh-generation Golf and the two Korean brands, Hyundai and Kia, will also continue to increase their share of Australian car sales with new models heading to the showrooms.

And Toyota is going to be even more difficult to dethrone with a new RAV4 set to join the just-released new-generation Corolla.

As the year progresses, we are sure to learn of a few more surprises, but listed below are 10 vehicles that I think will have a big impact on the market.

The West Australian

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