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The new S-Class is 5.15 or 5.25 meters long, depending on the version, and is available at prices ranging from 85,204 to 149,881 euros. With its comfort and safety electronics, these sedan standards.

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The BMW i3 (4.00 meters) is optionally available as a purely electric car (from 34,950 euros) or with a small motorcycle engine as a range extender (plus 4500 euros), which can be used during the Drive and charge the batteries for the 170 hp electric motor.

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Former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer was one of the first i3 customers. A lot of criticism has been poured out online about the promotional video that BMW shot with him. Fisherman runs a management consultancy today, one of his customers is BMW.

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With the EUR 768,026 plug-in hybrid racer 918 Spyder, Porsche set a new lap record on the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife, namely 6:57 minutes. Competitor McLaren later reported that the P1 had achieved “less than seven minutes”, but did not want to give the exact time.

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The convertible of the VW Beetle (from 21,625 euros), like the sedan, is particularly important in the US market. Like its predecessor, the New Beetle, the car is based on Golf technology so front engine and front wheel drive.

Source: Volkswagen

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With the Paceman, Mini has created the most senseless variant of the mini idea: the actually too large Mini Countryman (4.11 meters, four doors) became the coupe version Paceman aguided. There isn’t much space inside, the car is a high-quality designer piece on wheels, available for between 13,800 and 35,950 euros.

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The Jaguar F-Type is somewhere between the most expensive Porsche Cayman and the cheapest Porsche 911 (from 73,400 euros), and technically it differs in its layoutDrive concept: Although the rear wheels are also driven in the Jaguar, the engine is at the front. The Jaguar is available as a V6 with 340 and 380 PS or as a V8 with 495 PS (99,900 euros).

Source: Jaguar

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The market launch of the F-Type Coupe, which was shown for the first time at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2013, is planned for next year.

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The door opens the wrong way round, but everything else is right on the Rolls-Royce Wraith. The 5.27 meter long fastback coupe (with a very long hatchback) is no Rolls for the chauffeur, although there is definitely room in the back seat. But driving yourself with the 632 hp twelve-cylinder is just too much fun – if you can raise 279,531 euros.

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VW launched the Golf in 2012 and is bringing a number of variants this year, primarily the Kombi Variant (18,950 to 29,075 euros), all-wheel-drive versions and the GTI. 2014 followeden the electric Golf and plug-in hybrid as well as natural gas drive. Models such as the Audi A3 sedan and convertible, Skoda Octavia and Octavia Combi or the Seat Leon ST were also created on the basis of the Golf in 2013.

Source: Volkswagen

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VW subsidiary Skoda made people sit up and take notice in 2013 with the Rapid Spaceback, an inexpensive alternative (14,990 to 22,390 euros) to the Golf – in a design that is reminiscent of the Audi A3 Sportback remind.

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The Renault Captur had its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013. Like Opel Mokka and Peugeot 2008, the car represents the new class of small SUVs without all-wheel drive. The Captur can be had between 15,290 and 19,390 euros.

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Mazda is countering the modular transverse matrix from Volkswagen with its Skyactiv technology. Special features: economical engines, comfortable chassis. The Mazda 3 (16,990 to 24.390 euros) is the most important model on this platform as a competitor to the VW Golf.

Source: Mazda

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The Chinese brand Qoros made its first appearance in Europe at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013, where the Qoros 3 Sedan model is unveiled by Qoros boss Volker Steinwascher (from right)rn) and head of design Gert-Volker Hildebrand. Both previously worked for German car brands.

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2013 wasn’t a bad year for cars. There were signs of life from ailing manufacturers, a flourishing sports car culture, a rebellious project from China and the reinterpretation of the best car in the world.

L.no longer afraid, Germany is the center of the world when it comes to cars. Many of the most impressive models are developed here and often also built here, but the music in demand is now playing elsewhere.

Porsche, for example, reported 14,150 new registrations worldwide for November – but only a little more than ten percent of the cars were still sold in Germany.

So if we are happy (or excited) that the German premium manufacturers are building so many large and powerful models, it is mainly because they can be sold particularly well outside of Germany.

The grill could have been bigger

That is why the new Mercedes S-Class looks the way it looks: huge, massive, dominant – a car for people who want to show what they have achieved. During a test demonstration of the new model, Arab customers even remarked that the radiator grille could have been even bigger.

Despite the S-Class’s mega-look, which takes getting used to, it is the best car of the year. You could also call it the best car in the world – because the Mercedes engineers have managed to do things that no one else does.

The S-Class is, so to speak, the FC Bayern of the car scene, namely the measure of all things when it comes to driving comfort. Even a Rolls-Royce doesn’t have Magic Body Control that are available for the Mercedes: A video camera detects unevenness, and the on-board electronics adapt the chassis to the findings of the camera. Ideally, the car completely irons a clearly visible bump in the asphalt and practically floats over it – in any case, the driver does not feel anything.

In addition, no competitor can currently equip its cars with as much radar and computer technology for accident prevention as Mercedes. If another driver ignores the right of way or if a pedestrian stumbles onto the street – the S-Class sees it, recognizes it and can brake automatically if necessary.

BMW builds the bravest car

It also pushes itself back into the right lane if the driver is inattentive and comes too close to oncoming traffic. You can call it scary – or visionary.

Because it fits the scenarios that all experts expect for the coming decades: massive influx of people into the cities is predicted, with the accompanying increase in traffic in a confined space – the assistance systems, which some of us still smile at, will be indispensable for our children and grandchildren.

BMW has also thought about the phenomenon of urbanization, but the thoughts from Munich led in a completely different direction, namely to the i3. This small car, presented in 2013, is the bravest car of the year.

With the i3, the company is focusing on pure city mobility, and since the batteries in the electrically powered car only allow a range of 150 kilometers, the i3 can hardly be moved anywhere else. But if more and more people are living in large cities soon, the market will create itself, especially since electric vehicles do not emit any exhaust gas in urban areas.

Electric drive can also be fun

In addition, the i3 is a wake-up call for competition and customers alike: If BMW of all people does something like that, then electromobility can no longer be a crazy idea. or?

Together with Renault / Nissan, BMW is in any case the first manufacturer to make a consistent offer to those interested in electric driving. Others will follow suit at the latest when the i3 sells satisfactorily.

And the three dream sports cars Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder prove that you can really have fun with batteries and electric motors. All are around 900 hp and drive the technology trend of the year to the extreme: plug-in hybrid.

In contrast to standard hybrid models, cars with plug-in technology are not fun brakes, but can drive longer distances purely electrically and go at a certain speed in electric mode without the petrol or diesel engine switching on again immediately.

There is still no diesel in the F-Type

Porsche is driving this principle with the 918 Spyder To the extreme: Even without its mighty V8 in the rear, the car can bring it to 150 km / h and accelerates to 100 km / h in 6.2 seconds.

What is possible in the interaction between the V8 and the two electric motors of the Porsche takes the breath away from the good test driver and brings the 918 Spyder a place on the podium. Not because of the consumption (which is actually lower than with other super sports cars), but because of the previously unknown driving dynamics.

Hopefully this is what it will be about in the future: that cars are fun, regardless of the level of performance. After all, diesel did not establish itself as a car drive until turbo technology became suitable for mass production and the engines not only saved fuel, but also put real pressure on the road. Today it is impossible to imagine the left lane without TDI & Co..

That is why there are also fun and lifestyle models such as the VW Beetle Cabriolet and Mini Paceman offered with diesel engines. Even before brands like Jaguar, the development does not stop, although you can get a diesel in the brilliant F-Type then don’t like to imagine.

A Rolls-Royce without a chauffeur

This roadster, which is to be accompanied by a coupe in 2014, has been making an enormous contribution to restoring the fascination that the Jaguar brand exuded in earlier years since the middle of the year.

If Jaguar’s sedans still have to place themselves a bit behind those of the German premium manufacturers, the F-Type has succeeded in a credible attack: If you think about driving an F-Type instead of a Porsche 911 Cabrio or Mercedes SL, it won’t really regret and still save a lot of money in the process.

And no, no diesel is planned for the F-Type, just as this type of engine is not an issue at Rolls-Royce. The British luxury brand launched the Wraith in 2013 the most splendid coupe of the year brought out: drawn with clear lines, yet opulent; sensual and yet technical without pitfalls; equipped with the most powerful engine in the company’s history, but still full of understatement. The special thing about the Wraith is that if you can buy it yourself, you should drive it yourself. This four-seater Rolls is expressly not designed as a chauffeur’s car.

In 2013, Volkswagen’s new technical platform expanded more into the middle of the car market. The modular transverse matrix (MQB) was initially just an idea, but the products are gradually being added: Audi is adding a sedan and a convertible to the A3 from 2012, while VW is bringing the GTI and the Variant station wagon to the Golf, Skoda creates Octavia and Octavia Combi, and the Seat Leon ST station wagon is also part of the party.

The dominance of the VW group

In 2014, cars as diverse as the VW Polo and Passat will follow MQB, so the competition needs a few good ideas. Especially since Volkswagen also offers highly interesting cars one level below the MQB base, this year it was the Skoda Rapid Spaceback.

In the group, its shape is called "Kurzheck", it is reminiscent of the prevented Audi A3 Sportback station wagon, only that the Skoda is much cheaper. And is no longer manufactured in such a simple material as the normal Rapid with notchback.

Due to the marketing and image force of the large VW group, the new Skoda shouldn’t have a hard time finding buyers (Skoda is the number one importer in Germany), but in 2013 there were also good ideas for good everyday cars outside of Wolfsburg.

It is impressive how the small, partnerless manufacturer Mazda develops its Skyactiv technology. The Mazda 3 relaunched in 2013, a competitor of the Golf, has firmly dug itself into memory during “world” test drives: the petrol engine is quiet and efficient, the chassis a model of controllability and comfort.

Small SUVs help the French

Renault and Peugeot have given themselves some air with SUV models in small car format compared to VW, because cars like the Renault Captur and the Peugeot 2008 does not yet have Europe’s largest car company on offer. Audi has just announced a Q1, but it won’t be out before 2016.

By then, there could also be clarity as to whether the next attack by the Chinese auto industry will succeed. This year the new brand Qoros from Shanghai at least established in the media, and at her first European appearance on the occasion of the Geneva Salon in March she achieved more than one respectable success.

First of all, the brand, which is headed by the former VW USA boss Volker Steinwascher, wants to sell well in China – but for this it was important to show a presence in Europe in 2013 and the crash test here too to pass with the maximum rating of five stars. What has succeeded.

The first China attacks failed because of this hurdle. Landwind and Brilliance models collapsed in the Euro NCAP crash in 2005, 2007 and 2009. Qoros also relies on good, European-inspired design. But not by copying, but because the former Mini chief designer Gert-Volker Hildebrand has been hired.

China overtakes the USA

So 2013 could later be remembered as a turning point, namely as the year in which the Chinese were no longer content with only bringing foreign cars into the country. Rather, they seriously took up the fight with the western auto industry and, for their part, became the center of the world.

As far as the registration numbers are concerned, they are already there: According to a current forecast by the CAR Institute of the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Chinese will buy 15.87 million new cars this year, the Americans only 15.7 million. With 2.95 million new registrations, Germany ranks fifth behind Japan and Brazil.

"world"-Reporter Stefan Anker regularly tweets spontaneous car news and observations from everyday driving and testing and is pleased if you are here click and follow him. Or check out his Facebook page past.

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