The past 12 months have been an incredible year for news - we count down the top ten news stories of the year, as decided by you
Darren Moss
27 December 2013

Whether it's riding in the Porsche Macan for the first time, hunting down a stunning new Lamborghini or marvelling at Jaguar's SUV concept, 2013 has provided some huge thrills for car fans. 

Here we've listed the top ten news stories of the year, as decided by your visits to Autocar.co.uk.

1. Lamborghini Egoista

Lamborghini's wild new concept car, which was seen for the first time at the Schloss Bensberg Concours d'Elegance in Germany, was created to honour the Italian manufacturer as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations. Lamborghini described the model as being a gift to itself, but confirmed that no person will ever own it. That doesn't stop the Egoista being one of the best-looking concept cars of 2013, though.

2. Porsche Macan

A chance to ride in a late-stage prototype of the new Porsche Macan with that manufacturer's development team is too good an opportunity to pass up. With us in the passenger seat, we got to experience first hand just how much of a game-changing machine Porsche's new SUV is. With mountains of both on and off-road ability, coupled with a premium interior, the Macan could well live up to its aim of becoming Porsche's best-selling model.

3. Range Rover Sport

A new Range Rover is big news, and a new Range Rover Sport is even bigger. The all-new SUV was seen for the first time at the New York motor show, with Land Rover design boss describing the model as "the Porsche 911 of SUVs". The latest Range Rover Sport saves almost half a tonne over the old model, and is offered with either a 288bhp 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel or a 503bhp supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine.

4. Audi A4

Our full scoop of the next-generation Audi A4, due in 2015, reveals a car which aims to take the premium saloon fight directly to the door of the BMW 3-series. The next A4 will be offered with both petrol-electric and diesel-electric hybrid powertrains, and will feature four-wheel drive, and eight-speed automatic gearbox and an electric-only range of 31 miles.

5. 2014 Mini

The all-new 2014 Mini hatchback has only been with us a few weeks, but such is the hype for the new car that it's already become one of the biggest stories of the year. The third-generation hatchback was revealed at Mini's Oxford plant, before being seen at both the LA and Tokyo motor shows. The new Mini brings with it an updated style, plenty of new safety tech and a new range of efficient three-cylinder engines. 

6. Porsche 918 Spyder

The first combatant in a three-way hypercar shootout involving Porsche, McLaren and Ferrari emerged in the form of the Porsche 918 Spyder. First seen at the Frankfurt motor show, the 918 Spyder offers a combined 875bhp from its naturally aspirated 4.6-litre V8 petrol engine in conjunction with two electric motors. Porsche says the 918 Spyder can storm to 62mph in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 214mph. Our first drive of the new model proved to be a hit, too.

7. LaFerrari

The first of two models to offer serious competition to the 918 Spyder is LaFerrari. Revealed at the Shanghai motor show, which also showed us the McLaren P1, LaFerrari boasts in excess of 950bhp from its petrol-electric hybrid setup. Ferrari endowed LaFerrari with a 6.3-litre V12 engine to work in conjunction with its electric motors, saying the model could reach 60mph in less than three seconds. We've since seen the model testing, but have yet to drive it.

8. Rolls-Royce Wraith

The Wraith is the most powerful Rolls-Royce in history. With 624bhp coming from its V12 engine, the £215,000 Wraith was revealed at the New York motor show in March. Rolls-Royce also claims the Wraith, which is based on the Ghost, is its most dynamic car ever. From the results of our first drive, we'd have to agree. The Wraith is smooth, swift and effortless, and that's everything a Rolls-Royce should be.

9. Jaguar C-X17

The Jaguar SUV. It's an idea that's been thought about and discussed for a number of years, and only now are we beginning to see test models on the road. Jaguar gave us a glimpse into its future earlier this year, though, with the C-X17 concept. Revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in September, the C-X17 marked the first use of Jaguar's new iQ[Al] architecture, and marked the start of the firm's most ambitous model expansion programme in its history. Our subsequent first drive in a prototype of the C-X17 revealed a car with stunning potential.

10. Jaguar XJ

Problems with Jaguar's Castle Bromwich production line struck a cord with readers this year, as production of the XJ was halted for up to four days due to unconfirmed problems in the supply chain. While XF, XK and F-type models weren't affected, Jaguar officials wouldn't elaborate on the cause beind the stoppage.

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