We survived the Mayanpocalypse, Honey Boo Boo, and another year of the Bieber, and now it’s on to 2013. While we’ve already reviewed the new cars we loved most from last year, now it’s time to look ahead. Here’s ten cars for which to keep your ear to the ground this year, either because they’re hitting showrooms or because they’ll finally be announced (probably). Mazda 6 What it is: It’s probably the hottest sedan Mazda has ever produced, and while you’re not getting the still hotter wagon version here in the states, you can get it with a stick shift, (because Mazda) and they say they’re even bringing a diesel version here this year. And they’re going to race it, too, with a big ol’ awesome wing on the boot lid. Why it matters: We didn’t think anyone was willing to build a reasonably-priced mid-size sedan cooler than the Ford Fusion, but, as always, we shouldn’t have counted out Mazda. And their daring diesel maneuver could help punch a hole in the boring American hybrid market. C7 Corvette What it is: Chevy is finally releasing an update to its plastic beauty, whose current staling, er, styling, is functional but forgettable. Nobody will doubt that the ZR1 is a great car, and the Corvette still enjoys success on the race track, but with the SRT Viper’s return this year, the old ‘Vette needs to stand out. GM has been teasing it for half a year, and they’ll finally pull the sheet on January 13th, just 9 days from now. Why it matters: Every new generation of the Chevrolet’s timeless sports-to-supercar has had its detractors, and based on the reaction to the current estimate renders, the C7 will be no exception. It’s believed to have more angles, hood scoops, and- gulp- square tail lights. Has Chevy given up its simple race-functionality for a bit of sales-centric styling? We’ll see. 2015 Mustang What it is: Ford is preparing for the big 50th anniversary of its groundbreaking pony car, and apparently they’re baking up a complete redesign with IRS and an EcoBoost option. It won’t be released this year, but it will likely be teased, if not entirely unveiled, before another ball drops. Why it matters: Some are calling the live rear axle deletion the death of the muscle car, and they have a point. Chevy Cruze Diesel What it is: It’s a small, cheap car with an oil-burner, completely unremarkable aside from the diesel engine. Apparently Americans have expressed enough interest in alternate fuel that it will no longer be a luxury item, finally featured on a little commuter car. Why it matters: Along with the Mazda 6, this could mean much for the diesel market. If it succeeds, Chevy will undoubtedly dieselize some of their other cars and trucks, with their competitors following suit. Ferrari Enzo Replacement What it is: Ferrari will debut their new hypercar this year, the first since their incredible Enzo went out of print in 2004. Why it matters: Every supercar firm should have a hypercar, something unattainable, an ideal to strive for. The Enzo’s replacement will sharpen not only Ferrari, but the whole industry, even if they only build 400 of them as they did with the Enzo. Lamborghini Gallardo Replacement What it is: On the other end of the supercar spectrum, if there is such a thing, there’s the ubiquitous but brilliant Lamborghini Gallardo. The little Lambo is known in monied circles as a budget supercar, even the last Italian supercar you can get with a stick. It has filled an interesting market niche that might have been undiscovered before its advent: that supercar for the guy with not quite 300 grand to burn on something outlandish and beautiful. And as a result, it’s been the most successful Lamborghini of all time. Sant’agata has some big half-size shoes to fill. Why it matters: We want to see if Lamborghini will keep this pricing segment alive, and if they’ll leave the option open for a simple, row-your-own, RWD supercar. Porsche 918 Spyder What it is: Porsche just built the coolest hybrid to ever grace the planet with its tire smoke. It’s not for hypermiling. It’s not for saving the planet. It’s for getting to 60 in 2.9 seconds and topping out at 202 mph. It has 770 hp, exhaust ports behind your head, and a huge but tasteful (and functional) spoiler. Why it matters: The 918 Spyder puts a new face on the hybrid market. We’re all for electric motors and batteries if they make us faster. Even F1 cars are using them these days. Dodge Barracuda What it is: We’ve caught stirrings in the air that under their new Italian management, Chrysler wants to export a muscle car to Europe, but the raucous Challenger doesn’t agree with Europe’s sissy fuel economy standards. So they say they’re going to build a smaller version and call it the Barracuda, and that we’ll see it this year. Why it matters: Like the Mustang’s LRA, the Challenger’s massive bulk and heft seem to be the only roots left in the muscle car tree. If Chrysler ditches the Challenger for a smaller, sportier Eurofighter, the muscle car segment’s blood will be on their hands, as well. McLaren P1 What it is: When McLaren released the MP4-12C a couple of years ago, everyone started comparing it to their legendary F1 road car, which held the fastest production car record for quite some time. They should have waited, because McLaren tells us the P1 is the F1’s true successor. No, it doesn’t have a center mounted seat, but it does have a KERS to boost its 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 up to 963 hp. It goes on sale this year, and they’ll only build 500. Why it matters: Now that we’re all over the fact that they’re not gunning for the top speed record, we can hope that more supercar builders will build other “sub-record” hypercars. The P1 will theoretically get up to 239 mph, which slots in under the mighty Veyron, but still well above the 918 Spyder. McLaren’s telling the industry, “Just because you’re not the best doesn’t mean you don’t have to try.” Alfa Romeo 4C What it is: Alfa’s little rear-drive sports car squeezes 230 hp out of a turbocharged 1.8 liter four-cylinder. Its lines are simply stunning, its proportions perfect. If anything can capture Alfa’s “passion” and “spirit” and whatnot, it’s the 4C. Why it matters: We’ve heard rumors that Alfa Romeo may try to reestablish a foothold in America, and now that the BRZ/FR-S twins have primed us for a new love of small, light, RWD sports cars, the 4C may be the flag Alfa plants on our shores. F1 Cars What it is: The fastest racing in the world. Why it matters: We now have a dedicated F1 track in America, they’re planning another GP for the streets of New Jersey in 2014, and NBC has acquired the rights to broadcast the entire 2013 F1 season. Formula One is back in America, and hopefully it hangs around for a while. What cars are you most excited to see this year?