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The best cars for 2016

We're just past the halfway point of 2015 and have enjoyed some interesting new car releases already this year. The auto-manufacturers' rosters are still full of new products for the second half of the year, but lots of work is going into what will be happening in the new car market for next year. Here are some of the most important new car deals for 2016.

Alfa Romeo Giulia

The new Giulia may yet make a 2015 release date, but its impact will mostly be felt in 2016. The first in an exciting group of new cars from the Italian manufacturer, the Giulia sees Alfa Romeo challenging the big names in the compact executive saloon sector, including the BMW 3 Series, the Audi A4 and the Mercedes C-Class. It's an ambitious plan, but the signs point towards a stunning lightweight modern saloon with typical Italian handling and design flair.

Jaguar F-Pace

The first SUV from the luxury British sports car and saloon manufacturer is one of the most eagerly awaited releases of the year. An F-Pace has already been seen supporting Team Sky in this year's Tour de France but won't arrive on the market until next year, with an expected price tag starting at £35,000. Its main rivals will be the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

Mercedes E-Class

The next generation of the premium executive saloon is expected to be full of modern technology, including a number of driver assistance features and more autonomous driving ability than ever seen before. Aside from the high-tech driving gear, the new E-Class will also be given a sleek new look.

Ford Focus RS

Hot hatches are well and truly back in the spotlight. After this year's stunning new Honda Civic Type R, in 2016 all eyes will be on the new Ford Focus RS. Endowed with a 2.3 litre EcoBoost petrol unit under the bonnet producing 345bhp, it will also get four-wheel drive to help keep all of that power on the road where it belongs. It will challenge the likes of the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG and the Audi RS3 but have the benefit of a much lower price tag.

Peugeot Quartz

A new SUV from the French firm, the Quartz has been seen as a concept so far but will replace the Peugeot 3008. It looks very modern with bold, aggressive styling and unusual touches to the wheels and paintwork. The wacky-looking concept will be revised before reaching the market as the 3008 next year. Prices will start at £18,000.

Bentley Bentayga

Taking its cue from Jaguar, Bentley is stepping into uncharted waters with a new super-luxurious and unusually monikered SUV, the Bentayga. After a number of disappointing concepts, Bentley finally settled upon a production version which should see the light of day in spring, powered by the firm's mighty V8 and W12 petrol engines. Excellence is expected in every area, including a spacious and opulent cabin and silky-smooth but strong power output.

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