New York — The year 2018 was very good for the car industry. According to Cox Automotive, US vehicle sales are expected to total 17.2-million units for the year, which is more than 2017 and the fourth year in a row to beat 17-million, finishing above the firm’s earlier forecasts. But I am already looking forward to what I can get my hands on in 2019. For starters, there’s the convertible version of the Bentley Continental GT, which was one of my favourite cars from 2018, as well as the convertible version of the McLaren 720S, which got a rather mixed review from me. I’m hoping the open-air version is more exciting — or improved, technology-wise (hey, it could happen!) — than the coupé. I’m also eager to try the next-generation Porsche 911, the 992. As the next-generation continuation of a 54-year-old icon, it has a lot to prove, and a lot to lose, if Porsche doesn’t get it right. But one car stands out above all the rest as the single most essential vehicle I must drive in 2019: the...

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