Australia is set to become the biggest car-buying destination of the year with the launch of the first Australian online retailer.

The online retailer Walgreens is launching a series of new cars, including the 2018 Ferrari LaFerrari, which was designed to rival the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Audi RS3.

The company said its new online dealership will be a “premium, convenient and secure” destination for Australians.

“We are looking forward to the arrival of the 2018 LaFermari, the 2018 Audi RS 3 and the 2019 Volkswagen Polo R in the coming weeks,” Walgreen managing director Michael Sperling said in a statement.

“These new cars are sure to be a popular choice for customers, and our customers will be able to shop and compare their choices online, to find the car they are looking for,” he said.

“Our new online store will be the first online retailer to offer a car dealership in Australia, and we look forward to serving the Australian community.”

The first of three online retail outlets, Walgros will be based in Sydney and the second in Adelaide.

Walgreens has previously opened a store in Melbourne.

It has launched in the US, Canada, New Zealand, France and South Africa.

“We look forward on delivering the most convenient and reliable car shopping experience in Australia,” Mr Sperlin said.

The Australian car industry is on a steady rise with sales growth forecast to hit a record 7.8 per cent in 2020, according to industry figures.

The new online retailer will also be able sell the cars in the state of Victoria and will offer services to customers in the areas of warranty, insurance, parts and repairs.

The launch comes amid a global shift in the industry to the internet and social media.

The new car sales are expected to bring $500 million to the Australian economy, according the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures.

Australian car companies and dealers have been struggling with the increased competition from overseas competitors.

Many carmakers are moving to digital technology to boost their sales, but it has also meant they have been slow to adapt.