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LAST MONTH IN NEW PERFORMANCE CAR SALES

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High-end brands and sports cars dip

TWO MONTHS into 2018 and mainstream manufacturers are pushing the Australian new-car market up by six per cent year-to-date (YTD), while premium brands and sports cars are in significant decline.

With each percentage decline in brackets, Aston Martin (-4.0), Audi (-9.3), Bentley (-7.7), BMW (-0.2), Infiniti (-64.3), Jaguar (-45.5), Land Rover (-18.8), Lamborghini (-17.9), McLaren (-0.7), Mercedes-Benz (-0.7) and Porsche (-5.8) show the consistency of the February YTD drops.

In total, sports cars under $80K and over $80K were down by a quarter, too, with only a couple of Italians – Alfa Romeo (+57.6) and Ferrari (+65.4) – bucking the trend in the declining premium space.

So, then, how is the market up? Well, thanks to cooking models, mainly. Even from a sizeable base, Honda soared (+43.2), while Toyota (+16.4), Mitsubishi (+14.5), Kia (+12.3), Hyundai (+10.4) and Subaru (+5.1) chipped in with rises as well. Ford, Mazda and Volkswagen have flatlined, while Holden dropped dramatically (-19.4).

Caught between the arrival of new ZB and run-out VF Series II, the Commodore shed over half its YTD volume, with sales of 1608 versus 3526. With YTD sales in brackets, both Colorado (2429) and Astra (1821) have overtaken the once-dominant large car as the top selling model from the brand, but neither performed well enough.

In February alone, Holden sold 4689 vehicles, allowing what once was the unthinkable to almost occur – Kia (4664) fell just 25 vehicles short of beating it, while Nissan (4863), Honda (4962), Ford (6059), Mitsubishi (7142), and Hyundai (8001) breezed into higher positions. And, of course, Mazda (9913) and Toyota (18,281) remained at the top.

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Audi R8 – from $299,900

The second-gen Audi R8 has been exxy at $350K-plus. Just seven have been sold this year (four in Feb ’18 compared to five in ’17); while Bentley even sold six Continentals. So much for the ‘every day’ supercar...

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Mercedes-AMG GT – from $258,711

A quick facelift, GT C and GT R additions, plus a fresh roadster bodystyle pushed the AMG hero from 23 sales to 39 (Feb YTD 2017 versus 2018). It’s still well behind the Porsche 911’s 136, though.

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April-June 2018

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q

Giulia QV-based SUV.

Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate

Audi RS4 Avant Bentley Continental GT

First all-new Continental since 2003.

BMW M3 CS

Hyundai Genesis G70

Hyundai’s Kia Stinger.

KTM X-Bow GT

Lexus LS

Merc-AMG GLC63

Mercedes-Benz CLS

Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman GTS

Porsche 911 Carrera T

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Rear-drive, 515kW and another ’Ring record.

Porsche Cayenne

Range Rover/Sport updates

Renault Sport Megane

Traditional FWD king will need to be very good.

Volkswagen Polo GTI

2.0-litre turbo, but DSG only.

July-December 2018

Alpine A110

French Cayman fighter.

Audi RS4

BMW 8 Series

BMW i8 Roadster

Chevrolet Camaro

HSV converts to RHD.

Ford Fiesta ST

Boosted 1.5-litre triple.

Ford Mustang

Kia Cerato Turbo

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

Lamborghini Urus

Off-roading Lambo.

McLaren Senna

Mercedes-AMG A35

Mercedes-AMG CLS53

Mercedes-AMG G63

Range Rover SV Coupe

2019

Audi S6

Audi Q6

BMW Z4

Turbo six, rear-drive roadster return.

Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door

Mercedes-AMG A45

300kW+ confirmed for hyper hatch.

Toyota Supra

Porsche 992 911