Incoming

THE NEW METAL HEADING OUR WAY

VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG

DUE MAY

All-new, third-gen large SUV has aspirations of taking on the dominant German brands, but unlike the Mercedes-Benz GLE, BMW X5 and Audi Q7, the Touareg seats only five, with an emphasis on two rows of luxury. The V6 diesel models arrive first, with a plug-in hybrid set to follow.

BMW 8 SERIES

DUE APRIL

The return of the 8 Series badge for BMWís flagship two-door brings classic proportions with real presence. Available initially as an M850i xDrive in coupe or convertible forms, both with a 390kW twin-turbo V8 driving all four wheels, the newcomer promises to take on the gran turismo flavour of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and Bentley Continental GT.

PORSCHE 992 911

DUE APRIL

Porsche has not just improved the 911 but transformed it with the 992, eking out more power, pace and panache. The rollout of some 20-odd models begins with Carrera S variants in April. One key change is the adoption of the wide body across the range. Porschehasnot the911

TOYOTA PRIUS

DUE APRIL

Facelift brings new bumpers and less polarising lights, along with a new 7.0- inch touchscreen as part of the revised infotainment system. No changes to the 1.8- litre petrol-electric drivetrain, right down to its old school nickel-metal hydride batteries. newbumpers

BMW X7 & Z4

APRIL /MAY

Citroen C3 Aircross

Genesis G70 & G80

Lexus RC F Track Edition

Mazda 3

Mercedes-Benz CLA

Mercedes-Benz EQC

Mini Electric

Range Rover Evoque

Toyota RAV4

JUNE

Audi A6

Ford Fiesta ST

Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door

Tesla Model 3

Peugeot 508

JULY

BMW 7 Series update

Audi Q3

Nissan Leaf

NOVEMBER

Mercedes-AMG A35

Toyota Supra

Wishlist

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SEAT EL-BORN

Is it just us, or does Seat create some of the better-looking cars within the Volkswagen Group? The latest of which is the el-Born concept, the first allelectric car from the Spanish brand. Granted, itís Buckleyís chance for Oz, given the Seat brand was killed off in 1999, but that doesnít stop us dreamingÖ el concept all

The Market

WINNERS FEW AND FAR BETWEEN

TOTAL SALES

87,102

FEBRUARY2019

HIGHLIGHTS Cheap cars and ultra premiums managed strong results in February, but for very different reasons. Chinese brands MG (+795%), Great Wall (+119%), Haval (+71%) and LDV (+38%) revelled in substantial growth, bucking the dreariness elsewhere. It seems buyers are prepared to overlook the top brands in the hunt for a bargain. Then there was Ferrari (+44%), Lamborghini (+8%) and Bentley (+67%), all proving that, like the housing market, thereís resilience at the top end.

LOWLIGHTS No shortage of brands heading backwards in February, many of them luxury marques; Land Rover (-32%), Maserati (-55%) and Porsche (-32%) leading the drop. But mainstream brands also fared poorly: Toyota saw an 11% slide, while Volkswagen (-13%), Honda (-22%), Holden (-18%) and Subaru (-48%) also endured a tough month. Even medium SUVs Ė the marketís single biggest segment Ė copped an 11% drop.

Winning

No stopping them utes

Just when we thought weíd ute, a fresh burst of 4x4 goodness sees them rocketing once For the first time, utes filled three places on the sales charts, with the freshened Mitsubishi joining perennial market leaders from Toyota and Ford at the hit peak odness again. the top harts, shi Triton aders e top.

Tanking

Audiís 35 percent slump

Itís been a torrid time for Audi, with sales slumping 35 percent in February. Thatís the brandís worst February since 2009 and comes off the back successive circa-10 percent annual sales declines in 2018 and 2017. Leading the plunge are the brandís SUVs (except the new-to-market Q8) and volume models such as the A1 and A3.