Incoming

THE NEW METAL HEADING OUR WAY

HYUNDAI VELOSTER

Second-generation Veloster brings more visual aggression and the latest take on the unique asymmetric door design. Aussie arrival has been delayed, but it will lob later this year with a 110kW atmo 2.0-litre or a 150kW 1.6-litre turbo. The front-drive hatch-cum-coupe promises sharper dynamics and better infotainment; just donít expect an N version.

DUE OCT

TESLA MODEL 3

Better late than never, and letís hope the Model 3ís quality issues have been resolved by the time the first ones arrive around June. No word yet on pricing, nor what variants will be offered first. As with other markets, though, itís likely those paying for more expensive models of the most affordable Tesla will be at the head of the queue.

DUE JUNE

BMW Z4

Thereís plenty of Aussie influence in the new Z4, as itís penned by Sydney-born designer Calvin Luk. The two-seater convertible will be priced from $84,900 with a 145kW 2.0-litre four, or pony up for the 250kW 3.0-litre inline six shared with Supra.

DUE MAY

MAZDA 3 SEDAN

The hatch is here and the sedan will soon follow suit. Only the bonnet and front windscreen are shared between the two, the sedan not as polarising visually and with a larger boot. Pricing is identical to the hatch, starting at $24,990 for the G20 Pure.

DUE APRIL

MAY/JUNE

Audi A6

Audi TT update

BMW Z4, BMW X7, BMW M850i

Lexus RC F track edition

Genesis G70, Genesis G80

Mercedes-Benz CLA

Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door

Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan

Mini Countryman Hybrid

Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Range Rover Evoque

Skoda Kodiaq RS

Tesla Model 3

Toyota RAV4, Toyota Hiace

Volkswagen Touareg

NOVEMBER

Mercedes-AMG A35

Toyota Supra

JULY

BMW 7 Series update

Audi Q3

AUGUST

Nissan Leaf

Wishlist

If you donít ask, you donít get

BYD SONG II

Chinese brand BYD doesnít have a presence in Australia, but it regularly sells more electric vehicles than any other brand, Tesla included. Itís easy to understand why, with sharp pricing and some of the better designs weíve seen from China. We reckon the Song II could fit nicely if it came at the right price.

The Market

UNCERTAINTY BRINGS INACTION

HIGHLIGHTS It was an all-ute affair on the podium for the second consecutive month, although Mitsubishiís more expensive updated Triton cooled slightly against the Hilux and Ranger competition. Mitsubishi (+15%) was the big winner, while Kia (+4%) increased its market share to finish as the sixth bestselling brand, well up on its 11th place last March. Jaguar (+41%) and Land Rover (+25%) also regained some recent losses, as did Porsche (+62%).

LOWLIGHTS It was a sea of red for March with all but four (Mitsubishi, Kia, Land Rover and Volvo) of the top 20 selling brands heading backwards. Those hit hardest included Subaru (-42%), Holden (-25%), Renault (-24%), Audi (-23%) and Honda (-22%). Blame it on the softness in the housing market, difficulty in getting credit and the upcoming federal election.

TOTAL SALES

99,442

MARCH 2019

Winning

Mitsubishi SUVs

Who needs hatchbacks, sedans and wagons? Not Mitsubishi, scorched into second place sales charts with sales surging 15%, the red-hot deals on Outlanders luring bargain Mitsubishi sold more SUVs other brand in March.

Tanking

Toyota soft-roaders

While heavy-duty off-roaders such as LandCruiser and Prado continue to boom, if you take those out of equation, Toyotaís SUV line-up a lot less rosy, with the RAV4, Kluger C-HR down 19%. Toyota is outsold soft-roaders by Mitsubishi, Mazda and Hyundai, with Subaru and not far behind.