TOYOTA YARIS HYBRID
This will be Toyota Australia’s most fuel-efficient car, boasting a combined consumption of just 3.3L/100km. It uses an all-new 1.5-litre hybrid powertrain and essentially replaces the Prius C hatch from the line-up. Prices for the new 2020 Yaris range are yet to be confirmed.
SKODA KODIAQ RS
Supply issues have hampered Skoda of late, but the Kodiaq RS will join part of a product onslaught in 2020. The $65,990 high-po mid-size SUV takes an unconventional route, using a 2.0-litre twin-turbo-diesel fourcylinder good for 176kW/500Nm. Skoda claims 0-100km/h in 7.0sec.
Small design tweaks and extra tech form the basis for the A5’s mid-life update. Like the R8, the gains ventilation slits above the single-frame grille as well as new styling for the LEDs front and rear. Inside, the MMI and Virtual Cockpit have been upgraded, too. A5/S5 i
The 310kW/500Nm hyper hatch is almost here, with cars expected to land in March. Using a 2.0-litre four-pot turbo, the 1550kg A45 S can reach 100km/h in a claimed 3.9sec. Prices are yet to be confirmed, but expect a sticker of around $90K in Oz.
MAR, APR, MAY
Audi Q3 Sportback; A5; A6 Allroad
BMW M8 Competition
Ford Mustang; Fiesta ST; Focus ST
Mercedes-AMG A45; CLA 45
Mitsubishi Mirage; Outlander
Porsche Macan GTS
Skoda Superb; Kodiaq RS
Subaru XV and Forester e-Boxer
VW T-Cross; T-Roc; Passat Alltrack
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FALTER
HIGHLIGHTS After months of decline, Audi has broken its drought with an increase in sales compared with January 2019. Its 1448 sales in the first month of 2020 is a gain of 12.9%. Audi’s key competition, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, both saw dips of 6.3 and 8.7% respectively. More broadly, electric and plug-in hybrid sales continue to surge relative to 12 months ago.
LOWLIGHTS The market itself, with a new VFACTS reporting system, was down 10,263 sales (12.5%) on January 2019. A total of 71,731 cars were sold this January compared to 81,994 the year before. January is the first month of stricter VFACTS reporting, with cars requiring a registration plate to be deemed sold and included in the monthly data. The passenger vehicle market took a hit with a decrease of 26.9% totalling 7556 units, while nine of the top-10 brands saw a drop in sales.
Octavia’s cashing in Czechs
While there were few highlights in January, Skoda bucked the trend; its Octavia rocketing to a 124.1% increase in sales over January 2019. Despite coming from a low base (79), the January 2020 result of 177 was still impressive. Lexus continued its strong form with the ES jumping 132%, while the updated Suzuki Baleno enjoyed a 135.2% gain.
Sports cars fail to fire
Sports cars less than $80K definitely weren’t the flavour of the month in January, with all but the Abarth 124
Spider and its platform partner the Mazda MX-5 recording significant losses. The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ dropped 59.1 and 35.6% respectively, while the once super popular pony, the Ford Mustang, fell 30.1%.