The fourth-gen, seven-seat e r. SUV features a new exterior design, is built on Kia’s N3 platform, and gains an upmarket, tech-filled interior. The 148kW/440Nm turbo-diesel four and 206kW/336Nm V6 carry over, while an eight-speed dual-clutch has been added. Prices are yet to be set.
HYUNDAI i30 SEDAN
If you’re wondering where the Elantra is, don’t fret, it’s just been given a new name. The i30 sedan pairs divisive styling with a premium cabin, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and a ‘digital key’ feature. Base cars will use a 2.0-litre atmo four, with a turbocharged N-Line to come.
BMW M2 CS
It’s a two-door coupe with rear-drive and a boosted inline-six up front. to like about the M2 CS? It’s not cheap at $139,900, and it’s a limited run, but you do gain a 331kW/550Nm S55 under the bonnet, shed-load What’s not a of carbonfibre, and gold wheels.
The second-gen Juke’s design is, ahem, slightly less polarising than the first. We’ll mark that as a compliment. Built in the UK, the quirky compact SUV has grown dimensionally, features a refreshed cabin, and runs a 86kW/180Nm 1.0-litre turbo triple.
MAY, JUNE, JULY
AAston DBS Superleggera Volante
Audi A5; A6 Allroad; Q7; SQ8
BMW X5 M/ X6 M Comp; M2 CS
Ford Focus ST
Skoda Kamiq; Scala; Superb
Volkswagen T-Cross; Golf GTI TCR
Volvo XC40 Recharge
KIA TAKES ON BIG BROTHER AND WINS
HIGHLIGHTS Kia, for the first time in its history, outsold its parent company, Hyundai, in Australia. The Korean marque sold 5654 units (an increase of 6.6% year-on-year) against its bigger brother’s 5306. Reasons for this are another great month for both Cerato (1841) and Sportage (1186), plus the addition of the Seltos (655). Conversely, Hyundai lost the volume-selling Accent from its range. With deals aplenty, Holden’s sales bounced back for a 30.2% upturn on March 2019. The Colorado recorded 2391 registrations, while the heavily discounted Trax racked up 815.
LOWLIGHTS Despite Holden’s improvement, low stock meant the Commodore slumped to just 95 registrations. And while the impact of COVID-19 did have an effect on the market – sales fell for the 24th consecutive month – the 17.9% drop wasn’t as dire as expected.
Is this the Lion’s last roar?
After a disastrous February result, Holden surged back up the ranks in March, largely due to a spike in Colorado orado set ab sales. However, with reported heavy discounting and the end of the brand in stone, it’s more a stay of execution than a ray of light. Still, the dual-cab rocketed into the top five with 2391 registrations (4x2 and 4x4).
Traditional favourites take a hit
While there are models haemorrhaging sales left, right and centre, a few dips from venerable nameplates are of note. The heady days of selling more than 600 C-Classes a month seems over, with it falling 68.5% year on year. BMW’s X2 took a 83.4% hit, while Mazda’s traditionally popular 2 and 3 slumped 71.2% and 44.1% respectively.