THE NEW METAL HEADING OUR WAY
The Escape is one of two key SUV launches for Ford in 2020; the other is the Puma. Prices start at $35,990 and rise to $52,940 for the PHEV, which has an EV range of 50km and draws power from a 14.4kWh battery. The rest of the FWD/AWD range uses a 183kW/387Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo.
Built off the modular MFA platform, the in-between-size GLB offers Merc yet another seven-seat SUV option and slots in between the GLC and upcoming GLA. Engines will be four-cylinder turbos, while the GLB 35 4Matic variant packs 225kW/400Nm. Local pricing is yet to be revealed.
VOLVO XC40 RECHARGE
ĎRechargeí is Volvo-speak for EV, which translates into a compact SUV with two electric motors (mimicking AWD) making 304kW/660Nm, and a 0-100km/h time of 4.9sec. The 78kWh battery pack delivers a WLTP-claimed range of 400km.
With its German rivals absent from the large hi-po wagon segment, Audi owns this space. The new RS6 still runs a twin-turbo V8, now with 441kW/800Nm and a 48v mild-hybrid system. Rolling on 22-inch wheels, itíll clock 0-100km/h in 3.6sec.
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST
COVID-19 BRINGS MASS CASUALTIES
HIGHLIGHTS To be frank, there arenít many, although perspective is key here, especially when countries like India saw its market fall 100%. And no, thatís not a typo. Italy recorded a shocking 98% drop, while France didnít prove much better with an 89% fall. The fact that MG (1.5%) and Ram (14.1%) managed a percentage growth is impressive. Kia continues to upstage Hyundai, with the marque sneaking into the top-three brands for April 2020, while Holden had a small win by scraping its way back into the top 10 for the first time in 2020.
LOWLIGHTS No amount of PR spin can hide the fact that the market saw its biggest monthly slump year-on-year since VFACTS reporting started in 1991. Plummeting to 38,926 registrations for the month means a 48.5% decline on April 2019. Aussie figures also show a 52.3% slashing in April compared to March 2020. COVID-19 is taking effect.
Little Jimny bucks the trend
It seems Suzuki has finally gained adequate supply of its hugely capable mini off-roader. Admittedly itís from a low base, but the likeable Jimny surged 334% from 26 to 113 sales. Fun-factor also saw the likes of the Subaru BRZ and WRX jump 66.7% and 63.3% respectively. ely. It seems Aussies are planning postlockdown drives. We donít blame them!
Czechs bounced in April
With plenty of new and exciting metal on the horizon, itís almost expected ed that Skoda would have a tough month irrespective of a global pandemic.
Every model in the range failed to fire in The and be April, with the brand down 80.7%. hardest hit were the Superb (-98.1%) the Rapid (-95%), which is about to replaced by the Scala.