Incoming

THE NEW METAL HEADING OUR WAY

DUE SEP

HYUNDAI PALISADE

Thinking of buying a Mazda CX-9 or Toyota Kluger? Best pay attention. After months of uncertainty surrounding its availability to RHD markets, Hyundai has confirmed its full-size Palisade SUV will arrive Down Under. Two engines will be offered (3.8L V6 petrol and 2.2L 4cyl diesel) and the option of seven- or eight-seat cabin configurations. Expect pricing in the $50-70K bracket.

DUE AUG

TOYOTA YARIS

The first all-new Yaris in over a decade arrives with cutting-edge safety tech (including an airbag between the front seat passengers) and the option of hybrid assistance to its standard 1.5-litre three cylinder petrol. Prices are tipped to jump sharply and start close to $20K.

DUE AUG

FORD PUMA

The Pumaís arrival finally means the miserable Ford EcoSport is no more. Where that small SUV was gutless, cheap and dreary, the Fiesta-based Puma is a marked improvement in every area. Itís pricey, though. The base car starts at $29,990...

DUE DEC

ALFA ROMEO GIULIA Q

Alfa has updated our favourite Giulia and Stelvio variants, giving the Quadrifoglio twins improved infotainment, LED taillights, some lashing of carbon trim and a lairy new shade of green paint. No more power, sadly.

2020 ARRIVALS

JULY/AUGUST

Aston Martin DBX & Vantage

Volante Audi SQ5 TDI & R8 facelift

Ford Puma & Escape

Honda CR-V facelift

Hyundai i30 sedan & Sonata

Genesis GV80 & G80

Isuzu D-MAX

Kia Sorento & Picanto facelift

Land Rover Defender 110

Lexus LC 500 facelift

Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X

Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro

Mercedes GLB & GLA

Mini Electric

Porsche 718 GTS

Toyota Yaris

Volkswagen T-Roc

SEPT/OCT

Alpina B3 Sedan and Touring

Audi RS6, RSQ3 & e-tron

Honda Civic Type R update

Hyundai Santa Fe facelift, Palisade

Kia Stinger facelift

Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder

Porsche 911 Turbo S, 911 Targa & Cayenne GTS

Skoda Kamiq

Suzuki Swift facelift

NOV/DEC

Alfa Giulia and Stelvio Q facelift

BMW M2 CS & X3 hybrid

Kia Stonic & Carnival

Lexus LC 500 Convertible

Mazda BT-50

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross update

Porsche 911 Turbo & Taycan

Subaru Outback

Toyota Yaris Cross, GR Yaris & Supra

The Market

BEACONS GLIMMER IN THE GLOOM

HIGHLIGHTS If you want to survive an economic downturn, build big utes, cheap Chinese SUVs, and niche British sports cars. Great Wall and Haval are up 19.5% and 96.7% YTD respectively. Ram continues to rock a 31.3% YTD growth, while Lotus grew a massive 500% compared to the same time last year.†Okay, so that may be skewed by the fact it sold just one car last May compared to five in the month just gone.

LOWLIGHTS Genesis is still struggling to find traction after almost a year in the market. Just five models rolled out of the Korean brandís showroom last month.†While the market is up compared to Aprilís COVID-19 affected slump, this is the lowest May figure in 26 years, and makes this the longest sustained downturn in new car sales since the GFC. Some of the brands hit worst by the slowdown are Renault (-40.2% YTD), Citroen (-55%), and Alfa Romeo (-39%).

Winning

Tiguan has its tail up

Hats off to Volkswagen for massively ramping up sales of the Tiguan SUV in May. Only 156 left dealers in April, lifting to 451 units in May, an increase of 189%. Also worth a mention is the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (up 180%), the Honda HR-V (+147%), and the Mazda 3 (+130%). Mazda did well, with the CX-5 +128% and the CX-3 up by 124%.

Tanking

Not really. But still...

Truth be told, itís hard to find a vehicle that sells in significant numbers that didnít increase sales hugely between en ly April and May. But some were clearly better positioned to take advantage than others. Take Toyota. Sales of the much-lauded new RAV4 lifted by a mere 23%. Blame that on supply rather than demand.