THE NEW METAL HEADING OUR WAY
VW has given its Touareg line-up an extensive overhaul by adding a new V8 flagship and restructuring the existing range. Gone is the 190TDI, with its place now taken by three new Euro 6 compliant variants: 170TDI ($81,490), 210TDI Elegance ($99,490) and 210TDI R-Line ($108,490). The V8 TDI R-Line range-topper uses a Bentley-sourced oiler and costs $136,490.
Honda’s updated mid-size SUV is now more expensive (by $2000-4000 depending on the variant), but adds fresh styling inside and out, wireless charging, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and new safety gear. All variants bar the base Vi gain AEB, lane-keep assist and radar cruise.
BMW M5 COMPETITION
How much should you pay for new shocks? According to BMW, $15,000. That’s the price rise for the 2021 M5 ($244,900) compared to pre-facelift models. Changes also include mild styling tweaks, a lower ride height and stiffer engine mounts.
Audi’s sleek SUV has been given a subtle facelift. New LED headlights and tail-lights compliment updated styling front and rear, while a bigger 10.1-inch screen is added inside the cabin.
Audi SQ5 TDI
Audi RS4/RS Q8
BMW M2 CS
Ford Puma and Escape
Land Rover Discovery
Alpina B3 Sedan and Touring
Audi e-tron & S8
BMW 5 Series & 4 Series
Honda Civic Type R update
Hyundai Santa Fe facelift & Palisade
Kia Stinger facelift
Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder
Porsche 911 Targa & Cayenne GTS
Suzuki Swift facelift
Alfa Giulia and Stelvio Q facelift
BMW X3 hybrid
Kia Stonic & Carnival
Lexus LC 500 Convertible
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross update
Porsche 911 Turbo & Taycan
Range Rover Sport update
Toyota Yaris Cross, GR Yaris & Supra
AUSSIE BUYERS GIVE COVID THE BIRD
HIGHLIGHTS Good news has been hard to come by in the Aussie car market in recent months, and had June not built upon the weakest May figures in 23 years, there would have been a lot of soul-searching. Thankfully numbers were way up, with the instant asset write-off scheme and a return to dealers after hold outs in April and May helping. In a month when car sales stepped up by 81% and SUVs by 82% it was hard to find losers.
LOWLIGHTS Perspective is key here. Although some of the sales figures look genuinely meteoric, with some models tripling May’s sales, the numbers still aren’t what you’d call stellar. Compared to June 2019, the market is still soft, down 6.4% overall. Sales for the first six months of 2020 totalled 442,415, which is down some 20.2% compared to the first six months of 2019. Still work to do, in other words.
Hats off to the XC60
They’ll be raising a glass at Volvo’s HQ as 2018’s Wheels Car of the Year’s sales lifted by 203% monthon-month, scoring an uptick from 135 sales in May to 409 sales in June. Also trending up were the VW Tiguan Allspace (+192%), and the Mercedes- Benz A-Class (+156%), capping a very good month overall for Mercedes.
Only a flesh wound?
A rising tide may lift all ships, but in this case some more than others. BMW’s X3 saw a tiny growth of sales from 404 units in May to 411 in June, which saw market share slip from 19.6% to 9.5%.Ferrari didn’t have a great month either, halving its sales from 10 to five cars. But with deliveries of Roma due to begin soon, expect that to bounce back.