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THE NEW METAL HEADING OUR WAY

2020 ARRIVALS

DUE OCT

VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG

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.

DUE SEP

HONDA CR-V

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.

DUC OCT

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.

DUE 2021

AUDI Q5

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.

AUGUST/SEPT

Audi SQ5 TDI

Audi RS4/RS Q8

BMW M2 CS

Ford Puma and Escape

Isuzu D-MAX

Land Rover Discovery

Volkswagen T-Roc

OCTOBER/NOV

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

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mazda BT-50

Porsche 911 Targa & Cayenne GTS

Skoda Kamiq

Suzuki Swift facelift

DECEMBER

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

Subaru Outback

Toyota Yaris Cross, GR Yaris & Supra

The Market

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.

Winning

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.

Tanking

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.