HYUNDAI i30 SEDAN N-LINE
Using the same 150kW 1.6-litre four-pot as its hatch equivalent, the three-box Hyundai i30 Sedan N-Line adds a third bodystyle to the i30 range. Offered with 18-inch alloys , CarPlay/Android Auto and an Aussie-specific suspension tune, this one will be followed by the larger Sonata N-Line, powered by the company’s new 2.5-litre turbo-petrol four.
The Stinger gets treated to a raft of updates intended to keep it looking fresh. The usual facelift targets – lights, grille, front and rear fascias, wheel designs and colour palette – are addressed, along with improved materials inside, and the fitment of a big 10.25-inch touchscreen.
How good does this look? Mazda brings the style and finish, Isuzu delivers the bulletproof mechanicals. The new BT-50 gets a 3.0-litre 4cyl turbo-diesel that delivers 140kW/450Nm and can tow 3500kg. It even gets adaptive cruise.
HONDA CIVIC TYPE R
Some deeply nerdy suspension, cooling and brake upgrades to the Type R will delight the target market, as will a new data-logging function. The cabin benefits from some attention to quality, too, with higher grade touch points. Yours for $54,990.
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
Jeep Gladiator SportS
Land Rover Defender 90
Lexus LS facelift
Maserati Ghibli/QP Trofeo
MinI Countryman facelift
Volkswagen Golf Mk8
SUPPLY ISSUES CREATE A NEW NUMBER ONE
HIGHLIGHTS It’s a warm welcome to the Top 20 for the Mazda CX-30 and the Kia Seltos in a month where the Toyota RAV4 hit the top spot for the first time in the 26-year history of the nameplate. In certain regards, the RAV4 did a bit of a Bradbury. A snag in the supply chain throttled availability of the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger, the models occupying the two top spots last month.
LOWLIGHTS After the promising uptick last month, the market slumped to its weakest July total in 18 years. This reflects a softening of new-car sales in general. While July marked the fourth strongest sales month of 2020, which admittedly isn’t saying much, the yearto-date figures are down a hefty 19.2% compared to the first seven months of last year.
Camry kicks on
The Toyota Camry enjoyed a modest lift in sales, bettering June’s figure of 1123 with a July showing of 1281 registrations. This represents a 14% growth month-on-month, although that figure needs some perspective. Compared to July 2019, even the normally resolute Camry is 20% down.
Prado has one to forget
And it was all going so well last month. Soaring in at #7 in the sales charts for June, the Prado has plummeted from the top 20 for July, its case not helped by some worrying supply issues. The gory details? In June, the evergreen 4x4 shifted 2374 units, yet in July it was good for just 779, a drop of 67%.