Incoming

THE NEW METAL HEADING OUR WAY

DUE NOV

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.

DUE NOV

KIA STINGER

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.

DUE OCT

MAZDA BT-50

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.

DUE OCT

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.

2020 ARRIVALS

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

JANUARY/FEB

Genesis G80

Jeep Gladiator SportS 

Land Rover Defender 90 

Lexus LS facelift 

Maserati Ghibli/QP Trofeo 

MinI Countryman facelift 

Renault Captur 

Toyota Prado 

Volkswagen Golf Mk8

The Market

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.

Winning

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.

Tanking

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%.