The Road Ahead : April May 2007
Best Sellers by class, 2007 Class Sales Class Share Light <$25K Toyota Yaris 964 20.4% Suzuki Swift 915 19.3% Light >$25K Peugeot 206 42 51.9% Fiat Punto/Renault Clio 13 16.0% Small <$40K Mazda3 1413 19.5% Toyota Corolla 1189 16.4% Small >$40K BMW 1 Series 43 26.9% Mini Cooper 32 20.0% Medium <$60K Toyota Camry (4 cyl.) 664 33.5% Mazda6 541 27.3% Medium >$60K BMW 3 Series 273 46.8% Mercedes-Benz C-Class 119 20.4% Large <$70K Holden Commodore 1605 43.2% Ford Falcon 821 22.1% Class Sales Class Share Large >$70K Mercedes-Benz E-Class 90 43.9% BMW 5 Series 28 13.7% Upper Large <$100K Chrysler 300C 72 37.9% Holden Statesman 52 27.4% Upper Large >$100K Mercedes-Benz S-Class 14 43.8% BMW 7 Series 9 28.1% People Movers <$55K Kia Carnival 154 35.4% Honda Odyssey 94 21.6% People Movers >$55K Chrysler Voyager 14 53.8% Volkswagen Multivan 6 23.1% Sports <$80K Mazda MX-5 40 14.2% Holden Astra Convertible 34 12.1% Sports >$80K BMW 3 Series Coup/Conv 85 37.0% Mercedes-Benz CLK Class 47 20.4% Class Sales Class Share Sports >$200K Porsche 911 31 51.7% BMW 6 Series 7 11.7% SUV Compact Nissan X-Trail 611 18.6% Toyota RAV4 603 18.4% SUV Medium Toyota Prado 642 28.2% Ford Territory 412 18.1% SUV Large Toyota LandCruiser 393 61.5% Nissan Patrol 218 34.1% SUV Luxury Lexus RX 72 14.1% Mercedes-Benz M-Class 71 13.9% Pick-up/Cab chassis 4x2 Toyota HiLux 883 31.0% Ford Falcon Ute 497 17.4% Pick-up/Cab chassis 4x4 Nissan Navara 1325 36.0% Toyota HiLux 946 25.7% APR/MAY 07 71 chassis and driveline are identical to the petrol versions, except that a manual transmission is available for the first time, though only in the SX. Prices range from $34,990 to $42,990. Holden's popular Rodeo utility range also gains a new diesel engine, along with updated styling. The new, 3.0-litre, common-rail turbo- diesel offers increased power and torque that demanded new manual and automatic transmissions to cope with the outputs. All 4x4 models have push-button, 'shift-on-the-fly' 4WD selection. Towing capacity for diesel 4X4 models has been increased to 3000 kg. Prices are essentially unchanged and range from $19,490 for the 4x2, single cab, DX manual to $46,990 for an automatic, Crew Cab, LT turbo-diesel. Holden has also announced pricing for the Epica mid-sized sedans. The 2.0-litre manual-only Epica will be $25,990, the 2.5-litre, auto-only CDX will be $27,990 and the range-topping CDXi is $30,990. It's show time World premieres of the Ford Mondeo, Audi A5, and Peugeot's 207 CC and GTI bolstered the local offerings at the recent Melbourne International Motor Show. Significantly, Toyota unveiled its for thcoming Corolla, Peugeot launched the 207 range, Nissan's Micra was reborn, Honda revealed a raunchy Civic Type R and Ford showed off an XR4 Fiesta. Another newcomer was Chevrolet's Camaro, designed by Holden for US, and possibly Australian, sale next year. SUVs stood out, with BMW's X5, Mazda's seven-seat CX9, Nissan's Dualis, Ssangyong's Actyon and the Dodge Nitro among offerings. Much fur ther afield in the smoky halls of the Geneva Motor Show, the covers came off several other crucial vehicles destined for Australia this year. Led by the larger Nissan X-Trail was a contingent including the Mazda2, the new Lancer sedan in Evo form, Hyundai's i30 Elantra hatch, Mercedes-Benz's C Class, the near-ready M3 and Volvo's XC70. Subaru and GM also announced details on turbo-diesel engines, both likely to appear Down Under. The 77th Geneva show left Australian motor show equivalents languishing for additional marques, vehicles and engine types, while the number of styling and tuning houses was mind-boggling. Among the concepts were a lightweight but strong, plastic off-roader from Hyundai, next generation hybrid solutions from both Toyota and Honda, and a soft- top Excee'd conver tible from Kia. Clarifications The gremlins crept into some technical elements of the last magazine. Ford's Territor y Turbo has a 0-100 km/h time of 7 secs not 14.9sec (that's its 0-400 m time). The Alfa 159 JTD is a five-cylinder diesel, not a four-pot. And the towball limits for the three European diesel four-wheel-drives require clarification. The Audi Q7 TDI has a 300 kg ball-load, the VW Touareg TDI is also 300 kg and the Volvo XC90 D5 offers a 180 kg ball-load mass, not 350 kg.
June July 2007