The Road Ahead : February March 2008
FEB/MAR 08 63 Class Sales Class Share Class Sales Class Share Class Sales Class Share Best Sellers by class, 2007 Light <$25K Toyota Yaris 5670 19.5% Suzuki Swift 5263 18.1% Light >$25K Peugeot 207 269 50.7% Fiat Punto 81 15.3% Small <$40K Toyota Corolla 9488 21.0% Mazda3 7975 17.6% Small >$40K Mini Cooper 360 24.8% Mercedes-Benz B-Class 297 20.5% Medium <$60K Toyota Camry (4-cyl.) 6097 40.8% Mazda6 2782 18.6% Medium >$60K BMW 3 Series 1004 32.2% Mercedes-Benz C-Class 844 27.1% Large <$70K Holden Commodore 10,036 41.2% Ford Falcon 5829 23.9% Large >$70K Mercedes-Benz E-Class 443 35.4% BMW 5 Series 251 20.1% Upper Large<$100K Holden Caprice 443 33.7% Chrysler 300C 367 27.9% Upper Large >$100K Mercedes-Benz S-Class 100 42.0% Lexus LS 43 18.1% People Movers <$55K Kia Carnival 990 32.3% Toyota Tarago 939 30.6% People Movers >$55K Chrysler Voyager 85 43.1% Volkswagen Multivan 50 25.4.% Sports <$80K Holden Astra convertible 237 12.4% Volkswagen Eos 236 12.3% Sports >$80K BMW 3 Series Coupe/Conv. 558 41.4% Mercedes-Benz CLK 223 16.5% Sports >$200K Porsche 911 113 37.0% M-Benz CL 41 13.4% SUV Compact Toyota RAV4 3904 18.9% Nissan X-Trail 3110 15.0% SUV Medium Toyota Prado 3971 24.0% Ford Territory 2852 17.2% SUV Large Toyota LandCruiser 2765 64.4% Nissan Patrol 1399 32.6% SUV Luxury BMW X5 768 19.5% Mercedes-Benz M-Class 552 14.0% Pick-up/Cab chassis 4x2 Toyota HiLux 5728 27.4% Ford Falcon Ute 3371 16.1% Pick-up/Cab chassis 4x4 Toyota HiLux 6912 27.1% Nissan Navara 5523 21.7% Championship. Fiat's Retro 500, a 21st Centur y Bambino, will come with a choice of 1.4-litre petrol or 1.2-litre turbo-diesel engines and either a traditional manual ), bigger-engined (2.5-litre) and ore power ful (125 kW/226 Nm) than s successful predecessor. Much interest centres on the minent release of the Holden ommodore Sportwagon, a Euro chic- yled VE variant which broke cover at e Sydney International Motor Show st October. The Spor twagon will come in the same model variants as the top-selling sedan. It will bolster the Holden stable for the looming challenge from Ford's BF Falcon update, the Orion. A lot will ride on the success of the Orion for Ford, after Falcon sales in 2007 plummeted to their lowest in the nameplate's long histor y. Unlike the VE, the Orion is not a 'wheels-up' new car, but is said to be the ultimate development of the BA/ BF.Also due in the showrooms across the countr y are the Bentley Continental GT Speed, Fiat Ritmo, FPV F6 X and Kia Rondo. Joining them will be the Mercedes- Benz S320 CDI, Saab 9-3 1.8 TTID and Smart fortwo. And for 'tradies' with attitude, a TRD Hilux is on the way from the racing development arm of Toyota, following in the black tyre marks left by the supercharged TRD Aurion. But wait, there's more. In the second half of 2008, expect another stampede of horsepower with the arrival of the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, BMW X6 and HSV GTS-R. kg mo its im Co sty the las T or 'dualogic', five-speed, sequential, manual transmission. The new Mazda6 shapes up impressively, being lighter (up to 35 The revival of such names from the past as Alfa Romeo Junior and Mini Clubman are about to happen then, along with the introduction of the Audi A5 3.0 TDI quattro tiptronic, BMW 1 Series coupe and conver tible and Fiat Panda, all of which come with big wraps from Europe. Better sit down and buckle up.
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