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AUSTRALIA’S NO.1 AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY JOURNAL                                                                                  EDITION 980 – JUL 3, 2019

  Bouncing back
                                                                                      By JUSTIN HILLIARD               lines for a fortnight, meaning that
                                                                               SUBARU Australia says its sales         the Liberty mid-size sedan, Levorg
                                                                               performance this year has been          mid-size wagon, WRX small
                                                                               “actually pretty good”, revealing       car and BRZ sportscar were also
                                                                               that the fallout from the production    unavailable for export to Australia.
              With effects of production stop easing, Subaru aims              stop which derailed its stock levels       Nonetheless, Mr Christie stressed
              to rebound in second half of 2019 with freer supply              has subsided, opening up the            that “from a momentum point of
                                                                               possibility of it rebounding in the     view, it’s actually pretty good for
                                                                               second half of 2019.                    us this year”, adding that “we’re
                                                                                 Speaking last week in an exclusive    progressing well, we’ve built a
                                                                               interview with GoAuto, Subaru           pretty strong order bank”.
                                                                               Australia managing director Colin          “There were obviously production
                                                                               Christie said “our production was       shortages in the first place, so May
                                                                               significantly reduced” from the         was really the first month we actually
                                                                               outset this year due to a production    started getting more normalised rates
                                                                               stop in Japan prompted by a defective   of stock back into the country,” he said.
                                                                               electric power steering (EPS) part.        “There was a massive backlog
                                                                                 The issue affected MY19               of getting production in, so even
                                                                               examples of the Forester mid-size       when the production started again,
                                                                               SUV, XV small SUV and Impreza           the speed on line was much slower
                                                                               small car, with the production stop     because they obviously were trying
                                                                               at the Gunma plant starting on          to produce replacements units as
                                                                               January 16 and lasting for about two    well as to keep the line going.
                                                                               weeks. For reference, no vehicles          “We effectively lost – in real terms
                                                                               sold Down Under were impacted.          – over a month of production … (and)
                                                                                 Despite      the    defect   being    that (slow production) probably rolled
                                                                               concentrated to the trio, Subaru        on for about two to three months.
                                                                    Forester   halted all of its Japanese assembly              Continued next page

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   “So, that basically (impacted)
all the way through from January
to April – that’s been the biggest
factor by a long way, in terms of
our sales result.
   “Our orders are naturally small
in the first part of the year, so that
then made an even bigger impact.
It really has taken has three to four
months to recover.                                                                                                    XV                                                                        Impreza
   “June certainly is feeling a lot to slow the bleeding, with it now                 certainly Forester. So, while we’re     solely to blame for XV (4016 units,   more challenging than it has been
better than we’ve seen for the first standing at a 27.4 per cent loss and             still up 24.0 per cent on Forester      -32.3%) and Impreza (1576, -63.3%)    historically.
four months of the year.”                    15,518 units sold in the year to date.   volume, the reality is the order        cooling off this year, Mr Christie      “So, we have seen a little bit of
   To the end of April this year,               Mr Christie said he expects regular   momentum for that is significantly      emphasised that “XV and Forester      a drop-off in demand but nowhere
Subaru Australia’s sales were down levels of supply to be available for the           stronger.                               have been the victims of that”.       near what is being shown at the
by a massive 33.8 per cent                            rest of 2019, which “allows        “We just haven’t been able to get      “I think the Impreza has had a      moment – a lot of that has literally
– easily the largest loss                             us to get back on track”.       back on top of the production yet to    major impact because of that, as      been the inability to get cars.”
incurred among the top-                                  “Demand from customers       meet all those customer demands.”       well,” he said. “But as we know,
15 brands in a new-vehicle                            has been strong, we’re very        Asked if the production stop was     the small-car segment is a little          FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
market that was down by                               happy with it,” he said. “We
8.1 per cent during the same                          just haven’t been able to get
period.                                               the cars into the country and        Imagine a system that
   But May signalled a return Colin Christie into customers’ hands as
to form for the company, with its quickly as we would like.”                               monitors your customer’s
volume growing for the first time in
2019, albeit by just 0.1 per cent.
                                                Mr Christie added that even
                                             Forester (5192 units, +24.0% YTD),
                                                                                           vehicle value, monthly
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        Positive trends
                                                                                                                              a result of that and so did we.         generation 3 Series, X7 flagship SUV,
                                                                                                                                 “It was a bit of a ‘perfect storm’   Z4 convertible and 8 Series sportscar.
                                                                                                                              scenario, but now luckily this is         As for the smaller prestige
                                                                                                                              coming to an end.”                      brands, Alfa Romeo has clocked
                                                                                                                                 However, Mercedes-Benz is not        373 sales (-26.7%), Infiniti has
                                                                                                                              the only prestige brand struggling      253 registrations (+38.3%), Lexus
                                                                                                                     GLC      to break new ground in Australia’s      is line-ball with last year on 3838
                                                                                industries, of course.                        shrinking new-vehicle market this       sales, and Volvo is continuing its
                                                                                   “Then we faced some challenges             year, as BMW and Audi also face         upward momentum with 3029 units
                                                                                with diesel homologation and                  declining sales.                        sold (+27.1%).
                                                                                certification issues which resulted              Audi has been hit the hardest          However, Mr von Sanden said
                                                                                in big delays, then nature hit us             in the first five months of 2019,       the landscape was already shifting
                                                                                with these stupid animals called              dipping 29.0 per cent to just 6100      and that the brand is seeing positive
                                                                                stinkbugs and all of a sudden ships           sales as key models such as the A1      signs in the Australian market.
                                                                   C-Class      were turned around and got lost for           light hatch, diesel Q7 and ground-        “We could immediately see – after
                                                                                weeks if not months.                          breaking e-tron full-electric SUV       the federal election finished – some
    Economic factors, stinkbugs prompt slow start
                                                                                   “That certainly caused frustrations        are delayed.                            positive trends,” he said.
     to 2019 for Mercedes but recovery underway                                 with customers and certainly with us,            Meanwhile, BMW has slowed
          By TUNG NGUYEN                the last 12 months a “perfect storm”    but it also caused a lot of grief with our    by just 3.8 per cent, to 9882 units,         FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
MERCEDES-BENZ              Australia/ of events that contributed to the         dealers – dealers lost a lot of money as      buoyed by the launch of the new-             Unreasonable – next page
Pacific (MBAP) is expecting sales decline.
renewed sales interest in the second      “We obviously had a very
half of the year after a 14.0                    challenging 12 months, not
per cent year-on-year drop                       only us, but we as much as
in new registrations in the                      everyone else,” he said.
first five months of trading,
to 12,413 units.
                                                   “A few reasons for that,
                                                 some reasons completely                                                     Celebrating 25 Years in the People Business
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into its sales decline, including and obviously in Australia, as well.                                                                                          SALES MANAGEMENT
uncertainty      surrounding     the      “We couldn’t control that there was
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    Benz to fight Victoria’s luxury-car tax that does
     more economic harm than good: von Sanden
        By TUNG NGUYEN                 is actually, in my words, an insult
MERCEDES-BENZ             Australia/   because if a government or a
Pacific (MBAP) will fight the          country decides to tax luxury, that’s
recently introduced Victorian luxury   fine, but then tax all luxury goods,
car tax (LCT) that sees vehicles       not only cars.                             WORKSHOP MANAGER
priced above $100,000 slugged             “In a time when the luxury-car tax
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with extra tariffs, arguing that the   is more and more under scrutiny and
new levy will do more harm to the      question with the free-trade agreement
economy than good.                     with Europe, then we all of a sudden
  At last week’s launch of the AMG     see that additional burden of a stamp    on-road costs of the Mercedes-AMG      spec V8-powered AMG GT 4-door              “Will it do more damage to the
GT 4-door Coupe, MBAP managing         duty by one state government.            GT63 S 4-door Coupe launched           Coupe.                                   Australian economy than good?
director and chief executive Horst        “How many taxes do you load           last week balloons to $374,410.90        As reported, the additional            And that is also obviously in
von Sanden slammed the increased       on a car? In the end, you pay 50         driveaway, according to the German     Victorian LCT will be applied at         conjunction with our dealers who
vehicle excise, questioning the        per cent taxes on a car and is that      brand’s website, after $18,470.40      seven per cent for vehicles priced       have suffered a fair bit from the
need for extra charges on top of       reasonable? And if anyone thinks it      stamp duty, $853.50 registration and   from $100,000 to $150,000, while         difficult market conditions, and now
stamp duty, registration fees and      is reasonable, the question is why?      $3990 delivery charges are applied.    vehicles over $150,000 will be hit       they will potentially lose more sales
the national LCT.                         “We all need taxes, we all need         MBAP lists the LCT – which is        with a nine per cent surcharge.          by people no longer being prepared
  “The very basic question is: How     to contribute to the income of a         applied to fuel-efficient vehicles       Mr von Sanden said the increased       to pay the extra surplus, which is
much more burden do you want to        state or a country, but it should be     above $75,526 and other vehicles       tariffs will have a negative impact on   mainly tax,” he said.
load on the shoulders on the car       equitable, it should be fair, and I      above $67,525 at a rate of 33          sales, which will knock on and affect
industry?” he said.                    believe it is not.”                      per cent of the amount above the       dealers and car-makers, who both              FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
  “The luxury-car tax for starters        For reference, the $349,900 before    threshold – as $66,636 for the top-    employee hundreds of people.                 Charging ahead – next page
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GoAutoNews                                                                                                                                                                          EDITION 980 - JUL 3, 2019

      Charging ahead
                                                                                                                                                                    underpinned by dual electric motors
                                                                                                                                                                    producing 300kW of power and
                                                                                                                                                                    760Nm of torque.
                                                                                                                                                                      With an 80kWh battery in tow,
                                                                                                                                                                    driving range is pegged around
                                                                                                                                                                    450km when tested on the outdated
                                                                                                                                                                    New European Drive Cycle
                                                                                 doubled year-on-year to 1075 units,       the biggest fear of people,” he said.    (NEDC), however fast-charging can
                                                                                 from 543, thanks to new offerings in        “The second question is how about      top-up to 80 per cent of capacity in
                                                                                 the market including the emissions-       charging infrastructure – the needs      just 40 minutes.
                                                                                 free Hyundai Ioniq small hatch and        of our customers will be satisfied         Mr von Sanden said ultimately it
                                                                                 Kona Electric small SUV.                  either at home or at your workplace      would be customers that drive the
                                                                                   The second-generation Nissan            or at a dealership, and then of course   changeover from internal-combustion
                                                                                 Leaf will also launch this year, as       we joined with other manufacturers       engines to electric powertrains and
                                                                        EQC      well as the entry-level Tesla Model       to develop infrastructure beyond the     that the signs in Australia are positive.
                                                                                 3, however Audi’s e-tron SUV has          metropolitan areas.                        “I’m really encouraged by a lot of
  Mercedes not counting on federal EV incentives
                                                                                 been delayed until early 2020.              “Do we wait for the government         expressions of interest from customers
  as it draws closer to October launch of EQC SUV                                  Mr von Sanden said government           to put everything into place, or do      saying, ‘Right, I know an electric car
        By TUNG NGUYEN                  early expressions of interest and        intervention or monetary incentives       we start to bring things in and the      will be expensive, but I’m happy
MERCEDES-BENZ              Australia/   commitments to buy – and we can’t        are not necessary for mass-market         government and customers will            to invest that money to make my
Pacific (MBAP) will continue as         wait to finally have the car here.       EV adoption and that the technology       follow?                                  contribution to the environment, to be
planned with its electric vehicle         “We’ve had extremely good              will drive interest.                        “In the end, it’s all about the        an early adopter, to be innovative, to
(EV) product rollout, spearheaded       feedback from customers and                “We believe the time is right for       customer, it’s not about us, it’s not    be all those things’,” he said.
by the full-electric EQC launching      interest shown. Unfortunately, our       electric cars. Of course they need to     about the government, it’s about
in October, despite the lack of         allocation for the first year and        be the right electric cars, they need     what the customers want.”                      FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
leadership and incentives from the      second year is quite moderate, so        to have the right range – that is still     As reported, the EQC is                       GLE incoming – page 9
recently elected federal government.    I’m pretty confident that demand
  Speaking to GoAuto last week,         will be greater than supply, but at
MBAP managing director and chief        least it’s a start into a new era.”
executive Horst von Sanden said           Though Mr von Sanden would
consumer appetite for emissions-        not be drawn on the exact EQC
free models has reached a point
where he is confident that EVs now
                                        allocation, volume is expected to be
                                        small given Australia’s current low                    DRIVING SUCCESS. DELIVERING RESULTS.
make sense in Australia.                interest in battery-electric vehicles.                    Our passion delivering solutions, developing people & boosting profits since 2006
  “I think there is no doubt that         Last year, just 1352 EVs
electric cars at the moment are the     (excluding hybrids) were sold,
future, the question is how quickly     representing just 0.12 per cent of the
can the volume grow?” he said.          overall 2018 new-vehicle market.
  “We’ve      been     overwhelmed        For the first five months of 2019,

by the interest of our EQC –            however, EV sales have nearly
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                     Next step

      Lexus partners with VicRoads, Telstra to trial
     connected vehicle technology on public roads
        By ROBBIE WALLIS                   also alert drivers if a vehicle ahead
LEXUS Australia has announced              is stopped at the side of the road or
a partnership with VicRoads and            travelling at unusually low speeds.
Telstra that will see a pair of modified      Another feature pertains to
RX large SUVs trial a number of            speed-limit warnings, providing

                                                                                     Connect drivers
connected vehicle technologies on          information on variable speed limits
the road, with the aim of improving        while also giving drivers advisory
traffic management and reducing            speed limits when approaching a
road trauma.                               curve while travelling at speed.

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   The two RX450h hybrids                     Using Telstra’s 4G cellular network,
are fitted with about $5000 of             one system uses a video sensor at
specialised equipment that helps           an intersection to alert drivers when
them communicate with each and             a pedestrian or cyclist is crossing
other through cellular networks while      the road, which could be useful at a
                                                                                     Use the world’s first SaaS solution for navigation and
testing five new connected safety          built-up intersection where visibility
                                                                                     connected services to deliver engaging, fresh and
features over a two-year collaboration.    around corners is limited.
   Among the new technologies are             Telstra group executive network and    upgradable in-car experiences.
an emergency electronic brake-             IT manager Nikos Katinakis said the
light warning, which communicates          technology will be compatible with
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between two vehicles to warn the           the incoming 5G cellular network,
driver when another vehicle further        with the current 4G network requiring
down the road – and potentially out        tweaks to be compatible with the trial.
of sight – is braking hard.
   Alternatively, the systems can                FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
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    BMW channels M1 supercar with potent Vision
     M Next plug-in that could go on sale in 2023
      By RON HAMMERTON                 Krueger, the brand is moving up a
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decades-old M1 supercar in the         mobility to make the company fit                                                                  Cars in condition    Cars in condition      Cars in condition
                                                                                                                                          grades 1 and 2       grades 3 and 4         grades 5 and
shape of the 300km/h Vision M          for the future.                                                                                                                                  ungraded
Next sports coupe concept revealed       “Over the past two years, we
at the Munich company’s #NextGen       have consistently taken numerous
future-technology extravaganza in      decisions that we are now bringing to
Germany last week.                     the roads,” he said. “By 2021, we will
   The plug-in hybrid, carbon-fibre-   have doubled our sales of electrified
bodied two-seater is expected to       vehicles compared with 2019.             the Chinese-built iX3 in 2020 and     to electric mode when entering           be powered by a combination of
be one of 25 electrified models          “We will offer 25 electrified          then the German-built iNext and       European electric-only city zones        a mid-mounted 2.0-litre turbo-
to be put into production by 2023      vehicles already in 2023 – two years     i4 in 2021.                           from next year.                          petrol engine behind the seats,
as BMW accelerates its shift           earlier than originally planned. We        PHEV models on the launch              Although     BMW        has    not    linked with two electric motors –
to electric drivetrains to meet        expect to see a steep growth curve       pad include a new petrol-electric 5   confirmed that the Vision M Next         one front and one back.
stringent emissions obligations,       towards 2025.                            Series and 2 Series Active Tourer     will enter production, neither has it      Combined peak power is a claimed
especially in Europe.                    “Sales of our electrified vehicles     this year, then the X1 and 3 Series   ruled it out.                            440kW, pushing the lightweight
   BMW expects sales of electrified    should increase by an average of 30      Touring in 2020.                         Britain’s Autocar speculates that     sports coupe to 100km/h in about
vehicles – both plug-in and full       per cent every year.”                      BMW announced that all of its       it will be produced as a limited-        three seconds and onto a top speed
electric – to soar by more than 30       BMW’s full-electric range will         plug-in hybrids will be equipped      edition supercar as a precursor to       of 300km/h.
per cent a year up to 2025.            grow to five models by 2021, with        with an eDrive Zones function         the next i8 that is expected to share
   According to BMW AG board           the current i3 being joined by the       that will use sat-nav mapping to      much of the technology.                          FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
of management chairman Harald          British-built Mini EV this year,         automatically switch the powertrain      The Vision M Next is said to                   Couped up – next page
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                 Couped up

                                                                                 Australia is the M50d that takes    with power being channelled to the              Like the previous version, the
    Third-generation X6 steps out as BMW locks in
                                                                                 its engine from the 30d and adds    wheels via an eight-speed automatic           new X6 shares a similar front end
    potent M50i and two other variants from launch                               not one, not two, but three extra   transmission.                                 to the X5, however the signature
        By ROBBIE WALLIS                 inline six-pot turbo-diesel engine,     turbochargers to increase outputs      The new X6 is 26mm longer and              kidney grille will be offered with
BMW has ripped the covers off its        outputting 195kW at 4000rpm and         to 294kW at 4400rpm and 760Nm       15mm wider than its predecessor,              an illuminating function that works
third-generation X6 large coupe-         620Nm from 2000-2500rpm.                from 2000-3000rpm.                  partly thanks to its 44mm-wider               when opening or closing the car.
style SUV, set for a public debut          The 30d sips between 6.9-7.2 litres      Fuel economy is pegged at        track and 42mm- longer wheelbase.             Alternatively, it can be turned on
at the Frankfurt motor show in           per 100km while emitting between        6.9-7.2L/100km, while carbon           Its wider track, along with a 6mm          and off manually.
September and a global launch from       159-172 grams of CO2 per km.            emissions stand at 181-190g/km.     reduction in roof height, helps give
November.                                  Meanwhile, the 3.0-litre inline          All four variants employ BMW’s   the new X6 a lower centre of gravity,                FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
  Local versions will arrive             turbo-petrol 40i produces 250kW         xDrive all-wheel-drive system,      which increases agility.                              Power play – page 20
around the same time with a three-       from 5500-6500rpm and 450Nm
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  Like its mechanically related X5       from 1800-4600rpm while drinking
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           GLE incoming
                                                                                                                        cluster). It supports natural voice       available, including the $9900 AMG
                                                                                                                        recognition, Apple CarPlay and            Sport Package (bodykit plus panoramic
                                                                                                                        Android Auto, and ‘Mercedes me            sunroof, wireless smartphone charging
                                                                                                                        Connect’ smartphone connectivity.         and leather upholstery), the $4800
                                                                                                                          A windshield-projected head-up          Night Package (black exterior trim),
                                                                                                                        display, DAB+ digital radio, climate      the $4200 Vision Package (13-speaker
                                                                                to $115,990 for the 250kW/450Nm         control, heated front seats, LED          Burmester sound system, panoramic
                                                                                xDrive40i and $149,900 for the          ambient lighting, Artico leather-         sunroof and wireless smartphone
                                                                                294kW/760Nm M50d.                       accented upholstery, a Nappa-             charging) and the $6200 Energising
                                                                                   Interestingly, the GLE trio          leather-trimmed sports steering           Package Plus (massaging front seats,
                                                                                features the same list of standard      wheel and open-pore oak wood trim         heated front armrests and more).
                                                                                equipment, including 20-inch alloy      are among the cabin’s other features.       For the first time since the original
                                                                                wheels, adaptive LED headlights,          Advanced driver-assist systems          M-Class (GLE’s forebear), a seven-
                                                                                puddle lights, aluminium roof rails,    extend to autonomous emergency            seat configuration can be optioned
                                                                                illuminated aluminium-style running     braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-   on Mercedes-Benz’s large SUV,
                                                                                boards and a power-operated tailgate.   keep and steering assist, blind-spot      with it costing $3900 but also adding
      Sub-$100,000 starting price for Benz’s fresh
                                                                                   Inside, the German brand’s new       monitoring, cross-traffic alert, high-    power adjustment to the second row.
      GLE but at least two more versions to come                                MBUX infotainment powers a              beam assist, surround-view cameras
        By JUSTIN HILLIARD           mild-hybrid system.                        pair of 12.3-inch displays (central     and park assist plus nine airbags.              FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
MERCEDES-BENZ            Australia/    Specifically, its 270kW/500Nm            touchscreen and digital instrument        Various options packages are                 Room to move – next page
Pacific has confirmed pricing 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline six-
and specification for its fourth- cylinder unit is supplemented by
generation large SUV, with the GLE an integrated starter-generator that
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                                                                                                                                                                         A180 (a)                     $44,900
                                                                                                                                                                         A200 (a)                     $49,400

                                                                                                                                                                        same,” he said. “Obviously, sedans
                                                                                                                                                                        are seen as more of a traditional
                                                                                  130mm longer and 6mm higher, at           A-Class will be the most popular in         body style, so it’s a slightly different
      A-Class sedan to sit below imminent CLA in
                                                                                  4549mm long, 1796mm wide and              Australia, Mr Lewis said the brand          set of customers.
        Mercedes line-up as latter grows in size                                  1434mm tall.                              expects the five-door to outsell the          “The expectations – in terms of
        By TUNG NGUYEN                   is slightly longer than C-Class, which     As a result, boot capacity is up        sedan but would not be drawn on             performance – is that the hatch will
MERCEDES-BENZ               Australia/   gives you an idea of the size of it.     50 litres over the five-door, to 420L     specifics.                                  continue to be more popular than
Pacific (MBAP) will give its just-          “Same platform, MFA2, but CLA         with the rear seats in place.               “It (customers) will be similar to        the sedan.
launched A-Class four-door free air      is a different sort of offering with       When asked which version of the         A-Class hatch, but not exactly the                   Continued next page
in the luxury small-sedan segment        a high level of spec … quite a bit
by nudging its incoming second-          more equipment.”
generation CLA much closer to               Revealed earlier this year at

                                                                                    SENIOR SERVICE MANAGER – Automotive
mid-sizer territory.                     the Consumer Electronics Show
   Speaking last week, MBAP              (CES), the CLA measures 4688mm
media relations and product              in length, 1830mm in width and             JOHN HUGHES GROUP is a highly respected privately             environment and the capacity to achieve or exceed
communications manager Ryan              1439mm in height – 139mm longer,           owned multi-franchised car dealership in Perth.               manufacturer service benchmarks and levels of service
Lewis said increasing the new            34mm wider and 5mm taller than             The group prides itself on achieving exceptional              retention.
                                                                                    Customer Service at all levels whilst exceeding industry
CLA’s specification levels – and         the A-Class sedan.                                                                                       Superior communication skills, use of service department
                                                                                    benchmarks for profitability and productivity.
price, expectedly – will make room          However, as both models share                                                                         analytics and ability to manage and lead a large workforce
                                                                                    They are seeking an experienced, motivated and                will be most important to your success.
for the brand’s first A-Class sedan.     the same MFA2 platform, their              professional Service Manager to join their management
                                                                                    team; located at their large, modern service centre at East   The successful applicant will be rewarded with an attractive
   “CLA has kind of moved into a         wheelbases are identical at 2729mm.                                                                      remuneration package including a fully maintained
                                                                                    Victoria Park, this customer-focused position is directly
different spot, and so A-Class sedan        For reference, the recently             responsible for managing service staff across eight           company vehicle.
is – in some ways – the alternative      facelifted C-Class mid-size sedan          franchises.                                                   If you have the experience and commitment to succeed at a
to the outgoing CLA,” he said.           measures 4686mm long, 1810mm               The successful applicant must demonstrate prior               new level, then please forward your resume to Rob Verran,
   “The simple answer is that the        wide and 1442mm tall with a                experience at a similar level in a multi franchised           Automotive Personnel, on email:
new CLA is repositioned, it’s            2840mm wheelbase.
significantly bigger than the old one.      In relation to the new A-Class                                                                                                                       Since 1924
   “With the Australian spec with        hatchback launched last year,
AMG Line as standard, the new CLA        however, the sedan version is
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                                                                                                                                   Gone in
                                                                                                         10 seconds
   Continued from previous page          giving existing customers a different                    Your staff drive car checkout process.
   “Obviously, there hasn’t been an      choice than simply a substitution,
A-Class sedan before, so we don’t        so the real business case in those
know quite what sales will be like,      niches is in conquest,” he said.
but the expectation will be the hatch      “There are customers out there                                                           Test Drive Today
will sell in a greater percentage.”      who simply don’t like hatches so
   Aside from the slight difference      much. If they can have a sedan,
in size and body style, the A-Class      they’d prefer that – it’s a personal
sedan also gains more comfort-           taste more than anything.
orientated front seats with adjustable     “In terms of benefits (or
headrests and restyled tail-light        differentiation), it’s hard to build a
designs.                                 sales pitch, some people like it more        It’s Simple. It’s Automated. It’s Dealer Drive.
   MBAP managing director and            than others – some would never go
chief executive Horst von Sanden         into a hatch, others would never go
said both versions of the A-Class,       into a sedan.”                              While both versions make use            which Mercedes is touting as the        generation      small-car      family,
as well as the CLA, will be made           As reported, the A-Class sedan’s       of a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-          slipperiest in the passenger-car        the A-Class sedan features the
available in local showrooms to          launch range kicks off from $49,400      cylinder petrol engine mated to a          segment.                                Mercedes-Benz User Experience
offer customers a choice that might      plus on-road costs for the current       seven-speed dual-clutch automatic            Later this year, MBAP will also       (MBUX) infotainment system,
not be available in competitor’s         top-spec A200, but it will expand in     transmission, the A180 outputs             introduce an A250 (in front- and all-   which can be controlled via a
line-ups.                                August with the $44,900 entry-level      100kW/200Nm, while the A200 ups            wheel-drive guises) and the AMG         touchscreen, a touchpad, steering-
   “It’s obviously a balance between     A180.                                    the ante to 120kW/250Nm.                   A35 sedan to round out the four-        wheel buttons or voice activation,
                                                                                     However, with only the front axle       door range.                             the latter of which is activated with
                                                                                  being driven, both aforementioned            Both are motivated by 2.0-litre       the phrase ‘Hey Mercedes’.
                                                                                  versions of the A-Class sedan will         force-fed petrol engines, tuned to
                                                                                  return a fuel economy rating of            165kW/350Nm in the former and                FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
                                                                                  5.7 litres per 100km that is also          225kW/400Nm in the latter.               DRIVE IMPRESSIONS: CLICK HERE
                                                                                  helped by a 0.22 drag coefficient,           Like the rest of Benz’s new-               Lion’s share – next page
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              Lion’s share

                                                                                and chief executive Horst von Sanden     world – but this limited volume can        Mr Lewis also said the “more
                                                                                said the business case for the baby GT   only digest so much variety (in the      sophisticated” 48-volt mild-hybrid
                                                                                4-door Coupe did not stack up.           GT 4-door Coupe range), otherwise        system in the GT53 4-door Coupe
         Benz expects 470kW/900Nm V8 version
                                                                                  “We are still a small market in        you get it wrong in the planning and     also “makes sense” for the local
         of AMG GT 4-door Coupe to take charge                                  comparison and quite a successful        then you lose money,” he said.           market when compared with the
        By TUNG NGUYEN                     Though Mr Lewis would not be         AMG market – still the highest             “I think three variants in that very   simpler 43 variant.
MERCEDES-AMG’S GT63 S                    drawn on the exact sales split, MBAP   penetrating AMG market in the            limited segment would be too much.”             Continued next page
4-door Coupe flagship, priced at         has already begun delivering GT

                                                                                                                               2020 + Beyond
$349,900 plus on-road costs, is          4-door Coupes to customers, with 12
expected to make up the lion’s share     new registrations recorded in May.
                                                                                    NEW SESSION
of volume in the newly launched            Despite the boosted practicality        ANNOUNCEMENT!
super-sedan range, outselling its        of two extra doors and second-row                                                                                 A vision for car retailers
cheaper $249,900 GT53 counterpart.       pews, Mr Lewis also expects the
   Speaking to journalists last week     two-door GT to outsell its four-door
at the launch of the new model,          sibling, with the former finding 20       Marketing Team Event
Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific          new homes last month.                     CarAdvice’s
(MBAP) media relations and product         While Australian showrooms will         Andrew Dalton presents:
                                                                                                                                                                         2019 NATIONAL DEALER
communications manager Ryan              only play host to the 53 and 63 S         Content Sells Cars                                                                     CONVENTION & EXPO
Lewis confirmed the performance-         variants of the GT 4-door Coupe,          Learn what works!
hungry local market is expected to       overseas markets will also have           Date
consume higher quantities of the         access to the entry-level 43 grade,       Monday 9 September
470kW/900Nm GT63 S.                      which employs the same 3.0-litre bi-      Time
   “Having not had this vehicle          turbo 270kW/520Nm 3.0-litre inline        7:00pm - 8.30pm
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before, we will sort of let the market   six-cylinder engine as the CLS450.
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with Australia is likely the V8 will     German brand decided not to bring              and to get tickets!
be more popular,” he said.               in the 53, MBAP managing director
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   Continued from previous page
  Opening the Australian GT                            PRICING:
                                        GT53 (a)                  $249,900
4-door Coupe range, the 53
                                        GT63 S (a)                $349,900
makes use of a 3.0-litre twin-
turbocharged inline six-cylinder        per 100km of petrol and emitting                Increase your ATV                     Decrease lost                   Increase customer
engine developing 320kW of              239 grams of carbon dioxide per                                                        opportunity                   satisfaction & loyalty
power at 6100rpm and 520Nm of           kilometre.
torque from 1800-5800rpm. With            Buyers are also treated to 20-
Benz’s EQ Boost mild-hybrid             inch wheels, a hands-free tailgate,
technology in tow, an added             adaptive LED headlights with
16kW/250Nm is also available            high-beam assist, yellow-painted             Drive now, pay smarter.                    Find out more at:
temporarily.                            AMG brake callipers, a 14-speaker
  With drive sent to a rear-biased      Burmester sound system, all-
4Matic+ all-wheel-drive (AWD)           digital instrumentation, wireless     and two-door GT as AMG’s third          still paramount despite the GT53’s      which produces 470kW at 6500rpm
system via a nine-speed torque-         phone charging and a widescreen       standalone model, the GT 4-door         pace and comprises surround-view        and 900Nm from 2500-4500rpm.
converter automatic transmission,       infotainment system with satellite    Coupe also receives bespoke             cameras, blind-spot monitoring,            Compared with the current two-
the GT53 4-door Coupe will              navigation, digital radio and         goodies      from      Affalterbach,    autonomous emergency braking,           door 430kW/700Nm GT R flagship,
accelerate from zero to 100km/h in      Bluetooth connectivity.               including a performance exhaust,        adaptive cruise control, lane-keep      the GT63 S 4-door Coupe is
5.3 seconds while sipping 10.4 litres     Following on from the SLS           adaptive suspension, a rear             and -change assist, nine airbags,       40kW/200Nm more potent, though
                                                                              electronic limited-slip differential,   electronic stability control, tyre      it is expected the latter’s engine tune
                                                                              front sports seats, a Nappa leather-    pressure monitoring and hill-start      will make its way into a coupe body
                                                                              and Dinamica microfibre-trimmed         assist.                                 style in the near future.
                                                                              steering wheel, and track-orientated       Stepping up to the top-shelf GT63
                                                                              telematics     and      performance     S 4-door Coupe swaps out the inline          FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
                                                                              readouts.                               six-cylinder engine for AMG’s               For drive impressions, go to
                                                                                Safety equipment, however, is         ubiquitous 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, from Friday
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                                                                                   will also be available further down   suspension which lowers ride              storage compartments and what
                                                                                   the line.                             height by 15mm over the standard          Audi claims is superior headroom
                                                                                     The 320kW/900Nm twin-turbo-         air system.                               and elbow room compared to its
    Audi takes Q7 to surgeon for major facelift due
                                                                                   diesel V8 SQ7 range-topper can          Other         options        include    competitors.
   here in second half of 2020 with new technology                                 also be expected to return at some    electromechanical       active     roll     Two 10.1-inch screens are used
        By ROBBIE WALLIS                  available as an option.                  point.                                stabilisation which helps keep the        for the infotainment and climate-
AUDI has ripped the covers off              As a result of the update, the Q7        The Q7 is available in five- or     car planted around corners, and all-      control systems, while Audi’s 12.3-
its facelifted Q7 large SUV, which        is now 11mm longer, at 5063mm,           seven-seat configurations, with       wheel steering which helps increase       inch digital instrument cluster also
brings refreshed styling and updated      while checking in at 1970mm wide         the latter coming as standard with    agility at low speeds and stability at    features.
powertrains ahead of an Australian        and 1741mm tall.                         air suspension, while examples        high speeds.
arrival in the first half of 2020.          All powertrain variants have been      equipped with the S line exterior       The increased dimensions help                FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
   Designers have given the Q7 a          updated with the inclusion of a 48-      package score adaptive air            to add extra space inside, with new             Hot diesel – next page
significant facelift with new styling     volt mild-hybrid electrical system
that brings it in line with models        that can reduce fuel consumption by                        Australian Made Frontal Protection
such as the A6 and upcoming               up to 0.7 litres per 100km.                                  To Suit The New Ford Transit
Q3, including new, more angular             The system can recuperate up to
headlights and a Singleframe grille       8kW of power back to the battery
with vertical louvres.                    and can assist with coasting and
   Bumper designs have also been          increasing speeds.
revised, while at the rear, new tail-       At launch, two turbo-diesel
lights reminiscent of the Q5 feature,     engines will be available – likely the
underscored by a chrome strip that        160kW/500Nm and 200kW/600Nm
                                                                                                                                                                         LIGHTER, STRONGER, BETTER!
runs across the length of the tailgate.   versions found in the existing line-
   The Q7 rides on 19-inch hoops          up, supplemented by the mild-
                                                                                                                                                                                 CLICK HERE
as standard, while high-tech              hybrid technology – while turbo-
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HD Matrix LED headlights are              petrol and plug-in hybrid versions
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                                                                                                                                                                                traffic alert, intersection assist, exit
                                                                                                                                                                                warning and surround-view cameras.
                                                                                                                                                                                   No local pricing has been
                                                                                   an S-specific exhaust system and               Handling      infotainment     and            revealed yet for the SQ8, however
                                                                                   matte-silver underbody protection.           climate-control duties are a pair               judging by the pricing structure of
                                                                                     Inside, the leather sports seats           of 10.1-inch screens, with an                   the mechanically related Q7 range,
                                                                                   are embossed with S logos and                additional 12.3-inch screen for the             customers should expect to fork out
                                                                                   feature contrast stitching alongside         digital instrument cluster which also           about $180,000.
                                                                                   integrated head restraints and high          shows a number of SQ8-specific                     In its first full year on sale, Audi
                                                                                   side bolsters.                               performance readouts.                           has recorded 172 sales of the Q8,
      SQ8 comes into frame as 320kW/900Nm oil-
                                                                                     Massage functionality is available           Active safety systems include                 placing it fourth in the upper-large
      burner entering Audi showrooms next year                                     for the seats, while matte brushed-          autonomous emergency braking,                   SUV segment, behind the Lexus
        By ROBBIE WALLIS                  that helps provide extra induction at    aluminium trim comes as standard             adaptive cruise control, traffic-jam            LX (197), Range Rover (183) and
AUDI has announced it will be             low engine speeds. It is teamed to a     and carbon and oak trims are optional.       assist, lane-keep assist, rear cross-           BMW X7 (174).
bringing enhanced performance             48-volt electrical mild-hybrid system
to its Q8 upper-large coupe-SUV           that can reduce fuel consumption by
range, with the reveal of the twin-       up to 0.5 litres per 100km.                   POSITION VACANT
turbo-diesel V8 SQ8 that is set to          As befitting its performance
touch down in Australia in the first      status, the SQ8 scores adaptive air           COMMUNICATIONS                                                An exciting and broad role suited to a
                                                                                                                                                      communications professional looking to
half of 2020.
   Having first landed in December
                                          suspension that can change the ride
                                          height by up to 90mm, a locking centre
                                                                                        & ENGAGEMENT                                                  advance their career in the automotive industry.

with a pair of V6-powered offerings,      differential and electromechanical            MANAGER
the Q8 ups the ante with the              active roll stabilisation, which helps                                            Working in a small, dynamic and fast-paced         Experience or keen interest and
                                                                                                                            organisation and reporting to the Director -       understanding of the automotive or
introduction of the oil-burning V8 that   keep the car flat through corners and                                             Communications & Advocacy, the successful          transport sectors required.
pumps out 320kW and a hefty 900Nm         aids handling.                                                                    candidate will have demonstrated skills and
                                                                                                                            ability in the areas of:                           Tertiary qualifications in Media, Public
of torque from a low 1250-3250rpm.          Rear-wheel steering is available                                                                                                   Relations, Marketing or Communications
                                                                                                                            •    Community & stakeholder engagement            disciplines desirable.
   Sending power to all four wheels       as an option, which helps improve
                                                                                                                            •    Campaigns, brand management & design
via an eight-speed automatic              the car’s turning circle at low speeds                                            •    Media
                                                                                                                                                                               The role is based in Canberra with regular
                                                                                                                                                                               interstate travel.
transmission, the SQ8 sprints from        while aiding high-speed stability.                                                •    Social media & digital applications
                                                                                                                            •    Advertising, copywriting & content creation   Please contact Rhianne Robson to obtain
standstill to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds        Some sporty touches have been                                                                                                      the full position description and selection
                                                                                                                            •    Event management & logistics
and onto an electronically limited        applied to the SQ8’s exterior,                                                    •    Marketing
                                                                                                                                                                               criteria (

top speed of 250km/h.                     including 21-inch wheels as standard                                              •    Supplier liaison                              Applications close 15 July 2019.
   The two turbochargers are aided        (with optional 22-inch hoops), a
by an electric-powered compressor         double-louvred Singleframe grille,
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                                                                                     while a 12.3-inch digital instrument    litres thanks to the MegaBox system    11.5kW belt-driver starter/generator
   Ford reveals Puma small SUV in Europe but has
                                                                                     cluster also features.                  which provides an additional 80L of    mated to a 1.0-litre turbocharged
   no plans for it to sit above EcoSport in Australia                                  Luxurious       interior   features   space under the boot floor to help     three-cylinder petrol engine.
        By ROBBIE WALLIS                  forward-sloping bonnet evoke the           available on the Puma include partial   accommodate tall items without            With the engine producing either
FORD has ripped the covers off its        styling cues of the Tesla Model 3.         leather upholstery, alloy pedals,       having to fold down the rear seats.    92kW or 114kW, the 48V mild-
Puma small crossover, a Fiesta-based        From the rear, the bulbous theme         front seats with lumbar massage         A hands-free tailgate also aids in     hybrid system can temporarily add
tallboy hatch that will be launched       continues with tail-lights featuring       functionality, a panoramic sunroof,     loading items.                         up to 50Nm but is limited to 20Nm
in Europe at the end of the year,         a circular LED pattern, while the          wireless phone charging and a              Two         new       powertrains   when the petrol engine is outputting
but Ford Australia says there are no      roof-mounted spoiler and 17- to 19-        10-speaker B&O sound system with        underpinning the Puma range            its peak torque figure.
plans to offer the new model locally.     inch wheel options give the Puma a         a 150mm x 200mm subwoofer.              feature mild-hybrid technology, with
   Based on the same architecture         sporty look.                                 Cargo volume extends to 456           a 48-volt electrical system and an          FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
that underpins the B-segment Fiesta         Variants include the Titanium with
light hatch, the Puma will sit just       chrome trim elements and a metallic-
above the EcoSport in Ford’s global       grey rear diffuser and skid plate, while
SUV line-up.                              the ST-Line employs matte-black trim
   The ageing EcoSport is nearing         and high-gloss foglight surrounds,
the end of its life cycle in Australia,   while a larger rear spoiler is optional.
and while the company’s local arm           A palette of 10 colours is available
has no current plans to bring it here,    for the Puma, including hues of
it has not ruled out the possibility of   white, black, red, silver, grey, and,
introducing the Puma at a later stage.    of course, blue.
   The Puma also borrows some               Inside, the Puma features an 8.0-
of its styling cues from the Fiesta,      inch touchscreen with Ford’s Sync3
including its grille and front bumper,    infotainment system with sat-nav,
while its bulbous headlights and          Apple CarPlay and Android Auto,
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                                                                                           TO BUILD
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                                                                                         TOOL BRAND
    Kia adds third small SUV to global portfolio but
                                                                                        IN THE WORLD
     Xceed not heading Down Under to join Seltos
                                                                                          “Being a Snap-on franchisee
       By ROBBIE WALLIS                 lighting signature.                                 is great! You have a huge
KIA has unveiled its latest small          Kia’s trademark ‘tiger nose’ grille           support structure behind you”
crossover, the Europe-only Xceed        returns with a subtle design, while                      - Paul Woosman
that draws on the styling of the Ceed   the lower bumper features a squared-
hatchback but adds the practicality     off front lip with two-tone black trim
                                                                                         Opportunities now available
of an SUV.                              that runs around the wheelarches,
   As reported, the Xceed will not      side skirts and rear bumper.                     For more information go to:
be making its way Down Under,              At the rear, the XCeed features      
with Kia Motors Australia set to        a new tail-light design and a silver
instead use the recently revealed       rear bumper that integrates its twin-
Seltos to fill the small-SUV gap in     exit tailpipes.
its portfolio from October.                Despite sharing the same 2650mm       as 42mm over the Ceed when fitted         as standard, while a 10.25-inch system   seven per cent softer up front and
   Styled at the brand’s European       wheelbase as the Ceed, the XCeed         with 18-inch wheels.                      can be had on higher-spec variants.      four per cent at the rear.
design centre in Germany, the           hangs over 25mm more at the front          The XCeed rides on alloys between         Kia’s first fully digital 12.3-inch      A turbocharged range of three
XCeed borrows heavily from the          and 60mm at the rear while also          16 and 18 inches in size, while 12        instrument cluster will be optionally    petrol and two diesel engines will
sporty Ceed and Cerato small cars       sitting 26mm wider on the road.          different paint finishes are available.   available on the XCeed, which            be offered, with petrol powerplants
with long, swooping ‘ice-cube’             Befitting its SUV status, ground        Inside, the XCeed offers more           would otherwise be offered with a        ranging from the 88kW/172Nm
LED headlights featuring a unique       clearance is increased by as much        room than the Ceed, with 31 litres        3.8- or 4.2-inch TFT screen.             1.0-litre three-cylinder to the mid-
                                                                                 of extra luggage capacity (426L),           The South Korean brand has             spec 103kW/242Nm 1.4-litre four-
                                                                                 which extends to 1378L with the           aimed to provide XCeed buyers with       pot and the 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre
                                                                                 40/20/40 split-fold rear seats flat.      a unique driving experience, with a      unit found in a number of local
                                                                                   An        8.0-inch       touchscreen    bespoke suspension tune featuring        Hyundai and Kia models.
                                                                                 infotainment system with Apple            hydraulic rebound stoppers on the
                                                                                 CarPlay and Android Auto is included      front axle and spring rates that are          FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
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                                                                                TMCA POSTS PROFIT                        FORD CUTS JOBS                             AUTONOMOUS XC90
                                                                                TOYOTA Motor Corporation                 FORD has announced its facility            VOLVO Cars and Uber have
                                                                                Australia (TMCA) has registered          closures in Europe will result in          announced the next phase of their
                                                                                an after-tax profit of $206 million      about 12,000 job losses, forming part      autonomous-vehicle trial with the
                                                                                in its first financial year after        of a business reshuffle designed to        reveal of one their XC90 large
                                                                                shuttering its local manufacturing       streamline its structure and increase      SUV test vehicles, which the two
                                                                                operation.                               profitability.                             companies claim is ready to go into
     Ram expands 1500 range with 179kW/569Nm
                                                                                  In the Japanese fiscal year to            The company confirmed the               production.
     EcoDiesel Laramie flagship from $110k BOCs                                 March 31, 2019, TMCA’s Toyota            shuttering of two assembly factories         The vehicle previewed features
        By TUNG NGUYEN                  11.9 litres per 100km compared to       Australia and Lexus Australia            and one engine plant in Russia,            safety technology that will allow
RAM Trucks Australia has lobbed         its petrol sibling’s 12.2L/100km        operations sold a combined               and the Ford Aquitaine Industries          Uber to easily install its own
pricing for its diesel-powered 1500     economy rating.                         223,096 vehicles.                        transmission plant in France, as well as   autonomous     driving    systems,
Laramie full-size pick-up, dubbed          The Ram 1500 Laramie EcoDiesel         This sales result was down by 2.7      the proposed closure of the Bridgend       with the aim to eventually offer an
EcoDiesel, that will sit atop the       also outmuscles its smaller rivals in   per cent – or 6162 units – over the      engine plant in South Wales, which         autonomous ride-sharing service to
entry-level truck line-up at $109,950   torque, including the 157kW/500Nm       previous financial year.                 was announced earlier this month.          the public.
plus on-road costs.                     Ford Ranger Raptor, 147kW/500Nm
  As the new flagship for the 1500      HSV Colorado SportsCat and                   FULL STORY: CLICK HERE                    FULL STORY: CLICK HERE                    FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
range, the Laramie EcoDiesel is         190kW/550Nm           Mercedes-Benz
$30,000 pricier than the model-         X350d; but falls just shy of the             GOAUTO’S LATEST CAR REVIEW                                                                     GOAUTO.COM.AU
opening $79,950 Express and             Volkswagen       Amarok     TDI580
$10,000 more expensive than the         Ultimate’s 190kW/580Nm output.
$99,950 Laramie – both powered             Of note, the Ram 1500                                Kia Cerato Sport sedan
by a 291kW/556Nm 5.7-litre Hemi         Laramie EcoDiesel is also at least
petrol V8.                              $30,000 more expensive than its             The Kia Cerato is one of those quiet achievers gnawing
  Propelling       the     EcoDiesel,   aforementioned competitors.                 its way into the consciousness of Australian small-car
however, is a 3.0-litre turbocharged       However, the Ram 1500 is also            buyers. Even toward the end of its lifecycle, the previous-
V6 that outputs 179kW of power at       larger – measuring 5817mm long,             generation model remained an attractive buy, but the new
3600rpm and 569Nm of torque at          2017mm wide and 1990mm tall with            iteration tested here seemed to come along so quickly
                                                                                    that we wondered if Kia was risking a case of ‘if it ain’t
2000rpm.                                a 3571mm wheelbase – and features
                                                                                    broke, don’t fix it’. After driving the Cerato Sport sedan,
  All Ram 1500 vehicles send drive      a 3500kg braked towing capacity
                                                                                    we did feel a bit disappointed, but the value for money on
to all four wheels via an eight-        and a 735kg payload rating.                 offer snapped us back into reality.          FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
speed automatic transmission, but
crucially the oil-burner sips just           FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
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 GoAuto Market Insight                                                                           Combined annual sales of $100,000-plus upper-large SUVs (2011-2019)
 brought to you by Op2ma                                                              3500
                                                                                              Source: VFACTS

                 Growing up

       Expensive upper-large SUVs buck market
     trend with massive 47.0 per cent YTD growth                                      2000
      By RON HAMMERTON                  such as the BMW X7 and Audi Q8.
IF SALES of new vehicles are               In 2011, when the official                 1500
supposed to be down in Australia,       VFACTS data started breaking out
no one told the cashed-up buyers        upper-large luxury SUV sales as a             1000
of big, beefy and luxurious SUVs        separate segment from large SUVs,
costing more than $100,000.             it had just four contenders – the              500
  To the end of May, sales of these     Range Rover, the Lexus LX and
upper-large luxury land yachts          two Mercedes-Benz models, the                    0
are up a healthy 47.0 per cent on       G-Class and GL-Class.                                   2011           2012       2013       2014       2015        2016       2017       2018         2019
the same period of last year, even         The class of 2019 has 11 entries,
though the overall new-vehicle          including the super-expensive             segment sales rankings, the newbies       and 172 sales respectively.               While rival Mercedes has been
market has declined 8.1 per cent.       Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Bentley             are fast closing the gap. The BMW            And these manufacturers have not     doing nicely with the G-Glass and
  The segment is out of step with       Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus.            X7 started with a bang in May, with       finished yet, with both promising to    G-Wagon, its luxury flagship GLS
the overall SUV market in which            Rather than take sales from the        a shipload of 152 units registered in     add high-performance variants in        has gone into hiatus while an all-
sales have declined 4.6 per cent this   existing SUV combatants, the              a single month.                           the twin-turbo V8 petrol X7 M50i        new model goes into production.
year as demand plateaus after years     arrival of new contestants appears          The X7 and Audi Q8 (in showrooms        late this year and the V8 diesel Audi
of rampant growth.                      to have spiced sales of even the          since January) are now locked at 174      SQ8 in the first half of 2020.               FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
  Many of the buyers for flagship       oldest models, with sales of the
SUVs appear to be coming from           LandCruiser-based Lexus LX up
similar $100,000-plus upper-large       23.1 per cent, to 197 units, and
passenger cars, sales of which are      the Range Rover jumping by a
down 43.5 per cent this year.           whopping 64.9 per cent, to 183
  If we extrapolate the year-to-date    units.
47.0 per cent growth rate in upper-        Sales of the utilitarian Mercedes
large luxury SUVs to the end of         G-Class have rocketed 243.5 per
2019, sales could threaten 3000         cent, to 158 units in the year to date,
units for the first time.               after it came out fighting in AMG-
  The biggest trigger in the sales      enhanced G63 twin-turbo V8 form
expansion of the biggest SUV breed      following major revisions last year.
has been the arrival of several fresh      While the traditional contenders
models, including all-new entries       still hold sway at the top of the
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