The show’s on the road
THE running of the 2009 Melbourne Motor Show became real this week. With the opening only 21 days away, we’re chasing down leads, looking forward to all sorts of previews — perhaps a Mazda3 MPS, definitely Australia’s first plug-in electric car — and talking to people about how the show will reflect this year’s Australian motoring scene.
Suzuki is bullish and still talking about record results, Holden is cautious and Toyota is hitting its targets, but BMW and Mercedes-Benz are worried about a slump in luxury-car sales.
By the time you read this, we will also be sifting through the first official Vfacts sales figures of the new year.
We’ll have a report next Friday as well as predictions on what the January results mean for the rest of the year.
But, back to the show. Bob Roman is putting the finishing touches to a special Autotek drawcard for the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and we will also have another annual prize pack — Autotek has been a carsGuide partner for more than five years at show time— for next week’s liftout.
We have also heard Toyota is going all-out for Melbourne by building a triple-decker stand.
The arrival of the Mitsubishi iMiEV plug-in battery car will be in sharp contrast to one of the cars in the annual Shannons Auction, a 1914 Rauch & Lang, built during the last boom in electric cars.
The new Fiesta is likely to be a big presence for Ford at the show. There could even be the classy Kuga all-wheel drive wagon.
Holden will probably push even harder on the E85 ethanol front with the Commodore.
Engine room: there will be plenty to look at under the bonnet at this year’s Melbourne Motor Show.