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might still be gain­ing trac­tion with buy­ers but the re­vised Oc­tavia range and the new Su­perb are tipped to help lift in­ter­est.

The Su­perb kicks off from a very un-pres­tige-like $42,990 for the Am­bi­tion 1.8 TFSI, ris­ing to $56,990 for the range-top­ping V6 all-wheel-drive El­e­gance model.

Not to be out­done, Audi rolled out a host of celebri­ties in­clud­ing for­mer Miss Uni­verse Jen­nifer Hawkins, to help with spruik­ing its new Q5 of­froader.

It, and Hawkins, was joined by the facelifted A6 sedan.

Not to be beaten by ei­ther celebrity or a lack of green cre­den­tials, Lo­tus and Lam­borgh­ini got into the launch act with new high-end sports cars, join­ing Toy­ota and BMW with some of their own dream ma­chines.

Lo­tus lifted the wraps off its Evora sportscar and Lam­borgh­ini the new LP560-4 Gal­lardo Spy­der, which has a 5.2-litre V10 en­gine.

The Spy­der de­vel­ops 412kW at 8000 revs and 540Nm at 6500 revs.

The Evora 3.5-litre V6 will be avail­able in ei­ther two-seat or in a 2+2 con­fig­u­ra­tion, with prices start­ing at $162,990 for the two-seater ver­sion. The 2+2 is an ex­tra $7000. Toy­ota showed a hint of what’s to come from Lexus with the LF-A Road­ster, a 5.0-litre V10 sportscar with 360kW and a top speed of more than 330km/h.

BMW’s M1 Homage paid more than a pass­ing glance at the 1970s orig­i­nal in its de­sign and ex­e­cu­tion.

The orig­i­nal M1 was a lim­it­ededi­tion six-cylin­der su­per­car and, like the orig­i­nal, the Homage will re­main exclusive — there is only one in ex­is­tence.

With at least an­other 18 months be­fore the next Mel­bourne Mo­tor Show rolls around, or­gan­is­ers and par­tic­i­pants now have a chance to pause and rein­vent it as a big­ger and bet­ter ex­trav­a­ganza.

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