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.