Calm be­fore the storm

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page -

THINGS have gone a bit quiet on the new-car front. Cars­Guide’s di­ary has been full for more than a year with the lat­est from the 40-plus brands with show­rooms in Aus­tralia, but June is quiet. And it’s not just the win­ter chill.

The big brands are con­cen­trat­ing on sell­ing well through one of the two big­gest months of the year. They know June is the time to cash in on end-of­fi­nan­cial-year splurges, boosted this year by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s 50 per cent in­vest­ment al­lowance.

June is also the time to take stock and plan for a sec­ond-half splurge. Toy­ota and Holden are plan­ning se­ri­ous back­end action on the Camry and Com­modore, and every­one from Alfa Romeo to Volk­swa­gen — the MiTo and Golf GTi — is promis­ing some­thing good be­fore the end of the year.

We’re also mov­ing into the mid­sum­mer launch sea­son in the north­ern hemi­sphere and will be re­port­ing soon on ev­ery­thing from the new Kia Sorento coupe to the Porsche Panam­era and BMW’s su­per SUV, the X6 M.

Then there’s the Great Wall, which is just about to preview the first Chi­nese utes and cars to be sold in Aus­tralia.

It’s quiet now, but the chill will fade fast in com­ing months.

Com­ing your way: new ar­rivals in Aus­tralia later this year in­clude (above) the Porsche Panam­era, (be­low left) Kia Sorento and (be­low right) the Volk­swa­gen Golf GTi.

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