Calm before the storm
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.