Best of the best
The show stands are packed but here are some stand-outs:
It’s only a concept, but the futuristic coupe is proof Toyota is serious about putting emotion into its cars. It’s feeling the squeeze from Korea and knows it needs to give people cars they want to buy, not just fridges with wheels.
The result of a five-year plan to create a cost-down tiddler that works for customers and Nissan’s bottom line is a good looker with impressive safety. It’s as cute as the current Micra and edges out the Holden Spark and Suzuki Swift.
The LFA is a $700,000 sellout that will never be repeated. Every car costs Lexus money and that means the eight local owners have a future classic.
There are fewer green machines in Sydney than most global shows, with electric cars struggling for traction in Australia. The CRZ is Honda’s new hybrid headliner, though it will probably sell more of the family-friendly second-generation Insight.
WP Series II Ford fans flock to the latest star at Ford Performance Vehicles, but the heaviest hitter is the supercharged, 460kW-780Nm Commodore from Walkinshaw Performance.
Range Rover Evoque
The first city car from the off-road pioneer is a game-changer for the brand. It will be a hit in Toorak and Double Bay when deliveries begin.
Nissan Australia had to buy the Patrol show car from a dealer in the Middle East because right-hand drive production does not begin for nearly a year. It looks good and promises to take the fight up to the Toyota LandCruiser.