Best of the best

The show stands are packed but here are some stand-outs:

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motor Show -

Toy­ota FT-86

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.

Nis­san Mi­cra

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.

Lexus LFA

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.

Honda CRZ

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.

Com­modore

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 Pa­trol

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.

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