Chart attack

Demons, duds & debutants

Fast car sales October 2015

MERCEDES-AMG’s newcomer, the GT, moved seven units in October, which is quite good considering, as a model, it offers a tenth of the variants a 911 does. Porsche only sold 16 of its icon, which saw the 911 drop from the top 10 and be replaced by Aston Martin. That said, behind Porsche’s volume sellers (SUVs), the 911 remains its most popular model. Alfa Romeo’s 4C is also proving favoured, selling more units so far this year (141) than A Aston Martin has as a company.

the HEAT

WINNERS AND LOSERS OF OCTOBER

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MAKING its top-ten debut is Aston Martin.

While seen as a niche sportscar maker, the firm has fattened up its range recently with 13 different cars to choose from should you find yourself in one of its showrooms.

Also, the arrival of a DB9 send-off special, the GT, in both coupe and convertible versions should boost interest.

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IF YOU look at the sales figures for 2015, you wouldn’t think the SLK is in much trouble.

It has so far trounced its arch-rival, the BMW Z4, and kept perennial favourite, the Porsche Boxster, in check. Truth is, though, the biggest beating of all is how short it stacks up against last year’s SLK sales.

In its fourth year, maybe the SLK is starting to slow.

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December 2015

Ford Mustang

McLaren 675LT

Mazda MX-5 2.0-litre

Mazda’s mite gets more mighty with new engine.

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

Early 2016

Audi S8 Plus

Bentley Bentayga

Bentley’s all-conquering SUV muscles its way into the bustling SUV market.

Lexus GS F

Lexus’s E-Class rival scores a 5.0-litre N/A V8.

Peugeot 308 GTI

Porsche 911 (991.2)

Carrera turns to turbo power for the first time.

Jaguar XF

Mercedes E-Class rival is stiffer and lighter.

Ford Focus RS

Ford XR6 Sprint

Fire-spitting Falcon to send off the Barra engine.

Audi R8

Ingolstadt’s supercar drops the option of a V8 and picks up more power with the V10.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG 4MATIC

McLaren Sport Series

Woking’s 911 fighter promises class-leading performance.

Later in 2016

Audi S4

Comes with a new 260kW turbo six-pot.

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa’s 3-Series fighting sedan debuts.

BMW M2

Widebody successor due for the deliciously evil 1M.

BMW M4 GTS

Two-door icon cools off with a water-injected powerplant.

Jaguar F-Pace

Rolls-Royce Dawn

The brand’s new stunning two-door convertible.

Nissan NISMO range

Nissan fuels Australia’s hunger for performance models. Frightening 441kW GT-R the highlight of the range.

Porsche Boxster and Cayman

Now with turbo flat-four powerplants

Fiat 124 Spider

Fiat and Mazda’s love child will bring an Italian touch to the classic Japanese roadster.

Abarth version tipped to follow.

Honda NSX

Honda desperately needs a jab in the arm to get back in the sportscar game. The NSX is it, if it ever arrives.