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.
WINNERS AND LOSERS OF OCTOBER
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.
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.
Mazda’s mite gets more mighty with new engine.
Bentley’s all-conquering SUV muscles its way into the bustling SUV market.
Lexus’s E-Class rival scores a 5.0-litre N/A V8.
Carrera turns to turbo power for the first time.
Mercedes E-Class rival is stiffer and lighter.
Fire-spitting Falcon to send off the Barra engine.
Ingolstadt’s supercar drops the option of a V8 and picks up more power with the V10.
Woking’s 911 fighter promises class-leading performance.
Comes with a new 260kW turbo six-pot.
Alfa’s 3-Series fighting sedan debuts.
Widebody successor due for the deliciously evil 1M.
Two-door icon cools off with a water-injected powerplant.
The brand’s new stunning two-door convertible.
Nissan fuels Australia’s hunger for performance models. Frightening 441kW GT-R the highlight of the range.
Now with turbo flat-four powerplants
Fiat and Mazda’s love child will bring an Italian touch to the classic Japanese roadster.
Abarth version tipped to follow.
Honda desperately needs a jab in the arm to get back in the sportscar game. The NSX is it, if it ever arrives.