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Demons, duds & debutants

Fast car sales

December 2015

AS FIRECRACKERS lit up the Harbour Bridge to mark 2015’s passing, Mazda celebrated a champagne year for its sports models. Lexus and Audi wore similar smiles, and Volkswagen no doubt was happy with the Scirocco’s resurgence.

Not everyone was as happy, though. Lamborghini didn’t sell one car in 2015’s last months, and Toyota sold 1251 less 86s than it did last year.

Expect the R8 to bloom when replaced in Q2 2016.

the HEAT

WINNERS AND LOSERS OF NOVEMBER

PER CENT 512

LEXUS has introduced a new face to the top 10, but doing so with its RC coupe means it’s not the prettiest.

Nor is its huge YTD percentage increase a true performance indicator – it had only been on sale for two months by the end of 2014. That said, 587 units is a solid result; it seems Oz has taken a liking to the RC.

PER CENT -51

MERCEDES’ SLK roadster has fallen out of favour with buyers, its 2015 sales total of 235 a 51 per cent decrease on the year prior.

Good news is on the horizon, however, as a recent facelift, new engines and the new SLC 43 AMG is bound to increase interest in 2016.

Coming soon 2016

March

Ford Focus RS

Is Ford’s new firecracker the world’s best hatch?

Audi R8

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

BMW M4 GTS

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

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Porsche 911 (991.2)

Carrera turns to turbo power for the first time.

April

Bentley Bentayga

Bentley’s new off-roader arrives as Australia’s most expensive SUV.

May

Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman

Now with turbo flat-four powerplants.

Ford XR6T, XR8 Sprint

Fire-spitting Falcon brothers coming to set a lights near you soon.

Porsche 911 Turbo (991.2)

Porsche revises the full stop at its now all-turbo 911 range.

June

Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe Subaru Levorg

Destined to succeed the WRX hatchback.

July

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.

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.

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.

Tesla Model X P90D

All-electric SUV with supercar acceleration.