Chart attack

Fast car sales

Demons, duds & debutants

Fast car sales

August 2016

BESIDES a bit of musical chairs among our top and bottom 10s, there hasnít been a huge shuffle on the sales charts. AMGís GT overtakes the MX-5 for YTD increase, Bentleyís coupes have climbed a few ranks, Lamborghiniís back on the board, and the Caymanís monthly sales of 42 round out the good news. Meanwhile, down below, the Exige has managed to escape the bottom rungs by registering 10 sales in August, making up more than 70 per cent of its sales for the whole year.

Top ten movers

CAR JUL AUG YTD YTD +/- Mercedes-AMG GT 14 11 104 447% Mazda MX-5 112 102 1142 328% BMW 7 Series 24 27 193 278% BMW Z4 17 18 137 211% McLaren 18 5 50 100% Bentley Coupe 9 10 62 68% Porsche Cayman 24 42 219 56% Audi R8 11 7 41 40% Lamborghini 7 13 104 35% Maserati Quattroporte 5 0 45 29%

Top ten losers

CAR JUL AUG YTD YTD +/- Morgan 0 1 3 -80% Lotus Elise 0 4 6 -60% Lotus Evora 0 3 3 -57% Citroen DS3 3 5 28 -56% Bentley Sedan 5 4 16 -53% Alfa Romeo 4C 3 5 58 -52% Chrysler 300 39 34 336 -46% BMW i8 3 5 26 -44% Subaru BRZ 8 8 246 -44% Renault Sport Megane 59 10 137 -40%

the HEAT

WINNERS AND LOSERS OF AUGUST 2016

PER CENT 278

BMWíS BIG limo is kicking goals in the luxury segment, hoisting itself to third in the top 10 this month. Itís steamed ahead of Benzís S-Class, selling six more cars in August, and buried Audiís A8 which lags behind on four units. Expect sales to remain steady with the plug-in 740e and fearsome V12 M760Li xDrive inbound.

PER CENT -40

ITíS BEEN bonked on the head by Renault Sport, so itís little surprise the Megane enters our bottom 10 this month. Making way for the newgen RS, which is rumoured to sport five doors and (shock!) an auto íbox, there is now a perfect opportunity to pick up one of the great hot hatches at a good price as dealers clear stock.

2016 Coming soon

October

Audi SQ7 TDI

Turbo diesel electric super SUV.

Jaguar F-Pace

Crossover kitty lands.

Ferrari California T Handling Speciale

Handling Speciale option adds quicker shifts, sharper suspension.

Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe/Cabriolet

AMG-lites with twinturbo V6 power.

Rolls-Royce Dawn

The brandís stunning new two-door convertible.

November

Abarth 124 Spider

Hottest version of Mazda and Fiatís MX-5-based love child confirmed.

Audi S4

Comes with a new 260kW turbo six-pot.

Honda NSX

Superb return of form for Honda. The challenge will be selling them.

Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ

Tweaked suspension and drivetrain with minor styling updates.

Porsche 718 Cayman

debuts as the entry-level Porsche sportscar for the first time.

December

Audi TT RS

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfaís 3 Series-fighting sedan debuts.

Nissan NISMO range

Nissan fuels Australiaís hunger for performance models. Frightening 441kW GT-R the highlight of the range. Oh yeah!

2017

Audi RS3 Sedan

Audi RS4

Interest rests with what will replace the lovely atmo 4.2-litre V8 of old.

Porsche Panamera

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Combines GT3 RS chassis with Turbo S-beating power. Be very, very afraid.

HSV GTS-R

Honda Civic Type R

Hyundai i30 N

Hyundaiís first proper attempt at a hot hatch.

Lexus LC500

All-new Lexus flagship.

Mercedes-AMG GT R

AMGís 911 GT3 RS eater.

Tesla Model S P100D

Muskís shockingly (gettit?) quick Model S lands with hi-po battery.

Volvo S60 Polestar

Hot Swede returns with new four-pot.