M2 selling like hotcakes

Record sales for baby Bimmer turns up heat on A45... and its M-car siblings

by DANIEL DEGASPERI

Chart attack Demons, duds & debutants

Record sales for baby Bimmer turns up heat on A45... and its M-car siblings

AUSTRALIANS cannot get enough of the BMW M2. According to May 2017 sales figures, Munich’s entry-level M-car delivered 231 per cent growth compared with 2016, selling 235 units well before the mid-year mark.

But the rate of growth for the $89,900-$99,900 M2 continues to accelerate. In May alone BMW dealers achieved 64 sales nationwide – which, based on that monthly average, would equate to 768 sales in 2017. Last year BMW shifted a maximum supply-constrained 390 units, almost half the potential figure for this year.

Local sales executives have convinced their global equivalents to boost supply to 550 units this year – up from 400 in 2016 – but they admit it won’t be – up from 400 in 2016 – but they admit it won’t be enough to satisfy demand. The M2 has so far this year outsold the M3 (160, down 20.4 per cent) and M4 coupe (101, down 28.9 per cent), although M4 GTS (19) and M4 Convertible (23) leave the medium-sized M-cars with a 303-unit tally and 68 units ahead of M2 overall.

However, it is catching them, while being 29 sales behind the Mercedes-AMG A45. That said, the CLA45 jogs it in with 331 sales so far this year, plus another 126 for the GLA45. Audi has managed only 75 sales of its RS3, but it has stopped selling the Sportback until the facelifted version arrives, joining the sedan.

Tally up the best five-figure offerings from Audi RS, BMW M and Mercedes-AMG can manage combined, however, and the tally is 1031 sales between them.

We also can’t pass up a nod to the Ford Mustang, which in May delivered its best monthly sales which in May delivered its best monthly sales performance ever – 1351 sales contributing to 3772 units in 2017, up 78.2 per cent and cementing its place as the topselling sports car.

The BMW M2 is now only 29 sales behind the Merc-AMG A45 year-to-date

the HEAT

WINNERS AND LOSERS OF MAY 2017

Top ten losers

CAR APR MAY YTD YTD +/- Alfa Romeo 4C 3 1 11 -77% Audi TT 18 17 72 -70% Hyundai Genesis 12 7 64 -68% Audi A8 3 3 10 -67% BMW 5 Series GT 3 7 17 -64% Infiniti Q70 0 2 10 -62% Maserati Quattroporte 5 3 17 -55% Volvo S60 5 11 84 -55% Maserati Quattroporte 3 5 14 -55% Maserati Coupe/Conv 4 8 18 -53%

Top ten movers

CAR APR MAY YTD YTD +/- Lotus Elise 3 2 12 500% Bentley Sedan 1 0 8 300% Rolls-Royce Coupe/Conv 0 5 9 200% BMW 5 Series 257 88 688 197% Mini Cabrio 26 24 157 171% Merc C-Class Coupe/Conv 219 243 1374 168% McLaren Coupe/Conv 10 14 51 143% Merc GLS-Class 87 97 432 143% Merc E-Class 144 185 876 136% Ford Mustang 639 1351 3772 79%

Coming Soon 2017

Q3/Q4

Aston Martin Vanquish S Audi RS5 Coupe Audi SQ5 Diesel V6 out, petrol V6 in.

Bentley Supersports Executive express Holden Commodore German-built liftback arrives with V6 AWD.

Honda Civic Type R Hyundai i30 N Hyundai Genesis G70 Korean 3 Series rival.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake Kia Stinger GT Maserati Levante petrol Twin-turbo 3.0L V6.

McLaren 720S Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Mental SUV poaches 4.0-litre V8 from C63.

Mercedes-AMG GT C Steals a few GT R bits.

Mercedes-AMG S63 Nissan 370Z Nismo Fattens the range.

Porsche 991.2 911 GT3 Return of the manual, and rises 200cc to 4.0-litre six.

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Packs 500kW!

Range Rover Velar Blown V6 tops SUV to fit between Evoque and Sport.

Renault Megane GT Wagon 151kW 1.6 turbo gets bigger bum for added cargo space.

Skoda Octavia RS245 Welcomes more power and dual-clutch ’box.

VW Arteon 206TSI R-Line VW Golf GTI/R Mk7.5 Gains mid-life tweaks.

2018

Audi RS4 BMW M5 Now AWD, with a handy RWD mode.

BMW 8 Series Revived S-Class coupe rival.

Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T Ford Fiesta ST Now with turbo triple.