With seven new car brands, there are a lot of brand new cars passing through the doors at Motorama.
Find out what’s making it’s way to Motorama this year!
There are small changes for Australia’s best-selling brand, with refreshed updates to certain models and the launch of a couple of eco-friendly hybrids!
The big change to the line-up will be the redesigned, new Toyota Prius with updated hybrid technology and updates to the styling and interior. A new technology package will be available, including adaptive cruise control, intelligent parking assistance technologies as well as the introduction of blind spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert systems.
The RAV4 gets a fresh new design for 2016, as well as upgraded safety technologies and cabin insulation. Pre-collision technology as well the introduction of a forward-facing camera and active cruise control round out a comprehensive update to the popular SUV.
The world’s best selling car goes green towards the middle of the year, as the Corolla gets fitted with Hybrid Synergy Drive technology. More information will be available closer to the launch of the hybrid Corolla, but it joins the Prius range, as well as the Camry Hybrid, in making the Big T line-up a little more eco-friendly.
The big workhorse gets a safety overhaul later in the year, aiming for a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating. Five more airbags will be fitted (bringing it to a total of seven airbags), as well as vehicle stability control, brake assist and cruise control standard across the range.
The Rukus was quietly discontinued at the end of 2015, with existing stock the last on the lots. The LandCruiser 200 updated at the end of last year continues into 2016, as does the newly launched Fortuner - which we took out to test to see why the 7-seat, Hilux-based 4x4 is a strong addition to the Big T lineup.
Australia’s own brand strives forward with its plan to bring over 20 new models by 2020 with updates across the range.
The Astra VXR was introduced in 2015, but for those less performance-inclined, the Astra range expands to include entry-level naturally tuned models with a choice of models. The European-sourced Astra has had a complete redesign since it was launched in Australia, and the new models should come across later in the year.
Previously known as the Barina Spark, the redesigned new generation drops the famous Barina name, and just becomes the Holden Spark. It should update technologies inside the only sub-compact in the range, and come with a price similar to the current Barina Spark.
Another name change, the Captiva drops the numerical naming system to stand on its own in a redesigned model. Instead, entry-level models will receive 5-seats standard, with the option to move up to 7-seats. A redesigned exterior is just the beginning, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology as well as beefed up safety features for the family wagon.
A brand new Cruze should arrive in 2016, to replace Holden’s only small sedan and hatch. The diesel and wagon variants aren’t expected to return, after being discontinued from the current model, but nothing has been confirmed.
Special editions of the Commodore are expected to launch sometime this year as it starts to wind down production in expectation of Holden’s manufacturing shutdown in 2017.
The best-selling sub-compact should get a redesign with retuned suspension and a slightly tweaked engine. Android Auto/Apple CarPlay functionality should make the car a hit with young, first time car buyers and the new styling brings it more into line with the stylish new Mitsubishi design language.
The ‘Dynamic Shield’ design language also gets slapped on the popular ASX, with updates to the exterior styling. No major updates are expected, although this will be confirmed closer to the launch date.
The other Australian brand marching forward with an aggressive model launch strategy, the Blue Oval should continue to roll out the new cars in 2016.
As the first local manufacturer to shut down as part of the end of car making in Australia, Ford will lose some of it’s heavy hitters that were immediately available from the production line in Campbellfield and Geelong.
The Territory is expected to come off the front lines this year, but the big question is if it will be replaced. Recently spotted was the Ford Edge, a similarly sized SUV, that could be rebadged as a Territory or launch as a separate model. Only time will tell if Ford Australia decides to continue on with the popular family wagon, but signs point to a replacement sooner rather than later.
Ford will get its hottest hatch ever with the launch of the Focus RS. The manual-only, highly tuned pocket rocket should be available at $50,990 before on-road costs, with an entire allocation already being sold out by die-hard racers.
The mid-size SUV is due for its mid-life facelift, with a comprehensive tech pack being rolled out across the range. SYNC2 should feature in the Trend and Titanium models, and a reversing camera should become available as standard across the range.
As carmakers discuss how to incorporate greener technologies in their vehicles, the Mondeo arrives with its eco-friendly option – the Mondeo Hybrid. When it arrives, it should have an edge as the only mid-size hybrid wagon on the market (with the popular ‘liftback’ models also gaining the technology), competing in a tightly held segment.
The last of the Australian-built Ford Falcon range should start to make its way into showrooms this year, but it will go out with a bang with ‘Sprint’ special edition models planned for the XR6 and XR8 variants.
The Korean brand is going from strength to strength, and will continue to build on a solid lineup in 2016.
A facelift is due for Kia’s small hatch and sedan, to bring it up to date with the latest, stylish iteration of the design that has brought Kia out of the cheap and cheerful category.
The popular compact SUV gets a complete overhaul with a brand new design and upgrades to the suspension and interior. Read our review of the all-new Sportage on how these have improved it all the way through.
A brand new model will join Kia’s ranks in 2016, in the form of the pint-sized Picanto. Although it has been on sale in New Zealand since 2011, it never made it across the Tasman until this year. With a brand new model, the city car will sit underneath the popular Rio hatch, and is expected to come with just one well-equipped model, rather than compete with its own stable mate.
Heading into 2016, the sporty Pro cee’d has been scrapped, along with diesel models of the other people mover in Kia’s range, the Rondo. The new Optima launched at the tail end of 2015 will hold up Kia’s large sedan end of the business as well, our review proves that it is doing a great job.
Nissan should have a rather quiet year, with no new model launches or significant upgrades expected to the line-up.
One big update will be the introduction of Nissan’s NISMO performance brand into the country. Either the 370Z or the GT-R will be the first inline to receive a makeover, but the Juke will follow either. While Motorama isn’t one of the 12 GT-R dealerships dotted around Australia, the NISMO rollout is expected to expand on those hubs, creating a space in select dealerships for the high performance brand.
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