Kia's growth continues, closing the gap on Hyundai
Overall new vehicle sales continue to go backwards in Australia, but one brand that keeps bucking the trend is Kia, having doubled its sales between 2014-18 and continuing to climb so far in 2019 to boot.
The ‘second’ Korean brand after Hyundai has gone from also-ran, to fast-growing upstart, to established brand hovering around the top 5 overall position in impressively rapid time, clawing its way ahead of Volkswagen, Nissan, Honda, Holden and Subaru in the process.
The Jaguar I-Pace has taken out European Car of the Year 2019, narrowly edging the Alpine A110 sports car for the prestigious title.
Picked from a field of seven finalists, the I-Pace impressed judges with its bold design and dynamic drive, despite its eco-friendly electric powertrain.
Both the I-Pace and A110 scored 250 points following the jury vote, which was then resolved by counting the number of top marks awarded to each – 18 for the Jaguar, and 16 for the Alpine.
Skoda Australia has defied market trends to record a strong start in 2019, posting double-digit growth for the January-March period compared to last year.
Driven by the Kodiaq SUV and mid-sized Octavia, which saw 173 and 93 registrations in February respectively, the Czech member of the Volkswagen Group managed a total of 495 sales for the month.
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster headed to Geneva - report
It appears Lamborghini is planning a pretty significant reveal for the Geneva motor show later this week, specifically a drop-top version of its Aventador SVJ flagship (coupe pictured).
American publication Carscoops claims it has unnamed sources telling it the Raging Bull will bring the Aventador SVJ Roadster to the Swiss event, complete with all the mechanical and aerodynamic upgrades already seen in the coupe, though with a removable carbon-fibre roof.
The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has slammed a proposal from the NSW state opposition to raise stamp duty on vehicles over $100k, describing it as a "tax on a tax".
The NSW Labor party last week announced plans to make the state's stamp duty rate the nation's highest, to 7.0 per cent on vehicles prices above $100,000.