Skoda almost halved the downturn felt by the market as a whole – dropping 8.8 per cent year-to-date against a strong 2019. In real terms and in a challenging climate, the Volkwagen sister brand is going relatively well in Australia.
2020 saw the injection of quality new models – updated Kodiaq arrived, as did new Kamiq – which came a little too late to make a big impact on sales figures.
Renault's sales in 2020 decreased by more than 20 per cent compared to the year prior, amid overall dwindling sales in the automotive sector.
Notably, the French marque announced it would farewell its Clio hatchback from the Australian line-up in August 2020, after it managed only 23 sales in all of 2020 before getting the axe.
Porsche largely defied the COVID-19 downward trend for new car sales, down just 1.2 per cent year-on-year. The stars of the show were again the SUVs, with Macan and Cayenne accounting for a remarkable 83 per cent of total Porsche sales.
Proving the appetite for 'coupe' style bodies exists, the arrival of the Cayenne Coupe in 2020 has seen sales of the wagon-bodied Cayenne take a hit.
Mercedes-Benz cemented its place as Australia's leading luxury carmaker in 2020, its 26,350 passenger vehicles sales to the end of November placing it well ahead of arch rivals BMW and Audi. Almost half of those sales comprised just two models – A-Class and GLC-Class – underscoring the buying public's taste for small cars and medium SUVs.