Whelp, 2020 positive has been a doozy. However past the suggestion that 2021 can solely be an enchancment, simply what’s going to the brand new calendar deliver?

At CarAdvice / Drive, we’re in for an enormous yr – the place we’ll see the launch of the brand new Drive.com.au platform and a coming collectively of our two nice mastheads. What’s extra, we’ll shortly announce the main points of the 2021 Drive Automotive of the 12 months program, so be sure you keep tuned for that!

Trying additional than our personal yard although, we requested the CarAdvice / Drive staff what they see within the tea-leaves for the subsequent 12-months…


Trent Nikolic, Managing Editor

I believe we’ll begin to see an increasing number of electrical autos taken up by an increasing number of Australians, however that thought merely triggers extra questions.

Will we see infrastructure rolled out to manage? And who can pay for that infrastructure?

Will we see a nationwide rationalisation of electrical automobile tariffs, or will the foolish, state-based schemes proceed?

Which service station community would be the first to really get up, and add quick chargers into their forecourts across the nation?

Lastly, will hydrogen begin to catch electrical propulsion when it comes to improvement tempo?


Rob Margeit, Tradition and Way of life Editor

New automobile gross sales will begin to recuperate, albeit slowly whereas the used automobile market will proceed its sturdy COVID-led surge.

In a shock to nobody, dual-cab utes and SUVs of all styles and sizes will proceed to promote in numbers that make lovers of station wagons and sedans wring their fingers in despair, mine included.


Susannah Guthrie, Journalist

My key prediction is that we are going to see an increasing number of high-riding wagon ideas from producers because the novelty of regularly reimagining the pick-up and SUV wears off.

Whacky, assertion doorways can even make a return, though with a powerful security focus – spearheaded by the return of rear-hinged ‘suicide doorways’ on Mazda’s MX-30 (however this time with a five-star Euro NCAP score).

Simply as VW Group is trying to do with its Mission T to tackle Tesla, we’ll see extra producers create break-out, decentralised arms tasked with competing with challenger manufacturers – like mini start-ups inside huge conglomerates. Anticipate even the Germans to get a little bit bit Silicon Valley with it.

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As a hangover from the drudgeries of 2020, vibrant colors will shift again towards muted, camouflage-like shades corresponding to forest greens, mushroom greys and taupe-y browns.

Extra of a wishlist request than a prediction – automobile firms will cease changing white dudes in management positions with extra white dudes in management positions and get some extra contemporary, younger, hungry and inventive expertise in govt roles.


Kez Casey, Senior Highway Tester

2021 will see the good market cut up, although it could solely mark the start of the rift. On one facet manufacturers shall be placing ahead their greatest last-gasp inner combustion efforts with the GR Yaris already right here, and a brand new Subaru BRZ and Nissan 400Z to hit the roads.

For drivers much less eager on outright bravado, however nonetheless in search of driving pleasure, the rear-wheel-drive Mazda 6, powered by a brand new inline-six, holds loads of promise.

As a lot as 2021 would be the yr of the driving force’s automobile, it is also the yr electrical autos transfer from high-priced novelty to full-fledged mainstream. Tesla has made the primary transfer with the Mannequin 3, however Toyota is poised to strike a blow with its first electrical SUV. Nothing might be extra mainstream.

On the identical time, in Australia, Hyundai is getting ready to roll out hybrid SUVs, lastly providing a challenger the place Nissan and Honda have barely made an impression. Electrification, for commuting, and open street thrills for the weekend, right here we come.


Sam Purcell, Off-Highway Editor

My prediction is: Extra utes!

Whereas the Isuzu D-Max has definitely stolen the limelight for a giant chunk of the previous few months, it will withstand newer, extra superior competitors all through 2021. And as worldwide journey stays on the nostril, patrons will proceed to snap up jack-of-all-trades 4X4 utes that may journey, tow and tour their approach across the nation.

Together with the fixed enhancements to security and refinement, future utes can even pack extra options and tech for off-roading: suspension, tyres, driving aids and locking differentials as all of them compete to be top-dog within the phase.

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And so they’re getting greater as nicely: American-sized rigs will enhance their market share, and the traces between ute and so-called ‘truck’ will blur even additional. RIP buying centre carparks.


Ben Zachariah, Journalist

We have already seen the beginnings of it, however the electrical revolution will actually take maintain in 2021.

Diesel-powered passenger automobiles shall be quietly pulled from mannequin line-ups, with much more proclamations by producers concerning the change to electrical and hydrogen-electric powertrains. Each new and up to date premium automobile shall be provided with PM2.5 air filtration and ionisation.

It is also very attainable we’ll see at the least one automobile producer depart the crowded and highly-competitive Australian market, because the monetary pressures of the COVID-19 fallout, coupled with the stringent calls for of our native design guidelines forces cost-cutting.

Australia may additionally announce a future transfer to stricter automobile emissions laws – although it might be thought-about an empty gesture, with all the main automobile makers already exceeding European legal guidelines.


Emma Notafrancesco, Journalist

The start of 2021 will proceed to indicate sturdy gross sales within the SUV and passenger and cab utes segments.

Whereas folks could need to reward themselves after a difficult yr, this will not go so far as spending on luxurious manufacturers so we’d not see a lot progress in that a part of the market.

Regardless of excessive demand for some automobiles, automobile provide will stay a problem at first of 2021 following manufacturing unit shutdowns, border closures and lockdowns.

Regardless that the federal government is behind in offering incentives or infrastructure, there ought to be a surge within the EV’s with extra producers leaping into the phase and a few thrilling automobiles as a result of launch subsequent yr.


Simon Halfhide, CFO

With the widescale launch of 5G, I really feel that self-driving / autonomous automobile expertise will take a major step in direction of a broader client actuality, with related security options the primary ingredient of the expertise to be launched in new automobiles.

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Mat McNay, Nationwide Gross sales Director

MG will outsell Honda.


Lucy McLennan, Gross sales Supervisor

I’m forecasting that 2021 goes to smash Australian new automobile gross sales data, and there shall be 1.2 million new automobiles offered.


Con Lagos, Nationwide Vendor Director

Used automobile costs will proceed to stay sturdy as a result of a scarcity of latest automobiles being equipped out there for the primary half of the yr.


Ryan Golla, Digital Marketing campaign Supervisor

I believe 2021 we’ll see much more electrical autos out there, which is able to turn out to be more and more tech-focused for 2021.

It might be nice to see broader take-up of tech options like cameras as a substitute of facet/rearview mirrors (like within the Audi e-tron), solar-powered roofs to mechanically flow into air in your scorching automobile, and even wiper-free windscreens like McLaren have been growing at one stage.


Douglas Ferguson, Digital Marketing campaign Supervisor

Mazda will as soon as once more tease its RX-9/Imaginative and prescient ideas however provide no additional information on the event. The launch of the inline-six variant of the Mazda 6 can have followers continued to be dissatisfied that they are not bringing again the MPS.

Realising the success of the GR Yaris, Toyota will announce the GR Corolla. Solely 500 shall be made and they’re going to promote out instantly.

The waitlist for the Suzuki Jimny will proceed to get longer, and longer, and longer. Used costs will solely proceed to skyrocket


James Ward, Director of Content material

As many others have stated, 2021 will deliver broader electrical automobile take up, and I believe we’ll see the primary EV at a sub $40k value level.

I additionally suppose that gross sales, significantly within the household SUV and off-road classes, will growth as the good Australian street journey gathers momentum.

Nevertheless, I do count on that we’ll see at the least one (maybe extra) model depart our market.



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