Happy New Year, Redline reader! We’re sure you’re as relieved as we are to see 2020 off into the sunset.

It goes without saying 2020 wasn’t what you’d call a normal year. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on the automotive industry, cancelling nearly all of the packed motor show and car event calendar, delaying new-car release and development programs, and sending many carmakers into financial trouble.

However, despite its challenges, 2020 still managed to host the debuts of an array of important new cars, from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Toyota GR Yaris to the BMW M3/M4 and Volkswagen Golf GTI.

It was a quiet year for this website, too, racking up just 13,299 pageviews across the 12-month period, largely thanks to a post hiatus in the final months of the year.

Topping the ‘charts’ as the most popular post of the year was Volkswagen Australia’s announcement that the Mk8 Golf will switch to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic for regular models in Australia, dropping the venerable seven-speed DSG.

What’s the plan for 2021, Stan? There are plenty of new models in the pipeline; the Audi E-Tron GT, BMW 2 Series coupe, next-gen Ford Ranger, Mercedes-Benz SL and Nissan 400Z, just to name a few.

Regarding that post hiatus… that’ll come to an end later this month, as Redline Car of the Year returns for another year, followed shortly by the second edition of the Redline Automotive Design Awards.

Thank you again for reading this humble site – here’s to a better year.

– Admin Alex

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