E-TYPE FIT FOR A QUEEN

As part of the recent Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Jaguar displayed 15 classics – one of them a bespoke Jaguar E-Type. This car is a bit special because the customer wanted an E-Type from the same year that he was born, 1965. In fact, the car Jaguar found for him was built just two days shy of his birthday. It doesn’t get much better than that. The unique E-type made its debut alongside a selection of historically important Jaguar E- types, an all-electric I-PACE eTROPHY race car and seven convertible… Read more

NEW EDITION MINIS COMING DOWNUNDER

MINI says it’s raising driving fun, expressive design, premium quality and individual style to a new level with its new Edition models, which are set to arrive in Australia later in 2022. The MINI three- and five-door Hatch, including the fully electric MINI Electric Hatch and MINI Convertible, will be offered in the Resolute Edition. The MINI Countryman will be released in the Untamed Edition. The Resolute Edition emphasises the individuality, traditional style, self-confidence and unmistakable charisma of the original, while the versatile qualities of the MINI Clubman, in combination… Read more

MASERATI MC20 AND MC20 CIELO

Maserati’s MC20 and MC20 Cielo, have taken personalisation to the next level with the introduction of model year 2023. Standard features now include a new colour, Grigio Incognito, a carbon-fibre engine cover, and an Alcantara sports steering wheel with carbon-fibre inserts. There’s blue starter button, which will be Maserati’s new benchmark to distinguish the sportier and more aggressive versions. Alongside an already extensive options list, two new alloy wheels have been introduced for both the MC20 and MC20 Cielo: new 20-inch carbon-fibre wheels and 20-inch MMXX gloss black diamond cut… Read more

THIRD-GENERATION RANGE ROVER SPORT – DETAILS

The third-generation Range Rover Sport will arrive in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2022. The range will initially comprise a range of mild-hybrid six-cylinder diesels plus the new six-cylinder P510e plug-in hybrid. A new flagship 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 will be available to order later in 2022 by way of what Range Rover describes as an “exclusive online sales event”. Most engines are 3.0-litre in-line units. The lowest-emission powertrain is a plug-in hybrid. This mates an Ingenium 3.0-litre in-line-six petrol engine with a 105kW electric motor and a 38.2kWh battery…. Read more

BENTLEY BENTAYGA EXTENDED WHEELBASE AZURE

Bentley has announced an even larger version of its Bentayga mid-sized SUV – the Extended Wheelbase Azure with a very spacious cabin. Exclusive features and future-focused technology deliver wellbeing for driver and passengers alike. Behind the Power Close rear doors, a new diamond quilting design can be seen thanks to light coming through the large sunroof. Mood lighting can also be switched on providing an atmosphere for work or relaxation. The choice to create a calm ambience is at your fingertips with subtle waterfall lighting, while the Bentley Diamond Illumination… Read more

NEW MERCEDES-BENZ GLC HYBRID

The new Mercedes GLC small SUV is designed for hybrid drive. The engine range has four-cylinder petrol and diesel units combined with an electric motor. Four of these are mild-hybrid units with a second-generation integrated starter-generator. Three other engine variants are plug-in hybrid units with a system output of up to 245 kW and a system torque of up to 750 Nm. All the plug-in hybrids have an electric range of more than 100 kilometres. Noticeably more electric driving experience: thanks to the electric range, day-to-day distances can usually be… Read more

MAZDA FACTORIES TO GO CARBON NEUTRAL

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced its commitment to making its worldwide factories carbon neutral by 2035 and its entire supply chain carbon neutral by 2050. Mazda sees it as the core responsibility of any automotive manufacturer to do their part in curbing global warming by reducing CO2 emissions in every process of vehicle production, including manufacturing, transport, vehicle usage, recycling, etc. Consequently, Mazda has been actively engaged in carbon neutral initiatives. To achieve carbon neutrality in Mazda factories around the globe by 2035, they plan to work closely with its… Read more

NEW VEHICLE SALES: MAY 2022

The FCAI, the peak body for Australia’s automotive industry, has released new vehicle sales figures for May 2022. A total of 94,383 vehicles were sold in May bringing the year-to-date total to 437,884. This result represents a decrease of 6.4 per cent on the same month in 2021. FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said global supply chains struggling to recover from pandemic impacts meant demand for new vehicles in Australia continues to outstrip supply. “The global automotive industry continues to be plagued by a shortage of microprocessor units and shipping… Read more

LONG WHEELBASE 130 RETURNS TO THE LAND ROVER DEFENDER RANGE

After a gap of nearly six years Land Rover has returned the long-wheelbase 130 version to the Defender range alongside the shorter 110 and 90 models. As has been the long- standing tradition the numbers refer to the vehicles’ approximate wheelbase lengths in inches. At just under 5.4 metres in length the 130 is an eight-seater in 2-3-3 format with the second and third rows raised slightly above each other. This together with large windows and twin sunroofs contribute to an airy interior and excellent visibility. There are a number… Read more

LEXUS LAUNCHES ITS ALL-NEW RX SUV

At a recent global launch Lexus has unveiled its latest (fifth generation) version of its popular RX mid-sized SUV. It continues the upgrade of the Lexus SUV fleet following on from the release of new NX and LX models previously in 2022. The RX has been sold in Australia for nearly two decades, having arrived here in 2003 as one of the first of what was a new genre – luxury SUVs. Since then, over 3.5 million units have been sold worldwide including more than 40,000 locally. Effectively an all-new… Read more