MINI CONCEPT ACEMAN: FULLY-ELECTRIC CROSSOVER

MINI has unveiled what it describes as “the future of the driving pleasure” with the world premiere of the MINI Concept Aceman, the marque’s first fully-electric crossover model. The MINI Concept Aceman showcases a new design language and technological innovations that will shape the brand’s future models. The study of the first crossover concept model from MINI brings together central features that outline the marque’s driving pleasure of the future: from a purely electric drive to clear, pared-back design language and a material concept that uses no leather or chrome… Read more

NEW VEHICLE SALES FIGURES FOR JULY 2022

The FCAI, the peak body for Australia’s automotive industry, has released new vehicle sales figures for July 2022. A total of 84,461 vehicles were sold in July bringing the year-to-date total to 622,319. This result represents a 0.4 per cent increase on the same month in 2021. FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said the relatively flat result compared to this time last year has shown the market has not normalised since the beginning of the pandemic. “Vehicle and component manufacturing operations remain affected by plant shutdowns caused by Covid-19. Logistics,… Read more

HYUNDAI PALISADE UPGRADED FOR 2023

A restyled and substantially upgraded 2023 Palisade is set to launch in Australia in August 2022. It has updated exterior and interior design elements, with segment-leading safety additions, and extra tech and luxurious features. An expanded suite of SmartSense driver assistance and advanced active safety features is used in the 2023 Palisade. It now incorporates Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Junction Turning function, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, a Multi anti-Collision Braking system, a 3D Surround View Monitor function, a Hyundai 1st Reverse Light Guide function as well as Reverse Parking Collision-Avoidance… Read more

PRACTICAL TRANSITION AND ELECTRIFICATION OF THE NATIONAL MOTOR VEHICLE FLEET.

The FCAI, Australia’s peak National, State and Territory automotive representative organisations have reached a historic agreement at an Industry Summit on critical positions and pathways to achieve the considered and practical transition and electrification of the national motor vehicle fleet. Representing thousands of businesses that make, sell, distribute, provide novated leasing, service, repair, supply aftermarket parts, components, and accessories, dismantle, recycle, and train tens of thousands of automotive professionals, the peak organisations developed and agreed to more than 25 principles including: Embracing the electrification of the Australian motor vehicle fleet…. Read more

NISSAN NAVARA SL WARRIOR BY PREMCAR

Nissan has unveiled the Navara SL Warrior by Premcar. It’s based on the popular SL 4WD dual-cab and priced at MSRP $58,000 (manual) or MSRP $60,500 (automatic) and has increased off-road capability and suspension tuned in Australia for Australian conditions. Nissan Navara SL Warrior by Premcar enhancements include a new winch-compatible hooped bullbar with integrated LED lightbar; Cooper Discoverer All Terrain AT3 tyres; increased suspension lift raising ground clearance from 220m to 260mm; 100kg GVM upgrade with 3500kg braked towing capacity; new springs, dampers and jounce bumpers; revised front and… Read more

MASERATI PROJECT24

Maserati has presented Project24 (referred to by a codename) to raise the brand’s unlimited performance to a new level of adrenalin on the track. This truly extreme track-only car inherits the specifications of the Maserati MC20, enhancing it with technical specifications that have advanced even further. It’s powered by a state-of-the-art V6 Nettuno engine adds new turbochargers to raise its power to 740 hp, innovative suspension, carbon-ceramic braking system and tyres tuned up for racing, as well as FIA-approved safety features. Based on the brand’s obsession with lightness, the target… Read more

LIMITED EDITION BMW X6 M50i

A limited edition of the BMW X6 M50i will arrive in Australia later in 2022 with increased specification and unique styling elements. The BMW X6 Black Vermillion Edition – of which just five are coming to Australia – has a raft of features from BMW Individual that deliver significantly enhanced presence and level of exclusivity. The exterior elements unique to the BMW X6 Black Vermillion Edition and which are offered over and above the BMW X6 M50i are a BMW Individual Frozen Black metallic paint finish; BMW kidney grille in… Read more

SOFTWARE UPDATES FOR PORSCHE TAYCAN

Worldwide, more than 75,000 examples of the Taycan have been delivered since Porsche introduced its first all-electric sports car at the end of 2019. Since its Australian launch in 2021, 838 Taycan have been delivered (as of June 2022 – source: VFACTS). Regardless of vehicle age, motor, and body, the software of all model variants can be updated to the status of the 2023 model year. The update will be implemented on a market-specific basis. Depending on when their vehicle was delivered, customers will benefit from, among other things, an… Read more

HYUNDAI’S IONIQ 6 STREAMLINES THE ELECTRIC EXPERIENCE

With an elongated, futuristic design, Hyundai’s latest electric vehicle, the Ioniq 6 Electrified Streamliner cuts a dramatic profile. At an impressive 4.8 metres in length, Ioniq 6 is available with a range of drive motors and battery packs to fit the needs of every customer. It delivers an estimated driving range of 610km (WLTP) as well as ultra-fast, 400-V/800-V multi-charging capability. The long-range 77.4kWh battery is available with either rear- or all-wheel-drive. The top-of-the-line dual motor all-wheel drive model produces a combined power output of 239kW and 605Nm of torque,… Read more

NEW NISSAN PATHFINDER DETAILS

The new Nissan Pathfinder will arrive in Australia with four grades, seating for up to eight and new safety and technology features. A new nine-speed automatic transmission with wheel-mounted paddle shifters now pairs with a V6 petrol engine producing 202kW and 340Nm. Nissan’s advanced Pro-PILOT semi-autonomous driving system also makes its debut on Pathfinder as a standard inclusion on the ST-L model upwards. Pathfinders new 4WD system features direct coupling, which allows torque transfer directly on the clutch pack using oil pressure, allowing for confident, immediate take-off in low- traction… Read more