Ahead of its much anticipated launch, Mazda has revealed grades and pricing for the Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel.

Arriving to Australian dealerships in July, Mazda’s diesel-only seven-seat SUV combines versatility, style, comfort and safety, with excellent performance and efficiency.

Brand-New Mazda CX-8 is exclusively powered by Mazda’s advanced 140kW 2.2L SKYACTIV-D twin-turbo diesel engine, which also delivers a huge 450Nm of torque and outstanding fuel economy. 

Offered in two model grades, there are three variants of the Brand New Mazda CX-8 Diesel available, starting with Sport FWD, Sport AWD and the range topping Asaki AWD.

With a wide range of i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies offered as standard, paired with the inherent quality of a Mazda, the value-packed SUV starts from $42,490* for the entry level Sport FWD. The Sport AWD variant will retail from $46,490*, while the Asaki will start at $61,490*.

Managing Director of Mazda Australia, Vinesh Bhindi, said the Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel is a compelling offering for customers looking to upsize into an SUV.

“Brand-New Mazda CX-8 shares the uncompromising quality, style, comfort and safety features that customers know and expect of a Mazda,” he said.

“This, paired with the efficiency and economy of the most advanced SKYACTIV diesel engine on offer, makes the Mazda CX-8 an enticing proposition for Australians needing an added level of versatility.”

The Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel will go on sale from July 2018. For more information or to find your closest dealer, visit www.mazda.com.au
*Manufacturer’s List Price.

Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel Price list:

Grade MLP
Sport FWD $42,490
Sport AWD $46,490
Asaki AWD $61,490

Peugeot has debuted a bulletproof 5008 SUV to carry out Presidential duties in France. The bulletproof Peugeot 5008 SUV features a range of bespoke modifications inside and out, including armour plating, a one-off second-row seating package, an upgraded brake package, emergency lights and sirens and, of course, the Presidential Seal.

Ballistics certification development work was carried out in partnership with Centigon Security Group, a company boasting 60 years’ experience in armoured vehicles.

The very special Peugeot 5008 SUV started life on the company’s Rennes, France, assembly line. Built to exacting standards and subject to Peugeot’s unwavering quality targets, the 5008 range is assembled by Rennes 3800-strong workforce. 

Once completed, the car was delivered to the team in charge of the 5008 Présidential Project, which stripped it of its interior components in preparation for its armour plating and bespoke second-row seating configuration.

Armour plating meeting comprehensive ballistics test criteria was then fitted throughout the vehicle and the interior panels refitted, leaving no indication of the 5008’s bulletproof status. The unique second-row seating package, consisting of two Peugeot-designed captain’s chairs complete with centre armrest and document safe, was then fitted.

While details are obviously classified, the 5008 also gained an upgraded brake package and a range of other inclusions supporting its Presidential - and bulletproof - status. From the outside, the only indication of the vehicle’s one-off nature is the fitment of discreet lights and sirens, along with the Presidential Seal and flag masts.

Commenting on the project, Olivier Desserprit, Chef du Project – 5008 Présidential, said being selected for the job was not just a challenge but also a chance to reclaim French craftsmanship.

“The official State Car project is especially challenging for the simple reason that failure is not an option. This is when we thought: ‘We are actually reclaiming French cultural heritage and French craftsmanship’,” Desserprit said. “Safety is the Presidential car’s first requirement so it goes without saying it’s bulletproof.” he added.

A video of the 5008 Présidential’s development can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlSC9XRgqWc

Hyundai Motorsport has taken a dramatic victory in Rally Italia Sardegna, the seventh round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), as Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul stole a last gasp win with a sublime performance on the final morning.

The Belgian crew started the day with a 3.9-second deficit to leader M-Sport Ford’s Sébastien Ogier, but a perfect Sunday morning with four stage wins, including the Power Stage, allowed them to steadily catch and pass the Frenchman.

They took a memorable result by a mere 0.7-seconds after 313.46km of competitive Sardinian stages. In one of the closest finishes in WRC history, it actually matches the same minuscule gap by which Neuville beat Elfyn Evans in the 2017 edition of Rally Argentina.

The result is Hyundai Motorsport’s third win of the 2018 season and tenth in its WRC history. It marks the team’s second victory in Rally Italia Sardegna following Neuville’s triumph in 2016, and the fourth Sardinia event in succession where it has finished on the podium.

Sunday celebrations
Four stages were contested on Sunday morning with two runs through the 14.06km Cala Flumini and 6.96km coastal Sassari-Argentiera tests. There was no respite for any of the crews with tense battles throughout the field. While Neuville and Ogier battled it out at the front, Hayden Paddon was able to defend his fourth place from Mads Østberg with a solid Sunday, securing his best result of the season so far.

One-time rally leader Andreas Mikkelsen wrestled two consolatory driver points for finishing fourth in the nerve-wracking and competitive Power Stage.

With this victory, Hyundai Motorsport has extended its grip on the manufacturers’ championship with 212 points, an increased gap of 28 points to M-Sport Ford in second. Neuville’s five additional points for Power Stage success saw him take the maximum available for the weekend and increase his lead in the drivers’ classification to 27 points over Ogier.

Since its WRC debut in 2014, Hyundai Motorsport has now taken ten victories and a total of 40 individual podiums. As the 2018 season passes its halfway mark, the team now heads into the summer break with an opportunity to reflect on a hugely successful season-to-date.

Crew Notes: Neuville/Gilsoul (#5 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

  • Third win of 2018 season with six consecutive stage wins from SS15 to the SS20 Power stage
  • Increases drivers’ championship lead taking maximum 30 points on offer

Neuville said: “I can’t believe it! We knew we had to give it everything we had this morning, and it was a truly fantastic fight with Sébastien. The gap at the end was so small and we left absolutely nothing behind. We kept pushing as hard as we could without doing anything stupid. Battling against Séb is one of the most difficult things to do, so this is a precious victory. Nicolas and I send massive thanks to the whole Hyundai Motorsport team for giving us a great car this weekend. Without them we couldn’t have done this today. Starting first on the road on Friday put us at a disadvantage. The rain helped a bit but we never gave up and we can share in one of the finest wins of our career. Leading both championships heading into the break gives us all the motivation we need for the second half of the season.”

Crew Notes: Paddon/Marshall (#6 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

  • Fourth place represents crew’s best result of 2018 season so far
  • Highest finish in Sardinia since second place in 2015

Paddon said: “A difficult weekend for us, but a positive end to the rally for the team. We wanted more from this rally, but to take fourth place gives us important confidence for the coming events. Things didn’t really click from the first stages, and we weren’t able to replicate the positive feeling we had from shakedown. Still, it’s nice to finish this event for the first time in three years, and to score important points for the team in the manufacturers’ championship. We will look to build from here, and to try and take a few more risks. Congratulations to Thierry, Nicolas and the whole team for a fantastic victory.”

Crew Notes: Mikkelsen/Jæger (#4 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

  • Led rally on Friday morning before transmission trouble
  • Two consolation points for fourth place in the Power Stage

Mikkelsen said: “We gave it all we could in the Power Stage to try and salvage something from what has been a frustrating weekend. Since the last rally, we have found a much better feeling from inside the car but we haven’t had the results to match. On Friday morning, we could show the potential we have with some strong times and leading the rally. Unfortunately, the transmission problem ended our rally and we’ve spent the remaining stages just refining things and picking up useful information about the car on these tough gravel stages. It is all valuable learning but we leave Sardinia with a feeling of missed opportunity. We will regroup over the summer break and be ready for Finland. Finally, congratulations to Thierry and Nicolas on an outstanding win this weekend.”  

Sardinian success story

  • 11 stage wins for Hyundai Motorsport crews in Sardinia
  • Third victory of 2018 and tenth in team’s WRC history

Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “I am completely delighted, as are all members of the team, with this incredible victory. It was truly a perfect win for Thierry and Nicolas. The battle with Ogier started on Saturday and the intensity of that only increased. I was on the edge of my seat all Sunday morning, and the Power Stage was a superb piece of entertainment for all fans. To take our third win of the season in such exhilarating style is the ideal way to head into the summer break. We have had a faultless operation all weekend, thanks to the hard work of our team on site and in Alzenau. Hayden and Seb have taken their best result of the season in fourth, while Andreas also picked up some points in the Power Stage. It was a memorable battle with Sébastien and M-Sport Ford which will undoubtedly go down in the WRC history books. We came here hoping to defend our lead of both championships but instead we have extended it – the perfect weekend!” 

Next rally

  • The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) heads into its summer break with the next round, Rally Finland, taking place from 26-29 July
  • Round 8 of the 2018 season will be the last of four consecutive gravel events before moving back onto tarmac

Final Overall Classification – Rally Italia Sardegna

1

T. Neuville

N. Gilsoul

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

3:29:18.7

2

S. Ogier

J. Ingrassia

Ford Fiesta WRC

+0.7

3

E. Lappi

J. Ferm

Toyota Yaris WRC

+1:56.3

4

H. Paddon

S. Marshall

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

+2:55.2

5

M. Østberg

T. Eriksen

Citroën C3 WRC

+3:10.9

6

C. Breen

S. Martin

Citroën C3 WRC

+4:31.7

7

J.M. Latvala

M. Anttila

Toyota Yaris WRC

+11:22.1

8

O. Tänak

M. Järveoja

Toyota Yaris WRC

+12:38.2

9

J. Kopecky

P. Dresler

Škoda Fabia R5

+13:14.6

10

T. Suninen

M. Markkula

Ford Fiesta WRC

+15:30.4

Hyundai Motor elaborated on a step forward in its design philosophy with providing a more detailed blueprint for ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ by unveiling the HDC-2 ‘Grandmaster’ SUV concept at the 2018 Busan International Motor Show. Also announced was a new N Brand Global Strategy with line-up expansion.

HDC-2 Grandmaster concept: A step forward with the Hyundai Look

Having first introduced the ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ direction with the HDC-1 ‘Le Fil Rouge’ concept vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, Hyundai further explored and elaborated on the philosophy with its latest SUV concept vehicle, the HDC-2 Grandmaster concept.

The Le Fil Rouge sedan provided a clear direction for Hyundai’s design philosophy, while the new SUV concept vehicle further proved the versatility of this design language that will be portrayed in future Hyundai vehicles, opening up new possibilities for an even wider spectrum of attractive designs.

“Today we showcased the HDC-2 concept vehicle as a blueprint for our evolved design strategy,” said SangYup Lee, Vice President and head of Hyundai styling. “Making a big step forward in terms of design with the Hyundai Look strategy, we will move towards becoming a brand that customers can really relate to emotionally. Moving on from being a brand that provides a great value, we will aspire to also become a brand that is widely beloved by our customers.”

Following the ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ concept, the HDC-2 Grandmaster model reinterprets Hyundai’s design DNA, and is designed through harmonization of four key elements – proportion, architecture, styling and technology – thereby bringing emotional value and desirability.

The concept name of Grandmaster is derived from the game of chess. While the world’s finest chess champion is called the grandmaster, the concept vehicle is named to indicate that just as the sum of all chess pieces completes the game of chess, all forthcoming Hyundai vehicles will come to form a harmonious vehicle line-up demonstrating the Hyundai Look while each maintains distinctive character and role.

The beauty is further enhanced by the architecture and styling. The new approach of this ‘Light Architecture’ creates a perfect silhouette to the front and the rear, not to mention its technological innovation, which couples spectacular design with a comfortable experience for drivers and passengers.

The design elements of ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ will be applied to Hyundai’s upcoming sedan and SUV models.

N Brand Global Strategy

Hyundai will further diversify its N Brand Product Portfolio including High Performance N models, N Line Vehicles with new design and performance enhancing elements and N Option, customisation parts by N, which will be available for the entire Hyundai line-up.

Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and head of the High Performance Vehicle & Motorsport Division, said “I am thrilled to share our vision for the Brand today with you. We will continue to diversify our products and tailor them to the unique needs and experiences of each customer, so that every Hyundai vehicle provides a fun-to-drive experience throughout everyday life.”

Hyundai’s N brand Global Strategy aims to provide a ground-breaking experience for drivers. Hyundai’s N line-up is based on the company’s philosophy of providing high performance driving technology and an exciting driving experience reminiscent of motorsports, granting dynamic feeling and sensation to everyday drivers.

The market response to the first N Model, ‘the i30 N’, has been so positive that the company is even considering increasing the production volume.

Elaborating on the high performance division, Schemera said “Our motorsports vehicles will spearhead the N Brand at the apex of the brand’s hierarchy. Not to mention that the valuable experience and technology derived from our success in motorsports will cascade down to all the future N products.”

Just a few months after the launch of the radical saloon, PEUGEOT have unveiled the Touring (SW) version of New PEUGEOT 508. A profound change.

New PEUGEOT 508 SW rewrites all the design cues in the highly competitive segment D estate car market; it draws its inspiration from the world of the shooting break.

New PEUGEOT 508 SW's design is incisive with its low-lying sporty bodyline. It forms the perfect balance between sporty elegance and practicality, providing plenty of passenger space and a large, easy-access boot. It features the latest generation PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® and, with its small turning radius, it will perform well wherever you please - from urban city streets to the open highway.

Embedded in the brand's DNA, New PEUGEOT 508 SW's running gear excellence combines remarkable road handing and perfect body movement control. The vehicle, designed to produce top-of-the-range performance, safety and comfort, promises to provide powerful sensations.

New PEUGEOT 508 SW will be revealed at the Paris 2018 Motor Show.

"After the radical fastback coupé-saloon, we now have the estate car! And it's just as punchy and breath-taking!  New PEUGEOT 508 SW confirms the Brand's transformation and this model with its spectacular body line and impressive features, it really enriches the range. Our ambition to make PEUGEOT the leading premium-range mainstream brand is taking shape very nicely." 
Jean-Philippe IMPARATO, PEUGEOT CEO

A segment dominated by estate cars 
Segment D represents of market of 1.400, 000 vehicles in Europe. For the last ten years, estate cars have made up the majority of this segment, despite the constant increase in new market offerings and body-lines, notably SUVs. In Europe, one vehicle out of every three sold in segment D is an estate car.
This segment includes traditional large-capacity estate cars, most of which are from the mainstream car manufacturers and a premium offering that combines the practicality of an estate car with a much more vibrant design.

The PEUGEOT choice is clear and unambiguous: to create an object of desire, to break with conventional design cues and to adopt a muscular, modern body shape that to date has been the reserve of premium car manufacturers.

A striking design 
"Designed and developed in parallel with the saloon, New PEUGEOT 508 SW includes all its quality features, but sets itself apart by its sporty stance and design cues that are completely new for a mainstream car producer. It is a wonderful object of desire that makes a clear statement regarding its ambitions." 
Gilles VIDAL, PEUGEOT Design Director

As for PEUGEOT 504, created fifty years ago, the Brand has always designed estate cars based on saloon car body lines. Consequently, New PEUGEOT 508 SW enjoys all the styling traits of the saloon's radical design. Its new proportions give it an extremely dynamic body shape

Thanks to the functional roof bars, styled to match the design, the vehicle is almost as low as the saloon - just 1.42 m. This is almost 6 cm less than the previous generation, which makes for optimum aerodynamics whilst ensuring enough headroom in the rear to meet the segment standards.

It is 4.78 m long (only 3 cm more than the saloon version and 5 cm less than the outgoing generation); New PEUGEOT 508 SW reveals smooth, flowing lines, topped by a sleek, low roof.

Frameless doors, a unique estate car feature for a mainstream car manufacturers, hone and enhance the body line whilst permitting a lower glazed surface area. Gaps and flush fittings have been reduced in size with first-class know-how, the wheels have been adjusted to perfectly fill the wheel arches, the roof antenna has been removed (now silk-screened). The body line is both powerful and is redolent of the high end of the market.

Just as for the saloon, the front end is incredibly impressive. With Full LED headlights and the vertical visual signature of the opalescent LED daytime running lights, New PEUGEOT 508 SW projects a distinct, exclusive identity, highlighted by the famous lion centred on the radiator grill and the 508 logo on the nose of the bonnet.

From the rear, the feel is of power and modernity, with the glossy black horizontal strip framed by three-dimensional Full LED rear lights taken from the saloon, which are illuminated throughout the night and day by adaptive intensity, making the coloured claws constantly visible from the side or full rear view. The chrome twin exhaust tailpipe seats the vehicle and further enhances the sporty design.

Boot access is via a practical tailgate (that can be powered and hands-free). The boot sill is low and wide (6 cm lower than the saloon and only 63.5 cm from the ground, 2.4 cm wider). The quick-draw baggage cover provides an immediate view of the entire boot, which has a capacity (with luggage cover closed) of 530 litres. It is designed to be simple in shape and entirely usable. The boot under-baggage cover capacity is very close to that of the outgoing vehicle (560 litres).

Apart from its practical nature, the boot entry has been enhanced by a stainless steel boot sill to facilitate loading. The GT spec level features aluminium floor rails and a backstop net for efficient boot compartmentalisation.

Modularity is essential for an estate car and New PEUGEOT 508 SW is fitted with a 2/3-1/3 rear bench seat with a Magic Flat function. With this system, the two sides of the bench can be instantly folded back by means of two controls located on either side of the boot. This results in a virtually flat boot floor providing a total load space of 1780 litres.

" We wanted to design a unique SW with a very strong personality that was perfectly situated at the heart of its segment. So we and our engineers looked for technical solutions that provided the fundamental benefits of a D segment SW to fashion a spectacularly dynamic space. The secret of the rear structure performance in terms of compactness and rigidity is the sensible and practical boot with an extremely sleek design. Similarly, the frameless doors provide the perfect response to accessibility in a vehicle with a very low roof line. On this basis, our engineers were able to focus on elegance and balance without style overload, as the vehicle design was already very sporty." 
Pierre-Paul MATTEI, PEUGEOT 508 Product Design Director

An incomparable cabin enhanced by the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® 
Just like the new Peugeot 508 saloon, the SW version is fitted with the latest generation PEUGEOT i-Cockpit®.

The attention to detail, the flush fitting accuracy and the choice of materials immediately place the New Peugeot 508 SW driver's position in a desirable, high-tech world imbued with elegance.

The essential components are:

  • a full-grain leather compact steering wheel (perforated on GT Line and GT) ,
  • an automatic transmission with flick-shift control integrated in a central console which also contains countless storage areas,
  • extensive decoration on the dashboard, central console and the door panels, which, depending on the spec level, are covered in a carbon- or a natural wood-like finish (Grey oak on  GT Line/GT and Zebrano on GT only),
  • satin chrome on the steering wheel, the door panels, the air vents, and also on the seven toggle switches and the central touch screen surround,
  • flocked fabric covering on the inside of the passenger storage pockets (all levels) and storage bins in the front door panels (GT Line and GT).

Great care went into the positioning and size of the different storage solutions. It is therefore possible to stow two 1.5 l bottles in the cooled glove-box, a 1 l bottle in each door storage bin and two 0.5 l bottles in the central storage area under the arm-rest (in addition to the cup holders). Thanks to clever cable-tray positioning, the extensive area next to the EAT8 gear stick provides enough space for the largest of smartphones (if they are not being induction-charged in the under-console recess).
The front passengers can sink into ergonomic, wrap-around seats (with the AGR label) and enjoy the five multipoint massage programmes. There is a wide range of rich and sophisticated trim and upholstery materials, such as Alcantara® or full-grain Nappa leather. The latter is offered in two colours - black or dark red (referred to as Sellier).

Rear passengers can benefit from the extra comfort of a seatback that tilts to 27°. There is an extra 4 cm of headroom compared to the saloon and passengers can also enjoy the panoramic clear-glass sun-roof.

Access to the rear bench seat is wide and easy thanks to the frameless rear doors incorporating the quarter-lights.

As for all the passenger compartment lighting, the individual reading lights embedded in the roof panel are LED touch-operated lights.

The top of the range hi-fi system was designed by FOCAL®, the major French signature brand. With 10 loud-speakers fitted with exclusive FOCAL® technology, this system provides pure, fine sound that is perfectly distributed throughout the vehicle. The tweeters are finished with brushed metal grills located on the four doors.
New PEUGEOT 508 SW's interior confirms the perception of quality and excellence projected by the vehicle exterior. This standard of excellence is also evident in the car’s many comfort and safety features.

Tip-top safety thanks to an impressive array of driving aid technology 
New PEUGEOT 508 SW offers a wide range of latest-generation driving aids that notably meet EuroNCAP criteria, which are ever more demanding. The new features compared to the rest of the PEUGEOT range are:

  • a Night Vision system, a first for the segment. The system utilises an infra-red camera to detect living beings in front of the vehicle at night time or in low-visibility conditions. The system ensures detection up to a 200 m range, beyond the headlights’ scope, with central display of the infra-red vision in the digital head-up display unit, in the driver's field of vision to maximise safety.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function (with the EAT8 automatic gearbox) with an adjustable inter-vehicle distance instruction. When in lane, vehicle restarting is automatic following a stop of more than 3 seconds. Otherwise, the function is re-initiated by depressing the accelerator pedal or on the end of the steering wheel control. The function is available from 0 km/h,
  • Lane Keeping Assist, with the choice of lane positioning made by the driver (associated with ACC Stop & Go),
  • Full Park Assist with the Flankguard perimeter feature (only with EAT8 automatic gearbox). The system automatically manages the direction, acceleration and braking to enter and leave a parking space,
  • Full LED headlights with EVS (static cornering lighting),
  • Permanent ARS (adaptive rear light system).

In addition to all these new features, New PEUGEOT 508 SW is endowed with many other driving aids:

  • The latest Active Safety Brake system (detects pedestrians and cyclists by day and by night from 5km/h up to 140 km/h) and warns of a collision risk,
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist (including roadsides) with course correction as from 65 km/h,
  • Driver Attention alert, to detect the driver's attention during protracted periods of driving and at speeds above 65 km/h based on analysis of steering wheel micro-movements,
  • Automatic High Beam assist,
  • Speed limit recognition and recommendation,
  • Extended traffic sign recognition (Stop, prohibited direction),
  • Active Blind Spot Monitoring System (with course correction).This function is available from 12km/h.

Connected equipment possibilities on board New PEUGEOT 508 SW is just as impressive:

  • 3D connected navigation with TomTom® Traffic,
  • Mirror Screen, compatible with Mirrorlink®, Android Auto™ and Apple Carplay™ protocols enables voice recognition via the smartphone,
  • Induction-based Smartphone charging (devices compatible with Qi standard),
  • 4 USB sockets: 2 in the front in the storage space under the automatic gear box controls and 2 at the rear of the central console for row 2 passengers,
  • PEUGEOT Connect SOS & Assistance, automatic emergency call system,
  • PEUGEOT Connect packs, a range vehicle maintenance teleservices.

A unique, instinctive driving experience 
At PEUGEOT, driving sensations are an integral part of the Brand's DNA. As a true technology standard-bearer, New PEUGEOT 508 SW bears the fruit of top PSA Group engineering expertise:

  • Use of the EMP2 platform - reduction in weight (an average of 70 kg less than the outgoing generation) to the benefit of fuel consumption, passive safety and performance,
  • Introduction of a new body welding technique strengthened by the use of 24 m of structural adhesive providing greater rigidity and a guarantee of better durability,
  • Installation of a damped engine mount, for optimal suspension damping (according to version),
  • Adaptation of a multi-link rear axle linked to variable damping controlled suspension - Active Suspension Control - as standard on the GT,
  • Widespread introduction of the new eight-speed EAT8 automatic transmission, associated with an electric gear lever and one-touch control.

"Our aim was to create an identical philosophy and driving experience to the saloon. So we applied the same technical package - wheelbase, damped engine mount, multi-link rear axle and electronically controlled damping, depending on the model. We then proceeded to make specific adjustments to compensate for the difference in mass breakdown in the SW. The result is the same as for the saloon - a perfect balance between sportiness, comfort and safety." 
Yann BONNY, Vehicle’s Dynamics Director

In every area from vehicle architecture, space breakdown, carefully controlled dimensions, weight reduction, aerodynamics to the power trains, no effort has been spared to deliver intense driving sensations and to achieve best-in-class CO2 emissions values.

New PEUGEOT 508 SW enjoys the new generation PureTech and BlueHDi engines (with extended SCR technology) as presented on the saloon.
There are two new petrol options developed on the basis of the PureTech 1.6L engine:

  • PureTech 180 S&S EAT8,
  • PureTech 225 S&S EAT8.

Four Diesel options are available based on the BlueHDi 1.5L and 2.0L engines:

  • BlueHDi 130 S&S BVM6,
  • BlueHDi 130 S&S EAT8,
  • BlueHDi 160 S&S EAT8,
  • BlueHDi 180 S&S EAT8.

All these engines have already been certified to Euro6.d temp standards, in anticipation of the Euro 6 provisions applicable from January 2020, specifically with regard to nitrogen oxide emissions. The CO2 values are Best in Class; they take into account new technical provisions of the WLTP procedure, which seeks to harmonise test-approved consumption levels and customer-usage consumption levels.

In ECO mode, the Pure Tech engine family mated with the EAT8 automatic gearbox switches automatically to freewheeling mode. This function is available from 25 to 130 km/h, when conditions permit. It is triggered if no a foot-on-pedal signal is detected; it is totally transparent for the driver. It eases internal friction in the gearbox and reduces fuel consumption by around 3 per cent.

In the second half of 2019, the range will be supplemented by an efficient Plug-in Hybrid petrol powertrain with an extended ZEV range of 50 km (WLTP cycle). The batteries will be located under the row 2 seats to preserve the roomy boot.

Like the saloon, New PEUGEOT 508 SW will be manufactured at the Mulhouse plant and as from launch will bear the "Origine France Garantie" certifying that it is made in France.

It will be unveiled at the next Paris Motor Show and will be available in Europe from January 2019 and internationally in the second half of the year.

Australasia’s independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, has released a 3 star ANCAP safety rating for revised Ford Mustang models following a specification upgrade to improve its safety performance.

Following the publication of a 2 star ANCAP safety rating for the Ford Mustang in January 2017, Ford has revised the specification of its Mustang for the right-hand-drive Australian and New Zealand markets, resulting in an upgrade to 3 stars.

“Improvements have been made to the Mustang’s Safety Assist features as well as tuning to restraint systems,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.

The following equipment is now fitted as standard:

  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) – City, Interurban and Vulnerable Road User
  • Forward collision warning (FCW)
  • Lane support system (LSS) – lane departure warning & lane keeping assist

These changes see an increased Safety Assist score of 61 per cent - improved from an original 16 per cent, and an increased Pedestrian Protection score – rising from 64 per cent to 78 per cent.

“Structurally however, the revised Ford Mustang is identical to the Mustang we originally rated, meaning it still falls short of our expectations in the areas of Adult Occupant and Child Occupant Protection.”

“The inclusion of driver assistance aids such as AEB and lane keep assist is a definite step in the right direction, yet these upgrades have neglected to address the injury risk posed to rear seat occupants as well as whiplash protection,” Goodwin said.

The revised Ford Mustang enters Australian and New Zealand markets 12 months after revised left-hand-drive models were made available for the European market.

The 3 star ANCAP safety rating applies to Fastback (V8 and EcoBoost coupe) variants built from December 2017. Fastback variants sold from December 2015 through to those built in December 2017 hold a 2 star ANCAP safety rating. Other variants are unrated.

The 2018.5MY Ford Transit Custom one-tonne commercial vehicle is now in showrooms with a bold new exterior design, a redesigned car-like interior and enhanced connectivity for Australian innovators and entrepreneurs.  

The updated Transit Custom now features standard SYNC 3, reversing camera and front/rear parking sensors, with the availability of new  Driver Assist Technologyii including AEB, Adaptive Cruise Control and BLIS adding to the Transit Custom’s car-like comfort and features that have seen it awarded Medium Van of the Year at the inaugural Drive.com.au Commercial of the Year.  

“Transit Custom now offers van customers key driver assistance features such as AEB and BLIS,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “We’ve worked on bringing car-like drivability and features, such as SYNC 3, to Transit Custom, while maintaining high levels of safety, carrying and towing capabilities. We’re also extremely grateful that the team at Drive.com.au has independently rated it as the best van in its class at Commercial of the Year.” 

Transit Custom has recorded 41-per cent growth year-on-year in Australia, following significant upgrades in 2017. In addition to  the new optional Technology Pack including AEB, changes for 2018 include a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty across all buyer types, with Transit 
Custom’s car-like comfort, safety and features enhanced to bring Australians more choice, greater equipment levels and new technology. 

Ford Transit Custom: Smart, smarter, smartest Transit Custom offers a high level of standard Safety and Driver Assist Technology including six airbags (driver, front passenger, front side-curtain and front-side seat airbags) and a comprehensive Dynamic Stability Control system. This features Side-wind Stabilization and Load Adaptive Control which helps improve drivability and reduce driver stress levels when the Transit Custom is heavily laden, while Rollover Mitigation, Trailer Sway Control, and Hill Launch Assist also make life on the road with a fully-loaded Transit Custom easier and more manageable. 

Transit Custom introduces a new optional Technology Pack that features additional Safety and Driver Assist Technology: 

  • Pre-Collision Assist (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection. Equipped with the latest radar and camera technologies, the system is even designed to help with the detection of pedestrians at night when they are illuminated by the vehicle’s headlamps.
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning with Driver Alert
  • Auto High Beam
  • Auto Headlamps
  • Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • High-series 4.2-inch colour cluster screen
  • MyKey
  • Heated Windshield

 “The offering of Autonomous Emergency Braking is an important step for the Van segment which is currently lagging well behind passenger cars when it comes to active safety features,” said ANCAP CEO, James Goodwin. “Ford is to be commended for making this step. Although it is an option, I urge customers to select this important safety technology that will help them and other road users.” 

The Transit Custom’s optional Technology Pack provide several useful functions which are particularly beneficial for commercial vehicle users. 

The Blind Spot Information System, using rear-facing radar sensors, is designed to aid in the detection of passing vehicles that may have entered or are approaching the blind spot zone, and alerts the driver with a warning light in the corresponding door mirror. The Transit Custom introduces a new Variable Rear Range feature, which provides drivers with an earlier warning if it detects that the passing vehicle is approaching with a higher closing speed. The updated model also has the latest generation sensors, with increased range and improved capabilities that include the ability to detect motorcycles.  

Rear Cross Traffic Alert uses the same sensors and is designed to warn drivers reversing out of a parking space of vehicles or bicycles that may soon be crossing behind them, alerting them with an audible warning, a message in the instrument cluster, and a warning light in the door mirror. Activated when drivers select reverse gear, the system is ideal for vans that often have restricted visibility to the rear and sides when exiting a parking space. This feature works in conjunction with Transit Custom’s standard 8.0-inch full-colour reversing camera and rear-parking sensors.  

Dynamic styling and cabin for the perfect mobile office 
The 2018.5MY Transit Custom has a dynamic and professional new front-end appearance that shares the same design DNA as Ford’s latest passenger cars, with a high-mounted trapezoidal grille and dynamic, slim headlamps. Daytime running lamps and front fog lamps are now standard, and the new covered sliding door track enhances the Transit Custom’s road presence. 

The refreshed model maintains the Transit reputation for delivering generous load-carrying ability, with innovative loadspace features such as the load-through hatch in the bulkhead for extra-long items, and the standard integrated roof rack that can be folded away when not in use. 

New for 2018.5MY, Transit Custom is offered in Australia with a high roof option for the first time on both SWB and LWB variants, providing customers with the ability to further increase the vehicle’s impressive load-carrying ability. Additionally, factory-fitted windows are now available on both single and dual side load door executions. Customers can continue to customise their Transit Custom to suit their needs, with more than 100 exterior colours available to choose from, and new optional 16” alloy wheels. 

The cabin interior is completely new, with an instrument panel based on Ford’s new interior design philosophy which offers an attractive, user-centric layout that is influenced by consumer interactions with smart devices and tablets. 

Based around strong horizontal design elements that emphasize the width of the cabin, the new instrument panel features attractive and hard-wearing materials, and is packed with practical touches designed for drivers who treat the cabin like a mobile office during long working hours in their vehicle. 

The new design further improves the interior stowage, with up to 25 litres of space offered in the instrument panel alone, including three convenient open bins on its upper surface with space for clipboards or mobile devices, and generous glove box stowage capable of storing hanging A4 files in the lower closed compartment.  

Further new practical features include a fold-out cup holder beneath the gear lever, adding to the cup holders and two-litre bottle holders at each end of the instrument panel. The door panels have also been completely redesigned for improved stowage and usability, with three large stowage spaces and a practical new grab handle integrated with the decorative door trim. 

For the driver, all-new displays and control panels have been designed for enhanced ergonomics and ease of use, featuring a floating, tablet-inspired 8.0-inch colour touchscreen with Ford’s  SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system that can be operated with pinch and swipe gestures.  

SYNC 3 enables Transit Custom drivers to control audio, navigation and connected compatible smartphones using simple, conversational voice commands. Simply by pushing a button and saying “I need fuel”, “I need a coffee”, or “find an address”, drivers can locate nearby fuel stations, cafés, or the location of their next job. SYNC 3 has even been developed to recognise the Australian accent for voice commands, and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™iii. USB and 12-volt power sockets are located in the upper stowage bin in front of the driver, and alongside the gear lever, for easy device charging.  

Satellite-navigation is available as an option with a Manufacturer’s List Price of $600*, however the 2018.5MY Transit Custom launches with a special recommended offer where this feature is included at no extra cost across all buyer types. 

All-day comfort is further enhanced by new seat designs featuring revised foam padding and geometry for optimised support, while trim materials have been completely renewed throughout the cabin, with a focus on outstanding quality, durability and appearance. This includes seat fabrics that have been subjected to Ford’s toughest ever abrasion tests.  

On the move, standard features making the day easier for Transit Custom include Cruise Control with Adjustable Speed Limiting Device, leather-wrap steering wheel, power windows with one-touch up/down operation for the driver and remote central locking.  

Transit: The Automatic Choice Chosen as the first-ever Drive.com.au Medium Van of the Year, Transit Custom has built in significant upgrades introduced in 2017. A new highly-advanced, new-generation turbodiesel was introduced to Australian customers, teamed with a 6-speed automatic, delivering new levels of refinement, comfort and broadening Transit’s customer appeal that has seen a 41-per cent increase in Australian sales in the past 12 months.  

Transit Custom: for the long-haul Australian Transit Custom buyers benefit from Ford’s best in class (light commercial vehicles) standard warranty of five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty. Importantly, Transit Custom’s five-year warranty is available to all buyer-types, and adds to a comprehensive after sales package available to eligible customers at participating dealers, including Ford’s Service Price Promise, Loan Car Program and MapCare data updates on sat-nav equipped models.  

The Transit Custom also features long 30,000km / 12 month service intervals, allowing drivers to stay on the road longer in between services.

Ford Transit Custom Manufacturers List Pricing Recommended Manufacturer List Prices (MLP)* for 2018.5MY Transit Custom and available options:

Transit Custom

MLP*

300S SWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6MT (new)

$40,990

300S SWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6MT - High Roof (new)

$42,490

300S SWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6AT

$43,790

300S SWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6AT - High Roof (new)

$45,290

340L LWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6MT

$42,990

340L LWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6MT - High Roof (new)

$44,490

340L LWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6AT

$45,790

340L LWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6AT - High Roof (new)

$47,290

This is the manufacturer's list price for the vehicle only. A number of other components, including a dealer delivery fee, stamp duty, registration, compulsory third party insurance and other statutory charges may be payable by a customer in relation to the purchase of this vehicle. The final transaction price for the vehicle will be as negotiated by the customer with their chosen Ford Dealer.

Ford Transit Custom Options

MLP*

Prestige Paint

$600

SVO Paint

$1,250

High Roof (new)

$1,500 (included in MLPs above)

Technology Pack (new)

  • Pre-Collision Assist (AEB with Pedestrian Detection)
  • BLIS with rear Cross Traffic Alert (CTA)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning with Driver Alert
  • Auto High Beam
  • Auto Headlamps / Auto Wipers
  • High-series 4.2-inch colour instrument cluster
  • Heated windshield
  • MyKey
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

$1,600

Satellite Navigation

$600 
(note: Free on all 2018.5MY models)

Rear Cargo Door Liftgate

$550

Rear Side Window (on side load door) (new)

$350

Dual Side Load Doors

$1,000

Dual Side Load Doors with Rear Side Windows (new)

$1,700

16-inch alloy wheels (new)

$1,000

Recommended MLP only. As always, the offer price of any vehicle or option is entirely at the discretion of the Dealer. Prices shown exclude Dealer delivery and statutory charges. 

i Not all SYNC® 3 features are compatible with all phones. For compatibility, see ford.com.au/sync. Local laws may prohibit the use of some functions. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. registered in the US and other countries. Android Auto is a trademark of Google Inc.
ii Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle. May not operate in some driving and road conditions (including at certain speeds) or adverse weather.
iii Not all SYNC® 3 features are compatible with all phones. For compatibility, see ford.com.au/sync. Local laws may prohibit the use of some functions. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. registered in the US and other countries. Android Auto is a trademark of Google Inc.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced that Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (MMTh), its exclusive producer and distributor in Thailand, has marked five million vehicles produced at the facility in Laem Chabang. The landmark vehicle was a Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.

The event was graced by Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand; His Excellency Shiro Sadoshima, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan; Osamu Masuko, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and BOI's Honorary Investment Advisor. Other VIP guests, business partners and employees were also in attendance.

During his address, Somkid Jatusripitak congratulated Mitsubishi Motors for the successful collaboration between the automaker and the Thai government.

He said, "Mitsubishi Motors Thailand's milestone today underlines the role of the automotive industry as one of Thailand's growth engines. The company's commitment to Thailand, and its leadership in sustainable practices is initiative that will help us achieve our national economic goals."

Also speaking at the ceremony was Osamu Masuko, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. He expressed his gratitude for the support and cooperation from the Thai government, and explained: "We have always had the confidence in Thailand's potential for domestic market growth. Its long-term policies to grow the automotive industry also a positive sign for our business."

MMTh's facilities at Laem Chabang are the biggest outside Japan, capable of producing 424,000 vehicles a year with exports going to more than 120 countries. The output supports the company's growth in the ASEAN region as well as internationally.

Meanwhile, Morikazu Chokki, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd. said during the ceremony, "We will continue to pioneer new segments and technology. We will innovate and enhance hard and soft technology into human-centric packages, and deliver versatility, driving confidence and functionality. This forms the basis of our global tagline 'Drive your Ambition' and is our commitment to our drivers."

Mitsubishi Motors started its operations in Thailand in 1961 and achieved its first million-unit production in 2003. The second million followed in 2010 and after just three years, MMTh hit the third million in 2013. As demand increased, the four-million mark was reached in 2015.

Out of the five million vehicles, 3.7 million were for export markets in more than 120 countries worldwide. In 2016, Mitsubishi Motors Thailand celebrated its third-million export vehicle.

Citroen’s stand-out C3 Shine hatch will be available from $23,990 drive-away – representing up-to $3,000 in savings over the standard drive-away price. Available on all MY18 vehicles, the Citroen C3 hatch features a range of innovative styling a multi-award winning turbo-petrol drivetrain and a world-first safety feature in the form of Citroen’s unique ConnectedCam.

Available in a single, highly specified shine model the new Citroen C3 features as standard:

  • 81kW PureTech turbo-petrol S&S engine with EAT6 6-speed auto
  • Safety Pack:
    • Lane Departure Warning System
    • Speed Limit Recognition and Recommendation
    • Driver Attention Alert
  • Mirror screen (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink®)
  • 7-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Front, side and curtain airbags
  • 17-inch diamond cut ‘CROSSWAY’ alloy wheels
  • Reversing camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Automatic headlights and windscreen wipers
  • Climate control
  • Airbump®
  • Bluetooth + USB
  • Speed Sign Recognition and Recommendation
  • Bi-tone Onyx Black roof (not available with Perla Nera Black)
  • Five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty

Available as no cost options (subject to availability) include:

  • 17-inch diamond cut ‘CROSSWAY BLACK’ alloy wheels
  • Body-coloured roof
  • Bi-tone Opal White roof (not available with Polar White)
  • Bi-tone Sport Red roof (not available with Ruby Red)

Further customisation is available via six options including;

  • Almond green solid paint: $290
  • Metallic paint: $590
  • Urban Red interior atmosphere: $150
  • Hype Colorado interior atmosphere: $400
  • Citroën ConnectedCAM® $600
  • Panoramic glass roof: $600

Comfort and design is backed by segment-first and world-first safety features including Citroen’s unique ‘Airbump’ technology and an available Citroën ConnectedCAM®, an on-board HD camera making all-new C3 the first vehicle to feature a factory-fitted ‘dash-cam’ that also lets drivers share their road trip photos and videos directly to the Cloud.

Standard segment-first safety features on all-new C3 include Traffic Sign Speed Recognition and Recommendation and Lane Departure Warning. 

Wide, comfortable seats, easy-to-use technology and a comfortable drive are all-new C3’s hallmarks. 

A choice of 33 exterior colour combinations (subject to availability) punctuates the comfort and technology focus with customers able to choose from nine body and three roof colours.

Linked to this expansive colour palette are coloured highlights applied to door mirrors, fog lamp surrounds, Airbump and rear quarter panels, all matched to the roof colour.

Additionally, all Citroen feature a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and five-year roadside assist program.

Mazda has released its most refined Mazda6 yet, offering more power, better efficiency, enhanced comfort and safety, all delivered in a sophisticated package that evokes mature elegance.

Available in Australia from June, New Mazda6 has been thoroughly reengineered from the outside in. Showcasing an evolution in Mazda’s KODO design language, advanced engine and safety technologies, and superior craftsmanship, New Mazda6 raises the bar. 

On both sedan and wagon models, updates to the exterior achieve a more mature expression of elegance for New Mazda6, broadening the car’s stance and lowering its visual centre of gravity.

The centre of the grille’s bottom edge sits lower than before, with a new intricate mesh pattern replacing the chrome fins of the previous Mazda6. The new grille also sits deeper within the surround, giving the face a more sculpted look. The LED headlamps now integrate fog lamps to give the car a sharp, wide, lighting signature. 

At the rear, painted surfaces now extend further down the body, giving a taut and high-quality appearance. The sedan also sports a new design for the boot lid’s rear-facing section, while the exhaust pipes have been repositioned toward the outer edges of the bumper and their diameter has been increased, further emphasising width and a low centre of gravity. Newly designed 17 and 19-inch alloy wheels complement the upgraded appearance.

Inside, the considered and deliberate touch of craftsmanship elevates the cabin environment, realising a more high-quality look, feel and atmosphere.

On the top grade Atenza model, Mazda introduces a sumptuous new Walnut Brown nappa leather, paired with Sen wood accents and UltraSuede ® NU trim, appearing on the doors and dashboard.

Other interior changes include fully redesigned front seats that are wider and use high-density, vibration-absorbing urethane foam for a firm, supportive seating surface designed to maintain the spine’s natural S-shape. The rear seats have also been redesigned with high-density urethane foam for greater comfort.

In a first for the Mazda, the Atenza model gets front seat ventilation which draws warm, moist air away from the backs of the driver and front passenger to keep them cool. 

Under its stylish exterior, New Mazda6 adds power and torque across the powertrain line-up, and introduces the award-winning SKYACTIV-G 2.5T turbocharged petrol engine.

Offering 170kW of power and a huge 420Nm of torque, the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T is renowned for its rapid power delivery and prodigious torque courtesy of its Dynamic Pressure Turbo, which pushes exhaust fumes through a narrow inlet to quickly spool-up the turbocharger from low engine speeds before opening a larger secondary passage.

The more advanced SKYACTIV-D 2.2 twin-turbo diesel engine is also available for New Mazda6, alongside the torquey SKYACTIV-G 2.5 petrol engine, which now features cylinder deactivation. Both engines have seen significant revision, with further SKYACTIV technologies applied to improve performance and real-word fuel efficiency.

Bolstering its safety credentials, New Mazda6 comes standard with a wider range of i-ACTIVESENSE safety technologies, including Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go (MRCC), to provide superior driver support and peace of mind in Mazda’s flagship passenger car.

The top-grade Atenza model adds Mazda’s new 360° View Monitor, offering extra visibility to help drivers avoid potentially dangerous situations, and a new seven-inch TFT LCD display screen in the centre of the instrument cluster to dynamically display information depending on the driver’s needs.

The SKYACTIV chassis and body have also been revised to deliver a smoother and more linear drive, at the same time reducing NVH levels to achieve a quiet cabin environment that enhances conversation clarity among occupants.

Managing Director of Mazda Australia, Vinesh Bhindi, said New Mazda6 sets a new standard for the segment, taking a step up in class and refinement.

“Mazda6 has long been a firm favourite with discerning drivers and these latest upgrades take it above the mainstream sedan fray, changing the idea of what an affordable, value-packed midsize sedan or wagon can and should be,” he said.

Priced between $32,490 and $50,090*, there are 14 variants of New Mazda6 available, with a choice between two stylish body types: wagon and sedan, and four model grades: Sport, Touring, GT and Atenza. 

*Denotes Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP).

New Mazda6 Pricing

Grade Body Type Engine Old MLP New MLP
Sport SDN 2.5L Petrol  $  32,490 $32,490
WGN 2.5L Petrol  $  33,790 $33,790
Touring SDN 2.5L Petrol  $  37,290 $36,690
SDN 2.2L Diesel  $  40,140 $39,690
WGN 2.5L Petrol  $  38,590 $37,990
WGN 2.2L Diesel  $  41,440 $40,990
GT SDN 2.5L Turbo Petrol NA $43,990
SDN 2.2L Diesel  $  45,540 $45,090
WGN 2.5L Turbo Petrol NA $45,290
WGN 2.2L Diesel  $  46,840 $46,390
Atenza SDN 2.5L Turbo Petrol NA $47,690
SDN 2.2L Diesel  $  48,240 $48,790
WGN 2.5L Turbo Petrol NA $48,990
WGN 2.2L Diesel  $  49,540 $50,090

Advanced powertrain options for New Mazda6

New Mazda6 buyers will have three engines to choose from, starting with the torquey, fuel-efficient SKYACTIV-G 2.5 naturally-aspirated engine.

With 140kW of power and 252Nm of torque, this 2.5-litre, four-cylinder engine adds a greater level of refinement and comes with a host of upgrades, including cylinder deactivation which reduces internal friction and improves operating efficiency across the rev range.     

Cylinder deactivation maximises fuel efficiency when the vehicle is operating at steady speeds, shutting-down the outside two cylinders. They come back on-line instantaneously when maximum performance is needed.

A centrifugal pendulum added to the six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission’s torque converter counterbalances engine vibrations when running on two cylinders. The result is an imperceptible switchover between two and four-cylinder modes but a noticeable efficiency benefit.

GT and Atenza models both feature Mazda’s award-winning SKYACTIV-G 2.5T turbocharged engine, a technological tour de force delivering 170kW of power at 5,000rpm and 420Nm of torque at just 2,000rpm, all on 91RON fuel rather than Premium petrol. 

By using a small inlet port to force air into the turbocharger, Mazda’s industry-first Dynamic Pressure Turbo delivers almost instantaneous boost. A secondary valve opens at higher engine speeds to increase airflow and maximise power.

A pulse-scavenging 4-3-1 manifold prevents exhaust back pressure and helps the engine breathe more freely.

Cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) lowers combustion temperatures and prevents engine ‘knock’, reducing the need to dump more fuel into the cylinders to cool the engine. 

Modern turbocharged engines are often mated to continuously variable automatic transmissions (CVT) and operate in a narrow efficiency band, sacrificing the oneness between driver and car – the highly-valued Jinba Ittai characteristic of all Mazda vehicles.

Mazda’s six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission, standard with the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine, keeps its torque converter locked through most of its operation, giving a more connected sense of controllability than many other automatic transmissions.

Finally, the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engine, which has been given a power and torque boost, continues as an option on Touring grade models and above. 

Now with a variable geometry twin-turbocharger, the diesel engine has a maximum power output of 140kW and maximum pulling power of 450Nm. 

All three engines complement New Mazda6, with the naturally-aspirated petrol engine serving as an efficient and responsive powertrain, its turbocharged sibling amplifying the driving performance for which Mazdas are renowned and the diesel offering effortless, efficient long-distance driving.

Chassis development refined

In this latest round of changes to Mazda6, engineers have revisited every aspect of the SKYACTIV-CHASSIS, increasing its rigidity and tuning the suspension for smoother, more linear ride quality while at the same time lowering noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels.

The steering rack has been mounted rigidly to the chassis for greater responsiveness and changes to the roll-steer characteristics promote more neutral handling.

Revised suspension geometry compliments the revisions which bring both a smoother ride and improved dynamic performance without compromising comfort. 

Other detail changes include body reinforcements, thicker sheet metal in the rear wheel-wells and trailing link mounts as well as extra chassis bracing, all helping to improve cabin sound quality and putting New Mazda6 into a different class when it comes to interior quietness and refinement.