Thierry Neuville kept calm in the heat of a furious fight to win Rally Sweden for Hyundai on Sunday and take the lead in the FIA World Rally Championship. The Belgian became only the third non-Nordic driver to win the calendar's only pure winter rally and end an agonising 12-month wait after crashing out of a comfortable lead last year.

The win was Neuville’s first since Kennards Hire Rally Australia last November. Off-setting a disappointing result on the season-opener in Monte-Carlo three weeks ago, it also put him at the top of the drivers’ standings – ahead of Sébastien Ogier - and the factory Hyundai squad first in the manufacturers’ competition.

He overcame an electrical glitch with his Hyundai's gearshift, a lurid spin into a snow bank and extreme pressure from the chasing pack to win the four-day encounter on snow and ice-covered forest roads by 19.8sec.

"It's an incredible weekend. We didn't expect to be so fast over here this year, but the team and the car gave us the chance to fight for victory. We deserved it last year, even more this year," Neuville said. He finally broke clear of his pursuers on Saturday afternoon and, with five stage wins to his credit, eased through Sunday's final three tests to head Ireland's Craig Breen, driving a Citroën C3, for whom second was a career-best result.

Breen climbed to second on Saturday morning when Andreas Mikkelsen spun at the same point as Neuville. He kept his composure to hold off the Norwegian, teammate to the rally winner, by 8.5sec. Esapekka Lappi hounded Neuville early on until he plunged down the order after burying his Toyota Yaris in a snow bank. He fought back and gained two places in the final three stages to finish fourth, 17.5sec adrift of Mikkelsen.

A final stage mistake from Hayden Paddon made life easier for Lappi. Although capturing two stage wins in his season return for Hyundai, the Kiwi stalled his i20 a couple of kilometres from the finish and trailed the Finn by 8.6sec. After only a day's pre-event testing, Mads Østberg was sixth on his debut drive in a C3. The Norwegian ran as high as second but slid down the order as unfamiliarity with the car and a lack of confidence in its set-up cost time.

Jari-Matti Latvala, who delivered Toyota Gazoo Racing a fairytale win last season on only the Japanese manufacturer's second rally back at the top level after a 17-year absence, was seventh after being delayed by a troublesome front differential and adverse road conditions. Fellow Finn Teemu Suninen was seventh in a Ford Fiesta and the leading M-Sport World Rally Team driver after the squad, which headed the manufacturers' standings after Rallye Monte-Carlo, endured a nightmare weekend.

Ott Tänak and Monte-Carlo winner Sébastien Ogier dropped big chunks of time in Friday's opening leg as they ploughed a path through deep snow. Ogier won the most stages overall, six, but neither he nor his world champion M-Sport teammate could regain lost ground, finishing ninth and 11th respectively.

The WRC tackles dramatically different conditions when it continues at the high-altitude Rally Guanajuato Mexico on 8-11 March. The gravel event based in León, 330 kilometres north of Mexico City, will see the return of nine-time champion Sébastien Loeb in the first of three 2018 cameos with the Citroën World Rally Team.

Final outright final standings, Rally Sweden (WRC round 2):

  1. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) 2h52.13.1s
  2. Craig Breen/Scott Martin (Citroen C3 WRC) +19.8s
  3. Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jaeger (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +28.3s
  4. Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC) +45.8s
  5. Hayden Paddon/Sebastian Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +54.4s
  6. Mads Østberg/Torstein Eriksen (Citroen C3 WRC) +1m15.3s
  7. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) +2m04.9s
  8. Teeu Suninen/Mikko Markkula (Ford Fiesta WRC) +2m52.2s
  9. Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (Toyota Yaris WRC) +3m44.4s
  10. Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC) +5m27.4s

Your grandparents had one, so did your parents, and now it’s your turn, as the all-new Holden Commodore is finally launched. And, just as Australian drivers have evolved and progressed over the past 40 years, so has the iconic Commodore with cutting-edge technology at the forefront of Holden’s new hero.

With 40 years of applied learnings, the all-new Commodore feels like a leap forward while retaining its unmistakable Aussie DNA offering a long list of Commodore firsts sure to set Australian driver pulses racing.

Designed for the ultimate in driver confidence, wet road performance and an effortless launch, Commodore’s all-new Adaptive All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) is standard on all 3.6-litre models and provides new-generation, state-of-the-art Twinster technology. The twin clutch system reads road inputs up to 100 times per second and distributes power between front and rear axles and laterally between rear axles. In short, Commodore’s Adaptive AWD system makes sure the most effective wheels are driving the vehicle at all times.

There’s also other goodies such as a 360-degree camera that gives the driver a bird’s eye view of the car to help in those awkward parks or tight space maneuvers. Add to that, Advanced Park Assist takes control of the steering in parallel and perpendicular parks and there’s not much left for unconfident parkers to fear!

Holden’s premium LED Matrix headlights are back too, and this time, they’re bigger, brighter and better than before. A staggering 32 LED light system work seamlessly together to track around road corners, dip down in sections to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers or pedestrians and effectively turn night into day. They also do a fancy dancing light show on start up because, well, why not?

Commodore’s Handsfree Power Tailgate takes it to the next level, allowing drivers to open the vehicle boot with a simple kick motion. But that’s not the only cool bit. To help make sure the driver’s kick is in the right place, Commodore beams down a Batman-style Holden logo to aim at. No Bat-phone required.

“Commodore has been at the forefront of delivering new driver technology to Australians for the past 40 years and the 2018 Commodore elevates that to the next level,” said Holden’s Executive Director – Marketing, Mark Harland. “We’ve got genuine state-of-the-art technology such as the LED Matrix headlights and Adaptive AWD but also a long list of user friendly features such as heated and cooled seats, massage driver’s seat and colour head-up display.

“In terms of safety, Commodore delivers in spades with a 5-star ANCAP rating, Emergency Braking, auto headlights and rear-view camera available as standard across the entire range. And with the range starting at just $35,990 driveaway, it all adds up to phenomenal value for money for our customers.”

The 2018 Commodore has been the recipient of significant Holden engineering input, designed to ensure the car has the distinctive and engaging feel Australians expect from a Commodore. High-tech driving aides, in addition to years of experience tuning every Commodore from the 1998 VT Commodore onwards, have resulted in Holden’s Lead Dynamics Engineer, Rob Trubiani, being confident this is undoubtedly a driver’s car.

“We’ve spent a lot of time making sure the new Commodore has the feel and handling you’d expect from a Commodore,” said Trubiani. “We’ve worked on some unique content, including a distinctive Aussie steering tune to give it that familiar feel but it’s the adaptive AWD that impresses most.

“The adaptive Twinster AWD system gives Commodore traction to a level it’s never had before. In the wet, it sticks to the road like glue and in the dry, it feels like it’s running on rails which is great for giving drivers confidence that when they turn the wheel, they know exactly where the car will go and what it will do.”

The all-new Holden Commodore will be available from Holden dealers nationwide from late February 2018 with customers encouraged to go and see for themselves what all the fuss is about.

STANDOUT STATE-OF-THE-ART TECH FEATURES

  • Remote Start – start the vehicle before you get in to give the climate control a head start. Great for hot summer days.
  • Advanced Park Assist – can’t park to save your life? The 2018 Commodore will do it for you with the push of a button!
  • Handsfree power tailgate – everybody likes the challenge of trying to carry all the food shopping bags into the house in one go but, closing the car boot can sometimes scupper that dream. A kick of the foot takes that problem away in Tourer and Sportwagon. Game on.
  • Adaptive AWD – the 2018 Commodore’s all-wheel-drive system reads the road 100 times per second to ensure the most effective wheels are engaged.
  • Wireless phone charging – because wires are so 2017.
  • Colour Head-up display – further developed since its introduction on VF Commodore, head-up display allows drivers to see their speed, navigation and more on the windscreen, which means more time with eyes on the road.
  • Adaptive LED Matrix Headlights – they dance on hello, bend around corners and block out oncoming cars to avoid dazzling drivers. Who knew lights could be cool?
  • 360-degree camera – Commodore’s front and rear camera is also supplemented by two side cameras to give drivers a bird’s eye view of the car during tricky maneuvers.

Great Wall Motors Australia has added a single cab model to its Steed range. Starting from just $18,990 driveaway for ABN holders, the Steed Single Cab will offer Australian customers a proven work tool for the lowest possible price.

“Since we re-launched the Steed nameplate in 2016, we have received strong demand from dealers and customers for the return of the single cab version,” said Great Wall Motors Australia Chief Marketing Officer Tim Smith. “With a mix of toughness, reliability and value for money, the single cab has always been a popular member of the Great Wall family. At its peak in 2012, the single cab version accounted for 55 per cent of all Great Wall utility sales,” he said. “Due to the popularity of the Steed Single Cab for small businesses, we are offering driveaway pricing for ABN holders starting at $18,990 for the 4x2 version.”

The 2018 Great Wall Steed Single Cab will be available in two specifications – 4x2 and 4x4. Both will use the same 2.0-litre diesel engine found in the dual cab version, delivering 110kW and 310Nm through a six-speed manual transmission. The single cab version will come standard with dual airbags, ABS brakes, Bosch ESP stability control, hill hold control and tyre pressure monitoring.

The Steed Single Cab boasts an 1198kg payload, while maximum towing tops out at 1700 kilograms. It comes complete with a locally manufactured aluminium tray, measuring 2400mm long by 1777mm wide with drop sides for easy access. Inside, the Steed single cab features comfortable but durable cloth fabric seats, air-conditioning and an auto-dimming rear vision mirror.

The Steed Single Cab is now available in Great Wall dealerships around Australia and comes with a three-year, 100,000 kilometre warranty, three-years’ roadside assist and three years’ service price menu.

GREAT WALL STEED SINGLE CAB SPECIFICATIONS

MAKE Great Wall Steed Great Wall Steed
VARIANT Single Cab 4x2 Single Cab 4x4
ENGINE 2.0-litre I4 turbocharged direct injection diesel 2.0-litre I4 turbocharged direct injection diesel
CAPACITY 1996cc 1996cc
VALVE GEAR / NUMBER 16 valve DOHC 16 valve DOHC
COMPRESSION RATIO 16.7:1 16.7:1
BORE AND STROKE 83.1 x 92 83.1 x 92
KW @ RPM 110 @ 4000 110 @ 4000
NM @ RPM 310 @ 1800-2800 310 @ 1800-2800
FUEL TYPE Diesel Diesel
GCM / GVM 4,480 / 2780 4,585 / 2,885
HEIGHT 1730 1730
LENGTH 5015 5015
WIDTH 1800 1800
TRAY DIMENSIONS – LxW 2400 x 1777 2400 x 1777
GROUND CLEARANCE 171 171
WHEELBASE 3050 3050
KERB WEIGHT 1582 1687
TURNING CIRCLE 13.5 13.5
TRACK FRONT / REAR 1515 / 1525 1515 / 1525
TOWING UNBRAKED/BRAKED 750/1700 750/1700
FUEL CONS (COMBINED) 8.2 L/100 8.6 L/100
CO2 EMISSIONS (COMBINED) 212 g/km 222 g/km
PAYLOAD        1198kg 1198kg
SEATS 2 2
TRANSMISSION 6MT 6MT
FINAL DRIVE 4.1 4.1
DRIVEN WHEELS Rear 4x4
STEERING Power assisted hydraulic Power assisted hydraulic
FRONT SUSPENSION Dual wishbone independent Dual wishbone independent
REAR SUSPENSION Leaf-sprung solid Leaf-sprung solid
FRONT BRAKES Disc Disc
REAR BRAKES Disc Disc
FRONT/REAR TYRES 16-inch alloy / 235/70 R16 16-inch alloy / 235/70 R16
FUEL TYPE Diesel Diesel
CAPACITY 70 litres 70 litres

Mazda Australia has released an exclusive variant of its much loved roadster, with the launch of 110 Limited Edition MX-5 RF models. With special features and premium equipment added, the Limited Edition MX-5 RF further enhances the driving experience.

Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, says the Limited Edition model rings true to Mazda’s mission with the MX-5.

“The MX-5 has always been a car built for driving and for those who love driving. This model preserves the classic characteristics that we know and love, while adding enhancements that boost the driving feel,” said Bhindi. “The Limited Edition MX-5 RF offers an even more invigorating and exhilarating driving experience, with enviable collectible status to boot.”

Each Limited Edition MX-5 RF model is based on the top grade MX-5 RF GT and equipped with the SKYACTIV-G petrol engine, paired with the six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission. The Kuroi Sports Pack fitted to the Mazda MX-5 RF Limited Edition cars adds modest winglets near the front of the wheel arch openings to direct air away from the wheels and along the sides of the body.

To help the aerodynamics, Mazda engineers have also revised the suspension with a front strut bar linking the under-bonnet suspension towers to increase chassis stiffness. The strut brace is aided by upgraded Bilstein gas-pressurised dampers to improve the car’s already-impressive ride and handling characteristics.

New 17-inch diameter BBS alloy wheels also help sharpen the steering, adding emphasis to MX-5 RF GT’s already-impressive handling. The handling and performance changes are rounded-out with the addition of an upgraded brake package from specialist Italian company Brembo, which enhances stopping power. By adopting Brembo’s opposed-piston, four-pot front brake calipers, Mazda has strengthened the MX-5 RF’s positive braking feel, adding to braking controllability under high-load braking conditions.

Brake cooling performance has been improved by adopting brake discs with circular, pillar-shaped cooling fins which, in conjunction with the use of European-style low-steel brake pads, improves fade resistance by up to 26 per cent. Use of the Brembo braking package also saves almost two kilograms of weight in the front brakes compared to the MX-5’s standard disc brakes.

Inside, the Mazda MX-5 RF Limited Edition gets body-hugging Recaro sports seats for the ultimate blend of sports and luxury. Adding to its collectability, each car also comes with a gift-boxed, custom-made Seiko stainless steel Mazda MX-5 sports chronograph to perfectly fit the active lifestyle of Mazda MX-5 RF Limited Edition owners.

The Limited Edition MX-5 RF will be released for sale in Mazda dealerships throughout the country, with a driveaway price of $55,790.

Steve Glenney and Andy Sarandis have taken out this year's Targa North West in a 2015 Subaru WRX Sti.

The overnight leaders stretched their lead over the final five stages to finish clear of Paul Stokell and Jason Page in a 2014 Lotus Exige by just under four minutes, with Tony Quinn and Kate Catford claiming third, a further 52 seconds back in a 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo. After taking a 37 second lead, GT2 frontrunners Paul Stokell and Jason Page extended their lead over Peter Nunn and Keith Johnstone in a Porsche GTS, to take out the class by a comfortable one minute 39 seconds. Alan Roe and Michael Lloyd finished third.

Glenney and Sarandis also took the honours in GT4, with Crichton Lewis and Adam Kudra finishing second, also in a Subaru WRX Sti almost ten minutes back. Nathan and Nicholas Stokes finished third, to make it a Subaru trifecta on the podium. For Glenney, he was thrilled at how the car performed over the whole weekend.

"The weekend went well, brand new car, reliable, fast, safe and easy to drive as ever, so great weekend and good to get a good result, and Andy did a fantastic job next to me," Glenney said. "It was a great podium result; one, two, three for Subaru, so the Buckby boys are going well," Glenney added.

It was a tremendous weekend for Graham Copeland and Josh Herbert in their 1941 GMC Jimmy Special, as they led from start-to-finish to take out Shannons Classic by a margin of eight minutes 29 seconds. Nik Prieston and Dylan Braithwaite, in a 1976 Fiat Abarth 131 Rallye had a consistent weekend, to claim second place.

Copeland was understandably thrilled with the result.

"It's awesome; it's my first Targa North West title and Josh did such a fantastic job also," Copeland said. "The roads were fantastic; the Hellyer Gorge North stage is probably the best Targa stage I've ever done," Copeland added.

The 1975 Holden Torana of Michael and Daniel Bray extended their overnight lead to take out Shannons Classic GT comfortably by almost 12 minutes from Mick Downey and Jarrod Van Den Akker in a 1977 Holden Commodore, with Geoff Goodwin and Phillip Smith third.

Just 14 seconds separated Tony Quinn and Kate Catford in their 2001 Porsche 911, and Jon Mitchell and Joshua Sutcliffe in a 2006 Subaru WRX S204 after the opening day in Early Modern, however Quinn dominated the final day, increasing his lead over the five stages to claim victory by 55 seconds. Richard Woodman and Marcus Towle have taken out the GT Sports Trophy in a 2004 Subaru WRX Sti. They increased their lead over Geoff Storr and Steve Caplice in their 1978 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV at every stage, to take out the class by over 16 minutes.

In TSD Trophy it was Jeffrey Wilson and Ian Samson in a 2010 Subaru WRX Sti who finished well clear of Luke Anear and Alan Stephensen in a 2017 Ford Focus RS. Round two of the 2018 Australian Targa Championship is the running of Targa Tasmania from 16th - 21st April, to be followed by the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef from 31st August to 2nd September. The Championship finishes with Targa High Country from 9th - 11th November.


2018 Targa North West – Provisional results

Outright:

  1. Steve Glenney / Andy Sarandis, 2015 Subaru WRX Sti
  2. Paul Stokell / Jason Page, 2014 Lotus Exige, +3m55s
  3. Tony Quinn / Kate Catford, 2001 Porsche 996 Turbo, 4m47ss
  4. Peter Nunn / Keith Johnstone, 2016 Porsche GTS, +5m34s
  5. Jon Mitchell / Joshua Sutcliffe, 2006 Subaru WRX S204, +5m42s


GT2:

  1. Paul Stokell / Jason Page, 2014 Lotus Exige
  2. Peter Nunn / Keith Johnstone, 2016 Porsche GTS, +1m39s
  3. Alan Roe / Michael Lloyd, 2016 BMW M2, +3m28s


GT4:

  1. Steve Glenney / Andy Sarandis, 2015 Subaru WRX Sti
  2. Crichton Lewis / Adam Kudra, 2015 Subaru WRX Sti, +9m38s
  3. Nathan Stokes / Nicholas Stokes, 2014 Subaru Sti +11m34s


Shannons Classic:

  1. Graham Copeland / Josh Herbert, 1941 GMC Jimmy Special
  2. Nik Prieston / Dylan Braithwaite, 1976 Fiat Abarth 131 Rallye, +8m29ss
  3. Peter Gluskie / Samantha Winter, 1985 BMW E30 325i, +10m51s


Shannons Classic GT:

  1. Michael Bray / Daniel Bray, 1975 Holden Torana
  2. Mick Downey / Jarrod Van Den Akker, 1977 Holden Commodore, +11m43s
  3. Geoff Goodwin / Phillip Smith, 1983 Nissan 300ZX, +18m13s


Duttons Garage Early Modern:

  1. Tony Quinn / Kate Catford, 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo
  2. Jon Mitchell / Joshua Sutcliffe, 2006 Subaru WRX S204, +55s
  3. Peter Roberts / Suzanne Atkins, 1992 Nissan Skyline GTS-t, +7m40s


GT Sports Trophy:

  1. Richard Woodman / Marcus Towle, 2004 Subaru WRX Sti
  2. Geoff Storr / Steve Caplice, 1978 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV, +16m15s


TSD Trophy:

  1. Jeffrey Wilson / Ian Samson, 2010 Subaru WRX STi, 46 points
  2. Luke Anear / Alan Stephensen, 2017 Ford Focus RS, 171 points

The highly-anticipated 2018 Ford Mustang will be available to Australian customers from mid-year, bringing a sleek new design, even greater on-road performance and more features to deliver the most sophisticated, rewarding-to-drive Mustang offered in this country.

Building on Mustang’s core attributes that have resonated with Australians – the emotive styling, highly involving driving experience, classic burbling engine and grin inducing performance – the 2018 Mustang will offer Australians an even more capable, immersive experience that has seen this iconic nameplate become the nation’s best-selling sports car.

“Most people have a Mustang memory, whether it be a favourite film moment, a childhood memory or, more recently, parking one in their own garage,” said Graeme Whickman, Ford Australia President and CEO. “The updated model offers customers a raft of new features for greater capability of Australia’s best-selling sports car, which has shown how much Mustang resonates with the Australian lifestyle.”

ICONIC STYLE, UNMISTAKABLY MUSTANG

The Mustang’s famous lines, from the silver screen to the streets of Australia, is recognisable the world over. For 2018, a more athletic stance and aggressive detailing gives Mustang a menacing, confident aesthetic without diluting the classic visual drama Mustang is famous for.

Overall, the car’s exterior design is now more dynamic, with a lower, remodeled bonnet and grille that deliver a leaner look and refined aerodynamics, upper and lower front grilles, and a new position for the bonnet air-intakes. For the first time, the entire Mustang line up will feature all-LED front lights including signature tri-bar lighting – a first for Mustang in Australia.

The rear of the car gets revised LED taillamps for a more technical look, plus a new bumper, fascia and available performance spoiler. The V8-powered Mustang GT boasts a quad-tip exhaust as standard, along with a black rear diffuser.

Mustang EcoBoost now features a fresh alloy wheel design, while for a different look, the 19-inch Lustre Nickel alloy is available as a factory option. The GT carries over the mesh design from the current model, while also offering an optional five-spoked 19-inch forged alloy.

Bold exterior colour choices – including all-new signature Orange Fury as well as Kona Blue and Royal Crimson – combined with Over the Top (OTT) stripe packages mean that enthusiasts can order a Mustang with the look they’re after. In fact, the 2018 Mustang offers more factory-fit options than ever before, including a new single-wing rear spoiler (also part of the US-market Mustang Performance Pack).

Increased personalisation extends to the 2018 Mustang’s new cockpit, characterised by improved touch points and visual cues for a more premium look and feel. The centre console adds a new hand-stitched wrap with contrast stitching and padded knee bolsters while door handles, rings and bezels are finished in aluminum.

Restyled seating surfaces feature new patterns, while there’s also six-way leather-upholstered Recaro sports seating as a factory-fitted option. All Mustangs feature an instrument panel with an updated Mustang badge, while there’s a new key fob design.

TECHNOLOGY: THE MOST ADVANCED MUSTANG SOLD IN AUSTRALIA

New technologies for Mustang include a 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster, inspired by the Le Mans-winning Ford GT racecar, that you can customise your way. A first for Mustang, this all-new instrument cluster offers three separate views. Mustang owners can customise the displays for Normal, Sport and Track modes and choose settings including colour and gauge layout.

In conjunction with the new display, all-new Mustang MyMode with memory function allows customers to save their favorite drive settings, including suspension and steering preferences, for next time they get behind the wheel.

The new Mustang is so customisable that even its engine note can be adjusted. Delivering an audible experience like never before, an all-new active valve exhaust system is standard on all GT models, with a fully variable soundtrack to match the entire acceleration range. Four modes are available: Normal, Quiet, Track and Sport, tailoring the exhaust note for every occasion.

The all-new electronic control system includes unique tunes for different drive modes and features real-time adaptive shift scheduling to ensure the right gear at the right time. Steering wheel-mounted shift paddles allow drivers maximum manual control, while Track Apps record the action behind the wheel for driving development and satisfaction.

On all models, new shock absorbers make for better ride control, while a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension leads to increased lateral stiffness, and innovative stabiliser bars bring sharper response and handling.

For the first time, MagneRide™ damper technology is an option for Mustang, designed to optimise ride and handling in all situations. Previously exclusive to the Mustang Shelby GT350, the MagneRide™ damping system allows automatic adjustment of each corner – up to 1,000 times per second – enabling better responsiveness and lateral performance.

The 2018 Mustang also benefits from a vast array of Ford Driver-Assist Technology (DAT). Customers can feel more confident than ever behind the wheel with new features like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection as standard, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Departure Warning and Lane-Keeping Assist. Mustang also benefits from Auto-levelling headlights, as well as automatic high beam, further reducing the driver’s workload.

Ford SYNC® 3i is standard on 2018 Mustang, which includes Emergency Assist. Emergency Assist automatically calls emergency services for faster response times in the event of a road traffic collision. SYNC® 3 also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Autoii compatibility at no extra cost, as well as an 8.0-inch full-colour reversing camera display.

THE FASTEST MUSTANG. EVER.

Performance is at the core of Mustang DNA, offering drivers a unique thrill of acceleration and cornering for the ultimate fun-to-drive experience. Ford’s legendary 5.0-litre V8 engine has been thoroughly reworked, with more power and the ability to rev higher than any Mustang GT before.

The 2018 Mustang GT has 33kW more power than its predecessor, delivering a peak of 339kW – around 450 horsepower – as standard. This power increase has been achieved with the first application for Mustang of Ford’s new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection on a V8 engine – delivering robust low-end torque, high-rpm power, and improved fuel efficiency. The 5.0-litre Coyote V8 also packs 556Nm of torque, a jump of 26Nm, while the EcoBoost delivers 224kW with 9Nm more torque, now 441Nm.

A new 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, available with both EcoBoost and V8 engines, is the best automatic Mustang has ever offered and boasts Ford-patented technology. With a wide-ratio span and optimised gear spacing, this all-new transmission helps deliver higher average power for acceleration – improving responsiveness and performance. Compared to the previous six-speed, the new 10-speed transmission has quicker shift times, better low-speed tip-in response and significantly reduced friction losses.

The manual transmission for both engine options has been upgraded for optimal torque. For the V8, the manual transmission has been totally redesigned to include a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel to increase torque capability and deliver more efficient clutch modulation.

2018 Ford Mustang Line-up

  • Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback (manual) $49,990 MLP 
  • Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback (automatic) $52,990 MLP
  • Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible (automatic) $59,490 MLP
  • Ford Mustang GT Fastback (manual) $62,990 MLP
  • Ford Mustang GT Fastback (automatic) $66,259 MLP incl LCT
  • Ford Mustang GT Convertible (automatic) $74,709 MLP incl LCT

2018 Ford Mustang – Key Factory Options

  • OTT Stripes – black $650
  • OTT Stripes (Fastback only) – white $650
  • Single-wing rear spoiler (Fastback only) $750
  • Recaro leather seats (Fastback only) $3,000
  • 19-inch Lustre Nickel alloys (EcoBoost only) $500
  • 19-inch Forged alloys (GT Only) $2,500
  • MagneRide™ Suspension $2,750

i Not all SYNC® 3 features are compatible with all phones. For compatibility, see ford.com.au/sync.
ii Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. Android™ is a trademark of Google Inc. Both require phones with compatible versions of Apple iOS and Android™ (respectively), active data service and genuine USB cable (available separately). Message and data rates may apply. SYNC® does not control Apple CarPlay or Android Auto while in use; Apple Inc and Android™ (respectively) are responsible for their functionality. Warning: Local laws prohibit some or all of the text messaging functions while driving. Check your local road rules before using these functions.

The first-ever Ranger Raptor, Ford’s latest off-road, performance pick-up truck, blasted out from behind its camouflage during a reveal event in Thailand.

The ultimate Ranger is purposefully designed, built and tested to set a benchmark as the only factory-built performance truck across Asia Pacific. Designed by Ford Performance team for the true enthusiast off-roader, Ford Ranger Raptor strengthens Ford’s commitment to deliver high performance pickup trucks to our customers.

“We are so excited and proud to unleash this vehicle to the public, driving it really makes you feel like a hero,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Performance. “The Ford Performance team is excited to extend the Raptor name from our flagship off-road performance F-150 to Ranger. Just like the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor builds upon the core capability of the range of vehicles it comes from and carries the unmistakable Ford Performance DNA appearance.”

Bold Design

The Ranger Raptor features distinctive design cues inside and out that are functionally driven. At the front, a stunning new grille takes styling cues from the world’s first factory-built high performance off road truck, the F-150 Raptor. The iconic block FORD lettering proudly positioned within the grille design is unmistakable when emerging from a dust cloud.

A frame mounted front-bumper system is designed to offer desert durability performance and a distinctive presence. The front bumper also includes new LED fog lamps with functional air-curtain ducts, which help to reduce air resistance of the body.

Using composite materials, the front fenders not only look tough, but resist dents and dings often associated with off-road usage. The flared shape of the fenders are required for the long travel suspension and oversized tires. The exterior color palate offerings include Lightning Blue, Race Red, Shadow Black, Frozen White, as well as a unique Hero color for the Ranger Raptor, Conquer Grey. Contrasting Dyno Grey accents helps to accentuate the vehicle’s look even further.

Vehicle stance is noticeably bigger from every angle, standing at an impressive 1873mm tall, 2180mm wide and 5398mm long, with wider front and rear tracks at 1710mm. Ground clearance is increased to 283mm, while the approach angle of 32.5°, ramp over angle of 24°, and departure angle of 24° as a package are superior to anything seen before.

Starting from the ground up, the side steps are a cut above the rest. The step boards were designed specifically to prevent rock spray from hitting the rear of the truck and the holes have been designed to drain sand, mud and snow. The tough high-strength aluminium alloy die-cast main step board is designed for durability, undergoing testing which includes a load of 100kg being applied 84,000 times to simulate over 10 years in the field. A two-stage coating process involves the main step board firstly being powder-coated, before then having a robust grit-paint applied which results in a tough appearance that is also highly durable – scuff, scratch, stain-resistant with superior resistance to environmental weathering.

At the rear, a modified rear bumper comes with an integrated tow bar and two recovery hooks rated at 3.8 tonnes. Updated styling to the rear includes flush sensor bezels and specially packaged and styled tow connectors. Providing an abundance of space, the 1560mm x 1743mm tray has been designed with the weekend explorer in mind, while the 2500kg towing capacity also accounts for dirt bikes or jet-skis, as well as traditional work needs during the week.

Inside, Ranger Raptor offers a tailored Ford Performance DNA interior design with a high level of craftsmanship, harmonious colours and durable materials suitable for both off-road driving and everyday use. The seats are specially designed for off-road high speed performance support, allowing the driver to engage in enthusiastic handling, while also providing superior on-road comfort. The use of technical suede on the seats for additional occupant grip shows the practicality behind the material choice.

Multiple long-distance drive events were staged to gauge just how the seats perform over an extended period of time, both on highways and off-road tracks to simulate customer usage. The dual hardness cushion ticked all the boxes, providing superior lateral support and reduced feel of any chassis vibration. This is achieved by a modified structure, using bolsters on the seat back for greater support.

When getting behind the wheel, Ranger Raptor drivers will notice the detailed cockpit differences everywhere they look, including the blue stitching and leather accents. The cluster has aggressive styling, encompassing a host of Driver Assist features. The steering wheel is distinctively different; new Raptor DNA lightweight magnesium paddle shifters for crisp gear changing are easily accessible near the perforated leather hand grip sections on the rim for precision off-road shifting when you really need it.

Ford Performance DNA has played a significant role in the purposeful styling, including the ‘On-centre’ marker – a red stripe at the top-middle of the wheel to let you know where the centre is when operating the vehicle at high speed. The steering wheel is finished off with the Raptor logo debossed into the spoke bezel.

Chassis, Brakes and Suspension

The Ranger Raptor’s chassis frame is a unique frame that is designed for the vehicle to travel at high speeds off road and endure the punishment that off road racing provides. Ranger Raptor’s innovative new coilover rear suspension uses a Watt’s link setup with solid rear axle to provide superior lateral control off-road while also helping improve ride and handling.

The frame design incorporates new geometry for the large suspension, providing the Raptor DNA increased track and wheel travel. Built to withstand high-impact off-road events, Ranger Raptor’s frame consists of various grades of high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel. The stiffened side-rails are made from increased HSLA grade steel to absorb off-road high speed impacts.

The front accommodates strengthened protruding shock absorber towers, while a new bespoke coilover rear suspension with an integrated Watt’s linkage allows the axle to move up and down with very little lateral movement. Two recovery hooks rated at 4.5 tonnes can be found at the front, plus reinforced spare tyre mounting cross-members for the larger 17-inch Raptor rims.

The braking system on the Ranger Raptor offers extreme stopping power through new and bespoke components. At the front, twin-piston calipers have been increased by 9.5mm in diameter, while the ventilated rotors are an impressive 332 x 32mm in size. At the rear, Ranger Raptor comes with disc brakes with a brake actuation master cylinder and booster to increase braking performance. The 332 x 24mm rear rotor is ventilated and coupled with a new 54mm caliper.

“The standout experience of the Ranger Raptor, hands down, is how far you can push it off-road versus any other available production road vehicle in our markets, and still ride like a millionaire on-road,” said Damien Ross, Chief Program Engineer, Ranger Raptor, Ford Motor Company.

“Everything about the Ranger Raptor builds on the already outstanding sophisticated feel and functional capability of the Ranger, and then goes further. From a driving dynamic fun standpoint, it is really an exceptionally special vehicle.”

Raptor’s race-bred suspension has been specifically crafted to tackle undulating terrain at high-speed while remaining in complete control and comfort. The Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) shock absorbers (dampers) provide higher damping forces at full jounce and rebound to enable better off-road capabilities, and lower damping forces in the mid-travel zone for a class leading plush ride during on-road trips. These settings are truly calibrated for the best of both worlds.

The dampers are exclusively manufactured by Fox Racing Shox with 46.6mm piston for front and rear. Designed for off-road endurance terrain, the dampers, coupled with the long travel suspension, allow for an unsurpassed damping performance off-road and a plushest of rides on-road thanks to Internal Bypass technology.

Holding them in place are the forged aluminium upper arms and cast aluminium lower arms to facilitate greater suspension travel and optimized for performance and extreme off-road durability.

Hit the Beaten Track

Given the unforgiving terrain Ranger Raptor has been developed for, it needed an aggressive set of tyres to keep it stable on and off-road. All-terrain BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tyres have been specially developed for the Ranger Raptor. Holding a strong presence, each tyre measures 838mm in diameter and 285mm in width. The design offers a tough sidewall to take on all environments with confidence, a super grippy tread to extend owners’ adventure time on and off-road and an aggressive off-road tread pattern which provides grip in wet, mud, sand and snow conditions.

Ranger Raptor also comes with unique underbody protection to deflect off-road obstacles. The new bash plate is made from 2.3mm thick high-strength steel and meets enhanced capabilities for strength inline with Ford Performance requirements. The silver finished guard allows clearance to the dual front recovery hooks. Working together with the existing engine and transfer case undershields, the three elements provide protection to components such as the radiator, Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD), front cross-member, engine sump and front differential.

Tuned for all Terrains

Ranger Raptor comes with a Terrain Management System (TMS) offering six modes for various driving experiences, which can be selected via a dedicated five-button switch located on the steering wheel. Each mode has been calibrated to offer the best possible combination of technologies working in unison to tackle the chosen terrain or driving style with aplomb. These include:

On-road modes

  • Normal mode – Emphasising comfort, fuel economy and driveability
  • Sport mode – Responsive for spirited on-road driving. This means fast, crisp gear shifts at higher engine speeds to aid throttle response. The mapping reacts to increased demand inputs from the driver by holding gears longer and downshifting more aggressively.

Off-road modes

  • Grass/Gravel/Snow mode – Designed to inspire safe and confident driving on off-road slippery and uneven surfaces. This is done through smoother gear shifts and second-gear starts, minimizing the probability of wheel slip.
  • Mud/Sand mode – Vehicle responsiveness is tuned for optimum traction and momentum in deep, deformable surfaces like loose sand and mud. This is achieved by maintaining lower gears with high torque.
  • Rock mode – Used specifically for low-speed rocky terrain where smooth controllability is key.
  • Baja mode – Vehicle responsiveness is tuned for high-speed off-road performance, just like drivers need in the famous Baja Desert Rally. In this mode, vehicle systems like Traction Control are pared back in terms of intervention to allow spirited off-road driving without fighting the vehicle’s on-board systems. Gear selection is optimized for maximum performance, and the mapping will hold gears longer and downshift more aggressively.

Power to Move You

The Ranger Raptor powertrain features cutting edge technology to offer more power and torque, better fuel economy, less weight and with off-road specific calibrations for engine, transmission, driveline, steering, brakes and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system. In a revolutionary move to deliver incredible performance and responsiveness, a 10-Speed transmission is combined with a new 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel engine in the Ranger Raptor to deliver a maximum of 213PS (157kW) of power and 500Nm of torque.

Ford engineers have tested the new powertrain extensively in order to prove out durability.

This testing includes running a ‘thermo cycle’ on the engine, heating both turbos to the point of glowing red for 200 hours non-stop. It can withstand this torture thanks to the turbo bearings and low-pressure (LP) turbo being water cooled to reduce temperature, avoid over-heating and protect the air induction components.

Working as a team, the smaller, high-pressure (HP) turbo is connected in a sequence to the larger, LP turbo and is controlled with by-pass valves that determine the operating mode depending on engine speed. At lower engine speeds, the two turbos work in series, enhancing torque and responsiveness, while at higher engine speeds, the small HP turbo is bypassed, and the higher LP turbo provides boost to deliver more power.

The Ford-designed and Ford-built 10-speed automatic transmission is shared with the F-150 Raptor and has been created with high-strength steel, aluminium alloys and composites to optimize durability and weight. Having 10 gears means a wider ratio-span resulting in better acceleration and responsiveness. With more room to optimize gear spacing, engineers could customize gear progression far more efficiently than before, providing more accurate – and quicker – upshift and downshift capability.

The all-new electronic system features real-time adaptive shift-scheduling algorithms engineered to help ensure the right gear is selected at the right time. A unique transmission calibration also includes a ‘Live in Drive’ function, meaning that the paddle shifters are always available for manual gear selection override.

Practical Technology at Hand

Ranger Raptor comes with a host of advanced Driver Assist Technologies (DATs) at the push of a button which are not just cutting edge, but genuinely practical for everyday use.

Leading the way in connectivity, SYNCÒ 3 is a fully integrated, voice activation system that lets the driver use their favourite devices while their hands stay on the wheel and eyes on the road. The Satellite Navigation System comes into its own when off-roading in remote areas, even offering a ‘breadcrumb’ feature to leave a trail when entering unchartered areas – perfect for the serious off-roader.

High levels of active and passive safety have been designed-in from the outset, including the improved Ford Stability Control incorporating Roll Mitigation Function. Ford’s comprehensive Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system is also there to help in difficult cornering and braking situations. The impressive technology suite includes Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Load Adaptive Control (LAC).

The rear view camera displayed on the eight-inch colour LCD screen matched with the rear parking sensors gives drivers the utmost confidence when parking anywhere.

For convenient access, an EZ Lift Tailgate uses a new rod assembly to give the owner a 66 per cent reduction in initial lift force. Intelligent Access, also known as passive entry, allows the owner to unlock, lock and start the vehicle without having to reach for their keys. Using a radio frequency signal, the key fob allows the owner to start the vehicle with a press of a button, and is able to activate central locking for the doors and the tailgate. In the case of a depleted battery, a mechanical key blade is incorporated into the fob design.

An Exhilarating Driving Experience

Inheriting vital capability from the truly successful Ranger and complementing that with DNA from the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor is set to turn heads throughout Australia and around the world.

“It is amazing to enable this level of performance and create a vehicle that can provide off-road enthusiasts such an adrenaline rush,” said Hameedi. “It really is like a motocross bike, snowmobile and an ATV rolled up into a pickup truck – it’s an incredible, awesome experience!”

The Ford Ranger Raptor will be produced in Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) using Ford’s latest state of the art manufacturing techniques and facilities.

In Duisburg, Germany overnight, Mercedes-Benz Vans revealed the new Sprinter complete with fascinating design, safety features at the highest level, maximum cost-effectiveness, customer and sector-oriented details and a connectivity package that takes infotainment systems and telematics applications into a new era.

Global CEO of Mercedes-Benz Vans Volker Mornhinweg, said "In the logistics and transport world of the future, adaptability to specific needs and the changing expectations of customers will be a defining success factor. Just building a good vehicle is therefore not enough. The new Sprinter must be more than the sum of its parts. With new connectivity services, a new telematics generation and an unprecedented number of variants, it is a comprehensive system meeting an enormous range of commercial transport requirements. This means that the new Sprinter achieves precisely what its preceding generations demonstrated before it: it sets new standards."

CEO and Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia and New Zealand Diane Tarr, said "Since its introduction in 1998 we have lead the market with the first two generations of the Sprinter. With such a vast and configurable range of variants, we have provided sector specific solutions covering a range from classic courier services over the last delivery mile, major motorhome manufacturers, service providers, eGrocery delivery, construction, manufacturing, rental, passenger transportation and of course Ambulance services. Amazingly we are now adding even more, opening the Sprinter to new sectors through additional variants and features, whilst providing a far more intelligent, user friendly and interactive Sprinter range. Not to mention we will further bolster safety through a range of new assistance systems, previously only found in the passenger car range.”

Adaptable in every detail: It is possible to generate 1,734 different Sprinter variants just using the basic parameters such as body type, powertrain concept, cab configuration, body length, tonnage and cargo space height. This variability makes the new Sprinter the ideal vehicle for many different transport needs and sectors.

Front-wheel drive and new transmissions: The proven powertrain concept around rear- and all-wheel drive is augmented by a new front-wheel drive. With this version, for design-inherent reasons, the payload increases by 50 kilograms compared with rear-wheel drive, while an 80-millimetre lower loading edge makes for significantly more convenient loading/unloading and getting in/out of the vehicle. The technical highlights of the new Sprinter include two newly developed transmissions for front-wheel drive – a 9-speed automatic transmission with torque converter as an innovation in the large-van segment and a likewise newly developed 6-speed manual transmission. In combination with front wheel drive, a new tractor head variant is available, allowing maximum scope when designing and using bespoke bodies.

Driver's workplace sets standards: Ergonomically optimised, safe and comfortable - these attributes make the cab an ideal workplace. The improvements include ergonomically shaped seats and optional memory function with electric seat adjustments, Keyless Start and optimised air conditioning. A versatile stowage concept ensures that everything has its place.

Practical with high load-carrying capacity: Loadable wheel housings and extended cargo space heights in combination with front-wheel drive make for greater versatility of the cargo space. The maximum loading capacity is 17 m3, while the tonnage extends as far as 5.5 tonnes. Super-single tyres as an alternative to twin tyres at the rear axle are now permitted for gross vehicle weights of up to 5 tonnes. Whatever the model and tyres, the rear doors of the new Sprinter can be opened to the side walls even more easily. There is no longer a mechanically released catch in the 90-degree position, and the door can be conveniently opened with one hand.

Designed for safety in every respect: Also in the large-van segment, Mercedes-Benz Vans once again lives up to its role as an innovation driver and pioneer in the introduction of state-of-the-art safety technologies. The available assistance and control systems in the new Sprinter include DISTRONIC radar based cruise control, Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST, a modern Parking Package with 360-degree all-round visibility and a rain sensor with integral Wet Wiper System for optimal vision also during windscreen cleaning.

Fusion of form and function: The exterior of the third-generation Sprinter ushers in a new era in which the vehicle's quality in the solution of transport problems is not the only thing in demand. In a modern fleet, the vehicle also takes on the role of company ambassador and acts as a figurehead especially for small and medium-sized firms. Firmly established in the passenger-car sector, the Mercedes-Benz design strategy provides the basis for this while impressing with a pure and yet sensual design.

Completely new multimedia system: The third-generation Sprinter sets totally new standards with the completely new MBUX multimedia systems (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). The name for the new infotainment system, MBUX, sends the message that the focus is on the user experience (UX) and the system is celebrating its parallel premiere in the new A-Class. The flagship among infotainment systems leaves nothing to be desired when it comes to connectivity and state-of-the-art technology. It comes with such features as a10.25-inch display with HD resolution and is controlled from a touchscreen. This control forms the communications centre for all the information that comes together there. The optimised voice control is activated by keywords, and also registers everyday speech. The infotainment system responds to the statement "The fuel tank is empty" by suggesting filling stations in the area or along the chosen route. Messages can also be dictated, and are reliably recognised. Comprehensive internet connectivity is one of the most important new features and a high-speed (LTE-capable) internet connection is integrated into the vehicle.

Leap in efficiency thanks to internet connection: With state-of-the-art connectivity hardware and Mercedes PRO connect services, the new Sprinter is part of the Internet of Things. The innovations designed to make day-to-day work easier and more efficient include simpler fleet management and optimised communication between fleet manager and driver. This allows small and medium-sized fleets in particular to achieve a new quality of vehicle management.

18 connectivity services go online: With the market launch of Mercedes PRO connect as an ex-factory solution, 18 central fleet-, vehicle-, driver- and location-based services will be introduced in 21 European countries. Among the services are vehicle status, vehicle logistics, fleet communication, maintenance management and a digital trip list. The new services are implemented, among other things, with an all-new telematics generation featuring an up to 10.25-inch HD display and touchscreen control.

The systematic electrification of fleets is part of the comprehensive strategy: The eVito, which became available for ordering in November 2017, will kick off the process this year, followed by the eSprinter in 2019. The cooperation with Hermes is an example of a strategic partnership. The pilot project with this logistics company envisages the addition of 1500 electric vans to the fleet in Germany by 2020.

The Total Cost of Ownership – where the new Sprinter scores points: Good value retention and easy maintenance: the new generation impresses with classic Sprinter strengths.

Engine details:

  OM 651
Displacement 2143cc
Cylinders 4/in-line
Output 114hp/84kW at 3800rpm 143hp/105kW at 3800rpm 163hp/120kW at 3800rpm 177hp/130kW* at 3800rpm
Torque 300 Nm at 1400-2400rpm 330 Nm at 1400-2400rpm 360 Nm at 1400-2400rpm 400 Nm at 1800-2400rpm
Cylinder bore/piston stroke 83.0mm/99mm
Compression ratio 16.2:1
Turbocharger 2-stage (RWD), 1-stage (FWD) 2-stage (RWD), 1-stage (FWD) 2-stage (RWD) 1-stage (FWD)

*130kw only for camper vans

  OM 642
Displacement 2987cc
Cylinders V6/72°
Output 190hp/140kW at 3800rpm
Torque 440 Nm at 1600-2600rpm
Cylinder bore/piston stroke 38.0/92 mm
Compression ratio 18.0:1
Turbocharger 1-stage (RWD)

Transmission details:

  OM651 - 4 Cylinder Diesel OM642 - V6 Diesel
  FWD RWD AWD RWD AWD
6-speed manual transmission STD STD STD - -
           
7G-TRONIC PLUS 7-speed automatic transmission - Optional Optional STD STD
9-speed automatic transmission Optional        

The proven 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission can now also be operated by "Drive Select". It is now available for all diesel-engine rear-wheel drive variants and all all-wheel drive variants. The transmission impresses with smooth gearshifts, high fuel economy and low maintenance costs.

Jaguar Classic is re-starting production of the iconic D-type race car in Coventry, 62 years after the last example was built in 1956. The first Jaguar D-type to be assembled by Jaguar Classic, an engineering prototype, will make its world debut at the Salon Retromobile show in Paris.

Just 25 new examples of the D-type will be meticulously hand-built at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Warwickshire. In 1955 Jaguar planned to build 100 D-types. With only 75 completed, Jaguar Classic is now fulfilling the company’s original ambition by creating 25 all-new, period-correct sports cars.

The D-type, which won the Le Mans 24 Hours race three times between 1955 and 1957, was powered by the six-cylinder XK engine. Every aspect of the D-types built for clients from 2018 will be created to authentic, original specification.

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said: “The Jaguar D-type is one of the most iconic and beautiful competition cars of all time, with an outstanding record in the world’s toughest motor races. And it’s just as spectacular today.

“The opportunity to continue the D-type’s success story, by completing its planned production run in Coventry, is one of those once-in-a-lifetime projects that our world-class experts at Jaguar Land Rover Classic are proud to fulfil.”

The D-type is the third continuation vehicle from Jaguar Classic, complementing the six missing Lightweight E-types completed in 2014-15 and nine XKSSs built in 2017-18. 

Jaguar Classic experts’ painstaking research, with exclusive access to original Jaguar engineering drawings and records, ensures each new D-type will be built to the authentic specifications laid down by competitions manager Lofty England and his engineers in the 1950s. D-type clients can choose either 1955-specification Shortnose or 1956-spec Longnose bodywork.

The engineering prototype is the 1956 Longnose specification, identifiable by its extended bonnet, characteristic tail fin behind the driver’s head, wide-angle cylinder head and quick-change brake calipers.

Kev Riches, Jaguar Classic Engineering Manager, said: “Recreating the nine D-type-derived XKSSs was hugely satisfying, and an even bigger technical challenge than the six missing Lightweight E-types, but lessons learned from the XKSS project have given us a head start on the final 25 D-types. Each one will be absolutely correct, down to the very last detail, just as Jaguar’s Competitions Department intended.”

Peugeot has launched its all-new 5008 in Australia and while the name has not changed, everything else has. Designed from the ground up to satisfy the insatiable global appetite for Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), the all-new 5008 has morphed from a regular MPV to an extremely capable and practical seven-seat SUV – perfect for Australian families and those with an active lifestyle.

Underpinning the 5008 SUV is the highly-awarded Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2) that also underpins the 2014 and 2017 European Car of the Year award-winning Peugeot 308 hatch and 3008 SUV. Strong, light and scalable, EMP2 allowed engineers to preserve the nimble handling traits of the 308 hatch and 3008 SUV while adding a third seating row, maximising interior space and increasing flexibility.

Featuring Peugeot’s second generation i-Cockpit interior, all functions and features are wrapped around the driver with high-mounted instruments working in tandem with Peugeot’s signature small steering wheel, all combining to deliver a sense of comfort and safety.

Inside, the 5008 takes its interior design direction from the highly-awarded 3008 SUV. Peugeot i-Cockpit is further enhanced on GT-Line and GT models by the Amplify ambience function which allows interior scents (via an inbuilt diffuser), lighting, driver massage, drive mode and ambience settings to be customised.

While medium in size, the 5008 SUV has more boot, leg and shoulder room than some of its larger rivals, offering one of the largest boots in the segment at 780 litres.

Flexibility was central to the 5008’s design ethos with a configurable seating package allowing for each one of the three second-row seating positions to be folded, tilted or moved individually – the only vehicle in the class to offer this feature. Uniquely, the 5008 is the only SUV on the Australian market to offer Isofix and top tether child seat fixing points to all second-row occupants – allowing fitment of three child seats benefitting from the latest restraint technology.

Third-row seats can be individually set in place or removed to give as much or as little boot space as desired.

Outside, Allure variants convey a sense of style with the Peugeot Lion taking pride of place at the centre of the upright grille, flanked by chrome and black headlamps incorporating LED Daytime Running Lights. From the side the vehicle features premium detailing, including chrome highlights for the glass house and black lower wheel guards which both add to the vehicles’ SUV stance and protect the bodywork from any damage from light off-road work.

Distinct from Allure models, GT Line and GT models feature sporty design elements including:

  • Peugeot equaliser grille, bespoke front bumper and lights
  • Sporty amplified engine note
  • Exclusive interior trim and steering wheel
  • Red instrument illumination
  • Exclusive GT-Line or GT badging

Building on the sporty look, 5008 GT’s response to driver input has been sharpened with firmer steering, altered throttle mapping, sharper gear changes for the automatic transmission and greater dynamic abilities thanks to firmer suspension and a larger wheel and tyre combination. 

All occupants are protected with a full suite of safety equipment including standard Autonomous Emergency Braking, 360-degree surround cameras and curtain airbags that stretch to include third-row occupants. Customers can choose from two drivetrains with Allure and GT Line models powered by a 121kW, 240Nm, 1.6L turbo-petrol and top-of-the-line GT variants powered by a 133kW, 400Nm turbo-diesel. Both engines meet Euro-6 emissions regulations.

Peugeot Australia Managing Director, Anouk Poelmann, says new 5008’s arrival completes Peugeot’s Australian SUV range.

“The SUV segment is without doubt the most important market for any marque and now Australian consumers have access to a truly French designed, engineered and built SUV,” Poelmann said. “New Peugeot 5008 SUV’s theme is: ‘a new dimension of SUV’ because it fits right between the medium and large SUV segments – but those exterior measurements belie a vehicle that affords owners significantly more space and flexibility than larger vehicles.

“The 5008 brings all of the great traits of the automotive world to the SUV segment: flexibility, performance, safety and technology, all wrapped-up in a beautifully designed package both inside and out. We believe the all-new 5008 delivers a truly compelling and competitive product to SUV buyers who value practicality but do not wish to compromise on technology and style,” Poelmann added.

The Peugeot 5008 is available now and carries a recommended retail price of $42,990 for the Allure, $46,990 for GT Line and $52,990 for the flagship GT. The new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV is manufactured in Rennes, while the Trémery and Douvrin sites produce the powertrains for every 5008. The new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV sports the ‘Origine France Garantie’ (Made in France) label.