Nissan has announced the introduction of the Navara Series II to the Australian market from November 2016, offering more choice and improved specifications from the ‘powerful made clever’ pick-up utility. The Navara Series II range will include the addition of a new ‘SL’ grade, offering a generously-specified variant aimed at tradesmen and fleet customers.

Navara SL 4x4 dual cab grade features many specifications from the ST grade, including:

  • YS23DDTT 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel engine, 140kW / 450Nm
  • Class-leading fuel economy: 6.5L per 100km on SL manual~
  • Wide body style
  • Reversing camera
  • NissanConnect™ smartphone integration##

Available in both six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic transmission options, the Navara SL rides on 16 x 7 inch steel wheels and 255/70R16 tyres and features a durable vinyl floor interior.

Other specification changes for the wider Navara Series II range are the result of Nissan listening to feedback from customers and dealers, including:

  • Satellite Navigation added to all ST dual cab grades
  • Durable vinyl floor replacing carpet in RX dual cab and RX single cab grades
  • Removal of fold-out, floor-level cup holder for rear seat passengers from all dual cab grades

The number of grades available for Navara Series II now stretches to over 30, as a result of the addition of the SL grade, as well as:

  • Automatic transmission now available on the dual cab RX 4x4 cab chassis grade
  • Sun-roof is now offered as an optional feature on ST-X dual cab grades (previously standard)

All dual cab pick-up grades also boast new suspension components and tuning, as a result of extensive local testing of the multi-link rear suspension on these variants. New components include front and rear shock absorbers, rear coil springs and rear rebound dampers. Navara Series II features a more refined ride and handling, with improved lateral stability as well as enhanced handling when carrying loads.

Nissan Navara Series II Pricing  MSRP* Change vs Series I Estimated Driveaway**
Single Cab      
DX 4x2 single cab petrol manual cab chassis $19,490 - $24,933
DX 4x4 single cab diesel manual cab chassis $31,990 - $37,899
RX 4x2 single cab diesel manual cab chassis $25,990 - $31,706
RX 4x4 single cab diesel manual cab chassis $32,990 - $38,931
RX 4x4 single cab diesel automatic cab chassis $35,490 - $41,511
King Cab      
RX 4x2 king cab diesel manual cab chassis $28,490   $34,115
RX 4x4 king cab diesel manual cab chassis $35,490   $41,340
RX 4x4 king cab diesel manual pick-up $36,990   $40,861
ST 4x4 king cab diesel manual pick-up $43,990 +$1,000 $48,086
ST 4x4 king cab diesel automatic pick-up $46,490 +$1,000 $50,666
ST-X 4x4 king cab diesel manual pick-up $49,990 +$1,000 $54,278
ST-X 4x4 king cab diesel automatic pick-up $52,490 +$1,000 $56,859
Dual Cab      
DX 4x2 dual cab petrol manual pick-up $26,490   $30,024
DX 4x2 dual cab petrol automatic pick-up $28,990   $32,604
RX 4x2 dual cab diesel manual pick-up $32,990   $36,733
RX 4x2 dual cab diesel automatic pick-up $35,490   $39,313
ST 4x2 dual cab diesel manual pick-up $39,990 +$1,000 $43,957
ST 4x2 dual cab diesel automatic pick-up $42,490 +$1,000 $46,538
ST-X 4x2 dual cab diesel manual pick-up $44,990 New Grade $49,118
ST-X 4x2 dual cab diesel manual pick-up w/sunroof $45,990 +$1,000 $50,150
ST-X 4x2 dual cab diesel automatic pick-up $47,490 New Grade $51,698
ST-X 4x2 dual cab diesel automatic pick-up w/sunroof $48,490 +$1,000 $52,730
RX 4x4 dual cab diesel manual cab chassis $38,490   $44,253
RX 4x4 dual cab diesel automatic cab chassis $40,990 New Grade $46,833
RX 4x4 dual cab diesel manual pick-up $39,990   $43,957
RX 4x4 dual cab diesel automatic pick-up $42,490   $46,538
SL 4x4 dual cab diesel manual pick-up $43,990 New Grade $48,086
SL 4x4 dual cab diesel automatic pick-up $46,490 New Grade $50,666
ST 4x4 dual cab diesel manual pick-up $46,990 +$1,000 $51,182
ST 4x4 dual cab diesel automatic pick-up $49,490 +$1,000 $53,762
ST-X 4x4 dual cab diesel manual pick-up $51,990 New Grade $56,343
ST-X 4x4 dual cab diesel manual pick-up w/sunroof $52,990 +$1,000 $57,375
ST-X 4x4 dual cab diesel automatic pick-up $54,490 New Grade $58,923
ST-X 4x4 dual cab diesel automatic pick-up w/sunroof $55,490 +$1,000 $59,955

NOTE: For Cab Chassis models:

  • MSRP prices shown: Tray not included
  • Drive-away prices shown: Tray included (because a bare cab-chassis vehicle cannot be legally registered for use on public roads)

* Manufacturer suggested retail prices (MSRP) are provided for media purposes only and do not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.
** Maximum recommended drive-away price for vehicle in Victoria including 12 months’ registration, 12 months’ CTP and applicable statutory charges, dealer delivery and administration charges. Price is based on a private owner aged 40 with a good driving record and the vehicle being garaged in Victoria. Prices may differ depending on State purchased, individual’s personal circumstances and will vary from dealer to dealer. Premium paint is available at additional cost.
## NissanConnect Smartphone Connectivity features and function may vary by grade.
~ Figures have been calculated in accordance with ADR81/02. Actual fuel consumption will vary depending on driving conditions, driver behaviour, the condition of your vehicle and accessories fitted.
^ Towing capacity is subject to towbar/towball capacity. The capacity may be reduced if a non-genuine Nissan towbar is fitted.
# Payload figure is calculated prior to fitment of any tray or body to the vehicle.

The 2016 Formula One World Championship kicks off this weekend with the Australian Grand Prix from the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit

  • Lewis: “There’s still more to come from me”
  • Nico: “I’ve never felt more ready to go”
  • Toto: “We are racers and we love a challenge”
  • Paddy: “We have no definite sense of how we measure up to the competition”

Lewis Hamilton

Testing was just incredible – the best I can remember in my career. The car feels even better than last year’s from both a performance and reliability perspective, which is saying something. It’s all so refined in every area and we can be really proud of what we’ve achieved over the winter.

I was at the factory last week and it was humbling to stand in front of everyone that has worked so hard to get us to this point. I’ve been with this team for four years now and, despite all the success, everyone just keeps raising the bar every season, which is super impressive. I know that the guys and girls will keep pushing for more top results, so it’s up to us drivers to go out there and nail it for them on track. People keep asking me about motivation – but I just have to look at the faces of all those people to know what I’m fighting for.

Together, we’re always searching for perfection. But that target is always shifting and you’re constantly faced with new challenges to reach it. Just as you think you’re close, suddenly you fall further back – like someone dangling a carrot on a piece of string and whipping it away just as you reach for it. It’s tough mentally – but that’s a good thing, as it forces you to be resilient and seek improvement in every area. I know there’s still more to come from me – I think I’ve shown that in the past two years. There certainly needs to be some extra in my tank, as the competition will be stronger than ever this year.

There are a few things that will make it even more challenging for all of us this season, too. The changes to the radio rules will have a big impact. The engineers now can’t give you prompts or reminders that might affect performance during the race, so you have to remember so much more. This even applies to strategy, so when it’s shifting throughout the race you won’t be in the loop. It will be tough – but hopefully it will make for more exciting races.

Now we head to Melbourne and the first to chance to see how all this plays out on track. I can’t wait to get started.

Nico Rosberg

This is always a massively exciting time of year. Testing is important, of course. But what every driver really looks forward to is unleashing a new car flat out for the first time. I’m already itching to get back out there – getting to know our latest Silver Arrow and pushing on, making progress with it.

Limited testing gives everyone a big challenge, as you have to be efficient and make more of that time than anyone else. It’s even tougher when you’re the benchmark, as you need to invent while others can invent and copy. But we’ve done our homework and I think it looks set to be a good year again for us. The level of build quality in the car – how it all fits together and all the little details – is just awesome.

It’s so impressive how the team keeps on pushing, aiming to be better all the time. Of course, we all know that Ferrari are right there with us and maybe some of the others will be up there too, so we have to keep pushing. But it’s good to have that competition. With the team we have I believe we can keep them behind.

I’m really hoping to bring back a couple of wins from the first flyaways to reward everyone at the factories for their hard work. There’s such a positive vibe in the team and everybody gets so excited. I know they’ll be cheering us on at home every weekend, so it’s our responsibility to deliver for them.

I’ve had a great winter and done a few things differently for this year. I’ve never felt more ready to go. It’s going to be a great battle.

Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport

It seems like we’ve never been away. Although the season starts later than usual, the work has been non-stop over the winter. Under stable regulations you are not looking to re-invent the wheel and you cannot expect huge development jumps. But looking for small, carefully evaluated steps forward in every area is equally challenging. There is always room for progress and we have found some interesting developments. It gives me great pride to see how the team continues to innovate in exciting ways.

Motivation is crucial to performance and you need to set ambitious targets to keep that drive high. These change from year to year. When I first arrived, it was becoming a front running team. Then, it was winning the title. Then, proving to ourselves that it wasn't a one-off. And now, it’s creating sustainable success – building the team and the organisation as a whole. We’re realistic with ourselves. We know we won’t win every race and every Championship. But we want to be up there fighting for it every year and putting on a great show, so that’s the target.

We expect the competition to be tougher than ever this year. Expectations are high, both internally and externally. But Ferrari look confident and there will likely be other teams involved in the battle. Testing is about clocking mileage and understanding the car, so there is no clear order at this point. But if it were to be this way, that’s something we would enjoy. We are racers and we love a challenge. Having an enemy pumps you up for a battle – and having strong competitors motivates us to push even harder.

This is not a sport where you can relax. The minute you start being complacent you lose out, so you have to keep the energy in the system and we are doing this all the time. Likewise, the drivers need to keep raising their game. They are major competition for each other in the same car, which is not always going to be easy to handle. But with others also in the mix, it will be interesting to see how the dynamic evolves. We’ve shown in the past two seasons that there are no team orders – and this does not change.

Formula One is a sport – but it is also entertainment. Controversy, both on and off track, makes headlines. That’s not a bad thing – it’s part of the world we live in. But we can think about that later. For now, I can’t wait for the flag to drop in Melbourne: let battle commence.

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)

Firstly, congratulations to the team at Brackley and Brixworth on an incredible achievement in the delivery of this car. We saw an unprecedented level of reliability during pre-season testing, with over six thousand kilometers completed. That’s almost the same mileage in eight days as we achieved across twelve days last year, demonstrating clear progress in our ability to prepare for a new season. However, it’s still early days, and there are no Championship points for testing.

What’s equally pleasing is to see evidence of continuous innovation. Innovation drives us forward – and it’s clear to see on our car that nobody in the team is resting on their laurels. But while we were pleased with our performance in Barcelona, we have no definite sense of how we measure up relative to the competition. This creates tension – but mainly excitement to see where we stand.

The first qualifying session of the year is, for me, the most exciting hour of the whole Formula One calendar. This is where you get your final exam marks for all the hard work over the many months needed to put together a new car. It’s the first time we see all of the cars and drivers on the limit – gloves off, flat out. Once you get through qualifying and see where you stand, good or bad, a lot of that winter tension is relieved and translated into plans for the future. Whether it’s maintaining a gap or closing on a target ahead, the objective becomes clear.

After an intense winter, the team enjoys arriving in Melbourne. There is a great buzz as the paddock gets back to work, with new kit, some new faces and this year even a new team. We also have some significant new sporting regulations concerning tyre compound choices, driver communications in the race and qualifying format. Put together I am expecting these changes to create far more variation, uncertainty and excitement for the fans, while testing even further the ability of Nico, Lewis and the race team to perform under pressure. We're looking forward to it!

Alex Rullo made Australian motor racing history at Winton by becoming the youngest ever driver to win in a V8 Supercar. Rullo won the third of three Australian V8 Touring Car Series races at Winton. This makes him the youngest competitor to ever win a race in a V8 Supercar. Additionally, he also took round honours even though it's just his second outing in a V8.

The V8 Touring Car Series is a third tier V8 Supercars category, running on the Shannons Nationals bill and was a family affair, too, with Rullo’s father Peter also racing a V8 over the weekend.

“It’s an awesome feeling, we had good pace all weekend,” said Rullo. “It’s a good way to end my last day of being 14, that’s for sure. Having the extra support of Dad here this weekend competing in the same event was great too.”

Draft regulations for the Australian Rally Championship have been released for the 2016 season. The regulations centre around the new generation four-wheel-drive AP4 class and sketching the concept for another new four-wheel-drive class, to be known as G4. These regulations revolve around the ‘Maxi’ rally cars and consist of a modified body shell with set dimensions, and a control kit of parts. The cars will be powered by a 1600cc turbo engine with a 34mm restrictor. The regulations that cover the G4 allow teams to use donor car parts to alter two-wheel drive production cars into four-wheel drive rally cars. The cars will also have a 34mm restrictor on the turbo and will 2000cc engines.

The G4 rules are similar to the Group N(P) regulations that allowed Neal Bates Motorsport to build and run Group N-spec Toyota Corollas in the mid-to-late 2000s.

 “We have designed the AP4 regulations to reflect the concept of FIA R5/S2000 category vehicles but at significantly lower cost,” explained ARCom chairman Colin Trinder. “The current generation of PRC/FIA Group N spec cars have served our sport incredibly well for almost 20 years, but since 2013 the FIA has moved away from these categories, adopting more ‘race-car’ like R formula cars. “We’ve looked closely at the R category vehicles and concluded that at the top end it just too costly for rallying in Australia and New Zealand. “However, we believe that in both the AP4 and G4 regulations we will have the ability to incorporate a lot of the elements of the FIA cars at a much lower cost point for competitors.

“Australia and New Zealand agreed that it would be silly for each country to develop its own interpretation of the FIA’s R category when we all face the same problems – an ageing fleet of existing cars and potentially unmanageable costs to develop new generation FIA-compliant cars. “We hope that our combined efforts with these regulations will foster development of this category and cooperation across the Tasman for the good of both our championships.”

Infiniti announced Australian prices and model information for the all-new Q50 sports sedan range.

From next month, the Infiniti Q50 is set to invigorate one of Australia’s most popular new-car segments with a compelling model range offering two powerful and efficient engines, three equipment-rich model grades and a raft of segment-first technologies designed to enhance driving enjoyment, comfort and safety.

The Infiniti Q50 model range in Australia will comprise two variants: the Infiniti Q50 2.2d and the Q50 Hybrid.

Priced from $51,900* (MSRP), the Infiniti Q50 2.2d is powered by a responsive and highly efficient 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. The Q50 2.2d delivers 125kW of power and 400Nm of torque yet consumes only 5.2-litres of diesel fuel per 100km.

Infiniti’s Direct Response Hybrid technology is available in the petrol-powered Q50 Hybrid, which produces an impressive 268kW of power and 546Nm of torque by combining the performance of a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and the efficiency of a compact 50kW power electric motor partnered to a lithium-ion battery. The Q50 Hybrid uses only 6.8-litres per 100km but sprints from 0-100km/h in 5.1 seconds (RWD). It is priced from $67,900** (MSRP) and will be available in both rear-and all-wheel drive.

Both the Q50 2.2d and Q50 Hybrid are fitted with a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual mode.

The Infiniti Q50 sedan boasts a variety of stand-out technologies. The first of these is Direct Adaptive Steering™ (DAS), a world-first technology for a production car that uses ‘steer-by-wire’ technology similar to that applied in commercial aircraft. DAS provides the driver with the ability to customise the Q50’s steering response and rate to suit personal preferences and the type of driving undertaken. DAS has been fine-tuned for optimum performance by four-time Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel, a product of Infiniti’s technical collaboration with the multi-award-winning Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One team.

Inside the Q50, the Infiniti InTouch™ multimedia system combines two dashboard-mounted touch screens to synchronise car and driver for the easy use of numerous in-car functions, including navigation, entertainment and communication. Its simple operation requires only a touch, tap or swipe. The contents of Infiniti InTouch™ can be customised using simple-to-understand menus. A selection of vehicle-centric apps (applications) can also be loaded into the system. What’s more, Infiniti InTouch™ allows owners to download, update and sync personal apps through their smartphones and USB drives.

The Infiniti Q50 range’s advanced Safety Shield comprises an impressive catalogue of advanced safety systems. Back-up Collision Intervention, Around View Monitor, Active Lane Control, Blind Spot Warning and Blind Spot Intervention are all available in the Q50 model range, as are Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention, and Forward Emergency Braking. The Infiniti Q50 also offers the world’s first Predictive Forward Collision Warning system, which can analyse the relative velocity and the distance to a vehicle directly ahead, as well as a vehicle traveling in front of the preceding one.

The Infiniti Q50 model range comprises three separate model grades in Australia: the entry-specification GT grade (2.2d only), the Q50 S (mid-grade) and high-grade Q50 S Premium.

The GT-specification Q50 comes comprehensively equipped and includes the following:

  • 17-inch 5 twin-spoke light alloy wheels
  • Infiniti InTouch™ dual touch-screen displays
  • Infiniti InTouch™ in-car navigation system with Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC)
  • LED headlights with integrated Daytime Running Lights
  • Bluetooth3 audio streaming and mobile connectivity
  • Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with auto-recirculation
  • Infiniti Drive Mode selector (Standard, Snow, Sport, Personal)
  • Active Noise Control (ANC)
  • Digital radio (DAB+)
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Leather-faced seating upholstery with electric front seat adjustment
  • Intelligent Key (I-Key) with smart access and enhanced memory

The Q50 S adds to this extensive list of standard features:

  • 19-inch triple 5-spoke light alloy wheels (Q50 Hybrid)
  • 18-inch 7 twin-spoke light alloy wheels (Q50 2.2d)
  • Direct-Adaptive Steering (DAS) with Active Lane Control
  • Sport-tuned suspension (Q50 Hybrid only)
  • Opposed-piston brakes and regenerative braking system (Q50 Hybrid only)
  • Magnesium-modified paddle shifters
  • Studio on Wheels® by BOSE®: 14-speaker premium audio system with Advanced Staging Technology®
  • Electric moonroof with sliding sunshade
  • Sports front bumper

The high-grade Q50 S Premium adds even more equipment, including:

  • Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD) (Q50 Hybrid only)
  • 19-inch triple 5-spoke light alloy wheels (Q50 2.2d)
  • Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Distance Control Assist (DCA)
  • Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Forward Emergency Braking
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP)
  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Blind Spot Intervention (BSI)
  • Back-up Collision Intervention (BCI)
  • Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection
  • Active Front-lighting System (AFS) with High Beam Assist

“This exciting new Infiniti Q50 stretches the boundaries of what a sports sedan can be, propelling Infiniti in a bold new direction,” said Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company Ltd.

The all-new Infiniti Q50 sedan goes on sale in Australia next month and arrives as the current model range transitions to the brand’s new model naming strategy, comprising the model prefix “Q” for sedan and coupe models and “QX” for Infiniti SUVs and crossovers.

Details of the Australian model range are summarised in the tables below.

Performance figures: Infiniti Q50

Model

Fuel

Power

Torque

Fuel Cons.1

CO2 Output1

Q50 2.2d

Diesel

125kW

400Nm

5.2l/100km

138g/km

Q50 Hybrid

Petrol

268kW

546Nm

6.8l/100km

159g/km

Q50 Hybrid AWD

Petrol

268kW

546Nm

7.2l/100km

169/km

Australian Prices: Infiniti Q50

Model & Grade

Q50 2.2d

 

MSRP*

Driveaway**

GT

$51,900

$56,809 (Promotional price of $55,900 Feb-Apr)

S

$57,900

$64,197

S Premium

$61,900

$68,397

Model & Grade

Q50 Hybrid

 

MSRP*

Driveaway**

GT

NA

NA

S

$67,900

$74,597

S Premium AWD

$73,900

$81,787