Ever in pursuit of driving pleasure, Mazda has further evolved the MX-5 to enhance the thrill of top-down driving with updates to design, dynamics and NVH across the soft-top and RF models.

In its first update since the fourth generation launched in 2015, the MX-5 has been refined to deepen the sensation of Jinba-ittai and enhance the sports car’s iconic fun factor.

Much lauded for its driving feel, the roadster has seen its rear suspension fine-tuned to realise an even smoother and more comfortable ride, improving every driving situation, whether braking, cornering or cruising.

Using knowledge gleaned from the RF’s development, the soft-top’s rear suspension’s upper link bushings were lowered, while the rear bump stop was lengthened, so it comes into play a little earlier.

The roadster has also undergone NVH improvements to reduce unwanted cabin noise, while accentuating the pleasing quality of the MX-5’s engine sound.

Sound insulation was applied over a wide area of the centre tunnel and noise-absorbing material was added along its top for the first time. Performance of the dash insulator was also improved, holes and gaps around the tunnel reinforcements were reduced, and vibration-damping and noise-absorbing materials were added to the rear wheel housings.

Bolstering the MX-5’s five-star ANCAP safety rating, the GT will add more equipment to its already impressive package, including Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Mazda’s Adaptive LED Headlamps (ALH).

Using a windscreen mounted camera, LDW monitors road lane markings and provides an audible alert when a driver is about to stray from the designated lane.

Improving visibility when driving at night, ALH offers flare-free high beams that automatically control the area of illumination, wide range low beams that provide a wider field of vision and Highway mode, which automatically shifts the aim of the headlamps upwards when driving at high speeds. 

Further enhancing its unique road statement, the MX-5 now offers broader colour options across RF and soft-top models.

Mazda’s latest and most lustrous body colour, Soul Red Crystal Metallic, is now available on the MX-5, while the soft-top variant has also added Machine Grey Metallic to its body colour lineup. For extra shine, bright aluminum is on offer for 16-inch wheels on the 1.5L Roadster GT.

Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, said the updated MX-5 offers the thrilling and liberating drive that has always defined the iconic sports car.

“The MX-5 carries a promise of fun, and the upgraded fourth generation model certainly upholds this,” said Bhindi.

“The enhancements and added equipment are another phase in its constant evolution, which is testament to Mazda’s endless pursuit of achieving driving pleasure.”

The updated Mazda MX-5 is on sale now.

Mazda MX-5 pricing

MODEL

TRIM

MLP

OLD MLP

1.5L Soft-top Roadster 6MT

Black cloth

$33,440

$33,340

1.5L Soft-top Roadster 6AT

Black cloth

$35,440

$35,340

1.5L Soft-top Roadster GT 6MT

Leather

$39,660

$38,340

1.5L Soft-top Roadster GT 6AT

Leather

$41,660

$40,340

2L Soft-top Roadster 6MT

Black cloth

$34,950

$34,850

2L Soft-top Roadster 6AT

Black cloth

$36,950

$36,850

2L Soft-top Roadster GT 6MT

Leather

$41,210

$39,890

2L Soft-top Roadster GT 6AT

Leather

$43,210

$41,890

2L RF 6MT

Cloth

$38,650

$38,550

2L RF 6AT

Cloth

$40,650

$40,550

2L RF GT 6MT

Leather

$45,210

$43,890

2L RF GT 6AT

Leather

$47,210

$45,890

2L RF GT Black roof 6MT

Nappa leather

$46,210

$44,890

2L RF GT Black roof 6AT

Nappa leather

$48,210

$46,890

2L RF Limited Edition6MT

Recaro seats

$52,210

N/A

 

All variants of the new Jaguar E-PACE have achieved an industry-recognised 5 star ANCAP safety rating. Jaguar’s first compact SUV has been tested to provide the highest standard of safety, with high scores of 86 per cent for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupant protection and 77 per cent for pedestrian protection.

The E-PACE performed well in the side and frontal test for both adult and child occupants. In the pedestrian tests, E-PACE scored highly, particularly for the protection of a pedestrian’s head in the event of a collision. The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) is Australasia’s leading independent vehicle safety advocate. ANCAP recommends 5 star rated cars.

“The Jaguar E-PACE scored well across all assessment areas and features a ‘pop-up’ bonnet and external airbag to improve head protection for struck pedestrians,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin. E-PACE features a comprehensive suite of standard safety systems, including Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. The advanced technology is able to detect a collision risk with cars or pedestrians in the road ahead and automatically apply the brakes.

In safety assist tests, E-PACE performed well with a score of 72 per cent. The Autonomous Emergency Braking system demonstrated its high reliability when tested at highway speeds of 80km/h.

Jaguar Land Rover Australia Managing Director, Matthew Wiesner, said: "Safety is one of our core customer principles and so we’re thrilled that the Jaguar E-PACE has been recognised by ANCAP for its five-star safety credentials. The all-new Jaguar E-PACE compact SUV will bring many new customers to the Jaguar brand in Australia, particularly young families, so safety is an absolute priority.” 

By pairing advanced crash protection with active safety systems, E-PACE helps prevent accidents while providing superior passenger safety in the event of a collision.

  • Advanced driver assistance systems available on the Jaguar E-PACE include:
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection: provides an audible forward collision warning and should the driver not take action, applies the brakes to help reduce the severity of a collision or prevent it
  • Matrix-Laser LED headlights: use Intelligent High Beam Assist (IHBA) and Adaptive Front Lighting (AFL) to split the main beam into imperceptible vertical strips that maximise the light around oncoming traffic while casting a shadow in front of oncoming vehicles to prevent dazzling
  • Lane Keep Assist: detects unintentional lane drift and applies corrective counter-steering to maintain lane position
  • Driver Condition Monitor: senses driver fatigue by monitoring steering, brake and accelerator inputs to provide alerts when tiredness is detected
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist: automatically reduces speed should the vehicle ahead slow down and, once the road ahead is clear, will resume its pre-set speed
  • Pedestrian Airbag: deploys an exterior airbag in the event of a collision to protect pedestrians and cyclists from contact with the bonnet and windscreen
  • Reverse Traffic Monitor: warns the driver of vehicles, pedestrians or other hazards approaching from either side of the vehicle, providing audio and visual alerts
  • Blind Spot Assist: alerts the driver to vehicles in, or fast approaching, the blind spot with a flashing warning light and will guide the car safely away if the vehicle begins to change lane

Competition in the light commercial vehicle (LCV) segment has been heightened with the Mercedes-Benz X-Class the first utility to enter the Australasian market with autonomous emergency braking (AEB). Three other new models also enter with standard-fit AEB including the Volkswagen Polo, Jaguar E-PACE and BMW X2.

Autonomous emergency braking is fitted as standard on all X-Class variants, helping it achieve a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

“This is a game-changer for the ute market and puts pressure on competing brands,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin. “The light commercial vehicle segment has generally lagged passenger cars and SUVs with regard to safety specification, so the inclusion of AEB as standard across the X-Class range is to be commended,” he said.

The AEB system fitted to the X-Class performed well – detecting and either avoiding or mitigating crashes with other vehicles at low and high speeds. Its AEB system is also capable of detecting and preventing crashes with pedestrians. All variants of the Volkswagen Polo, Jaguar E-PACE and BMW X2 have achieved a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

“The Volkswagen Polo scored a high 96 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection with maximum points scored for the driver in the full width frontal, side impact and oblique pole tests. The Jaguar E-PACE scored well across all assessment areas and features a ‘pop-up’ bonnet and external airbag to improve head protection for struck pedestrians. Lower leg protection for the driver in the frontal offset crash scenario could however be improved,” Goodwin said.

“BMW’s new small SUV, the X2 also provides a safe choice for adult and child occupants and pedestrians with the standard inclusion of an active bonnet, automatic emergency call function and fatigue detection system.”

Independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, released its first safety rating for the year, awarding 5 stars to the Holden Commodore. The first imported Commodore model arrives onto the Australasian market with high safety scores.

“The vehicle scored well, achieving solid results across all areas of assessment,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin. “Australian families and fleet buyers have long regarded the Commodore as a trusted local choice and the shift to overseas supply has further enhanced the model’s safety credentials,” he said.

“This next generation Commodore includes safety assist technologies not seen in its locally-produced predecessor, with standard-fit features such as autonomous emergency braking and active lane-keep assist. This year we see a fresh approach to vehicle safety assessment and the presentation of results,” Goodwin said.

The ZB Holden Commodore achieved the following scores across the four key areas of assessment: 

  • 93 per cent - Adult Occupant Protection 
  • 85 per cent - Child Occupant Protection
  • 78 per cent - Pedestrian Protection
  • 77 per cent - Safety Assist

The Commodore shares its structure with that of the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia supplied to Europe, with locallysupplied variants offering comparable safety performance. A 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies to all Commodore liftback, sportwagon and tourer variants available across Australia and New Zealand.

The last thing any family wants to do ahead of their annual road trip this summer is worry about the safety of their car. Well, with the new Holden Equinox, families don’t have to and can focus on the important things in life – road trip snacks; BBQ or Pizza flavoured Shapes anybody?

It’s all because Holden’s newest SUV, Equinox, has bagged itself a five-star ANCAP safety rating – the maximum available – following multiple local crash tests performed recently.

“Safety is Holden’s number one priority, especially for family vehicles like Equinox. I’m a parent of three and I know the peace of mind a five-star rating, and a car packed with safety features, can bring,” said Holden’s Vehicle Safety Manager, Lindsay Mitchell. “Equinox packs a huge amount of high-tech user-friendly safety features that are designed to be used frequently and intuitively without being confusing or overwhelming.

“I personally love Equinox’s Safety Alert Seats* that give the driver a small vibration on the side of the seat a hazard is present. It works really well, especially when you’ve got the kids in the back screaming over the car’s beeps!”

The key to Equinox’s impressive safety credentials is its combination of active and passive safety features, designed to prevent accidents and protect occupants during accidents respectively. On the active safety front, the intelligent Holden Eye* forward facing camera provides Equinox with Auto Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert amongst other features. Equinox also boasts automatic headlights and automatic high-beam dipping to avoid dazzling other drivers.

Passive safety includes six airbags and two ISOFIX child seat attachment points.

To check out the new Holden Equinox’s safety features, customers are encouraged to visit their local Holden dealer with those that buy this year receiving an industry leading seven-year warranty and capped price servicing.

Safe to say, now is a great time to get into an Equinox.

MY18 Equinox Safety Feature Highlights

  • 6 airbags
  • Rear view camera and rear park assist
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage system (x2)
  • Automatic headlamps with LED DRLs
  • Holden Eye forward facing camera system (LS+ and above)
  •      -Autonomous Emergency Braking
  •      -Lane Keep Assist
  •      -Lane Departure Warning
  •      -Following Distance Indicator
  •      -Forward Collision Alert with Head-Up Warning
  • Side Blind Zone Alert (LS+ and above)
  • Safety Alert driver’s seat (LS+ and above)
  • Rear cross traffic alert (LS+ and above)
  • Automatic high beam assist (LS+ and above)
  • Front parking sensors (LT and above)
  • Advanced park assist (automatic perpendicular and parallel parking) (LTZ and above)

*LS+, LT, LTZ and LTZ-V

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has announced that the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has awarded the all-new Eclipse Cross SUV Coupe the highest 5-star safety rating. The ANCAP revealed that the Eclipse Cross achieved a 97 per cent rating for Adult Occupant Protection and an 80 per cent Pedestrian Protection rating.

The new SUV Coupe’s ‘Forward Collision Mitigation’ system performed well, with collisions avoided or mitigated in all test scenarios and at all test speeds. Overall, the Eclipse Cross scored maximum points in many of the tests performed, helping the vehicle to secure the highest safety rating possible.

This 5-star ANCAP safety rating will apply to all variants of the Eclipse Cross SUV. MMC began shipment of the new Eclipse Cross compact SUV to Australia already with sales will commencing this month.

New mid-sized SUV, the BMW X3, enters the Australian and New Zealand markets with a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

“The new BMW X3 offers high levels of safety for all members of the family,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin. Credible scores were achieved in the areas of Adult Occupant Protection (93 per cent), Child Occupant Protection (84 per cent) and Pedestrian Protection (70 per cent) with ‘Good’ or ‘Acceptable’ injury risk ratings recorded for the majority of critical body regions. ‘Marginal’ levels of protection were recorded for the chest of the rear passenger in the full width test and the chest of the driver in the pole test.

“The X3 is also well-specified with active safety technologies offering a slightly higher standard safety specification than the X3 offered in Europe. Lane departure warning and intelligent speed assistance systems are offered as standard inclusions on Australian and New Zealand models,” Goodwin said.

“It is encouraging to see standard safety inclusions being prioritised for our market,” Goodwin added. This 5 star ANCAP safety rating currently applies to xDrive20d variants only.

Independent vehicle safety advocate, ANCAP, published a 5 star safety rating for the new Toyota Camry.

“The new Camry enters the Australian market with the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin. “Maximum points were scored in the destructive pole and side impact crash tests, and a high score of 15.16 points out of a possible 16 points was achieved in the frontal offset test which replicates a headon crash.”

“The Camry remains a popular choice for families and fleet buyers so it is important high levels of safety are offered. It is encouraging to see the Camry fitted as standard with an autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system which operates at city and highway speeds, as well as an active lane support system.”

“We’re pleased to see Toyota maintain its high level of safety with manufacturing of the Camry having now switched from local production to a Japanese-built model,” Goodwin said.

This 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies to all Camry variants – 4 cylinder, V6 and hybrid. The Toyota Camry is due to go on sale in New Zealand in March 2018.

Volvo’s new XC60 mid-size SUV has been awarded the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating by independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, achieving class-leading scores in two key areas of assessment.

“The XC60 passed the assessment achieving not only 5 stars, but taking out the highest scores to date in the areas of Adult Occupant Protection and Safety Assist,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin. The XC60 scored 98 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection and 95 per cent for Safety Assist.

“High levels of protection were recorded for occupants in all four crash tests, with only the chest of the rear passenger in the full width test and the lower legs of the driver in the frontal offset test seeing points deducted. All body regions received full scores in the side impact and pole tests.”

“This model is fitted as standard with an autonomous emergency braking system which operates at high and low speeds and can detect pedestrians. Performance testing of this system earned the vehicle full points. It also has an intelligent speed assistance system which uses a camera to recognise and inform the driver of the local speed limit,” Goodwin said.

This 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies to all D4, D5, T5 and T6 variants. The T8 hybrid is unrated.

Honda Australia’s family oriented CR-V SUV has received a 5-star safety rating in the latest Australasian New Car Assessment Program.

As Australia’s leading independent vehicle safety organisation, ANCAP rated the Honda CR-V as one of the top choices among the latest tests. Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins said: “The fifth-generation Honda CR-V already offers an unsurpassed combination of style, versatility, technology and value.

“As a family-oriented SUV, CR-V customers and those considering purchasing a new CR-V can be assured that the CR-V’s Advance Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure puts a priority on crash safety.”

The ACE body structure offers energy-dispersing crash stroke front frame rails, hot-stamped ultra-high-strength steel door rings and sills, and tailor-tempered B-pillars and rear frame structures, which help to protect occupants in a collision, while also helping minimise weight.

The structure uses the engine compartment to efficiently absorb and disperse collision energy during a head-on vehicle-to-vehicle collision. It features a frame structure composed of a highly efficient energy-absorbing main frame, a bulkhead upper side frame that absorbs the upper part of the collision energy, and a lower member that helps prevent misalignment of the frames of the vehicles involved. This design disperses collision forces over a larger frontal area, which enhances energy absorption of the engine compartment, reduces the chance of deformation of the passenger compartment and results in enhanced occupant protection. At the same time, the structure reduces the chance of vertical or lateral misalignment between the vehicle and other vehicle's safety structures.

During a frontal collision, a conventional body structure generally concentrates the loads from the impact through two pathways running longitudinally through the lower portion of the frame. The body structure’s front side frame is designed to prevent cabin deformation by distributing forces through multiple major load bearing pathways and away from the passenger compartment. The overall result is a high level of bending and twisting rigidity for the body, combined with enhanced crash-worthiness with no additional weight penalty.

ANCAP’s specialised safety rating program provides Australian consumers with transparent information on occupant and pedestrian protection levels and the collision avoidance capabilities different vehicles would deliver in the most common types of serious crashes.

ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin said: “Customers who have bought or are considering the Honda CR-V which launched earlier this year can be assured of a high level of safety with low injury readings recorded in all physical crash tests.”