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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel Price list:

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

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

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

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

The following equipment is now fitted as standard:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Transit Custom

MLP*

300S SWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6MT (new)

$40,990

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

$42,490

300S SWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6AT

$43,790

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

$45,290

340L LWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6MT

$42,990

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

$44,490

340L LWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6AT

$45,790

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

$47,290

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

Ford Transit Custom Options

MLP*

Prestige Paint

$600

SVO Paint

$1,250

High Roof (new)

$1,500 (included in MLPs above)

Technology Pack (new)

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

$1,600

Satellite Navigation

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

Rear Cargo Door Liftgate

$550

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

$350

Dual Side Load Doors

$1,000

Dual Side Load Doors with Rear Side Windows (new)

$1,700

16-inch alloy wheels (new)

$1,000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Further customisation is available via six options including;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Denotes Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP).

New Mazda6 Pricing

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

Advanced powertrain options for New Mazda6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chassis development refined

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

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

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

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

The updated MY19 Ford Ranger will go on sale in September 2018 with a raft of focused improvements that build on Ranger’s renowned off-road capability and on-road versatility. With upgrades across the line-up, Ranger also brings new technology including Inter- Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Vehicle Detection and Pedestrian Detectionas standard on Ranger Wildtrak and optional as part of a Technology Pack on Ranger XLT, as well as Ford’s new five-year unlimited kilometre warranty.

The MY19 Ranger offers new or standardised equipment over its predecessor, for improved convenience, safety and refinement. “We know that Australians in this segment are looking for value for money with genuine, real-world capability,” said Graeme Whickman, President and CEO Ford Australia. “The MY19 Ranger delivers greater capability and improvements across the lineup from suspension upgrades to Autonomous Emergency Breaking.”

While high on technology and capability, the MY19 will also benefit from an industry leading five-year, unlimited kilometre factory warranty offered at all Ford Dealerships across Australia. Importantly, Ranger’s five-year warranty is available to all buyer types, with no exclusions or qualifications. Ranger also brings a complete cost- of-ownership transparency with Ford’s Service Price Promise and Loan Car Program and Ranger models with SYNC 3iii may receive complementary map updates for up to seven years when they complete a scheduled service at a participating dealer. Additonal benefits include Ford’s Low Price Tyre guarantee, which can also be taken advantage of at participating Ford Dealerships, means that Ranger customers can shop for new tyres with confidence at their local dealer.

MY19 Ford Ranger XL Series

The Ranger XL is the affordable, dependent workhorse made even more capable thanks to its targeted upgrades that focus on usability, livability and capability. XL benefits from the introduction of an easy-lift tailgate on all pick-up models. With a new internal mechanism, the XL’s tailgate is now lighter to lift, with a 70-per cent reduction in initial force required to raise it for closing. Not only does this mechanism require less effort to lift, it also means that it’s easier to lower.

Ranger’s suspension has also been upgraded across the range to reduce and better control roll, with an emphasis on improving the driving experience when fully-laden and towing.

Offered in single-, super- and double-cab body styles, Ranger XL brings the flexibility and toughness of Ranger’s ladder-frame chassis and Australian-led engineering and design in both 4x2 and 4x4 powertrains.

Standard equipment on MY19 Ford Ranger XL:

Ranger XL Powertrain options:

  • 2.2L TDCi 6AT/6MT 118kW/385Nm
  • 3.2L TDCi 6AT/6MT 147kW/470Nm

Ranger XL Exterior features:

  • Easy-lift tailgate (pick-up only) (new to XL)
  • Upgraded suspension (new to XL)
  • Full-colour Rear-view camera (pick-up only)
  • Rear parking sensors (pick-up only) (new to XL)
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Inner tie-downs (pick-up only)
  • Load-rest (pick-up only)

Honda Australia has announced the full suite of Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technologies will be fitted as standard equipment across all next-generation models. The rollout of Honda Sensing is in fact already underway, with more than 20 per cent of current model variants equipped with the advanced technology systems.

Honda Sensing is the exclusive intelligent suite of safety and driver-assist technologies currently available in Australia on the Honda Accord, Civic sedan, Civic hatch, CR-V and Odyssey.

Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins, said: “Australian new car buyers are becoming increasingly aware of the latest safety technology in vehicles across the board but there is confusion on how they work.

“Honda is committed to bringing cars to the Australian market that are as competitively priced and value-packed as possible, and having the very best in safety technology is one of our highest priorities,” he said.

“Honda is well known for its excellence in engineering and while we are not first to market with this technology, we strive to ensure we are best to market. I’m confident that our Honda Sensing package will provide Australian consumers with a system that is intuitive and effective in its role of driver assistance.”

The results of a Honda-commissioned survey of 1,200 new car buyers intending to purchase in the next two years, showed that there is a significant opportunity and need to educate the market on the importance and benefit of crash prevention technology.

While customers generally understood airbags, anti-lock brakes and safe body structures, their knowledge of many of the newer safety technologies available was quite low.

Lane keeping assist/lane departure warning/lane change monitor and accident avoidance/collision detection/warning signal technologies were only top-of-mind with a small proportion of the surveyed new car intenders (12 per cent and 10 per cent respectively).

However, once educated on each technology, the market appeal for the advanced safety features increased significantly.

“It’s clear that if you’re talking about the customer – and Honda is focusing on this – you have to approach this type of safety technology with a customer education message,” Collins said.

“With this knowledge we plan to stagger the rollout of Honda Sensing and at the same time educate customers, ensuring they walk the journey with us and understand how Honda Sensing will complement their driving experience.”

Stemming from Honda’s ethos of maximising human potential, Honda Sensing is designed to assist the driver in their role, not replace the driver in any way. Honda Sensing was born from the brand’s global safety concept of ‘Safety for Everyone’ aiming to realise a collision-free society in which everyone, not only vehicle occupants, can share the roads safely.

Honda Sensing consists of six technologies all designed to assist and support the driver, while keeping driving fun.

The Honda Sensing suite includes:

  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF)

More than 20 per cent of current Honda model variants are already fitted with Honda Sensing as standard equipment.

Existing Honda model variants already fitted with Honda Sensing as standard equipment:

  • Accord VTi-L and V6L
  • Civic VTi-LX sedan
  • Civic VTi-LX hatch
  • CR-V VTi-LX
  • Odyssey VTi-L

The latest independent safety assessments from vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, have revealed two top performers with the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio equalling the highest scores recorded to date in the area of Adult Occupant Protection.

The Giulia mid-sized sedan recorded a score of 98 per cent, closely followed by the brand’s medium SUV offering, the Stelvio, scoring 97 per cent.1

Both Alfa Romeo models achieved a 5 star ANCAP safety rating with good performance across all four key areas of assessment. This rating applies to all 2.0 litre petrol and 2.2 litre diesel Giulia and Stelvio variants.

“These are impressive scores which reflect the effort the brand has put into designing vehicles to keep occupants safe,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.

“With Adult Occupant Protection we look at how a vehicle performs structurally across a range of destructive crash tests, but also how well the restraint systems work to minimise injury. Low speed autonomous
emergency braking also forms part of this, with both Alfa Romeo models performing well.”

The Citroen C3, which was subject to the same broad range of tests, fell just shy of today’s safety expectation due to its inability to actively detect and prevent pedestrian contact combined with head injury risk.

“Unfortunately the C3 falls down in the Pedestrian Protection aspects of our assessment,” Mr Goodwin said.

“We may not all be drivers, but we are all pedestrians so it is important the design and specification of a vehicle considers the safety of those inside as well as outside the vehicle.”

The Citroen C3 scored 59 per cent for Pedestrian Protection, limiting its overall ANCAP safety rating to 4 stars.

These scores equal those achieved by the Volvo XC60 (98%) and Volvo XC90 (97%).

The MY19 Ford Everest brings significant upgrades and advanced technology including AEB, with an available state of the art powertrain for greater touring range and capability. Building on the award-winning Everest range, the MY19 Everest can now tow more (3,100kg), head further off-road and save fuel around town with the most fuel efficient, refined yet capable Everest to date.

The Australian-led design and engineering of Ford’s most capable off-road SUV included extensive testing at Ford’s You Yangs Proving Ground in Victoria. Everest has seen its off-road capability widely praised by 4x4 media and enthusiasts, with its Terrain Management System, tuned suspension, tyre and wheel package for each individual trim level. This thorough approach has also seen Everest’s on-road manners and civility highly lauded, with its wide span of capability bringing Everest to a broader audience in an SUV-focused Australian market.

“Everest is still a relatively new nameplate in Australia, but we’ve seen a positive response from customers as we’ve honed the line-up based on their passionate feedback,” said Graeme Whickman, President and CEO, Ford Australia. “The response has been fantastic, and we’re grateful that our Australian-led designed and engineered Everest has become a choice for off-road enthusiasts as well as those looking to tow their weekend project. We’ve found Everest owners are a dedicated, passionate group, and we’re pleased it evokes such a response.”

The MY19 model builds on the success of the Everest line, which has won Drive’s Best 4x4 award for 2015, 2016 and 2017, Drive ‘Car of the Year’ award for 2015 and 4x4 Australia’s 4x4 of the Year 2016.

Efficiency, safety and savvy 
The MY19 Everest continues to fulfil its role as a highly advanced technology-led SUV, with upgraded driver assistance features, equipment levels, and dynamics that allow it to feel nimble around town, yet remain a force to be reckoned with off road.

Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist uses Inter-Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection and Vehicle Detection1 to detect pedestrians and objects, as well as vehicles, to bring the Everest to a complete stop, to help mitigate rear-end collisions and road-traffic collisions with pedestrians. The system, which functions at speeds above 3.6km/h, is new to Everest and standard on Trend and Titanium.

Keyless entry and push-button start comes standard across the MY19 Everest range, offering customers quicker engine starts, improved convenience and easier entry and exit, whilst Trend and Titanium also gain Ford’s hands-free power tailgate, a feature already available on Ford Escape Trend and Titanium.

Everest continues to offer reversing camera and rear parking sensors as standard, and available Active Park Assist (APA), reducing stress by enabling semi-automatic parking. The driver needs only to apply the throttle and brakes, as the system steers the Everest into the parking space.

SYNC 32 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto3 compatibility is now standard across the Everest range, including Bluetooth, an 8.0-inch full colour touchscreen and reversing camera.SYNC 3 enables use of Google Maps4 and Apple Maps, as well as standard in-built sat-nav for use when the Everest is beyond mobile coverage areas. The mapping system also features a ‘breadcrumbs’ feature, allowing an unmarked off-road route, for instance, to be mapped as it’s traversed.

In addition, MY19 Everest may receive complimentary map updates for up to seven years when a scheduled service is completed at a participating dealer. Approximately 130,000 kilometres of new roads are constructed across Australia every year, quickly rendering mapping systems out of date. The map updates are included with Ford’s comprehensive after-care offerings for Everest owners, including Ford’s Free Loan Car Program and Service Price Promise. Any Everest delivered after May 1, 2018, receives a 5 year, unlimited kilometre warranty, as standard.

Function by design
The Everest’s rugged design has been refined with a new grille treatment incorporating a secondary grille texture against Everest’s chrome brightwork. HID headlights are now standard on Trend. Everest Titanium features a new 20-inch split-spoke alloy wheel design, while darker wheel accents further accentuate the machine cut surface of the alloy, adding more drama and a premium appearance.

Inside Everest’s spacious cabin, a new ebony interior delivers a premium experience. Soft-touch surfaces in contact points around the cabin improve comfort and quality, whilst the new ebony interior theme brings greater depth and allows brightwork, contrast stitching and shadow chrome highlights to stand out more strongly than before. 

State-of-the art powertrain
Optional on Trend, and standard on Titanium, Ford’s new-generation Bi-Turbo diesel is coupled to an advanced 10-speed torque-convertor automatic to bring greater torque, improved flexibility and a quieter, more comfortable drive. With 500Nm from a low 1,750rpm, the Bi-Turbo delivers a greater torque spread, while the 10-speed’s close ratios reduce gaps in power and acceleration to make steep, slippery hill-climbs, for instance, much easier. The Bi-Turbo offers a combined fuel economy of up to 6.9L/100km on Trend RWD.

The 3.2-litre TDCi Duratorq with six-speed automatic powertrain will continue as standard on Everest Ambiente and Everest Trend, offering solid, reliable capability at an attainable price.

“Everest fitted with the new Bi-Turbo and 10-speed automatic raises the bar when it comes to vehicle refinement and outright capability both on and off road,” said Chief Program Engineer, Ford Everest, John Willems.

“Increased power and torque means we have more potential but it’s the mating of the bi-turbo to our new 10-speed automatic that really provides access to, and the greatest use of, the Bi-Turbo’s impressive output.” he added.

A model of refinement
The MY19 Everest’s enhanced off-road capabilities are matched by its manners on-road, delivering a significantly smoother, quieter passenger experience. All models take advantage of revised suspension geometry, which improves Everest’s ride and handling for greater composure on- and off-road.

Cabin quietness is also assured thanks to Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). On the Bi-Turbo Trend and Titanium, engine and transmission noise is markedly quieter than the 3.2L Duratorq thanks to an engineering focus on quiet operation, as well as advanced sound insulation to ensure the Everest is as smooth as silk.

Peugeot Australia will offer a range of ‘delicious’ deals until the end of June (or until stocks last) across its highly-awarded hatch and SUV ranges. 

What is not lost in translation are deals offering up to $5,000 of additional specification at no added cost on hatch models or a substantial 7-year, unlimited kilometre warranty with roadside assistance coverage on Peugeot’s SUV range.

A free upgrade from the Active to Allure model for the 208 and 308 hatch ranges headlines the offer, plus 308 hatch customers will also enjoy over $5,000 of additional specification at no extra cost including:

  • Active Blind Spot Monitoring and City Park (self-park)
  • Sports seats clad in half Alcantara and leatherette
  • Keyless entry with electric folding mirrors
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Front parking sensors
  • LED headlamps
  • Electronic park brake

208 hatch customers taking advantage of the free upgrade gain more than $3,000-worth of features at no additional cost including;

  • Satellite navigation
  • Dual-zone, climate control air-conditioning with cooled glovebox
  • Automatic headlights and windscreen wipers
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel with 3D-mesh cloth interior
  • Chrome exterior highlights package with ‘equaliser’ grille and cornering lamps

All 208 and 308 models feature standard Autonomous Emergency Braking and are powered by a powerful 1.2L turbo-petrol engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Peugeot SUV customers have not been forgotten either with a 7-year warranty that includes 7 years roadside assistance free for all 2017-build 2008, 3008 and 5008 SUV models.

Peugeot Australia Managing Director, Anouk Poelmann, said Peugeot’s ‘delicious deals’ are aimed at delighting and enticing customers to the French marque.

“Only recently Australia was captivated by a certain visiting French dignitary and, much like his visit, these deals will entice customers with their unquestionable value while delighting them with the extra little luxuries with which the French are synonymous,” Poelmann said.

Peugeot’s ‘delicious deals’ are available until June 30, or while stocks last.