The new Sprinter will arrive in Australia during the month of October 2018 with a reinterpreted design, safety features at the highest level, maximum cost-effectiveness, customer and sector-oriented features and an infotainment and telematics package designed for the next era. 

Adaptable down to the last detail: 
More than 1700 different Sprinter variants can be generated by combining body types, drive configurations, cab designs, body lengths, tonnages and load compartment heights. This variability makes the new Sprinter the perfect vehicle for a wide range of transport needs and sectors. The panel van and cab chassis variants will launch in October 2018, followed by the minibus and tractor head versions early in 2019.

Front-wheel drive and new transmissions: 
The well-proven drive concept with rear and all-wheel drive is now supplemented with a new, front-wheel drive system. For reasons inherent to the design, the payload of this version increases by 50 kilograms compared to the previous model, and an 80-millimetre lower loading sill makes loading/unloading and access/egress considerably more convenient.

The absolute leader in safety: 
As an innovation driver, Mercedes-Benz Vans equips the Sprinter with safety features that were previously the preserve of passenger cars. The standard safety equipment includes Active Brake Assist, Blind Spot Assist (not applicable for cab chassis variants), reversing camera (not applicable for cab chassis variants), Lane Keeping Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST and front and window airbags for driver and co-driver. Additionally a whole range of optional safety and assistance systems are now available including the radar-based distance control system DISTRONIC, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and the Parking Package with 360 degree camera. 

Telematics system with 7-inch HD display: 
The third Sprinter generation sets completely new standards when it comes to telematics. The MBUX multimedia system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) has a 7” HD display as standard with an optional 10.25” alternative head unit, and is controlled either via the touch-capable steering wheel controls, the touchscreen already mentioned or a completely new voice control system.

Powerful six-cylinder impresses with smooth running and ride comfort: 
High torque over a wide engine speed range: the most powerful diesel engine with a displacement of 3.0 litres delivers 140 kW and 440 newton metres of torque at 1,600 to 2,600 rpm. As the only six-cylinder in the large van segment, it not only impresses with its enormous torque, but also with its smooth running and maximum ride comfort. 

Four-cylinder family in three output classes for rear and front-wheel drive: 
Like the 3.0-litre version, the smaller four-cylinder diesel engine has common-rail direct injection. From a displacement of 2.1 litres and with rear-wheel drive, this engine generates a choice of three outputs: 84 kW, 105 kW or 120 kW. With front-wheel drive the outputs available are 84 kW or 105 kW and a motorhome segment exclusive 130 kW option. 

Practical and with a high load capacity: 
The optional loadable wheel arches and fully usable load compartment heights in combination with front-wheel drive increase the versatility of the load compartment. The maximum load capacity is 17 cu. m., with tonnages up to 5 tonnes. The maximum payload is in the weight class 5000kg permissible gross vehicle weight, at 2920kgs.

The Total Cost of Ownership – where the new Sprinter scores points: 
All Sprinter variants have service intervals up to a maximum of 40 000 kilometres or two years. Its comprehensive warranty means peace of mind for three years or until the vehicle has travelled up to 200 000kms. Standard Roadside Assist comes at no extra cost during the manufacturer warranty period. This means customers are covered anywhere in Australia. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Furthermore a simple and flexible range of ServiceCare pay as you go and pre- paid capped priced servicing options will provide transparent servicing costs and peace of mind for customers. 

Faithful to the core, New Mazda MX-5 adds more power, torque and tech, delivering on its promise of a thrilling, top-down driving experience.

Available from late September, the world’s favourite roadster upgrades powertrain, dynamics and safety across Roadster and RF variants.

Mazda MX-5 has applied advanced technologies to each of its engines, SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and SKYACTIV-G 1.5, to extract maximum power balanced with linear response to maintain its Jinba-ittai sensibilities.

Looking to replicate the free-revving feel of the 1.5L, engineers thoroughly revised the SKYACTIV-G 2.0, ultimately lifting the red line to 7,500rpm, boosting power from 118kW to 135kW and torque from 200Nm to 205Nm.

The comprehensive update saw changes made to the air flow intake and exhaust systems, piston shape and weight, crankshaft and connecting rods, achieving increased air intake, improved combustion speed, reduced exhaust losses and mechanical friction.

SKYACTIV-G 1.5 was also revised, with some of the same technologies applied to piston shape and combustion chambers, accounting for an increase in power from 96kW to 97kW and a boost in torque from 150Nm to 152Nm.

SKYACTIV-G 1.5 is available exclusively with the entry-level Roadster, while Roadster GT and all RF variants are equipped with the more powerful SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engine.

To match the extra power under foot, manual and automatic transmissions were revised to deliver a sharper response and more direct driving feel. Plus, shift timing at turn-in and torque control at turn-out have been tuned for greater precision in sporty driving situations.

Deepening the connection between car and driver further, New Mazda MX-5 introduces telescopic steering, making it easier to find the ideal driving position.

Mazda Australia Director of Marketing, Alastair Doak, said the update gives a driving experience that is true to the original.

“Every time we update Mazda MX-5, it’s in pursuit of refining and enhancing the thrilling drive that is so unique to our iconic two seater,” said Doak.

“Added power has been finely balanced to ensure the same smooth, direct response is felt from the moment the throttle opens up.”

Mazda MX-5’s five star ANCAP safety rating has also been bolstered, with the addition of a rear camera to all grades, and more advanced i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies to the standard safety package, including Smart City Brake Support [Forward] (SCBS-F) and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR).

New-look 16-inch alloys with a black metallic finish are available for the 1.5L Roadster, while RF gets 17-inch wheels also finished in black metallic. Roadster GT and RF GT models sit on 17-inch wheels with a bright silver finish. 

The detachable cup holders have been made more rigid for less wobble and easier to fasten and remove, while seat levers have thicker internal frames to give a more assured feel when operating.

There are five interior trim options for MX-5, with Mazda’s Chroma Brown nappa leather available as an option for RF GT.

New Mazda MX-5 is available in a choice of six exterior colours, including Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Machine Grey Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Ceramic Mica, Eternal Blue Mica and Jet Black Mica. RF GT variants also have the option of a black roof for an even sportier look. 

Available from late September, New Mazda MX-5 has a starting price of $34,190* for the 1.5L Roadster, with the RF GT topping the range at $48,960*.

For more information about New Mazda MX-5 or to find your closest dealer, please visit www.mazda.com.au

*Manufacturer’s List Price

Manufacturer’s List Price list:

Grade

Engine

T/M

MLP

Roadster

1.5L

6MT

$34,190

Roadster

1.5L

6AT

$36,190

Roadster GT

2.0L GE

6MT

$41,960

Roadster GT

2.0L GE

6AT

$43,960

RF

2.0L GE

6MT

$39,400

RF

2.0L GE

6AT

$41,400

RF GT

2.0L GE

6MT

$45,960

RF GT

2.0L GE

6AT

$47,960

RF GT (black roof)

2.0L GE

6MT

$46,960

RF GT (black roof)

2.0L GE

6AT

$48,960

 

Mazda has defined a new luxury for its award winning seven-seat petrol SUV, introducing more equipment and a new, premium grade for Mazda CX-9.

On sale from September, New Mazda CX-9 boosts safety and sophistication with advanced safety features and more technology added across the lineup, plus a new model, Azami LE, now topping the range.

Demonstrating Mazda’s commitment to improving, enhancing and evolving at every opportunity, this is the second major update for Mazda CX-9 since its 2016 launch, following a comprehensive round of upgrades made in August 2017.

Mazda CX-9’s already comprehensive safety package has again been thoroughly upgraded, with Mazda’s advanced i-ACTIVSENSE technologies made standard across the range. 

Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go Function (MRCC), Smart Brake Support (SBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane-keep Assist System (LAS), Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) and High Beam Control (HBC) now come standard on all grades, alongside existing technologies including Smart City Brake Support [Forward/Reverse] (SCBS F/R), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Driver Attention Alert (DAA).

Supporting the driver further, all grades are now equipped with Active Driving Display, which projects key information onto the windscreen, and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to keep all four paws at correct pressure.

New Mazda CX-9 also becomes the first SUV in Mazda Australia’s lineup to support Apple® CarPlay and Android Auto, incorporated seamlessly into the MZD Connect infotainment system.

The high-spec Azami gains even more advanced equipment, including front seat ventilation, a 360° View Monitor, instrument panel-mounted seven-inch LCD TFT multi-information metre display, heated steering wheel, windscreen de-icer and a sleek, frameless internal rear-vision mirror.

Elevating Azami’s premium offering further still, Mazda introduces a new high-grade called Azami LE, setting a new standard for affordable luxury in response to customer demand for high-grade Mazda CX-9s.
Combining a unique colour palette with rich, authentic materials and sophisticated technologies, Azami LE offers the most sophisticated Mazda CX-9 cabin yet.

A deep red, Chroma Brown nappa leather adorns the seats, complemented by real wood decorative panels on the doors and centre console, which is elegantly framed by ambient LED lighting. A more minimalist overhead console design and hand-crafted box stitching on the leather wrapped steering wheel complete the luxe interior.

Managing Director of Mazda Australia, Vinesh Bhindi, said New Mazda CX-9 defines a new meaning for affordable luxury.

“This update for Mazda CX-9 adds a new level of refinement to an already well-equipped and sophisticated vehicle, with the SUV gaining more standard safety and convenience features to further lift its standing in the class,” said Bhindi. 

“Since its 2016 launch, Mazda CX-9 sales have always skewed to high-grade AWD variants, so we added Azami LE to give those looking for luxury even greater choice in the range.”

The characteristic smooth ride of Mazda CX-9 has also been improved, with revisions to the suspension and steering system to give the car a more linear driving feel and greater ride comfort, achieved by using of low-friction dampers and recalibrated springs. Urethane top mounts are now used for the rear dampers and the vertical spring characteristics of the engine mounts have also been optimised.

The attachment point between the steering’s outer ball joint and steering knuckle has been redesigned to give the steering a more neutral feel. Increasing the rigidity of both the front hub bearings and the steering mounts has also enhanced steering responsiveness.

Noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels have been further reduced with the use of tuned mass dampers, vibration-reducing powertrain mounts, changes to the second-row seat rails, increased steering column rigidity, a revised headliner and use of the steering wheel-mounted airbag as a tuned-mass damper. 

Mazda’s award-winning SKYACTIV-G 2.5T turbocharged engine remains unchanged for the updated Mazda CX-9. With its Dynamic Pressure Turbo and cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system, the engine develops 170 kilowatts of power at 5,000rpm and 420 Newton metres of torque at 2,000rpm. 

It also features Mazda’s i-Stop system which automatically stops the engine when the car comes to a halt and restarts it when the brake is released. 

The engine is mated to Mazda’s SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. Designed to combine the smoothness of a conventional automatic transmission with the efficiency of a twin-clutch gearbox, it incorporates a manual-shift mode. 

New Mazda CX-9 is available with either front-wheel-drive or i-ACTIV all-wheel-drive, except for Azami LE which is all-wheel-drive only. 

Paired with four trim options, New Mazda CX-9 is offered in seven contemporary colours, including Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Machine Grey Metallic, Sonic Silver Metallic, Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Titanium Flash Mica, Jet Black Mica and Snowflake White Pearl Mica.

Now offering even better value, Mazda anticipate more than 6,500 sales of New Mazda CX-9 in the first year.

New Mazda CX-9 is available now.

Subaru has launched the new generation of its best-selling Forester All-Wheel Drive wagon, featuring fantastic new technologies, including the brand’s first-ever driver recognition system, enhancing convenience and safety.

The fifth-generation Forester Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) debuts with the Subaru Driver Monitoring System - Driver Focus (DMS) - enabling drivers to personalise cabin preferences – a first for a mainstream brand in Australia.

DMS is just one of many significant advances that underline Forester’s status as a leader in its class for driving fun, safety, whole-of-life value and sure-footed performance both on and off-road.
Among the other Forester highlights:

  • 90 per cent new direct injection engine – significantly more responsive and efficient, with 136 Kilowatts of power (+7.9 per cent) and 239 Newtonmetres of torque (+1.7 per cent).
  • Seven-speed manual mode – ultra-reliable Lineartronic™ Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) upgraded for more sporty response.
  • EyeSight® driver assist – now standard across the entire Forester range, with new features that:

    o Place Subaru at the forefront of mainstream brands for customer uptake of the award-winning tech, based on sales volume.
    o Bring yet more safety to the masses.

  • Roomiest Forester yet - distance extended between front and rear passengers.

    o Fantastic family flexibility, thanks to efficiencies gained from the Subaru Global Platform.
    o Larger, wider cargo area with easier access.
    o Forester 2.5i Premium AWD and 2.5i-S AWD have a smoother, faster operating powered cargo door.

  • X-Mode – with new features and functionality for even better sure-footed performance on challenging surfaces.
  • Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB) – helps to avoid collisions and reduce damage

    o Debuts in Forester 2.5i-L, 2.5i Premium and 2.5i-S

  • Infotainment – Adds digital radio to Forester for the first time.

    o Continues the trend of Impreza and XV in offering the very latest in cabin convenience and entertainment.
    o Includes Apple CarPlay™ and Google Android Auto™ connectivity.

  • Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) - Making its debut in Forester 2.5i Premium and 2.5i-S, SI-Drive is optimized to improve fuel efficiency in I mode and increase engine speed in S mode, for even greater responsiveness.
  • Wider field of vision – Subaru Corporation claims class-leading field-of-vision
  • Steering responsive LED headlights (SRH) – across the entire Forester range.
  • Approach and departure angles - optimized in line with proper SUV ability.
  • Electronic parking brake – new to Forester, for added convenience.

Other key Forester facts:

  • Latest application of the renowned Subaru Global Platform, which has won accolades for dynamic performance and sophistication.
  • Interior quality – vast improvements, reflecting Subaru Corporation’s quality commitment.

It was at the 2016 Paris Motor Show that Mercedes‑Benz first presented its new product and technology brand for electromobility. In mid-2019 the time has now come: The EQC (combined power consumption: 22.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, provisional figures)1 is the first Mercedes-Benz vehicle to be launched under the EQ brand. With its seamless, clear design and colour highlights typical of the brand, it is a pioneer for an avant-garde electric look while representing the design idiom of Progressive Luxury. With respect to quality, safety and comfort the EQC is the Mercedes-Benz among electric vehicles, and highly convincing in the sum of its attributes. These are accompanied by dynamic performance, thanks to two electric motors at the front and rear axles with a combined output of 300 kW. A sophisticated operating strategy enables an electric range of more than 450 km according to NEDC (provisional figure)1. EQ also offers comprehensive services with Mercedes me, and makes electromobility convenient and suitable for day-to-day motoring. The EQC also symbolises the start of a new mobility era at Daimler.

As the first Mercedes-Benz model under the new product and technology brand EQ, the Mercedes-Benz EQC has many trailblazing design details and colour highlights typical of the brand. Both inside and out, the EQC embodies the design idiom of Progressive Luxury. This arises from the combination of a previously unknown beauty, the conscious clash of digital and analogue elements as well as the seamless merging of intuitive and physical design.

By virtue of its muscular proportions, the EQC is classed as a crossover SUV. The extended roofline and window layout with a low waistline and the coupé-like roof recess at the rear visually position it between an SUV and an SUV coupé.

A striking feature at the front is the large black-panel surface enclosing the headlamps and grille. For the first time, the black panel is bordered at the top by an optical fibre as a visual link between the torch-like daytime running lamps as a typical Mercedes-Benz feature. At night this creates an almost uninterrupted, horizontal light band. The inner housings and tubes of the standard MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are in high-gloss black. Contrasting colour highlights discreetly confirm the model's membership of the new EQ family: blue stripes on a black background, and MULTIBEAM lettering also in blue.

The high-quality interior of the EQC also pioneers an avant-garde electro-look. One example is the ribbed edge of the instrument panel, which resembles the cooling ribs of a hi-fi amplifier. The instrument panel is designed as a driver-oriented cockpit. The typical Mercedes-Benz wing profile is asymmetrical, with a “cut-out” in the driver area. This is where one of the visual highlights of the cockpit is located - a high-tech, high gloss cassette housing flat air vents with key-shaped, rosé-gold coloured louvres.

[1] Figures for power consumption and CO2 emissions are provisional and were determined by the German Technical Service corporation. The range figures are also provisional. EC type approval and conformity certification with official figures are not yet available. There may be differences between the stated figures and the official figures.

Powertrain: Dynamic performance meets efficiency 

As the first Mercedes-Benz model to be launched under the new product and technology brand EQ, the EQC features an all-new drive system development with compact electric drivetrains at each axle. These give the EQC the driving characteristics of an all-wheel drive.

To reduce power consumption and increase dynamism, the electric drivetrains are configured differently: the front electric motor is optimised for best possible efficiency in the low to medium load range, while the rear one determines dynamism. Together, they generate an output of 300 kW and a maximum torque of 765 Nm.

Mercedes-Benz engineers have enhanced noise comfort with a number of measures. In the EQC the powerpacks are isolated by rubber mounts at two points: where the powerpack connects to its subframe and where the subframe connects to the body. This effective isolation is supplemented with insulation measures. As a result, the interior of the EQC is extremely quiet.

The lithium-ion battery, which has an energy content of 80 kWh (NEDC) supplies the vehicle with power. The power consumption and range of electric vehicles depend very much on the driving style. The EQC supports its driver with five driving programs, each with different characteristics: COMFORT, ECO, MAX RANGE, SPORT and an individually adaptable program. In the more economical driving modes, the haptic accelerator pedal that prompts the driver to conserve power plays an important role. The driver is also able to influence the recuperation level using so-called paddles behind the steering wheel.

The ECO Assist system gives the driver comprehensive support when driving predictively: by prompting the driver when it is appropriate to come off the accelerator, e.g. because the vehicle is approaching a speed limit, and by functions such as coasting and specific control of recuperation. For this purpose, navigation data, traffic sign recognition and information from the intelligent safety assistants (radar and stereo camera) are linked and processed.

Technical data[1]  

CO2 emissions

0 g/km

Power consumption (NEDC)

22.2* kWh/100 km

Range (NEDC)

more than 450* km

Drive system

2 asynchronous motors, all-wheel drive

Output

300 kW (408 hp)

Peak torque

765 Nm

Top speed

180 km/h (governed)

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

5.1 s

Battery

Lithium-ion

Battery energy content (NEDC)

80 kWh

Battery weight

650 kg

Length/width (with mirrors)/height

4,761/1,884 (2,096)/1,624 mm

Track width (FA/RA)

1,625/1,615 mm

Wheelbase

2,873 mm

Boot capacity (depending on equipment)

ca. 500 l

Kerb weight/perm. GVW/pay load (DIN)

2,425*/2,930/505 kg

Trailing load max. (12 per cent)

1,800 kg

*provisional data
[1] Figures for power consumption and CO2 emissions are provisional and were determined by the German Technical Service corporation. The range figures are also provisional. EC type approval and conformity certification with official figures are not yet available. There may be differences between the stated figures and the official figures.

Charging: Flexible and fast 

As standard the EQC is equipped with a water-cooled onboard charger (OBC) with a capacity of 7.4 kW, making it suitable for AC charging at home or at public charging stations.

Charging at a Mercedes-Benz Wallbox is up to three times faster than at a domestic power socket. It is faster still with DC charging – which is standard for the EQC – for example via CCS (Combined Charging Systems) in Europe and the USA, CHAdeMO in Japan or GB/T in China. Depending on the SoC (status of charge), the EQC can be charged with a maximum output of up to 110 kW at an appropriate charging station. In around 40 minutes, the battery can be charged from 10 - 80 per cent SoC (provisional data).

The multimedia system MBUX: with EQC-specific functions 

The EQC features the innovative multimedia system MBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience - which has numerous EQ specific functions such as the display of range, charge status and energy flow. EQ optimised navigation, driving modes, charging current and departure time can also be controlled and set via MBUX.

The MBUX display has a special EQ tile where numerous EQ features are grouped. Alternatively the user can access the EQ menu of the MBUX system directly using a key in the lower left control panel. Thanks to natural language recognition, the EQ specific voice control helps the driver to operate the EQC.

Intelligent services: Relaxed travel from start to finish 

EQ with Mercedes me provides comprehensive services for the electromobility of today and tomorrow. The most important new services and functions of the EQC planned for market launch include:

Pre-entry climate control: This ensures that the vehicle interior is already at the desired temperature on departure. It can be programmed directly via MBUX or via the Mercedes me App. A sophisticated system with a heat pump and electric heater boosters pre-climatises the interior. 

The EQ optimised navigation always bases its calculation on the fastest route taking into account the shortest charging time. The route planning also responds dynamically to changes, and can take place both offboard and onboard, i.e. externally (via the Mercedes me App) and within the vehicle. Thanks to EQ optimised navigation, Mercedes-Benz customers can easily find charging stations, and Mercedes me Charge gives them convenient access to the charging stations of numerous providers, also beyond national borders. In this case customers benefit from an integrated payment function with simple accounting.

Active and passive safety: EQC-specific safety concept 

The EQC is equipped with the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems. In the Driving Assistance package, these include new functions such as predictive speed adjustment when approaching the end of a tailback: when a tailback is detected, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC reduces the speed to around 100 km/h as a precaution. In a tailback on the motorway, the lane guidance system keeps the vehicle off-centre to leave space for the emergency services.

The EQC also meets the highest requirements with respect to passive safety: in addition to the usual, extensive programme of crash tests, Mercedes-Benz applies further, particularly stringent safety standards to the battery and all component parts carrying electrical current. These standards exceed legal requirements. The vehicle structure of the EQC has been adapted to suit the special requirements of the electrical components and battery, and is configured to achieve the usual high safety level. For example, a new subframe surrounds the drive components located in the front section, and this unit is supported by the usual mounting points.
Mechanical protection of the battery: the high-safety design begins with the installation position of the high-voltage battery beneath the vehicle floor. The energy storage unit is surrounded by a stable frame that can absorb energy. Deformation elements are installed between the frame and the battery, and these are able to absorb additional forces in the event of a severe side impact. A battery guard in the front area of the battery is able to prevent the energy storage unit from being pierced by foreign objects.

Electrical protection of the high-voltage system: the extensive experience of Mercedes-Benz with high-voltage drive systems has led to a multi-stage safety concept that deploys in the event of an accident. The high-voltage system automatically shuts down, reversibly or irreversibly, according to the severity of the accident. There are also shutdown points where emergency teams can deactivate the high-voltage system manually.

Testing: Endurance tests around the world 
By market launch, 200 prototypes and pre-production vehicles of the EQC will have absolved tests covering several million kilometres across four continents (Europe, North America, Asia and Africa). The test program comprises more than 500 individual tests. Like all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the EQC must absolve the demanding standard test programme. There are also special tests for the electric powertrain, the fuel cell, and the interplay of all powertrain components.

In the process the test experts are able to build upon the extensive findings from their digital testing work, used to ensure both the buildability of the vehicle and for the simulation of e.g. crash behaviour, aerodynamics and NVH: noise, vibration, harshness. In addition, there are intensive tests on numerous test rigs at the Mercedes-Benz Technology Centre in Sindelfingen. The ratio between digital and real testing is roughly 35 to 65 per cent.

Production: Preparations in full swing in the Bremen plant 

Series production of the EQC will start in 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. The preparations for this are already fully under way. The new EQC will be integrated into ongoing series production as a fully electric vehicle. The very latest production technologies will be employed.

One decisive innovation is the so-called battery-joining centre where the EQC undergoes a second “marriage”" following installation of the two electric powerpacks in the bodyshell. This is where the EQCs are recognised as electric models with the help of data tags attached to the body, and equipped with a battery. The body is suspended from a so-called C-carrier and deposited on a frame. Support arms raise the battery to the vehicle's floor from below. An employee monitors the automatic bolting in place.

In parallel with this, production of our own batteries for the EQC is coming on stream at the expanded battery plant in Kamenz (near Dresden).
Alongside Bremen, the Sino-German production joint venture Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd. (BBAC) is also preparing for the production start-up of the EQC for the local market.

Honda has invested in advanced bi-directional charging technology at its European R&D site in Offenbach, Germany, which is helping to balance demand and store energy more efficiently across the facility.

The new charging system incorporates renewable energy generation and is a test bed for hardware that will be available to private households in the future.

The technology installation in Germany follows the debut of the domestic Honda Power Manager Concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The concept previewed a fully integrated energy transfer, which takes power from the grid and can return stored energy from electric vehicle (EV) batteries – through ‘Vehicle-to-Grid’ or ‘V2G’ technology. This latest trial installation at Honda’s Offenbach site applies the same principles on a larger scale.

Through bi-directional energy transfer, electricity is drawn from the grid or is generated by photovoltaic solar panels and is used to charge EVs plugged in to the system. While an EV is plugged in, the energy held in its battery can be transferred back to help stabilise the grid at times of short or surplus supply.

Jörg Böttcher, Vice President of Honda R&D Europe, said: “With the installation of the latest bi-directional charging technology at our R&D site in Germany, we are adding the next technology to our Smart Company project, which will further enhance our research activity in the field of zero-emission society and future mobility.”

With the help of the bi-directional hardware and with the technology of The Mobility House*, Honda aims to optimise energy management at its European R&D campus, maximising the use of renewable solar power in particular. The project is testing the interaction, compatibility and power flow between specific electrical components, including the renewable energy cells and the EV batteries. The installation represents a collaboration between Honda R&D Europe, energy service provider The Mobility House and Swiss technology company EVTEC.

The investment in the bi-directional energy transfer technology further enhances the world’s most advanced public charging station for plug-in vehicles, which was launched at Honda R&D Europe in summer 2017. Its state-of-the-art 940V capability can deliver up to 150kW of energy, enabling as many as four vehicles to charge simultaneously with different types of connectors. Since its installation in June, the EV charging station has supplied power for 447 charge sessions and has saved 3.87 tonnes of CO2.

Subaru Corporation has completed new test tracks for advanced driver assist technologies at its Bifuka proving ground, in Hokkaido, Japan. The new test tracks will begin use next month.

The proving ground was established in 1995 as a development facility for conducting performance evaluations in cold climates and driving tests on snow. The 361-hectare site includes a variety of test and handling courses, and was expanded to include a high-speed circuit in 2003.

Designed to simulate public roads, the tracks are used to conduct a variety of tests throughout the year. Existing tracks at the proving ground have been upgraded to build the new Advanced Driver Assist Technologies test areas, making conditions closer to those on actual public roads.

BIFUKA PROVING GROUND OUTLINE
High-speed circuit: Total length 4.2 km (existing high-speed course upgraded to bring it closer to actual road conditions)

  • New gentle curves simulating those on motorways
  • New entry and exit lanes, simulating interchanges and service areas on motorways
  • New multi-lane track, simulating a four-lane road
  • New concrete paved road simulating North American freeway surfaces

Urban road course

  • New urban road course, simulating two-way traffic on roads
  • Road forms designed to resemble actual conditions, including intersections with and without turning lanes, guiding zones (pedestrian crossings)
  • A roundabout intersection

Other facilities

  • The general test tracks have been expanded and new functions added
  • The proving ground’s administration building has been rebuilt.

As part of initiatives to strengthen the brand, set out in its mid-term management vision, Subaru Corporation is pursuing technological development with the aim of becoming the top automotive company for overall safety.

Subaru is particularly focused on further enhancement of the EyeSight® driver assist system. The new Japan domestic market Levorg and WRX S4 models, released in August, are both fitted with Touring Assist, a new feature added to EyeSight, as standard equipment.

The new test tracks will be used to further accelerate the development needed for driver assist technologies, as they become increasingly advanced. By 2020, Subaru plans to offer an automated lane-changing function, by adding minimal devices such as digital maps, GPS, and radar to the EyeSight stereo camera.

The company also aims to develop an EyeSight-based technology that prevents collisions with vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians at intersections.

BMW Group Australia has announced the pricing and specification of its focused BMW M4 range. Benefitting from the Life Cycle Impulse recently applied to the BMW 4 Series, the updated M4 range has been freshly expanded to offer an eclectic range of high-performance options.

“The BMW M4 remains true to the BMW M Heritage with its combination of performance, premium feel and track-capable dynamics,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Marc Werner. “We are also pleased to reveal the M4 Pure variant for our local market. The Pure puts an even-sharper focus on the driver by combining the popular Competition package with an extremely competitive price point. It’s a true ‘enthusiast’s choice’,” he said.

BMW M4 LCI pricing*:

BMW M4 Pure Coupe - $139,900
BMW M4 Coupe - $149,900
BMW M4 Competition Coupe - $154,900

BMW M4 Convertible - $161,900
BMW M4 Competition Convertible - $165,900

Redesigned exterior and Adaptive LED headlights add aesthetic sparkle

The well-regarded Adaptive LED headlights with their twin circular design has been incorporated into a new hexagonal layout that adds further presence to the M4’s front-end appearance. LED indicators form an attractive, thin ‘eyebrow’ slit above the headlights that create a sense of increased width for an aggressive stance.

At the rear, new L-shaped LED tail lights further enhance the wide, low sports car visual. A new, optional 20-inch light-alloy road wheel introduces a black wheel option for Competition variants that builds on the distinctive star-spoke style first seen on the legendary BMW M4 GTS.

Refreshed interior lifts ambience

A range of subtle yet effective interior updates further highlights the BMW M4’s all-round usability. Double stitching highlights the leather instrument panel on the M4 and M4 Competition models, while electroplated details and chrome interior trims improve look, feel and functionality of the entire BMW M4 range.

Thanks to customer feedback, key touchpoints have been redesigned for added tactility. The indicator stalks, for example, now snap into place when engaged. In addition, the stalk-mounted buttons to activate the rain sensor and high-beam assist now stay depressed, rather than springing back to the original position.

For further exclusivity, M4 models now come with an illuminated ‘M4’ badge on the front face of the M sports seats.

A further focus on digitalisation

All BMW M4 variants have been upgraded to the cutting-edge iDrive6 infotainment system. Incorporating the latest BMW Navigation system Professional, iDrive6 offers a clear and customisable 8.8-inch colour display interface with an app-style ‘tile’ layout that can be arranged by touchscreen. The established iDrive rotary controller on the centre console and Natural voice control can also be used to control the infotainment system.

The BMW M4 Competition Coupe and Convertible

Following an impressive introduction in mid-2016, BMW Australia will once again create a standalone Competition variant on both M4 Coupe and Convertible body styles.

Increasing power to 331kW (up 14kW) and with 550Nm torque, the M4 Competition Coupe) sprints to 100km/h in 4.0 seconds (when fitted with the standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission). Opt for the Convertible and the benchmark to 100km/h is achieved in only 4.3 seconds. Like the M4, the M4 Competition variants remains available with a six-speed manual as a no-cost option. Combined fuel consumption is listed at 8.8L/100km, with 204g/km of CO2.

In addition to the improved power output, the Competition models benefit from a range of dynamic enhancements. The adaptive M suspension’s three settings – Comfort, Sport, Sport+ – have been reconfigured, with the Comfort setting equating to the regular M4’s Sport mode as a baseline.

Springs rates are also increased by 15 per cent for swifter response and flatter cornering posture during spirited driving. The interior gains M Sport seats for the driver and front passenger (M4 Coupe), which feature cut-out elements for lighter weight. M stripe seat belts add further interior presence.

Outside, sleek gloss black highlights feature prominently, with the boot-lid ‘M4’ badge, M Competition exhaust tail pipes, exterior gills, and kidney grille all finished this way. The 20-inch star-spoke light-alloy wheels can also be optioned in black for the first time.

Introducing the BMW M4 Pure Coupe

For those seeking Competition performance and dynamics with a further focused specification, the new BMW M4 Pure Coupe ticks every box.

Priced from $139,900*, the 331kW/550Nm BMW M4 Pure retains the full Competition Package elements, though with unique 19-inch light-alloy double-spoke black alloy wheels and fitted with 255/35 R19 front / 275/35 R19 rear tyres. The M4 Competition’s 20-inch light-alloy wheels, shod with 265/30 R20 front and 285/30 R20 rear rubber remain an option.

The M4 Pure’s specification also includes the following:

  • M Competition Package
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (six-speed manual available as a no-cost option)
  • Alarm system
  • BMW M Head-Up Display
  • Carbon fibre roof (steel roof if sunroof is optioned)
  • Comfort Access
  • ConnectedDrive Freedom (including Concierge Services)
  • Driving Assistant
  • Carbon-fibre interior trims
  • Navigation System Professional
  • Tyre Pressure Monitor
  • Carbon structure cloth/leather upholstery
  • LED Headlights
  • Nine-speaker HiFi Loudspeaker System

Condition Based Servicing

All maintenance requirements for the BMW M4 range is controlled by the Condition Based Servicing (CBS) system.

With CBS, sensors and advanced algorithms monitor and calculate the conditions in which a vehicle is used, including mileage, time elapsed since its last service, fuel consumption and how a vehicle is driven. Based on the information captured, maintenance requirements are determined, identifying whether an annual vehicle inspection or oil service is due.

Selected BMW service and maintenance costs can be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI), which is available in two packages: Basic or Plus.

Hyundai has again redefined the thriving Australian small-car market with its striking third-generation i30 hatch. The most stylish, strongest, best-equipped and technologically savviest i30 yet, the reimagined i30 easily sets a new premium small-car benchmark.

Bigger and roomier than its predecessors, this third-generation of Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s most popular model – and one of Australia’s best-selling cars – also offers exceptional value for money.

Among its wealth of new attributes the new i30 brings strong new European-design looks, premium build quality and range-wide state-of-the-art driver-focused connectivity. It also offers a comprehensive suite of technology features that further establish the i30’s reputation as an affordable, premium quality small car.

Standard features range-wide now include even easier access to powerful communications, satellite-navigation and entertainment options via i30’s range-wide 8-inch, multimedia display with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto compatibility, including steering wheel-operated voice control.

In another first for Hyundai in Australia, the new i30 also boasts access to clearer-sounding DAB+ digital radio. The new i30’s long list of available technologies includes full LED headlights, wireless smartphone charging, heated and ventilated front seats, and much more.

The five-tier i30 range starts with the exceptional value-for-money entry-level Active and runs through Elite, Premium, SR and SR Premium variants. For the first time, alloy wheels are now standard across the i30 range, with 16- and 17-inch wheels on comfort variants (Active, Elite and Premium) and 18-inch wheels on sports variants (SR and SR Premium).

Engine and transmission choices start with the i30 Active’s standard 120kW/203Nm Nu 2.0-litre GDi (Gasoline Direct Injection) petrol four-cylinder with either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Also available in the i30 Active, Elite and Premium variants is Hyundai’s U-II 1.6-litre CRDi (Common Rail Diesel Injection) diesel engine mated to a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) or six-speed manual (Active variant only).

Available exclusively in i30 SR sports variants Hyundai’s 150kW/265Nm Gamma 1.6-litre Turbo-GDi petrol engine comes with a 7-speed DCT or six-speed manual. The new i30’s on-road dynamics also have been exhaustively tested and optimised for local conditions and driver preferences by Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s highly credentialed Chassis Development Team.

“i30 has been a six-time Australia’s Best Car winner for good reason,” says HMCA Chief Operating Officer Scott Grant. “It’s also been a hugely successful model for Hyundai Motor Company Australia, and I confidently predict this handsome and even-better third-generation i30 will continue that success.

“The new i30’s incredible overall sophistication and fantastic technology platform will further enhance our best-selling model in Australia. And our industry-leading after-sales iCare customer care program, legendary 5-year/unlimited km warranty and Lifetime Service Plan all make it even more attractive.

“Let’s just say that I look forward to welcoming a devoted group of new i30 owners to our Hyundai family.”

The fifth-generation model of the BMW 5 Series Touring writes the next chapter in the car’s 25-year success story at the premium end of the executive class. Driving pleasure, aesthetic appeal, innovation and intelligent functionality are the defining characteristics of this 5 Series body variant. New chassis technology and BMW EfficientLightweight help the new model to build on the 5 Series Touring’s segment leadership in terms of dynamic excellence, agility and precision. The weight of each model has been reduced by up to 100 kilograms on average over its equivalent in the outgoing range.

Exterior design – including a dynamically stretched silhouette, an eye- catching front end and a rear-end design accentuating the width of the body – underlines the sporting character of the new BMW 5 Series Touring. Exterior dimensions grow by 36 millimetres to 4,943 millimetres in length, by eight millimetres to 1,868 millimetres in width and by ten millimetres to 1,498 millimetres in height. Wheelbase is 7 millimetres longer, at 2,975 millimetres.

There is significant increase in on-board spaciousness and enhanced premium ambience for the interior, optimised, sedan-level interior acoustics, more head-, shoulder- and legroom in all seats and extra comfort in the rear thanks to new backrest contours, greater seat depth and extended kneeroom. The interior is wide enough to accommodate three child seats in the rear.

Boot capacity is increased to 570 – 1,700 litres, permissible load up by 120 kilograms, to 720 – 730 kilograms. Intelligent variability and exceptional functionality provided by 40 : 20 : 40 split/folding rear seat backrest, electric remote backrest release operated by a button in the boot, stowage compartment for load area cover and partition net underneath the boot floor, separately-opening rear window, automatic tailgate opening/closing as standard (hands-free as an open).

The market launch will be in June 2017 with extensive choice of engines. It will sport petrol and diesel units with four and six cylinders. BMW xDrive all-wheel drive available in conjunction with two engine variants from launch.

Significantly expanded selection of driver assistance systems further reduce the gap to automated driving. Enhanced comfort and safety courtesy of Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, Crossing traffic warning and Priority warning, Lane Change Assistant and Lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection, evasion aid and the Steering and lane control assistant working at up to 210 km/h (130 mph). Hazard warning through link-up with other BMW vehicles. Remote Control Parking using the BMW Display Key.

BMW Connected provides extensive vehicle-smartphone connectivity. Exceptional functionality assisting personal appointment and mobility planning, communications and infotainment. Real Time Traffic Information and On-Street Parking Information. Management of calendar, emails and contact details via Microsoft Exchange.

Exemplary efficiency underpinned by a cut in fuel consumption of up to 11 per cent. All diesel models have exhaust gas treatment, including an SCR system.

Stand-out combination of dynamic excellence and ride comfort due to newly developed chassis components with lightweight construction. Air suspension for the rear axle as standard. Dynamic Damper Control, roll stabilisation, Integral Active Steering and M Sport suspension also available in conjunction with BMW xDrive.

Systematically optimised display and operating concept with latest- generation BMW iDrive, including Touch Controller, 10.25-inch touchscreen and tile-look menu display, BMW gesture control and natural voice commands. New Head-Up Display has a 70 per cent larger projection surface.

LED daytime driving lights, dipped and main-beam headlights as standard, BMW Selective Beam LED headlights with variable light distribution and dazzle-free main beam available as an option. Longer and wider panoramic glass sunroof with comfort opening. Electric seat adjustment with touch-sensitive sensors. Comfort seats with eight massage programs.

Wireless smartphone integration via Bluetooth and inductive charging, use of Apple CarPlay and WiFi hotspot for up to 10 devices.

Model variants from launch:

BMW 530i Touring: Four-cylinder petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission,
Capacity: 1,998 cc,
Output: 185 kW/252 hp at 5,200 – 6,500 rpm,
max. torque: 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) at 1,450 – 4,800 rpm,
Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 6.5 seconds,
top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph),
Fuel consumption, combined*: 6.3 – 5.8 l/100 km (44.8 – 48.7 mpg imp), CO2 emissions, combined*: 143 – 133 g/km.

BMW 540i xDrive Touring: Six-cylinder in-line petrol engine, eight- speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 2,998 cc,
Output: 250 kW/340 hp at 5,500 – 6,500 rpm,
max. torque: 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) at 1,380 – 5,200 rpm,
Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 5.1 seconds,
top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph),
Fuel consumption, combined*: 7.7 – 7.3 l/100 km (36.7 – 38.7 mpg imp), CO2 emissions, combined*: 177 – 167 g/km.

BMW 520d Touring: Four-cylinder diesel engine, six-speed manual gearbox (optional: eight-speed Steptronic transmission),
Capacity: 1,995 cc,
Output: 140 kW/190 hp at 4,000 rpm,
max. torque: 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) at 1,750 – 2,500 rpm,
Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 8.0 seconds (7.8 seconds),
top speed: 230 km/h [143 mph] (225 km/h [140 mph]),
Fuel consumption, combined*: 4.9 – 4.5 l/100 km [57.6 – 62.8 mpg imp]
(4.7 – 4.3 l/100 km [60.1 – 65.7 mpg imp]),
CO2 emissions, combined*: 129 – 119 g/km (124 – 114 g/km).

BMW 530d Touring / BMW 530d xDrive Touring: Six-cylinder in- line diesel engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 2,993 cc,
Output: 195 kW/265 hp at 4,000 rpm,
max. torque: 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) at 2,000 – 2,500 rpm,
Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 5.8 seconds / 5.6 seconds,
top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph) / 250 km/h (155 mph),
Fuel consumption, combined*: 5.1 – 4.7 l/100 km (55.4 – 60.1 mpg imp) / 5.7 – 5.3 l/100 km (49.6 – 53.3 mpg imp),
CO2 emissions, combined*: 134 – 124 g/km / 149 – 139 g/km.