Ford has confirmed its return to motorsport by announcing its support for DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing as they prepare to race Ford Mustangs in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

“Ford Performance’s diverse line-up of vehicles reflects customer feedback that Australians are looking for advanced, efficient, performance models across all types of vehicles,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “Ford Performance is about technology, innovation and product performance and to showcase our confidence in our performance range, we are bringing Mustang and the Ranger Raptor to the Supercars series in 2019.”

“We are giving Mustang a proper birthday today, with the Australian unveiling of the new 2018 model and confirming its Australian track-debut with Supercars in 2019,” said Whickman.

The new Ford Mustang will make its Australian track debut at the first round of the Supercars Series in March 2019 at the Adelaide 500. Ford Australia and Ford Performance are working with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing in homologation of Mustang for competition next year, as the Supercars Series enables two-door coupes entry into the nation’s most popular series for the first time since its inception in 1997.

Daniel Ricciardo won the Chinese Grand Prix after championship leader Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen collided during a thrilling race.

Ricciardo started from sixth place, taking advantage of an excellent pit stop strategy to chase his rivals, hauling in Lewis Hamilton, Valterri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel with amazing manoeuvres under brakes.

Valtteri Bottas aiming for victory after Ferrari made an error which allowed Bottas to move ahead of Vettel during their pit stop.

The race shifted when the safety car was deployed following a collision between the Toro Rosso pair of Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly on the 31st lap.

Ricciardo and Verstappen diverted to the pits to strap on fresh tires which paid off for Ricciardo as he passed Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Vettel and finally Bottas for a big win.

Verstappen, who was ahead of Ricciardo, ruined his chance of victory, when he ran off road while attempting to make his way past Hamilton and then later struck Vettel.

The collision caused Vettel to finish in eighth place which allowed Hamilton to reach fourth after Verstappen received a 10-second penalty.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso overtook Vettel for seventh place on the penultimate lap.

"I don't seem to win boring races," Ricciardo said after claiming victory. "That was unexpected. It was hectic. I heard the safety car call a turn 14 and they said we are going to stop. It happened very quickly, but it was a decisive, winning move.”

There will be more incentive than ever to purchase the most affordable model of Australia’s best-selling luxury car, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, with the addition of a new value package, known as Edition C.

Buyers of the popular Mercedces-Benz C 200 sedan can now select the Edition C option, which adds a glass electric sunroof, smartphone integration in the form of Apple CarPlay or Google Android  Auto, metallic paint (excludes designo) and eye-catching 19-inch five twin-spoke alloy wheels.   

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was Australia’s most popular luxury car in 2017 and is set to carry on as a firm favourite of luxury car buyers. The C 200 sedan is equipped with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine making 135kW and 300Nm, coupled with a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission. 

Standard equipment includes ARTICO upholstery, a seven-inch colour display with touchpad control and media interface, satellite navigation, digital radio, electric front seats, keyless start, THERMATIC dual-zone climate control, black piano lacquer and brushed aluminium trim, rain-sensing wipers and LED headlights. 

The Edition C package is only available in conjunction with the Mercedes-Benz C 200 sedan until May 31 for just $60,900 drive away*.

*$60,900 is the maximum recommended drive away campaign price of the standard specification new petrol        C 200 Edition C ordered between 1 April – 31 May 2018 at participating retailers, while stocks last.

Hyundai is pleased to announce an expanded model line-up and upgraded features across the award-winning i30 range.

The revised line-up builds on this success by offering more features and more choices for customers, including the introduction of a SmartSense safety option pack on Go and Active models. In addition the 2.0L GDi petrol is now available on Elite & Premium models, as well as other specification upgrades across the range.

Updated i30 Range

2.0L GDi Petrol Engine (Elite & Premium models)
Increasing the appeal of the i30 range, powertrain options for Elite & Premium models have now been expanded to include the 120kW 2.0L GDi petrol engine paired exclusively with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

7-Speaker Infinity™ Premium Audio System (SR Premium & Premium models)
New to the i30 range, the 7-speaker Infinity premium audio system utilises an external amplifier and delivers a fuller frequency response, accurate bass reproduction, and distortion-free system performance at higher listening volumes.

Leather Appointed Steering Wheel & Gear Knob (Active model)
The addition of a leather appointed steering wheel & gear knob adds a premium 
touch to the value-packed i30 Active model.

SmartSense Pack (optional on Go & Active models)
Through the introduction of the SmartSense pack, automatic & DCT variants of the i30 Go & Active can now be optioned with advanced driver assist technologies. Priced at $1,750 the pack also includes several luxury features to further enhance its value proposition.

SmartSense pack includes:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist (LCA)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Driver Attention Alert (DAA)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go.
  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)
  • 4.2” TFT colour supervision cluster
  • Rear cooling/heating vents
  • Power folding exterior mirrors with LED side repeaters
  • Chrome insert front grille

Pricing

Engine

Transmission

Go

Active

SR

SR Premium

Elite

Premium

2.0 GDi

6 speed manual

$19,990

$21,090

-

-

-

-

6 speed automatic

$22,290

$23,390

-

-

$27,790

$32,790

1.6 CRDi

6 speed manual

$22,490

$23,590

-

-

-

-

7 speed DCT

$24,990

$26,090

-

-

$30,490

$35,490

1.6 T-GDi

6 speed manual

-

-

$25,990

-

-

-

7 speed DCT

-

-

$28,990

$34,490

-

-

Option Pricing

Go

Active

SR

SR Premium

Elite

Premium

Metallic/mica paint

$495

$495

$495

$495

$495

$495

Beige interior

-

-

-

-

$295

$295

Panoramic sunroof

-

-

$2,000

-

$2,000

-

SmartSense pack

$1,750

$1,750

-

-

-

-

Note: All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price. Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs.

Hyundai iCare

With Hyundai iCare, the joy of buying a Hyundai will stretch well beyond the showroom. This leading customer care program offers a comprehensive suite of owner benefits including; Lifetime Service Plan, 5 Year Unlimited Km Warranty, complimentary Roadside Assist for 12 months on new vehicles, 1,500km complimentary first service, a dedicated Customer Care Centre, and myHyundai – an exclusive owner website. When servicing with Hyundai, customers will also receive a Roadside Support Plan for up to 10 years, a 10 Year Sat Nav Update Plan (for satellite navigation equipped i30 models), and more.

i30 Lifetime Service Plan pricing

Engine

Recommended service interval

12 mths

24 mths

36 mths

48 mths

60 mths

2.0 GDi

km

15k

30k

45k

60k

75k

Cost (incl. GST)

$259

$259

$259

$359

$259

1.6 CRDi

km

15k

30k

45k

60k

75k

Cost (incl. GST)

$299

$299

$299

$409

$299

1.6 T-GDi

km

10k

20k

30k

40k

50k

Cost (incl. GST)

$269

$269

$269

$309

$269

Updated i30 Range Specification Overview
Specification updates from the previous i30 range are highlighted in green in the tables below:

i30 Go

 

2.0 GDi or 1.6 CRDi

Key specifications:

   

7 airbags

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

16” steel wheels

Tilt & telescopic steering column

Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

Front & rear power windows;
- driver’s one touch auto down

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

8” touchscreen radio system

Hyundai Auto Link

Auto dusk sensing headlights

Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

New option: SmartSense pack

Full size spare wheel

Bluetooth connectivity

(Automatic/DCT models only)

Rear view camera

Cruise control

 

i30 Active

 

2.0 GDi or 1.6 CRDi

Key specifications above Go:

   

Rear park assist system

Power folding exterior mirrors with

New: Leather appointed

16” alloy wheels

LED side repeaters

steering wheel and gear knob

8” satellite navigation system

Rear seat centre fold-down armrest with cup holders

New option: SmartSense pack (Automatic/DCT models only)

DAB+ digital radio

   

SmartSense pack – Go & Active models (Automatic/DCT models only)

- Autonomous Emergency Braking

- Front grille – chrome insert

- Blind Spot Detection

- Deluxe centre console

- Driver Attention Alert

- Electronic Parking Brake

- Lane Keeping Assist System

- Rear cooling vents

- Rear Cross Traffic Alert

- 4.2” TFT colour supervision cluster

- Smart Cruise Control w/ Stop & Go

- Power folding exterior mirrors with LED side repeaters

i30 Elite

 

2.0 GDi (New) or 1.6 CRDi

Key specifications above Active with SmartSense pack:

 

Wireless charging pad (Qi standard)

One touch automatic up/down windows

New: Satin chrome side moulding

17” alloy wheels

Rain sensor

Option: Beige interior

Leather appointed interior

Smart key & push button start

Option: Panoramic sunroof

Dual zone climate control

   

i30 Premium

 

2.0 GDi (New) or 1.6 CRDi

Key specifications above Elite:

   

Front park assist system

Sun visor extensions

Luggage power outlet

Panoramic glass sunroof

Power driver’s seat

Heated and ventilated front seats

Solar control glass

Electro-chromatic interior mirror

LED headlights & front indicators

New: LED tail lights

New: Infinity 7-speaker premium  audio

Option: Beige interior

i30 SR (DCT)

 

1.6 Turbo-GDi

Key specifications above Active with SmartSense pack:

 

1.6 Turbo-GDi engine (150kW)

Sports leather appointed interior;

Smart key & push button start

Dual exhaust tips

- Black headlining

LED tail lights

- Red trim inserts, stitching & piping

Wireless charging pad (Qi standard)

Temporary space saver spare wheel

Multi-link rear suspension

Sports front seats

Rain sensor

18” alloy wheels

Alloy pedals

Dual zone climate control

Option: Panoramic sunroof

   

i30 SR Premium

 

1.6 Turbo-GDi

Key specifications above SR:

   

Front park assist system

Heated and ventilated front seats

Electro-chromatic interior mirror

Panoramic glass sunroof

Power driver’s seat

Luggage power outlet

Satin chrome side moulding

One touch auto up/down windows

Solar control glass

LED headlights and front indicators

Temporary space saver spare wheel

New: Infinity 7-speaker premium audio

Sun visor extensions

 

 

 

Ford Australia will bring the most advanced, highly equipped and freshly styled Ford Focus to Australian customers in late 2018. The new German-made Ford Focus will bring the latest safety, technology and European sophistication to more Australians looking for a dynamic, practical passenger car.

“We already enjoy highly-sophisticated and praised Fords from Europe, which include the current Focus ST and Focus RS models – now, our state of the art plant in Germany will be the single-source for the entire Focus range,” said Ford Australia CEO and President, Graeme Whickman.

ALL-NEW FORD FOCUS: SMART, SOPHISTICATED, SETTING THE STANDARD
The first vehicle to be built on Ford’s clean-sheet C2 global platform, the new Ford Focus sports a sophisticated new chassis with advanced driving technologies with the goal of providing an energetic, engaging and rewarding fun-to-drive experience with increased powertrain and cabin refinement.

The all-new Ford Focus continues the tradition of being a groundbreaking, standard setting vehicle in terms of safety, technology and value for money by offering a host of advanced features in an stylish package.

Focus will have Autonomous Emergency Braking with Night-time Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection as standard across the range. This technology is designed to detect people in or near the road ahead, or who may cross the vehicle’s path. The system automatically applies the brakes if it detects a potential collision and the driver does not respond to warnings; is now also designed to detect cyclists and functions in the dark using light from the headlamps.

Focus will also come standard with a Rear wide-view camera, offering a near-180 degree view to the vehicle’s rear for improved visibility when reversing from parking spaces or driveways.

Focus also introduces optional features previously only seen on high-end offerings, such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) now enhanced with Stop & Go for effortlessly negotiating stop-start traffic.

ACC with Stop & Go helps the Focus maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead and adjusts the vehicle speed using information from the on-board navigation system or as it senses changes in traffic conditions. ACC works at speeds up to 200km/h.

The new optional Stop & Go feature is designed to bring the vehicle to a complete halt when it detects stopped traffic using up to 50 per cent of total braking force, and automatically pull away if the stopping duration is less than three seconds. For stopping durations greater than this, the driver can push a steering wheel button or gently apply the accelerator to pull away.

Additional optional DAT designed to help Focus drivers avoid accidents and distraction include:

  • Evasive Steering Assist, designed to detect slower-moving and stationary vehicles ahead using radar and camera and provides steering support to enable drivers to manoeuvre around a vehicle if it detects that a collision is imminent. Operates at city and motorway speeds.
  • Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, designed to warn drivers reversing out of a parking space of vehicles detected that may soon be crossing behind them and can for the first time now apply the brakes to avoid or mitigate the effects of collisions if drivers do not respond to warnings

BODY AND SOUL: UNDER THE SKIN OF THE NEW FOCUS 
The Ford Focus will offer a choice of fuel efficient and advanced engines, as well as a new quick-shifting eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

Two engines will be the core of the Focus range; an entry-level 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine and a new 1.5-litre EcoBoost. The EcoBoost 1.5-litre is a turbocharged three-cylinder that develops high torque at low rpm for greater drivability, with advanced construction for improved efficiency. A combination of port fuel injection and direct fuel injection helps deliver high power and responsiveness alongside enhanced fuel-efficiency, with a particular increase in fuel-efficiency under light engine loads. This is further enhanced by Ford’s industry-first cylinder deactivation application for a three-cylinder powerplant.

Mated to this engine is an intelligent eight-speed torque-convertor automatic transmission. This quick shifting and intuitive transmission features Adaptive Shift Scheduling (ASS). ASS identifies hard cornering, uphill and downhill gradients and adjusts the gearshifts accordingly, resulting in a more stable, engaging and refined driving experience.

NEW-GEN FOCUS: Manufactured in Europe
The all-new Ford Focus is manufactured using industry-first processes at Ford’s Saarlouis assembly facility, Germany – delivering best-ever Focus quality and craftsmanship.

A new 6,000 metre2 hot-forming facility enables ultra-high-strength, lightweight boron steel components to be manufactured on-site, and is the first hot-forming production line in the industry to feature fully automated unloading for optimised efficiency.

Forty-metre furnaces use gas and magnetic induction to heat boron steel plates to 930 degrees C, making them pliable enough to be moulded by 1,250 tonne presses. The water-cooled plates are then precisely cut into their final shape inside special cells each containing a laser that slices through the boron steel with a 3,000 degrees C beam.

An advanced new form and pierce process improves fit and finish of the entire Focus front end by using cameras to measure the optimal location for the position of mounting holes, within tolerances of 0.1 millimetres. To ensure ultimate precision, a second camera system monitors the position of the apparatus and can adjust to tolerances of 0.1 millimetres to account for expansion and contraction in changing temperatures. The process enables mounting holes to be positioned with 0.5 millimetre accuracy.

The first Ford-application of a new laser-welding technology operates with greater speed, flexibility and efficiency, and is capable of delivering wobble-welded seams for more strength. Also introduced is advanced tri-focal laser-brazing – the fastest at Ford with an operating speed of 60 millimetres per second – for cleaner, stronger and more precise joints between roof and body side.

“Innovation in every area has helped us create an all-new Focus with unprecedented craftsmanship and delivering an unparalleled driving and occupant experience,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “The all-new Focus is the fulfilment of the Focus promise and as of today, sets the benchmark for others to follow. I am immensely proud of the team that has helped deliver what I believe is the best car we have ever made.”

More detailed specification will be announced closer to the Ford Focus’s Australian launch.

  • The new clean-sheet, German-made Ford Focus range will launch in Australia in late 2018 with advanced technology and a fresh new look for one of the world’s best-selling nameplates
  • Standard Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Keeping Aid will be joined by an advanced suite of available Driver Assist Technology, including optional Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go capability
  • Focus will offer two new-generation three-cylinder powerplants including a brand-new 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine, and a new eight-speed torque-convertor automatic to deliver improvements in efficiency, drivability and lower running costs
  • Focus benefits from state-of-the-art technology, with sophisticated cutting-edge manufacturing techniques and construction enabling improvements in fit, finish and overall quality

Hyundai i30 N TCR customer teams lead the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) points after a spectacular performance across the opening three races of the brand new championship at the Race of Morocco (7-8 April). With two wins from the weekend, as well as the five points on offer for taking pole position from Sunday’s qualifying session, BRC Racing Team driver Gabriele Tarquini leads the championship.

Having already taken victory in Saturday’s historic first race around the Marrakech street circuit Tarquini led four i30 N TCR to lock-out the front two rows of the grid in the weekend’s second qualifying session, with his BRC teammate Norbert Michelisz and the pair of Yvan Muller Racing cars lining up behind him. After a battling Race 2, where their stellar one-lap pace put them at the back of a reversed top-ten, the Hyundai-running teams returned to the front for the finale.

Tarquini led from lights to flag to earn his way onto the top step of the podium ahead of the two YMR entered drivers, led by Team Manager Yvan Muller. Unaffected by the brake issues that dogged rival manufacturers thought the weekend, despite the series’ Balance of Performance regulations making the i30 N TCR one of the heaviest cars on the grid, the teams hold a handsome lead in the standings.

Gabriele Tarquini said about his historic win: “The Hyundai i30 N TCR was fantastic, fast and reliable, and kept a great pace all weekend. BRC Team impeccably coped with every situation. I’m over the moon and hope the dream continues”.

Norbert Michelisz explains: “It was a pretty unlucky weekend, but I still managed to get important scores for the general ranking. We have 27 races ahead and nothing is lost. I’m very motivated for the next event, my home race at Hungaroring”.

BRC Racing Team CEO Massimiliano Fissore commented: “The Marrakech weekend was very positive for BRC Racing Team. We proved to have a good team, excellent drivers and the Hyundai i30 N TCR was extremely competitive. These factors make us optimistic for the season ahead, and we believe we have all the parts to be among those challenging for the victory all year”.

Double 1-2 from Pirelli World Challenge debut

The sensational debut on the world stage completed an incredible few weeks for i30 N TCR customers. Opening the Pirelli World Challenge season at the Circuit of the Americas (March 24-25) in Texas, Bryan Herta Autosport dominated the first event for the TCR category in the championship. Drivers Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis swept the front row in qualifying for the Hyundai America backed team – beginning their first season in touring cars - and then went on to take 1-2 results in both races, with each man taking a victory in a perfect start to their campaign.

TCR class podium on first Nordschleife run

The same weekend a pair of Hyundai N entered i30 N TCR took on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in the first round of the VLN championship. Despite being left facing the wrong way at the very first corner of the four-hour race Tarquini and Korean driver Jae Kyun Kim fought back to finish third in a very competitive TCR class on the incredibly demanding 25km circuit. The experienced pairing of Nicola Larini and Manuel Lauck also fought back after problems early in the running, after Larini slid off track on oil dropped by a competitor and damaged the right-rear corner against the barrier. The team was able to repair the car, returning the pairing to the action for a sixth placed finish in class.

Young driver shows i30 N TCR pace in TCR UK

With Lewis Kent and his Essex & Kent Motorsport team the i30 N TCR was part of the first weekend of the TCR UK championship at Silverstone (March 31-April 1). One of the youngest drivers in the series Kent qualified a very impressive fourth fastest in mixed conditions. Unfortunately, a minor issue during race day kept him from converting his pace into a deserved result. However, his pace on a single lap gave a signal of intent for his first season in the TCR category.

Hyundai Motorsport has completed a challenging weekend on the tarmac terrain of Tour de Corse, the fourth round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season, with a podium finish as Thierry Neuville secured third place.

The team saw all three of its Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC cars inside the top-seven with Dani Sordo in fourth and Andreas Mikkelsen in seventh overall after a demanding event.

Sunday’s itinerary included the monster 55.17km Vero – Sarrola – Carcopino stage, followed by the 16.25km Power Stage around the former prison at Coti-Chiavari. It was another tough day on the Corsican tarmac for the three crews who have struggled for pace and performance on the tight and twisty stages this weekend.

Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul were focused on securing third place on the final morning but ran into difficulty on the long opening stage, damaging their rear-left wheel. An undiagnosed engine-related issue prevented them from pushing in the Power Stage, but the Belgians were still able to confirm their third consecutive Corsican podium.

With manufacturer points awarded for the two highest placed crews in a team, Hyundai Motorsport continues to lead the championship with a reduced four-point advantage over the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team.

WRC Crew Notes: Neuville/Gilsoul (#5 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

  • Belgians claim second podium finish of 2018
  • Neuville retains second in drivers’ championship with 17-point gap to Ogier

Neuville said: “It’s good to finish on the podium but there has been a bit of frustration over the weekend. We haven’t been able to match the times of the front-runners, even if we tried really hard. We have to be content with the results we have achieved, securing a podium and important points for the manufacturers’ championship. In general, I am pleased with the final result but in terms of outright performance we were just not on the pace this weekend.”

WRC Crew Notes: Sordo/Del Barrio (#6 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

  • Fourth place for the Spaniards moves Sordo to eighth in drivers’ table
  • 12 points scored for the manufacturers’ championship

Sordo said: “Our end result is not too bad considering the disappointing weekend we have had in Corsica. We have just not been able to find the speed and performance needed to tackle these roads. It was a similar story on Sunday; we have pushed as hard as we can but the times have not been there. Still, fourth place gives us important points for the championship so that’s something positive we can take away. Now we need to work together as a team to get more speed on tarmac for later in the season.”

WRC Crew Notes: Mikkelsen/Jæger (#4 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

  • Mikkelsen battles to seventh overall and holds fourth in drivers’ championship
  • Norwegians will seek to find more tarmac experience with Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

Mikkelsen said: Absolutely not the result we wanted and a very difficult weekend overall. We made some more set-up changes for Sunday morning’s two stages but unfortunately we couldn’t find the breakthrough that we needed. It has been a challenging rally but we know that we have to do to gain more experience with this car on tarmac. We need more mileage to understand where we can find more performance from ourselves and from the car. We have some time before the next asphalt event in Germany, so we have to put in lots of effort to make the improvements we need. That’s the homework we are taking from this weekend.”

Tough at the top
Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: Starting with the positives, we have registered our fourth individual podium result of the season with Thierry in third place. With Dani able to finish one place behind, we have added some important championship points, helping us to retain our lead. It’s still incredibly close, as I think it will continue to be all season. We can’t afford to have difficult weekends like this too often, so we will have to regroup and work harder to improve our performance on tarmac. It wasn’t a trouble-free final morning, unfortunately, with Thierry experiencing issues on the Power Stage with only three cylinders. We have to investigate this to understand what caused it. There are lots of lessons for us to learn from this rally.”     

Next Rally

  • Rally Argentina takes place from April 26-29, returning to the scene of a memorable Hyundai Motorsport win from 2017
  • The 18-stage gravel event will be the fifth rally of the 13-round WRC season


Final Overall Classification - Tour de Corse

1

S. Ogier

J. Ingrassia

Ford Fiesta WRC

3:26:52.7

2

O. Tänak

M. Järveoja

Toyota Yaris WRC

+36.1

3

T. Neuville

N. Gilsoul

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

+1:07.5

4

D. Sordo

C. del Barrio

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

+2:02.6

5

E. Evans

P. Mills

Ford Fiesta WRC

+2:06.1

6

E. Lappi

J. Ferm

Toyota Yaris WRC

+2:33.5

7

A. Mikkelsen

A. Jæger

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

+2:43.4

8

J. Kopecky

P. Dresler

Škoda Fabia R5

+10:34.8

9

K. Meeke

P. Nagle

Citroën C3 WRC

+10:40.5

10

Y. Bonato

B. Boulloud

Citroën C3 R5

+12:26.0

HAVAL has unveiled its all-new H4 medium SUV, ahead of its official launch at Auto China 2018.

Based on the stunning HR-02 concept shown at Auto China 2016, the new H4 will be available with two turbocharged petrol engines – a 1.3-litre and a 1.5 – matched to HAVAL’s new seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The 1.3T engine delivers 102kW and 225Nm, while the 1.5 produces 124kW and 285Nm.

Measuring 4420mm long by 1845mm wide and 1695mm high, the new H4 rides on a 2660mm wheelbase. Inside, the new H4 features an all-new high-tech interior, including a floating 12-inch screen, LCD instrument panel and keyboard-style switchgear.

It will come equipped with a 360-degree vision system, lane departure warning, lane change assist, tyre pressure monitoring and front and rear parking sensors. It also features the new HAVAL Connected telematics system, which can be used for smartphone mirroring, emergency rescue, security monitoring and remote vehicle diagnosis.

At launch, the HAVAL H4 is only being produced for consumption in the Chinese market.

Mitsubishi Motors Australia (MMAL) has updated its 2018 Pajero Sport with a range of improvements designed to boost its safety, functionality and overall appeal. Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) become standard features across the Pajero Sport range with the 2018 upgrades.

The 2018 Pajero Sport range will also be expanded to include a new variant – a five-seat version of the mid-spec GLS.  Currently, the entry-level GLX is the only model available with five seats. Cosmetic changes include new 18-inch alloy wheels on GLX, while the range-topping Exceed gains a tailgate spoiler as a standard feature. All models feature a new soft trim along the console sides, adding to driver and front passenger comfort.

Other upgrades include two new USB ports for second row occupants, in addition to two existing USB outlets in the centre console bin next to a new 150W/220V three pin auxiliary outlet.  The existing 120W accessory socket has been relocated to the rear of the centre console.

The 2018 Pajero Sport range is available at Mitsubishi dealers from 4 April with Recommended Retail Pricing of $45,500 for the GLX, $48,500 for the new GLS 5-seat, $49,500 for the GLS 7-seat and $53,650 for Exceed.

MY18 Pajero Sport updates:

GLX 5-seat:

  • Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • New-design 18-inch alloy wheels
  • 150W/220V AC outlet
  • Two rear seat USB ports (power only)
  • Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Soft-finish side console trim

GLS:

  • Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • New five-seat GLS variant
  • 150W/220V AC outlet
  • Two rear seat USB ports (power only)
  • Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Soft-finish side console trim
  • Now available in Pitch Black Pearlescent exterior paint

Exceed:

  • Tailgate spoiler
  • 150W/220V AC outlet
  • Two rear seat USB ports (power only)
  • Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Soft-finish side console trim

The fifth generation of Subaru’s best-selling model, the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Forester Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), has been unveiled at New York International Auto Show. Forester will debut with a long list of new features, including the Driver Monitoring System (DMS) - Subaru’s first-ever driver recognition technology.

DMS will deliver a safer and more comfortable driving experience than ever before,  underlining Subaru’s top-of-class safety credentials. It will also be the roomiest, most capable and most versatile Forester ever made. Forester launches on the Subaru Global Platform (SGP) - which has already won accolades in Impreza and XV - and enhances comfort and safety even further.

Every Forester will be powered by the newly-enhanced direct-injection 2.5-litre horizontally opposed, normally aspirated, four-cylinder Boxer engine. 

With around 90 per cent new components, the engine offers the perfect balance of excellent driving and environmental performance. Symmetrical AWD and enhanced X-Mode provide outstanding driving, combined with the off-road drivability expected of an SUV. Reverse Automatic Braking helps to avoid collisions when reversing and reduces damage in collisions.

Forester will also offer its roomiest cabin to date, with innovative packaging enhancing comfort and practicality. The new model features packaging that allows all occupants to share comfort and enjoyment, balancing easy handling with a spacious interior, and user-friendly features including, the DMS.

Australian Forester specifications will be announced in the second half of 2018, with vehicles expected in showrooms around September. New Forester is a key part of Subaru Corporation’s global strategy.  In line with Subaru’s “Dynamic x Solid,” design philosophy, the new design combines the hardiness of an SUV with user-friendly comfort and convenience. 

The SGP is expected to achieve class-topping collision safety and hazard avoidance, along with handling that responds exactly as the driver intends, plus comfortable drivability. Other core technologies include the latest generation of the award-winning EyeSight driver- assist system.

MAIN FEATURES OF THE NEW FORESTER (US SPECIFICATION) 

INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR

COMFORTABLE AND FUNCTIONAL PACKAGING FOR EASE OF USE AND ENJOYMENT FOR ALL PASSENGERS

  • Wider rear door openings and a steep C-pillar angle make entry, exit and installing a child seat easier.
  • All Foresters feature lower body side cladding, which helps protect against mud, rocks and other road debris, especially on tracks and trails.
  • The new Forester design maintains outstanding driver visibility, a hallmark of Subaru models.
  • Strategically designed pillars and generous glass area ensure an excellent all-round view from inside, and all models feature a standard rear vision camera.

THE PERFECT SIZE FOR EASY HANDLING

  • Although the wheelbase is increased for a more comfortable cabin than ever, the minimum turning radius is just 5.4 metres, ensuring ease of handling.

 
EXCELLENT COMFORT, SEAT ACCESSIBILITY, AND LOADING CONVENIENCE

  • Enhanced cabin comfort, with more space between passengers and more leg room in the back seats.
  • Optimized rear door opening angle, opening area, and C-pillar shape, improves back seat accessibility.
  • A maximum cargo area opening width of 1,300 millimetres (mm) - larger than average for a mid-sized SUV - and square cargo storage space, provide a dramatic increase in loading capacity.
  • A drive unit for powered rear cargo door is integrated with the “stay”, creating more cargo storage space. It also provides faster opening and closing. A new locking system, incorporated for the first time in a Subaru vehicle, automatically closes the rear gate and locks the vehicle with just a touch of a button.

CONVENIENT FEATURES FOR COMFORT IN MOTION

  • Three separated pockets in the seat backs provide convenient storage for magazines, tablets, smartphones, etc.
  • USB charger ports provided for both front and back seat passengers.
  • A new air-conditioning Human Machine Interface (HMI) incorporated for the first time in Subaru vehicles, allows exact adjustment of temperature controls, for in-cabin comfort according to the number of passengers.
  • Debut of the Driver Monitoring System, which can alert the driver to signs of drowsiness or distraction on the road, as well as automatically adjusting driver settings for seat position, door mirror angles, and air-conditioning preferences.
  • 8-inch screen navigation and latest infotainment system.
  • Improved connectivity compatible with Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM
  • In addition to the functional and user-friendly cabin layout, the instrument panel and console are combined for a more relaxed feeling of freedom, in addition to the hardiness demanded of an SUV.
  • SUV toughness and dynamism, allied with generous storage space and intuitive functionality that can be understood at a glance.
  • Accent colors, high gloss black, and exclusive alloy wheels highlight the new model’s SUV robustness and sleek strength.

TECHNICAL
SUV TOUGHNESS AND DRIVING ENJOYMENT

  • Featuring Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, the new 2.5-litre four-cylinder horizontally opposed direct injection normally aspirated engine, X-Mode for easier handling in poor driving conditions and the Subaru Global Platform; new Forester ensures a comfortable and enjoyable ride for the driver and all passengers.

POWERFUL AND COMFORTABLE DYNAMISM

  • The new model incorporates a newly developed 2.5-litre four-cylinder horizontally opposed direct injection normally aspirated engine. It features around 90 per cent new components compared with the previous 2.5-litre engine. The newly introduced direct injection improves power and torque, while also boosting environmental performance, through improved fuel efficiency - offering a powerful and enjoyable driving experience.
  • Enhanced driving enjoyment through new seven-speed manual mode Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission.
  • SI-Drive control is optimized, and in some models, Sports mode allows the driver to enjoy faster acceleration and direct-feel transmission shift.

ACTIVE ALL-TERRAIN TOUGHNESS

  • Forester incorporates Subaru’s exclusive Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, providing stable driving performance on all surfaces, from snow and mud to wet roads and highways.
  • Optimization of X-Mode, which controls engine, transmission, and brakes on slippery surfaces and - in poor driving conditions - improves drivability in off-road conditions and on poor surfaces. In some models, a dial allows easy switching between two modes, depending on road conditions - improving driver confidence and peace of mind.
  • Minimum ground clearance is 220 mm, along with the widest possible approach and departure angles, and the ramp break-over angle. The new model offers excellent road clearance for a wider range of activities than ever before.

 IMPROVED DYNAMIC FEEL

  • The Subaru Global Platform brings significant improvements to dynamic quality, achieving superior driving capability that engages the emotional senses with smooth performance and pleasant drivability.

OVERALL SAFETY TOP IN ITS CLASS

  • New Forester offers safe and enjoyable driving for all passengers - at all times and in all settings (not just in emergencies) – with safety features that place it at the top of its class, based on Subaru’s philosophy of overall safety.

OUTSTANDING VISIBILITY RECOGNIZABLE AT A GLANCE AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO THE CAR—PRIMARY SAFETY

  • The excellent high eye-level view and careful optimization of the shape of the pillars has reduced blind spots and provides outstanding visibility.
  • Optimization of the seat shape and cushion materials helps to reduce driver fatigue.

DRIVING PERFORMANCE YOU CAN DEPEND ON IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT OF AN INCIDENT—ACTIVE SAFETY

  • Active Torque Vectoring ensures the driver is controlling the vehicle exactly as intended.

COMPREHENSIVE ADVANCED SAFETY SYSTEMS—PREVENTIVE SAFETY

  • Subaru’s exclusive EyeSight driver assist system comes standard in all models.
  • Reverse Automatic Braking helps to avoid collisions when reversing and reduces the damage in case of collision.
  • Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection system detects vehicles approaching from the rear.
  • Steering Responsive Headlights provide clear night-time vision.
  • High-beam assist improves visibility when driving at night.
  • Subaru’s first-ever Driver Monitoring System enhances safe driving by providing a warning when it detects signs of distraction or drowsiness at the wheel.

CLASS-LEADING PROTECTION OF EVERY PASSENGER—COLLISION SAFETY

  • The Subaru Global Platform ensures class-leading passenger protection.
  • An increase in the amount of high-tensile steel panel materials ensures improved collision safety and a lighter body.
  • A total of seven airbags (SRS airbags in the driver’s seat and front passenger seat, SRS knee airbag in the driver’s seat, SRS side airbags, and SRS side curtain airbags) come as standard in all models, providing class-leading levels of passenger protection.

MAIN FEATURES OF THE NEW FORESTER (US SPEC)

Body size
(Length x width x height)

4,625 × 1,815 × 1,730*1 mm

Wheelbase

2,670 mm

Minimum ground clearance

220 mm

Engine

FA25 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder DOHC 16 valve AVCS direct injection engine

Displacement

2,498 cc

Bore x stroke

94 × 90 mm

Power

136 Kilowatts / 5,800 rpm

Torque

239 Newtonmetres / 4,400 rpm

Fuel tank capacity

63 L

Fuel type

87AKI

Transmission

Lineartronic*2

Drive system

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Tyre size

225/60 R17, 225/55 R18

Passenger capacity

Five seats

*1 Height not including roof rail: 1,715 mm 
*2 Lineartronic: Fully electronically controlled automatic continuously variable transmission