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.

Peugeot will launch its new-look 2008 compact SUV with new technology, a new model line-up and an award winning drivetrain. Visually the 2008 will feature an all-new frontal design that previews the future of all Peugeot SUVs with a multi-facetted grille featuring the Peugeot Lion at its centre.

Flanking the new grille are headlamps featuring a ‘feline look’ with an intensely high-tech chrome and black mask. The LED rear lamps feature new, warm-coloured lion claws with a profound 3D effect. This style approach continues from the grille over the bonnet and onto the roof with roof bars and spoiler completing the striking profile.

The sharp lines and curves of the bodywork are enhanced by the new Ultimate Red (first seen on the 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport, and now available on 308 versions) colour. The range offers customers a choice of seven colours. The new-look 2008 will also feature a revised model line-up with Active, Allure and GT-Line models available.

In Australia, the GT-Line model replaces the previous Outdoor model (previously manual diesel), while Active models will feature automatic transmission as standard (previously 5 speed manual), while Allure models remain. On-board technology has been boosted to all variants (see base for model breakdown) with the fitment of reverse camera and mirror screen functionality (including Apple Carplay and MirrorLink) for the standard seven inch touchscreen.

Higher grades will feature Satellite Navigation, Active City Brake (autonomous braking technology) and Grip Control (a technology that provides for greater grip in low traction situations) as headline standard specification. One of the most significant improvements in the facelifted 2008 range is the adoption of the turbocharged 1.2- litre PureTech e-THP three-cylinder engine to all variants, which develops 81kW and 205Nm of torque.

Paired exclusively to a new, six-speed, sequential automatic (co-developed with Aisin) transmission, the 2008’s 81kW turbocharged 1.2L PureTech e-THP engine is a shining example of technological innovation, and this engine development has resulted in 121 patents filed by the PSA Group.

This stringent focus on quality, reliability and durability, coupled with astounding performance, saw the 1.2-litre PureTech e-THP engine take out the coveted 2015, and 2016 International Engine of the Year award in its class, and finish in the Top 3 for the overall award.

This new drivetrain replaces all previous options making the entire range Euro-6 compliant, while the new Aisin six-speed, automatic replaces all four-speed automatic and five-speed manual options of the previous model. General Manager of Peugeot Australia, Kai Bruesewitz said that the new-look 2008 brings with it a vehicle better aligned to local customers’ needs.

“The 2008 SUV was always highly regarded for its smart packaging and stylish looks; now with new technology, new line-up and an all-new powertrain, the 2008 becomes the complete package for Australian customers,” said Bruesewitz.

“We have already proven with our 208 and 308 model lines that Peugeot’s award winning PureTech, turbo-petrol 1.2L engines can compete with larger capacity drivetrains of other players in the market and there is no reason this segment shouldn’t benefits from Peugeot’s advanced drivetrain,

“We are very excited about the introduction of the new-look 2008 range as it signals a significant year for the Peugeot SUV stable with the all-new 3008 and 5008 following hot on the 2008’s heels,” said Bruesewitz.

The new look 2008 SUV range launches in Australia late February – for further information visit www.peugeot.com.au

New-Look Australian 2008 Model Line-Up

Active

  • 7”Multi-function Colour Display Screen
  • Trip Computer Function
  • USB & Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Arkamys Digital Sound Processing
  • MirrorScreen Connectivity (inc MirrorLink & Apple Carplay)
  • Tokyo Cloth Trim (Black)
  • 16” Alloy Wheels with Space Saver spare wheel
  • Single Zone Air Conditioning
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Reverse Camera
  • Electric Door Mirrors with Folding function
  • Front & Rear Fog Lights
  • Programmable Cruise Control with Speed Limiter
  • Leather Steering Wheel with Audio Controls
  • Cooled Centre Console compartment

Allure (in addition to above)

  • Park Assist (Self Parking)
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Active City Brake
  • 17” Eridan Alloy Wheel
  • Grip Control
  • Fog Light cornering function
  • Automatic Wipers
  • Automatic Headlamps
  • Electro-chromatic Rear View mirror
  • Rear Privacy Glass
  • Dual Zone Air Conditioning
  • ‘Oxford’ Premium TEP/Cloth Trim

GT-Line (in addition to Allure and Active)

GT-line specific ‘Dynamic’ TEP/Mesh Cloth with Red Topstitch

  • Red highlights to interior door handles, seat belts & handbrake
  • Specific smooth leather steering wheel with red contrast stitching
  • Redline theme for 7” Multi-function colour Display Screen
  • Alloy door sills
  • Alloy sports pedals
  • Red LED instrument panel surround
  • Perla Nera Black highlights for roof rails, rear door trim, and spoiler and mirror shells
  • Specific rear bumper with chrome exhaust
  • Gloss black grille surround incorporating red ‘PEUGEOT’ lettering

Mazda6 just got even better thanks to a range of dynamic safety, interior design and NVH enhancements that add to the exceptional quality that the nameplate is renowned for, with prices remaining unchanged. Already boasting an impressive array of i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies, the New Mazda6 adds pedestrian recognition to Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), with the upper detection speed range increased from 30km/h to 80km/h. SCBS helps avoid accidents at low speeds.

In addition, Smart Brake Support (SBS) - which detects vehicles and obstacles ahead of the vehicle - has had its operating range expanded to between 15 and 160km/hr, and Mazda’s newest i-ACTIVSENSE technology, Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), makes its Mazda6 debut. Inside the car, the focus has been on making the Mazda6 more refined for drivers and their passengers.

New Mazda6 introduces an all-new steering wheel, the instrument display has been simplified with clearer labelling and fonts that match those on MZD Connect, the Multi-Information Display in the meter cluster is now full colour – like the Active Driving Display¹ - and has a more diverse² range of functions.

Distinguishing it from the Sport, Touring and GT grades, the range-topping Atenza features a premium interior package that includes nappa leather seats with titanium piping, and titanium trim highlights on the instrument panel, centre console and door trims, a black headlining with overhead console LED down-lighting, and chrome-plated seat adjustment controls and glovebox latch. GT and Atenza variants also have heated rear seats.

When it comes to driving dynamics and NVH, Mazda6 welcomes Mazda’s world-first G-Vectoring Control which gives a more controlled, enjoyable drive, while cabin quietness has been improved thanks to a range of sealing and noise absorption updates. On diesel models, the inclusion of High-Precision DE Boost Control gives smoother acceleration which responds more accurately to the driver’s intentions, and new Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Sound Frequency Control technologies decrease diesel knocking noise.

Enjoying an exterior upgrade early last year, the only updated changes outside of the car include newly designed side mirrors that auto foldᵌ and the introduction of Mazda’s newest hero colour, Machine Grey Metallic.

“The Mazda6 is one of the best medium-sized passenger cars available in the market,” said Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak. “As it has continued to evolve, Mazda6 can rightly be considered as an alternative to luxury brand models, such are the standard features, safety inclusions and its on-road presence.”

With a five star ANCAP safety rating, New Mazda6 is available in four grades - the entry Sport, core Touring, high GT and high plus Atenza, with two engines types, a 2.5L SKYACTIV-G petrol and 2.2L SKYACTIV-D diesel, boasting fuel economy figures from 5.4L/100km.

Starting from $32,490*, New Mazda6 is on sale now.

Pricing – Manufacturer’s List Price*

Sedan

   

2.5L Petrol 

Sport 6AT 

$32,490

 

Touring 6AT 

$37,290

 

GT 6AT 

$42,690

 

Atenza 6AT 

$45,390

     

2.2L Diesel

Touring 6AT 

$40,140

 

GT 6AT 

$45,540

 

Atenza 6AT 

$48,240

     

Wagon

   

2.5L Petrol 

Sport 6AT 

$33,790

 

Touring 6AT 

$38,590

 

GT 6AT 

$43,990

 

Atenza 6AT 

$46,690

     

2.2L Diesel 

Touring 6AT 

$41,440

 

GT 6AT 

$46,840

 

Atenza 6AT 

$49,540

     

Soul Red & Machine Grey Metallic

 

$250

* Plus on road costs
¹ Available on GT and Atenza models
² Including a water temperature gauge and a graphically displayed compass function.
ᵌ Auto folding side mirrors have been introduced to Touring grades and above

Range Rover Sport’s status as the luxury performance SUV has been strengthened with a range of enhancements for 2017 model year. The latest model features the most efficient powertrain yet, the introduction of innovative new driving technologies and greater scope for bespoke personalisation.

Introduced in 2013, Range Rover Sport is a genuine Land Rover success story, delivering all the refinement and capability expected from a large SUV with the performance normally associated with a sports car. The dynamic large SUV status as the ultimate high performance SUV is underpinned by the potent 405kW Range Rover Sport SVR, which can accelerate from 0-100kph in 4.7 seconds.

One of the most significant additions to the 2017 model year Range Rover Sport comes under the bonnet, with the introduction of Jaguar Land Rover’s advanced 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine. The state-of-the-art British built engine provides enhanced fuel efficiency with emissions as low as 164g/km* and capable of a combined fuel economy of 6.2L/100km*, while still delivering performance in line with the outgoing 3.0-litre TDV6. The new Ingenium engine is also lighter, providing improved responses, enhanced agility and superior dynamics.

In addition to new engine technology, Land Rover has introduced a series of new driving technologies to Range Rover Sport. The first-in-sector Advanced Tow Assist feature, takes the stress out of manoeuvring when towing large loads. The driver can set the direction of a trailer when reversing using the Terrain Response 2 rotary dial and the vehicle will make all the necessary steering adjustments automatically.

Additional technology is provided in the form of Blind Spot Assist. Blind Spot Assist uses sensors on the vehicle to detect other road users approaching in the driver’s blind spot. If the driver risks causing a collision during a lane change, the vehicle will autonomously counter-steer to maintain its position.

Peerless all-terrain capability remains a cornerstone of the Range Rover family and the 2017 model year Range Rover Sport includes a selection of new features. Low Traction Launch makes it easier for drivers to pull away on low-grip surfaces while the updated 4x4i menu presents all the necessary vehicle information when tackling challenging terrain.

The enlarged dual-view touchscreen features a new 10-inch display for greater ease-of-use and clarity and features tablet-style pinch and zoom functions. This is powered by Land Rover’s market-leading InControl Touch Pro technology, making this the most connected Range Rover Sport to date.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer, said: “Range Rover Sport is the ultimate performance SUV and the latest model enhances its luxury status and desirability. The design developments sit seamlessly alongside innovative new technologies, making Range Rover Sport more composed, sustainable and relevant than ever.”

The most efficient Range Rover Sport

The 2017 model year Range Rover Sport is the first full-sized Land Rover SUV to feature a four-cylinder diesel engine in the form of the 2.0-litre 177kW SD4 Ingenium available only as an SD4 S derivative which replaces the TDV6 S derivative.

Despite its smaller capacity than the TDV6, performance is comparable. Producing 177kW and 500Nm of torque, it is capable of returning 6.2l/100km* on the EU combined cycle with emissions of 164g/km*, both of which represent a 10 per cent improvement on the outgoing engine.

The introduction of a second turbocharger to the Ingenium engine has been significant in retaining the impressive power output and strong torque characteristics familiar to Range Rover Sport customers. The advanced engine is the first Jaguar Land Rover-built unit to feature series sequential turbo technology.

Vehicles fitted with the new engine will be distinguished by a single twin-exhaust configuration. Other derivatives retain the existing set-up, with a single exhaust on each side of the rear bumper. The new Ingenium diesel engine is available on five-seat vehicles fitted with either coil or air-suspension.

Engine

Cylinders

Power (kW)

Torque (Nm)

2.0-litre SD4

FOUR

177

500

3.0 TDV6

SIX

190

600

3.0-litre SDV6

SIX

225

700

4.4-litre SDV8

EIGHT

250

740

5.0-litre supercharged V8

EIGHT

375

625

5.0-litre supercharged V8 (SVR only)

EIGHT

405

680

All-new towing technology

Advanced Tow Assist technology is the latest autonomous technology to be introduced by Land Rover. The first-in-class feature is a key addition in ensuring 2017 model year Range Rover Sport stays ahead of its rivals and enables even the most inexperienced driver to manoeuvre a trailer safely and easily.

Images from a rear-facing camera are relayed to the central touchscreen, allowing the driver to indicate the desired direction of the trailer using the Terrain Response 2 rotary controller. The vehicle will then autonomously steer the trailer into place. All the driver has to do is operate the accelerator and brake pedals.

As well as making it easier to manoeuvre a trailer, the system will alert the driver if a jack-knife situation is imminent, while the driver can monitor their immediate surroundings for potential hazards using the vehicle’s Surround Cameras.

Specialist all-terrain technology

Market-leading all-terrain capability is a Range Rover trademark and 2017 model year Range Rover Sport takes breadth of capability to new levels in the performance SUV class with the introduction of two advanced technologies.

Low Traction Launch is an all-new system that assists the driver when pulling away from a standstill on low grip surfaces, such as mud, wet grass or ice. The technology can be selected manually using the central touchscreen menu. Alternatively the vehicle will automatically prompt the driver to select Low Traction Launch whenever the Grass/Gravel/Snow mode is selected using the Terrain Response 2 controller.

Once active, the driver assistance programme controls the amount of torque the driver is able to apply when pressing the accelerator. This reduces the likelihood of experiencing a loss of traction. The system automatically disengages above 30km/h so it can still be used to negotiate slippery surfaces or inclines once the vehicle is moving.

In addition, for 2017 model year, Range Rover Sport features an enhanced All-Terrain Info Centre, which is accessible via the central touchscreen. It displays useful information when driving off-road, such as the direction of the front wheels and the status of the Wade Sensing system. This also now includes Drive Assist, which uses the vehicle’s surround cameras to help with low-speed manoeuvres when off-road.

Enhanced connectivity

One of the most significant features of 2017 Range Rover Sport is the introduction of InControl Touch Pro, with a larger central touchscreen display. As a result the infotainment system features smoother controls and a wider range of connectivity options and apps than ever before.

The larger screen measures 10 inches, a significant increase over the previous eight-inch design. The increased dimensions have allowed Land Rover’s interior design team to remove the hard keys previously required, resulting in a cleaner facia with no compromise to functionality. In addition, the TFT Virtual Instrument Panel allows drivers to choose full or partial satellite navigation information.

One of the key aspects of InControl Touch Pro is the ability to pinch and zoom when navigating maps, or swipe through menu screens as you would on a smartphone or tablet. Functions now require fewer actions, improving ease of use and minimising driver distraction.

The introduction of the latest infotainment system delivers bespoke apps for functions such as music playback, contacts and calendars that are mirrored on the central touchscreen when the driver’s smartphone is connected to the vehicle.

The new optional Pro Services system allows customers to download apps and install them directly to the vehicle’s InControl Touch Pro system, rather than being used through their smartphone, and the Live Apps include live data such as weather reports and a flight tracker.

InControl Remote Premium allows drivers to control a number of vehicle functions remotely using the dedicated smartphone app. Owners can check data such as the mileage or fuel level, lock and unlock the vehicle and even adjust the climate control settings.

There have also been significant upgrades for the fully integrated satellite navigation system. Commute Mode part of Pro Services is an intuitive new function that learns regular journeys so customers don’t have to set a destination manually. It recognises frequent trips, for example the drive to work, and automatically redirects drivers if the regular route is congested. Door-to-door routing allows the customer to set a route using the Land Rover app and transfer it to the vehicle. Once the vehicle is parked, final directions to the destination can be viewed on a smartphone so customers can complete their journey on foot.

Life-saving technology and simplified safety selection

The 2017 Range Rover Sport has a simplified selection of advanced driver assistance packs. All derivatives have a comprehensive suite of safety technologies as standard including Rear Park Distance Control, Cruise Control, Speed Limiter and Lane Departure Warning. For 2017 Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) joins that list. The system monitors the surroundings and will warn the driver if a collision is imminent, before intervening and braking if the driver fails to apply the brakes sufficiently.

The optional Drive Pack contains all the standard features in addition to Blind Spot Monitor and Reverse Traffic Detection. Driver Condition Monitor is another new addition. It analyses steering inputs and takes into account factors such as the time of day and journey time to warn the driver if signs of fatigue are detected.

The Drive Pro Pack includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist and Intelligent Emergency Braking and adds Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keep Assist for 2017. Blind Spot Assist monitors for vehicles approaching from behind or those in Range Rover Sport’s blind spot. If the driver begins to change lanes in circumstances that could pose a risk of a collision, the vehicle will automatically apply a steering input to prevent an accident. Lane Keep Assist provides corrective steering inputs if the driver veers out of their lane without indicating.

Exterior enhancements

A number of updates have been made to selected Range Rover Sport design packs for the 2017 model year.

The purposeful Dynamic model has a number of exterior features finished in Gloss Black for an even more dramatic appearance, including an updated radiator grille with side vents, bonnet vents, mirror caps and bonnet and tailgate script. A red ‘Sport’ badge and matching red brake calipers also help to set Dynamic models apart.

A new Bright Pack will be offered as an option on Autobiography Dynamic models. It brings a more vivid finish, with features such as Atlas Silver front grille mesh and Atlas Silver bonnet mesh.

Ranger Rover Sport takes luxury to new heights 

Customers are able to choose from an even wider choice of colours, heightening the level of personalisation and luxury design of their vehicle thanks to an increased Special Vehicle Operations colour palette. This provides buyers of all Range Rover Sport derivatives with more colour options than before.

Buyers can pick from 19 new colours ranging from contemporary pearlescent whites to sophisticated greys, as well as luxurious high-gloss and satin finishes.

* Manufacturers estimate, final figures to be announced closer to launch.

Standard new technologies are set to make the Australian-developed 2017 Ford Ranger even more compelling as the four-wheel-drive model has pulled within 310 units of Hilux 4X4 in year-to-date sales.

The standard features include rear view camera and reverse parking sensors across the entire 2017 Ranger pick-up range (excluding XL Plus), front parking sensors on XLT, SYNC 3 for XLT and Wildtrak models, a suite of driver assist technologies for Wildtrak and an automatic transmission for the 4X4 XL Super Cab Chassis with 3.2-litre engine.

“Standard new features such as rear view camera and SYNC 3 will help our customers get more done at work while staying better connected to their lives,” said Graeme Whickman, CEO and President, Ford of Australia. “These innovations combined with Ranger’s unsurpassed towing and hauling capability will help continue Ranger’s momentum as we continue closing the gap on Hilux. In particular, Australians are being drawn especially to the XLT and Wildtrak variants, which now account for 62 per cent of all Ranger’s sold this year, up from 51 per cent in 2014.”

Designed and engineered in Australia, the Ranger updates illustrate how Ford’s local R&D investment of nearly $2 billion over the past six years continues delivering more innovations to make consumers’ lives easier and better.

Standard tech:
The 2017 Ranger will see the introduction of the following new features as standard:

XL (Excluding XL Plus)

  • Rear view camera (pick-up models only)
  • Rear parking sensors (pick-up models only)
  • Automatic transmission for 4X4 XL Super Cab Chassis 3.2L (previously available as manual only)

XLS

  • Rear view camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • 2nd key fob

XLT

  • SYNC 3^ with Apple CarPlay® and Android AutoTM#
  • Rear view camera
  • Front parking sensors
  • Black fog lamp bezel

WILDTRAK

  • SYNC 3^ with Apple CarPlay® and Android AutoTM#
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Alert, Driver Impairment Monitor, automatic high beam control, Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning

All Variants

  • The 2017 Ranger will feature a minor powertrain upgrade to meet Euro 5 emissions standards.

SYNC 3 highlights:
SYNC 3 is Ford’s new in-vehicle communications and entertainment platform that features faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, intuitive smartphone-like touchscreen and an improved graphic interface over the current SYNC 2. It incorporates the best features of the outgoing system but includes new technologies designed to help customers stay better connected.

Highlights of SYNC 3 include:

  • New ‘Home’ screen with clearer layout and large icons for quicker access to functions including audio system, climate control, smartphone (including compatible apps) and satellite navigation (where fitted)
  • Upgraded 8” touchscreen with capacitive touch technology allows ‘pinch and swipe’ capability on select features (similar to a smartphone or tablet)
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android AutoTM integration includes ability to access Apple Siri and Google Now#
  • Compatible apps include Spotify, Pandora, Google Maps+
  • More customisable and easier-to-navigate settings and user preferences

SYNC 3 will replace the current SYNC 2 infotainment system on 2017MY PX Ranger MkII XLT and Wildtrak.

Other product updates:
Exterior prestige paint colour changes, effective from July 2016:

  • ‘Jet Black’ replaces ‘Black Mica’
  • ‘Meteor Grey’ replaces ‘Metropolitan Grey’

Going Further for Australia and Australian Customers:
The 2017 Ranger builds upon the enviable response Ranger has enjoyed since its introduction, with the vehicle awarded numerous accolades including Ford Ranger XLT taking out Drive’s Best Ute 2015, Carsales Best Tradie Vehicle 2015 and Carsales Best Offroad 4X4 2015.

Ranger’s development demonstrates how local innovation and high-tech design continues to be expanded locally through Ford’s extensive product development operations. Ford is home to 1100 innovative engineers and designers, with the company set to become the largest auto employer in the nation after 2017.

^Not all SYNC™features are supported on all phones and/or require additional data services and equipment.
#Local laws may prohibit the use of this function. Apple CarPlay and Siri are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the US and other countries. Android Auto is a trademark of Google Inc.
+ Local laws may prohibit the use of this function. PANDORA, the PANDORA logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc. Google Maps is a trademark of Google Inc.

The Brand-New Mazda CX-9 will be safer and better equipped to detect and avoid accidents than ever before, thanks to an array of advanced i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies.

For the first time, Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring (ABSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Smart City Brake Support [Forward/Reverse] (SCBS F/R) will be standard across the entire CX-9 range. BSM and RCTA are currently only offered on the outgoing generation’s top-spec Grand Touring. SCBS F/R is making its CX-9 debut.

Arriving mid-year, Brand-New Mazda CX-9 will be offered in four grades for the first time, including the entry-level Sport, mid-grade Touring, high-spec GT and high plus grade Azami. Also available on Mazda CX-9 for the first time, the top-spec Azami gets Adaptive LED Headlamps (ALH), which includes High Beam Control (HBC), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Lane Keep-assist System (LAS) and Smart Brake Support (SBS). These new technologies join Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW) and Lane Departure warning (LDW) which carryover from the current model.

As you would expect of a luxury seven-seat family-sized SUV, rear parking sensors and reverse camera are standard across the range, as is the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Hill Launch Assist (HLA), Roll Stability Control (RSC) Traction Control System (TCS) and Trailer Stability control (TSC).

Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety technologies are designed to help drivers recognise potential hazards, avoid collisions and minimise the severity of accidents when they are unavoidable.

“Brand-New Mazda CX-9 offers an uncompromising mix of luxury, safety and affordability that is not offered by any of its competitors,” said Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak. “Thanks to the addition of new i-ACTIVSENSE technology, the Brand-New Mazda CX-9 is safer than ever before, offering drivers, and as many as six passengers, peace of mind whenever the engine is started.”

With 170kW of power and an improved 420Nm of torque, the Brand New Mazda CX-9 also debuts the all-new SKYACTIV-G 2.5T 2.5 litre direct-injection turbo charged petrol engine with both i-stop and i-ELOOP technology. Combined, these have improved the CX-9’s fuel economy by almost 25 per cent, with Front-Wheel Drive options boasting figures from a low 8.4 litres per 100 kilometres, while All-Wheel Drive alternatives sip as little as 8.8 litres per 100 kilometres.

The Brand-New Mazda CX-9 also features the efficient and lightweight SKYACTIV Technology, the impressive i-ACTIV AWD all-wheel drive system, and the award-winning ‘KODO - Soul of Motion’ design language.

Adaptive LED Headlamps (ALH)
The individual control of several LEDs allows precise adjustment of the lighting pattern. The system automatically broadens visibility at low speeds, while shaping the high beam to avoid blinding other drivers by raising beam height at highway speeds to extend a driver’s vision area.

Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring (ABSM)
A radar unit on each side of the car detects vehicles in adjacent lanes. It differs from previous Mazda systems in that it not only determines when a vehicle is in a potential collision area - within 10 metres of the vehicle - but it is also on the alert for potential collisions from overtaking cars farther away. ABSM also incorporates Mazda’s Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) which uses sensors at the rear of the body that looks sideways to detect nearby and approaching vehicles that might not be visible when backing out of parking spot.

Driver Attention Alert (DAA)
When travelling at speeds over 65km/h for longer periods, the DAA system monitors inputs and provides a visual warning if it detects signs of driver fatigue. It also provides an alert when 2 hours of continual driving has elapsed.

Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW)
Operating between 15-145km/h, the system monitors the distance to the vehicle in front and its speed. FOW senses if a collision is likely and prompts you to take evasive action via audible and visual alerts.

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Using a windscreen-mounted camera to monitor road lane markings, LDW sounds an audible warning if the driver is about to stray from a lane.

Lane Keep-assist System (LAS)
Working with LDW, LAS will act if it determines the vehicle is going to leave its lane by applying a degree of corrective steering.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
This assists the driver when reversing from a parking space, warning them if a car is approaching from either side of the vehicle. The LED icon on both mirrors is accompanied by a beeping alert.

Smart Brake Support (SBS)
If SBS senses a high risk of impact it applies initial pressure to the brakes, enabling a faster braking response. If the driver takes evasive action SBS de-activates. If no evasive action is taken, the brakes are applied automatically.

Smart City Break Support [Forward/Reverse (SCBS F/R)
The system detects vehicles or obstacles in front or behind the car and helps reduce the amount of damage in the event an accident cannot be avoided when driving slowly around town or in congested traffic, or when backing up. When the system detects a vehicle or other obstacle, and determines that a high risk of collision exists, it automatically applies the brakes to help prevent impact when in forward gear or reduce impact in both forward and reverse gear.