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Isuzu UTE celebrates 10 years in Australia

  • Over 140,000 vehicle sales since commencement of business in 2008 (D-MAX 107,332 / MU-X 32,752) *to end  Sep’18 – Retail Sales
  • Dealer network has grown from 38 to over 140 across Australia
  • VFACTS now positions Isuzu UTE Australia as the 13th largest sales brand in Australia
  • Australia now Thailand’s biggest export market for Isuzu vehicles

October 2018 marks a major milestone for Isuzu UTE Australia (IUA), celebrating 10 years since inception in October 2008. Launching locally with the internationally branded D-MAX, IUA took on the ultra-competitive 1-tonne Ute market with its powerful and efficient 3.0L common-rail turbo diesel engine and in doing so not only cemented its position locally, but is also the biggest export market outside of Thailand.

The growth of IUA over 10 short years has been nothing short of remarkable, achieving a humble 273 sales in 2008 (October – December), with sales totalling 10,209 just five years later in 2013, illustrating just how rapidly the brand was able to grow in such a competitive segment. In April 2017 IUA posted 100,000 cumulative unit sales of its 1-tonne D-MAX Ute and 7-seat MU-X SUV since inception, and sales have not slowed since then, posting nine consecutive years of double-digit growth at the end of 2017.

Over 100 years of Isuzu product development and reliability have underpinned IUA’s decade of success, meaning that Aussie drivers have been able to count on Isuzu UTE vehicles to get them wherever they want to go for over 10 years. Since launch, Isuzu products have continuously evolved on the back of customer feedback, resulting in vehicles which are specifically designed for the tough Australian environment. Our ability to deliver honest, reliable products that are not only fit for purpose, but exceed our customers’ expectations, has resulted in more Aussies than ever preparing to go their own way.

“There are too many significant achievements to mention” stated IUA Managing Director, Mr. Hiro Kuramoto. “The highlights have been many, and we continue to be humbled by the Australian response to our products. Since launch, our products have been endorsed with a number of awards, and the positive feedback from customers continues to confirm that we deliver honest, reliable products.”

The 10 years in Australia have been punctuated by a plethora of accomplishments with 2012 marking the dawn of a new era for the Isuzu D-MAX, with the launch of the new generation model. Retaining an exclusive 3.0L engine, the totally new D-MAX landed in Australia and brought with it new levels of power, comfort and safety.

2013 saw the arrival of the Isuzu MU-X, a stylish 7-seat SUV that offers a combination of performance, comfort and serious off-road ability. It now leads the way as the number 1 Ute-based SUV in Australia, ahead of major long-term players as well as currently placing 4th in the SUV-Large segment.

2015 saw the launch of of IUA’s new GO YOUR OWN WAY marketing platform, which was developed to reflect the spirit of the brand, its dealer network, its staff and its customers. The GO YOUR OWN WAY brand tagline, featuring the iconic song GO YOUR OWN WAY, covered by the Australian rock band Kingswood, was an important message in the direction of the brand.

The true epitome of the GO YOUR OWN WAY message was the creation of the I-Venture Club also in 2015, where an IUA-led training program was developed to show customers how to truly ‘go their own way’ in their D-MAX or MU-X. The only manufacturer-based training program in Australia, the I-Venture Club helps their owners get the most out of their Isuzu vehicle in a safe and structured environment under expert tutelage by offering them the opportunity to join excursions to some of Australia’s most breathtaking and challenging off-road destinations. Three years on, and the I-Venture Club continues to go from strength to strength, building customer confidence and showcasing the inherent capability of the vehicles.

“Customer satisfaction is a defining factor in our ongoing success,” confirmed Mr Kuramoto, “which combined with the quality of our product and our after-sales care package defines the positive customer experience that people expect when purchasing a vehicle.”

“I believe that if we can continue to respond to customer feedback and deliver on our promises, our brand will continue to grow from strength to strength.” Mr. Kuramoto confirmed.

It is true to say that the Brisbane-based distributor has experienced phenomenal growth in its short tenure, and is currently looking to achieve double digit growth for each of its 10 years in Australia. With a goal of 30,000 annual sales by 2020, the focus is firmly on further growth of the brand. As we celebrate our 10th birthday in Australia, IUA is justifiably proud of its achievements since inception.

With over 140 authorized IUA outlets across Australia, and a reputation for delivering real reliability, the Isuzu machine shows no sign of waning – and with a growing customer base of fans, the only way is up.

TOYOTA BOOSTS SAFETY AND ASSISTANCE TECHNOLOGY FOR LANDCRUISER 200 SERIES

  • Upgraded driver assistance and safety features for GXL and VX models
  • New digital instrument cluster for GXL models provides more information

Toyota has expanded the driver assistance and safety features of two of its popular LandCruiser 200 Series grades.

The luxury VX grade gains blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, a four-camera multi-terrain monitor and auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors – all of which were previously exclusive to the top-of-range Sahara.

Volume-selling GXL has been enhanced with features from VX and Sahara: front and rear parking sensors and a new instrument cluster that incorporates a 4.2-inch multi-information display.

The additional features will enhance LandCruiser’s reputation as a favourite for people seeking a large, comfortable and extremely capable vehicle to head well off the beaten track or negotiate the urban jungle.

Toyota Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley said Toyota was continually improving all its vehicles to better meet the expectations of customers.

“The Toyota LandCruiser has been an Australian favourite since it first arrived here, regularly praised for its comfortable and extremely competent ability to get to the most remote corners of the country… and back,” Mr Hanley said.

“Part of that ability comes from its advanced technology to assist drivers whatever the terrain they come across and the upgrades we are introducing for the mid-range GXL and VX models, further aids that assistance,” he said.

New VX features in detail

Blind-spot monitor# warns when vehicles are present in the blind spots to the sides of the LandCruiser while the rear cross-traffic alert# warns when a vehicle is approaching from either side when reversing.

For even greater awareness of the off-road environment, the four-camera multi-terrain monitor# displays the exact position of the vehicle within its immediate surroundings on the large 9-inch satellite-navigation screen.

The monitor can be activated when the four-wheel-drive multi-terrain select system is operating and uses a wide-angle front camera, rear camera and side cameras mounted in the exterior mirrors.

The system delivers front, rear, side and panoramic “bird’s-eye” views. In low range, it also offers an under-vehicle view that displays the terrain while indicating the location of the front tyres. The displays also provide various guide lines, tyre positions and predicted line of travel.

Luxury fittings in VX already include dusk-sensing auto-levelling bi-LED headlamps, LED front fog lamps and daytime running lamps, leather-accented seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, moon roof, black side steps and woodgrain-look interior highlights.

New GXL features in detail

Increased driver assistance for LandCruiser GXL includes the addition of front and rear parking sensors that offer progressive audible and visual alerts to detect obstacles in tight urban or off-road environments.

Visual alerts are displayed on the new colour multi-information display (MID) that sits between the tachometer and speedometer displays and forms part of the upgraded instrument cluster.

The 4.2-inch MID incorporates an odometer, trip meter, fuel consumption, eco driving indicator, cruising range, shift position and various warnings.

The steering wheel has been upgraded with leather accents and switches for audio, MID and phone controls.

GXL is already comprehensively equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate-control air-conditioning, a rear cooler, rear spoiler, aluminium side steps, two 12-volt connectors, a 220-volt rear connector, smart entry and start, reversing camera, satellite navigation, roof rails and a leather-accented gear-shift knob.

Changed pricing for the LandCruiser 200 Series starts at $78,190* for the GX turbo-diesel five-seater. Upgraded GXL is priced from $84,480 with the 227kW/439Nm 4.6-litre petrol V8 and $89,580 with the 200kW/650Nm 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8.

Luxury VX and top-of-the-range Sahara models also offer the two engines, priced from $94,890 and $115,230 respectively for petrol power and $99,990 and $120,330 for the turbo-diesel V8.

Both engines drive through a smooth six-speed automatic transmission with a full transfer case offering high and low-range four-wheel-drive ratios.

With its go-anywhere capability, spacious and well-equipped interiors with up to eight-seat capacity and a braked towing capacity of up to 3500kg**, LandCruiser 200 Series remains a popular choice with 9,452 sales for the eight months to the end of August this year, an increase of 8.2 per cent over the same period last year.

Every member of the LandCruiser 200 Series family is covered by Toyota Service Advantage at $220 for each of the first six scheduled services##.

Ford Endura to offer Australians a premium SUV with high equipment, comfort and technology levels as Ford’s SUV line-up expands to meet more diverse customer lifestyles

  • Spacious and comfortable Ford Endura gives Australian SUV buyers a highly contented, premium focused SUV with big features and tech, with Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition standard
  • Design ethos sees rotary e-shifter for advanced eight-speed automatic, as well as sports-focused ST-Line trim level with options including B&O Play 12-speaker audio,180-degree front-split view camera, rear-head restraint-mounted DVD players and powered panoramic glass roof
  • Innovation and technology includes SYNC® 3 with built-in sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatiability on all models, and Titanium’s Enhanced Active Park Assist for auto parallel and perpendicular parking
  • The Endura ownership experience brings new Ford Service Benefits, in addition to a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, Ford’s Loan Car Program and Auto Club Membership available to eligible customers at participating dealers

The all-new Ford Endura will be in showrooms in December to bring Australian buyers a new type of SUV. With a focus on premium style, design, features and technology, the Endura also offers Australian customers a five-year warranty and ownership benefits including Ford’s loan car program.

“Endura presents Australians with an SUV unlike anything we’ve offered before in terms of equipment, design and sophistication,” said Ford Australia and New Zealand President and CEO, Kay Hart. “It builds on our extensive SUV portfolio, which now spans from the urban-friendly EcoSport, family sized Escape and through to the off-road capable Everest. Endura sits in its own space as a premium offering that we’ve previously not offered.”

The Endura will be offered in three specifications levels, starting with the Trend, before a sports-centric ST-Line and flagship Endura Titanium, the line-up brings a spacious, well crafted cabin with seating for five, and a dedicated diesel powertrain for effortless road manners yet pragmatism at the pump.

“It’s a product that we’re proud to introduce, and comes from customers wanting something a little bit special, but still with a pragmatic element to going premium,” said Karen Larkin, Ford Endura Product Marketing Manager. “Endura is  for customers looking to reward themselves with the latest innovations and techology, with an overall high level of features.”

Endura: palatial space
The Endura sits on a 2849mm wheelbase, enabling one of the most spacious SUVs offered in the Ford line-up. Head and shoulder room is greater than any other Ford SUV, centred on comfort in a cabin that engineers have worked on to ensure the Endura offers unmatched levels of refinement. Rear seat-room is also expansive, while at the rear, an electronic tailgate – operated by either the key fob, dash-mounted push-button or with the swipe of a foot – allows handsfree access to 800L of stowage space behind the second-row seat.

The Endura’s interior brings not only a high level of content as standard on every model. From the high level of craftsmanship, with premium finishes, the 10-way adjustable driver’s seat allows clear view of the 10-inch instrument cluster, while the centre console sweeps across to the elegant, space saving rotary e-shifter and electronic park brake.

In addition, an 8.0-inch full-colour touchscreen delivers SYNC® 3i , with Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto smartphone compatibility, as well as DAB+ radio through a standard nine-speaker audio system, Endura’s SYNC® 3i system also includes built-in sat-nav, with Traffic Management Channel as well as App compatibaility with Spotify and WAZE.

Ford MyKey, which enables programmable memory settings including a ‘valet’ mode for peace-of-mind, is also standard with SYNC® 3i on Endura. SYNC® 3i also offers a full-colour reversing camera, teamed with front  and rear parking sensors. Additions for Endura Titanium, Blind Spot Detection with Cross Traffic Alert and Enhanced Active Park Assist.

A suite of eight airbags includes a glovebox-door integrated front passenger knee airbag, while an expansive suite of Driver Assist Technology is fitted to every Endura. Roll-Stability Control and Post-Collision Braking and  Evasive Steer Assist joins Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection as standard across the range.

Also on every Endura, Lane Keep Assist enacted via the Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) with pull-drift compensation, helps keep the vehicle within marked traffic lanes. There’s also Traffic Sign Recognition as standard, which works in conjunction with the Adaptive Crusie Control to help alert the driver to the local speed limits, while also enabling a greater distance to the vehicle in front to help reduce collision risk.

The 2.0-litre commonrail turbo diesel standard range-wide produces 140kW and 400Nm, and is
fitted exclusively to an eight-speed SelectShift® torque-converter automatic transmission. Customers can choose from front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive on each of the three Endura specification levels, with all boasting Torque Vectoring Control. Riding on standard 18-inch alloy wheels, it has a combined fuel figure of 6.7L/100km . In addition, the Endura has a braked towing capacity of 2000kgv with drivability while towing made easier with Trailer Sway Control.

In addition, a broad choice of factory-fitted optional equipment is available for Endura. This includes 19-inch alloy wheels (Trend), a Panoramic glass sunroof with power-operated blind (Trend and ST-Line) as well as Enhanced Active Park Assist (ST-Line). Optional on both ST-Line and Titanium is a 12-speaker B&O Play audio system with 180-degree split view camera.

Endura owners stand to benefit from an increasing compelling Ford Service Benefits program. In addition to Service Loan Car, Auto Club Membership (including Roadside Assistance) and Sat-nav updates, Endura ownership includes a maximum cost of $299 (including GST) for the first four years/60,000km (whichever occurs first) of scheduled servicing at Ford dealerships.

(FWD/AWD*)

Ford Endura Drivetrain (all models):

  • 2.0L turbo diesel engine with 8-speed SelectShift®  automatic
    • Power: 140kW@3500rpm
    • Torque: 400Nm@2000-3000rpm
    • Fuel Consumption (L/100km, combined) 6.7L(FWD), 6.7L (AWD) i
    • Maximum braked towing capacity: 2000kg

Standard equipment on MY19 Ford Endura Trend FWD/AWD:

  • Smart Keyless entry
  • Powerfold exterior mirrors, heated with puddle lamps
  • 18-inch alloy wheels with 245/60R18 tyres
  • Rain-sensing windscreen wipers
  • LED cornering headlamps with auto levelling, auto on-off and auto high beam
  • LED foglamps with Daytime Running Lights
  • LED taillamps and rear foglamp
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Silver roof rails
  • Dual exhaust tips finshed in brushed aluminium

Interior features:

  • Push-button engine start/stop
  • Active Noise Cancellation system
  • Five seats in Ebony fabric trim
  • 10-way power adjust driver seat with power lumbar support
  • Six-way manual adjust front passenger seat with lumbar support
  • Leather-wrap steering wheel with paddle shifters
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column adjustment
  • EasyFold second row seat with 60:40 split-fold back
  • Driver instrument cluster with 10-inch display screen
  • Rotary e-shifter
  • Electronic park brake
  • Interior lighting with theatre dimming
  • Electrochromatic rear-vision mirror
  • Eight cupholders
  • Dual zone climate control

Infotainment and connectivity:

Nine-speaker audio with single CD, AM/FM/DAB+

SYNC® 3 with Voice Control, Emergency Assistance and MyKey

  • Satellite-navigation with Traffic Message Channel#
  • Interior Command Centre with 8.0-inch colour touchscreen
  • Voice control Bluetooth® mobile phone integration and iPod connectivity
  • Audio controls on steering wheel
  • Two x USB ports, One x 230V inverter, three x 12V power sockets

Safety and security

Eight airbags including

    • Driver and passenger frontal airbags
    • Driver and passenger knee airbags
    • Front side airbags (first row)
    • Side curtain airbags (second row)
  • Perimeter and volumetric alarm (Thatcham) with battery backup system

Driver Assist:

Remote key fobs (for Smart Keyless Entry and push button engine start/stop)

  • Full-colour Rear view camera
  • Front and Rear parking sensors
  • ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Post-Collision Braking
  • AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Evasive Steer Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • Beltminder™ system (for first- and second-row occupants)
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage points (for second-row outboard seats only)

Trend factory options:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Dual-panel Panoramic Glass Roof (deletes roof rails)
  • Twin head restraint DVD rear entertainment system
  • Tow-bar
  • Prestige paint

Ford Endura ST-Line FWD/AWD

Standard equipment on MY19 Ford Endura ST-Line FWD/AWD:

ST-Line includes the following features additional to, or an enhancement over Trend:
Exterior features:

  • Sports Tuned Suspension
  • Black trapezoidal front grille and surround
  • ST-Line body kit
  • Black door frame and beltline
  • Black roof rails
  • 20-inch ultra-bright finish with black insert alloy wheels with 245/50R20 tyres
  • Powerfold exterior mirrors heated with puddle lamps, memory setting, electrochromatic on driver’s side, auto-dip on reverse
  • Chrome-finished fog light bezels
  • Power liftgate with handsfree operation

Interior features:

  • 10-way power adjust passenger seat with power lumbar support
  • Ebony Miko Suede perforated seat trim with leather accents
  • Memory driver’s seat
  • Heated and cooled front-row seating
  • Perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • Aluminium floor pedals
  • Front aluminium scuff plates
  • Rear cargo net
  • Rear cargo blind
  • Ambiente lighting

Infotainment and Connectivity:

As per Endura Trend

Safety and Security:

As per Endura Trend

Driver Assist:
As per Endura Trend

ST-Line options:

  • Dual-panel Panoramic Glass Roof (deletes roof rails)
  • Twin head restraint DVD rear entertainment system
  • Premium B&O 12-speaker audio with 180-degree front-split view camera
  • Enhanced Active Park Assist
  • Tow-bar
  • Prestige paint

Ford Endura Titanium FWD/AWD
Standard equipment on MY19 Ford Endura Titanium FWD/4WD (additional to enhancements in Trend):
Exterior features:       

  • Adaptive Bi-LED headlights with glare free function
  • 20-inch ultra bright finish alloy wheels with 245/50 R20 tyres
  • Dual-panel Panoramic Glass Roof (deletes roof rails)
  • Chrome finish headlamp bezel
  • Powerfold exterior mirrors heated with puddle lamps, memory setting, electrochromatic on driver’s side, auto-dip on reverse
  • Power liftgate with handsfree operation

Interior features:

  • Salerno micro-perforated leather-accented Ebony seat trim
  • Memory power tilt and telescopic steering column
  • 10-way power adjust passenger seat with power lumbar support
  • Memory driver’s seat
  • Heated and cooled front-row seating
  • Heated second-row seating
  • Illuminated aluminium front scuff plates
  • Rear cargo net
  • Rear cargo blind
  • Deluxe front & rear cargo mats
  • Ambiente lighting

Infotainment and Connectivity:

  • As per Trend

Safety and Security

  • Blind spot detection with cross-traffic alert


Driver Assistance

  • Enhanced Active Park Assist

Endura Titanium options:

  • Twin head restraint DVD rear entertainment system
  • Premium B&O 12-speaker audio with 180-degree front-split view camera
  • Soft Ceramic micro-perforated leather-accented seat trim
  • Tow-bar
  • Prestige paint

Ford Endura Pricing
Recommended Manufacturer List Prices (MLP)** for 2019MY Endura and available options:

MY2019 Ford Endura

MLP**

Endura Trend FWD 8-speed automatic

$44,990

Endura Trend AWD 8-speed automatic

$48,990

Endura ST-Line FWD 8-speed automatic

$53,990

Endura ST-Line AWD 8-speed automatic

$57,990

Endura Titanium FWD 8-speed automatic

$63,990

Endura Titanium AWD 8-speed automatic

$67,990

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

Ford Endura Options

MLP**

Prestige Paint (all models)

$600

Tow bar (all models)

$1000

19-inch alloy wheels with 245/55R19 tyres (Trend only)

$1000

Dual-panel Panoramic Glass Roof
(deletes roof rails – Trend and ST-Line)

$2500

Twin head restraint DVD rear entertainment system (all models)

$1600

Enhanced Active Park Assist (ST-Line only)

$1000

Premium B&O 12-speaker audio with 180-degree front split-view camera (ST-Line and Titanium)

$1000

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

New Holden Acadia Rocks Bold Style With Advanced Technology To Deliver The Complete Seven Seat SUV

  • Superb interior configured for maximum comfort and flexibility
  • Powerful V6 engine coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Full suite of safety features including AEB, pedestrian and bicycle detection and seven airbags

The new Holden Acadia has it all in spades – space, technology, performance and comfort. The bold and impressive seven-seat Acadia is making its way into Holden showrooms, with a comprehensive list of features to handle a busy life with more than a little style.

Acadia is driven by a powerful V6 engine and smooth nine-speed automatic transmission. The V6 features Active Fuel Management, a Variable Displacement Oil Pump and Variable Valve Timing – a combination that produces a highly efficient and flexible powertrain equally at ease in city traffic or on the open road.

The new Acadia is precisely crafted for the enjoyment of the driver while easily catering to the entire family’s needs.

Acadia has a front-drive layout with an all-wheel drive version available. Standard across the range is a new, Traction Select System, which allows the driver to alter chassis and powertrain attributes to suit a variety of driving conditions. Front-drive models offer Normal (2×4), Snow, Sport and Trailer/Tow modes, while AWD models offer 2×4 (AWD disconnect), 4×4, Sport, Off Road and Trailer/Tow modes.

Additional chassis and driving dynamics features include MacPherson strut front suspension, five-link rear suspension, rack-mounted electric power steering system and four-wheel disc brakes.

A genuine seven-seater, the Acadia is configured for maximum comfort and flexibility. The rear two rows of seats can be folded flat for maximum cargo capacity if required, while the centre row is adjustable front to rear so the ideal leg room can be achieved for varying passenger groups.

In a first for Holden, the new Acadia will feature Intelligent Speed Assist with Traffic Sign Recognition, all carefully calibrated to local condition by Holden engineers. Other tech features include Active Trailer Assist and the inclusion of bicycles in the pedestrian detection system.

“The level of technology across the range is compelling,” said Mathew Rattray-Wood, Holden General Manager of SUV Marketing. “Whether we are talking safety, convenience or infotainment, Acadia has the most complete technology package Holden has ever offered.”

The Acadia’s standard equipment list includes keyless access and push-button start, eight-inch colour display, Apple Car Play and Android Auto six-speaker audio system, interior pockets for tech-devices, three-zone automatic climate control, USB ports in all three rows, navigation and rear-vision camera.

Safety is also built right in to the Acadia. Standard equipment includes a full suite of active safety features across the range designed to help drivers be more aware of their surroundings and potential crash situations. They include:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Automatic High Beam Assist
  • Safety Seat Alert
  • Forward Collision Alert with Head-Up Warning
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Side Blind Zone Alert with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rear Parking Assist.

The body structure incorporates press-hardened, high-strength steels, which allowed thinner components in some areas offering comparable or better crash performance than conventional materials resulting in a combination that builds in safety while aiding handling and fuel efficiency by reducing weight.

Splayed front frame rails also contribute to crashworthiness. They flare outward to provide effective folding and crushing performance during small overlap frontal crash situations.

Acadia’s exterior comes with wraparound headlamps, LED tail lamps and daytime running lights and a dual-panel sunroof.

The new Holden Acadia is manufactured at General Motors’ Spring Hill factory in Tennessee with components sourced from around the world. Holden’s Australian engineering expertise was engaged throughout the vehicle’s development to ensure that Acadia is comprehensively optimised for local conditions.

Full specifications and pricing will be released closer to launch.

AUSSIE-STYLED FACE FRONTS UPDATED HILUX SR, SR5

  • New front bumper and grille mirrors premium HiLux Rogue
  • Improved fuel economy for selected automatic models
  • DPF switch fitted to all diesel HiLux and Fortuner models

Toyota has updated selected HiLux SR and SR5 models with a new front end styled by Toyota’s Australian design team based in Port Melbourne.

The bold new face for all SR and SR5 extra cab and double cab models mirrors that found on the top-end HiLux Rogue model that was launched earlier this year.

Toyota’s Melbourne-based product planning and development team designed the Rogue in conjunction with the Toyota engineering team in Thailand, where HiLux is manufactured for global markets.

Toyota Australia’s vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the fact that the same face now adorns HiLux SR and SR5 models sold in Australia, and the equivalent Thai models, was a testament to the talent of the Port Melbourne team.

“When we styled the Rogue, we knew it was the right design for the growing top-end recreational ute market and our faith in that has now been borne out with the same face adopted on SR and SR5 HiLux models,” Mr Hanley said.

“The ute market has clearly shifted in the past decade and as Australia’s best-selling vehicle, HiLux now offers a more contemporary, bold and refined style to go with its ‘unbreakable’ reputation,” he said.

The redesigned front end features a stronger, more vertical profile with its large trapezoidal grille, honeycomb insert and outboard fog lamps giving it a broad stance and imposing presence on the road.

The grille and fog lamp bezels are finished with a chrome treatment providing a refined aesthetic with the SR5 models featuring LED headlights and fog lamps and the SR models gaining halogen fog lamps to match its headlights.

In addition to the new front-end styling for selected SR and SR5 models, improvements to efficiency have resulted in most six-speed automatic models offering a slightly reduced fuel consumption.

Combined fuel consumption for 4×2 SR and SR5 automatic models has been cut by 0.2l/100km to 7.9l/100km with a corresponding fall in CO2 emissions to 209g/km*.

Automatic SR and SR5 4×4 models gain a 0.1l/100km improvement with combined fuel consumption falling to 8.4l/100m and CO2 emissions to 220g/km.

All diesel HiLux models – both 2.8-litre and 2.4-litre – now also feature a Diesel Particulate Filter switch to manually initiate a “burn” to cleanse the system and reduce harmful emissions.

The diesel particulate filter (DPF) works by capturing fine particles before they are emitted through the exhaust and regularly burning them off at extremely high temperatures.

Under normal operating conditions, this is controlled by the engine’s electronic control unit (ECU) and automatically happens without any input needed from the driver.

But in rare cases if the vehicle is not driven long enough at high speeds to enable this, the filter becomes overloaded.

A warning is then given to the driver who can now use the manual DPF switch to initiate the cleansing of the system and ensure its efficient operation.

A DPF switch has also been fitted to all Toyota Fortuner SUV models that are based on the HiLux architecture and feature the same 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine.

While the updated models offer bold, contemporary and more upmarket styling, prices have not gone upmarket.

Apart from a minor $80 increase for 4×2 Hi-Rider SR models and 4×4 SR extra cab chassis and SR double cab chassis and pickup models, Toyota has maintained pricing on all other HiLux models.

The stylish 4×2 SR Hi-Rider six-speed manual pickup starts at $39,990# and features Toyota’s proven punchy 130kW 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine and plenty of creature comforts including air conditioning, premium fabric seats, and a large 7-inch infotainment touchscreen display.

The 4×2 SR Hi-Rider pickup models are also available with a smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission with the extra cab priced from $40,990# and double cab priced from $41,990#.

The premium auto-only $49,940 4×2 SR5 Hi-Rider double cab also features climate control, satellite navigation and 18-inch alloys and a stainless steel sports bar that complement its newly minted stylish front end.

The updated 4×4 SR models are now priced from $42,990# for the extra cab chassis manual and $45,140# for the double cab chassis manual with the automatic transmission adding $2,000. Pickup versions of the double cab SR command only a $1,500 premium.

Stepping up to the higher-spec 4×4 SR5 models, prices remain unchanged with the automatic-only extra cab and manual double cab pickups priced from $54,440#, and the automatic transmission adding $2,000 to the price of the SR5 double cab pickup.

With the new contemporary front end, expansive model range and unbreakable reputation, the updated HiLux models will continue to help ensure HiLux remains Australia’s best selling vehicle.

Mahindra announces further variants of the All New Tougher PikUp

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, a part of the US $ 20.7 billion Mahindra Group, today announced 4 new variants of the All New Tougher Next Generation Mahindra PikUp under its fully-owned subsidiary – Mahindra Automotive Australia Pty Ltd (MAAPL).

Bringing the total number of variants available to NINE models, the new S6 Single Cab 4×2 Cab Chassis, S6 Single Cab 4×2 Cab w GPA Tray, Bluetooth and Cruise Control, S10 Single Cab 4×2 Cab with GPA Tray and S10 Single Cab 4×4 Cab Chassis offer customers plenty of options.

“We have been chasing supply from the factory ever since launch of the new Mahindra PikUp.  Sales have been great and with new metro dealers in Geelong and Penrith about to be announced, momentum in the light commercial segment is with Mahindra.” – says Russell Thiele, Head of Automotive Business for MAAPL.

The new variants in 4×2 guise offer customers tremendous hauling power with 2.2 litre Turbo Diesel mHawk engine with 320Nm torque standard, Eaton mechanical diff lock and 1325 kg payload (All Single Cab Models), all with 2.5 tonne braked towing, from just $21,990 Cab Chassis Drive Away.

An optional Tradie pack adds General Purpose Aluminum Tray, Bluetooth and Cruise Control, making S6 4×2 Single Cab drive away just $23,990.

The high spec S10 with Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Climate Control and Alloy Wheels is now available in 4×4 Single Cab Chassis variants, driveaway from just $28,990.

“Many of our farm and trade customers like our S10 Dual Cab but have been wanting those specifications in Single Cab. Now with the introduction of S10 4×4 and 4×2 Single Cab we are able to offer a truly competitive high spec Ute in the light commercial market” – said Russell.

SPECIFICATION LEVELS S6 & S10

S6

S10

Wheels

Steel with Plastic Covers

16” Alloys

Audio Head Unit

Mp3/Radio/CD

6in touch screen with Sat Nav, Bluetooth Mp3/Radio/CD

Headlights

Projector Lamps

Adds Daylight Running Lamps & Side Projection beams

Air-conditioning

Yes

Fully Automatic Climate Control

GENUINE FACTORY ACCESSORIES
Mahindra Automotive Australia prides itself on working with some of the best global accessory manufactures, many based right here in Brisbane. Our Genuine Factory Accessory Program, includes but is not limited to, Tow Bars, Aluminium, Galvanised Steel & Colour Coded Steel Trays, Steel Bull Bars, fiberglass Snorkels, Canvas seat covers, Vinyl Floor Kits, Bash Plats, Suspension Upgrades and carpet floor mats – See your

Mahindra Dealer for Details.

  • The Single Cab PikUp is available in 4×2 S6 Cab Chassis from $21,990 Drive Away.
  • The Single Cab PikUp is available in 4×2 S6 Cab w Tradie Pack (GPA Tray, BT, Cruise) from $23,990 Drive Away.
  • The Single Cab PikUp is available in 4×2 S10 Cab w GPA Tray from $25,990
  • The Single Cab PikUp is available in 4×4 S6 Cab Chassis from $26,990 Drive Away.
  • The Single Cab PikUp is available in 4×4 S10 Cab Chassis from $28,990 Drive Away.
  • The Dual Cab PikUp is available in 4×4 S6 Cab Chassis from $29,490 Drive Away.
  • The Dual Cab PikUp is available in 4×4 S6 Cab w Tub from $29,990 Drive Away.
  • The Dual Cab PikUp is available in 4×4 S10 Cab Chassis from $31,500 Drive Away.
  • The Dual Cab PikUp is available in 4×4 S10 Cab w Tub from $31,990 Drive Away.

More information is available at www.mahindra.com.au and www.facebook.com/mahindraaus
With over 40 dealers nationwide, isn’t it time you try the trusted, All-New Tougher Mahindra PikUp

NOW YOU SEE IT… NOW YOU DON’T

  • Prado available with relocated spare wheel
  • Lighter tailgate is easier to open
  • Convenient glass hatch opens independently

Toyota has conjured some extra magic from its top-selling LandCruiser Prado range by offering to make the spare wheel and tyre “disappear”.

For 22 years since the first Prado arrived in Australia, Toyota has sold the premium large SUV with the covered spare proudly mounted on the tailgate – and it continues to offer this configuration.

But, for the first time, Toyota is now offering consumers the no-cost option of having the spare wheel and tyre stowed underneath their Prado rather than on the tailgate.

Moving the “fifth wheel” results in a tailgate that is lighter and therefore easier to open, especially when the vehicle is parked facing down a hill.

Convenience is further enhanced by a glass hatch that opens independently of the tailgate to provide easy access to the spacious luggage area.

Toyota’s move to introduce the relocated-spare option for automatic GXL, VX and Sahara variants follows successful special-edition models with this configuration in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

The new variants retain Prado’s 87-litre fuel tank which offers a driving range of more than 1,000km*, giving customers a clear choice as the relocated spare replaces a second, smaller fuel tank.

Other features include seven seats, three-zone climate control, collision warning with pedestrian detection#, autonomous emergency braking, active cruise control, lane departure alert and a new diesel particulate filter switch.

Additionally, Prado GXL automatic variants can now be specified with a premium leather-accented interior as a $3,500 option. The upgraded interior comes with ventilated front seats that are power operated (ten-way for the driver, four-way for the passenger). First and second-row seats are heated.

Toyota’s vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the company respected Prado’s winning formula, but flexibility for customers was paramount in giving them the choice of spare-wheel location.

“The success of the special-edition models confirmed there was healthy demand for the relocated spare, particularly among buyers who don’t necessarily require the extended range offered by the extra fuel tank,” Mr Hanley said.

“Prado buyers, particularly those who drive mainly around town, will appreciate being able to open the tailgate wider in cramped situations such as when parked close to other vehicles or using a towing hitch,” he said.

“The glass hatch can also be opened for quick and easy access to the luggage area even in tight spaces, while the revised styling bears a strong resemblance to the Land Cruiser 200 Series family.”

Cumulative sales of Prado have topped 280,000 since the first one arrived in 1996. It has been the best-selling vehicle in its segment for eight of the past 10 years.

So far this year, Prado sales have risen 7.1 per cent compared with the same period last year.

Equipped with constant four-wheel drive, Prado is powered by a high-torque 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine generating 450Nm of torque from 1600rpm all the way to 2400rpm (420Nm @ 1400-2600rpm in manual guise).

The entire Prado range is covered by Toyota Service Advantage, capped at $240^ for each of up to six standard scheduled services.

The Holden Colorado Z71 Xtreme – New Colorado Hero Brought To Life

  • New Colorado Z71 Xtreme inspired by concept car
  • Colorado Z71 Xtreme equipped with exceptional Winch system for greater safety
  • Australian designed and engineered genuine accessories
  • Limited edition Colorado available from 1 October

Holden’s dream ute just became a reality. Enter the Colorado Z71 Xtreme, Holden Colorado’s newest edition, based on the celebrated Colorado Xtreme concept vehicle, first unveiled at the Bangkok International Motor Show in 2016.

Designed and built by Holden’s talented Port Melbourne-based design team, the Colorado Xtreme showcased a wide range of concept accessories that captured customers’ imagination; accessories that have now inspired the new vehicle.

Holden’s Colorado Z71 Xtreme’s tough exterior loaded with accessories is matched by its off-road capability, ready to take on any terrain or driving conditions.

To help tackle all types of activity, the Colorado Z71 Xtreme, based on the top of the range Colorado Z71, adds a best-in-class winch system equipped with a heavy-duty bash plate, as well as 10,000 lb load capacity and a 30m synthetic line.

Colorado Z71 Xtreme’s high visibility LED light bar, combined with a winch bar, upgraded front suspension, all terrain tyres and vehicle recovery kit, add to its go anywhere capability, day or night.

Holden’s tough, limited-edition ute also boasts a long list of concept vehicle inspired genuine accessories, designed and developed in Australia.

“The top end of LCV market continues to develop, and we’re seeing a growing number of customers demanding greater off-road capability,” said Holden’s Product Marketing Manager, Andre Scott.

“The Colorado Xtreme was a concept car that resonated with our customers, and to not only put it into production, but elevate it, is very exciting,” said Holden’s Product Marketing Manager, Andre Scott.

“As a base vehicle, Colorado Z71 is already very capable, so we’ve expanded our Genuine Accessories range for additional off-road capability. Cue the Holden Winch system, the Xtreme’s hero accessory, which is a game-changer.”

“Backed up with a long list of accessories, customers can have confidence that their ute will not only look rugged but will be able to perform in the harshest of environments,” he said.

Equipped with a big 2.8 litre Duramax Turbo Diesel engine, 500Nm of torque* and a 3.5 tonne towing capacity, the Colorado Z71 Xtreme boasts the same impressive credentials of the Colorado Z71, with a new-look tough exterior and upgraded off road capability to match.

Colorado Z71 Xtreme comes loaded with value, priced at $69,990 driveaway, which includes over $19,000 of Genuine Holden Accessories. The Colorado Xtreme Z71 will be available at Holden dealers from 1 October 2018. Vehicles are exceptionally limited, so customers are encouraged to contact or visit their local dealer to register their interest to avoid disappointment.

Colorado Z71 Xtreme Crew Cab Pickup includes the following additional content to a Z71:

  • Winch Bar with integrated winch
  • LED Light Bar
  • Vehicle Recovery Kit
  • Complete Towing Package
  • Roof Tray Kit
  • Rear Steel Step
  • Suspension Kit (Front)
  • Fender Flares
  • Colorado branding on tailgate
  • Xtreme branding decal
  • Black Tubular Side Steps Package
  • Black Grille
  • Soft Tonneau cover
  • Bonnet Bulge
  • 18″ Goodyear All Terrain Tyres Wrangler 265/60R18
  • Black extended sports bar

*Auto only

Mitsubishi Motors releases a more refined 19MY Outlander range

The popular Mitsubishi Outlander has been updated to deliver a more refined and functional vehicle with a number of specification changes across the range.

The 2019 model year Outlander is distinguished by a new-look twin-blade grille, front bumper and rear bumper design combined with a new 18-inch alloy wheel design.

On LS and Exceed models, a rear spoiler provides improved aerodynamics which in combination with the new front and rear bumper design also reduces wind noise.

Inside, the front seats have been revised to increase side support and incorporate new seat trims.
On CVT and automatic equipped models, rear seat passengers have improved ventilation with rear seat vents in the centre console plus a powered USB input.

Adjustable speed limiting with steering wheel controls, illuminated window control switches and one-touch power window operation from the driver’s door for all windows are standard across the 2019 Outlander range.

All models now adopt a quick ratio steering configuration to improve responsiveness and steering feel while larger diameter front struts and rear shock absorbers improve ride comfort and body control. To further enhance the dynamic performance new structural bonding has increased rigidity while changes to exhaust manifold catalytic converter has also reduced engine noise.

The 2019 Outlander range is now available at Mitsubishi dealers.

2019 Outlander Range Pricing

Model Drivetrain Engine Seats RRP
ES MAN 2WD 2.0-litre petrol

5

$29,290
ES CVT 2WD 2.4-litre petrol

7

$31,290
ES EDAS CVT 2WD 2.4-litre petrol

5

$32,790
ES CVT AWD 2.4-litre petrol

7

$33,790
ES EDAS CVT AWD 2.4-litre petrol

5

$35,290
LS CVT 2WD 2.4-litre petrol

7

$33,790
LS CVT AWD 2.4-litre petrol

7

$36,290
LS AT AWD 2.2-litre diesel

7

$39,790
Exceed CVT AWD 2.4-litre petrol

7

$42,290
Exceed AT AWD 2.2-litre diesel

7

$45,790

New for Model Year 2019:

  • New-design 18-inch alloy wheels
  • New front bumper, fog lamp surround, grille with black mesh inserts and silver garnish
  • New rear bumper design
  • Rear seat air vents in centre console (CVT and AT models)
  • Electric park brake (CVT and AT models)
  • Adjustable speed limiter
  • One-touch power window operation on all windows from driver’s side controls
  • Illuminated power window switches
  • New seat cushion design
  • 4-way power seat adjustment (LS)
  • Leather-look seat and door trim inserts (LS)
  • Updated  trims (LS and Exceed)
  • Rear spoiler (LS, Exceed)

December launch for the new Mercedes-Benz X 350 d 4MATIC

The new X 350 d 4MATIC flagship X-Class model will arrive in Australia during the month of December 2018 with a powerful six-cylinder engine, 7G-TRONIC PLUS 7-speed automatic transmission, and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive.

Powered by a 3.0-litre 190kW (258 hp) six cylinder diesel engine the X 350 d 4MATIC completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds. Its maximum torque of 550 Nm is available over a wide engine speed range from 1400 to 3200 rpm. This means that high torque is already available from low engine speeds. Permanent all-wheel drive ensures high levels of driving stability and handling dynamics both on and off the road – even on wet and wintry asphalt. A choice of engine and transmission response levels, from comfortable to sporty, is at the driver’s fingertips thanks to the standard DYNAMIC SELECT system.

4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive for driving on and off the road

The 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive with low-range reduction gear and a differential lock on the rear axle ensures excellent performance and traction on a wide range of driving surfaces. The all-wheel drive system is fitted with a central differential, which distributes the drive force between the front and rear axle at a torque distribution of 40 to 60 percent. This delivers an optimum level of traction in normal driving conditions. As road conditions vary optimum traction is still guaranteed as the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system continuously adjusts the torque distribution to match the driving conditions.

There are three all-wheel-drive modes to choose from: 4MAT, 4H and 4L. In 4MAT the torque distribution is continuously adjusted between the axles as the road conditions dictate. That way, if the vehicle registers loss of grip on the front wheels for example, then torque is applied to the rear axle instead to maintain traction.

When driving off-road 4H can be selected. This distributes the drive force between the front and rear axle at a torque distribution of 30 to 70 percent, which is ideal for driving on rocky, sandy or snow covered terrain.

The 4L mode is suited for driving on terrain where maximum force at low speeds is required, such as on steep slopes or muddy roads. This distributes the drive force between the front and rear axle at a torque distribution of 50 to 50 percent.

The all-wheel-drive system and the suspension with its long spring travel and ground clearance of 222 millimetres together ensure outstanding off-road capabilities. The X-Class effortlessly climbs gradients of up to 45 degrees, fords water courses with a depth of up to 60 centimetres, and maintains its poise on inclines of almost 50 degrees.

Impressive off-road capabilities
Fording depth up to 600 mm
Ground clearance 222 mm
Angle of approach/departure up to 30°/25°
Maximum tilt up to 49°
Ramp breakover angle up to 22°

DYNAMIC SELECT for an individual choice of driving characteristics

With the DYNAMIC SELECT system, the X 350 d 4MATIC features a driving mode switch that is unique in the category. With a choice of five driving modes, the driving characteristics can be changed by fingertip control – from relaxed and comfortable to sporty and dynamic. These modes modify the engine response, the automatic transmission’s shift points, and the ECO start/stop function.

  • Comfort: This mode is activated automatically when the engine starts. It provides comfort-emphasising, harmonious accelerator characteristics as well as early shift points.
  • Eco: 7G-TRONIC PLUS changes the gears at particularly low engine speeds.
  • Sport: The engine responds more immediately to throttle input. The automatic transmission makes use of the entire engine speed range to change gears, and shifts at higher engine speeds.
  • Manual: The automatic transmission can be manually operated using the gearshift paddles on the steering wheel. This leads to far shorter shift times than in the Comfort and Eco programs.
  • Offroad: This mode is suitable for driving on challenging terrain. It offers higher shift points and a flatter, and therefore more precisely adjustable, accelerator characteristic curve.

The ECO start/stop function is available in all driving modes except Offroad mode.

Comprehensive range of safety equipment

The X-Class features a comprehensive array of safety features. The standard equipment includes seven airbags, internally vented disc brakes on the front and rear and i-Size attachment system for two child seats. The standard Lane Keeping Assist in the 4 cylinder models is changed for the X 350 d 4MATIC to Active Lane Keeping Assist, meaning if a driver unintentionally departs from the lane not only will pulsed steering wheel vibrations occur, but one sided braking is also applied to manoeuvre the vehicle back into its lane automatically. This compliments Active Brake Assist ensuring driver assistance systems are at the ready to simultaneously increase active safety and comfort. Additionally there is ESP trailer stabilisation, a tyre pressure monitoring system, cruise control, and a reversing camera or in the POWER line a 360° camera as standard.

Two equipment lines for the X 350 d 4MATIC

The X 350 d 4MATIC is available in the equipment lines PROGRESSIVE and POWER, both now adorning the unique V6 badging on the fender and X 350 d 4MATIC badging on the rear tailgate.

The PROGRESSIVE line continues with the equivalent 4 cylinder model specification with the exception of the unique X 350 d 4MATIC features described above and the following additional standard items: KEYLESS-GO, 2-zone THERMOTRONIC air conditioning and new 18-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels.

The POWER line continues with the equivalent 4 cylinder model specification with the exception of the unique X 350 d 4MATIC features described above and the following additional standard items:  Aluminium dash trim, black roof liner and new 19-inch 6-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels.

Optional extras and extensive range of accessories for individual character types

Further customisation is possible thanks to a wide range of optional extras such as leather seats. What’s more, Mercedes-Benz has designed an extensive range of accessories so that users can customise their individual X-Class even further. If required, the design, functionality or off-road capability can be enhanced to suit specific needs. There is a choice of styling bar, hard cover, hardtop, stowage box, load bed liner, load-securing rails in the load bed, and an underguard. With the introduction of the X350 d 4MATIC a new sports bar is available, which can be combined with a roll cover in black or silver.

Local Pricing

Engine

Drive

Transmission

Grade

MRLP

X 350 d

4MATIC

7G-TRONIC 7-spd Auto

PROGRESSIVE

$73,270

POWER

$79,415

Important note to editors – The price detailed in this document is the current Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price (MRLP) for X-Class.

As you may be aware, for the vehicle pricing the MRLP includes GST, but EXCLUDES DEALER DELIVERY AND ALL ON ROAD COSTS such as, for example, registration fees, stamp duty, CTP and the like. Accordingly, please ensure that when you publish the details contained in this document, your publication makes it clear to its readers that:

  • The attached pricing is an MRLP
  • That the MRLP excludes on-road costs and dealer delivery, and
  • For drive away price information, consumers should contact dealers

Whilst we are unable to provide you with drive away pricing due to the wide variation in on-road costs between states and territories, and the different ranges of dealer delivery imposed by dealers, we encourage you to contact one of our authorised Mercedes-Benz dealers in order to obtain relevant and accurate drive away information for your specific audience.

MY19 Ford Everest Pricing: AEB standard on Trend/Titanium, Five-year warranty range-wide

  • MY19 Ford Everest offers new-generation powertrain with 10-speed automatic for improved fuel-efficiency, 500Nm of torque delivering greater towing capability, and improved suspension for enhanced dynamics, smoothness and refinement
  • Inter-Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Vehicle Detection and Pedestrian Detection standard on Trend and Titanium, joining standard range-wide features including Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist
  • Keyless entry and push-button start/stop standard across the range, SYNC® 3i with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibilityii and DAB radio standard on all models, off-road 18-inch wheel a No-cost Option on Titanium
  • Ford Everest is standard with a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, in addition to a range of other benefits including Ford’s Service Price Promise, Loan Car Program, Auto Club Membership and Sat-nav MapCare updates which are available to eligible customers at participating dealers.

The updated MY19 Ford Everest will go on sale in September with increased equipment, new fuel-efficient powertrain choices and optional Driver Assist Technology including Autonomous Emergency Braking. Building on its 2015 launch, the MY19 Everest represents a significant evolution in safety, technology and design.

“Australians can expect to see impressive new content options including a 500Nm Bi-Turbo engine with greater towing capacity, push-button start and Autonomous Emergency Braking, offering state of the art technology while retaining Everest’s value proposition,” said John Willems, Chief Program Engineer, Ford Everest.

The Ford Everest’s Australian-led design, engineering and development has included testing at Ford’s You Yangs Proving Ground in Victoria, part of a grueling regime in which Everest was put through millions of kilometres of testing around the globe.

The MY19 Ford Everest comes with a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty for ownership peace of mind. In addition, eligible customers can also benefit from Ford’s Service Price Promise and Auto Club Membership, Loan Car Program as well as Ford’s Low Price Tyre Guarantee (LPTG) which are available at participating dealers. The LPTG is a price match guarantee for customers that purchase select tyres from a participating Ford dealer.iii

Launched as a brand-new model in 2015, Everest has won a number of high-profile awards, including 2015 Drive COTY, 2015 4×4 Australia 4x4OTY, while the Everest Trend 4WD is the reigning Best 4WD with Drive.com.auiv. Everest has since expanded for even broader appeal to include both five- and seven-seat configurations, as well as rear-wheel drive models for customers seeking high ground clearance, easy entry/egress and strong towing capability.

In 2018, Everest sales have increased 43.7-percent year-on-yearvin the VFACTS Large SUV segment, which has fallen 3.7 percent. The overall SUV market in 2018 has posted 3.4-percent growth, further underlining Everest’s broader range finding favour with Australian SUV buyers.

Ford Everest Ambiente (RWD/4WD*)
Ford Everest Ambiente RWD and 4WD now has SYNC® 3 with satellite-navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Autoii smartphone compatibility, making this technology standard across the Everest range. Externally, the new front grille and fascia design, coupled with halogen projector headlamps, deliver a more refined look complemented by a refreshed, darker interior. The Smart Keyless Entry and push button start/stop make hitting the road – and heading off-road – a seamless experience.
Standard equipment on MY19 Ford Everest Ambiente RWD/4WD:
Everest Ambiente Drivetrain:

  • 3.2L turbodiesel 5-cylinder engine with 6-speed automatic
    • Power: 143kW@3000rpm
    • Torque: 470Nm@1750-2500rpm
    • Fuel Consumption (L/100km, combined) 8.4L(RWD), 8.5L (4WD)
    • Maximum towing capacity: 3,000kg^
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with sequential sports shift
  • Trailer Sway Control
  • Full time 4WD*
  • Terrain Management System*
  • Electronic locking rear differential*
  • Hill Descent Control*
  • Hill Start Assist

*Features exclusive to 4WD models: 4WD drivetrain, Terrain Management System, Electronic Locking Rear Differential, Hill Descent Control
Exterior features:

  • New front grille, bumper and fascia design (new to Ambiente)
  • Halogen projector headlamps with manual headlamp levelling and bulb daytime running lights (new to Ambiente)
  • Powerfold exterior mirrors (new to Ambiente)
  • Smart Keyless Entry (new to Ambiente)
  • Laminated acoustic windscreen (new to Ambiente)
  • 17 x 8.0-inch alloy wheels with 265/65 R17 tyres
  • Matching spare alloy wheel and tyre
  • Manual rear liftgate
  • Running boards
  • Body coloured bumpers, door handles and exterior mirrors
  • Automatic on/off headlamp
  • Follow-me-home lighting
  • Front fog lamps
  • LED tail lamps
  • Black roof rails
  • Rear spoiler with high mounted LED stop lamp
  • Front and rear mudflaps

Interior features:

  • Push-button engine start/stop and new gear shifter (new to Ambiente)
  • Refreshed, darker (‘Ebony’) cabin environment and decorative finishes (new to Ambiente)
  • Five seats in fabric trim (with optional third row seat)
  • Second row seat with 60:40 split-fold back; third row seat with 50:50 split-fold back (where fitted)
  • Six-way manual adjustment (incl. seatback recline) driver’s seat with manual lumbar
  • Four-way manual adjustment (incl. seatback recline) front passenger seat
  • Driver instrumentation cluster with dual 4.2-inch TFT screens
  • Cruise control with adjustable speed limiter and steering wheel mounted controls
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Rear auxiliary A/C and heater controls at back of centre console
  • Overhead console with map lights and sunglass holder
  • 30 stowage areas (totalling 48L)
  • Intermittent variable speed front wipers
  • Power windows with one touch up/down and global open/close
  • Active Noise Cancellation system
  • Driver only floor mat
  • Pollen air filter

Haval H6 Is The Lowest Cost Of Ownership Mid-sized Suv

The HAVAL H6 has just been announced as the lowest cost to own mid-sized SUV according to the Australian Motoring Clubs – RACV (VIC), RACQ (QLD), RAA (SA) and RAC (WA).

According to the RAA, the H6’s running cost of $174.71 per week was lower than Mazda CX-5 and the Ford Escape Ambiente. Interestingly, South Australia had lower running costs compared to the other States.

In Western Australia, the HAVAL H6 operating cost of $178.75 per week was the lowest of nineteen mid-sized SUVs and almost 10% lower than the second placed Mazda CX5 according to the RAC.

In Queensland, the HAVAL H6 recorded $190.50 per week to operate, the lowest of fifteen mid-sized SUVs reviewed by RACQ.

In Victoria, the RACV ranked the HAVAL H6 as the mid-sized SUV with the lowest operating cost ($191.57 per week) beating the Mazda CX-5, Kia Sportage and Nissan X-Trail

It is second year running the HAVAL H6 has achieved this result amongst the Auto Clubs.

The Auto Club’s analysis is comprehensive, taking into account the full range of costs in their respective States – purchase price, depreciation, interest, on road costs, fuel, tyres and servicing.

The analysis shows that the total cost ownership consists of both the advertised purchase price and other (usually hidden) running costs.

“These results reaffirm HAVAL’s aim to provide hard working Australians with amazing value over the total ownership period” said Mr Bill Soo – HAVAL Motors National Marketing Manager.

“The HAVAL H6 is the complete package of style, performance, features and low running costs and another reason why last year, it was the world’s 6th largest selling SUV” he said.

Ford Ranger Raptor is Ready for the ‘Outback Attack’ Asia Pacific Media Drive, Bringing Off-Road Experience to a New Level

The highly anticipated Ford Ranger Raptor is set to arrive in markets across Asia Pacific following its global reveal early in 2018. With Ford Performance DNA at its core, this high-speed desert runner pushes the limits in technology, innovation and driving excitement. Whether you’re going bush or for a desert drive, Ranger Raptor will make it a ride to remember.

“We are proud to unleash the Ford Performance version of the highly successful Ford Ranger pickup truck to our customers around the world,” said Trevor Worthington, Vice President, Product Development, Ford Asia Pacific.

“Our performance vehicles bring a different customer into Ford showrooms, and Ranger Raptor will help conquest new customers looking for a Ranger with immense off-road capability like no other. We have a passion for bringing the best to our customers, and Ranger Raptor showcases the best of Ford Performance’s expertise in performance vehicle design and engineering.”

Ready to set a new benchmark in high-performance, off-road pickup capability, Ranger Raptor packs a hefty punch that makes it arguably the most capable truck in its segment to drive.

No-Nonsense Exterior

Take one look at the Ranger Raptor, and you know this off-road high-performance truck means business. Its imposing stance, with 283mm of ground clearance and 150mm wider front and rear track, lets you know that this is a serious off-road performance machine. Its aggressive grille with the big bold FORD block lettering screams Raptor DNA – the real thing, with genuine Ford Performance.

Take one look at the Ranger Raptor, and you know this off-road high-performance truck means business. Its imposing stance, with 283mm of ground clearance and 150mm wider front and rear track, lets you know that this is a serious off-road performance machine. Its aggressive grille with the big bold FORD block lettering screams Raptor DNA – the real thing, with genuine Ford Performance.

But more than just tough looks, Raptor’s distinct design elements are also functional. The front fenders are made from durable composite materials for exciting off-road adventures. The front bumper includes new LED fog lamps with air-curtain ducts, which reduce air resistance. The flared shape of the fenders have been designed to accommodate the long travel suspension and off-road tyres.

Performance-Bred Interior

Step inside Ranger Raptor, and you will enter a world where it is unmistakably Ford Performance. The sports seats are uniquely designed and trimmed in Technical Suede for maximum grip, providing support during high-performance off-road driving, or while cruising in town.

Other sporting details distinguishing the Raptor include blue stitching and leather accents, as well as the aggressively-styled instrument cluster. The steering wheel features perforated leather hand grip sections, paired with Raptor DNA lightweight magnesium paddle shifters for crisp gear changes. The Raptor logo is debossed into the bespoke bezel of the steering wheel and an “On-Centre” marker – a red stripe at the top-middle of the wheel — helps guide you to where the wheels are pointing.

Powerful Bi-Turbo Diesel Performance

Ranger Raptor backs up its aggressive looks by delivering great performance and responsiveness. The Ranger Raptor is equipped with an all-new highly advanced Bi-Turbo engine that delivers a maximum of 157kW of power and a strong 500Nm of torque – more than any Ranger to date. This innovative engine offers both high performance and efficiency, thanks to its sequential turbocharging system that delivers performance when you demand.

The Bi-Turbo engine has been designed from day one for some of the most challenging and stressful applications. This rigorous testing regime included running a thermal cycle, heating both turbos to the point of glowing red for 200 hours non-stop. The high grade alloy turbo housing ensures durability up to 860oC, while the turbo bearings and low-pressure turbo are water cooled to reduce temperature and protect the air induction components.

Unrivalled Efficiency

Ranger Raptor’s 10-speed paddleshift automatic has been created with high-strength steel, aluminum alloys and composites to optimize durability and reduce weight.

Offering 10 gears means a wider ratio-span, resulting in better acceleration and responsiveness. With more room to optimize gear spacing, gear progression can be customized for more accurate and quicker shifts. It also features real-time adaptive shift-scheduling algorithms engineered for precise gear selection.

Take On The Baja

To further underline its desert rally credentials, the Ranger Raptor’s Terrain Management System (TMS) includes a unique exciting Baja mode, inspired by Mexico’s famous Baja Desert Rally, and enables ultra-responsive, high-speed off-road performance. In this mode, vehicle systems like Traction Control are pared back to allow spirited off-road driving with less intervention from the vehicle’s on-board systems. Gear selection is optimized for maximum performance, and the mapping will hold gears longer and downshift more rapidly for even better response.

Extreme Stopping Power

And, when you need to come to a halt, the braking system on the Ranger Raptor offers extreme stopping power through new and bespoke components. The front twin-piston calipers have been increased by 9.5mm in diameter and feature ventilated rotors in an impressive 332 x 32mm size. Also, for the first time on a Ranger, disc brakes at the rear include a brake actuation master cylinder and booster to increase braking performance, as well as ventilated 332 x 24mm rear rotors and a new 54mm caliper.

Withstand The Shock

The Ranger Raptor’s off-road capability is enhanced by sophisticated Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) shock absorbers exclusively manufactured by FOX. These are designed to provide higher damping forces at full jounce and rebound, and lower damping forces in the mid-travel zone for outstanding on-road comfort. The Watt’s linkage rear suspension has been specifically engineered to tackle tough terrain at high-speed while remaining in control and comfort, offering the best of both worlds.

Grip For Any Terrain

To tackle unforgiving terrain, Ranger Raptor’s specially developed BF Goodrich All-Terrain 285/70 R17 KO2 tyres offer a tough sidewall to navigate all environments with confidence. Its high grip levels extend adventure time on and off-road, with the rugged tread pattern boosting Ranger Raptor’s wet, mud, sand and snow handling ability.

Convenience First

The Ranger Raptor is loaded with convenience features for both on and off-road adventures. The Satellite Navigation System offers a “breadcrumb” feature to leave a trail in uncharted areas – perfect for the serious off-roader. Ranger Raptor is also equipped with Ford Stability Control, incorporating Roll Mitigation Function utilising clever sensors to anticipate and minimize oversteer, understeer and rollover incidents.

“The standout experience of the Ranger Raptor, hands down, is how far you can push it off-road versus any other available standard production road vehicle, and still provide amazing ride comfort on-road,” said Damien Ross, Chief Program Engineer, Ford Ranger Raptor.

“Everything about the Ranger Raptor builds on the already outstanding sophisticated feel and functional capability of the Ranger, and then goes further. From a driving dynamics and fun standpoint, it is really an exceptionally special truck.”

Job #1: First-ever Ford Performance Ranger Raptor rolls off the production line ahead of October Australian on-sale

  • The first-ever Ranger Raptor combines Ford Performance DNA with the award-winning Ranger’s renowned off-road capability and versatility, giving Australians the first highspeed, off-road Ford Ranger
  • Ranger Raptor is the first Ford Performance Ranger offered in Australia, and will be the official recovery vehicle of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship following its arrival in Australian showrooms
  • New highly-advanced Bi-Turbo powertrain includes a new 10-speed transmission to deliver 500Nm of torque for maximum drivability and unprecedented off-road capability
  • The Ford Performance Ranger Raptor is standard with a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, in addition to a range of other benefits including Ford’s Service Price Promise, Loan Car Program, Auto Club Membership and Sat-nav MapCare updates which are available to eligible customers at participating dealers

Ford Motor Company today celebrated the official start of production for the highly anticipated, first-ever Ranger Raptor performance truck at its world-class Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) facility in Rayong.

The Ranger Raptor – Ford’s first high-speed off-road performance truck built in Asia Pacific – was revealed to the public during the 2018 Bangkok Motor Show in March where Ford began taking customer orders. Deliveries are scheduled to start in Australia in October. Combining Ford Performance DNA with the Ranger’s renowned capability and versatility, the Ranger Raptor sets a new benchmark in high-speed, off-road pickup capability. The Raptor’s tough design is embodied by the well-recognised block Ford letters on its grill.

“The Ranger Raptor is truly the ultimate Ranger. With its bold appearance and extreme, off-road performance features, the Ranger Raptor represents a new and distinctive breed of truck for the region,” said Yukontorn ‘Vickie’ Wisadkosin, president, Ford ASEAN.

The Ranger Raptor is equipped with a powerful new Bi-Turbo diesel engine that is mated to a 10-Speed transmission to deliver peak power of 157kW of and 500Nm of torque from a low 1750rpm.

Built with increased ride height and a wider track, the Ranger Raptor includes standard front and rear FOX shock absorbers to improve ride and handling for even the most extreme rough terrain enthusiasts.

An innovative all-new Watt’s linkage rear suspension with coil-over rear springs further delivers diehard off-roaders rear axle lateral stability when travelling at high speeds in the great outdoors. Even in the most challenging terrain, flawless vehicle handing and accurate gear changing are made possible via the special Raptor steering wheel equipped with a magnesium paddle shifter.

Packed with the latest in-vehicle technologies, the Ranger Raptor features a Terrain Management System (TMS) that offers six modes that help deliver truly high performance, including the highly anticipated Baja Mode.

Ranger Raptor also comes with unique underbody protection to deflect off-road obstacles. The new bash plate is made from 2.3mm thick high-strength steel and meets enhanced capabilities for strength in-line with Ford Performance requirements.

Smart technologies and highlights include:

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Active noise cancellation system
  • SYNC™ 3 with multi-touch screen with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • Navigation system
  • Keyless and push start button
  • Easy lift tailgate
  • HID projector headlamps
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED fog lamps
  • Aluminium side-steps
  • High speed off-road durability performance front bumper
  • 17-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain BF Goodrich KO2 285/70 R17 tyres

The Ranger Raptor is available in five bold and enticing colors, including the new and unique Conquer Grey, as well as Lightning Blue, Race Red, Shadow Black and Frozen White.

While boasting Australian-led design and engineering at the Asia-Pacific Product Development Centre in Broadmeadows, Victoria, the Ranger Raptor is built at Ford Thailand Manufacturing for sale in the domestic market and export across the Asia Pacific region. In 2015, Ford announced an additional investment of US$186 million in FTM for incremental Ranger production volume to meet soaring demand across the region.

THE RETURN OF A LEGEND. NEXT GENERATION JIMNY CONFIRMED FOR AUSTRALIAN MARKET.

Suzuki Motor Corporation – Japan have today confirmed the release of the next generation Jimny for the Australian market.

The all-new Jimny fully embodies the core character of a small, lightweight 4WD vehicle following nearly 50 years of worldwide popularity.

Featuring a functional exterior and interior, ladder frame body, advanced ALLGRIP PRO 4WD system with reduction gear and rough road ability.

The all-new Jimny will boast a four cylinder 1.5L engine, with ample torque at low revolutions maintaining off-road driving performance as well as enhanced fuel economy.

Furthermore, other confirmed specifications include high beam assist, daytime running lights (DRLs) and multimedia satellite navigation featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, the next generation Jimny will also feature hill hold and hill decent controls as standard.

Safety has been put at the forefront of the design, creating a modern car for modern needs with front dual, side and certain airbags, Dual Sensor Brake Support and Electronic Stability Control (ESP).

Chief Engineer for the next generation Jimny Mr. Hiroyuki Yonezawa said the development team were up for the challenge to make the new Jimny more attractive than ever.

“The Jimny has been loved by customers around the world for nearly 50 years since its launch in 1970. It became an indispensable part of customers work, life and outdoor activities with its excellent off-road performance and high manoeuvrability.”

Furthermore, “20 long years have passed since the last model change in 1998, making it the third full model change significant in Jimny history” said Mr. Yonezawa.

Suzuki Australia General Manager – Automobile, Mr. Michael Pachota said the return of the legendary 4WD into the Australian market will be sure to impress.

“The Jimny is synonymous with the Suzuki brand and to have an all-new model on its way is something worth talking about. The Australian landscape will be a true test for the iconic 4WD and I have no doubt it will rise to the challenge.”

“I am very excited and highly anticipating the return of this legendary off-road compact SUV, in its all-new guise, to complement our already strong line-up of Suzuki vehicles in Australia.” said Mr. Pachota.

The all-new Jimny is due to arrive on Australian shores towards the end of the year, with sales to commence in Q1 2019.

Hyundai 2019 Santa Fe: New-generation family favourite makes style, safety and connectivity standard

  • 2019 Santa Fe features progressive, elegant styling, superb comfort and driver appeal, and advanced safety and infotainment technology
  • With a refined and classy interior and expanded occupant and luggage space it perfectly complements an active family lifestyle
  • Petrol and turbo-diesel engines, six- and eight-speed automatic transmissions and Hyundai’s go-anywhere HTRAC all-wheel drive system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility standard range-wide
  • Active safety standard across the range, including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keep Assist and a Driver Attention Warning
  • Hyundai Auto Link Premium makes its debut on Highlander model with vehicle remote control functions via mobile phone

Hyundai’s new fourth-generation Santa Fe SUV flagship breaks ground for standard active safety features, interior space and functionality, and family-friendly style.

Hyundai’s new, advanced HTRAC all-wheel drive system makes the new 2019 Santa Fe reassuringly stable on slippery roads and gives it the go-anywhere capability to underpin an active family lifestyle.

Like every Hyundai passenger car, new Santa Fe benefits from thousands of kilometres of local tuning to deliver enjoyable handling and steering and superb comfort on Australia’s uniquely challenging city and country roads.

A standard active-safety story sees Hyundai’s SmartSense™ suite included in all three Santa Fe variants.

From the Active version Santa Fe occupants are protected by Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist systems, as well as Driver Attention Warning, High Beam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist.

A classy, spacious and technological feature-packed cabin brings greater space for occupants – including more leg and head room – and a better view of their surroundings.

A ‘Walk-in’ switch allows effort-free folding of the second row for easy third-row access, while Elite and Highlander’s Smart Power Tailgate opens automatically when it detects the Smart Key.

The new Santa Fe is the complete package for energetic families seeking a safe, stylish and versatile seven-seater SUV. With handling and steering tuned in Australia, new Santa Fe is as enjoyable to drive as it is comfortable, and poised for adventure with the all-surface traction and security of HTRAC all-wheel drive.

“The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is an eye-catching and technologically advanced new generation model that has grown into a family favourite over four generations and almost two decades on the market,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mr JW Lee.

“Santa Fe delivers a long list of cutting-edge active safety features as standard across the range, powerful and efficient petrol and turbo-diesel engines, handsome style, family-friendly versatility, and value for money, with a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and Lifetime Service Plan.”

“Santa Fe is an advanced, safe and stylish SUV to complement an active family lifestyle,” he said.

New 2019 Santa Fe combines suburban cool and immense versatility with the technology to connect and the rough-road hardware to unplug and get away, while cocooning the family with an array of standard safety features.

Santa Fe model range overview
New Santa Fe wraps a spacious and versatile seven-seater SUV in a crisp, modern exterior, with a generous application of advanced technology.

Santa Fe is available in three trim levels – Active, Elite and Highlander – and Hyundai’s SmartSense™ active safety suite is standard in each.

The all-surface confidence that comes with Hyundai’s own HTRAC all-wheel drive system is standard in every Santa Fe.

Customers can choose from two drivetrains in the Active – a powerful, 138kW 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine with a six-speed automatic transmission and a high-torque 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine matched to a new, eight-speed automatic transmission.

Santa Fe Elite and Highlander come standard with the 440Nm 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

The new Santa Fe is the complete package for energetic families seeking a safe, stylish and versatile seven-seater SUV. With handling and steering tuned in Australia, new Santa Fe is as enjoyable to drive as it is comfortable, and poised for adventure with the all-surface traction and security of HTRAC all-wheel drive.

CHASSIS AND SUSPENSION DESIGN

The 2019 Santa Fe applies high strength steel extensively and employs state of the art manufacturing techniques to deliver high impact energy absorption and a safe and rigid multiple ring-shaped occupant cell.

The Santa Fe monocoque utilises 15 percent more high-strength steel than the preceding model – Hyundai Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) makes up 57 percent of the body structure, which brings benefits in both passive safety and chassis dynamics.

The hot stamping technique for forming structural sheet metal is applied for 15 components, compared with six for the preceding model. This, with larger weld diameters, increases crashworthiness while reducing the weight of the Body in White.

Body tensile strength is increased by 14.3 percent to 67.0kgf/mm2 and torsional stiffness is increased by 15.4 percent to 31.5x104kgf·m2/radian.

The 2019 Santa Fe is underpinned by optimised MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension.

The broad development strategy for the new Santa Fe’s suspension and steering was to optimise responsiveness and stability while enhancing comfort and refinement.

To this end the rear suspension has been stiffened compared with the preceding model, with the springs and dampers oriented vertically to give longer travel and a more absorbent ride.

External vertical shock absorbers are tuned to optimise responsiveness and stability while reducing noise, vibration and harshness. Road noise is isolated by reinforcing the floorpan and incorporating additional sound insulation material.

Multiple shock reduction dampers at the upper mounts of the front struts and rear dampers balance precision with comfort and NVH reduction, and optimised, larger diameter rear crossmember bushes improve ride and road noise characteristics.

Aluminium front knuckles and rear carrier mountings reduce unsprung weight by 3.6kg and 5.6kg at each side, respectively.

A Rack-Mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) system gives direct, well-weighted feel with varied assistance depending on vehicle speed.

AUSTRALIAN TUNED SUSPENSION & STEERING

New 2019 Santa Fe benefits from suspension and steering tuned in Australia specifically for local driving conditions, as does every new Hyundai vehicle sold in Australia (except iMax and iLoad).

The Santa Fe chassis development program was a joint effort by the Hyundai Australia Chassis Development and Product Planning teams, with an engineer from damper supplier ZF SACHS, and an engineer from Hyundai Motor Company’s Namyang, South Korea R&D facility.

During the development program the team evaluated 27 front suspension damper builds and 22 rear damper builds, as well as two front and three rear spring rates, over thousands of kilometres on a variety of surfaces, from country roads to freeways and corrugated dirt roads.

“First and foremost it had to be comfortable for families; it had to be safe with good recovery after big bumps, and we sprinkled in some fun-to-drive,” said Andrew Tuitahi, Hyundai Motor Company Australia Senior Manager Product Planning.

The positive influence of Hyundai’s Head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development, Albert Biermann, was obvious from HMCA’s first local Santa Fe test.

The HMCA development team arrived at a spring and damper tune each for the petrol and turbo-diesel engines, which provide for cosseting ride comfort and enjoyable handling on each of the three Santa Fe wheel and tyre packages.

Hyundai’s R-MDPS – for rack-mounted motor-driven power steering – features in new Santa Fe for the Australian market.

“Santa Fe’s rack-mounted motor-driven power steering gives the driver much better road feel [than the preceding model’s column-mounted motor],” Tuitahi said.

“The priority when tuning the steering was ease-of-use and comfort.”

The electric-motor assisted steering allows a push-button weight selection via the Drive Mode system, to let owners fine-tune the setting to their driving style.

ENGINES AND DRIVETRAINS

The 2.4 GDi petrol engine is available in Santa Fe Active. Running on regular unleaded the alloy block ‘Theta II’ engine produces 138kW at 6,000rpm and 241Nm at 4,000rpm. Teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission it uses 9.3L/100km on the official combined cycle.

The 2.2-litre CRDi turbo-diesel engine is available across all three Santa Fe trim grades.

The common-rail, direct-injected diesel ‘R-engine’ delivers 147kW at 3,800rpm. With an electronically controlled variable geometry turbocharger, it produces 440Nm across the range 1,750 to 2,750rpm.

Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel Grades and Pricing revealed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel Price list:

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

Citroen Unveils The C5 Aircross: A New Generation SUV, Ultra Modular And Comfortable

  • Citroen unveils new C5 Aircross in France
  • Vehicle developed to offer segment leading modularity and comfort
  • C5 Aircross currently under study for Australia
  • NOTE: Link to images and video at base of release

Citroen has unveiled its latest vehicle to join its growing SUV portfolio, the C5 Aircross.

Currently under study for the Australian market, the C5 has been developed under the Citroen Advanced Comfort programme.

Equipped with the suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions®and Advanced Comfort seats, it offers a new and typically Citroën travelling experience.

It boasts unrivalled modularity with three individual sliding, folding and inclining rear seats and best-in-class boot capacity of 580L to 720L

Modern and high-tech, New C5 Aircross SUV is equipped with 20 driver assistance systems including Highway Driver Assist, a level-two autonomous driving system, and Grip Control with Hill Assist Descent, for adventures off the beaten track

It also comes with six connectivity technologies, including wireless smartphone charging.
Produced in France at the Rennes-La Janais site, it will be launched in Europe and the rest of the world starting in late 2018 and will be the first Citroën vehicle to come in a plug-in hybrid version at the end of 2019.

After C3 Aircross, a resounding sales success having sold in 80,000 units, C5 Aircross, launched in China and having already sold in 40,000 units, and C4 Aircross, unveiled in late April at the Beijing Motor Show, Citroën is pursuing its international SUV offensive with the reveal of the European version of C5 Aircross.

Listening closely to the expectations of customers who do not want to forfeit practicality for image anymore, Citroën is moving into the SUV segment, a growing market accounting for a quarter of car sales worldwide, by offering motorists an alternative response. To the aspirational body styling of the model, Citroën has added a whole new experience of in-car comfort. The move demonstrates the Brand’s ability to reassert, in addition to its unique identity, benchmark comfort by opening the way to a new generation of SUVs inspired by customers.

NEW C5 AIRCROSS SUV: A UNIQUE PERSONALITY IN THE SEGMENT
Boasting a strong personality, New C5 Aircross SUV stands apart through its singular, energetic and assertive attitude. Measuring 4.50 m long, robust and muscular, powerful but free of arrogance, the new model stands out in the SUV segment with its flowing shapes punctuated with strong graphic touches such as the Airbump®, large 720 mm-diameter wheels, ground clearance of 230 mm and distinctive roof bars.

The cabin instantly gives an impression of protection and spaciousness, with an emphatically horizontal dashboard and enveloping seats, a height position that gives the feeling of dominating the road, as well as a wide central console and warm materials. Like the latest Citroën models, C5 Aircross has a broad range of customisation features.

Some 30 combinations are available outside, with seven body colours, a black two-tone roof offering and three Color Packs comprising coloured inserts on the front bumper, the Airbump® on the lower part of the front doors, and the roof bars. It also comes with five interior ambiances, whose matching colours and materials afford clarity and warmth in a trendy and premium “casual chic” style.

NEW C5 AIRCROSS SUV: THE MOST COMFORTABLE AND MODULAR SUV IN ITS SEGMENT
An ambassador of the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, New C5 Aircross SUV stands out through its comfort and approach to interior space. It innovates with its typically Citroën overall comfort and two major innovations: Citroën’s suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions® and Advanced Comfort seats with their unrivalled ability to filter out road disturbances and offer matchless ride comfort, the result being an outstanding travelling experience for all passengers.

New C5 Aircross SUV delivers unique modularity in the segment deriving from Citroën’s singular know-how in the world of MPVs, with three individual, sliding, folding and inclining rear seats and best-in-class boot volume of 580 l to 720 l.

NEW C5 AIRCROSS SUV: THE NEXT-GENERATION, MODERN AND HIGH-TECH SUV
In tune with its times and equipped with a 12.3” TFT digital instrument cluster and 8” capacitive touchscreen, New C5 Aircross SUV features 20 latest-generation driver assistance systems, including Highway Driver Assist, a level-two autonomous driving system, as well as six advanced connectivity technologies.

The new, ultra-connected model is equipped with wireless smartphone charging, or the ConnectedCAM Citroën®. Powered by efficient and high-performance petrol and diesel engines ranging from 130 bhp to 180 bhp and the new EAT8 automatic gearbox,
C5 Aircross will be the first Citroën to be available with plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology in late 2019.

Set for launch at the end of 2018 in Europe, New C5 Aircross SUV will be produced in France at the Rennes-La Janais plant.

MY19 Ford Ranger pricing and models: better value for money, higher equipment levels and five-year unlimited kilometre factory warranty

  • MY19 Ford Ranger ownership experience bolstered by Ford’s five-year unlimited kilometre warranty, MapCare updates available on SYNC® 3iii, Service Price Promise and Low Price Tyre Guarantee offered through Ford dealerships nationally
  • New-generation powertrain and improved suspension for enhanced dynamics, smoothness and cabin refinement
  • Inter-Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Vehicle Detection and Pedestrian Detection standard on Ranger Wildtrak and available as an option on Ranger XLT pick-up models as part of broader Driver Assistance Technology suite
  • Ranger’s development is part of Ford’s multi-billion-dollar investment in Australia, with locally-led design and engineering covering millions of kilometres, using Ford’s extensive facilities at its engineering and testing campuses at You Yangs, Victoria

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

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

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

MY19 Ford Ranger XL Series

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

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

Offered in single-, super- and double-cab body styles, Ranger XL brings the flexibility and toughness of Ranger’s ladder-frame chassis and Australian-led engineering and design in both 4×2 and 4×4 powertrains.

500Nm Bi-Turbo diesel engine and 10-speed automatic available on MY19 Ford Everest offering greater capability, refinement and efficiency

  • MY19 Ford Everest offers next generation powertrain with 10-speed automatic, 500Nm of torque, significantly improved levels of driveability, smoothness and cabin refinement for touring both on- and off-road
  • Inter-Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection and Vehicle Detection available, with keyless entry and push-button start now standard across the range
  • Everest development is part of Ford’s multi-billion dollar investment in Australia, the locally-led design and engineering has seen millions of kilometres of testing and development globally, including at Ford’s advanced engineering and testing facilities at its You Yangs campus in Victoria.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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