We publish a ton of automobile information tales throughout the working week, and it may be powerful to maintain up with every part – which is the rationale behind this weekend listing.
In brief, listed here are some key articles from our information desk since Monday of this week summarised, simply in case you missed them on the time.
After being leaked earlier this week, the up to date SsangYong Musso and Musso XLV – or KG Mobility Rexton Sports activities Culmen and Rexton Sports activities Khan Culmen, as they’re now identified in Korea – have been revealed.
The up to date ute vary hasn’t been confirmed for an area launch but, however SsangYong Australia says it’s “estimated” to reach within the fourth quarter of 2023 alongside an up to date model of the associated Rexton SUV.
Up entrance, there’s a brand new octagonal grille with horizontal ribs, in addition to four-beam full-LED headlights with dynamic indicators and welcome/goodbye animations. The LED headlights substitute the halogen and HID headlights of the outgoing mannequin.
It’s no secret the present Mazda 6 vary is nearing the top of its life, however we could lastly have a clue about its successor – and it’s in all probability not what you have been anticipating.
Whereas rumours of a rear-drive Mazda 6 primarily based on the Massive Structure from the CX-60 and CX-90 SUVs with inline-six engines have been swirling for years, Mazda has dominated the concept out, and has remained quiet on the nameplate’s future at a world stage.
Nonetheless, the current Shanghai motor present noticed the Japanese model’s three way partnership in China tease a pair of upcoming electrified autos in a product presentation, certainly one of which could possibly be a brand new Mazda 6.
Sky-high used automobile costs are progressively returning to earth as manufacturing of latest autos improves, however they’re nonetheless far costlier than earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic.
That is the newest from Moody’s Analytics, which this week printed its Q1 used car worth report stating common used automobile costs throughout Australia have been 13.2 per cent decrease than they have been at their Could 2022 peak, and down 9.8 per cent year-on-year (to finish of March).
The dangerous information is, used automobile costs are nonetheless 51 per cent greater than pre-pandemic ranges. The non permanent and seasonal backlog of latest autos clearing quarantine in Australia as reported right here has additional subdued used-vehicle worth declines within the brief time period.
New car deliveries in Australia climbed a modest 1.3 per cent in April over the identical month final 12 months, ending at 82,137 models.
This was pushed totally by development in SUV gross sales (up 8.6 per cent), with each mild commercials (down 13.1 per cent) and passenger vehicles (down 1.6 per cent) going within the different course.
The Ford Ranger topped the charts, narrowly forward of its Toyota HiLux nemesis, with Toyota’s RAV4 rounding out the rostrum.
Gross sales of electrical autos (EVs) in Australia have greater than tripled over the primary 4 months of 2023 in comparison with the identical interval final 12 months.
Australians took supply of 23,926 pure EVs between January 1 and April 30, which is the same as 6.8 per cent general market share. On the similar level in 2022, EV gross sales and share have been 7618 models and a couple of.2 per cent respectively.
EVs have additionally overtaken hybrids (21,693 registrations YTD) because the favorite type of electrification in Australia thus far this 12 months – in some half right down to Toyota’s ongoing provide complications.
Kia Australia has been pressured to place a stop-sale on its top-spec Sportage GT-Line SUV on account of ongoing part shortages.
Native product planning boss Roland Rivero instructed CarExpert the model has paused orders of the flagship variants given the present provide problem and a rising financial institution of orders.
“Sportage GT-Line manufacturing is proscribed [currently] because of part shortages,” stated Mr Rivero.
Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi between 2010 and 2018, will quickly confess to his position in Volkswagen Group’s Dieselgate emissions dishonest scheme.
Stadler’s authorized crew instructed Automotive Information he’ll make a full confession to a German courtroom, and can pay a tremendous of €1.1 million ($1.8 million) in alternate for a suspended sentence.
Stadler, together with Wolfgang Hatz, the Volkswagen Group’s former head of engine improvement, and Giovanni Pamio, Audi’s head of thermodynamics within the engine engineering division, have been charged with fraud for knowingly promoting vehicles that weren’t compliant with emissions requirements.
The Peugeot 2008 has obtained a mid-life replace with freshened styling, a extra highly effective electrical variant, and a brand new mild-hybrid mannequin across the nook.
“The Peugeot 2008, together with the e-2008, is a crucial a part of our ongoing vary in Australia,” stated a spokesperson for Peugeot Australia.
“Anticipated launch particulars for the facelifted 2008 together with timing, pricing and specification might be confirmed at a later date for the Australian market.”
The KG Mobility Rexton New Area has been revealed as a refreshed SsangYong Rexton, full with an overhauled inside.
The Rexton New Area sees the same set of updates to the associated Musso.
SsangYong Australia says it hasn’t finalised an area launch but for both mannequin, however is estimating one for the fourth quarter of 2023.
The upcoming all-electric Mini Countryman has been captured with none camouflage throughout what seems to be a video shoot within the US.
This explicit Countryman seems to be a top-spec all-electric SE variant because of the All4 and yellow S badges, signifying all-wheel drive and electrification, respectively.
Ford Australia will open on-line reservations for the Mustang Mach-E electrical crossover on Could 10, forward of its arrival in Australia late this 12 months.
Clients will have the ability to safe a Mustang Mach-E by means of a portal on the Ford Australia web site from the afternoon of Could 10. Remaining pricing for the vary may even be confirmed at the moment.
With the intention to reserve a Ford Mustang Mach-E you’ll want to pick which variant you need, create a Ford Account, and pay a set reservation payment of $1000 to the authorised Ford EV supplier of their selection.
Honda Australia has confirmed the pricing of the Toyota RAV4-rivalling ZR-V mid-sized SUV with deposits now in a position to be taken forward of its on-sale date of Could 19.
Attributable to launch within the coming months, the Honda ZR-V vary begins at $40,200 drive-away for the VTi X, and extends to $54,900 drive-away for the e:HEV LX hybrid flagship. A full pricing listing is on the backside of this story.
For context, the Toyota RAV4 vary at the moment begins at $38,050 earlier than on-road prices for the GX Auto 2WD, and extends to $56,650 earlier than on-road prices for the Edge AWD Hybrid.
The brand new Amarok has lastly began rolling into dealerships, and Volkswagen Australia is anticipating strong provide as soon as the preliminary burst of shoppers have obtained their vehicles.
The corporate has additionally confirmed service pricing for the ute. It’ll price $1800 to service for 5 years or 75,000 kilometres with certainly one of its pay as you go Care Plans, undercutting the worth of the equal bundle for a 2022 four-cylinder diesel by $200, and a 2022 turbo-diesel V6 by $400.
A full vary of equipment has additionally been detailed.