September 21, 2023


Just Do Automotive

This week in information: 6-10 March

6 min read

We publish a ton of automotive information tales throughout the working week, and it may be powerful to maintain up with the whole lot – 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.

Every part you have to know in regards to the 2024 Hyundai Kona

Preliminary Australian particulars for the new-generation 2024 Hyundai Kona have been launched, with an expansive vary of powertrains confirmed for the native market together with a hybrid and two EV choices.

The Kona Electrical will once more supply Customary Vary and Prolonged Vary battery choices in Australia, with a new-to-Australia Kona Hybrid to affix the vary across the similar time (This fall 2023), with up to date variations of the prevailing 2.0-litre petrol and 1.6-litre turbo petrol fashions kicking off proceedings from mid-year.

FULL STORY: 2024 Hyundai Kona: Sprawling small SUV vary detailed for Australia

C-HR to be hybrid solely

The second-generation Toyota C-HR will arrive in Australia within the first half of 2024, and might be provided completely with hybrid energy.

Toyota Australia has additionally confirmed it at present has no plans to introduce the plug-in hybrid to the native market, leaving yet one more PHEV out of attain for Aussies. The corporate has by no means provided PHEV variations of the Prius and RAV4 domestically.

The following C-HR has so far been previewed solely in idea guise – final yr’s C-HR Prologue – and has been confirmed as a hybrid- and PHEV-only providing globally.

FULL STORY: C-HR to be first hybrid-only Toyota in Australia because the Prius

Fiat’s cute little EV priced for Australia

Pricing and specification for the 2023 Fiat 500e electrical metropolis automotive has been confirmed by Stellantis Australia forward of its confirmed launch in mid-2023.

The Fiat 500e La Prima is priced from $52,500 earlier than on-road prices and can compete towards different electrical automobiles (EVs) just like the Mini Electrical, GWM Ora, MG 4, and Nissan Leaf.

La Prima interprets straight from Italian to English as ‘The First’, and serves as a launch version of the electrical metropolis automotive.

It’s powered by a single, front-mounted electrical motor producing 87kW of energy and 220Nm of torque. It’s mated with a 42kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

FULL STORY: 2023 Fiat 500e value and specs: EV hatch right here mid-year

What comes between H and C? At Honda, it’s Z

The Honda ZR-V has formally been confirmed because the model’s new entrant within the mid-size SUV section, due mid-2023 to tackle the top-selling Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5.

After a protracted drip-feed of knowledge with few official particulars, we all know Honda’s all-new SUV nameplate will arrive later this yr with 4 trim ranges, together with a top-spec e:HEV hybrid model sporting the identical drivetrain because the associated Civic e:HEV.

The majority of the vary might be powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine paired with a CVT automated, whereas the e:HEV makes use of a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine teamed with a two-motor hybrid system.

FULL STORY: Honda confirms new ZR-V SUV to tackle Toyota RAV4

X1 will get extra exxy for 2023

BMW Australia has jacked up costs of its all-new X1 SUV by as much as $6500 not even six months after launch.

Which means the vary now opens at $60,400 for the entry-level X1 sDrive18i (up $6500), whereas the xDrive20i xLine and M Sport variations see will increase of $4500 to $70,400 and $73,400 respectively – all costs are earlier than on-road prices.

A spokesperson from BMW’s native division advised CarExpert: “BMW consistently evaluations its pricing construction all year long, taking into account quite a few various factors”.

“Nonetheless, we at all times purpose to make sure our merchandise stay appropriately positioned and symbolize a aggressive pricing proposition available in the market for our prospects.”

FULL STORY: BMW ups X1 costs by as much as $6500

Lamborghini’s wild electrified V12 powertrain revealed

Lamborghini has provided a peek underneath the pores and skin of its subsequent V12 supercar flagship.

The model’s first sequence manufacturing Excessive Efficiency Electrified Car (HPEV), because it’s calling the brand new plug-in hybrid supercar, will function a brand new 6.5-litre V12 at its coronary heart.

It’s hooked as much as the rear axle solely, and pumps out 607kW of energy at a staggering 9250rpm. Peak torque is 725Nm at 6750rpm.

Redline is 9500rpm, or 500rpm past what the 4.0-litre six within the Porsche 911 GT3, GT3 RS, and 718 Cayman GT4 RS can handle.

FULL STORY: LB744: Lamborghini PHEV can have V12, three e-motors, wild outputs

Nissan shares extra on its e-Energy plans

Nissan has revealed a brand new modular method to growing each electrical and electrified powertrains it says will minimize prices.

Its 3-in-1 prototype, with a modular electrical motor, inverter and reducer, is deliberate to be used in EVs, whereas the 5-in-1 prototype is ready to be used in hybrid e-Energy automobiles.

The latter moreover incorporates a modular generator and increaser, whereas Nissan has additionally left the door open for different X-in-1 variants.

It’s additionally stated it’s contemplating including its e-Energy system to massive SUVs and business automobiles.

FULL STORY: How Nissan plans to chop growth prices for electrical, e-Energy automobiles
FULL STORY: Nissan is engaged on hybrid massive SUVs, business automobiles

Peugeot’s dashing plug-in hybrid wagon right here this yr

Peugeot Australia is now taking expressions of curiosity for the 508 GT Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrid forward of its arrival within the second quarter of 2023.

Notably, Peugeot has provided photographs of the present 508 and never the just lately revealed facelift. The corporate has but to verify native launch timing for the replace.

FULL STORY: Timing confirmed for Peugeot’s modern plug-in hybrid wagon

GWM’s latest Haval SUV is its largest but

Haval has revealed a single official picture of its so-called P04 body-on-frame three-row SUV that’s reportedly based mostly on the King Kong Cannon dual-cab ute.

The P04 reportedly measures in at 5.2 metres lengthy, nearly 2.0 metres huge, and 1.8 metres tall. For context that is round 20cm longer than the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Collection, although the opposite dimensions are line-ball.

A spokesperson for GWM Australia confirmed the P04 is for the Chinese language home market solely at this stage so isn’t within the firm’s plans for the native market.

FULL STORY: Haval P04: GWM’s Toyota LandCruiser rival revealed

Subaru’s fashionable act of S-Version

Subaru Australia has revealed a special-edition model of its outgoing Impreza hatchback to have fun the thirtieth anniversary of the mannequin.

It’s referred to as the S-Version – thank goodness for that hyphen – and is priced from $36,290 earlier than on-road prices, $3500 greater than the two.0i-S on which it’s based mostly.

It additionally marks the “final hurrah” of the current-generation forward of the launch of the next-generation mannequin, which is locked in for Australia at a yet-to-be confirmed date.

The particular version will arrive in showrooms from Might, with buyer deliveries additionally starting that month.

FULL STORY: Subaru sending off present Impreza with particular version

Puma ST auto’s claws not as sharp because the guide

There’s now a Ford Puma ST variant for consumers who can’t or don’t need to shift their very own gears.

Unveiled in a single day in Europe, the brand new Ford Puma ST Powershift pairs a 1.0-litre turbo with a seven-speed dual-clutch automated gearbox.

It enhances the prevailing Puma ST, not bought right here, which has a 1.5-litre turbo and comes completely with a six-speed guide.

“The Puma ST is a implausible automobile, however we no information to share about an Australian introduction,” stated a spokesperson for Ford Australia.

FULL STORY: Ford Puma ST Powershift has much less energy however extra comfort

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