This week in news: 6-10 March

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We people a ton of car quality stories during the moving week, and it tin beryllium pugnacious to support up with everything – which is the rationale down this play list.

In short, present are immoderate cardinal articles from our quality table since Monday of this week summarised, conscionable successful lawsuit you missed them astatine the time.

  •  6-10 March

Everything you request to cognize astir the 2024 Hyundai Kona

Initial Australian details for the new-generation 2024 Hyundai Kona person been released, with an expansive scope of powertrains confirmed for the section marketplace including a hybrid and 2 EV options.

The Kona Electric volition again connection Standard Range and Extended Range artillery options successful Australia, with a new-to-Australia Kona Hybrid to articulation the scope astir the aforesaid clip (Q4 2023), with updated versions of the existing 2.0-litre petrol and 1.6-litre turbo petrol models kicking disconnected proceedings from mid-year.

FULL STORY: 2024 Hyundai Kona: Sprawling tiny SUV scope elaborate for Australia

  •  6-10 March

C-HR to beryllium hybrid only

The second-generation Toyota C-HR volition get successful Australia successful the archetypal fractional of 2024, and volition beryllium offered exclusively with hybrid power.

Toyota Australia has besides confirmed it presently has nary plans to present the plug-in hybrid to the section market, leaving yet different PHEV retired of scope for Aussies. The institution has ne'er offered PHEV versions of the Prius and RAV4 locally.

The adjacent C-HR has frankincense acold been previewed lone successful conception guise – past year’s C-HR Prologue – and has been confirmed arsenic a hybrid- and PHEV-only offering globally.

FULL STORY: C-HR to beryllium archetypal hybrid-only Toyota successful Australia since the Prius

  •  6-10 March

Fiat’s cute small EV priced for Australia

Pricing and specification for the 2023 Fiat 500e electrical metropolis car has been confirmed by Stellantis Australia up of its confirmed motorboat successful mid-2023.

The Fiat 500e La Prima is priced from $52,500 earlier on-road costs and volition vie against different electrical vehicles (EVs) similar the Mini Electric, GWM Ora, MG 4, and Nissan Leaf.

La Prima translates straight from Italian to English arsenic ‘The First’, and serves arsenic a motorboat variation of the electrical metropolis car.

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

FULL STORY: 2023 Fiat 500e terms and specs: EV hatch present mid-year

  •  6-10 March

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

The Honda ZR-V has officially been confirmed arsenic the brand’s caller entrant successful the mid-size SUV segment, owed mid-2023 to instrumentality connected the top-selling Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5.

After a agelong drip-feed of accusation with fewer authoritative details, we cognize Honda’s all-new SUV nameplate volition get aboriginal this twelvemonth with 4 trim levels, including a top-spec e:HEV hybrid mentation sporting the aforesaid drivetrain arsenic the related Civic e:HEV.

The bulk of the scope volition beryllium powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol motor paired with a CVT automatic, portion the e:HEV uses a 2.0-litre people aspirated petrol motor teamed with a two-motor hybrid system.

FULL STORY: Honda confirms caller ZR-V SUV to instrumentality connected Toyota RAV4

  •  6-10 March

X1 gets much exxy for 2023

BMW Australia has jacked up prices of its all-new X1 SUV by up to $6500 not adjacent six months aft launch.

That means the scope present opens astatine $60,400 for the entry-level X1 sDrive18i (up $6500), portion the xDrive20i xLine and M Sport versions spot increases of $4500 to $70,400 and $73,400 respectively – each prices are earlier on-road costs.

A spokesperson from BMW’s section part told CarExpert: “BMW perpetually reviews its pricing operation passim the year, taking into information a fig of antithetic factors”.

“However, we ever purpose to guarantee our products stay appropriately positioned and correspond a competitory pricing proposition successful the marketplace for our customers.”

FULL STORY: BMW ups X1 prices by up to $6500

  •  6-10 March

Lamborghini’s chaotic electrified V12 powertrain revealed

Lamborghini has offered a peek nether the tegument of its adjacent V12 supercar flagship.

The brand’s archetypal bid accumulation High Performance Electrified Vehicle (HPEV), arsenic it’s calling the caller plug-in hybrid supercar, volition diagnostic a caller 6.5-litre V12 astatine its heart.

It’s hooked up to the rear axle only, and pumps retired 607kW of powerfulness astatine a staggering 9250rpm. Peak torque is 725Nm astatine 6750rpm.

Redline is 9500rpm, oregon 500rpm beyond what the 4.0-litre six successful the Porsche 911 GT3, GT3 RS, and 718 Cayman GT4 RS tin manage.

FULL STORY: LB744: Lamborghini PHEV volition person V12, 3 e-motors, chaotic outputs

  •  6-10 March

Nissan shares much connected its e-Power plans

Nissan has revealed a caller modular attack to processing some electrical and electrified powertrains it says volition chopped costs.

Its 3-in-1 prototype, with a modular electrical motor, inverter and reducer, is planned for usage successful EVs, portion the 5-in-1 prototype is acceptable for usage successful hybrid e-Power vehicles.

The second additionally features a modular generator and increaser, portion Nissan has besides near the doorway unfastened for different X-in-1 variants.

It’s besides said it’s considering adding its e-Power strategy to ample SUVs and commercialized vehicles.

FULL STORY: How Nissan plans to chopped improvement costs for electric, e-Power vehicles
FULL STORY: Nissan is moving connected hybrid ample SUVs, commercialized vehicles

  •  6-10 March

Peugeot’s dashing plug-in hybrid wagon present this year

Peugeot Australia is present taking expressions of involvement for the 508 GT Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrid up of its accomplishment successful the 2nd 4th of 2023.

Notably, Peugeot has supplied images of the existent 508 and not the precocious revealed facelift. The institution has yet to corroborate section motorboat timing for the update.

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

  •  6-10 March

GWM’s newest Haval SUV is its largest yet

Haval has revealed a azygous authoritative representation of its alleged P04 body-on-frame three-row SUV that’s reportedly based connected the King Kong Cannon dual-cab ute.

The P04 reportedly measures successful astatine 5.2 metres long, astir 2.0 metres wide, and 1.8 metres tall. For discourse this is astir 20cm longer than the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series, though the different dimensions are line-ball.

A spokesperson for GWM Australia confirmed the P04 is for the Chinese home marketplace lone astatine this signifier truthful isn’t successful the company’s plans for the section market.

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

  •  6-10 March

Subaru’s stylish enactment of S-Edition

Subaru Australia has revealed a special-edition mentation of its outgoing Impreza hatchback to observe the 30th day of the model.

It’s called the S-Edition – convey goodness for that hyphen – and is priced from $36,290 earlier on-road costs, $3500 much than the 2.0i-S connected which it’s based.

It besides marks the “last hurrah” of the current-generation up of the motorboat of the next-generation model, which is locked successful for Australia astatine a yet-to-be confirmed date.

The peculiar variation volition get successful showrooms from May, with lawsuit deliveries besides opening that month.

FULL STORY: Subaru sending disconnected existent Impreza with peculiar edition

  •  6-10 March

Puma ST auto’s claws not arsenic crisp arsenic the manual

There’s present a Ford Puma ST variant for buyers who cannot oregon don’t privation to displacement their ain gears.

Unveiled overnight successful Europe, the caller Ford Puma ST Powershift pairs a 1.0-litre turbo with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

It complements the existing Puma ST, not sold here, which has a 1.5-litre turbo and comes exclusively with a six-speed manual.

“The Puma ST is simply a fantastic vehicle, but we nary quality to stock astir an Australian introduction,” said a spokesperson for Ford Australia.

FULL STORY: Ford Puma ST Powershift has little powerfulness but much convenience

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