We publish a ton of automobile information tales throughout the working week (70-odd as a rule), and it may be powerful to maintain up with the whole lot – which is the rationale behind this weekend listing.
In brief, listed below are some key articles from our information desk since Monday of this week summarised, simply in case you missed them on the time.
Automotive manufacturers come and go. We’ve seen a number of enter the bustling, extremely fragmented Australian automobile market in latest occasions, and some exit on the opposite facet.
There are extra entrants coming in 2022 and 2023, capitalising on what they see as gaps out there. Right here we profile the subsequent 5.
The model new, second-generation Volkswagen Amarok dual-cab ute will start manufacturing in October and arrive in Australian showrooms by March 2023.
The corporate this week detailed the mannequin ‘stroll’, with out disclosing last pricing, which is able to comprise 5 specification ranges with three diesel engine choices, and one petrol.
As has been written exhaustively, the brand new Amarok is solely based mostly on the newest Ford Ranger, which launched final month, however has been made to look completely different each outdoors and in.
Put together for some heartbreak, scorching hatch fanatics. Ford Australia is killing off the beloved Fiesta ST and Focus ST pocket rockets, due largely to ongoing provide complications out of Europe the place they’re constructed.
Since these have been the one variations of every mannequin supplied it additionally means by extension the complete Fiesta and Focus nameplates are about to be retired in Australia.
Whereas there are a number of extra small-volume shipments inbound earlier than 12 months’s finish, most of those will go to current order holders – with a tiny quantity to be made out there to punters in a position to make it to a supplier in time.
Australia’s soiled gas is getting cleaner, sooner, and the Authorities says any value improve on the pump needs to be marginal.
The Albanese Labor Authorities has launched laws to convey ahead the introduction of lower-sulfur petrol bought in Australia from 2027 to 2024.
By December 15, 2024, all petrol at Australian service stations could have a most sulfur degree of 10 elements per million. This is applicable to 91 RON, 95 RON, 98 RON and E85 unleaded gas.
Australia’s month-to-month automobile gross sales (that means deliveries) steadied in July, displaying 0.4 per cent progress over the identical month final 12 months regardless of ongoing inventory shortages and wait lists.
Business database VFACTS studies 84,461 gross sales for the primary month of the brand new monetary 12 months, towards 84,161 in July of 2021. Given there was one fewer promoting day this July than final July (26 days versus 27), the common each day gross sales improve was a tick over 131 items.
Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries chief government Tony Weber stated the flat end result confirmed the market has but to normalise because the starting of the pandemic.
FULL STORY: VFACTS – July 2022 car sales figures
We’ve been writing in regards to the launch of BYD electrical automobiles into Australia for what looks like ceaselessly, however the countdown clock is about to strike zero.
The Chinese language firm’s Australian distributor, EVDirect.com.au, says there are actually three ships en route, loaded with BYD Atto 3 electrical SUVs destined for patrons.
The corporate claims to have greater than 4000 gross sales banked, with deliveries to consumers scheduled to kick off in a matter of weeks.
A coalition of American automotive business our bodies needs to make life simpler for brand spanking new automobile consumers by asking automakers to make use of clearer terminology for lively security and driver help know-how.
The coalition has launched a set of expanded and up to date suggestions for common phrases for superior driver help programs (ADAS), comparable to autonomous emergency braking, and is asking on automakers, journalists, and regulators to make use of them.
Our bodies concerned embody the American Vehicle Affiliation, itself a federation of various motor golf equipment within the US, in addition to J.D. Energy, Client Reviews, the Nationwide Security Council, and SAE Worldwide (previously the Society of Automotive Engineers).
Normal Motors within the US is penalising consumers of a few of its costlier, high-demand automobiles who shortly resell them.
Extra particularly, it’s focusing on consumers who buy a brand new Cadillac Escalade-V, Chevrolet Corvette Z06 or GMC Hummer EV, with buy agreements shared on-line detailing the penalties for consumers who attempt to resell inside the 12 months after taking supply.
“GMSV is but to launch allocation or pricing for Z06, we anticipate doing this later this 12 months, however we don’t have plans to implement an analogous stipulation,” stated a spokesperson for GMSV, which sells the Chevrolet Corvette and Silverado in Australia.
The Hyundai Palisade three-row SUV has been re-evaluated by crash-tester ANCAP following some updates, and has now attained a five-star ranking.
This end result follows the four-star ANCAP safety rating that diesel variants of the pre-update Palisade acquired round two months in the past, towards the newest and harshest take a look at protocols.
A part of the testing for the up to date Palisade included Australian analysis of some lively security tools, and the brand new centre airbag. All the opposite modifications have been evaluated utilizing knowledge.
Porsche is at the moment celebrating the twentieth anniversary of its first SUV, the Cayenne, and as such has introduced an unconventional prototype out of storage.
It’s a convertible based mostly on the first-generation Cayenne, that by no means made it to manufacturing – though one bodily prototype was made. It was apparently “thought-about” shortly after the European launch of the first-generation Cayenne in December 2002.
Measuring in at roughly 4.8 metres lengthy, this Cayenne convertible prototype isn’t road-going and is referred to by Porsche as a Package deal Operate Mannequin (PFM).