This week in automobile information: August 1-5


We publish a ton of automobile information tales through the working week (70-odd as a rule), and it may be robust to maintain up with all the pieces – which is the rationale behind this weekend record.

Briefly, 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.


New children on the block, right here quickly

Automotive manufacturers come and go. We’ve seen a couple of enter the bustling, extremely fragmented Australian automobile market in latest instances, and some exit on the opposite facet.

Premium gamers Genesis and Polestar come to thoughts as examples of the previous; whereas Holden, Infiniti, Opel and Alpine match the invoice as examples of the latter.

There are extra entrants coming in 2022 and 2023, capitalising on what they see as gaps available in the market. Right here we profile the following 5.

FULL STORY: What new automobile manufacturers are coming to Australia within the subsequent 12 months?


Ute able to ‘Rok and Roll

The model new, second-generation Volkswagen Amarok dual-cab ute will begin manufacturing in October and arrive in Australian showrooms by March 2023.

The corporate this week detailed the mannequin ‘stroll’, with out disclosing closing 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 completely based mostly on the most recent Ford Ranger, which launched final month, however has been made to look totally different each exterior and in.

FULL STORY: 2023 Volkswagen Amarok, Australian vary detailed


No extra batches of those scorching hatches

Put together for some heartbreak, scorching hatch lovers. 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 had been the one variations of every mannequin supplied it additionally means by extension all the Fiesta and Focus nameplates are about to be retired in Australia.

Whereas there are a couple 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 capable of make it to a vendor in time.

FULL STORY: Ford Fiesta ST and Focus ST axed from Australian line-up


Soiled gasoline’s doom accelerated

Australia’s soiled gasoline is getting cleaner, sooner, and the Authorities says any value enhance on the pump must be marginal.

The Albanese Labor Authorities has launched laws to deliver ahead the introduction of lower-sulfur petrol offered 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 gasoline.

FULL STORY: Australian petrol getting cleaner from 2024, laws introduced ahead


Gross sales plateau, however demand robust

Australia’s month-to-month automobile gross sales (which means deliveries) steadied in July, exhibiting 0.4 per cent development 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 typical every day gross sales enhance was a tick over 131 items.

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries chief govt Tony Weber mentioned the flat consequence confirmed the market has but to normalise because the starting of the pandemic.

FULL STORY: VFACTS – July 2022 automobile gross sales figures


BYD lastly right here, with some celeb assist

We’ve been writing concerning the launch of BYD electrical automobiles into Australia for what looks like perpetually, however the countdown clock is about to strike zero.

The Chinese language firm’s Australian distributor, EVDirect.com.au, says there at the moment are 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 patrons scheduled to kick off in a matter of weeks.

FULL STORY: Hundreds of BYD Atto 3 EVs due in Australia inside weeks


Minimize the crap round energetic security phrases

A coalition of American automotive trade our bodies needs to make life simpler for brand new automobile patrons by asking automakers to make use of clearer terminology for energetic security and driver help expertise.

The coalition has launched a set of expanded and up to date suggestions for common phrases for superior driver help programs (ADAS), akin to autonomous emergency braking, and is looking on automakers, journalists, and regulators to make use of them.

Our bodies concerned embrace the American Car 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).

FULL STORY: Requires carmakers to chop security jargon proceed
OPINION: 22 names for a similar security function: How automobile manufacturers confuse us


The Common targets value gouging

Common Motors within the US is penalising patrons of a few of its costlier, high-demand automobiles who shortly resell them.

Extra particularly, it’s concentrating on patrons 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 patrons who attempt to resell throughout 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 identical stipulation,” mentioned a spokesperson for GMSV, which sells the Chevrolet Corvette and Silverado in Australia.

FULL STORY: Common Motors cracking down on resellers of in-demand automobiles


Household SUV security improve

The Hyundai Palisade three-row SUV has been re-evaluated by crash-tester ANCAP following some updates, and has now attained a five-star score.

This consequence follows the four-star ANCAP security score that diesel variants of the pre-update Palisade acquired round two months in the past, towards the most recent and harshest take a look at protocols.

A part of the testing for the up to date Palisade included Australian analysis of some energetic security gear, and the brand new centre airbag. All the opposite adjustments had been evaluated utilizing information.

FULL STORY: 2023 Hyundai Palisade will get five-star ANCAP security improve


Assist, my eyes!

Porsche is presently 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).

FULL STORY: The Porsche Cayenne convertible prototype that didn’t make it



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