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                                                                                                                          Current US Pathfinder (left) and Altima

All-new mid-size sedan and SUV set for Oz as Nissan Australia saddles up with US
                                    By TERRY MARTIN                 the Australian-manufactured Toyota Camry.           SUV moving away from frame-based.
NISSAN Australia is planning a fresh,                                  No less significantly, Altima also looks set to      “It just so happens that with those two
big-volume assault on the medium-sized                              become Nissan’s first hybrid car in Australia –      trends, we believe the product already exists
passenger car and SUV segments as its                               representing a direct threat to Toyota’s Altona-    in the US around that philosophy and they’re
Japanese parent prepares to release a fully                         built Camry hybrid, which enters a new              also going in that same direction.
redesigned Altima sedan and coupe and a                             generation early next year after the mainstream        “And let’s be honest, when it comes to
new Pathfinder in the US next year.                                  model hits the market in November.                  SUVs, Europe’s not interested, Japan’s
   Details of the new models are still                                 In an interview with GoAuto last week,           never been interested, so we have to align
secret, with global debuts in concept or                            Nissan Australia managing director and CEO          ourselves with the US more effectively and
near-production form on the cards for the                           Dan Thompson revealed the company is                pull ourselves away from alignment with ...
Los Angeles auto show in November or in                             working with the US to secure both a mid-size       other markets where frame-based will go on
Detroit seven weeks later, ahead of a likely                        (D-segment) passenger car and SUV designed          for a long, long time.”
Australian introduction in 2013.                                    in North America for international consumption,        Mr Thompson said Nissan recognised that
   GoAuto understands Nissan’s upcoming                             including right-hand-drive markets.                 it had “too many different (D-segment) cars”
fourth-generation Pathfinder is set to                                  He said that might not mean Australian           and that Australia’s alignment with the US
ditch the current seven-year-old model’s                            vehicles will be built in the US, but that North    would hand it volume-selling replacements
steel ladder-frame chassis and return to                            America had taken a lead role in developing         for both Maxima, which straddles the
monocoque underpinnings that will bring far                         D-segment cars under the direction of Nissan        medium and large segments and has found
superior on-road dynamics at the expense of                         Motor Co chief executive Carlos Ghosn, who          150 buyers a month this year, and Pathfinder,
some off-road ability.                                              is cutting back on the number of regional           sales of which have fallen to around 190 a
   The fourth-generation Altima, meanwhile,                         models in favour of global vehicles.                month – down from 350 a month five years
which is now in its sixth year, is also in line                        “The driving force for us looking in the US is   ago and now akin to the niche Murano,
for a radical redesign and, with it, global                         the trends here in this market,” Mr Thompson        despite a major realignment last year.
responsibilities, returning the Primera to                          said. “We all know where large cars are going                   Continued next page
Europe and providing Australia with the                             (ie: downward), so we believe that a medium-
means to axe the larger, low-volume Maxima                          sized D-segment car is more than enough and
                                                                                                                              BROAD ACCENT
and make its presence felt in the increasingly                      that’s the future, in our opinion, for Australia.
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        Continued from previous page
   The Murano is based on the same platform
as Maxima and is pitched as a premium
high-riding wagon version of the large car.
   “We believe firmly that here, the future
is around medium, not large cars,” said
Mr Thompson. “So Maxima straddles and
honestly doesn’t serve the purpose that we
need, or doesn’t fill its role today when we
only sell a few hundred a month. It needs to be
significantly more volume, so we’re looking
at other strategies for Maxima replacement
and also Pathfinder replacement.
   “The challenge to our guys is we’re not                                                                                   Current Altima Coupe
interested in bringing a whole slew of non-core      to be top-three sellers with a minimum 10 per      10 per cent (up from 6.8 per cent now).
models that sell a few hundred units a month         cent share of their segments.                         “When we talk about post-GT2012, for us
unless they’re Zeds and GT-Rs and Muranos               But he said their sales volume had to           hybrid will be a key alternative powertrain
and the like. So if we want to have investment       be “somewhere in between to make it                in some of the medium and larger size
in Maxima, investment in Pathfinder, 200 a            worthwhile”.                                       segments, there’s no doubt,” he said, adding
month, boys, isn’t good enough.                         Precious few details surround the new-          that diesel was also a prime consideration
   “It’s just that philosophy – not willing          generation Altima and Pathfinder, but the           in larger segments, including medium and
to just roll over and just keep doing what           Altima is a crucial vehicle – Nissan’s biggest-    large SUVs.
we’ve always been doing for the last 10              selling vehicle bar none in the US by a large         The medium-car segment currently
years and accept that 200 (sales a month) is         margin (figures released last week show it          accounts for 7.3 per cent of all new-vehicle
good, because it’s not.”                             found 21,340 homes last month, while it            sales in Australia – just 0.3 per cent behind
   Mr Thompson said that when they arrive            topped 32,000 units in March to be America’s       large cars – and Nissan will enter the fray
here (from 2013), the new medium-sized               biggest-selling sedan for the first time) – and     against a raft of key rivals.
models will not become part of Nissan’s group        one that Mr Thompson rates highly.                    Other than this year’s replacement for
of core models – X-Trail, Navara, Micra and the         As well as being available in both sedan        Toyota’s dominant Camry, Nissan will take on
‘Pulsar’ Tiida replacement – that are expected       and coupe body styles, the Altima is available     Ford’s now-popular Mondeo and the Mazda6
                                                     with a 130kW 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine        range, which so far this year holds third place
                      John Mellor’s                  and a 201kW 3.5-litre V6 petrol – both             in the mainstream mid-size car segment
                                                     driving the front wheels through a CVT             but should be thoroughly modernised with
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                                                     transmission – and in 2007 became Nissan’s
                                                     first hybrid vehicle, pairing the 2.5 ‘QR25’
                                                                                                        advanced SkyActiv technology by the time
                                                                                                        the Altima arrives here.
 EDITOR: Terry Martin                                inline-four with a Toyota-sourced hybrid              Also joining mid-size stalwarts like
 MANAGING EDITOR: Marton Pettendy                    drive system.                                      Subaru’s Liberty, Honda’s Accord Euro
 JOURNALISTS: Ron Hammerton, Haitham Razagui
                                                        Significantly, Mr Thompson last week             and Volkswagen’s new Passat will be the
                Byron Mathioudakis, James Stanford
 PRODUCTION: Luc Britten                             committed to offering an alternative               all-new Holden Malibu (due next year)
 SUB-EDITOR: David Hassall                           powertrain in “almost every segment                and this year’s new Peugeot 508, VW Jetta
 EDITORIAL ASSISTANT: Mike Costello                  outside of light” in Australia – meaning           and Hyundai i40 wagon, which will join an
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                                                     diesel, hybrid or pure electric – in the period    increasingly popular i45 sedan range that,
                                                     following its current GT2012 strategy,             along with the Kia Optima, could eventually
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‘We’re still on track’
Nissan is confident of top
importer spot by Q2 2013
as model program unfolds

            By TERRY MARTIN
NISSAN Australia managing director and
CEO Dan Thompson remains confident
the Japanese brand will achieve its goal of
becoming the number-one full-line importer
and owning 10 per cent of the new-vehicle
                                                                                                                                  2012 Versa
market in Australia by early 2013.
   Despite supply problems out of                Nissan has not been as badly affected as        that we will be one of those two or three
Thailand for its volume-selling models some of its competitors by the crippling                  brands that are significantly growing. I
and increasingly volatile global economic supply shortages following the March                   believe the Volkswagen Group and the
conditions, Mr Thompson told GoAuto 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, but                      Hyundai Group are probably in similar
last week the company has never deviated nonetheless looks to have a monumental                  strong positions.”
from the goals laid out under its ‘GT2012’ task ahead of it to bring its annual sales up            Mr Thompson said Nissan had the greatest
plan announced early in 2009, which also to around 100,000.                                      market share movement of any brand in its
aims for a minimum 10 per cent segment           Last year it managed 62,676 units, up           last financial year – up seven points, to 6.4
share and a top-three ranking from its core 18.5 per cent on the previous year.                  per cent – and that the goal is to repeat that
models: the Navara ute, Micra light                       Asked whether Nissan was still         growth in the current FY to seven per cent
car, X-Trail compact SUV and the                       sticking to its ambitious target for      by the end of March 2012.
Dualis compact crossover.                              its 2012 financial year, which ends           That will leave it 12 months to find
   According to Mr Thompson, the                       on March 31, 2013, Mr Thompson            another three per cent share, or about 30,000
Dualis will not quite reach those                      said: “Absolutely. We’ve never            additional units.
goals but the Navara, which is the                     come off that.                               Key volume drivers will be increased
entrenched number-two behind                              “We’re still on track. We have 19      supply of Micra – only now coming
Toyota’s HiLux in the 4x4 ute                          months to go, and it will be the launch   through, Nissan says, which was reflected
segment with an 18.8 per cent share,                   of the Tiida replacement that gives us    in last month’s 1184 sales and an 11.3 per
                                        Dan Thompson
“over-compensates”.                                    that last lift or boost.                  cent share of the light segment – and also
   VFACTS figures released last week show         “We’ve picked up the boost from Dualis          from Navara, with plans underway to boost
Nissan currently holds a 6.8 per cent share we’ve wanted – we’ve almost quadrupled               supply out of Thailand, Japan and Spain.
of Australia’s overall new-vehicle market – volume out of Dualis – we’ve taken X-Trail              Gains are also expected from a host of new
up 0.7 per cent year-to-date on the back of up probably 25-30 per cent and that has a little     models and variants due next year, including
a 4.5 per cent increase in sales (to 39,180 bit more growth for us to come, Navara we’re         an all-new Micra-based sedan (known as
units) – to be in sixth position and some about 75 per cent of the way there – we still          Versa), diesel-powered Dualis and, late in
distance behind the brands it needs to topple have some work in the 4x2 space because            the year, new-generation Patrol SUV.
to achieve its goal: Hyundai, currently on we’re almost non-existent today in 4x2 – and
8.7 per cent with 50,204 sales, and Mazda, then obviously Micra ... will continue to grow.         FULL STORY, FUTURE CARS: CLICK HERE
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Asian threat to local plant
Accessories business to
play key role in keeping
Nissan casting plant alive

          By RON HAMMERTON
NISSAN Australia is looking to its fledgling
accessory business for the long-term
viability of its Australian aluminium casting
plant which it says will face increasing
competition from low-cost component
plants across Asia.
   The company’s managing director and
                                                                                                       Nissan’s Dandenong casting plant
CEO Dan Thompson told GoAuto that an
export contract for aluminium castings             “When you talk about Indonesia and            an exporter? That really concerns me.”
for the new all-electric Nissan Leaf –          Thailand in that R&D capability, they don’t        Mr Thompson cited the example of a new
announced in March – would provide a            have it yet,” he said. “It’s about all we have   engine assembly plant planned by Nissan in
secure foundation for five years.                to hang our hat on against the ones that are     Indonesia as an example of the expansion that
   Mr Thompson said that despite the            gate-fencing us – at the moment.”                could ultimately threaten the casting plant.
strength of the Australian dollar, a lack of       Mr Thompson said Nissan was building            “And you know what’ll be next – it will
overseas capacity to meet huge demand for       new factories in Thailand, Indonesia and         be casting and all that,” he said.
parts as Nissan expanded around the globe       China, all of which would probably end up          “I think we’d probably look to expand
was “helping to keep the ship afloat” at the     with their own casting factories.                the accessory business before we’d look to
Nissan casting plant at Dandenong, Victoria,       “I would suspect in 10 years’ time, casting   expand further the casting operation.”
from where 90 per cent of its castings were     in Thailand, Indonesia and China will just         Mr Thompson said the Dandenong plant
being exported.                                 almost put a fence around us,” he said.          was only about 60 days from producing its
   He said Nissan Australia’s research and         “And if the Aussie dollar stays where it’s    first accessories, which include nudge bars,
development capability and casting skills       at and all the costs – not just the carbon tax   ute sports bars and towbars.
were also helping to maintain business,         but everything that you need to run your
winning contracts for more complex castings     business is going up – how are we going to               FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
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Nissan’s new stock routes
Limited Navara and Micra
supplies prompt Australia
to seek alternative sources

          By RON HAMMERTON
A RESUMPTION of shipments of
Japanese-made Navara utes is on the agenda
at Nissan Australia to supplement supplies
                                                                                                                                          D22 Navara
from current sources in Spain and Thailand
by between 500 and 1000 units a month to          with India and Indonesia possible sources            at the end of July.
meet showroom demand.                             of the light car that, along with Navara,               To solve the issue, and that of high
   If successful, the three-pronged supply        X-Trail and Dualis, is regarded by Nissan            demand for D40, he said Nissan Australia
move could threaten Toyota HiLux’s                Australia as one of its four core models.            had been working on alternative sourcing
leadership in one of Australia’s biggest            Nissan Australia managing director and             for the past six to 12 months.
market segments while also boosting               CEO Dan Thompson told GoAuto last                       “We’ve been studying going back to Japan,
Nissan’s chances of achieving its ambitious       week that Navara supply out of Thailand              going back to Spain, to supplement Thailand,”
goals of 10 per cent overall market share         had been constrained this year due to the            he said. “We won’t pull the whole thing out of
and number-one full-import brand by               success of the vehicle across Asia, the              Thailand, but we could be selling another 500
March 2013.                                       Middle East and Australia, where collective          to 1000 Navaras (a month) if we had supply.”
   Nissan is also looking to factories beyond     demand had grown dramatically.                          Mr Thomson said extra shipments could
Thailand for extra supplies of its Micra,           Most Navara production for Australia had           add between 4000 and 5000 sales a year to
                                                  been centralised in Thailand, including the          the Navara tally.
                                                  D22 workhorse and some of the flagship                   Last year, Nissan sold 21,171 Navaras,
                                                  D40 ST-X production previously in Spain.             compared with Toyota’s tally of 39,896 for
                                                    At the time, the Thai factory could handle         HiLux. This year, Navara sales are running
                                                  the demand, but now supply to Australia is           more than eight per cent ahead of last year’s
                                                  constricted.                                         pace, putting it on target to top 24,000 units.
                                                    Mr Thompson said his company should
                                                  be selling 500 D22 Navaras a month, but                        FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
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Hi-tech diesel for Dualis
Nissan confirms premium
Renault-sourced diesel for
Dualis crossover next year

NISSAN Australia’s popular Dualis
compact crossover is expected to get a four-
cylinder turbo-diesel engine billed as the
world’s most powerful 1.6-litre production
diesel – the new-generation Energy dCi 130
from the Japanese brand’s alliance partner
Renault – from next year.                     for us and the current diesels Europe sell in           while emitting just 115 grams per kilometre
   Already available in Renault models in Qashqai … they’re just mainstream diesels.”                 of CO2.
Europe, the new diesel is expected to make       Producing 97kW of power at 4000rpm                      That represents significant savings over
its Nissan debut in Qashqai – as the UK-built with 320Nm of torque from 1750rpm, the                  the 8.1L/100km and 192g/km average
Dualis is known in Europe – ahead of a 2012 hi-tech new 1.6 dCi almost matches the                    achieved by the 102kW/198Nm petrol
rollout in Australia.                         Qashqai’s existing 2.0-litre unit – which is            manual Dualis (8.2L/100km and 195g/km
   Nissan Australia managing director and the performance hero of the range with a                    for the CVT automatic).
CEO Dan Thompson confirmed                     0-100km/h time of 9.5 seconds in manual                    Renault says the unit – which was first
the Dualis would get a new                    front-drive form – but is far more efficient.            seen at the Paris motor show last October
diesel engine for Australia, and                   It employs fuel- and emission-saving               – will become a core powerplant for its
while he declined to specify                          measures such as idle-stop, low-                C-segment (small-car) offerings such as
the engine, he said it would be                            and     high-pressure    exhaust           the Megane and Fluence. Alliance partner
sourced from Renault.                                       gas     recirculation,  thermal           Nissan will no doubt adopt the engine for its
   Mr Thompson said Nissan Australia                        management for faster warm-up             line-up, especially in diesel-hungry Europe.
had evaluated the current Qashqai                        times and a variable displacement               Mr Thompson said the X-Trail would not
diesel drivetrains – which include                      oil pump that minimises energy                get the new diesel, instead sticking with the
                                       Energy dCi 130
an 81kW/240Nm 1.5-litre and a                           consumption by managing the                   current 2.0-litre diesel that produces 127kW
110kW/320Nm 2.0-litre – but determined amount of oil pumped according to demand.                      of power and 360Nm of torque when
they were not suitable Down Under, but said      It debuted in the European Renault Scenic            coupled with a manual transmission and a
there is another one coming.                  and Grand Scenic, the latter being slightly             current Qashqai-matching 110kW/320Nm
   “The diesel for us has to be about heavier than the Dualis. The new engine                         with the automatic.
performance,” he said. “Diesel in Europe is provides a claimed 0-96km/h time of 11.1
mainstream, no doubt, whereas here for us seconds in the Grand Scenic and returns a                              FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
it’s premium, so it has to deliver something frugal 4.4 litres per 100km fuel consumption                     All set for ‘Pulsar’ – next page

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All set for ‘Pulsar’
GoAuto reveals Nissan’s
shortlist of names for vital
new small car – and more

             By TERRY MARTIN
NISSAN Australia has all but confirmed
that it will revive the Pulsar nameplate
with its next-generation small car, which
appears the strongest candidate from two
other names from which the Australian
subsidiary can choose.
                                                                                                                             2013 Tiida/Pulsar
   Notwithstanding that Nissan Australia
managing director and CEO Dan Thompson            I don’t think the marketing was right, the      last three years, so the last thing we want
inadvertently referred to the crucial             name was an emotional consideration –           to do is bring history – unless it has strong
redesigned small car as ‘Pulsar’ when last        probably more for our dealer network than       equity, and of course we know that Pulsar
week specifying the launch timing for the         anything else – so it did have an impact,       has strong equity – but it has to fit the
new model – first quarter 2013 – GoAuto            absolutely no doubt, but it’s not the main      direction of the brand.
can reveal that the confirmed shortlist is         reason. We’ve repositioned Tiida two or            “And we will spend a considerable
Pulsar, Tiida and Versa.                          three times since we’ve launched.”              amount of time with both those products
   Versa is also the model name that Nissan          For the new model range, which will          making sure that the equity in the name fits
Australia is considering for its Micra-based      span hatch and sedan body styles and is         the direction of the future product and the
sedan due for release early next year, with       set to offer a diesel engine for the first       future direction of the brand.”
Mr Thompson confirming that the light              time, Mr Thompson said: “Pulsar, or Tiida          If Australia follows the US in applying the
four-door’s name would be selected from           replacement, comes at the end of the plan.”     Versa nameplate – which is currently used in
Versa, Sunny or one other moniker still to           This ‘plan’ is the so-called GT2012          place of Tiida in North America – to its new-
be divulged.                                      which expires on March 31, 2013 – the date      generation light car, Pulsar then becomes the
   Although he denied the Tiida nameplate         Nissan has set, and is still sticking to, for   natural successor for Tiida in Australia.
was the root cause of the vehicle’s poor          taking the mantle as Australia’s number-           Mr Thompson said: “I have no doubt it
sales performance in Australia – it currently     one full-import brand and owning a 10 per       gets really confusing when there is different
holds just 1.5 per cent in the nation’s biggest   cent share of the market.                       naming on the same product and the same
market segment – Mr Thompson admitted                At that stage, the new-generation            naming on different product, and that’s why
that the ‘Tiida’ name was at least partly         ‘Pulsar’ is expected to account for 10 per      Nissan tried many years ago with Tiida
responsible for its problems.                     cent of the small-car market, which based       – let’s simply get equity in a global pet
   “I think it’s a combination of many            on 2010 figures equates to around 24,000         name, or model name – but there is some
things,” he said.                                 units. Last year, Tiida managed 5491 new        pragmatism now that certainly there are
   “I don’t think the positioning was right,      registrations.                                  market dynamics and cultural reasons that
                                                     “There are three names to choose from,       you have to respect.”
                                                  Pulsar being one of them, and we’ll test it        Nissan Motor Co chief operating officer
                                                  to no end to make sure that bringing back a     Toshiyuki Shiga told GoAuto last October
                                                  name from the past – like Sunny is another      that the Japanese manufacturer had given its
                                                  example (for the light sedan) – is the right    Australian subsidiary permission to revive
                                                  thing to do for Nissan as a brand,” Mr          the Pulsar nameplate.
                                                  Thompson said.
                                                     “We have embarked on a journey to                     FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
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No Nissan van until 2013
Cost pressures and lack of
suitable product delay van
foray for ‘couple of years’

            By TERRY MARTIN
NISSAN is still at least two years away
from offering a van in Australia, citing
a lack of suitable product and increased
competitiveness from Korean and European
rivals in a relatively small-volume market as
the key reasons behind the delay.
   Although the Japanese manufacturer           models that did not meet Nissan’s core brand       doesn’t work, we’re not bringing it in.”
has introduced the large-sized NV400 van        value in Australia – innovation – and which           Asked to explain what the problem was,
– a twin with the Renault Master – and the      did not offer enough sales volume potential to     Mr Thompson said the van segment had
all-new NV200 compact van in overseas           justify the investment of launching here.          shifted significantly with the introduction of
markets, Nissan Australia chief executive Dan      The key problem remains the lack of a           the highly regarded Hyundai iLoad – which
Thompson last week admitted to rejecting        new-generation medium-sized van that would         starts from $29,990, is well specified and
multiple business cases for both models.        compete directly with the market-leading           offers a choice of petrol or diesel power –
   Despite the fact that Nissan Motor Co has    Toyota HiAce and Hyundai iLoad – a situation       “and that’s thrown a bit of a monkey wrench
announced plans under its new ‘Power 88’        that could be rectified with a wide-ranging         into what we need to deliver”.
strategy to become the global market leader     alliance forged last year with Daimler, which         “Obviously, the Europeans have also been
in light commercial vehicles by 2016, Mr        includes collaboration on LCVs.                    much more active in that space over the last few
Thompson said he refused to compromise with        “Vans have been a struggle for us,” Mr          years, so I’ve rejected many, many proposals
                                                Thompson said.                                     to bring in specific van product,” he said.
                                                   “Globally, a lot has gone into expanding           “I think we’re about 90 per cent of the
                                                the range and the offering and improving           way there finally getting the right product,
                                                the competitiveness of the product, but I’ve       but it will be a couple of years out.”
                                                always stayed very, very firm – because
                                                we’ve probably looked at 10 different                        FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
 NV400                                          business cases over the last three years – if it         Infiniti set to expand – next page

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Infiniti set to expand
JX SUV a hot prospect for
Australia as line-up takes
shape beyond 2012 launch

            By TERRY MARTIN
INFINITI’S all-new JX seven-seat SUV to
be unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours
d’Elegance on August 18 is on the agenda
for sale in Australia as part of a fresh wave
of new models that will expand the range
beyond the initial three-model line-up
launched in the third quarter of 2012.               rear bumper with rear parking sensors,              “We’re at the stage now where we’re
   As the premium Japanese brand last week           and a chrome upper lip that frames the           getting through research and defining what
issued its fifth teaser image of the near-            numberplate housing and will also serve          space we want to own and where the brand
production JX, which is expected to be               as the tailgate opening point.                   needs to sit here locally,” he said.
shown in final form at the Los Angeles auto              In Australia, the JX would be positioned         “We’re focused on the launch models,
show in November ahead of a mid-2012                 above the FX mid-size SUV, which is part         we’re focused on getting that experience and
North American debut, Infiniti Cars/Nissan            of next year’s launch line-up with the G37       brand right, and then obviously as additional
Australia chief executive Dan Thompson               mid-size sports series and the M-series          products – for instance, the US has just
told GoAuto that the JX seven-seater was             large sedan. The FX was also shown with a        announced the JX seven-seater – those are
an obvious contender to join the Australian          significant facelift in the US last week (see     product that, for us, would be under study
portfolio, probably in 2013.                         separate story).                                 probably in the next 12-month period.
   The latest teaser is a straight-on rear-end          Although Mr Thompson would not                   “We’ll never be a full line-up, but
photograph, which shows the back end of              discuss specific Infiniti models believed          we’ll be a line-up that we’re comfortable
the sculptural JX seven-seater in full form          to be in development, including a high-          in the representation of the whole brand
for the first time.                                   performance road car developed in                and across the whole portfolio,” he said,
   It includes narrow tail-lights that wrap          collaboration with Formula One partner           adding that it will take “about 24 months”
around from the tailgate to the fat rear             Red Bull Racing, he said there were a            to reach the point where the full line-up is
fenders, a prominent spoiler with Infiniti            “lot of compelling products” in the global       largely in place.
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          Infiniti upgrades FX SUV ahead of Japanese luxury brand’s launch next year
            By MIKE COSTELLO                                                                             Infiniti Cars Australia general manager
INFINITI has released details of the                                                                  Kevin Snell told GoAuto the FX models
facelifted FX mid-sized luxury SUV that                                                               that will be released here in about a year are
will join the brand’s inaugural model                                                                 likely to mirror these changes.
line-up when it relaunches in Australia                                                                  “I can confirm that when we launch
next September.                                                                                       Infiniti next year the iconic FX luxury
   Nissan’s luxury brand has provided the                                                             crossover will have refreshed styling most
FX with the distinctive ‘pinched’ grille                                                              likely reflecting this aggressive new front
design that was first seen on the Essence             four-bar grille include a silver finish for the   grille and fascia,” he said.
and Etherea concepts and will also grace             foglights and redesigned 20-inch wheels,
the forthcoming JX seven-seat SUV.                   while the interior instrument cluster also               FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
   Exterior cosmetic changes alongside the           gets an update.                                       Up Close on Personnel – page 24

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  Accent to swell with diesel

New Accent slots in between i20 and i30 as Hyundai prepares to add diesel to mix
        By BYRON MATHIOUDAKIS                                                                     drawn as to whether the newcomer will
DIESEL as well as the petrol-powered                                                              outsell the i20 hatch – the company’s other
versions of the all-new Accent now on                                                             light-car contender. Introduced a year ago
sale will be available by the end of 2011 as                                                      and built in India, it too has been constrained
Hyundai redefines its position in Australia’s                                                      to about 500 units per month due to heavy
light-car class post-Getz.                                                                        overseas orders.
   The fourth-generation hatch and sedan to                                                          As GoAuto reported late last month, the
wear the long-lived Hyundai nameplate, the                                                        Accent range commences with the Active
RB-series Accent CRDi will join the Ford         French and German marques.                       1.6 hatch or sedan at $16,990 plus on-road
Fiesta TDCi, Volkswagen Polo 66TDI, Peugeot         In overseas guises, the Accent CRDi           costs, slotting the freshest Hyundai between
207 HDi and Citroen C3 HDi as the only diesel-   employs a 1.6-litre DOHC four-cylinder           the entry-level i20 Active 1.4 manual three-
powered light cars on sale in Australia.         common-rail variable-geometry turbo-             door (currently $14,990 driveaway) and the
   However, a key advantage for Hyundai          diesel engine delivering 94kW of power at        larger i30 SX 1.6 manual five-door (currently
will be an expected sub-$20,000 starting         4000rpm and 265Nm of torque from 1900            $18,990 driveaway), while the new MD
price for the Accent CRDi diesel, as well as     to 2750rpm and driving the front wheels via      Elantra launched last month starts at $20,590
the availability of an automatic transmission    a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic       for the 1.8-litre Active manual sedan.
– a relative rarity in the baby car class.       transmission.                                       Later on a 1.4-litre petrol version of the
   While Hyundai also has the ability to add        Expect this more powerful diesel to           Accent, producing 79kW at 6300rpm and
a diesel version of the i20 hatchback should     eventually usurp the 85kW/255Nm CRDi             139Nm at 5000rpm, might be launched in
the need arise, currently only the Polo can      found in the popular i30 diesel at some stage.   Australia. GoAuto has learnt that it is ready
be had with a diesel/auto powertrain, in the        Only supply issues from Korea could           to go should HMCA deem it necessary, to
form of the seven-speed dual-clutch DSG-         curtail Hyundai’s plans to introduce the         potentially bring the RB’s base price down
equipped 1.6-litre Polo 66TDI ($24,850),         Accent CRDi in Australia before the              by at least $1000 to $15,990.
although a dual-clutch Powershift version        beginning of 2012, while continuing strong          For now all Accents are powered by a 1.6-
of the Fiesta TDCi is on the cards when it       demand in Asia may limit the monthly             litre (1591cc) DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder
undergoes a facelift next year.                  numbers of both the diesel and petrol models     Gamma petrol engine producing 91kW at
   Furthermore, the Hyundai newcomer will        to between 500 and 1000 units.                   6300rpm and 156Nm at 4200rpm with the
offer diesel power in both four-door sedan          Nevertheless, Hyundai Motor Company           aid of continuously variable valve timing.
and five-door hatchback styles, unlike the        Australia (HMCA) officials will not be                        Continued next page

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Accent to swell with diesel
       Continued from previous page
   Other technologies include an aluminium
block and head, maintenance-free silent timing
chain with advanced coating properties and
electronic throttle control to help achieve 6.0
and 6.4 litres per 100km in five-speed manual
and four-speed automatic guises respectively.
The combined CO2 emissions rating is 139
grams per kilometre (151g/km auto).
   As a point of comparison, the best the
previous-generation MC Accent from May
2006 to January 2010 could muster was wheelbase measurements are 4115mm                             stability and traction control systems with
82kW/145Nm, 7.0L/100km and 167g/km (sedan: 4370mm), 1700mm, 1450mm and                              four-wheel disc brakes, anti-lock brakes
from its 1599cc petrol engine.                    2570mm respectively. Ground clearance is          and electronic brake-force distribution as
   Based on the variation of Hyundai’s 140mm and kerb weight is listed at 1115kg                    standard to help it achieve a maximum five-
B-segment light-car class platform that for the base manual and 1140kg for the                      star ANCAP crash-test safety rating.
underpins a range of vehicles                                automatic.                                All models also include front seatbelts
including the i20, Kia Soul and Active                         HMCA has fettled with                with pretensioners and height-adjustment,
Kia’s upcoming Rio, the Accent Active (a) $18,990            springs, dampers and tyres,            high-tensile steel in critical areas for
conforms to class convention Elite                $18,490    as well as the electronic              improved collision impact performance,
by utilising MacPherson struts Elite (a)          $20,490    mapping of the motor-driven            height-adjustable front and rear head
and coil springs up front and a Premium           $20,990    power steering system, to              restraints, speed-sensing auto locking,
coupled torsion beam axle with Premium (a) $22,990           create a unique chassis tune           keyless entry with alarm, a full-sized
coil springs out back.                                       for Australia-bound Accents.           spare wheel, full iPod/USB connectivity,
   A complete visual departure from the old Hyundai says pre-production examples were               Bluetooth telephony, air-conditioning,
MC, the RB adopts Hyundai’s distinctive tested over several thousand kilometres in                  electric windows/mirrors, a trip computer
‘fluidic sculpture’ design language, visually Australia over a period of several weeks.              and multi-function steering wheel.
linking it with the ix35, i45 and latest Elantra.   The RB arrives in a trio of trim levels –
The styling was executed at the company’s the aforementioned Active, $18,490 Elite and                        FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
Namyang R&D centre in Korea.                      $20,990 Premium – with six airbags and a                   For drive impressions, go to
   Bigger than any previous Accent, the “segment-first” Vehicle Stability Management             from this afternoon
RB hatch’s total length, width, height and system (VSM), which incorporates electronic                       Accent on safety – page 25

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Mazda3 Sky here soon
Production of facelifted,
Sky powertrain-equipped
Mazda3 kicks off in Japan

MAZDA has started production of the
replacement for Australia’s top-selling small
car ahead of the facelifted Mazda3’s release
in Australia late next month.
   The Mazda3’s midlife makeover was
first revealed in Canada in February before                1.3-litre form in the Japanese domestic             commitment to reducing its fleet-average
it made its local debut at last month’s                   market’s Demio (Mazda2).                            fuel consumption by 30 per cent between
Melbourne motor show, when Mazda                             The 2.0-litre Sky-G engine will make its         2008 and 2015, Sky powertrain and chassis
Australia confirmed the company’s all-new                  debut in the 2012 Mazda3 SP20 alongside             technologies will form the basis of every
2.0-litre SkyActiv-G direct-injection petrol              Mazda’s redesigned SkyActiv-Drive six-speed         Mazda passenger car by that year, with the
engine will power only a new SP20 variant                 automatic transmission, which will eventually       CX-5 set to debut the new SkyActiv-D 2.2-
within Australia’s facelifted Mazda3 range                replace the five-speed unit now optional across      litre diesel engine here early next year.
here this year.                                           the majority of the current Mazda3 range.              While the CX-5 will introduce a diesel-
   Production of the revised Axela, as it is                 Mazda claims the new automatic “reduces          automatic powertrain combination for the
known in Japan, has now commenced at                      slippage to deliver a direct shift feel similar     first time from Mazda in Australia, it will
Mazda’s Hofu plant in Yamaguchi prefecture                to a manual transmission” to combine the            also debut Mazda’s upgraded six-speed
and Mazda Australia has confirmed the                      economy and smoothness of a continuously            manual transmission.
upgraded Mazda3 range will go on sale here                variable transmission (CVT) with the                   Equipped with the all-new petrol Sky
from late September.                                      response and slickness of a dual-clutch             engine and transmission combination,
   The facelifted Mazda3 will be the first                 transmission (DCT).                                 the new auto-only SP20 hatch and sedan
model to be powered by the 2.0-litre                         Mazda Australia’s top-down approach to           variants should be priced somewhere
version of Mazda’s all-new SkyActiv-G                     introducing its Sky powertrain technologies         between the automatic 2.0-litre Maxx Sport
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  CX-5 unmasked                                                                                    Jeep confirms Compass
                                                                                                  will return in final quarter
                                                                                                            By MIKE COSTELLO
                                                                                                 JEEP has confirmed it will reintroduce the
                                                                                                 compact Compass crossover in Australia
                                                                                                 in the fourth quarter of this year.
                                                                                                    The facelifted model features a number of
                                                                                                 improvements over the bug-eyed model that
                                                                                                 was axed from the local Jeep line-up in 2009,
                                                                                                 including a front-end redesign that takes cues
                                                                                                 from the brand’s all-new Grand Cherokee
                                                                                                 flagship introduced here in February.
                                                                                                    The interior has also been given a
                                                                                                 substantial makeover, with higher equipment
                                                                                                 levels and better quality, soft-touch materials
                                                                                                 said to lend the cabin a more upmarket feel
                                                                                                 than the model it replaces.
 Mazda’s first all-SkyActiv model stays true to Minagi                                               Jeep also says that the revised Compass
                                                                                                 will feature more than 30 safety and security
         By MARTON PETTENDY                     in Melbourne last month, before going on         features, including electronic stability
MAZDA has laid bare its all-new CX-5,           sale as part of a facelifted Mazda3 range due    control with roll-over mitigation, full side
confirming the completely redesigned             here late next month.                            curtain airbags and hill-start assist.
compact crossover will remain faithful to the     When it follows it on sale in Australia           The edgy small SUV will give Jeep a
muscular Minagi concept when it replaces        by mid-2012, the CX-5 will not only be           two-pronged attack in the popular compact
the CX-7 in Australia within a year.            powered by the same new direct-injection         segment when it goes on sale alongside
   Seen for the first time inside and out more   2.0-litre SkyActiv-G engine as the               the closely related Patriot that was given a
than a month before its global debut at the     113kW/191Nm SP20, but will also debut            refresh in May this year.
Frankfurt motor show on September 13, the       Mazda’s beefy new 2.2-litre SkyActiv-D              Jeep Australia senior manager of
production CX-5 lacks the Minagi show car’s     twin-turbo diesel.                               marketing and corporate communications
futuristic wing mirrors and doorhandles, and      The CX-5 will be produced from early           Dean Bonthorne told GoAuto the two
its striking face’s full-width chrome spear.    next year for global markets with SkyActiv       models would appeal to a different sort of
   The latter no longer intersects the          petrol and diesel engines in both front-         buyer within the segment.
CX-5’s slightly less aggressive headlights      wheel-drive and AWD configurations,                  “We look forward to attracting new
and also gone are the Minagi’s chrome-          matched with new SkyActiv six-speed              buyers that are interested in the compact
blinged foglight bezels, side skirts, window    manual and automatic transmissions.              SUV segment and are interested in the
surrounds and wheels, but apart from              Mazda Australia has not confirmed which         Jeep brand but previously didn’t take to the
different bonnet shut lines the CX-5 wears      combinations will be made available here, but    styling of the Patriot,” he said. “We hope
the same slinky sheetmetal that wowed           unlike the CX-7 the CX-5 will be available       that the newer styling will attract a new
Geneva crowds in March.                         with a diesel-automatic combination.             segment of buyer for us.”
   Perhaps more importantly, Mazda has            Both ‘Standard Power’ and ‘High
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design theme first seen on the sleek Shinari     420Nm – will be offered in Europe, where
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powertrain and chassis technologies.            the CX-5 2WD 2.2 D when fitted with a
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Hot S60 nears blast off
Volvo’s Aussie-spec S60
‘Performance Project’ set
for production green light

            By MIKE COSTELLO
VOLVO Car Australia (VCA) is set to
confirm the production future of its image-
building S60 Performance Project sports
sedan inside two months after it got the
thumbs up from show-goers at the recent
Australian International Motor Show.
   The Swedish company’s local arm has                “We’re at the stage now of saying okay,           range – renowned more for its safety credentials
said all along that the car – a local initiative   what’s it going to take to get it across the line?   than sportiness – a much-needed ‘halo’ car.
– was displayed at AIMS to test the                   “(We have a) few hurdles to jump over                The performance project from the show
waters and gauge public interest in a more         yet, but the key thing was feedback and              sat on the same modified springs as the S60
performance-oriented S60.                          feedback’s been really positive, so on that          T6 R-Design, which are 15mm lower and 15
   VCA managing director Matt Braid told           basis we want to push forward with it.”              per cent firmer than the standard S60 T6.
GoAuto last week that the response had                While Mr Braid stopped short of officially            On top of other features it gained from
been strong enough for Volvo to make steps         giving the green light to production of the          the S60 R-Design, such as sports seats and
to bring the car to the local market.              Australia-only car, he said to expect an             stiffer suspension bushes, were a number of
   “The reaction has been good; about a            announcement in the next two months,                 unique, locally fitted performance tweaks.
hundred people have registered interest,”          closely followed by timing and pricing,              Among these was an engine software upgrade
he said. “Based on that, plus what we’ve           should it get the go-ahead.                          courtesy of Volvo’s motorsport partner
heard elsewhere, and obviously the reaction           Mr Braid told GoAuto at AIMS in July that         Polestar that bumped the car’s turbocharged
on various websites and feedback we’re             each member of the limited production run            petrol six up by 18kW to 242kW and boosted
getting, we’re pretty much keen to try it.         would be likely to command a price premium           peak torque by 40Nm to 480Nm.
                                                   of about $10,000 over the flagship S60 T6                These figures were claimed to give the hi-po
                                                   R-Design AWD on which it based, which                sports sedan 22 per cent more performance
                                                   retails for $69,150 plus on-road costs.              “at various parts of the rev range”.
                                                      The four-door would sit at the top of the            German tuning house Heico provided
                                                   S60 line-up and give it a more legitimate            unique 19-inch alloy wheels shod with Pirelli
                                                   rival to the high-performance versions of            P-Zero rubber and a rorty quad-exhaust system
                                                   key competitors like the BMW 3 Series and            designed to accentuate the T6’s burble.
                                                   Mercedes-Benz C-class.
                                                      It would also give the company’s model                      FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

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FPV’s Black panther
Ford hot shop announces
limited production run for
bonzer $74,290 GT Black

                      By MARTON PETTENDY
FORD Performance Vehicles has, as expected,
announced a limited production run of the
menacing all-black GT concept it unveiled at
last month’s Melbourne motor show.
   The Blue Oval performance brand
this week confirmed it will produce 125
examples of the limited-edition GT Black,
priced $3000 higher than the standard GT at                     enhancements, the GT Black will not come
$74,290 plus on-road costs.                                     with the concept’s track-tuned suspension,          AUDI 1.8 TFSI FOR A5
   Like FPV’s inaugural concept car, the GT                     performance brake package, wider 19-inch
                                                                                                                    AUDI’S new super-efficient 1.8-litre
Black will wear black Silhouette exterior                       alloy wheels or more aggressive front
                                                                                                                    turbo-petrol engine will make its Australian
paint, a unique matt-black stripe package,                      bumper design with extra brake cooling.
                                                                                                                    debut in the mid-range A5 Sportback in the
black foglight bezels, black upper and lower                       The move leaves the door open for
                                                                                                                    first half of 2012 before spreading to other
grilles, gloss-black 19-inch alloy wheels,                      FPV to apply the new-look front end to
                                                                                                                    models in the range.
four black exhaust outlets, a black front                       its facelifted FGII Falcon-based range
                                                                                                                       The four-cylinder 1.8 TFSI – generating
bumper with black ‘eye patches’ and a black                     later this year, and to make the show car’s
                                                                                                                    as much torque as Audi’s existing 2.0-
rear bumper with black diffuser.                                shorter, firmer springs and lighter, wider
                                                                                                                    litre turbo engine while slashing fuel
   Continuing the all-black theme is                            alloy wheels available on a future FPV
                                                                                                                    consumption by more than 20 per cent
‘Shadow’ leather interior trim instead of the                   model like the widely anticipated GTHO
                                                                                                                    over the existing 1.8-litre turbo in the A4
standard GT’s cloth trim, piano-black finish                     performance flagship.
                                                                                                                    and A3 – will provide a new gateway to the
for the centre console and door spears, a                          Instead of the show car’s one-piece forged
                                                                                                                    A5 Sportback range, which currently starts
black gearshift badge for manual models                         alloys measuring 8.0 inches wide at the front
                                                                                                                    with the $68,900 2.0 TSFI.
and a reversing camera from the flagship                         and 9.5 inches at the rear (shod with 275/35
GT-E ($82,540 plus ORCs).                                       R19 Dunlop SP Sportmaxx GT tyres), the                       FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
   Each GT Black will also come with                            GT Black will wear gloss black-finished
a unique build badge and certificate of                          versions of the GT’s narrower 19-inch five/
authenticity.                                                   double-spoke alloys, with black wheel nuts.
   However, in a move that will disappoint
FPV enthusiasts looking for extra                                        FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
performance to go with the cosmetic                                 Focus ST to replace XR5 – next page
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Focus ST to replace XR5
Ford confirms ‘ST’ name
for 2012 Focus turbo as
wagon awaits green light

FORD Australia will follow global naming
convention for its next Focus performance
variant, spelling the end of the Blue Oval's
long-lived XR nameplate for all models but
the Falcon-based XR6.
   The piping-hot new Focus ST, as it                 international naming policy for all its models,   stocks are exhausted.
will be known here, will hit local Ford               beginning with the mainstream Focus                  Ford says the new Focus ST, which
showrooms some time in 2012 after its                 Ambiente, Trend, Sport and Titanium.              emerged in concept form at last year’s Paris
global production debut at next month’s                  The Focus ST (for Sports Technologies)         motor show, is a no-brainer for Australia,
Frankfurt motor show.                                 will likely use a 184kW/360Nm version of          but exact timing and specifications are still
   Ford’s all-new Focus rollout will not end          the 2.0-litre turbocharged EcoBoost petrol        to be finalised.
there, however, with last week’s mainstream           four to drive its front wheels, burying the          “It is something that we would always do
hatch and sedan variants and next year’s ST           long-lived Volvo-supplied 169kW/320Nm             given the opportunity,” she said.
hatch to be joined by the MkIII Focus wagon           2.5-litre five-cylinder unit powering the             “With the help of our dealers the old
for the first time in Australia – if Ford ascertains   existing Focus XR5.                               XR5 Turbo helped establish street cred for
that there is enough customer demand.                    Ford Australia has secured a number of         the Focus brand. It’s done well for us in the
   Speaking to GoAuto at the launch of                run-out LV-series XR5 Turbos from the             market and we still have stocks at dealerships
the new LW-series Focus in Melbourne                  Saarlouis plant in Germany, however, so           because before the end of production (in
last week, Ford Australia vice-president of           the previous-shape Focus flagship car will         Germany) we bought a bunch.”
sales, marketing and service, Beth Donovan,           continue to be available alongside the new
confirmed that Australia will adopt the                Focus range for a number of months until                    FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

             Ford prepares to unveil four new global vehicles on eve of Frankfurt show
           By MARTON PETTENDY                                                                           technologies such as Active City Stop and
FORD has confirmed it will reveal no fewer                                                               Active Park Assist as part of its interactive
than four new global vehicles on the eve of                                                             ‘Drive Experience’ display.
the Frankfurt motor show on September 12,                                                                  This suggests Ford will unveil the
at least two of which should hit Australian                                                             production version of its next-generation
showrooms next year.                                                                                    Focus ST, which appeared in concept guise
   Taking top billing on Ford’s massive               image is any guide (above).                       at last September's Paris show and will
3200 square-metre exhibit – the company’s               Ford has revealed it will also announce         next year replace the Focus XR5 as the
largest ever at the bi-annual German auto             “details of the next Focus performance            flagship of the third-generation Focus range
extravaganza – will be “a major new design”           car” at Frankfurt, where the number-two           launched in Australia last week.
concept, which could preview an all-new               US auto-maker will stage an adjacent 2800
Blue Oval sportscar if this intriguing teaser         square-metre outdoor test track to exhibit                  FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

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New Lexus GS writ large
Production model teaser
image proves Lexus has
taken a big leap with GS

LEXUS will take a radical step forward
with its fourth-generation GS, judging by
this first teaser image of the redesigned
large sedan that will make its global debut
on August 18 at Pebble Beach, California.          sedan will also be available with diesel        powered by a 3.5-litre V6, expect the new GS
   Staying true to the sleek LF-Gh concept that    power for the first time in Europe, while the    range to also comprise replacements for the
previewed it at both the New York motor show       first bona fide F Sport version could debut       GS450h hybrid and V8-powered GS450 V8.
in April and last month’s Melbourne show, the      at the SEMA aftermarket show in the US in          No technical information has been revealed
production GS will present a bold new face         early November, before the redesigned GS        ahead of the model’s Californian debut, but
distinguished by a six-sided Audi-style single-    range goes on sale in Australia next year.      US reports suggest the Mk4 GS rides on an
frame grille that extends from the bonnet to the      Although only a single front-end image       all-new chassis with sportier suspension and
bottom of its aggressive front bumper.             has been revealed, Lexus says the new GS        wider wheel tracks. The LF-Gh concept is
   Adding further aggression to the low-           has been completely redesigned inside and       40mm longer than the current GS, but rides
slung executive sedan, a row of ‘angry’            out, heralding a new design direction for       on the same 2850mm wheelbase.
LED daytime driving light strips underlines        the Japanese luxury brand and signalling its       The new GS interior will not be seen prior
each headlight, which like the prominent           intention to apply the bold new front-end       to Pebble Beach, but if the LF-Gh is any
front Lexus badge loses the blue hue that          treatment to all future Lexus models.           guide it will be swathed in premium leather
appeared on the LF-Gh hybrid concept.                 According to Lexus, the new GS “will         upholstery and should come with a massive
   That is because the petrol V6-powered           also lead the rest of the Lexus line-up in an   12.3-inch infotainment system controlled by
GS350 to debut at Pebble Beach will likely be      entirely new direction of driving dynamics”.    a touch-sensitive mouse.
followed by the reveal of a replacement for the       “Today, buyers in the mid-size luxury           Tighter supplies of a model that was first
GS450h at the Frankfurt show in September.         segment want a more engaging driving            released here in February 2005 have seen GS
   Overseas reports insist the large Lexus         experience, styling that makes a statement      sales slump by almost 60 per cent to July this
                                                   and a roomier interior package,” said North     year, and the second-largest Lexus sedan now
                                                   American Lexus group vice-president and         commands a miniscule 1.7 per cent per cent
                                                   general manager, Mark Templin.                  share of Australia’s large premium passenger
                                                      “With the all-new GS, we’re giving them      vehicle segment with just 46 sales in 2011.
                                                   what they asked for, and more.”
 LF-Gh                                                While the new entry-level GS350 should be              FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

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                                                                                                   24, when Toyota will stage simultaneous
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                                                      Also making the Mk7 Camry a little more      US, as well as in Melbourne.
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  S16 booster shot                                                                                         ANCAP hits out at
                                                                                                          J1 crash-test claim
                                                                                                              By HAITHAM RAZAGUI
                                                                                                    VEHICLE safety authority ANCAP
                                                                                                    has criticised Chinese car brand Chery
                                                                                                    for claiming a recall to replace the front
                                                                                                    seat backrests of its J1 light car would be
                                                                                                    enough to improve its crash safety rating
                                                                                                    from three stars to four.
                                                                                                       Importer Ateco Automotive’s Chery
                                                                                                    spokesman Daniel Cotterill last week told
                                                                                                    GoAuto that private testing of the car fitted
                                                                                                    with redesigned backrests led the company
                                                                                                    to believe the J1 – which scored 16.97 out
Proton reveals new look, safety tech for budget sedan                                               of a possible 37 – would “probably get
                                                                                                    four stars” were ANCAP to re-test it.
          By MARTON PETTENDY                        (82kW/148Nm) 1.6-litre S16 GX sedan, which         In response, ANCAP chairman Lauchlan
PROTON has released a new-look Saga                 can also be now had for $11,990 driveaway, is   McIntosh dismissed Mr Cotterill’s
FLX in Malaysia, previewing the facelifted          also available with a four-speed automatic.     comment as incorrect.
S16 sedan that will go on sale in Australia by         However, the S16 has been roundly               “The modifications would not impact
the end of this year, when one of Australia’s       criticised for not being available with         the overall crash test result, and the Ateco
cheapest new cars will finally be fitted with         potentially life-saving safety technologies     engineering staff should be aware of this,”
electronic stability control.                       like electronic stability control (ESC) or      he said. “The Chery J1 performed poorly in
   Known as the S16 in Australia, the Saga is       even ABS brakes, and all models but the         the crash tests – the passenger compartment
the most popular new car in Malaysia, where         top-shelf GXR variant are fitted only with a     lost structural integrity in the frontal impact
it is now on sale with new front- and rear-         single (driver’s) airbag.                       test, providing limited protection from
end styling and a new continuously variable            ABS brakes have been standard on almost      serious chest injury for the driver.”
transmission (CVT).                                 all passenger cars and most light trucks for       All 702 examples of the Chinese-built
   Proton says the CVT auto reduces the fuel        years, while ESC is mandatory for any           J1 brought into Australia so far – including
consumption of the Saga/S16’s 1.3-litre petrol      vehicle to receive a maximum five-star           vehicles sold, dealer and importer stock –
engine by up to 10 per cent on the highway          ANCAP crash safety rating, and is now also      are being recalled to have the backrests of
and up to four per cent in city driving.            compulsory for all vehicles sold in Victoria.   their front seats replaced with redesigned
   The Saga/S16’s new six-speed CVT is                 The 4257mm-long S16 – and all other          components.
supplied by Belgian transmission company            Proton models, except the Satria Neo – has         Mr Cotterill told GoAuto the seat
Punch Powertrain, which also supplies               been exempted from that requirement in the      redesign was “done in light of the ANCAP
Volvo, Mini, Hyundai and Kia.                       southern state this year because an ESC-        crash testing that was done here, where we
   Set to also become available for the 1.6-litre   equipped replacement model is imminent.         got a three-star result”.
Saga/S16, the CVT will eventually replace              Proton Cars Australia (PCA) has
the conventional four-speed automatic in            confirmed to GoAuto that the upgraded S16                 FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
most Proton models, and incorporates a wet          will wear both the revised styling of the
clutch instead of a torque converter as in          Malaysian model seen here, along with ESC              CHERY J1 RECALL: CLICK HERE
many Japanese CVT designs.                          and at least two airbags.
   The pint-size S16 sedan is Proton’s top-            Of course, PCA is keeping all-important
selling model in Australia, where the entry-        pricing close to its chest, but has confirmed
level 1.3 G is among the nation’s most              the upgraded S16 will go on sale here in
affordable new cars with a starting price of        November, when first examples are expected
just $11,990 driveaway.                             to arrive, before deliveries commence in
   While the (70kW/120Nm) 1.3-litre S16 G           earnest early next year.
is currently available here only with a five-
speed manual transmission, the more powerful                 FULL STORY: CLICK HERE                                              J1 ANCAP test

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Toyota back on top                                                                                                                              VFACTS

Flood set to follow stock
drought as Toyota shakes
off quake, returns to form

           By RON HAMMERTON
MARKET leader Toyota has set about
making up lost ground after regaining top
spot from Holden on the Australian motor
vehicles sales ladder last month in the wake
of stock shortages caused by the March                                                                                                                   HiLux
earthquake and tsunami in Japan.                       per cent – down from 20.9 per cent in the             put its nose in front of last July’s figures
   The Japanese giant – still feeling the              corresponding month of 2010 and only 2.6              was the evergreen HiLux light truck, which
effects of the disaster with sales slipping 25         percentage points ahead of Holden’s 13.4              is made in Thailand. Its 3147 sales in July
per cent in July – has launched a massive              per cent July share.                                  earned it third place on the Australian list of
two-month ‘Toyotathon’ sale as cars pour                  Toyota Australia's senior executive director       top sellers, behind the Holden Commodore
back into showrooms.                                   of sales and marketing David Buttner said             (3551) and Mazda3 (3290).
   While the overall market last month was             customers could look forward to strong                   Although July Commodore sales were
down just 1.7 per cent on July last year, the          availability of Toyota stock for the rest of the      down 6.1 per cent on last year, Holden’s
locally made Toyota Camry had its worst                year. “We have more than 20,000 vehicles              large car has managed to resume its year-to-
July for seven years, selling just 1372                arriving in both August and September to meet         date lead over the pretender to the throne,
vehicles – down 34.5 per cent on July 2010,            customer orders and support our two-month             the Mazda 3 – 24,583 to 24,501.
latest VFACTS figures show.                             Toyotathon promotion,” he said. “Toyota has              The Commodore was well supported
   Toyota’s July month market share was 16             recovered more quickly than expected from             by Holden’s other homegrown product,
                                                       production disruptions caused by the Japan            the Cruze small car, which managed more
      Top 10 Brands in July                            earthquake and tsunami in March.                      than 3000 sales for the second month in a
     Pos    Brand               Sales       % Share       “Manufacturing plants supplying vehicles           row to take second place in the small-car
                                                       for the Australian market have worked hard            segment behind the Mazda3.
      1     Toyota             12,980         16.0
                                                       to make up lost production.”                             Holden, which beat stock-strapped Toyota
      2     Holden             10,819         13.4        Overall, the industry has cut its losses as        for the first time for years in June, dropped
      3     Ford                     7769      9.6     Japanese imports resume and new vehicles              back into its usual second place with 10,819
      4     Hyundai                  7226      8.9     such as the revised Ford Territory come on            sales, 2161 units behind Toyota’s 12,980.
                                                       stream, with June’s 11.6 per cent year-on-year           The Holden result was up 1.6 per cent on
      5     Mazda                    6984      8.6
                                                       decline pared back to a 1.7 per cent slide in July,   July last year, although it is still running 7.5 per
      6     Nissan                   5207      6.4     when the industry shifted 80,991 vehicles.            cent down YTD. Holden’s 2011 market share
      7     Mitsubishi               4972      6.1        Vehicle sales are now running just short           is holding relatively steady at 12.7 per cent,
      8     Volkswagen               3428      4.2     of the magic million sales pace, with most            but Toyota’s slice of the market continues to
                                                       industry pundits predicting that the market           erode, down from 20.3 per cent this time last
      9     Honda                    3257      4.0
                                                       will make that number with ease, barring              year to 17 per cent YTD last month.
     10     Subaru                   3022      3.7
                                                       economic hiccups.
   Source: VFACTS, August 2011                                                                                          FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
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LPG decline ‘to continue’
New autogas excise and
cuts to LPG installation
rebate to hit local sector

                      By RON HAMMERTON
LIQUID petroleum gas (LPG) will be hit with
a fuel excise from December 1, raising the cost
of motoring for 700,000 Australian drivers and
taking some of the shine off launch programs                 He said three Victorian LPG supplier           have no alternative fuels transport policy,
for new-generation LPG cars from local motor              companies – including Alternative Fuel            no gaseous transport fuels policy – we have
manufacturers Ford and Holden.                            Innovations – had already gone into               nothing,” he said.
   The autogas tax – which will also apply                receivership, and more could follow.                 “So when industries take their case
to compressed natural gas and liquid natural                 “I think it (the LPG industry) will continue   up to government, all you are doing is
gas vehicle fuels – will be phased in over                to decline, and the reason it will decline is     sitting down with treasury officials and
four years, starting at 2.5 cents a litre and             the market is just receiving this negative        determining how much you will pay. It’s a
rising in increments each July to 12.5 cents              messaging,” he said. “The market only             terrible state of affairs.”
a litre by 2015.                                          has to get so much negative messaging out            Mr Carmody predicted a “disaster” in the
   While the excise is still well short of the            there and it stops buying the product, and it     bureaucratic operation of the cap on LPG
38.1-cents-a-litre slug paid by petrol and diesel         doesn’t matter if it is gas or ice-cream.         installation rebates, as no mechanism had
buyers, it comes on top of the government’s                  “When they (the public) start turning          been put in place to judge when 25,000 units
slashing of LPG installation rebates, which are           away from the product, then the installation      had been reached in any given year. He said
not only being phased out by 2013 but capped              and equipment supplier business, which of         the rebate cap also covered factory-fitted
at 25,000 units a year until then.                        course has to fund all this technology and the    LPG vehicles such as Ford’s just-released
   To rub salt into the LPG industry’s wounds,            new developments they are trying to bring         Falcon EcoLPi and Holden’s forthcoming
E85 ethanol – which had been earmarked                    in, can’t get the capital funding from the        LPG Commodore upgrade.
for the same excise – was given a reprieve                banks to continue to drive their business.           “It is beyond a disaster,” he said. “We
by the government after lobbying by rural                    “We have seen that already in Victoria,        have been to AusIndustry, who manage the
independent MPs who then helped the gas                   where three companies have moved into             rebate scheme, and we have said to them
excise bill’s passage through parliament.                 receivership.”                                    ‘how do you know how many conversions
   The moves were slammed by LPG                             Mr Carmody said the federal government’s       are taking place?’
Australia chief executive officer Michael                  decision to introduce the excise was about           “If I get my car converted in May next year,
Carmody, who predicted the industry would                 politics, not policy. He said the government      how does the installer know what’s left?”
continue to decline because of the negative               had no policy on transport fuels, nor any
messages coming from the government                       policy on gaseous fuels.                                    FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
towards alternative fuels.                                   “We have no energy White Paper, we                 LPG low on gas, for now – next page

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LPG low on gas, for now
                                                                     Estimated factory-fit LPG vehicle sales July YTD
LPG vehicle sales dip to
less than one per cent of
market as LPi era begins                                   14,000
           By RON HAMMERTON
LIQUID petroleum gas (LPG) new-vehicle
sales are at an historical low, trapped                     8000
between a lack of gas-equipped cars in the                  6000
showroom, an impending new tax on the
fuel and the phasing out of LPG installation
rebates by the federal government.                          2000
   Last month, only 162 vehicles with                          0
dedicated factory-fitted LPG fuel systems                            2006         2007           2008                2009          2010           2011
were registered in Australia – just 0.2 per
cent of the new-vehicle market – according         Commodores and Utes in July, a little under          that it slices greenhouse gas emissions by 13
to official VFACTS data.                            400 could be expected to be dual-fuel.               per cent compared with petrol.
   As recently as three years ago, registrations      This would bring the July LPG new-car                The government is phasing out LPG
of factory-fitted LPG vehicles were running         tally to about 560 units – about 0.7 per cent        installation incentives – now at $2000
at almost four times that rate, with 7851 LPG      of volume, but still trailing even hybrid            for factory-installed units and $1250 for
vehicles sold in the seven months to the end       registrations (654 in July).                         aftermarket conversions – by 2013, and the
of July 2008 compared with just 2015 in the           Ford and GM Holden hope the hiatus is             number of rebates handed to motorists will
same timeframe this year.                          temporary as both companies are bringing             be capped at 25,000 vehicles a year on a
   As the VFACTS figures capture only new           to market their new dedicated-LPG models             first-come basis.
factory-fitted dedicated LPG vehicles, most         that they say will remove any stigma                    And in what amounts to a perfect storm
of the latest sales will be Falcons – either the   attached to the ‘taxi gas’ image of LPG by           for the LPG industry, an excise on fuel at
remnants of the old run-out E-Gas Falcon sedan     lifting both performance and fuel economy.           the pump is being introduced, starting at 2.5
and ute range that went out of production last        Ford has led the way with its new EcoLPi          cents per litre on December 1 and rising in
year, or the advance guard of the new Falcon       Falcon that makes a 16 per cent fuel-efficiency       annual installments of 2.5 cents each July to
EcoLPI model being registered in readiness         gain over its old E-Gas model while matching         12.5 cents per litre by mid-2015 – a 20 per
for its new-model assault that starts in earnest   the petrol engine for power – all on a fuel that     cent impost at today’s LPG prices of about
in showrooms from August.                          is less than half the price of petrol.               55-60 cents a litre.
   The figures do not include aftermarket              Holden’s new LPG system is still about six           The excise – which also applies to natural
conversions or – more importantly –                months away, but Holden is also promising            gas in liquefied and compressed gas forms
Holden’s LPG-petrol Commodore. Under               a new start for LPG buyers that will even            for vehicles – is a first for Australia and,
the VFACTS system, these dual-fuel Holden          remove the boot space penalty – an advance           despite protests focused against the Gillard
cars and utes are registered as petrol vehicles,   over the current dual-fuel models.                   government for introducing it, was originally
so they are absent from the LPG tally.                These promising new models are being              proposed by the Howard government,
   Holden says just under 10 per cent of           launched into an increasingly unhelpful              which had intended introducing it on July
its current new Commodores are LPG-                environment created by a federal government          1 this year.
equipped Omegas, Berlinas or Omega Utes,           that clearly does not include LPG among its
meaning that, as Holden shifted about 4000         favoured alternative fuels, despite claims                          FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

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Aussies queue for Model S
Tesla takes more than 50
local orders for EV sedan
as production draws near

MORE than 50 Australian early-adopters
are among the 5000 people worldwide who
have already laid down deposits for the all-
                                                                                                                       Model S ‘Alpha’ testing
electric Tesla Model S luxury sedan, ahead
of right-hand-drive production (and first         chief designer Franz von Holzhausen as            the front or rear cargo areas to carry your
local deliveries) from mid-2013.                 being like “a world-class endurance athlete       gear,” he added.
   As GoAuto has reported, Tesla Australia’s     … designed to be the epitome of efficiency”,          Mr Guillen said the car’s air-conditioning
national marketing manager Jay McCormack         appears to combine the best of Aston Martin,      system uses an environmentally friendly
has hinted that the Model S will be priced       Audi, Citroen, Jaguar and Maserati design         refrigerant gas (the refrigerant currently
in the region of $120,000-$130,000 here,         into one unique and elegant package.              used in most cars, which superseded ozone
a relative bargain compared with the low-           It will have up to seven seats accessed        layer-depleting CFCs, has been identified
volume, Lotus Elise-based Roadster, which        via four frameless doors, pipe-lit graphics       as a major greenhouse gas).
costs from around $220,000.                      integrated with the head- and tail-lights,           He also claimed the glass in the panoramic
   The Silicon Valley-based car-maker            flush doorhandles that emerge from the             roof uses a special coating to reduce infrared
recently released a video of three all-          bodywork when the driver approaches and           solar radiation by up to 80 per cent, compared
black Model S ‘Alpha’ test vehicles as           a hidden charge port that “looks nothing          with 50 per cent “on similar sedans”.
they underwent final performance and              like a traditional fuel door”.                       Because the Model S has fewer moving
suspension testing before the almost                “The freedom of having a blank slate           parts than an internal combustion-powered
production-ready ‘Beta’ vehicles – which         was also my biggest challenge,” said Mr           vehicle, Mr Guillen claims the number of
are now in production – hit the road to weed     Holzhausen in an interview on Tesla’s             scheduled services required is reduced. He
out any remaining flaws.                          blog site. “In addition to defining Model S,       said that in addition, Tesla will offer mobile
   The nomenclature used by Tesla for its        Tesla’s brand is still evolving.”                 technicians who can make house calls and
test cycles is borrowed from the software           He said the pre-production models look         that the car can be diagnosed – sometimes
industry, echoing CEO Elon Musk’s belief         so similar to the original concept revealed in    even repaired – over a wireless or 3G
that the company has more in common with         March 2009 because the designers worked           internet connection.
technology firms such as Apple or Google          closely with engineers from the start, enabling      Tesla claims the rear-drive luxury sedan
than with traditional car-makers like            them to create a prototype “with fundamental      can complete the 0-100km/h sprint in less
General Motors or Ford.                          understanding of the realities of production”.    than six seconds and go on to hit a top speed
   The Model S, which is described by Tesla         Model S program director Jerome Guillen        of 200km/h.
                                                 said the aluminium-bodied Model S will not           It also says the battery can be fully
                                                 come with a spare wheel or be offered with a      charged from empty overnight using a
                                                 towbar, although the roof can accommodate         standard electrical outlet overnight and
                                                 roof racks that mount on the doorframes.          that charging can complete in as little as 45
                                                    “That said, because the Model S will           minutes using a fast-charging station.
                                                 have nearly twice the storage capacity of
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          By HAITHAM RAZAGUI                                and financial infrastructure plus its the brand and repositioning the products in
SYDNEY-BASED Ateco Automotive plans                         “strong expertise” in the niche luxury and terms of price and specification.
an ambitious doubling of Lotus car sales to                 sportscar markets.                                 “The person who buys a Lotus will take less
100 over the next 12 months, having just                       Just 19 Lotus cars have been sold in of a risk under our umbrella because of our
become the official importer and distributor                 Australia so far this year, a 42.4 per                    advertising, because of our building
for the British sportscar brand in Australia                cent decline. Last year’s full-year                       of the brand,” said Mr Sealey.
and New Zealand.                                            total was just 53 and sales figures                        “There’s less of a risk in purchasing
   Ateco’s new general manager for Lotus,                   have been in decline since a peak of                      a Lotus and there’s less of a reason to
Glen Sealey, told GoAuto that Lotus cars                    90 units in 2007.                                         explain why you bought a Lotus …
will become better value for money under                       Mr Sealey attributes this year’s                       because it becomes more accepted
Ateco and that the company aims to boost the                sales drop-off in part to previous                        in the marketplace.”
brand’s presence Down Under in preparation                  importer Lotus Cars Australia – an                           Four of the five existing
for the arrival of its all-new model line-up                offshoot of Proton Cars Australia                         Australian Lotus dealers already
                                                                                                       Glen Sealey
starting with the Esprit supercar in late 2013.             – having “pretty much stopped                             have a relationship with Ateco
   The company also plans to set up the                     all expenditure” on the brand since its and its subsidiary European Automotive
first official Lotus presence in New Zealand                  distributorship contract expired in March.       Imports through its other brands, which
with a dealership in Auckland. Previously                      “But if I look at the sales rate … it hasn’t include Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Citroen,
the only way of obtaining the cars there was                been trending in the right direction, either,” Ferrari, Fiat and Maserati plus burgeoning
through private imports.                                    he said.                                         Chinese makes Chery and Great Wall.
   Mr Sealey said Lotus will benefit from                       Ateco’s plan to turn Lotus around in
Ateco’s existing advertising, logistics                     Australia will be achieved by rebuilding                   FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

             By TERRY MARTIN                 launch,” Mr Snell said.                                                        “One of the greatest benefits we’ve seen
INFINITI Cars Australia has announced          “These programs are designed to                                           as we’re preparing for launch of Infiniti here
the appointment of Andrew Taylor as set a new benchmark in luxury vehicle                                                and have six dedicated resources (people)
national ownership experience manager.       ownership by delivering on Infiniti’s                                        24/7 on Infiniti, culturally it changes Nissan
   Starting his new job this week and unique hospitality philosophy.”                                                    Motor a lot because they’re given the
reporting directly to general manager Kevin    In an interview with GoAuto last week,                                    challenge to deliver a premium experience
Snell, Mr Taylor joins Nissan’s                      Infiniti Cars Australia CEO Dan                                      in network, in customer, in brand, in product
premium brand – which is set to                      Thompson, who is also the head                                      and all that,” Mr Thompson said. “And the
launch here in the third quarter                     of Nissan in Australia, said the                                    rub-off that it’s having is tremendous.
of next year – from BMW Group                        new Infiniti team was playing a                                         “We’ve brought in a lot of experience
Australia, where he worked in                        significant role in changing the                                     from outside Nissan – so only one of the
aftersales and related business areas                corporate culture at Nissan.                                        six dedicated Infiniti resources we have was
for more than a decade.                                 In addition to Mr Snell, who is                                  from within the Nissan family, all the rest
   At Infiniti, Mr Taylor will be                     a former Saab sales and marketing                                   have been external, and these guys ... are
responsible for ensuring “all new                    executive, the management team                                      challenging our norms as a motor company.
                                      Andrew Taylor
customers to Infiniti in Australia                    includes sales and marketing                                           “(For example) – why are we doing CRM,
enjoy a new level of personalised care and manager Andrew Millar (ex-Swatch Group),                                      or customer experience, this way? Why are
service when they purchase one of Infiniti’s national retail performance manager Nick                                     we going to market in these ways? And why
performance luxury vehicles”.                Parkington (ex-AWB Landmark), digital                                       wouldn’t we structure franchise or network
   “The role will be responsible for marketing and customer relations manager                                            development in this way?
delivering Infiniti’s unique total ownership Mark Grier (ex-BMW Group) and product                                           “So the rub-off is much greater than
experience and aftersales programs via and sales planning manager Zac Loo                                                innovation and technology, and much
exclusive retail partners from the 2012 (ex-Mercedes-Benz).                                                              greater than just volume and profit.”

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 GoAuto’s latest car review                                                                                       
                                                                   Jeep Patriot 5-dr wagon
                                        AMID the turmoil of the past few years, the Chrysler group has managed to keep updating models
                                          like the Patriot – a car-based compact SUV that is related to a host of other branded vehicles
                                           including the Mitsubishi Outlander and Dodge Journey. Along with a near-invisible facelift, the
                                             US engineers have installed better quality interior materials and revised suspension settings, but
                                           have they done enough for the Patriot Series II to stand scrutiny in such a fiercely contested and
                                         ever-evolving segment?
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                                                                                                             TOYOTA Australia has released a special-
                                                                                                             edition 200 Series LandCruiser wagon
                                                  August:                                                    featuring a range of premium features
                                                  BMW 1 Series M Coupe                                       for $2776 more than the entry-level GXL
                                                  Ford Focus hatch/sedan                                     variant upon which it is based.
                                                  Hyundai Accent hatch/sedan                                    Now on sale in both 4.7-litre petrol V8 form
                                                  Kia Rio hatch                                              ($80,190 plus on-road costs) and with a 4.5-litre
ACCENT ON SAFETY                                  Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster
                                                                                                             V8 turbo-diesel ($90,440), the automatic-only
                                                  Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe
HYUNDAI’S Australian launch of its all-                                                                      LandCruiser Altitude rides on larger 18-inch
                                                  Volkswagen Jetta sedan
new Accent received a boost yesterday                                                                        alloy wheels and comes with a host of equipment
                                                    New model diary: CLICK HERE
when the Korean-built light car was named                                                                    from the range-topping Sahara variant.
among five new vehicles to win five-star                                                                                  FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
crash safety ratings from the Australasian       GM STREAKS AHEAD
New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).              GENERAL Motors has placed its beach towel                   LOCALISING YARIS
   Among the others was the Toyota Rukus         on the sun-lounger labelled ‘world’s largest                TOYOTA Australia claims its technical centre
compact crossover, which was elevated            auto-maker’, having delivered 4,536,000                     in Melbourne has contributed to development
from four stars to maximum five stars after       vehicles in the first half of this year.                     of the next-generation Yaris, the local launch
Toyota submitted the Corolla-based vehicle          That is 1.16 million more deliveries than                of which has been delayed until late this year.
for an optional pole crash test to gain the      achieved by earthquake-stricken Toyota and                     After months of speculation, Toyota
extra two points required to get the Rukus       446,000 more than aspirant to the throne                    Australia also announced last week that
across the line and into the top bracket.        Volkswagen Group.                                           the Yaris will be launched in Australia in
   Peugeot’s mid-sized 508, the Lexus               Barring an unforeseen disaster for GM,                   October, only one month later than originally
CT200h hybrid and Volvo V60 wagon also           the company now looks certain to regain                     planned before it was delayed by the Japanese
all made the top rank of the ANCAP safety        supremacy of the global automotive industry                 earthquake and tsunami in March.
ratings after the independent crash test         for the first time since 2007 when Toyota                               FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
organisation rubber-stamped results of near-     equalled its record sales volume of 9.37
identical cars in Europe.                        million units before taking the lead during
   The Hyundai Accent breezed through            the GFC and GM’s chapter 11 bankruptcy.
the local crash test regime at Sydney’s             GM’s increased sales have helped it to
CrashLab, scoring a total of 35.66 points out    record a second-quarter net income of $US2.5
of a possible 37.                                billion on the back of revenues totalling
   This result puts the car in the same league   $US39.4 billion. Total net income for the first
as some highly fancied European cars. In         half of the year now stands at $5.4 billion.
the small-car class as defined by ANCAP,             GM chairman and CEO Dan Akerson
it trails only the top-scoring Honda Insight     attributed the company’s success to its
(36.39), Alfa Romeo MiTo (36.1) and              “investments in fuel economy, design
Mercedes-Benz A-class (35.96).                   and quality”.                                                  GOAUTO’S MONTHLY CAR MAGAZINE OUT NOW
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