We publish a ton of automobile information tales through the working week (70-odd as a rule), and it may be powerful to maintain up with the whole lot – which is the rationale behind this weekend listing.
In brief, listed below are some key articles from our information desk since Monday of this week summarised, simply in case you missed them on the time.
Australia’s new automobile gross sales (checked towards registrations) rebounded in August, up 17.3 per cent over the identical month final 12 months to 95,256 vehicles.
It was the perfect August in 5 years, suggesting the availability of automobiles is steadily enhancing. It additionally takes the year-to-date tally to 717,575, down 2.1 per cent on 2021.
The Toyota HiLux retained its number-one place forward of the Ford Ranger and Toyota RAV4, but it surely was the EV market that confirmed a number of the finest development.
With Mannequin Y deliveries lastly underway alongside the Mannequin 3, Tesla completed because the seventh top-selling model general, and helped drive EVs to an general 4.4 per cent market share – a determine that doesn’t embrace any BYDs, deliveries of which commenced September 2.
Nissan will deal with the Toyota RAV4 hybrid head-on early in 2023 with a brand new electrified X-Path, but it surely’ll be lacking out on one bragging proper.
Nissan’s new dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain – referred to as e-Energy with e-4ORCE – will likely be out there domestically solely in five-seat X-Path fashions.
That’s regardless of a seven-seat possibility set to be supplied in different markets, giving the Nissan an edge in versatility over its in style Toyota rival.
The e-Energy with e-4ORCE X-Path fashions will start native deliveries in early 2023, following shortly after the combustion-powered vary within the fourth quarter of this 12 months.
The up to date 2023 Toyota HiLux Rogue range-topper is ready to reach in Australian showrooms in October, with “vital mechanical upgrades” claimed to enhance each on- and off-road efficiency.
Refreshingly, the up to date HiLux Rogue will likely be priced from $70,200 earlier than on-road prices – which is identical value because the pre-update mannequin.
For context it’s about the identical ($10 dearer) than the Ford Ranger Wildtrak with the V6 turbo-diesel. It’s additionally $5770 greater than the present HiLux SR5+ dual-cab pickup automated flagship.
The 2023 Lexus RX is ready to go on sale domestically in early 2023 with 4 variants, however no plug-in hybrid (PHEV).
The Japanese competitor to the Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X5 will likely be out there with one petrol engine, and three separate hybrid setups.
It appears Australian patrons are going to overlook out on the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant of the Lexus RX at launch.
FULL STORY: 2023 Lexus RX: Australian line-up detailed
MG has sliced $2000 from the worth of its ZS EV at launch, making it Australia’s most inexpensive electrical automobile… besides in Tasmania.
The brand new beginning value of $44,990 drive-away for the MG ZS EV Excite is down from the $46,990 drive-away sticker introduced in March, and means the ZS undercuts the BYD Atto 3 in each state barring Tasmania.
The place MG absorbs the distinction in on-road prices corresponding to stamp obligation and registration to supply a nationwide drive-away value, the BYD sticker is totally different relying on the place you’re shopping for it.
FULL STORY: MG ZS EV value lower makes it Australia’s most inexpensive EV
FULL STORY: 2023 MG ZS EV overview
FULL STORY: 2023 MG ZS EV value and specs
ANCAP has introduced the electrical Tesla Mannequin Y, Genesis GV60 and Kia Niro, together with hybrid variations of the latter, have acquired five-star rankings in security testing.
It singled out the Mannequin Y for reward, saying the SUV’s security help score is the best such rating on this class so far. The Mannequin Y’s grownup occupant safety score can also be the best up to now beneath the present 2020-22 score standards.
Pace digital camera operators in New South Wales must comply with new guidelines following criticism their automobiles had been being hidden from view.
Transport for NSW has responded to criticism of automobiles’ placement, telling officers in a Finances Estimates assembly late final week it has revised its protocols.
In its revised protocols, pace digital camera operators now should park 10 to fifteen metres from the closest automobile, each in entrance of and behind the digital camera automobile.
That is to make the pace digital camera indicators extra seen, following complaints pace digital camera automobiles have been parked in rows of vehicles or obscured by foliage.
Maserati’s upcoming entry-level SUV vary has been priced for Australia forward of its arrival within the first quarter of subsequent 12 months.
The 2023 Maserati Grecale vary opens at $109,500 earlier than on-road prices for the bottom GT, with the mid-range Modena priced at $128,000 earlier than on-roads and the flagship Trofeo at $165,000 listing.
That slots it between the associated Alfa Romeo Stelvio ($80,950 to $158,000), with which it shares its Giorgio platform, and the bigger Maserati Levante ($145,000 to $300,000).
FULL STORY: 2023 Maserati Grecale value and specs
Williams Superior Engineering (WAE), now owned by Australian mining large Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), has revealed a modular high-performance electrical automobile (EV) structure for hypercars.
Dubbed EVR, it’s the most recent of WAE’s EV architectures and was revealed on the Low Carbon Automobile present on the Millbrook Proving Floor within the UK.
The UK-based engineering agency has mentioned it’ll have a EVR-based prototype within the subsequent 12 months, with supply of a manufacturing automobile in 24 months.
Greenpeace East Asia has ranked the world’s largest carmaker Toyota lifeless final in a brand new report detailing the efforts of main auto manufacturers to cut back their emissions, saying it’s caught up to now with its devotion to hybrids and fuel-cell hydrogen vehicles.
Its Auto Environmental Information 2022 is billed as a “comparative evaluation of decarbonisation efforts by world auto-makers” – taking a look at their EV gross sales, phasing out of combustion automobiles, and cleansing up their provide chains.
The report checked out 10 main carmakers, all of which have their very own sub-brands. Common Motors, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen lead the pack; Ford, Hyundai-Kia, Renault and Stellantis sat within the center tier; and Nissan, Honda and Toyota had been labelled failures.
Coinciding with this report, Greenpeace Australia Pacific launched its personal report which it claims “exposes Toyota’s observe document of lobbying towards measures to cut back local weather air pollution from automobiles, greenwashing and advocacy for fossil-fuelled hybrid automobile expertise”.
Jeep has previewed its first three electrical automobiles, two of which have been designed for world markets and all of which can launch by 2025.
Launching first is the Europe-targeted Avenger, which will likely be adopted by two world fashions: the off-road focussed Recon and the family-friendly Wagoneer S.
It additionally confirmed it needs electrical automobiles to account for 50 per cent of its gross sales within the US by 2030, and 100 per cent of its gross sales in Europe by the identical 12 months.
Along with introducing its first electrical automobiles, it plans to broaden its vary of 4xe-branded plug-in hybrids with an electrified powertrain in each mannequin vary by 2025.
FULL STORY: Jeep introducing three EVs by finish of 2024