This week in information: 20-24 March


We publish a ton of automobile information tales in the course of the working week, and it may be robust to maintain up with every little thing – which is the rationale behind this weekend record.

Briefly, listed below are some key articles from our information desk since Monday of this week summarised, simply in case you missed them on the time.

The subsequent Triton seems to be even more durable to frighten

Mitsubishi has supplied its first official take a look at the next-generation Triton ute, within the type of a troublesome idea automobile.

Revealed on the Bangkok motor present, the XRT Idea seems to be a pumped- and liveried-up model of an in any other case production-ready ute.

It can debut earlier than the tip of this month in idea kind, with the primary manufacturing fashions to hit Thailand someday throughout ‘fiscal 2023’ (March ’23 to April ’24 inclusive) earlier than rolling out all over the world.

FULL STORY: New Mitsubishi Triton revealed in idea kind

Kia EV9 getting just a little brother

Kia has revealed the Idea EV5 electrical SUV, which previews a smaller sibling to the not too long ago revealed EV9.

Unveiled as a part of Kia’s Chinese language EV Day, the manufacturing EV5 will initially be launched within the Chinese language market later this yr.

Kia says that particulars on the worldwide availability of the EV5 “can be made sooner or later.”

FULL STORY: Kia previews a brand new Sportage-sized electrical SUV

Mazda costs its new flagship SUV

The 2024 Mazda CX-90 will begin arriving in native showrooms from August this yr, with pre-orders now open for the model’s greatest, most luxurious mannequin.

Powered solely by 48V electrified inline-six engines at launch, the CX-90 won’t solely compete with the likes of the Hyundai Palisade and Nissan Pathfinder, but in addition entry-level variations of the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90.

As with the smaller Mazda CX-60, which rides on the identical rear-drive platform, the CX-90 can be supplied in Australia with three trim ranges.

The inline sixes (one petrol, one diesel) are the one choices obtainable at launch, although a 2.5-litre plug-in hybrid is predicted to be supplied someday subsequent yr.

FULL STORY: 2024 Mazda CX-90 worth and specs: New flagship detailed

Lexus costs its new electrical luxurious SUV

Lexus Australia has detailed the native line-up and pricing of its first electrical car constructed on a devoted electrical car (EV) platform, the RZ, forward of its arrival in Might this yr.

The Lexus RZ can be obtainable in two trim ranges initially, with pricing beginning at $123,000 earlier than on-roads for the RZ450e Luxurious, and increasing to $135,000 earlier than on-roads for the RZ450e Sports activities Luxurious.

This pricing is line-ball with the likes of the Genesis Electrified GV70, Mercedes-Benz EQC, and BMW iX, however just a little increased than the likes of the BMW iX3, Genesis GV60, and the Tesla Mannequin Y.

FULL STORY: 2023 Lexus RZ: New electrical automobile priced for Australia

State authority in China releases car high quality information

An increasing number of Chinese language manufacturers are getting into the Australian market, and thankfully they’ve picked up their sport for the reason that days of asbestos remembers.

Nevertheless, whereas Chinese language car high quality has improved, there’s nonetheless a gulf between the perfect and worst automakers there.

The Chinese language Car High quality Community has revealed its 2022 Model High quality Rating of home automakers, in addition to a separate rating for electrical car manufacturers.

FULL STORY: Chinese language automobile high quality ranked: See the place Tesla, MG place

Goodbye CX-9, hi there CX-80

Mazda Australia expects inventory to dry up of its CX-9 by the tip of this yr because it welcomes some recent new product.

Along with the refreshed CX-8 and all-new CX-90, each due right here this yr, Mazda has confirmed it’s launching the CX-80 – a three-row counterpart to the CX-60. It can verify native timing for the CX-80 later this yr.

That squeezes out the CX-9, however the information comes as little shock given Mazda’s US arm had already confirmed it was changing the CX-9 with the brand new CX-90 and the outgoing mannequin was developed with a robust US focus.

FULL STORY: Mazda CX-9 ending up in Australia
FULL STORY: Mazda CX-80: Third premium SUV locked in for Australia

Honda (and its passenger automobiles) sticking round, however the place are the EVs?

Honda says it might miss its quantity goal in 2023 for the second yr in a row, nevertheless it has no plans to depart the Australian market or change to an SUV-only line-up.

It’s persevering with to roll out hybrid fashions however has dominated out introducing any electrical automobiles for no less than the subsequent 5 years.

Regardless of the upcoming introduction of a brand new mid-sized SUV this yr – the ZR-V, full with a hybrid choice – the Japanese model warns it may fall wanting its quantity goal of 20,000 automobiles, citing provide points.

FULL STORY: Honda says provide is why it might miss gross sales aim
FULL STORY: Honda received’t go SUV-only in Australia
FULL STORY: Honda Australia: ‘We’re not going wherever’
FULL STORY: Honda Australia received’t promote electrical automobiles earlier than 2028

Chevrolet Camaro axed, however title will return… some day

The Chevrolet Camaro has run its race, for now, though the corporate is promising “this isn’t the ultimate chapter for nameplate”.

Chevrolet hasn’t confirmed when the Camaro title will return, or whether or not it would nonetheless be solely used on two-door automobiles.

A report on the finish of final yr claimed GM is contemplating turning Camaro right into a sub-brand with a pair of all-electric three- and five-door crossover coupes, which may later be joined by an EV sports activities automobile based mostly on the identical structure because the Corvette EV.

Manufacturing of the sixth-generation Camaro on the firm’s Lansing, Michigan plant will finish in January 2024.

FULL STORY: Chevrolet Camaro axed, however title will return… some day

Cupra teases its future product plans

The Cupra Leon and Formentor will get electrical successors, whereas the sporty Spanish model is aiming its sights even increased.

It’s trying to enter the US market and to take action, it believes it wants a bigger SUV – and Australia can be in line for it.

Firm CEO Wayne Griffiths confirmed that, ought to such a car be produced, it could be a worldwide product, manufactured in each left- and right-hand drive, with a “provocative” design.

Mr Griffiths additionally instructed CarExpert there “could also be in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later the prospect of a pleasant sports activities automobile from Cupra”.

The Ateca, nevertheless, is on the chopping block. It’s set to be not directly changed by the upcoming, bigger Terramar.

FULL STORY: Cupra contemplating bigger SUV because it eyes US rollout
FULL STORY: Sporty model Cupra contemplating a… sports activities automobile
FULL STORY: Cupra is readying electrical Leon, Formentor
FULL STORY: Second-generation Cupra Ateca unlikely

Mazda v ACCC ‘unconscionable conduct’ ruling upheld by Federal Courtroom

The Full Federal Courtroom has dismissed appeals from each Mazda and the Australian Competitors and Shopper Fee (ACCC) regarding a ruling it made in November 2021.

The ACCC had appealed the ruling, arguing Mazda did in truth have interaction in unconscionable conduct in its dealings with 9 customers.

Mazda, in distinction, appealed the Courtroom’s ruling because it argued it didn’t make 49 false representations to customers about their client rights.

FULL STORY: Mazda v ACCC ‘unconscionable conduct’ ruling upheld by Federal Courtroom

Ford reveals intriguingly specified special-edition Ranger

The Wildtrak X nameplate is again on the Ford Ranger, however the brand new particular version is specified fairly otherwise from the remainder of the line-up.

Whereas it makes use of the acquainted 2.0-litre bi-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine, it incorporates a full-time four-wheel rive system with a 4A mode that can be utilized on pavement like V6 variations.

Ford has famous the Ranger Wildtrak X is the primary variant to satisfy Mild Responsibility Truck Euro 6 emissions stage, which suggests it requires AdBlue.

One other spotlight of the Ranger Wildtrak X is its suspension setup that has been “particularly tuned” for touring and payload.

FULL STORY: Ford drops new Ranger variant with wider monitor, lifted Bilstein shocks and massive display screen: 2024 Ranger Wildtrak X

May the GMC Yukon be coming right here?

Having final week alluded to introducing an electrical Cadillac in Australia, Normal Motors seems to have been busy laying the groundwork for a full-sized, combustion-powered SUV.

A trademark submitting on the IP Australia database factors to a possible introduction for the GMC Yukon. The submitting was revealed on March 17, 2023 and at present awaiting indexing.

The Yukon and Yukon XL are the GMC model’s counterparts to the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, respectively, and all these SUVs – plus the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV – are underpinned by GM’s body-on-frame T1 platform.

FULL STORY: GMSV: Trademark submitting factors to native launch for giant SUV

Final name for Mini Clubman

Mini has revealed the ultimate model of its Clubman earlier than it launches a revamped line-up subsequent yr.

The Mini Clubman Remaining Version is fitted with a variety of unique finishes each inside and outside. Solely 1969 examples of the mannequin can be produced.

“Mini won’t provide the Mini Clubman Remaining version for the Australian and New Zealand markets. Nevertheless, we’ll proceed to supply the Clubman Cooper S and JCW variants till the mannequin’s official finish of manufacturing in February 2024,” mentioned Mini Australia head of product and planning James Orlov.

FULL STORY: Mini farewelling Clubman with 1969 particular automobiles

Ford reveals a really totally different Explorer for Europe

The Ford Explorer has been reborn with a smaller physique, electric-only drivetrains, and a definite European accent.

The brand new Euro Explorer is the primary of two confirmed automobiles from the Blue Oval to be based mostly on the all-electric Volkswagen MEB structure. The opposite is a “coupe” model, which rumours recommend can be referred to as the Explorer Sport.

Manufacturing of the Explorer EV will happen in Cologne, Germany, beforehand residence to the Fiesta. It’s unclear if the European Explorer can be offered exterior the area.

FULL STORY: Ford’s first Volkswagen-based EV to be known as Explorer


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