This week in information: 24-28 April


We publish a ton of automotive information tales throughout the working week, and it may be robust to maintain up with all the things – which is the rationale behind this weekend listing.

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.

Cupra’s new idea comes from the darkish aspect

The Cupra DarkRebel previews what a sports activities automotive may appear like from the sporty Spanish model, and is the “final interpretation” of its imaginative and prescient.

It’s solely a digital idea for now, however Cupra says a bodily model is “coming quickly”, and you’ll assist form what that bodily idea appears to be like like.

It’s the primary Cupra idea to be introduced on Metahype, Cupra’s metaverse area, and an immersive expertise referred to as the Hyper Configurator means that you can alter elements of the automobile corresponding to the colors and graphics and share movies of your creation.

MORE: Cupra DarkRebel is an electrical sports activities automotive idea

Cupra reveals its first electrical SUV

The Volkswagen Group’s sporty Spanish model Cupra has unveiled the Tavascan, its first all-electric SUV.

It’s set for a 2024 launch, and can come to Australia in 2025 alongside manufacturing variations of the Terramar mid-sized SUV and UrbanRebel electrical hatch.

Remaining largely devoted to the 2019 idea automotive, which was additionally up to date in 2022, the Tavascan has a sporty stance due to its “shark nostril”, raked roofline, and the polished black A-pillar connecting the windscreen to the aspect glass to imitate a racing driver’s visor.

MORE: Cupra Tavascan: Electrical coupe SUV revealed, coming to Australia

There’s a brand new Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Say “guten tag” to the most recent iteration of Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which fits on sale in Europe throughout the third quarter of 2023. It can probably be obtainable in Australia a while in 2024.

As anticipated the sixth-generation E-Class copies its form and plenty of of its design parts with the most recent C-Class and S-Class. These embrace flush-fitting door handles, and tail gentle clusters that stretch into the boot lid.

The brand new E-Class does have just a few distinguishing gadgets, although. Most notably it has scalloped headlight items that mix into the grille body, a styling characteristic borrowed from the all-electric EQE and EQS fashions. For those who’re so inclined, the grille will also be illuminated.

MORE: 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class unveiled

What occurs if you give the McLaren 720S extra energy?

What occurs if you add extra energy, extra tech, and extra fashionable appears to be like to a McLaren 720S? You get the 750S.

That is likely to be promoting the 750S quick, although. It would appear like a massaged 720S, however McLaren says 30 per cent of the parts in its new supercar are contemporary or modified.

It’s coming to Australia priced from $585,800 earlier than on-roads for the coupe, or $654,600 for the Spider.

MORE: McLaren 750S picks up extra energy, Artura expertise

Ford Australia is shrinking two departments

Ford Australia will make 250 salaried staff in its automobile improvement and design departments redundant within the coming months.

Employees instructed CarExpert some engineering and design staff have been provided the choice to use for a voluntary redundancy bundle – though if fewer than 250 individuals apply, it’s attainable fewer than 250 might be laid off.

A spokesperson for Ford confirmed the Blue Oval will supply a “voluntary separation program for roughly 250 of our 1400 salaried product improvement and design staff”, because it shrinks some groups following the launch of the most recent Ranger ute and Everest four-wheel drive.

MORE: Ford Australia confirms engineering and design redundancies

My, my, my, how the turntables… flip

The plot line is little bit of Days of Our Lives combined with Succession through Bollywood, however the firm as soon as referred to as SsangYong is within the field seat to rescue from receivership Edison Motors, the bus producer that attempted to purchase it final 12 months.

In response to the Yonhap Information Company, KG Mobility – as SsangYong is now identified – is the popular bidder to buy Edison Motors and convey it out of receivership, successfully flipping the script from just a few years in the past.

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March 2020, SsangYong’s majority shareholder Mahindra determined the Korean automaker wanted to pay its personal means.

MORE: SsangYong turns the tables, needs to rescue former suitor

Who doesn’t love a little bit of sibling rivalry?

The Volkswagen Amarok is the most recent automobile to be awarded a five-star security score from ANCAP towards the 2020-2022 testing protocols, with it narrowly scoring higher than its Ford Ranger twin below the pores and skin in a single explicit space.

This end result was drawn from testing of the intently associated Ford Ranger, with extra frontal offset and aspect influence assessments carried out on the Amarok by Euro NCAP, which has harmonised testing protocols with ANCAP.

The Amarok scored 86 per cent for grownup occupant safety, 93 per cent for little one occupant safety, 74 per cent for susceptible street person safety, and 83 per cent for security help.

MORE: Volkswagen Amarok ANCAP security score outshines Ranger

This recall includes a really, very particular Porsche

Porsche has recalled 11 examples of the Carrera GT supercar in Australia, to repair an issue with the chassis management arm mounts.

In response to the recall discover, “the chassis management arm mounts could not meet specs and will corrode over the lifetime of the automobile. If the chassis management arm mounts corrode or crack, this might trigger a discount of car management”.

“A discount in automobile management may improve the chance of an accident inflicting damage or loss of life to the automobile occupants, different street customers and bystanders.”

MORE: Porsche Carrera GT recall: Australian house owners instructed to not drive their vehicles

Skoda particulars its EV plans

The Skoda Enyaq and Enyaq Coupe might be refreshed and joined by a spread of recent electrical autos (EVs), together with a wagon and a alternative for the present Karoq.

The Czech model has launched a roadmap for the enlargement of its EVs. It goals to have six EVs by 2026 that “will cowl all automobile segments which can be related to our clients”.

It additionally says it’ll have invested a complete of 5.6 billion euros (A$9.26bn) in EVs by 2027.

MORE: Skoda particulars its electrical automotive onslaught

Elon Musk could should testify below oath about Autopilot

In one other headache for Tesla, its CEO Elon Musk has been ordered by a California decide to testify below oath about statements he made concerning Autopilot.

Reuters reviews Tesla had opposed the request in court docket filings, claiming Musk couldn’t recall particulars about statements he was claimed to have made.

As well as, the corporate cited an uncommon cause for its CEO to not be ordered to testify.

MORE: Musk ordered to testify in Autopilot go well with regardless of deepfake declare

Volvo C40 and XC40 Recharge updates priced for Australia

Volvo’s up to date C40 and XC40 Recharge Pure Electrical SUVs have been priced for Australia, and are arriving before anticipated.

The model has confirmed they’re now due right here within the third quarter of 2023 – not the fourth, as had beforehand been introduced – and can be found to order now.

Single-motor variations of the XC40 and C40 Recharge Pure Electrical are priced at $76,990 and $78,990 earlier than on-road prices, respectively, representing value will increase of $3000.

The twin-motor Twin model of the XC40 is priced at $85,990 earlier than on-roads, whereas the C40 Recharge Pure Electrical Twin is priced at $87,990 earlier than on-roads. Each are up by $4500.

MORE: Volvo C40 and XC40 Recharge: Up to date electrical SUVs priced

New GLC vary launching with one mannequin at first

Mercedes-Benz Australia has detailed the native pricing and normal options for its crucial new-generation GLC SUV forward of its on-sale date in June.

As beforehand detailed, the brand new Mercedes-Benz GLC will solely be obtainable with one variant at launch domestically. The GLC 300 4Matic is priced from $104,900 earlier than on-road prices, which is $12,600 greater than the outgoing mannequin.

The German carmaker’s native division has mentioned coupe and AMG GLC fashions will comply with at a later date. Though the latter hasn’t been formally revealed but, a lot of spied prototypes have been captured over the past 12 months.

MORE: 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC value and specs


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