This week in information: 8-12 Could


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 part – 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.

Ford costs electrical Mustang Mach-E for Australia

The Ford Mustang Mach-E shall be costlier than its massive rival from Tesla, the Mannequin Y, when it hits Australia later this 12 months.

Pricing for the vary opens at $79,990 earlier than on-road prices for the bottom mannequin Choose, and extends to $108,990 earlier than on-road prices for the flagship GT. 

There are two battery choices accessible inside the vary, with a 71kWh pack within the base Choose and a 91kWh pack within the Premium and GT grades.

Vary differs between fashions, with the bottom Choose providing 470km, and the Premium with its bigger battery providing as much as 600km of vary – each based mostly on the WLTP cycle. The GT presents a claimed vary of 490km.

MORE: 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E worth and specs

Chery particulars its first electrical car for Australia

The Chery Omoda 5 EV was quietly revealed on the Shanghai motor present, and now the corporate’s native arm has confirmed some key specs.

It’s nonetheless set to launch within the first half of 2024, and function the relaunched Chinese language model’s rival to fashions just like the MG ZS EV and BYD Atto 3.

The electrical model of the Omoda 5 makes use of a 61kWh battery, with a claimed 450km of vary beneath the WLTP cycle.

MORE: Chery Omoda 5 EV detailed forward of Australian launch

Mercedes-Benz bids adieu to the CLS

Mercedes-Benz arguably invented the trendy four-door coupe section however as sedans – together with its personal – have gotten ever sleeker, its CLS has been squeezed out.

The shapely CLS is now being discontinued domestically after three generations as Mercedes-Benz welcomes the electrical EQE it’s promoting alongside the extra conventional E-Class.

“Orders have ceased and manufacturing for the present CLS will finish August this 12 months in preparation for the brand new E-Class,” stated a spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz Australia.

MORE: Mercedes-Benz CLS axed in Australia, manufacturing ends quickly

Electrical Genesis GV60 will get extra tech

Genesis has given the GV60 electrical SUV some specification tweaks forward of its arrival on Australian shores in Could 2023. 

Pricing is up $4000 throughout the GV60 vary, with it now beginning at $107,700 earlier than on-roads for the AWD, and lengthening to $114,700 earlier than on-roads for the Efficiency AWD.

A serious spotlight of this replace to the Genesis GV60 is the debut of Genesis Related Companies (GCS), which permits homeowners to entry security, safety and comfort options both in-car or on a smartphone.

MORE: 2023 Genesis GV60 worth and spec: Extra tech, extra money

Volvo’s upcoming small EV leaked in patent photos

Patent photos of Volvo’s upcoming EX30 have been revealed on-line, giving us our greatest look but of the entry-level electrical SUV.

The EX30 is due in Australia earlier than the top of 2023.

The patent photos, shared by Coche Spias, depict a car with a transparent familial resemblance with the upcoming EX90 flagship, with related headlight and tail gentle designs.

MORE: Volvo EX30: Electrical SUV leaked in patent photos

MG releases pricing and specs for its upcoming electrical MG 4

MG has launched pricing for all the MG 4 line-up, with the electrical hatchback vary opening at slightly below $45,000 earlier than on-roads.

The corporate had beforehand confirmed pricing just for the highest Essence spec with the 64kWh battery as pre-sales opened. This variant is priced at $47,990 earlier than on-roads and presents 435km of vary on the WLTP cycle.

It has now confirmed pricing for the bottom Excite, which makes use of the identical battery (however with 450km of vary) and prices $44,990 earlier than on-roads.

MORE: 2023 MG 4 worth and specs: Electrical hatch priced from $44,990

How the moment asset write-off scheme has been slashed

The Albanese Authorities’s change to the moment asset write-off scheme will slam the door shut on new industrial automobiles being claimed by companies.

Introduced as a part of the 2023-24 Price range, each the overall value claimable and the variety of companies eligible for the Instantaneous Asset Write-Off are being decreased, efficient from July 1.

The scheme presently permits for a bit of recent gear as much as the worth of $150,000 to be immediately claimed, however that is being decreased to $20,000.

MORE: How the moment asset write-off scheme has been slashed

Bentley launches particular version to ship off W12 engine

The solar will quickly set on the W12 engine, however Bentley isn’t letting the distinctive 12-cylinder engine configuration go away and not using a celebration, or a particular version.

The brand new Velocity Version 12 spec shall be accessible on the Bentley Continental GT coupe, Continental GTC convertible, Flying Spur sedan, and Bentayga crossover.

Manufacturing of the Velocity Version 12 shall be restricted to 120 vehicles for every of the corporate’s 4 mannequin strains.

MORE: Bentley launches particular version to ship off W12 engine

Tesla breaks floor on Texas lithium refinery

Tesla has taken its first step in the direction of refining sufficient lithium to energy a million electrical vehicles per 12 months in Texas. 

CEO Elon Musk this week broke floor on a lithium refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, forward of its deliberate completion in 2024, and manufacturing ramp-up in 2025. 

Mr Musk was flanked by Texas governor Greg Abbott on the groundbreaking ceremony, and arrived in a closely accessorised Cybertruck ute.

MORE: Tesla breaks floor on Texas lithium refinery

Peugeot Australia says 408 will solely provide a PHEV powertrain

Peugeot Australia has introduced the funky 408 coupe SUV will solely be accessible with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain when it arrives in Australia in late 2023.

The corporate has now opened expressions of curiosity for the 408.

The PHEV powertrain consists of a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engineproducing 132kW, with an 81kW electrical motor and a 12.4kWh battery pack. Complete system output is 165kW of energy.

Peugeot claims a WLTP electric-only vary of as much as 67km and says it may be charged utilizing AC energy at a most fee of three.7kW, with the choice to spice up this to 7.4kW.

MORE: Peugeot’s new coupe SUV will solely provide plug-in hybrid energy

Sports activities automobile, ute amongst 10 Toyota EVs due by 2026

Toyota has shed extra gentle on the ten electrical automobiles (EVs) it has beforehand confirmed it is going to launch by 2026, by which period it goals to be promoting 1.5 million pure-electric automobiles globally.

CEO Koji Sato previewed Toyota’s EV rollout in a briefing asserting the corporate’s monetary outcomes for the 2023 fiscal 12 months.

The corporate launched a teaser picture of a five-door fastback carrying a Lexus badge, that includes a steeply raked bonnet and roofline, and notably angular particulars on the rear.

MORE: Sports activities automobile, ute amongst 10 Toyota EVs due by 2026

Subaru plans so as to add three new electrical SUVs by 2026

Subaru is a bit of later than most legacy carmakers to the electrical car (EV) sport, however is now placing the pedal to the metallic.

The Japanese carmaker introduced as a part of its newest monetary outcomes presentation that it plans to roll out three extra electrical crossovers by the top of 2026, along with the present Solterra.

These three upcoming Subaru EVs shall be in-built Japan at Subaru vegetation and use batteries sourced by its alliance with Toyota. It’s price noting the Solterra is actually a rebadged Toyota bZ4X, with the 2 firms having co-developed the electrical twins.

MORE: Subaru plans vary of recent electrical SUVs by finish of 2026

Nissan teases hardcore Patrol V8 follow-up to Navara Warrior

Nissan and Premcar have teased their subsequent collaboration, the Patrol Warrior, that’s due right here late in 2023.

Australian agency Premcar presently produces the Navara Professional-4X Warrior, a modified and extra off-road-oriented model of Nissan’s ute.

Just like the fettled Navara, Premcar’s Patrol doesn’t have any extra energy beneath the bonnet. Nonetheless, Premcar says it has made enhancements to the massive SUV’s suspension, whereas additionally giving it new wheels and tyres.

MORE: Nissan teases hardcore Patrol V8 follow-up to Navara Warrior

Tesla removes Mannequin S and X from native line-up

The Tesla Mannequin S and Mannequin X received’t be returning to Australia in spite of everything.

In emails to prospects shared on the Tesla Mannequin 3 & Y Australia and Tesla House owners Australia teams on Fb, Tesla has confirmed its up to date flagship fashions received’t be launched domestically.

That’s regardless of the automobiles having not solely been bought right here in pre-update guise, but additionally being confirmed and priced in up to date guise again in 2021.

MORE: Tesla Mannequin S and Mannequin X lifeless in Australia

Toyota confirms mild-hybrid powertrain for HiLux and Fortuner

Toyota in South Africa has confirmed the associated HiLux ute and Fortuner SUV will each obtain a mild-hybrid powertrain in 2024.

As reported by South African publication CarMag, Toyota South Africa senior vice chairman of gross sales and advertising and marketing Leon Theron stated throughout an occasion the mild-hybrid HiLux and Fortuner are each on the playing cards for a launch in that market subsequent 12 months.

No different data was introduced in regards to the mild-hybrid HiLux and Fortuner at this occasion in South Africa.

MORE: Gentle-hybrid energy coming for Toyota HiLux, Fortuner

Lexus GX to hitch Australian line-up in 2024

Lexus has teased the third technology of its body-on-frame GX SUV, which has at all times been a extra upscale model of the Toyota LandCruiser Prado.

The corporate’s native arm had no touch upon the GX’s possibilities for an area launch.

Nonetheless, CarExpert understands the GX will be a part of the native line-up earlier than mid-2024, giving Lexus a car to fit in between the unibody RX crossover and full-sized LX body-on-frame SUV.

MORE: Substitute for Prado-based Lexus GX doubtless for Australia


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