Car News Wrap: EyeSight Milestone, 308 Simplified and Farewell Y61

Million car milestone for Subaru EyeSight

Subaru has paused to mark the one millionth delivery of a Subaru vehicle fitted with the EyeSight driver assist system.

Eight years after the two-camera system was first installed in a Subaru car, Subaru tell us their research has found cars fitted with the EyeSight system are involved in 61% less serious crashes.

While EyeSight, incorporating driver aids like adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking, has helped slash rear-end crashes by 84%.

Details here.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe debuts

Mercedes-Benz dealerships in Australia will have a stylish new coupe version of the E-Class to offer buyers next year.

Just revealed in Europe, the new E-Class coupe is larger in all directions than the model it replaces and Mercedes-Benz tell us this translates to a roomier cabin.

While the E-Class coupe will also feature the brands new 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine, as well turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and a V6 variant too.

Details here.

Iveco Daily named best Large Van…again

Congratulations go to Iveco after the commercial vehicle brand took out the Best large Van award at the 2017 What Van? awards in the UK.

The Iveco Daily beating home the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter to take out the award after judges were impressed by the Iveco’s payload, handling and auto transmission.

Other winners in the What Van? awards included the Nissan Navara, which was named Best Pick-Up and the Best Light Van was the Fiat Doblo.

Details here.

Check your tyre tread on the go

We now have tyre pressure monitors in many new car models, now comes a new way of determining how much tread your tyres have.

Finnish tyre brand Nokian has just shown a new tyre monitoring system that will send you a text or email letting you know how much tread your tyres have.

The system can be installed in places like car parks or service centres and after driving over the sensors it lets you know exactly how your tyres are holding up.

Details here.

Peugeot cuts back 308 variants in Australia

Peugeot has simplified the 308 range in Australia for 2017 and upped some of the standard features.

The sweeping changes see the Peugeot 308 drop from 17 different variants to just 6.

Some of the variants that have been discontinued include the 250 version of the impressive 308 GTi.

While the base-model 308 Active gains a reversing camera and sat-nav as standard.

Details here.

Factory bonus now available on Foton Tunland

The budget-beating Foton Tunland is now even better value with the Chinese brand offering a $1,000 factory bonus.

On offer until the end of January, Foton tell us the $1,000 could be handy for buyers in the lead up to Christmas.

The Tunland range is priced from just $22,490.

Details here.

Fuel Pump issues sparks Mazda RX-8 recall

If you own a Mazda RX-8 you might be about to get a recall advisory in the post from Mazda.

The sporty model has been found to have a possible fuel pump issue that could lead to a fuel leak.

Mazda RX-8 vehicles sold in Australia between the 10th of July 2003 and the 31st of March 2009 are affected.

Details here.

Older Mazda models recalled to fix ignition issue

A possible ignition issue has seen Mazda recall more than 147,000 older Mazda vehicles sold in Australia.

The recall affects Mazda 121, 323, 626, 929 and MPV vehicles, along with the Eunos 30X.

The ACCC recall notice advising that an electric arc inside the ignition could spark a vehicle fire.

Mazda is contacting affected owners direct.

Details here.

Lexus tops J.D. Power after-sales service study

Lexus has been found to be the luxury car maker with the best Australian after-sales service.

The Japanese brand beat home German rivals – Mercedes-Benz and Audi in the latest car owner study completed by J.D. Power.

The study finding that Lexus owners were most satisfied with their experiences at their authorised service centre.

While across the board luxury car owner dealership satisfaction increased again this year.

Details here.

No room for a V8 in Best Engines list

For the first time ever a V8 engine hasn’t been named among the Wards 10 Best Engines.

The 23rd annual Wards list had no room for a V8, instead their were engines such as the 3.0 litre turbocharged V6 found in the Infiniti Q50 and that impressive turbo-four under the bonnet of our Car of the Year, the Mazda CX-9.

The good news for local car buyers, seven of the top 10 engines are currently available in Australia.

Details here.

2017 improvements for Maserati Ghibli

If a Maserati Ghibli is on your shopping list for 2017 then you will enjoy a vehicle that boasts improved in-car technology and comfort.

Some of the changes coming to the Ghibli include the introduction of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

While the V6 petrol engine in the Ghibli also picks up an extra 5% power for a new 257kW/500Nm output.

Details here.

Pricing details confirmed for 2017 BMW 5 Series

One of the new/improved BMW models coming our way next year is the new-generation BMW 5 Series.

Only just entering production now, the new 5 Series will be offered in Australia across four different variants and prices will start from $93,900.

BMW telling us the new 5 Series is larger than the model it replaces and this translates to a roomier interior.

New styling and standard features like Dakota leather upholstery and a 10.25” touchscreen sure to help entice Australian luxury car buyers.

Details here.

Charge your car free at Westfield

If you live in Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane and own an electric car, you will soon be able to recharge your set of wheels at your local Westfield Shopping Centre.

BMW and Westfield have teamed-up to offer the free electric vehicle charging stations at 10 Westfield centres across the three cities.

Details here.

Best 4×4 award for Jeep Renegade

The Jeep Renegade has just been named 4×4 Magazine’s ‘4×4 of the Year 2017’.

The UK publication praised the Trailhawk version of the Renegade for its ability off-road, and for being a well built, well equipped and surprisingly spacious small SUV.

The Jeep Renegade is priced from $26,000 in Australia.

Details here.

Nissan sends off Y61 Patrol in style

A special edition version of the Nissan Patrol Y61, called the Legend Edition, is just arriving in dealerships now…but only in limited numbers.

Coming at the very end of the Y61’s life cycle, the Legend Edition gets an array of genuine accessories, including a heavy-duty steel bull bar with electric winch, tow bar, roof rack and snorkel.

Prices for the Nissan Patrol Legend Edition start from $57,990 drive-away.

Details here.

About Joel Helmes 2955 Articles
Joel is the founder and CEO of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

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