Car News Wrap: June car sales up, Citroen C5 farewell and Alpina lands

Car News Wrap: June car sales up, Citroen C5 farewell and Alpina lands

Australian car buyers purchased a record number of new vehicles in June.

Official car sales data shows sales were up by 2.2% with 128,589 vehicles delivered in the month, while sales across the first six months of the year were up 3.4%.

Toyota was again the best-selling brand in June with 22,083 deliveries, ahead of Mazda, Hyundai, Holden and Mitsubishi.

The Hyundai i30 stayed at the top too, beating home the HiLux, Corolla, Mazda3 and Ford Ranger.

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Nearly 76,000 Subaru vehicles are being recalled in Australia as part of the global Takata Airbag Recalls.

The ACCC is overseeing the recalls which affect only the Tribeca, Liberty and Outback.

Subaru will contact affected owners direct.

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There’s only 62 Citroen C5’s left in Australian dealerships.

Citroen Australia is farewelling the C5 and its hydro-pneumatic suspension and the final 25 sedans and 37 touring variants are expected to sell quickly.

Prices start from $47,990.

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ANCAP has awarded the new 2017 Mazda CX-9 a maximum five-star safety rating.

Now available in Mazda dealerships nationwide, the new four-cylinder turbo, seven-seat CX-9 scored 35.87 points out of 37 overall.

ANCAP handed the Mazda model full marks in side and pole tests and it received a rating of good for whiplash and pedestrian protection.

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Kia might have finally come of age in Australia.

The Korean car company had its best ever sales performance in June with 5170 deliveries.

That figure is 41% up on the same month last year.

The recently updated Kia Cerato proving the most popular Kia in the month with 1781 sales, ahead of Sportage and Rio.

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If a standard BMW sports or luxury model isn’t quite enough for you, now you can buy an ALPINA.

The bespoke German auto manufacturer has just arrived in Australia and is offering its tweaked and customised versions of popular BMW models from two dealerships in Melbourne.

More ALPINA dealerships are promised for other Australian cities in the future.

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If a new van or light truck is required for your business, maybe an Iveco Daily is the way to go?

Until the end of October, Iveco is throwing in three-years or 200,000km of complimentary servicing including parts and labour with every Daily van and 4×2 cab chassis.

You also get a Gerni ‘Super 140.3’ pressure cleaner for free to help you keep your new van or truck clean.

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Volvo may have finally moved away from that rather boxy and boring image that they had for so long.

The now Chinese-owned car company is experiencing record sales in 2016 and it’s the new-generation models, primarily the XC90, that are attracting buyers.

Volvo sales across the first half of the year were up 10% globally, including a 25% increase in the US.

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Our congratulations go to the Range Rover Evoque.

The Evoque has now been in production for five years and the model, which is now also available as a convertible, is proving so popular, Land Rover has had to start producing the Evoque 24 hours a day at its UK plant.

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The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport finally offers seven-seats.

The model, which is smaller than the full-size Pajero, has been waiting for the third-row of seats for some time, but Mitsubishi tell us the three-row model is now in dealerships.

Seven-seats will come as standard on Pajero Sport GLS and Exceed variants

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If you happen to own a Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series and you bought an upgrade kit from Ironman 4×4, you could have potentially dangerous side indicators.

A recall of amber side indicator lamps supplied by Ironman 4×4 has been launched after it was found the side indicator may have reduced visibility to other drivers.

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One of 2017’s most anticipated new models is now in production – the Audi Q2.

The all-new compact SUV from Audi is being produced around the clock with global demand for the model expected to be strong.

No word yet on Australian pricing though.

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If you own a Jaguar or Land Rover vehicle with a diesel engine you might be looking at a return to your local dealership.

An issue with the Crank Position Sensor needs to rectified and includes both V6 and V8 diesel engines fitted to Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover and the Jaguar XJ and XF.

Jaguar Land Rover will write to affected owners.

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Hyundai Tucson vehicles sold in Australia are being recalled to fix a possible issue with the bonnet latch.

The ACCC is overseeing the recall and says the bonnet secondary safety latch has a risk of being unlatched when the vehicle is in motion and that could see the bonnet lift suddenly and block the vision of the driver.

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And Nissan say they have been able to achieve a more than 22% cut in their carbon dioxide emissions over the past decade.

Nissan’s 2016 Sustainability Report says building more electric cars and using cleaner production techniques at their factories helped the achieve the air-pollution reduction.

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About Chris Miller 487 Articles
Chris is a writer, co-host of the Behind the Wheel podcast and a self declared car tragic . He is a radio broadcaster by trade and reports traffic for 774 ABC Melbourne, FOX FM and Smooth FM. He also presents a national traffic report on ABC News Radio.

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