Car News Wrap: Mahindra Auto, MINI Seven and Holden Trailblazer Confirmed

Car News Wrap: Mahindra Auto, MINI Seven and Holden Trailblazer Confirmed

A special edition model of the MINI is in the works with the British car company paying tribute to the original Austin Seven.

The MINI was initially sold as both the Austin Seven and Morris Mini Minor. Now MINI is resurrecting the Seven name with the new MINI Seven.

Set to arrive later in the year, the MINI Seven will come with exclusive design features including unique paint and trim colour options and Melting Silver roof and exterior mirror caps.

A number of American pick-up trucks sold in Australia by Performax International are being recalled to fix a series of different issues.

The affected trucks include the Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra and Dodge Ram, all the details are available here.

Jaguar XE is also being recalled after a potential issue with the seatbelts was identified.

The recall involves a small number 2017 model year Jaguar XE vehicles sold in Australia.

The entry-level Ford Kuga Ambiente now features SYNC2 infotainment.

Joining the upper spec Trend and Titanium grade models with the infotainment system, the Ambiente now comes standard with features including a reverse camera and digital radio.

Ford is hoping the inclusion of SYNC 2 in the base model Kuga helps further accelerate Kuga sales which have climbed 40% already this year.

Subaru is marking the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the horizontally-opposed Boxer engine.

First introduced in the Subaru 1000 half a century ago, Subaru has now manufactured more than 16 million Boxer engines.

Updated versions of the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and C4 Picasso are now arriving in Australian dealerships.

Fresh for 2017 the Citroen models come with some styling tweaks, new alloy wheel designs and fresh paint colours.

The new Audi A4 range is complete with the wagon, or Avant, version landing in Australian dealerships.

Priced from $63,900, the A4 Avant is offered with a choice of two 2.0 litre petrol engines, the more powerful variant boasting quattro AWD.

Audi tell us the wagon doesn’t lose any of the sedans driving dynamics but does offer extra versatility.

A $50-million-dollar annual funding boost for the Roads to Recovery program has been welcomed by the Australian Local Government Association.

Treasurer Scott Morrison announced the extra cash in the federal budget for Australian roads from 2019.

The new Competition variants of the BMW M3 and M4 have arrived in Australia with prices kicking off from $144,900.

Offered in sedan, coupe and convertible the Competition models get a boosted 331kW engine, sportier suspension and unique alloy wheels and styling highlights.

Mahindra dealerships across Australia will now be able to offer customers an automatic version of the Mahindra XUV500 SUV.

Priced from $31,990, the seven-seat Mahindra SUV is sure to find plenty of Australian buyers, with the auto transmission option coinciding with the arrival of a 2016 refresh of the model.

That refresh includes the addition of a larger 7” infotainment touchscreen and a fresh interior design.

The Holden Colorado 7 name will be dropped when a refreshed version of the seven-seat Holden 4×4 arrives in Australia.

Holden will instead adopt the models North American name, the Trailblazer for what it says will be a significantly improved new offering.

Ford will auction off the first publicly available version of the Falcon XR8 Sprint with funds raised going to the JDRF Artificial Pancreas Project.

The project, which is exploring a ‘technological cure’ for type 1 diabetes, will also receive a $60,000 cash donation from Ford along with $13,000 raised by Ford Australia employees.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is being recalled after a potentially dangerous brake caliper fault was identified.

Affecting 2015 – 2016 models of the Grand Cherokee, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will notify affected owners directly.

And Skoda has announced the name of its new large SUV.

To be known as the Skoda Kodiaq, the new Skoda offering is expected to arrive in Australia next year.

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Kate Richards

Kate has always had an interest in writing and cars and now as a key member of the Behind the Wheel website team she gets to spend her days consumed by both. Aside from being a contributor and an editor at Behind the Wheel, Kate enjoys driving her Lancer EVO and walking her beloved dog, Max!

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