Car News Wrap: NSX produced, Escort rules and Vitara goes diesel

Car News Wrap: NSX produced, Escort rules and Vitara goes diesel

It’s a car that looks set to be in hot demand and now production of the all-new Honda NSX has commenced.

Being built in the US and expected in Australia later this year, the new NSX is powered by a twin-turbo 3.5 litre V6 and an electric drive motor at the rear. Expect prices north of $300,000.

ANCAP has handed the new HAVAL H9 just a four-star safety rating.

The Chinese-built luxury SUV missed out on a maximum safety score after not performing adequately enough in the frontal offset test.

Despite good results in side impact and whiplash protection tests, ANCAP said the HAVAL model could benefit from advanced safety features and improved crash performance.

BMW has shaved up to $10,000 off the price tag of its 4 Series range.

Now priced from $68,900 and with two new model designations – 430i and 440i, BMW has also introduced more efficient engines and new features and specifications across the 4 Series range offered in Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe body styles.

Expect to see more Jaguar Land Rover dealerships dotted across Australia.

Jaguar Land Rover tell us the brands will benefit from a more than $120-million-dollar investment in new and improved Australian dealerships.

While regional areas such as Rockhampton, Wagga Wagga, Shepparton, Bendigo and Bunbury are set to get Jaguar Land Rover dealerships in the not too distant future.

Peugeot is set to ramp up its SUV line-up in 2017 with a new 3008 being unveiled.

Confirmed for an Australian arrival at some stage next year, the new Peugeot 3008 is built on an entirely new platform and Peugeot tell us it will be a modern, sleek and intelligently packaged SUV.

They used to be a pretty common sight on Australian roads but it’s the UK that that Ford Escort is best remembered.

Now Ford fans there have named the Escort as their favourite Ford of all time.

Sold in the UK for more than 30 years, the Escort scored 36% of the vote in the Classic Ford Show survey and finished ahead of the Capri, Anglia, Cortina, Mustang and Granada.

The Subaru Forester tS is proving more popular than Subaru Australia might have expected.

The special edition model features sporty enhancements such and Brembo brakes and is limited to only 300 units.

However, Subaru tell us scores of Australian customers have been placing deposits and the full Australian consignment could be gone before the Forester tS even arrives.

Suzuki recently launched a new turbocharged version of the Vitara into Australia, now there’s a diesel available too.

The popular small SUV welcomes the new 1.6 litre turbo-diesel power plant with fuel consumption quoted as low as just 4.9L/100km combined.

This car looks set to be a classic, especially the version with the high-performance engine.

It’s the Alfa Romeo Giulia and the four-door sedan has just gone on sale in Europe ahead of an Australian arrival in coming months.

That performance variant, the Quadrifoglio, delivers a mammoth 380kW and 600Nm.

Toyota has paused to celebrate the delivery its nine-millionth hybrid-powered vehicle.

In celebrating the nine million car milestone, which includes both Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles, Toyota said the hybrid units have saved 25 billion litres of petrol.

The next new Toyota hybrid to hit the Australian market will be the long awaited Corolla hybrid.

The plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV has also passed a sales milestone with the 100,000th unit being delivered to a customer.

Since it was launched in 2012, the Outlander PHEV has claimed 2,015 sales in Australia, 33,730 sales in Japan and there’s been over 44,000 customer deliveries of the Mitsubishi model in Europe.

If you’re a Holden Trax owner you might be hearing from Holden shortly over a recall that has been initiated for the small SUV/crossover model.

It’s been found that in some MY13 Holden Trax vehicles a wiring harness connector may not have been completely secured to the steering column.

And Audi is hoping to help its customers breathe better with new cabin air filter technology set to be introduced.

The new three-layer internal air filter removes fine particulates and harmful gases, as well as neutralises virtually all allergens.

Being fitted to new Audi models from this month, existing Audi owners can also have the new air filter fitted to their car at their next Audi service.

About the author

Chris Miller

Chris is a writer and co-host of the Behind the Wheel podcast. He is a radio broadcaster by trade and is an evening presenter on Magic 1278 in Melbourne with previous roles at several stations. He also does daily reports for the Australian Traffic Network. A self declared car tragic and for as long as he can remember Chris has been obsessed with them. The inner child in him still gets excited when he spots something exotic on the road.

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