Car News Wrap: SYNC 3 arrives, Trailblazer Safe and i8 Red


Car News Wrap: SYNC 3 arrives, Trailblazer Safe and i8 Red

Ford Welcomes SYNC 3 Connectivity to Australia

Ford is giving its Australian range of vehicles the latest SYNC connectivity system.

The new SYNC 3 system was launched last week in Australia and welcomes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Being added first to the Ford Focus and Mondeo, SYNC 3 also gets an upgraded Emergency Assist feature that is able to send more info to emergency services should you be involved in a crash.

Check out all the details here.

Great Car Seats Make Us Happy

Good seats equal happy car owners, that’s according to a new poll out of the US.

J.D. Power found a happy posterior not only makes you feel better about your car, it also makes you more likely to stay loyal to your cars manufacturer.

While seat features such as heating and ventilation was found to increase overall seat satisfaction significantly.

Check out all the details here.

Peugeot Australia Preps for 2017 3008 Arrival

There’s a new Peugeot SUV coming to Australia next year with Peugeot confirming the new 3008 would be available in early 2017.

Set to be offered with a choice of a petrol or diesel engine, both of which are Euro 6 compliant, the new Peugeot 3008 features distinctive new styling and a completely new interior.

Check out all the details here.

Hyundai Sells Hydrogen Car to Canberra

The ACT Government has placed an order for twenty hydrogen-powered Hyundai cars.

Hyundai has been a leader in hydrogen fuel cell technology and plans to have a hydrogen-powered model on the market by 2018, though at this stage we don’t know too many details about the model.

The twenty vehicles will be delivered to the ACT Government in 2018 for a $23 million trial of renewable energies.

Check out all the details here.

Infiniti Dealerships Welcome Q30

The keenly-anticipated new Infiniti Q30 is now available in Australia.

The new premium compact crossover is priced from $38,900 and is being offered in three specification levels and with a choice of three engines, including a 1.6 and 2.0 litre petrol units, and a 2.2 litre diesel.

Coming standard with an auto transmission, the Infiniti Q30 will soon be joined in dealerships by it’s all-wheel drive sibling, the QX30, soon.

Check out all the details here.

Holden Trailblazer Keeps Colorado 7 Safety Score

The Holden Colorado 7 is no more, in its place is an improved version of the seven-seat 4×4 known as the Holden Trailblazer.

The updated 2017 model of the Holden offering has one thing in common with the model it replaces – it boasts a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

The testing authority confirming all variants of the Trailblazer had qualified for the maximum safety score.

Check out all the details here.

Volkswagen Passat Gets R-Line Treatment

There’s a sporty new Volkswagen Passat coming to Australia with dealerships now taking orders for the Passat R-Line.

Priced from $57,990 and available in both sedan and wagon body-styles, Volkswagen has given the R-Line model all-wheel drive and a 206kW turbo-petrol engine.

While the sporty model also boasts a body kit, 19” alloy wheels and a sporty interior look and feel.

Check out all the details here.

BMW Offers i8 Electric Car…in Red!

There’s a very limited edition version of the BMW i8 coming soon to Australian dealerships.

How limited? Well, only five are being imported to Australia.

The BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition features Protonic Red paint and some special matching cabin highlights and prices start from $299,000.

Check out all the details here.

Citroen Unveils C5-Size Hybrid Concept

Citroen has unveiled a quite interesting new concept car known as the CXPERIENCE CONCEPT.

Set for an official debut at the Paris Motor Show this month, the concept is nearly five metres long and features a hybrid powertrain that delivers up to a 60km electric drive range.

While inside that cabin, Citroen say special microphone and speaker technology allows each occupant to enjoy their own radio station without affecting their fellow passengers.

Check out all the details here.

Best Dog-Friendly Cars Named

When it comes to choosing a car that is both dog and human friendly, not all cars are the same.

The guys at AutoTrader in the US have just named their top 5 most dog-friendly cars of 2017 and three of those models will be available here.

Picking up points for features like easy access and good ventilation, the models that were singled out include the soon to arrive 2017 Nissan Pathfinder and Volkswagen Tiguan, while the more expensive Volvo XC90 also got a mention.

Check out all the details here.

Sexy New Kia Rio Uncovered

There’s a good looking new Kia Rio on the way with the new fourth-generation model set to be unveiled officially at the Paris Motor Show.

Designed in Europe and the US, the new Kia Rio features a longer wheelbase and bigger bonnet than the current model.

While the interior is also a completely new design.

We can expect the new Rio in Australia early next year.

Check out all the details here.

Draw Bar Issue For Two-Tonne Trailer

If you own an Econotrailer brand trailer you might need to return it for some repairs.

A recall of Econotrailer two-tonne trailers is underway after a potentially dangerous issue with the trailers draw bar was identified.

Check out all the details here.

Fuel Pipe Leak Sparks Mercedes-Benz Recall

Owners of diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz C-Class cars are being asked to return their vehicles to a dealer to have a possible issue with a high-pressure fuel line attended to.

Affecting current-edition models, the recall was initiated after it was found the fuel line may not have been manufactured to specification and could leak.

Letters are being sent direct to affected owners.

Check out all the details here.

US Road Deaths Rising in 2016

The improving economy is being blamed as the primary reason why the US road toll is up this year.

There have been more than 19,000 road deaths in the US this year, that’s 9% more than in the same period last year.

While the improving economy, in which more people are driving, has been singled out as one of the most likely causes of the jump.

Check out all the details here.

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