Car News Wrap: Lexus Turbo Soars, Mazda CX-9 Prices and Skoda Superb Tows

Car News Wrap: Lexus Turbo Soars, Mazda CX-9 Prices and Skoda Superb Tows

Mazda has a new version of the popular CX-9 coming to Australia in July and prices will start slightly lower than the model it replaces.

$42,490 will be the starting point for the new CX-9, that number down about $1,300 on the previous starting point.

The new Mazda CX-9 also delivering up to 25% better fuel economy.

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It will cost more than $428,000, however the new Aston Martin DB11 looks like it could be a lot of fun!

Technicians in Germany are now building the new V12 engine by hand and when fitted to the DB11 it will be the most powerful production DB ever.

How powerful? Try 447kW/600Nm.

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BMW has taken its electric car battery technology and adopted it for use at home.

The new BMW Intelligent Storage Solution (ISS) allows you to store electricity, possibly generated from wind or solar at your place and then use the electricity during peak times or if there’s a blackout.

No word yet on how much the system will cost in Australia.

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Any concerns Australian luxury car buyers wouldn’t want a turbocharged Lexus have been dispelled with the car company telling us nearly half of all its local sales this year have been cars with the new 2.0 litre turbo four.

Available in the Lexus NX and RX SUVs, the Lexus IS and GS sedans and the RC Coupe, Lexus say they are overjoyed at the Australian response to the small capacity turbocharged powerplant.

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Volkswagen looks set to do some spring cleaning and could chop as many as 40 models.

Those powered by diesel engines and slow sellers are expected to be primarily in the sights from Volkswagen and its other car brands, such as Audi and Skoda.

The clean out comes as the German car company promises to build more hybrid and electric models into the future.

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Subaru Australia say they are focussed on trying to win over modern car buyers.

Targeting the next generation of car buyers, Subaru boss Nick Senior said these new world car buyers aren’t familiar with traditional car buying routines and could be found by way of pop-up showrooms at shopping centres and even with online car sales.

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The Mazda CX-3 is one of Australia’s favourite small crossovers and now local buyers have even more reason to feel safe in the model.

On top of the local five-star ANCAP safety rating, the CX-3 has also been awarded a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ certification in the US.

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What’s the best car to tow a caravan with? Well, in the UK the Skoda Superb has won the Winner of the Tow Car Awards 2016.

The awards are judged by a panel of experts and are based on the results of an extensive testing program.

The 2.0 litre diesel Skoda Superb was named winner of its category and overall, while other winners included the Land Rover Discovery and Honda HR-V.

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Hyundai Australia has added Apple CarPlay to the Accent and the iMax and iLoad vans.

The Apple software is also able to be retrofitted to compatible Accent, iMax and iLoad vehicles at no cost to owners.

To see if your vehicle is eligible contact Hyundai Customer Care.

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It looks anyone in the business of selling tyres in Australia can expect good times over the next few years.

A new report an expanding vehicle fleet, increasing industrialization, increased infrastructure investment and rising urbanization will transform the Australian tyre market to $5.2 billion industry by 2021.

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It looks like there won’t be a seven-seat Subaru SUV at any point in the near future in Australia.

A seven seater is in the pipeline for North America, but at this stage Subaru Australia say there are no plans to build that vehicle as a left-hand drive model.

The last time we saw a seven-seat SUV from Subaru in Australia was the ill-fated Subaru Tribeca.

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If you own an Infiniti Q50 you might be getting a letter in the mail asking you to return your vehicle to have a power steering issue fixed.

The recall affects Q50 vehicles built between November 2013 and November 2015 and comes after it was found that it was possible that a software fault could cause a lack of steering responsiveness.

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Toyota is in top shape, not just in the car sales race, but also on the balance sheets as well

The car company’s Australian operations managed to achieve a $236 million after tax profit in the last financial year.

The strong result coming despite Toyota spending $81 million in restructuring costs relating to the impending shutdown of local manufacturing.

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It looks like China will be one of the leading developers and users of electric vehicles in coming years.

A report says the electric vehicle market in China is forecast to grow by more than 30% in the next five years and it will car brands familiar to Australian car buyers, including Geely, Chery and Great Wall who will be among the leaders of EV development.

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Chris Miller

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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