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News this week December 12-16: A look back at the biggest car stories

We publish a lot of car news during the work week (the rule is 70 odd) and it can be hard to keep up with everything – that’s the reason behind this weekend’s list.

In short, here are some of the key articles from our news desk as of this Monday summarized, just in case you missed them at the time.

Toyota suddenly revealed HiLux EV

Forget the birthday cake, Toyota is celebrating 60 years in Thailand with a concept car towards an electric future for the HiLux.

The HiLux Revo BEV concept was revealed by Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda alongside the smaller IMV 0 concept.

Toyota Australia Vice President Sean Hanley said: “The launch of the all-new HiLux Revo BEV concept by our global president, Akio Toyoda, represents an exciting opportunity in light of our commitment to achieving this. carbon neutrality of our vehicles.

FULL STORY: Toyota HiLux electric concept ‘affirms’ brand belief in electric vehicles

Mercedes-AMG wholesale makeup

Mercedes-AMG, or simply AMG, is a German tuning company that has been turning ordinary Mercedes-Benz cars into high-performance cars since 1967. But discontinuing the use of internal combustion engines merely required a complete change in the way it worked. do.

“We didn’t just have to develop the car, [but] we needed to transform the company,” says AMG lead development driver dynamics engineer, Rene Szczepek auto expert at the launch of the new C63 SE Performance in Spain last month.

Mr. Szczepek is referring to how Mercedes-AMG engineers have to change their working relationship, as development of all vehicle components must be done simultaneously and with input. from all teams.

FULL STORY: Mercedes-AMG must ‘switch company’ to build C63 hybrid

Built Ford Tough… hope?

Ford Australia says it has put the upcoming F-150 through harsh endurance tests of more than 135,000 km here, ahead of the local launch of the redesigned truck in 2023.

The US best-selling car is coming to Australia here with the XLT and Lariat technical grades using a twin-turbo 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 (US outputs 294kW and 680Nm) with a box 10-speed automatic transmission, short wheelbase and long body style.

A representative of the Blue Oval brand in Australia said that test versions of the F-150 have now faced temperatures from -40 to +50 degrees Celsius, dragging trailers, mud, ultra-fine sand, and crossing. water and corrosion tests.

FULL STORY: Ford F-150 undergoes RHD testing, thousands of Australians line up

BYD prepares participants for cheaper EVs

BYD local distributor EVDirect has been delivering the Atto 3 electric SUV for more than three months now and will soon introduce a new smaller model to compete with the upcoming MG 4 electric hatchback and GWM Ora Good Cat electric hatchback.

Luke Todd, CEO and CEO of EVDirect, confirmed auto expert BYD Dolphin will launch in Australia in the first half of 2023.

Todd said the exact date when orders for the Dolphin will open will be announced in February next year. This comes after Mr. Todd said in September this year, the BYD Dolphin will go on sale locally in late 2022 or early 2023.

FULL STORY: BYD Dolphin EV to launch here in the first half of 2023

Need Z is marked A+

The reborn Nissan Z Coupe has impressed Australian buyers so much that the local branch of the brand is struggling to supply demand in our market.

According to chief executive Adam Paterson, the brand has a bank of 1200 undelivered orders for the new Z, having delivered just 84 units since the latest version of the iconic sports car debuted at the beginning. this year.

“We still have about 1200 customers with outstanding orders,” Mr. Paterson said. auto expert.

FULL STORY: Nissan Z – 1200 orders are about to be delivered, waiting time is 12 months

Buzz build, but still have to wait for this VW

Volkswagen ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo is being targeted for a mid-2024 launch, with a right-hand drive example of each imported into Australia and shown to the media in Sydney.

“We are targeting ID launch. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo mid-2024. And our goal is to start production by the end of next year, [but] “We have not yet officially confirmed as a market,” said Ryan Davies, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Australia director.

“But what I can tell you is that the reason we have two cars here is because our headquarters have determined that they want to send some cars to what they call important international markets. most important, and we are one of them.”

FULL STORY: Volkswagen ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo Company to launch in mid-2024

More calls for CO2 . targets

The Washington-based International Council on Clean Transport (ICCT) has joined a vocal industry choir calling on the Australian federal government to immediately legislate fuel economy targets. data or CO2 emission targets.

The ICCT’s nonprofit research body said this week that by adopting emissions standards such as those in the European Union, the United States and New Zealand, Australia could “almost completely” decarbonize the fleet. its light vehicles (LDVs) by 2050, roughly matching the net zero target.

Only a few major vehicle markets lack established compliance requirements for car CO2 emissions or fuel efficiency, and Australia is one of them. It is often cited as the main reason electric and hybrid vehicles are in short supply, given that such regulations act as a drag factor.

FULL STORY: Australian fuel economy standards are crucial to CO2 cuts, US study finds

Mitsubishi calls for some honest economy

Mitsubishi Australia, the leader in plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), said it wanted to see more clearly the fuel consumption of these petrol-electric vehicles.

This means more public disclosure of the fuel economy performance of the PHEV with zero battery charge (shown), as well as its economy with the battery in use.

The overall fuel efficiency of the Outlander PHEV according to the ADR 81/02 standard test is 1.5 liters per 100km – three times better than the Toyota RAV4 hybrid (not plugged in).

FULL STORY: Mitsubishi interested in more accurate PHEV fuel economy tests

Commodore designer climbs the GM . ladder

Former Holden chief designer, Australian Mike Simcoe, has gone on to the highest levels of management at General Motors (GM).

Starting January 1, Mr Simcoe will move into the role of senior vice president of Global Design, who previously served as vice president without being tagged ‘senior’.

The company told shareholders that the new title for GM’s chief designer “means the continued emphasis on design as GM accelerates its transition to an all-electric future.”

FULL STORY: Ex-Holden Designer Simcoe has been promoted again, now Senior VP of GM

Boxy hybrid 4×4 appears

GWM continues its rapid expansion into the Australian market, with the GWM Tank sub-brand coming soon – where it will be sold alongside the GWM Ute and many other GWM Haval SUVs.

Its first model was the GWM Tank 300 Hybrid, a 4×4 trapezoidal chassis that shares some of its platform with the GWM Ute, but uses gasoline-electric power.

Prices start at $55,990 drive-away and top out at $60,990 drive-away, making it GWM’s most expensive vehicle in Australia to date.

FULL STORY: Price of GWM Tank 300 Hybrid 4×4: $55,990 while driving

Born with dignity? New Euro EV price

The Volkswagen Group’s first mass-market electric car in Australia will cost less than $60,000 before travel costs when it goes on sale locally in March 2023.

The Cupra Born will start at $59,990 before on-road costs, which equates to a drive-away price (before incentives) of around $63,000 depending on the state.

That price puts it in direct competition with the best-selling Tesla Model 3 sedan ($65,500 before on-road), plus the Nissan Leaf e+ ($61,490 before on-road), the Hyundai Kona. Electric Extended Range ($60,500 before on-road), and Kia Niro Electric S ($65,300).

FULL STORY: 2023 Cupra Born EV price and specifications

JAC implementation, only phase one

Another Chinese brand is gearing up to hit the Australian market in 2023, with dual cabs on the launch menu – both diesel and (soon) electric.

The company is called JAC Motors (full name is Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Co., Ltd), State owned, headquartered in Hefei and traded on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

Little known here, it sold over 500,000 vehicles last year and claims to have exported more than 700,000 vehicles to 130 countries and regions in its history.

FULL STORY: China’s JAC plans growth in Australia, pickups are just the beginning

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