Car News Wrap: Mazda Scores, Toyota Slashes and Maserati SUVs

Car News Wrap: Mazda Scores, Toyota Slashes and Maserati SUVs

The Mazda MX-5 has been crowned 2016 World Car of the Year.

The Mazda MX-5 also claimed the World Car Design of the Year title and beat home the German pair, the Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC, to take the award for the second time, after also claiming World Car of the Year back in 2008.

Toyota wants to see more of its vehicles fitted with Toyota Genuine Parts and has slashed the price of many key mechanical components to achieve it. The move will see prices on parts such as engines and transmission cut by about 38%.

A similar decrease in prices on genuine Toyota parts such as bonnets and headlamps was introduced last year.

The current series Skoda Octavia has just passed the significant one million car production milestone.

Launched under three years ago, the Octavia is the most successful Skoda model ever and the demand for the model continues to increase with Skoda sales data showing an 11% increase in sales last year.

Despite an increase in electric vehicles on the roads, lower fuel prices can be put down more to the state of the global economy than a reduction in consumption, according to a new report.

Navigant Research found that between 2011 and 2014, battery powered cars saved about 2.1 million barrels of oil, when compared to the total fuel consumed by the worlds vehicles.

But over the next ten years, with improved engine and battery technology, the report is tipping a reduction in global fuel consumption by up to 22%, or millions of barrels of oil a day.

Top Gear Magazine has named the Ford Focus RS as its Car of the Year for 2016.

The Ford beating home a strong field of finalists, including models from Porsche and Ferrari. The Focus RS also took out the magazines Hot Hatch of the Year title.

Maserati have unveiled its first SUV – the Maserati Levante at the New York Auto Show.

Maserati tell us the Levante will deliver the performance expected of their brand.

A potentially serious fault has been identified in the factory towbar fitted to the current series Mitsubishi Triton and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.

Affecting MY16 Triton and Pajero Sport vehicles, the recall was actioned after it was found bolts that hold the genuine towbar to the vehicle could loosen and the towbar could become detached.

Owners should contact their nearest Mitsubishi Dealer ASAP.

Nissan is selling more cars than ever before and are also producing more cars than ever before.

But production data shows Nissan is increasingly building cars in countries other than Japan. So far this year, production outside of Nissans home country has increased 11.2%, while production in Japan decreased by 1.6%

The Kia Carnival has been declared one of Autotrader’s Must Test Drive Vehicles for 2016.

The Kia people mover impressing judges with its styling, interior textures and colours, and affordability.

Toyota will give the Corolla sedan a significant upgrade for 2017.

Styling changes for Corolla include new grille, bumpers and LED headlights and taillights. While Toyota is also promising additional safety tech, including a Pre-Collision System and Lane Departure Alert.

Audi has taken the covers of the all-new 2017 Audi R8 Spyder and say this one is better than any that has come before it.

Under the bonnet will be Audi’s 5.2 litre naturally-aspirated V10 engine that will give the R8 Spyder 400kW and 540Nm and a 0-100km/h dash in about 3.7 seconds.

While the Audi R8 Spyder chassis will be lighter and stronger with significantly more aluminium.

Lexus will offer the RX SUV with a third-row of seats in the future.

Boosting the top-selling models capacity to seven-seats, the move was confirmed at the recent New York Auto Show and Lexus say it comes after feedback from Lexus RX buyers who wanted more than just the five seats.

Porsche Cayenne SUVs could have a potentially dangerous pedal issue.

About 410,000 Porsche Cayenne vehicles have been ordered back to dealerships overseas, at this there’s no official notice regarding any action in Australia.

The recall launched after it was found that a pedal clip may have become dislodged from the pedal bracket.

American publication Automobile has named the Volkswagen Golf R on its list of All-Star Cars for the first time.

The Golf R was selected based on a combination of its performance, practicality and value and was in good company. The VW joined by the likes of the Porsche Cayman GT4, Mazda MX-5 and the McLaren 570S.

And the BBC Magazine, Top Gear, has named the new 2016 Jaguar XF as its Saloon Car of the Year.

The recognition comes just days after the recently launched new Jaguar XF also picked up the Best Executive Car award at the Fleet News Awards and Best Director’s Car at the SME Company Car Awards.

About the author

Simon Lai

Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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