Car News Wrap: MX-5 Milestone, IS Overhaul and TT Gets Grunt

Car News Wrap: MX-5 Milestone, IS Overhaul and TT Gets Grunt

Safety concerns have been raised about vehicle safety stands sold by Super Cheap Auto.

The SCA 1200kg Pin and Screw Type Safety Stands are the subject of an official recall being overseen by the ACCC with advice that the stands pose a crushing hazard and shouldn’t be used.

Mazda has celebrated the production of the one-millionth Mazda MX-5.

The roadster has been in production since 1989 and is now in its fourth-generation, the latest model recently being named the World Car of the Year.

The landmark one-millionth Mazda MX-5 is set to go on a global promotional tour.

Volkswagen is looking to extend its range with a new full-size SUV model.

The German brand has just shown a new plug-in hybrid concept that looks set to be the basis of a new SUV larger than the Touareg.

The Suzuki S-Cross is being recalled after an issue with the seats was identified.

It’s been found that during production the front seat back may have been assembled with incorrect stitch seam spacing and this could affect the operation of the side air-bags.

Suzuki S-Cross owners should take their vehicle to a Suzuki dealership for inspection and possible repairs.

An improved version of the Holden Colorado is heading to Australia.

Set to arrive in Australia later in the year, Holden is saying the new Colorado will drive better than the current model, have a more comfortable interior and improved technology too.

Lexus is giving the IS an overhaul.

Arriving later in the year the 2017 Lexus IS boasts some new styling touches, including a redesigned grille and tail-lights, as well as new paint colours and fresh alloy wheel designs.

While the IS cabin will feature a new 10.3” centre display screen too.

The Audi TT looks finally set to boast the grunt to match the sporty styling.

A new Audi TT RS will and in Australia next year and will boast a 294kW five-cylinder engine and Audi reckons it will cover the 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.7 seconds.

An all-new version of the Renault KOLEOS is coming to Australia later in the year.

Unveiled last week at the Beijing Auto Show, the new KOLEOS features all-new styling, what Renault says is a more comfortable and roomier interior and a more user-friendly 4×4 system.

Mercedes-Benz sales are up 29% in Australia and the sales increases for the German brand have become a global phenomenon.

Mercedes-Benz cars set a new first quarter sales record with 496,800 vehicles delivered to customers in the period. That figure represents an impressive 8% increase on the same period last year.

Shell, yes the oil company, has decided to build its own car!

Shell has unveiled a concept city car that they say would use 34% less energy than a typical city car, if it were to ever be produced.

The three seater weighs only 550kg and complete technical details on the Shell car will be released soon.

The new Rolls-Royce Dawn has been judged Robb Report Design of the Year award winner.

The high-end publication said the new Roll-Royce convertible possessed striking and assertive styling, timeless refinement and is the most social car the marque has ever produced.

Nissan will no longer sell the Micra and the Pulsar hatch in Australia.

In a market hungry for SUVs, both the Micra and Pulsar hatch have struggled to find strong sales numbers in Australia and are being discontinued here.

Meantime, Nissan is also pulling the Patrol wagon and cab chassis too, though the Patrol V8 continues to be available.

A more powerful version of the Suzuki Vitara, the Vitara S Turbo is now in local dealerships.

Offered in both 2WD and 4WD, prices start from $28,990 with the turbo version offering 103kW and 220Nm.

That compares with the standard Vitara’s 88kW and 156Nm.

The Nissan Navara has been named the 2016 Van Fleet World honors best pick-up of the year.

The publications editorial team judged the Navara as the best ute they had driven this year and this was backed by leasing company data showing strong owner satisfaction in the model.

About the author

Kate Richards

Kate has always had an interest in writing and cars and now as a key member of the Behind the Wheel website team she gets to spend her days consumed by both. Aside from being a contributor and an editor at Behind the Wheel, Kate enjoys driving her Lancer EVO and walking her beloved dog, Max!

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