Motoring Minute Weekly News Week 11 2022

Motoring Minute weekly news for Saturday 13 March 2022 gives all the latest news and information for car enthusiasts in Australia.  

Toyota Connect Services

First up this week, Toyota has improved the connectivity of a number of models.

Toyota has expanded the availability and functionality of its advanced Toyota Connected Services (TCS) technology, delivering greater peace of mind and enhanced convenience to even more customers.

The new TCS convenience features are now available on the all-new LandCruiser 300 Series, HiLux, Fortuner, Yaris Cross, Camry, Granvia, and HiAce. All the new features and functionality have been developed and extensively tested for each specific model.

Toyota Connected Services, which offers safety features including automatic collision notification (ACN), SOS emergency call  and stolen vehicle tracking (SVT) was first introduced in the Yaris Cross in November 2020, with Camry gaining the advanced technology in April last year.

The updated system that is now available across a broader range of vehicles adds to the safety features. Customers will be able to remotely access a variety of information from their smartphone such as fuel level, recent trip data and vehicle location, depending on the model, via the myToyota Connect app.

Buyers of eligible vehicles will be treated to three years of complimentary TCS functionality from the date of delivery, after which an extension will be optional.

2022 Volkswagen Amarok Alpine.

Volkswagen Amarok Alpine and Alpine Plus Off Road packages.

Volkswagen launched Amarok V6 Alpine and Alpine Plus off-road packages in collaboration with premium partner Seikel, further lifting the rough terrain performance of the brand’s class-leading Ute.

The 100-unit Alpine and Alpine Plus off-road packages will be available on the Amarok V6 Core Auto, V6 Sportline, Highline and Aventura from Q2 2022, adding ground clearance, a snorkel and (for Alpine Plus) underbody protection.

Alpine off road package is Priced from $6,090 (RRP incl. GST).

Alpine Plus off-road package is Priced from $12,090 (RRP incl. GST).

An off-road tyre package is also separately available for Amarok V6 Sportline and Highline only, priced at $1,590 (RRP incl GST)

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2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 147TDI Elegance. Overseas model shown.

Tiguan Allspace returns in upgraded shape

Due for a May release the Tiguan AllSpace features a revised seven seat capable interior and will be available in a six variant realigned range that reflects customers demand for more powerful versions: Tiguan Allspace 110TSI Life; 132TSI Life; 162TSI Elegance; 147TDI Elegance; 162TSI R-Line; 147TDI R-Line.

With the exception of the front-wheel-drive 110TSI Life, Tiguan Allspace features 4MOTION all-wheel-drive driven via Volkswagen’s 7-speed wet DSG transmission. There are three tunes of four-cylinder turbo petrol engine or a turbo diesel.

As with last year’s revisions to the Tiguan normal wheelbase (NWB), the R-Line package becomes a standalone model in the Tiguan Allspace range, reflecting the overwhelming preference of Elegance grade customers for the previously optional R-Line additions.

Pricing starts from $44,590 through to     $61,690 plus the usual costs.


The New Peugeot 308 wins Women’s World Car of the Year (WWCOTY) 2022

Following on from the International Women’s day we just had, the new Peugeot 308 was declared “Women’s World Car of the Year 2022”, after counting the votes of the 56 members of the WWCOTY (Women Worldwide Car of The Year) jury – exclusively female, representing 40 countries on all 5 continents.

The Peugeot 308 won ahead of the 65 new models launched in 2021 and entered in the competition.

The title of “Women’s World Car of the Year” is contested over two rounds: the first-round ends with the voting of the winning models in the 6 categories.

On 14th February, the Peugeot 308 was named “Urban and Compact Car of the Year 2022” by the 56 female automotive journalists who make up the jury.

The Peugeot 308 was then voted Supreme Winner of the “Women’s World Car of the Year” from among these 6 finalists, thus winning the coveted prize ahead of all its competitors around the world. The title goes to the two silhouettes of the new Peugeot 308: the saloon and the SW estate.

The Peugeot 308 is due for release in Australia in the second half of 2022.

Mazda CX-60 crossover SUV EXTERIOR

First-ever Mazda CX-60 Crossover SUV makes its European debut

Mazda Motor Europe has premiered the First-Ever Mazda CX-60, a new crossover SUV.

Mazda CX-60, according to Mazda, is set to provide greatly enhanced driving pleasure, environmental and safety performance.

Mazda plans to introduce four new SUV models from its Large Product group across the globe by the end of 2023, helping Mazda to meet the varied needs of its customers in different markets around the world.

Mazda CX-60 is a two-row, mid-sized SUV with a focus on “driving entertainment”. Mazda’s human-centric design philosophy means that the driver will enjoy every journey in the Mazda CX-60, no matter the distance.

Mazda CX-60 crossover SUV interior

The European specification of the First-Ever Mazda CX-60  is equipped with e-Skyactiv PHEV. The powertrain is Mazda’s first plug-in hybrid system, which uses a 2.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor. Order acceptance for the model started on March 8 in Europe and the sales start is slated for mid-year.

Mazda has already commenced production in Japan.

Mazda Australia is confirmed to release the First-Ever Mazda CX-60 in 2022. Further details including price and local specification will be unveiled closer to launch.


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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.