Motoring Minute weekly News Week 37 2021

This is the Motoring Minute weekly news for Saturday 18 September 2021 with a roundup of all that is new or interesting in the Australian Automotive landscape. 

2021 FORD FIESTA exterior

Ford unveils confident updated Fiesta ST: the high-tech hot hatch

Thursday this week Ford revealed the updated Fiesta ST, with fresh styling and an enhanced technology package making the compact hot hatch ready for the future.

A bold, distinctive exterior gives Fiesta’s enhanced road presence with unique styling elements as well as an expanded range of exterior colours.

In addition there are for the first time LED headlights with advanced Matrix LED technology available that offers Glare-Free High Beam functionality and can also adapt headlight beam patterns for better visibility in challenging conditions. 


The updated Fiesta ST also introduces a 12.3-inch customisable digital instrument display and to keep occupants comfy there are in house designed performance seats.

The 2022 Fiesta ST will be available in Australia from Q1 2022.

Hyundai Factory Safety Service Robot

Hyundai Motor Group launches ‘Factory Safety Service Robot’, first project with Boston Dynamics

On Friday the Hyundai Motor Group in conjunction with Boston Dynamics introduced the Factory Safety Service Robot’ based on Boston Dynamic’s quadruped, affectionately named Spot®, to go into pilot operation at Kia’s plant in South Korea in support of site safety

Factory Safety Service Robot’s AI, autonomous navigation, and teleoperation technologies enable office personnel to observe and survey industrial areas remotely

The Group, in cooperation with Boston Dynamics, is developing robotics that enhance people’s lives, support smart factories and advance mobility solutions

They have also released a video of the Robot on its YouTube channel.

Older patient using virtual reality glasses to see her spine while female doctor explains

 The Honda Foundation funds Prostate and Breast Cancer equipment

Honda is a company well known for taking their corporate social responsibility seriously with their well-established Honda Foundation. This week they have donated over $6,000 to the Prostate & Breast Cancer Foundation in New South Wales, to help fund their virtual reality program, which reduces stress and anxiety of patients before and after chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

The Prostate & Breast Cancer Foundation works to improve the quality of life for people with cancer. The Foundation also supports important medical research at St George Cancer Centre into new targeted therapies, chemo and radio-resistance, and biomarkers that give us new ways of detecting cancer early.

In 2020, volunteers became aware, through social work and nursing staff at Sydney’s St George Hospital that patients were experiencing increased levels of anxiety and stress, related to COVID-19, and their treatment.

This donation will allow real benefits to patients in these difficult times.

Mazda CX-3 2022 UPgrade Overseas model shown

Mazda CX-3 enhanced for the run into summer

Australia’s most popular light SUV, the Mazda CX-3, will continue to stand out from the crowd with a refreshed exterior arriving in time for summer. The main aesthetic addition is gloss black highlights along the lower body sections as well as some other enhancements.

The CX-3 mainly sells in front wheel drive and is popular as an Urban based SUV.

The updated Mazda CX-3 range will arrive in Australian dealerships in December.

Nissan GTR Japan version

New Japan-market Nissan GT-R unveiled

For Nissan GTR enthusiasts, Nissan Motor Co. has unveiled the new Japan-market GT- R. The model line-up includes two limited grades, the GT-R Premium Edition T-spec and GT-R Track Edition Engineered by NISMO T-spec. All are scheduled to go on sale in the second half of October.

EV X1 Transformer.

ACE EV launches X1 Transformer

In what is a unique and promising Australian innovation, Australian electric vehicle manufacturer ACE EV Group has launched its new X1 Transformer modular platform to take electric light commercial vehicles to the next level.

The Transformer’s modular architecture offers interchangeable modules for long and short wheelbase, high and low roof, van and Ute, and can change modules in just 15 minutes.

ACE EV managing director and co-founder Greg McGarvie said the X1 was aimed at major fleets around the world as an integrated energy, transport and communications system. “We intend to have X1 Transformer trial vehicles on the road this November, with a view to beginning full-scale systems testing in April next year.

It’s reassuring to see an Australian group at the forefront of automotive technological innovation.

2022 Toyota Landcruiser 300 series

Launch of Toyota LandCruiser 300

The worldwide Covid issues have struck again Toyota announcing earlier this week that deliveries of the all new Toyota LandCruiser 300 will be delayed.

LandCruiser production in Japan has been halted for part of August and most of September due to COVID-19 restrictions in Southeast Asia that have led to parts shortages.

However, a limited number of vehicles will be in dealerships as demonstrator models nationally from early October, giving customers the opportunity to experience the new LandCruiser first-hand, including through test drives if permitted.

This is frustrating news for buyers, but cannot be helped. We will let you know when production returns to normal and we can expect a regular supply of the new LandCruiser 300 series.

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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.