This is the Motoring Minute weekly news for Saturday 2nd October 2021 with a roundup of all that is new or interesting in the Australian Automotive landscape.
Starting the roundup this week is the release of the latest James Bond 007 film, No Time to Die. Bond films have always featured cool cars and the Jaguar XF will debut as a chase car in the film.
Jaguar says that the Jaguar XF will demonstrate its exceptional performance and exhilarating driving dynamics in a thrilling chase sequence.
Filmed in Matera, Southern Italy, two XF saloons weave through the narrow, twisting city streets, driving across piazzas and down cobbled steps in pursuit of James Bond.
There is no compromise with this particular scene. There were only inches to spare in the narrow alleyways and no margin for error, the XF shows its performance and driving dynamics.”
The movie is due for release in Australia in November.
McLaren Daniel Ricciardo Edition 720S by MSO revealed exclusively for Australia
Continuing the high roller theme, McLaren has announced a limited-edition series of just three new commissions by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) in partnership with the McLaren Sydney and Melbourne dealerships.
Available exclusively in Australia, the Daniel Ricciardo Edition 720S by MSO series has been designed to celebrate the McLaren Formula 1 driver, a timely reveal following McLaren’s success at the Italian Grand Prix resulting in Ricciardo’s race win, his first with the team.
Limited to just three vehicles, as a nod to Ricciardo’s racing number – “3” – each model is finished in Papaya spark and Burton blue – colours used on the McLaren Formula 1 2021 MCL35M race car.
Interestingly the price hasn’t been mentioned.
Genesis premieres the GV60 luxury EV
Moving onto electric vehicles Genesis has unveiled its first dedicated electric vehicle, the GV60, a model that embodies the brand’s journey towards electrification.
The press release tells us that the GV60 is a high-performance electric vehicle with a sleek and athletic coupé sports utility vehicle (SUV) design
GV60 comes with innovative technologies, such as the Crystal Sphere and Face Connect, to enable new ways for drivers to connect with the vehicle
Powered by a dedicated EV platform that maximises driving range and performance. Local details will be provided closer to the launch date.
Polestar 2 pricing geared to increase EV appeal for Australians
Pricing for Australia’s first all-electric model from Swedish electric performance car brand, Polestar, is aimed at making electric cars more affordable and appealing.
Going on sale from January 2022 the Polestar 2 electric performance fastback model range will start from $59,900 for the Standard range Single motor and $64,900 for the Long range Single motor.
Both single motor variants fall under the threshold for the $3,000 Electric Vehicle Rebate in New South Wales and Victoria, as well as significant stamp duty savings.
The Polestar 2 Long range Dual motor variant headlines the model range, which will launch at a highly competitive $69,900.
Added to the sharp price positioning and the comprehensive product offering, Polestar 2 buyers will also benefit from complimentary 5-year manufacturer warranty, 5-year roadside assistance, and a 5-year service plan.
5 Star Safety for The MU-X Family
When buying a car its safety rating is important, especially if it’s a family 4WD like the Isuzu MU-X, which just got awarded a 5 star ANCAP safety rating. Importantly this rating is across the range.
Safety features include eight airbags including centre airbag, as part of Isuzu’s Intelligent Driver Assistance System (IDAS); a suite of safety and driver assistance technology that is standard across all variants.
Standardised safety equipment is joined by an Automatic Bi-LED Headlights with High Beam Control, Reversing Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, Park Assist Sensors, and Electric Park Brake with Auto Hold, Intelligent Speed Limiter, Driver Attention Assist on every model.
ANCAP praised the All-New Isuzu MU-X range for being “very well equipped in the areas of physical crash protection and active collision avoidance” and as a “safe choice for active families.”
All-new Audi S3 Sedan and Sportback set for Australian arrival
Finally this week is the announcement from Audi Australia of the pricing and specification details for the all-new Audi S3 Sportback and S3 Sedan. Due to arrive in early 2022, the all-new S3 returns with more technology, striking styling, and greater performance than its predecessor.
Paul Sansom, Managing Director of Audi Australia said that
“The all-new S3 is an extraordinary step forward over its popular predecessor, with a striking new dynamic design, many new features and importantly for these owners, more performance than ever before. As expected of any S3, the new model comes packed with an extensive list of standard features and is priced very competitively.”
S3 Sportback and S3 Sedan are set to arrive in Australia in early 2022, with pricing starting at $69,900*MLP plus the usual costs.
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