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News this week: October 3-7

We publish a lot of car news during the work week (the rule is 70 news) and it can be difficult to keep up with everything – that’s the reason behind this weekend’s list.

In short, this is some The main articles from our newsstand as of this Monday have been summarized, in case you miss them at the time.

Alfa bets on small SUV segment

Alfa Romeo has priced its new imported model, the Tonale compact crossover, ahead of its local launch in February 2023.

The range opens at $49,900 before on-road costs for the mild-hybrid Ti front-wheel drive.

It will expand later in 2023 with the introduction of an all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid variant.

FULL STORY: 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale price and specifications
FULL STORY: Alfa Romeo Tonale PHEV to Australia by the end of 2023

Maserati’s large tourer revealed with the ability to run on electricity

The all-new Maserati GranTurismo doesn’t look much different from its 15-year-old predecessor, but underneath that stylish metalwork lies a completely different animal.

The powertrain is new to the model and no longer the Ferrari V8 it used to be. There are two versions of the “Nettuno” V6 engine of the MC20 supercar and an all-electric powertrain in a model called the GranTurismo Folgore.

The Folgore has three 300kW radial motors for a maximum system power of 560kW (battery discharge capacity) or 610kW overboost. The motor uses a silicon carbide inverter derived from Formula E.

Peak torque is listed as a staggering 1350Nm, and its AWD system features torque vectoring.

FULL STORY: 2023 Maserati GranTurismo revealed: Details of the Italian coupe

EV6 supply will improve in 2023

The Kia EV6 is likely to be offered more from the new year, with the brand’s local division saying it expects “more than 100 units per month” by 2023 – or at least 1200 units for next year.

After confirming that the local allocation for this year has increased to 700 units – up from 500 vehicles initially forecast when the EV6 launched in February – a Kia Australia spokesperson said. CarExpert The local branch is “anticipating an increase in supply next year”.

If Kia Australia is able to deliver “more than 100” EV6 units per month, this will almost triple the initial allocation of 500 vehicles and could double from 700 vehicles in 2022. .

FULL STORY: Kia EV6 supply to double by 2023

Tesla vision: no sensors, no radar, (temporary) lack of features

Tesla has removed radar from its cars, and now it’s stripping its cars of ultrasonic sensors in a move that will cause vehicles to temporarily lose various functions.

It calls it the next step in Tesla Vision because it completely includes cameras to perform tasks typically split across cameras, sensors, radar, and even LiDAR on other vehicles.

Tesla will discontinue production of Model 3 and Model Y vehicles with ultrasonic sensors globally over the next several months, starting in October, before phasing them out from Model S and Model X vehicles in 2023.

The move means that “for a short period of time during this transition”, Tesla Vision vehicles manufactured without the sensor “will be offered with some features that are temporarily limited or unavailable. “.

FULL STORY: Teslas temporarily lose functionality when the sensors are removed

Australia’s favorite small car is getting a revamp

Toyota has detailed a number of updates to its Japanese-market Corolla, just ahead of the facelift’s Australian launch in late 2022, including a power shift and new infotainment. .

The MY23 Corolla in its home market is powered by a new 1.8-litre hybrid engine with an updated electric motor. Toyota Australia has confirmed that domestic Corolla hybrid models will be increased by 8kW, bringing the maximum power to 98kW.

The updated 2.0-litre petrol models for the Japanese market get improved performance and a minuscule reduction in torque from 200Nm to 202Nm (power remains at 125kW).

FULL STORY: Toyota Corolla 2023: Japan updated details, coming soon in Australia

Renault 4 returns to the top

Renault continues to tap into the past to advance its future, presenting a concept version of the revived Renault 4 ahead of its debut at the Paris motor show on October 17.

The company has released two nighttime silhouette images, of the front and side panels, showing a superior sports car with a clear high-riding SUV stance.

Renault calls the concept “a modern twist on an iconic model that left its mark in the 1960s, 70s and 80s”.

We already know about the French company’s plans to bring the Renault 4 back to fame as an electric car for the modern age, with a launch being reported in 2025. The company calls it “a performance”. re-solve”.

FULL STORY: Reborn Renault 4 EV teased

Supercar Ford Mustang revealed

Ford Australia has opened the garage door (or is it the stable door?), giving the public a first look at its new racing Mustang.

The 2023 Mustang GT supercar was given its public debut at Bathurst, ahead of its first lap this afternoon. The new GT will be driven by Dick Johnson during its first laps at The Mountain, before it enters the grid in 2023 alongside the Chevrolet Camaro.

FULL STORY: Supercar Ford Mustang 2023 launched at Bathurst

RIP ripper RS

One of Australia’s most iconic hot hatches will be operational at dusk in 2023, its manufacturer has confirmed, but electric replacements will eventually fill the performance gap.

The Renault Megane RS will be available in limited numbers next year, but won’t arrive until 2024 as Renault globally shifts away from its petrol-powered performance models.

Currently, there are a small number of Megane RS models, and a batch is expected to arrive in early 2023. It is unlikely that there will be a bye special edition.

FULL STORY: Renault Megane RS is about to retire, sports EVs are coming

Hyundai reasonable bee production line for Australia

Preliminary Australian market details for the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric vehicle (EV) have been revealed during its global launch in South Korea, with two high-spec variants likely to be original products.

According to information provided by Hyundai’s local division, the Ioniq 6 will arrive in Australia in “early 2023” – say the first quarter (including January to March) – with a lineup capable of reflects the associated Ioniq 5 range.

That means single-motor and dual-motor powertrain options, both highly specified and standard long-range battery.

FULL STORY: 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6: Initial Australian details

A-Class updates revealed ahead of 2023 local launch

The upgraded Mercedes-Benz A-Class range has been revealed, ahead of its introduction in Australia in the second quarter of 2023 (including April to June).

Once again available in hatchback and sedan bodies, as well as AMG versions, the A-Class has received subtle interior and exterior design modifications, as well as the latest generation of infotainment systems. the brand’s MBUX connected entertainment.

There’s also a fully electrified petrol engine family, and a range of plug-in hybrids A250e also receive an increasingly more powerful electric motor.

FULL STORY: 2023 Mercedes-Benz A-Class revealed, here Q2 2023

A memorable September as VFACTS shows a spike in electric vehicle sales

Australian new car sales according to industry database VFACTS rose 12.3% in September to 93,555 vehicles, with electric vehicles setting a new record for market share.

This is the second straight month of solid growth, with the market also up 17.3% in August. This shows that inventory levels and supply are improving.

Car sales up to the present time are at 811,130 units with three months left to run, down 0.6% compared to the cumulative figure in 2021.

The three best-selling vehicles in September were Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and notably the newly launched Tesla Model Y.

THAN: VFACTS September 2022: Sales rebound, EV stock hits new high
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