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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 10:27

NEW! Lightforce VENOM LED & GENESIS LED

The new Venom and Genesis LED are made right here in Australia, at our manufacturing facility in Hindmarsh, South Australia. Designed, engineered and made locally, the newest additions to our range have been independently tested for durability strength and performance through an independent NATA accredited laboratory.

These two lights have a number of features in common however we’ll start with the 75 watt Venom LED. It may be the smaller of the two but don’t let his size fool you, this light will totally change the way that you think of driving lights.

We used to say bigger means brighter – the larger reflector collects more light from the bulb and will shine further, however Venom proves that old saying completely wrong. It gives the sort of performance that can light up 850m at one LUX, meaning that you could stand 850 meters down the road, hold up your light meter and measure usable light. And it’s not just the distance because everything within your entire field of vision is better illuminated, brighter keeping you fresh and alert behind the wheel.

An array of 21 Lumiled LEDs work together at a colour temperature of 5000K, which is really the optimal lighting colour to keep you focused and alert without the ghostly blue hue that many cheap imported LEDs produce.

The width of the beam is also something that will be a real selling feature for Venom – if you add a set of combo filters, a pair of these lights will allow you to see up to 120 m to the side of the road.

Being small is of huge benefit to Venom, with a clearance of only 66mm it is the perfect light to fit where space it at a premium but quality light is a must.

Now being the beefier of the two, the 140 watt Genesis pumps out even more light with a distance of 1053m at 1 LUX and just like Venom, a spread of up to 120m with the addition of combo filters, Genesis is the answer for remote regional travel where good lighting is an important safety measure.

As mentioned, there are a number of features that these two have in common, first up, they both have an industry leading IP69K ingress protection which means they are designed and built to withstand whatever the harsh outback conditions throw at them. Resistant to moisture and contaminant ingress as assessed by an independent testing body, they will never let you down wherever you might travel.

Australia is a big country and to see it properly means you’re going to have to cover some distance. Safe travelling means managing driver fatigue – sure good lights are part of that. But staying alert can mean keeping the mind active, for example listening to a local radio station to stay in touch as you travel. Sadly many auxiliary lights interfere with the weak-signal that is typical on highway travel. Not so with Lightforce Australian made lights that incorporate low pass filters to suppress radiated noise, keeping radio reception clear – a vital feature for traveling our county.

 

For more information - visit www.lightforceworld.com.au

  • Reversing camera standard on all pick up models
  • Smartphone Display Audio added to GLS, Exceed
  • New-look dark chrome front fascia and headlight garnish on GLS, Exceed
  • All-Terrain tyres for greater off-road ability now on GLX and GLX+ 4x4 variants

Mitsubishi Motors Australia’s (MMAL) versatile Triton range is even better value with all models gaining new specification and features for 2017.

Mitsubishi’s smartphone integrated audio system – Smartphone Display Audio or SDA – with 7-inch colour touch screen has been added to the top-spec Triton GLS and Exceed for improved connectivity.

The appearance of GLS and Exceed has been enhanced with new dark chrome front grille and headlight garnish, platform-style side steps and 4-spoke leather steering wheel.

In addition, Exceed now has an electro-chromatic rear view mirror and heated front seats.

At the workhorse end of the range, reversing camera and rear step bumper become standard on Triton GLX double cab pick-up, and for addition off-road ability 16-inch All-Terrain tyres are fitted to GLX and GLX+ 4x4 variants.

Triton GLX gains Mitsubishi’s premium audio AM/FM CD system with 6.1-inch colour touch screen – previously fitted to Triton GLS – and a new design key fob.

Speed sensing auto door lock is now standard across the range and a driver’s seatback pocket is fitted to all Club Cab and Double Cab models for 2017.

MMAL Executive Director of Marketing Tony Principe said Triton represents smart buying in the LCV segment, attracting private customers with its reliability, toughness and great features.

“With All-Terrain tyres, reversing camera and rear step bumper now available on GLX 4x4 manual at $37,000 recommended retail, the 2017 Triton range continues to offer compelling value for savvy light commercial buyers,” he said.

“We’ve upgraded every model in the 2017 range to enhance Triton’s appeal with smartphone connectivity on GLS and Exceed, upgraded audio on GLX and auto air-conditioning on our value-leading GLX+.”

“The 2017 Triton range is equipped with everything LCV buyers need to work hard and get the job done.”

The updated Triton will be available at Mitsubishi dealerships around Australia from 13 December 2016.

2017 TRITON KEY CHANGES

  • Speed sensing auto door lock
  • Crash detection door unlocking
  • Driver’s seat back pocket (Club and Double Cab models)

GLX:

  • New variant: Club Cab Chassis with automatic transmission
  • Reversing camera (Double Cab Pick Up models)
  • Rear step bumper
  • 245/70R16 111S RF All-Terrain tyres (4x4 models)
  • AM/FM CD display audio with 6.1-inch colour touch screen
  • New shape key fob

GLX+ (in addition to GLX changes):

  • New variant: Club Cab Pick Up with automatic transmission
  • Auto air-conditioning
  • Piano black instrument panel trim
  • Bright chrome interior door handles
  • Standard suspension

GLS

  • Smartphone link Display Audio (SDA) with 2 USB outlets and HDMI port
  • Dark chrome front grille and headlamp garnish
  • Platform-style sidesteps
  • 4-spoke leather steering wheel design
  • Improved instrument cluster graphics

Exceed (in addition to GLS changes):

  • Electro chromatic rear view mirror
  • Heated front seats
Thursday, 29 September 2016 00:00

Land Rover Reveals New Discovery

New Discovery is highly desirable with unrivalled capability and technology like no other. It has been designed from the outset to enable Land Rover customers to live the lifestyle they aspire to. The result is the best family SUV in the world.

  • The new Land Rover Discovery is a full-sized, three-row, seven-seat SUV with unbeatable capability and versatility
  • It embodies Land Rover’s drive to go Above and Beyond, combining British desirability with an unstoppable spirit of adventure
  • New Land Rover Discovery on sale in Australia from July 2017.
  • Td4 SE 7 Seat from $81,590

The Seven Wonders of Discovery:

Seven principles describe the essence of Discovery and have guided its creation:

1. The Magnificent Seven: every seat is the best seat in the house

  • Flexible interior provides seven full-sized adult seats, instantly configurable from your smartphone using the world-first remote Intelligent Seat Fold technology

2. A much loved member of the family: keeping you safe for the last 26 years

  • Semi-autonomous safety technology provides the family peace of mind
  • Premium interior combines leading design with durable, high-quality materials and space for the whole family

3. King of the hill: unstoppable on all surfaces, all terrains and in all weathers

  • Land Rover’s full-sized SUV architecture delivers world-beating all-terrain capability
  • Lightweight aluminium construction saves 480kg, delivering enhanced efficiency and CO2 emissions from 166g/km*
  • Super clean Ingenium family grows with adoption of 177kW, four-cylinder diesel engine with 500Nm of torque
  • Towing king: best-in-class 3,500kg towing capacity and semi-autonomous Advanced Tow Assist take the stress out of difficult reversing manoeuvres

4. British creativity: designed with charm & sophistication loved by the world

  • Design retains key Discovery family cues, adding optimised proportions and sophisticated surfaces

5. Storage addiction: discover the space for everything

  • Up to 2,406-litres of luggage space and clever storage for 21st century family essentials

6. Connects every generation: Ingenious features that make life easier

  • Digital Discovery equipped with up to nine USB ports, six 12-volt charging points and an in-car WiFi hotspot for up to eight devices

7. After the roads end: reaching threatened habitats and vulnerable people

  • New Discovery will continue Land Rover’s work in humanitarian aid and conservation projects around the world

Whitley, UK, 28 September 2016 – The New Discovery embodies Land Rover’s drive to go Above and Beyond, combining British desirability with an unstoppable spirit of adventure. It’s an authentic, three-row, seven-seat SUV with unbeatable capability and versatility.

Everyday ingenuity has been at the heart of the Discovery for the last 26 years. New Discovery signals the transformation from cogs to code with more than 1.2 million customers with us on every step of the journey.

The fifth-generation model benefits from Land Rover’s strong, safe and light full-size SUV architecture, delivering comfort and adaptability like no other.

The New Discovery is for the digital age. Ingenious technology keeps your family safe, connected and confident on all surfaces, all terrains and in all weathers to ensure your destination is reached.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer said: “New Discovery redefines the large SUV. Land Rover’s design and engineering teams have revolutionised the Discovery DNA to create a highly desirable, extremely versatile and hugely capable premium SUV. We truly believe the result is a radical departure in design that will introduce the Discovery Family to a new, wider customer base.”

Revolutionary design

New Discovery was previewed by the Discovery Vision Concept, which showcased the future direction of the entire Discovery family when it debuted at the New York Auto Show in 2014, and represents a radical departure for Land Rover’s most versatile SUV. The revolutionary design gives Discovery a dynamic appearance with sophisticated surfaces and precisely engineered details designed to resonate with customers on an emotional level.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer said: “Design creates an emotional connection between our customers and our vehicles. Our clear design strategy means our vehicles are instantly recognisable and communicate the values of Land Rover that our customers love. New Discovery’s flawless volume and proportions, sophisticated surfaces and precise detailing beautifully combine with engineering integrity to create a premium SUV that will resonate with today’s customers.”

The Discovery family has always had a spirit of adventure and the new model provides a dramatic reinterpretation of Discovery’s 26 years of heritage and practical DNA with a sophisticated design that pays homage to previous models without being restrained by them.

Trademark design features include the stepped roofline, which has identified each of the four previous generations of Discovery and provides an elegant solution to a practical need. The stepped profile optimises headroom for passengers travelling in the third row of seats. It also accommodates Discovery’s customary stadium seating configuration, which sees each row of seats positioned higher than the one in front, ensuring every seat is the best seat in the house.

Land Rover’s design and engineering integrity ensures New Discovery is able to accommodate seven full-sized adults in an SUV body measuring less than five metres in length (4,970mm). Most similar-sized competitors provide 5+2 seating but New Discovery is designed for 95th percentile adults to sit comfortably in its rearmost seats, providing complete interior flexibility. Both third-row seats incorporate ISOFIX mounting points (four in total), so families have the freedom to put child seats in the most appropriate seat for any journey.

The interior of New Discovery continues the design revolution started by the Discovery Sport, where customers can specify a range of premium materials including luxurious Windsor leather upholstery and natural oak veneers.

The limited-run ‘First Edition’ model showcases the very best of New Discovery. Only 2,400 examples will be available globally with exclusive features including unique etched map detailing on the aluminium trim for the doors and facia, unique badges, bold colour choices and a comprehensive list of standard equipment.

The optional Dynamic Design Pack gives New Discovery a more purposeful, stealth-like appearance both inside and out, with features including a contrast roof, athletic front and rear bumper designs, luxurious leather upholstery and a sports-inspired steering wheel and pedals setting it apart.

Connecting every generation of the family

New Discovery provides world-first Intelligent Seat Fold technology, allowing customers to reconfigure the second- and third-row seats with minimal effort using controls at the rear of the vehicle, the central touchscreen and even remotely via a smartphone app as part of the InControl Touch Pro Services.

The innovative feature allows owners to rearrange the seats from inside a shop while they queue to pay for large or bulky items, ensuring the vehicle is perfectly configured to accommodate their purchases.

All three rows are available with heated seats – heated and cooled in rows one and two – while massage seats are available for the driver and front passenger to optimise comfort on long journeys.

Enjoying the spacious interior of New Discovery is made easier by another thoughtful Land Rover innovation. Auto Access Height technology reduces the ride-height by up to 40mm as passengers prepare to enter or exit the vehicle.

Alongside the spacious and flexible seating layout, the other key to New Discovery’s superior versatility is Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system. The intuitive set-up features a large 10-inch touchscreen positioned high on the centre console, enabling Land Rover’s designers to reduce the number of switches on the centre console by a third, delivering a clean and uncluttered appearance.

Crisp graphics and easy-to-navigate menus incorporate the latest navigation and entertainment technologies including door-to-door navigation, which can share directions to a paired smartphone to help customers complete journeys on foot.

Seamless iOS and Android connectivity combine with a 14-speaker Meridian digital surround systemwith an additional subwoofer, and WiFi to provide the ultimate listening experience, whether streaming songs online or playing music directly from a connected device.

Up to six 12V charging points ensure New Discovery is perfectly equipped to cope with the demands of the most connected families, while as many as seven USB sockets (up to nine when the rear seat entertainment is fitted) allow passengers in each row to power their smartphones or tablets simultaneously.

Another technology feature for active families is Land Rover’s state-of-the-art Activity Key wristband, which allows customers to enjoy sports and active hobbies without carrying the standard key fob. Holding the waterproof Activity Key up to the ‘D’ in the Discovery badge on the tailgate simultaneously locks the vehicle and disables the ordinary key, which can be left safely inside. This leaves customers free to run, swim, ride or play without worrying about the security of their vehicle.

Stowage addiction

At every stage of its development Land Rover has designed New Discovery around the needs of its customers. This is evident when you look around the cabin. Land Rover’s design and engineering teams have an addiction to stowage, which has resulted in a host of convenient interior storage solutions for modern families, including:

  • Hidden cubby stowage in the central console capable of holding four iPads or a pair of two-litre drinks bottles.
  • A central armrest cubby large enough to house five iPads with a lid that hinges through 180 degrees to function as an armrest even when open
  • Hidden small-item stowage behind the fold-down Climate Control panel
  • A flush-fitting push-operated ‘curry hook’ in the front passenger footwell capable of securing carrier bags

The effort put into developing New Discovery’s first-rate cabin stowage has been matched by the thought put into its luggage space. The premium SUV provides up to 2,500 litres of load capacity, or up to 1,231 litres behind row two, and the new dual-purpose Powered Inner Tailgate provides all the versatility expected from a vehicle wearing the Discovery badge.

Leading independent vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), today announced a maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating for the upgraded Toyota Landcruiser 70. The Toyota Prius also achieved top marks.


Toyota’s workhorse, the Landcruiser 70 single cab chassis has been upgraded and following a suite of destructive crash tests has reached 5 star standards.

“It is encouraging Toyota has responded to consumer demand, particularly from commercial and fleet buyers, and implemented design changes and safety upgrades to improve the Landcruiser safety rating,” said Mr James Goodwin, ANCAP Chief Executive Officer.

“Safety is a key consideration for everyday consumers and corporations with a significant proportion of businesses requiring minimum 5 star vehicle standards for not only their own fleets but also their contractors.”

“This competitive pressure has resulted in a two-star jump for the Landcruiser 70 and will have a tangible effect on the safety of worksites and more broadly, Australasia’s vehicle fleet,” Mr Goodwin said.

Changes made to the Toyota Landcruiser 70 single cab chassis to enable the increased safety rating include structural improvements to the chassis and occupant cabin, the addition of head-protecting side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag, seat belt pre-tensioners and changes to the bonnet and seat designs.

This 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies only to single cab chassis LC70 variants. Other variants are unrated.

The Toyota Prius, which has been on sale in Australia and New Zealand since March was also assessed in the latest round of testing.

“The Prius has held a 5 star ANCAP safety rating for a number of generations and the current model continues to impress with a notable line-up of advanced safety assist technologies as standard including autonomous emergency braking, lane support systems and adaptive cruise control,” Mr Goodwin added.

With the Concept X-CLASS, Mercedes-Benz Vans gives a concrete outlook on its new pickup, the X-Class, in Stockholm. The first premium pickup will combine the best of two worlds. This is demonstrated impressively by Mercedes-Benz with two design variants of the concept car. The Concept X-CLASS powerful adventurer illustrates that the future X-Class will possess all the strengths of a classic pickup – tough, functional, strong, and with off-road capability.

The Concept X-CLASS stylish explorer goes a step further and shows what will distinguish the pickup bearing the Mercedes star. The X-Class will be a true Mercedes from the hallmark brand design and comfort to the driving dynamics and safety. This will make Mercedes-Benz the first premium manufacturer to account for the changing customer requirements in the global segment of mid-size pickups, and it will make the tough one-ton pickup with seating for up to five persons the first to be attractive as an urban lifestyle and family vehicle.

With the pickup, Mercedes-Benz Vans will expand its product range with a fourth model series. At the same time, the brand bearing the three-pointed star will become the first premium manufacturer to occupy the promising segment of mid-size pickups. Daimler AG will make investments in the high nine figures (euro) in the new model series by the time of the market launch. It will be launched in late 2017 under the name Mercedes-Benz X-Class. The key markets will be Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, and Europe.

Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars: "With the Mercedes-Benz pickup, we will close one of the last gaps in our portfolio. Our target: we want to offer customers vehicles matching their specific needs. The X-Class will set new standards in a growing segment."

"We will open up and change the segment of mid-size pickups – with the world's first true premium pickup for the modern urban lifestyle", says Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

"Our future X-Class will be a pickup that knows no compromise. Ladder-type frame, high-torque six-cylinder engine, and permanent all-wheel drive are compulsory for us. As an added value we bring safety, comfort, agility, and expressive design – in other words, everything that distinguishes vehicles bearing the Mercedes star. We will thus appeal to new customers who have not considered owning a pickup before."

Changing segment: Mercedes-Benz first premium manufacturer of a pickup
Worldwide the market for mid-size pickups is undergoing a radical change. Gone are the days when they were bought as mere "workhorses". Instead, they are becoming increasingly popular as versatile vehicles for a simultaneous private and commercial use and as vehicles for a strictly private use. The percentage of privately used pickups has been growing steadily for years. Accordingly, the double cab has emerged as the dominating body style, because it offers room for up to five persons. More and more private and commercial customers ask for vehicles with the characteristics and comfort features of a passenger car. A similar development took place in the segment of off-road vehicles some 20 years ago. Back then, Mercedes-Benz was the first premium manufacturer to launch a sport utility vehicle (SUV), the M-Class, and completely redefined the off-road segment – with lasting success.

"The Concept X-CLASS design variants interpret the hallmark brand design idiom of our SUVs in a most expressive form, and embody the dichotomy of 
our design philosophy: they are hot and cool", says Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. "With its progressive design the powerful adventurer expresses cool modernity and thirst for adventure, while the stylish explorer on the other hand uses pure emotion to provide a tangible experience of modern beauty."

Concept X-CLASS stylish explorer: progressive design with SUV looks
The Concept X-CLASS stylish explorer, painted in a cool elegant white metallic, impressively demonstrates how the Mercedes-Benz pickup will make a decidedly stylish statement in its segment and in the urban environment.

The contrast of emotionally appealing and yet purist surface treatment ("hot") and technically precise, innovative and clever details ("cool") reinterprets the design philosophy of Mercedes-Benz. The athletic design lends the concept car a markedly expressive and dynamic appearance. The distinctive front represents an evolution of the hallmark SUV face of the brand – with a more massive powerdome on the bonnet and headlamps extending far into the wings. The classic SUV front apron and the strongly flared wheel arches put even more emphasis on the sense of width, and give the vehicle an even more solid stance on the road. At the same time, the front cites the single-louvre grille with centrally positioned Mercedes star, the face of the elegant Mercedes-Benz coupés.

The flared front and rear wings make room for a wide track and large tyre/wheel combinations for tough off-road use. 22-inch light-alloy wheels with a contrasting anthracite chrome finish give the Concept X-CLASS stylish explorer a towering and superior stance. The running boards are integrated into the bodywork and emphasise the athletically sculpted body. Depending on the angle of the incoming light, the paintwork developed specifically for this concept car lends the urban pickup a look that gives the athletic profile even more emotional appeal.

The extremely short front overhang, the very long rear overhang and two long lines stretching along the side amplify the focus placed on driving dynamics. The rear of both concept cars sports the hallmark chromed SUV trim at the lower edge, and, as a distinctive feature, a continuous LED light strip in a slim chrome surround on the tailgate. It points to the unique character of the future pickup.

Stylish interior with a high level of operating and display comfort
The interior of the Concept X-CLASS stylish explorer is an equally emotional and stylish statement – characterised by an intriguing contrast of warm and cool colours, as well as by high-quality materials. The world of colours and materials translates the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of sensual purity. The sensual touch and feel of the brown, very natural nubuck leather on the seats provides a cosy feel. This warm colour, which is also found on the dashboard, is combined with cool white nappa leather. The trim made of open-pore smoked oak contrasts with the brushed and polished aluminium trim elements. The world of modern luxury is realised in a highly stylish fashion.

The modern flair is further boosted by round air vents, the free-standing high-resolution central display as well as the central controller and multifunctional touchpad. Similar to a smartphone, all telematics functions can be controlled with the touchpad by using gestures or by entering letters and characters.

Mercedes-Benz thus introduces the most modern control and display concept in the segment of mid-size pickups. At the same time, the characteristics and functionalities typical in the pickup segment have been retained, such as the handbrake in the centre console.

Concept X-CLASS powerful adventurer: the redefinition of toughness
Complementing the Concept X-CLASS stylish explorer, the second concept car focuses on the classic traits of a pickup. The Concept X-CLASS powerful adventurer with a lemonax metallic paint finish stages toughness, durability, and off-road capability. As a result, it impressively underscores 
the fact that the future Mercedes-Benz pickup will combine comfort and style with the basic virtues of this vehicle category.

The Concept X-CLASS powerful adventurer towers above it all with a height of 1.90 metres. Large tyres of size 35x11.50, the huge ground clearance, and the athletic design instil respect even at first glance. The brand's hallmark SUV radiator grille with two louvres, front and rear underride guard, wing claddings, and matte carbon wheel arches additionally underscore the superior off-road aesthetics. An electric winch at the front and a metal hook at the rear are further indications of the toughness and power of the future pickup.

With its progressive design the concept car exudes independence and thirst for adventure in their purest forms. This feel continues in the interior. Matte carbon elements in the exterior and interior, metallic brushed surfaces, and a bold colour scheme lend the vehicle a sense of power. The lemonax metallic exterior paint finish is perfectly tailored to the interior colour highlights. The colour and material concept underscores the outdoor look with glossy black nappa leather and the use of carbon-style black embossed leather surfaces. To ensure the seats provide lateral support in all handling situations and in any terrain, the seat side bolsters are trimmed with black leather that offers extremely good grip and has a pleasantly soft touch and feel.

The X-Class: powerful engine, high ride comfort, and exemplary safety
As is the norm for Mercedes-Benz, customers of the X-Class will be able to choose from different equipment scopes to customise the exterior and interior. In addition, the premium brand will develop a special range of accessories for the pickup, for example bed covers and various styling elements. Thanks to 
the tried and proven modular strategy, a host of interior components that customers know and appreciate from the C-Class and V-Class will be found 
in the X-Class – from the perfectly finished high-quality materials and the infotainment system to the ergonomic seating comfort. As a result, the pickup will offer the "welcome home" feeling typical of the brand, and define a new level of comfort and value appeal in the segment of mid-size pickups.

The X-Class will also set new standards in the segment with regard to connected life. Thanks to the communication module with on-board SIM card, 
it will be possible to use the extensive Mercedes me connect services. Drivers can connect with their pickup by smartphone, tablet or PC at any time and from anywhere. For example, to send navigation destinations to the vehicle or query where the pickup is parked and how much fuel is in the tank. In addition to these optional remote online services, standard services such as accident recovery, maintenance management and breakdown management will also be available.

Variety will likewise distinguish the engine range. The top-of-the-line model will be powered by a V6 diesel in combination with 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive. The high-torque engine will provide high driving dynamics on the road and off the road. The all-wheel-drive system will combine an electronic traction system, a transfer case with reduction gear, and two differential locks. The traction system and the electrically operated on-demand differential locks channel the power to where traction is best. Under extreme off-road conditions, the rear differential and the inter-axle differential can be locked. This will make it possible to safely master difficult obstacles and inclines.

The powerful drive system and the tough ladder-type frame will make a payload of more than 1.1 ton and a towing capacity of up to 3.5 tons possible. Enough power for transporting some four cubic metres of firewood on the pickup bed and a sail boat hooked up to the trailer coupling, for example. At the same time, the specially constructed suspension with wide axles, a five-link rear axle with coil springs, and a precisely calibrated spring/damper set-up will ensure a high ride comfort – on the road and off the road. The pickup bearing the three-pointed star will impress with precise steering, a comfortable ride, and agile cornering. It will absorb bumps in a superior fashion, making it a perfect fit for the urban environment.

Like all Mercedes vehicles, the pickup will be distinguished by exemplary safety. Modern driver assistance systems based on cameras, radar and ultrasound sensors will support and relieve the driver in many situations, and in so doing equally enhance safety and comfort. A host of assistance systems will already come as standard.

The Mercedes among pickups: focus on five customer groups
The X-Class will combine the strengths of a pickup with the value appeal, comfort, driving fun, and safety that distinguish the vehicles bearing the Mercedes star. As a result, the Mercedes-Benz pickup will bridge the gap between commercial and private and between urban and rural use. It will consequently appeal not only to pickup owners wishing for more car-like characteristics, performance, safety, and comfort, but also and above all to people who drive a passenger car, SUV or van. Extensive market research studies conducted by Mercedes-Benz with potential customers in the target markets bear this out.

Mid-size pickups currently have the largest share of the total vehicle market in Australia with 14.1 percent. Argentina comes close behind with 11.6 percent.

This means that in these countries, one out of every eight registered vehicles is a pickup in the one-ton category. In Brazil, mid-size pickups have a share of almost five percent of the total vehicle market. That figure is 0.5 percent in Germany, 1.3 percent in Great Britain, 1.4 percent in Turkey, and 0.8 percent in Russia.

Based on its market research studies, Mercedes-Benz has identified five customer groups for the X-Class, which are of different relevance in the individual countries.

One important target group is constituted by families with an active lifestyle and an affinity to premium products. They use the pickup mostly for commuting to work, for shopping, taking the kids to school or sports activities, for weekend trips, and vacation. The key markets are Brazil, Argentina, Australia, and South Africa.

Another target group for the X-Class are successful adventurers, who live in an urban environment and participate in outdoor sports such as skiing or riding jet skis, or have their own boat. They need a comfortable premium vehicle for everyday use that at the same time offers sufficient cargo space and towing capacity for their recreational equipment. The top markets are Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Great Britain, and Germany.

In addition, the Mercedes-Benz pickup will have the potential to inspire trend-conscious individualists with an affinity to premium products. They lead an independent lifestyle and want a vehicle outside the mainstream that underscores their personality and status with a unique design. Independent individualists use the pickup as an "everyday vehicle" in the city, for evening and weekend activities, and for sporting events. The key markets for this target group are Germany, Great Britain, South Africa, and Brazil.

The fourth customer group comprises business owners such as building contractors, architects, and service providers who want to use their pickup 
for commercial and private purposes: that is as a comfortable company car for customer meetings, which is equally perfect for transporting customers and employees as well as tools and building materials, as an "everyday vehicle", and as a vehicle for weekend activities. Significant markets for business owners are Germany, Great Britain, Australia, and Argentina.

Landowners, such as cattle ranchers in Argentina, soy bean farmers in Brazil or vintners in South Africa, also use their pickup for commercial and private purposes. They need a vehicle that on the one hand takes them through unpaved terrain and has sufficient cargo and towing capacity. On the other hand, it must be suitable for driving to customer and supplier meetings as well as for use as an "everyday vehicle" for the family.

Production cooperation with Renault-Nissan
The market launch of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class in Europe will begin in late 2017. The new model series will be positioned in the segment at an attractive price. The pickup will be manufactured in a production cooperation with the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Production for the European, Australian and South African markets will start at the Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain, in 2017.

The X-Class for the Latin American market will roll off the assembly lines at the Renault plant in Cordoba, Argentina, starting in 2018.

With the X-Class, Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance expand their strategic cooperation which began six years ago. This affords Mercedes-Benz fast and cost-efficient entrance to the fast-growing segment of mid-size pickups. In addition, both companies benefit from optimal utilisation of the production capacity. Nissan is the second-largest manufacturer of mid-size pickups with a payload of one ton in the world, and can look back on more than 80 years of experience in producing and marketing these types of vehicles.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:23

Fox 4WD Suspension Range

Owners of popular 4WDs/Utes such as Hilux, Navara, Ranger and BT50 who want to build a tough Ute with extra lift should go no further than the Fox Shocks Suspension Kits.

These kits enable lifts of greater than 2″ and are ideal for tough 4WD use and outback touring.

3″ lifts are the most popular Fox product with adjustable front.

Fox Coilovers, coupled with the COR adjustable upper control arms and Eilbach Coils, excellent wheel travel handling and wheel alignment are possible.

The rear leaves coupled with the Fox Gas Shocks will give decent load carrying and towing capacity when touring.

For more information visit: www.fox4wdsuspension.com.au

Volkswagen Amarok now with powerful six-cylinder engine

  • Premium pickup will be the only model in its segment with a high-performance V6 turbodiesel
  • Latest generation of six-cylinder engines with up to 165 kW  and 550 Nm of torque
  • Amarok Aventura launch model to be equipped with a sports bar, 20-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights

Hannover, Germany – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is taking things up a notch: the Amarok – the premium pickup in the B segment – is getting a bigger ‘heart’ and highlighting its performance potential, thanks to the latest generation of Volkswagen V6 engines. Drivers of the Amarok can look forward in future to the one litre of additional displacement offered by the 3.0-litre engine. The pickup boasts good on- and off-road capabilities. Its top-of-the-line engine delivers 550 Nm of torque and has an output of 165 kW.

Robust and reliable: the new agile V6 diesel engine for the Amarok meets the customer requirement for high torque at low engine speeds. The powerful top-of-the-line six-cylinder engine produces its maximum torque at only 1,500 rpm. At 550 Nm, this maximum torque is also 130 Nm higher than in the previous model. The Amarok is thus able to deliver sufficient propulsive power and torque performance in any situation.

The highest gears' long gear ratio in the manual or 8-speed automatic gearbox reduces revs and fuel consumption during consistently fast driving, and in this manner helps ensure low noise levels and low CO emissions. The combined NEDC fuel consumption of the new Amarok with 165 kW output and a 8-speed automatic gearbox will likely reach a combined diesel consumption of 7.6 litres/100 km *. This corresponds to a new top level of 199 grams CO/km *.

The model's engine is designed to be robust and long-lasting. The 3.0l TDI engine (with exactly 2967 cubic centimetres displacement) in the new Amarok will be available in three output levels: 120 kW, 150 kW or a top-performing 165 kW. All engines comply with the Euro 6 emissions standard. The most powerful engine variant will be offered first. As early as the end of September 2016, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles customers will thus be able to begin exploring the world of six-cylinder engines with an attractive model.

Three different drive-system versions will be offered in line with the respective engine variants: a traditional rear-wheel drive, and a 4MOTION version with either rear-wheel drive and an engageable front axle in combination with a manual gearbox, or with a permanent all-wheel drive system and a Torsen differential with the 8-speed automatic gearbox. The Servotronic steering system is new in the Amarok and will be available as standard equipment in Europe. This system is one of the reasons why the Amarok can be driven very precisely. New 17-inch brake discs on the front axle of the 165-kW Amarok and 16-inch discs at the rear ensure that the powerful pickup always comes to a stop quickly and safely. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which has won multiple awards, is also included as standard.

The powerful impression the Amarok makes is underscored by a more athletic-looking front end and an all-new dashboard. Together with new ergonomic seats, they lend the vehicle a more sophisticated and valuable appearance. In addition, the model's design has the current Volkswagen DNA written all over it. With a length of 5.25 metres and a width of 2.23 metres (mirrors included), the Amarok delivers everything one would expect from a classic pickup.

The new body-coloured sports bar in the launch model (which will be marketed in Europe as the Amarok Aventura) visually shifts the double cab rearwards and also extends over a small part of the 2.52 m2 load platform inside the cargo compartment. Various additional styling bars, covers, cargo area coatings and hardtops are also available for the Amarok cargo compartment.

In addition, the load platform in the four-door Amarok can accommodate a Euro-pallet loaded sideways. A payload capacity of more than one tonne is possible, depending on the equipment features selected. In future, some variants of the new Amarok will also boast a towing capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes.

The wheels in the various equipment levels offered with the Amarok are now larger, which makes for an even more powerful and sporty appearance. The Amarok Aventura features 20-inch alloy wheels and the Park Distance Control parking assistant, which utilises a rear-view camera. The overall impression of the Aventura is made perfect by bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED licence plate lighting and LED-illuminated side sills under the doors.

Holden Confirms Trailblazer Suv To Head Down Under: Adopting Global Nameplate

  • New look, more luxurious Chevrolet Trailblazer revealed in Brazil
  • Holden Colorado 7 SUV to be rebranded Trailblazer
  • New MY17 Trailblazer equipped with premium style and features
  • Trailblazer includes Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto across the range*
  • Holden’s new product onslaught continues

Holden has announced the new Chevrolet Trailblazer, revealed in Brazil, will take on the mantle of Holden’s 4x4 SUV from Colorado 7 later in 2016, bringing an extra dose of luxury to the adventurous SUV.

With a more sophisticated design, increased content and refined ride comfort, Trailblazer will be a significantly different vehicle to its Colorado 7 predecessor, catering for different customers and needs.

Holden’s Executive Director – Marketing, Geraldine Davys, said customer feedback and a change in vehicle design were important factors in the decision to rename the popular SUV Trailblazer.

“With the redesigned 2017 Trailblazer, we have dialled up the luxury and ride comfort to offer a more premium SUV that’s comfortable and confident in urban areas, but remains just as capable for weekend adventures,” said Ms. Davys.

“The move to adopt the Trailblazer name emphasises the vehicle’s new direction into a more luxurious and premium space.

Like its Colorado sibling, the new 2017 Trailblazer will be introduced to Australia with significant improvements to driving comfort, whilst retaining its adventurous, go-anywhere, spirit.

Trailblazer debuts with a sophisticated new look, advanced vehicle and connectivity technology, and the use of premium materials and design throughout.

Holden’s Executive Director – Sales, Peter Keley, said that whilst the redesigned Trailblazer shares capable 4x4 DNA with the Colorado truck, it caters to a very different customer with premium styling and comfort for all the family.

“Colorado has always been associated with exceptional off-road performance and Trailblazer shares that 4x4 heritage, however we expect it will be used in a very different way,” said Mr. Keley.

“Trailblazer is a 4x4, seven-seat, family adventure vehicle that is refined and smooth on the road during the school run, but still able to head off the beaten track while searching for that perfect camping spot or hidden fishing hole.

“Trailblazer also delivers on customer expectations of comfort, luxury and advanced technology, with the use of premium cabin materials and new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone projection technology,” said Mr. Keley.

PREMIUM AND CONFIDENT DESIGN

The 2017 Trailblazer leverages the power and strength present in Colorado’s global design language, but adds a layer of prestige and luxury through a sophisticated colour palette, signature LED daytime running lamps and the use of chrome accents.

Trailblazer’s luxurious and comfortable interior reflects its more premium positioning and move away from its more practical predecessor, Colorado 7.  Holden’s new family adventure SUV boasts an all-new dash and instrument cluster design which, along with the use of premium materials and contrast stitch detail, make Trailblazer just as comfortable and rewarding in urban environment as it is on longer road trips.

Continuing Holden’s pursuit in offering customers the latest in-car connectivity features, the Trailblazer range introduces a brand new, eight inch colour touchscreen, housing the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone projection technology.

ENGINEERED FOR ADVENTURE

Key to appealing to a new customer base, Trailblazer combines sophisticated styling with composed and refined driving characteristics.

Holden’s Lead Dynamics Engineer, Rob Trubiani, said customer feedback was at the centre of the changes engineered into the Trailblazer program.

“Trailblazer will be used by customers in a variety of ways so we had to ensure its performance was versatile and capable but also refined.”

“We also understand the vehicle will be mostly used by families and those expecting a more premium experience so, when working with the Brazilian homeroom, we’ve focused on reducing noise and vibration as well as ride isolation, to give customers a comfortable cabin environment,” said Mr. Trubiani.

The 2017 Holden Trailblazer will go on sale in Australia later this year.

These all new Australian made lights feature a 70W-HID fast start bulb in the centre of a 170mm reflector, providing the ultimate in long distance performance. The reflector is surrounded by 80 watts of LED in a circular pattern – that is equivalent to the spread produced by a standard 20” LED light bar.

FEATURES:

  • 70w HID bulb within 170mm reflector
  • 20 x genuine Lumileds LEDs providing flood beam pattern
  • Lightweight glass filled nylon composite housing
  • 6063 extruded aluminium for optimum heat dissipation
  • IP69k rated to protect against moisture / contaminant ingress
  • UV stable hard coated impact resistant polycarbonate lens
  • Stainless steel hardware
  • Three mode operation for complete control
  • LED - for instant wide beam
  • HID - for long distance
  • Combine the two for ultimate visibility
  • High current waterproof connector
  • Genuine Gore® waterproof membrane with mechanical seal
  • Over, under and reverse voltage protection
  • Thermal overload protection
  • Australian made
  • 3 year warranty


SPECIFICATIONS:

  • LED power: 80W
  • HID power: 70W
  • Effective lumens: 8400
  • Input voltage range: 10-28V DC
  • Current draw: 11Amps @ 13.2V
  • LED colour temperature: 5000K
  • Matched HID colour temperature
  • Input cable length: 450mm (17.71")
  • Operating temperature: -40°C to 60°C
  • Weight including bracket: 2.3kg (5.07lbs)
  • Dimensions - 230mm diameter, 111mm depth, 245mm height including bracket


KIT INCLUSIONS:

  • 1 x Lightforce DL230 HTX driving light
  • 1 x Mounting bracket
  • 1 x Mounting hardware
  • Matching 4 pin waterproof harness adaptor
  • Installation Instructions

YOKOHAMA, Japan (23 November 2015) – The all-new Nissan NP300 Navara has won the coveted International Pick-up Award 2016 at a ceremony in Lyon, France.

Nissan’s all-new pick-up fought off stiff competition from Mitsubishi L200 (Triton) and Ford Ranger with judges praising its superior on-road and off-road capabilities, strong engine performance and payload capacity.

The all-new NP300 Navara underwent the rigorous International Pick-up testing process, being judged for its off-road ability, on-road performance and its value for money. The pick-ups were also tested on their ability as a workhorse, which included comparing towing capabilities.

The all-new NP300 Navara delivers Crossover-inspired comfort and refinement while maintaining the Navara’s acclaimed off-road ability, durability and load capacity.

Its robust chassis introduces a host of new features, including an all-new five-link rear suspension for the Dual Cab pick-up models and an impressive load bed, which is 67mm longer than the previous model.

Philippe Guérin-Boutaud, Corporate Vice President Nissan LCV BU, said: “This prestigious award celebrates Nissan’s 80 years of pick-up expertise. Rigorous testing by International Pick-up of the Year illuminated the tough and innovative character of the all-new Navara. “Nissan is best known by its customers in Europe as the maker of capable 4x4s and breakthrough crossovers. This new Navara represents the fusion of those two realms of excellence to deliver a truly breakthrough pickup truck that combines rugged 4x4 toughness with the sophistication and efficiency of a Crossover”, added Ponz Pandikuthira, Director of Light Commercial Vehicles for Nissan Europe.

“It is truly an honour to be selected as the International Pickup of the Year by a panel of the most experienced commercial vehicle journalists across Europe. Thank you to the IPU jurors for this award and for this powerful endorsement of the new Nissan Navara's product excellence”.

Production of the all-new NP300 Navara for the European market began in Barcelona this month.

It goes on sale across Europe from January 2016.

The complete range of Nissan’s NP300 Navara model variants – Single Cab, King Cab and Dual Cab in a multitude of engine, drivetrain and tray combinations – is now available in Australia.

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