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Car news, 12 Apr ’24: Porsche calling time on ICE Macan and 718 production, Mazda CX-80 SUV teased, and more


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Thanks for joining us this Friday April 12th 2024. Notably in car news today: Porsche is ready to cease orders and set to wrap-up production of its top-selling petrol Macan SUV and 718 Boxster and Cayman models soon, and Mazda teases its latest CX-80 prior to an imminent reveal.

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Porsche ceasing Macan and 718 petrol models mid-year

The petrol-powered Porsche Macan and 718 twins will cease production soon!
  • While Porsche confirmed last year that the current-gen petrol Macan and 718 Boxster and Cayman would be replaced by electric successors in 2024, both production and customer orders are set to cease come June
  • While pre-configured stock of Macan and 718 will continue to be sold through 2024 locally, the opportunity for customers to configure a vehicle to order from the factory ceases in May. For both models, all ICE production is reportedly wrapping up in early-to-mid Q3. 
  • Porsche has been on record explaining that it intends to limit the crossover of curren-gen petrol and new-gen electric Macans (specifically) in showrooms globally. 
  • While both current Porsche models are reaching natural ends to lifecycles, it’s understood neither complies with upcoming ADRs changes around autonomous emergency braking being introduced from March 2025.

Mazda CX-80 SUV teased before April 18 reveal

A teaser from Mazda for the upcoming CX-80
  • Mazda Australia has confirmed that its next SUV, called the CX-80, will be revealed on April 18. 
  • Mazda’s next luxury SUV is set to join the CX-60, CX-70 and CX-90 in Australia, as part of the brand’s relatively new focus on providing premium SUV offerings to our local market. 
  • While details are slim for now, Mazda has confirmed that the CX-80 will provide seating for seven, but will also be available with the option of second row captain’s chair 
  • What is almost certain is that the CX-80 will use the same 3.3-litre inline-six petrol and diesel engines found in the CX-60 and CX-90. 
  • Expect more details about specification and pricing very soon. 

Mercedes-Benz Australia releases limited C200 Night Edition

Mercedes-Benz’s 2024 Night Edition C200
  • Mercedes-Benz has announced it will bring in a limited Night Edition version of the C200, priced at $86,900 before on-road costs, or exactly $3000 cheaper than the current C200. 
  • The Night Edition comes with Mercedes-Benz’s Night Package, which includes dark exterior trim pieces in high gloss black, as well as 19-inch AMG five-spoke alloy wheels. 
  • Inside, the C200 Night Edition gains a Burmester sound system. AMG line trim also features inside, with lime wood trim. New heat and sound insulating glass also features. 
  • The only catch? Buyers will need to purchase a C200 Night Edition between April 12 and June 30. Orders can be reserved up until 16 May, 2024. 

Mitsubishi Triton gains five-star ANCAP safety rating 

The Mitsubishi Triton has scored a five-star rating from ANCAP
  • ANCAP has announced that the new-generation Mitsubishi Triton ute has gained a five-star safety rating on all dual-cab models. 
  • The results were positive for adult occupant protection with a score of 86 percent, 89 percent for child occupant protection and 74 percent for road user protection. The rating applies to all dual cab ute variants.
  • As standard, dual frontal, side chest, side head and driver knee airbags are included, along with a suite of safety features including AEB, lane departure warning, emergency lane keeping and a speed sign recognition system.

2024 BMW X6 reviewed

  • Chasing Cars production specialist Tom Place’s review of the 2024 BMW X6 40i xDrive was published, including his thoughts on its recent Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) update and how the car fit in with his family lifestyle. 
  • Place really enjoyed the power and sound of the X6’s B58 turbocharged straight-six engine, while also praising the LCI update which made the X6 more modern and sleek in its design.
  • In terms of downsides, Place found the handling wasn’t buttoned down enough, and the large coupe SUV had surprisingly limited cabin space. 
  • Place concluded that he’d much rather have a bigger boot and park his cash with a X5 40i, but generally thought the SUV was a happy medium between the base X6, and the rapid V8-powered M60.  

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