Welcome back to your weekly wrap up of car news, where we find all the bits that matter and condense them down into one easy read.
Lockdown has been hard on everyone with production cycles pushed back and new-car launches delayed. Still, there have been plenty of stories worth writing about this week including the July sales figures.
We also managed to keep reviewing new cars, and found out some big news about one of the oldest medium SUVs on sale in Australia.
That vehicle, of course, is the Mitsubishi Outlander which debuted in its current form in 2012. And yet, despite its age, the Outlander managed to climb back into the top 10 overall sellers in July 2021 in a month that showed promise despite the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to wreak havoc.
But that’s not all for the Outlander, because Mitsubishi confirmed this week that the 2022 Outlander medium SUV would pack seven seats and a plug-in hybrid drivetrain when it arrives early next year.
The Outlander will also share CMFC platform within the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance with the new X-Trail when Nissan eventually brings that vehicle to Australia.
Toyota has been busy this week. We posted a report that the marque – famous for its hybrid powertrains since the Prius – could be developing a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain.
It will likely utilise a 2.5L diesel engine combined with an electric motor that will likely be employed on the next-generation Land Cruiser Prado and HiLux ute. Sean Hanley, vice president sales and marketing at Toyota Australia confirmed that a diesel hybrid was “clearly a direction (Toyota) would look to.”
But Toyota’s biggest seller isn’t a hybrid (yet). The HiLux once again climbed to the top of the sales ladder in July, returning things to normal after the Ford Ranger was top dog last month.
This week, we spent some time in the base model Volkswagen Golf to find out whether the German small car in eight-generation guise still offers value at the affordable end of the spectrum.
We also wrapped up our long-term liaison with the Genesis GV80 SUV recapping what we liked, and what we didn’t. Finally, we pitched two Toyota Hybrid SUVs against each other: the C-HR and RAV4, to see which offers better value.
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