Welcome back to your weekly wrap up of car news where we find the bits that matter and condense them down into one easy read.
This week on Chasing Cars was all about the future cars and legislation heading our way here in Australia.
This was largely thanks to the continued back and forth on the EV Tax which was far more positive than last week, but also thanks to Skoda unveiling its new Fabia and Ferrari the stunning new 812 Competizione.
But jump down a few tax brackets and you’ll find some excitement there as well, with Volkswagen confirming an R version of the Tiguan and T-Roc for our shores – and maybe even a wagon version of the Golf R. Yes Please.
Victoria has been taking an absolute hammering from experts, capitalists and environmentalists alike on its decision to push forwards and introduce a 2.5 cent per kilometre tax on electric vehicles from July.
The move is widely seen as a premature measure that will hinder the take up of EVs in Australia but that was eased somewhat when Victoria jumped in and announced it would be introducing a $3,000 rebate on EVs under $69,000.
NSW offered its take, with Transport Minister Andrew Constance coming out swinging and said an EV tax would make Australia the “laughing stock of the world”.
Mr Constance also tossed up ideas like waiving stamp duty on EVs, subsidising car parks with EV chargers and allowing EVs to use bus lanes that could be introduced in the upcoming June budget plan.
It’s a car you might even buy, and it looks to be a cracker. Hyundai put its futuristic Tucson on sale in Australia this week with prices starting from $34,500 before on-road costs.
Hyundai has spruced up the interior with tech features such as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which project onto the huge 10.25-inch touchscreen display – with an additional 10.25-inch display in the instrument cluster if that strikes your fancy.
Currently the entry-level 2.0L models are here but the puncher 1.6L turbo models will arrive in the third quarter of this year. Sadly no series-parallel or plug-in hybrids are planned for our shores.
Available only in a single grade, the MX-30 is quirky small SUV with freestyle doors at the rear and a punchy electric motor at the front making 107kW of power and 271Nm of torque.
Plugged into a small 35.5kWh battery, the MX-30 won’t be setting any outright range records with a 200km maximum according to WLTP but it should be enough to get around town. It also has a charging speed of 50kW which will see the battery recharged to 80 per cent in about 36 minutes.
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