Grow to be an armchair skilled with this checklist of final week’s 10 hottest – or most fascinating – information tales.
Tales about folks paying massive cash for older vehicles stay of eager curiosity, together with $437,000 paid for a uncommon R34 Nissan GT-R, and hypothesis about how a lot a 1980 Holden Commodore raced by Peter Brock, and a Valiant Charger ‘Massive Tank’ in authentic situation would possibly fetch.
Our protection on how the Federal Funds and the moment asset write-off extension will impression automotive consumers additionally acquired lots of suggestions. Purchase now and pay later? When do the vehicles purchased below the inducement scheme must be within the site visitors? Discover out extra right here.
We additionally lined a feel-good story about NSW Police supporting a learner driver program, by organising a mock Random Breath Take a look at website on a race monitor, so novices know what to do – quite than getting flustered – in the actual world.
Per week after Toyota offered out of its preliminary allocation of 1000 GR Yaris sizzling hatches at $39,990 drive-away (earlier than saying a $5000 value rise), our spies in Germany grabbed pictures and video of a fair hotter model.
To be clear, this newest Nurburgring spy shot will not be the Toyota GR Yaris Rallye version (with light-weight alloys, sticky tyres and entrance and rear limited-slip differentials). Toyota has confirmed 250 examples of the Rallye will comply with the primary 1000 common GR Yaris hatches a while in early 2021. Worth is but to be introduced.
What we’re speaking about right here is a fair hotter model once more, dubbed by abroad media because the Toyota GRMN Yaris, mentioned to be an much more hardcore mannequin.
The photographs present winglets on the entrance bumper, a bigger roof spoiler, and sensors on the wheels and rear bumper. It’s unclear what this automotive is, but it surely seems there’ll finally be a minimum of three variations of the Toyota GR Yaris.
We bought to disclose the Volkswagen Amarok W580, a high secret venture developed by the Walkinshaw Automotive Group and Volkswagen Australia. Whereas the Amarok is now one of many oldest utes within the section and lacks rear airbags and superior security tech, the approaching demise of the Mercedes X-Class means the Amarok is the one turbo diesel V6 with everlasting all-wheel-drive.
The engineers at Walkinshaw have taken what’s already one of the vital highly effective and greatest dealing with utes within the class and despatched it to ending college, with sticky tyres, a wider monitor, and twin tube shock absorbers.
Volkswagen sellers reportedly acquired greater than 1000 expressions of curiosity throughout the first 24 hours of the W580 being unveiled.
We bought a sneak peak of the following era Isuzu MU-X. Isuzu Thailand launched a teaser video of the seven-seater 4WD forward of its official unveiling on 28 October 2020. Primarily based on the Isuzu D-Max ute (however with distinctive rear suspension) it’s anticipated in Australian showrooms within the second half of 2021.
Eagle eyed ute followers within the Center East caught on digital camera a facelifted Nissan Navara, due in Australian showrooms within the first half of 2021. It’s the second time spy pictures have appeared of the brand new Navara; final month a closely camouflaged Navara was noticed in Thailand.
Ford confirmed the enduring Mustang Mach 1 is coming to Australia, preserving the muscle automotive contemporary because it approaches the twilight of this era mannequin. Worth and specs are but to be confirmed, however anticipate it to value near or in extra of $80,000. Solely 700 will probably be imported, the identical quantity as Mustang Bullitt editions (offered in late 2018 and early 2019).
The security ranking got here in for the Jeep Gladiator 4WD ute and, unsurprisingly, it scored a poor three-star ranking, the identical because the Wrangler with which it shares a lot of its structure. Jeep maintains it’s tough to realize a five-star security ranking in such a heavy obligation car, nevertheless the Toyota LandCruiser and Mercedes G Wagen have 5 star security scores.
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