Hyundai Supplies Paris Taxi Fleet With ix35 Fuel Cell

Hyundai Motor will hand over 60 ix35 Fuel Cell SUVs to the Paris-based electric taxi start-up STEP (Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien). A memorandum of understanding was signed at the opening of a public hydrogen fuel station operated by Air Liquide at Hyundai Motor’s European headquarters in Offenbach, Germany. The world’s largest fuel cell taxi fleet “hype” (Hydrogen Powered Electric) currently serves the Greater Paris Area with five ix35 Fuel Cell SUVs that Hyundai Motor delivered in December 2015. The fleet is planned to increase up to several hundred vehicles within five years.

“With the memorandum of today, STEP and Hyundai Motor have committed to bring 60 additional ix35 Fuel Cell taxis to the streets of Paris,” says Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe. “Not only will the fuel cell taxis provide a clean transportation solution for the city, they are also a practical, comfortable and reliable choice for drivers and passengers.”

Saving more than 800 tons of emissions

The 60 new ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles will not add to the 17,000 taxis already in circulation in and around Paris. They are replacing petrol and diesel-powered cars. Compared to a diesel-powered taxi with CO2 emissions of 135 gram per kilometre and an annual mileage of 100,000 kilometres, the ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles will save more than 800 tonnes of CO2 per year in exhaust emissions. That is the equivalent of one person taking the plane and flying more than 200 times from Frankfurt to New York and back. In contrast to this, the only emissions from the tailpipe of the ix35 Fuel Cell during driving are water vapour.

Even when it is produced from natural gas, hydrogen is a far cleaner energy than any fossil fuel: for equal distance travelled, hydrogen cars reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent compared with internal combustion vehicles and do not produce any fine particles.

Up to 594 kilometres on a single tank of hydrogen

ix35 Fuel Cell is the world’s first mass-produced and commercially available fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV). Currently there are more than 300 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell SUVs on European roads in 12 countries. That is more than all the FCEVs of other manufacturers combined. Its powerful asynchronous electric motor generates 100kW, and with a maximum torque of 300Nm it delivers a fun-to-drive experience. Thanks to its efficiency, the ix35 Fuel Cell’s range is up to 594 kilometres on a full tank.

Hydrogen Mobility Europe 

ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles deployed are partially funded by the Hydrogen Mobility Europe Project. Hydrogen Mobility Europe is funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe.

 

Nissan Acquires 34 Per Cent Stake In Mitsubishi

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., (“Nissan”) has completed its acquisition of a 34 per cent equity stake in Mitsubishi Motors (“MMC”) and become its largest shareholder. MMC will also become part of the global Alliance with Nissan and Renault. With the addition of MMC, the Alliance will be in the world’s top three automotive groups by global volumes, with sales of 10 million units in fiscal year 2016.

Nissan Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn announced that Nissan and MMC would collaborate on joint purchasing, deeper localization, joint plant utilization, common vehicle platforms, technology-sharing and an expansion of the companies’ combined presence in both developed and emerging markets.

“The combination of Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors and Renault will create a new force in global car-making,” said Ghosn. “It will be one of the world’s three largest automotive groups, with the economies of scale, breakthrough technologies and manufacturing capabilities to produce vehicles to serve customer demand in every market segment and in every geographic market around the world.”

Ghosn predicted that through its partnership with MMC, Nissan would target synergy benefits worth 24 billion yen in fiscal year 2017, rising to 60 billion yen in fiscal year 2018 and beyond. The gains will contribute to increased earnings per share worth an estimated 4 yen per share in fiscal year 2017 and 10 yen per share in fiscal year 2018 – on top of any earnings accretion linked to Nissan’s overall shareholding in Mitsubishi Motors.

Nissan offered its assistance at the request of Osamu Masuko, president and chief executive officer of MMC, following the company’s fuel economy crisis. The two companies have cooperated on kei-cars for the Japanese market over the past five years.

“We are committed to assisting Mitsubishi Motors as it rebuilds customer trust,” said Ghosn. “This is a priority as we pursue the synergies and growth potential of our enlarged relationship.”

As part of this strategy, Nissan has nominated four representatives to the Board of MMC, including Ghosn as chairman-elect. The other nominees are Hitoshi Kawaguchi, chief sustainability officer and head of global external affairs; Hiroshi Karube, global controller and global asset manager; and Mitsuhiko Yamashita, Nissan’s current representative on the Mitsubishi Motors board.

At Masuko’s request, Yamashita joined the company earlier this year as executive vice president of development and as a member of its executive committee. Ghosn has announced a number of other management changes, effective November 1, to allow him to continue to focus on maintaining Nissan’s momentum in delivering performance, while at the same time supporting Masuko at MMC.

Ghosn has proposed to the Nissan Board, which has approved, the appointment of Hiroto Saikawa, currently chief competitive officer, as co-chief executive officer. Saikawa will be succeeded as chief competitive officer by Yasuhiro Yamauchi, currently Alliance executive vice president of purchasing. Veronique Sarlat-Depotte, currently deputy to Yamauchi will assume the responsibility as Alliance executive vice president of purchasing and head of the Renault Nissan Purchasing Organization.

She will be supported by Makoto Uchida who will take responsibility for purchasing at Nissan. Also at the request of Masuko, the management team of MMC will be further strengthened by current Nissan Chief Performance Officer Trevor Mann, who will become chief operating officer of MMC.

Mann will be replaced as chief performance officer by Jose Munoz who will continue as chairman of Nissan’s North American region. Ghosn concluded: “At a time of unprecedented change in the global auto industry, this strategy will build on our existing strengths and management capabilities to ensure increased competitiveness, better products for our customers and attractive returns for shareholders.”

 

The Audi S7 Sportback Commences Duty For The NSW Police Force

The Lake Illawarra Local Area Command of the New South Wales Police Force has taken delivery of a brand-new Audi S7 Sportback to continue their work in a variety of community and youth engagement programs.

This 12-month loan follows a successful engagement of an Audi RS 4 Avant previously, and extension of what is seen in community as a popular and beneficial association. The livery is an interpretation of a design chosen by almost 800 Audi Australia Facebook fans in 2015.

“We are pleased to continue to support the NSW Police Force as they engage with the youth and wider community in the Lake Illawarra region,” said Andrew Doyle, Managing Director of Audi Australia. â€œThe Audi S7 Sportback has a striking presence, thanks to its sophisticated design and the sound of its extraordinary twin-turbo V8 engine, and so it is perfectly suited to making an impact at the various events it will attend throughout the course of the next 12 months.

“Audi has been extraordinarily successful in Australia over the last decade, and so we are delighted to contribute back to the community in this way,” said Doyle. â€œThe Audi S7 Sportback provides an exciting and visible platform for our community and youth engagement activities,” said Superintendent Zoran Dzevlan, Commander of Lake Illawarra LAC.

“Our use of the S7 Sportback will encourage people of all ages to introduce themselves to local police, using the car itself to help start up a conversation.”

The Audi S7 Sportback

The incredible S7 Sportback is powered by 4.0 TFSI Biturbo V8 that produces 331kW and 550Nm. With impressive outputs like these, it’s little wonder that the S7 can demolish the sprint to 100km/h in 4.6 secs. The 4.0 TFSI utilises an unusual ‘hot side, inside’ exhaust concept, where the twin-turbos sit inside the 90-degree vee. In addition, four of the eight cylinders can be deactivated under light throttle loads for the benefit of efficiency, and any unwanted harmonics this may cause are suppressed in the passenger cabin by an Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) system that broadcasts through the sound system’s speakers.

In 2015, the face of the S7 Sportback was totally redesigned, including the singleframe grille, the lower splitter that now appears in a more cohesive line across the width of the car and the larger air inlets that feature twin chrome highlights. The effect gives the S7 Sportback a wider stance, with even more visual impact.

The new Matrix LED headlight technology also gives a different visual impression at the front of the S7, while also offering an incredible level of forward vision at night-time, without blinding other motorists. Audi’s distinctive, dynamic turning indicators at the front and rear are also available across the range.

At the rear, the S7 Sportback features new LED rear tail lights in a flatter design, trapezoidal tailpipe trims and a bold, contrasting diffuser to enhance the dynamic visuals.

Inside, a new high-resolution Driver Information System (DIS) sits in between the speedometer and tachometer readouts, and can display crystal-clear map-based navigation right in the driver’s natural field of vision. This intelligent ergonomic innovation from Audi is powered by the new-generation MIB2 infotainment system, which itself is driven by the latest Nvidia Tegra 30 quad-core processor.

Subtle enhancements throughout the interior increase the perception of quality throughout, like new details in aluminium – primarily around the air vents and MMI controls. The gear selector lever has also been redesigned, for cleaner visuals and also for improved haptics.

In 2011, the all-new A7 Sportback made an immediate impact in Australia when it took out the Australian International Design Award in the Automotive and Transport category. This followed another award bestowed by German magazine Auto Bild at its Design Summit in the same year.

The Audi S7 Sportback costs $180,716 (*MLP).

The Lake Illawarra LAC community engagement programs

Lake Illawarra Command is committed to delivering regular community and youth engagement opportunities. Community engagement is about consultation, participation and communication – Police talking with and seeking the views of the communities they serve, and working with them to develop responses and strategies to solve crime, reduce violence and improve local safety. This approach breaks down barriers with the community and reduces the fear of crime. It also promotes confidence in the NSW Police Force.

The Commander’s Active Citizen Program engages with students who are excelling and are seen as future leaders or mentors. The program shows these students what a positive influence they can have on others as well as showing them what community activities they may volunteer in. The program’s aim is to make them an active citizen in the community, to make a difference and have a voice.

A community that is engaged with Police better understands what the force does and why.

*MLP – Manufacturer List Pricing excludes dealer delivery and government statutory charges.

 

Subaru Goes Mobile

Subaru is changing the way its customers traditionally service their cars by introducing new mobile service vans*. Qualified Subaru mobile service technicians perform the service from the convenience of the customer’s chosen location – whether at home, shopping centre (dependent on access being granted by the centre’s management), work etc. The new service is a part of Subaru’s “do” rebrand initiative, to be innovative and “do things differently”, ultimately creating positive change for customers.

Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie, said: “We have been very encouraged by the reaction to this concept. It’s the way of the future. If you are not innovating in today’s world you’re probably falling behind, and as a brand known for innovation, it’s imperative for us to continue to roll out new ideas.”

The mobile service van was rolled out earlier this year and was initially trialled in Subaru Narellan, NSW. It is now operating within the areas of several Subaru Sydney retailers. The van has also been on Subaru’s dealership roadshow nationwide and is currently being evaluated in Canberra, Wagga Wagga and Port Macquarie. The van will also support pop-up stores in Melbourne next year.

Customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Subaru Narellan’s Service Manager, Phil Eyke, said: “The response from customers is great once they have experienced the service. Our own network of service centres have been receptive to the mobile service van and we believe that corporate clients will likely be a large part of mobile service clientele moving forward.”

Given the success rate and network capacity, it is expected more mobile service vans will be introduced across different regions. It is anticipated that 10 vans will be on the road by the end of 2017, according to Christie. The vans offer customers convenience and time saving, two main factors preventing people from servicing their cars or on a timely basis. They also eliminate any need for customers to wait at a service centre.

The Subaru mobile service van is particularly popular amongst care-givers, those with busy work schedules as well as elderly people. There is also a positive response from the technicians performing mobile services, allowing them to experience personal one-on-one customer interaction. Eyke said: “It has become a great opportunity to introduce talented team members to customer interaction, and I am confident the future leaders of our business will come through these ranks.”

The van is also being offered to Subaru fleet customers who value the idea of mobile servicing to minimise the disruption to work.

*Mobile servicing not available for 50,000KM service (all models), STI vehicles, and pre MY12 vehicles.

 

Significant Branding At The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 For 3M

3M is extremely excited to reveal that is has signed a significant branding opportunity with the V8 Supercars Group and have secured all branding and signage at Sulman Park at this week’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Mount Panorama Circuit, Sulman Park is positioned right between “The Cutting” and “Skyline” and is one of the most popular camp sites for diehard fans over the course of the weekend which provides additional and valuable exposure for 3M to our automotive fans. Drivers have to navigate their way through the dangers of Hell Corner, the steep climb at 250 kilometres per hour at Mountain Straight and the narrow room and steep gradients at The Cutting before reaching Sulman Park which sits 862m above sea level and has the highest point of the track making for extremely nail biting viewing.

Some race history around Sulman Park includes:

• The legendary Peter Brock had his first major prang at the mountain at Sulman Park which saw him and his Holden Racing Team VP Commodore out of contention on lap 138 of the 1994 Tooheys 1000.
• Jason Bright crashed his Ford Falcon during a practise session of the 1998 FAI 1000 before barely getting his car back together in time for the main race and going on to win the event with Steven Richards.
• Sulman was unfortunately also the scene of a fatal crash during a support race in 2006 which claimed the life of Mark Porter.

The 3M branding at Sulman Park is expected to receive over 530 TV exposures and 22 minutes of exposure time during this week’s big race. You will see 3M barrier fence signage along each side of the track which will be complemented with trackside billboards throughout this section of the circuit which provides outstanding exposure to the 3M brand throughout the weekend.

In addition to sponsoring Sulman Park, 3M will again be featured on the Erebus V8 Supercars so keep an eye out for those 3M headlights as they come flying around Forrest’s Elbow and down Conrod Straight. Lastly, the 3M crew will also be on site up the mountain for the duration of the event as it host the Bathurst 1000 Winners in the Erebus Private Suite directing above Pit Straight. 3M Congratulates again the team at Wayne Davies Smash in Perth and its valued channel partner Robayne who won the promotion. The 3M guests are expected to have a weekend full of high octane action and money can’t buy experiences that include lunch with the drivers, pit tours and plenty of behind the scene activities.

As a special Bathurst social media promotion, 3M is giving away 4 copies of Chip Foose’s Season 8 Overhaulin’ DVD’s that have been personally signed by the man himself as well as some Aussie muscle car sketches drawn and signed by Foose. Check out 3M’s Facebook page for details on how you can win one of these for your collection.

 

328 km/h! – The World’s Fastest Beetle

A specially-tuned Volkswagen Beetle has set a new speed record at the World of Speed event that has long been a tradition at Lake Bonneville in Utah (USA). The Beetle LSR (Land Speed Record) with a turbocharged 2.0-litre direct-injection engine (TSI) drove the fastest speed ever documented for a Beetle, reaching 328.195 km/h (205.122 mph) over a distance of one mile.

In order to reach top speeds well over 300 km/h, many aspects of the Beetle LSR were reworked, and the car was modified to conform to regulations for record drives on salt flats. The output of the 2.0-litre TSI was boosted to a peak power of 550 PS (by changes that included a new turbocharger, different pistons, camshafts, connecting rods and cylinder head modifications). The record-setting vehicle also stands out with an impressive torque of 571 Newton metres.

To perform well under extreme conditions, the Beetle was equipped with special wheels and tyres for driving on salt, and the body was lowered significantly. A limited-slip differential was also used to improve traction, while a safety package provided for the necessary protection; it consisted of a rollover protection cage, a race seat with five-point harness and a fire extinguishing system. In addition, the record-setting car had two brake parachutes that were also used to slow down the Beetle.

The performance was officially recorded at the driving record event sponsored by the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association (USFRA), which is held every year in mid-summer.

 

Nissan Commits To Australian Motorsport For 2017-18

Nissan has announced a continuing commitment to Australian motorsport for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Nissan has further committed to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Nissan has also signed a new two-year agreement with the Kelly family-owned Nissan Motorsport race team for 2017-18 seasons. The team will continue to field four Nissan Altima Supercars.

Michael Caruso, driver of the #23 NISMO Nissan Altima Supercar, has also re-signed with Nissan Motorsport team for the next two years. Nissan will return to the Bathurst 12 Hour in 2017 in an expanded two-car effort with a pair of Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 factory entries. Full team and driver details will be confirmed at a later date.

It was recently confirmed that Nissan will enter its Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in the final two events of the 2016 Australian GT Championship at Hampton Downs and Highlands Park. Nissan will explore further opportunities in the Australian GT Championship from 2017 onwards.

“Motorsport is in the DNA of Nissan, both here in Australia and globally,” said Nissan Motor Co. (Australia) Managing Director and CEO Richard Emery. “When Nissan first opened for business in Australia in 1966, one of the first things we did was to go motor racing. Our motorsport program is a way for us to show people what the Nissan brand stands for – through the excitement of our race cars and the innovative and inclusive nature of our fan activations.”

In 2016, Nissan is defending nine championship victories in 14 different race series across the globe.

“We are very proud of our global approach to motorsport and today’s announcements for Australia really showcase our brand, both locally and internationally,” said Nissan Global Motorsports Director, Michael Carcamo. â€œThe Supercars Championship is one of the most high-profile sporting events of any kind in Australia and Nissan has tremendous heritage and a huge fan base in this series. Our efforts in the Bathurst 12-Hour over the past two years have further intrinsically linked Mount Panorama and the GT-R. They already had incredible history together but this has now gone to a new level.”

 

Red CentreNATS Wraps Up With Big Numbers

The close to doubling of entrant numbers and 14,008 spectators has cemented Alice Springs’ Red CentreNATS as one of Central Australia’s major events. As gates closed on the third and final day, 723 entrants had brought their vehicles to the Red Centre Capital, giving the event the right to claim success.

“What an amazing three days! The increase in both entrants and spectators has genuinely exceeded all of our expectations. If there was any doubt that Red CentreNATS would be supported, those thoughts can well and truly be discarded now”, said Andrew Hopper, NTMEC’s General Manager.

“I’d like to thank each and every one of the 723 entrants, who many have travelled significant distances to be here. Last year we were thrilled to have 456 vehicles, to have increased that number by almost 300 to 723 is just fantastic.”

“To the Alice Springs community, a big thanks for all your support and the thousands of spectators that travelled, spent their hard earn money in Alice Springs and enjoyed all the Red CentreNATS had to offer, I’d also like to applaud you for what you have helped us achieve this weekend.”

“Lastly we couldn’t run this event without the great support from the team at Summernats,” Hopper added.

As the huge numbers came through the gates over the past three days, there has been a number of all-important competitions running in amongst all the bling. It was a fierce battle, especially in the showcase Grand Champion and Burnout Master awards. Winners of the main awards are:

-Grand Champion Gregg Foss 1965 Ford Fairmont
-Burnout Master Darren Williams 1991 Ford XF Ute
-People’s Choice Malcolm Apps 1959 Holden FC

Many of the event’s judges praised the quality of show cars and competing cars at Red CentreNATS this year. The general sentiment was the standard was on-par, at least, with the major car shows across the country. In just its second year, Red CentreNATS has become a destination for the best of the best in the Australian street machining community.

“The Red CentreNATS is legitimately inside the top five car shows in Australia now,” said Andy Lopez, Summernats Co-owner.

With a minimum of a further five years left on the contract for Red CentreNATS, combined with this weekend’s solid results, event organisers are now planning for the long term growth of the event. The dust has not yet settled but additions, improvements and even greater excitement are already in the wings for 2017.

 

Holden Signs Three-Year Deal To Create Red Bull Holden Racing Team

Holden has confirmed its commitment to Supercars and motorsport in Australia by announcing a new three-year deal with Triple Eight Race Engineering to form the Red Bull Holden Racing Team from 2017.

Holden also announced that the next-generation Commodore will be on the Supercar grid from 2018. The new factory-backed Red Bull Holden Racing Team will develop, build, race and win with the next-generation Commodore Supercar from 2018.

This announcement also confirms that as part of Holden’s ongoing brand and business evolution, it will move to a single factory-backed race team from 2017 onwards. 

Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Bernhard, said he was thrilled to be confirming that Holden is committed to Australian motorsport and Supercars for the next three years, and is proud to be partnering with Red Bull and Triple Eight Race Engineering.

“Motorsport has played a significant role in Holden’s heritage and we’re proud to be carrying on that tradition with the new Red Bull Holden Racing Team, while reshaping our brand and presence in the market and in motorsport. We’re taking our company forward. 

“I’d also like to thank and pay homage to Walkinshaw Racing with whom we have shared a proud history over many years,” said Bernhard.

“We’ll also continue to help Walkinshaw wherever we can. We support every Holden team in pit lane through various avenues such as marketing support, technical support, sponsorship acquisition, even down to helping design certain race liveries. We’ll continue that with Walkinshaw and I wish them all the best. Our relationship with Walkinshaw remains strong and we are working closely on future road vehicle initiatives as part of our ongoing partnership with HSV. 

“Fans around the country will see the new Red Bull Holden Racing Team on the grid from next year but I’m especially excited about our next-generation Commodore hitting the racetrack in 2018. Australia can rest assured that our next-gen Commodore will live up to the iconic nameplate, on and off the track.

“Triple Eight is the most successful team of the modern era, they are simply the best at what they do. We’re very proud to continue our partnership with them,” said Bernhard.

 

Ford to Add an All-New SUV

Ford will launch an all-new SUV based on the global Ford Edge – a key model driving the company’s global SUV success – about a year after Territory sales end in 2017, when Sport Utility Vehicle sales are expected to pass car sales and reach 40 per cent of the market.

After already doubling the number of SUV models since 2012, Ford will continue investing locally to roll out an EcoSport “Shadow” specialty model this month, a new Ford Kuga early in 2017 and more than double the number of derivatives to about 20 by 2018.

Ford’s SUV sales have increased nearly 40 per cent since 2012, driven by a doubling of the number of Millennials and Baby Boomers buying SUVs, based on the company’s internal data.

“Ford will continue to be ready for SUV growth to reach even higher record levels this decade, so we are investing even more to offer the freshest models with outstanding safety, fuel economy, technology and quality positioning,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “Adding the Ford Edge and further expanding our SUV line-up comes as many of the 5.5 million Millennials start having children and similar numbers of Baby Boomers continue to buy them after driving their early popularity.”

A tale of two categories

The SUV category in Australia has grown by a significant 71 per cent over the past five years, while passenger cars sales have fallen by 12 per cent. This has placed SUVs on a trajectory to overtake passenger cars as the top-selling vehicle type in local showrooms within the next five years. Through June 2016, 35.8 per cent of all Australian vehicle sales have been SUVs, with that figure increasing to 40.9 per cent among private buyers.

This unprecedented growth has led to proliferation of SUV models and increasingly specific customer demands, leading Ford Australia to double its SUV line-up in order to satisfy these needs.

Adding more utility

Arriving in 2018, the all-new SUV based on the global Ford Edge will offer customers a world-class SUV. The SUV will join the recent arrival of the Everest, which Ford’s Australian designers and engineers had a key role developing, and adds to the more than $2 billion Ford invested in local R&D the past six years.

With an emphasis on technology, the all-new SUV is expected to offer consumers new levels of interior and exterior styling and features usually found on vehicles at higher price points. It will also reflect the high take-up rate of the flagship Titanium variants across Ford’s SUV range, and will offer greater passenger interior space than the current Ford Territory. The naming of the Edge in the Australian market will be confirmed with other product details closer to the Edge’s arrival in 2018.

The vehicle joins the already wide choice of Ford SUVs, complimenting the existing line-up that includes the urban EcoSport and Ford Kuga, through to the off-road capable, locally-engineered Everest.

Five-seat Everest broadens appeal

Ford also is bolstering the appeal of those who are after a rugged SUV through a new addition to the Everest line-up. The new five-seat Everest will join the range in the second quarter of 2017 to give buyers even greater choice. The five-seat Everest will be offered in the Ambiente equipment grade, giving value-conscious buyers a compelling list of features with the benefits of the Everest’s design and space. It will be available with the Everest’s four-wheel and rear-wheel-drive systems.

The recently announced rear-wheel-drive Everest will be available in Ford showrooms by the end of the year. The rear-drive model further broadens the Everest’s appeal, and gives customers the roominess, high driving position and cargo space in a more affordable package.

New Ford Kuga

The Ford Kuga has benefited from ongoing investment to bring more derivatives and innovations to Australia, which has helped lead to a 9.4 per cent increase in sales through June 2016. A new Ford Kuga will launch in early 2017 with even more style and technology. The new model comes on the heels of rapid upgrades in the past year.

In 2015, Ford Kuga added a new 134kW and 176kW EcoBoost engines to offer consumers a great combination of power and fuel economy. Ford also standardised a reverse camera and SYNC 2 across the Ford Kuga range.