Kia Carnival Won ANCAP Five Star Rating

Kia’s award-winning Carnival people-mover has won an ANCAP safety upgrade from four stars to five following a re-testing of the car earlier this year. Launched just on 12 months ago, the Carnival was rated four-stars in the initial crash test, a result that Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith described at the time as “disappointing”.

Meredith committed Kia to lifting the score to the maximum five stars and said the success of that program is a “very satisfying” outcome.

“At the time of the original test it is fair to say that we were disappointed, but safety is a non-negotiable for Kia and the determination of all involved to retain Kia Motors Australia’s record of an all five-star model line-up was admirable,” Meredith said. ANCAP Chief Executive Officer James Goodwin said: “After a disappointing four-star result for the Carnival in March last year, Kia has worked to implement a number of safety improvements which saw the vehicle reach the five-star mark.

“A number of design changes to the Carnival saw the score in the frontal offset test increase substantially.”

The Frontal Offset crash test result increased from 10.48 to 14.29 out of 16 points. The Kia Carnival is the first vehicle to meet ANCAP requirements to be awarded a 2016 date stamped ANCAP safety rating. The five-star rating applies to all variants of the Carnival manufactured on or after December 23, 2015. The Carnival scored a total of 34.62 in the latest test, with substantial improvements in the frontal off-set test to go along with the perfect 16 out of 16 for the side impact rating and two out of two for the pole test.

Since its launch, the all-new Carnival has regained its dominance as Australia’s number one selling people-mover with a 34.4 per cent share of the under $60,000 market.

 

Citroen Cactus Withstands 100 Trolley And 5000 Paintball Strikes

Citroen’s all-new C4 Cactus compact SUV has emerged from two days of torture at the hands of Australian motoring media with close to 100 trolley strikes and 5000 rounds of paintballs pummelling the vehicle’s exterior. Citroen demonstrated the vehicle’s all-new Airbump protection panels in the most real-world way possible constructing a 2m trolley run with the Cactus’ Airbumps providing the stopping point for the runaway baskets.

Even when subjected to one extremely violent strike the Airbumps backed up for more punishment, strike after strike. Able to withstand the impact of a shopping trolley travelling at up to 4km/h, the Citroen Cactus’ Airbumps proved their ability to withstand repeated strikes, both for dents and scratches.

But if a shopping trolley wasn’t enough a demonstration media were also given the chance to fire paintballs at the Citroen Cactus and its Airbumps.

At an average weight of approximately 4 grams, over 5000 paintballs were fired at the Citroen Cactus at average speed of 330km/h. The only damage sustained was a cracked tail lamp and a broken grille badge, despite the target being the Airbumps. National Marketing Manager for Citroen Australia, Dimitri Andreatidis, said the launch aimed to prove the real-world usability of the Airbumps and the fun nature of Cactus.

“What better way to prove that Cactus’ innovative design features actually perform as intended than subject it to real world punishment from the nation’s harshest automotive critics,” said Andreatidis. â€œWe took the Cactus beyond the everyday accidental damage scenario and subjected it to some extreme punishment, and it emerged virtually unscathed. This is testament to the Cactus’ high quality and ingenious design. The demonstrations did come with a serious note – do not try this at home! While it was great fun to try it on our own vehicle, I think our owners would prefer that you don’t go out and test it for yourself.”

The Citroen C4 Cactus arrives in Australian dealers throughout March.

Citroen Cactus Withstands 5000 Paintball Strikes

 

Renault Insurance Offers Peace-Of-Mind Motoring

Renault has eased the pain of selecting the right insurance for your new car by developing its own branded version in conjunction with the insurer Allianz: Insurance that comes complete with a number of typically Renault features. The Renault Prestige Motor Vehicle Insurance policy offers ‘new for old’ replacement cover within the first 3 years of original registration for motor vehicle total losses – a generous benefit compared to many other typical policies.

“Renault Prestige Motor Vehicle Insurance provides customers with a quality, competitively-priced product,” says Justin Hocevar, Managing Director of Renault Australia. Renault Prestige Motor Vehicle Insurance is available from your dealer when you take delivery of your new car. It provides peace-of-mind, because people who love your Renault just as much as you do will ensure you are looked after you if an unforeseen accident occurs.

“So if you need to make a claim, not only is it good to know there will be a concerned and friendly voice on the end of the phone, but the people who authorise the repair to your car will ensure only genuine parts are used, so it comes back as perfectly Renault as it was before the unpleasant incident,”* Hocevar says.

Renault also offers Tyre & Rim Insurance, which, given the huge number of pot holes and angry kerbs lying in wait for your beautiful alloys and sleek low profile tyres, ensures damage can be repaired professionally.

“Renault also offers Purchase Price Insurance or Motor Equity Insurance which can provide additional cover in the event of a total loss, or Loan Protection insurance to assist you paying your loan if something happens to you,” Hocevar says.

Other key Renault Prestige Motor Vehicle Insurance benefits include:

-Up to $500 towards damaged or stolen personal effects and clothing;
-Up to $1,000 for re-keying and re-coding if your vehicle keys are stolen;
-Up to $1,000 automatic cover for trailers and caravans attached to your vehicle;
-Up to $500 towards emergency repairs;
-Up to $400 for emergency accommodation if your vehicle can’t be driven after an accident or theft and you’re more than 200km from home;
-A rental car for up to 14 days if your car is stolen, up to $75 a day;
-Up to $400 for accommodation if your car breaks down more than 200km from home and your car is less than 5 years old;
-Optional Tools of trade cover, up to $1,500; and
-Premium payment by direct debit at no extra cost.

There may be conditions applied to all of the above features, so be sure to read the product disclosure statement that your dealer will provide. Renault Insurance is provided by Allianz Australia Insurance Limited; one of the world’s largest insurers. Renault customers will benefit from Allianz’s strengths such as its 30 years of experience in the local motor industry and a global customer base providing cover for more than 70 million vehicles in more than 70 countries.

More information on Renault Insurance can be found at www.renault.com.au or by contacting your local Renault dealer.

 

Australia’s Biggest Drive Experience Launched

The new five day MotorWorld Sydney motoring festival to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek, from 30 November to 4 December 2016 was launched by Stuart Ayres, NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism & Major Events and Minister for Sport. The Minister spoke of the importance of MotorWorld Sydney in the marketing of Sydney and NSW as one of the world’s premium tourism and major event destinations. He added that MotorWorld Sydney would be strongly supported by the NSW Government and promoted widely through Destination NSW.

MotorWorld Sydney is destined to become Australia’s biggest driving experience with up to 100,000 national and international visitors expected to attend. The event offers visitors the opportunity to test-drive cars on track, road or off-road circuits. It will be the most engaging and entertaining way for car enthusiasts and interested buyers to compare the various brands and latest models available. Close to 20,000 test drive opportunities will be on offer over the five days.

MotorWorld Sydney has already proven to be a popular initiative with automotive industry leaders and media partners because of its broad, national appeal. Major brands have expressed strong interest in participating and these will be joined by aftermarket suppliers, retailers, and service and lifestyle companies. Other unique elements of this event are the educational program, the VIP hospitality concept as well as an extensive family entertainment offering.

Kris Willand, Managing Director of MotorWorld Sydney, said, “Today’s vehicle buyers want to be informed and entertained at the same time. Our main target will be families and our focus will be on giving them a chance to test drive vehicles on street, track or off-road circuits. A quality entertainment and edutainment program will ensure all members of the family will have a great day out.”

Media partnerships with Network Ten, Nova Entertainment and Mamamia involving broadcast and online activities will ensure extensive reach Australia-wide to promote the event and stimulate attendance. A special ‘Ladies Day’ hosted by Mamamia will include driving and educational experiences, and a broad range of lifestyle topics designed exclusively for women. A media partnership with digital automotive site, CarAdvice, will add an independent perspective.

MotorWorld Sydney is proud to announce that it has also formed a partnership with Dream Ride, Special Olympics Australia a charitable organisation which provides sports opportunities for all people with an intellectual disability regardless of their skills so they can be active, have fun, make friends and feel part of a family. The partnership will include a Dream Ride fundraiser as well as engaging children with a mental disability in MotorWorld Sydney activities.

 

Cindric To Return To Bathurst 12 Hour With Erebus Motorsport

After racing over 30 races in 7 series and 4 countries last year, Austin Cindric begins the 2016 racing season by returning to the Bathurst 12 Hour where, in 2015, he became the youngest driver to ever race the 6.2km circuit. He will share driving duties with accomplished AMG factory drivers Bernd Schneider and Maro Engel in the #63 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3. The 17 year old American will have a wealth of experience to draw from as Schneider’s career includes multiple GT endurance race wins, including the 2013 Bathurst 12 Hour, and five DTM Championships. Engel has also had success at the famed track as he qualified on pole in 2014 to become the inaugural Allan Simonsen trophy winner.

The #36 sister entry will be piloted by 2013 Bathurst 12 Hour winner Thomas Jaeger, ADAC GT Masters driver, Nico Bastian, and V8 Supercar driver and Carrera Cup Champion, David Reynolds. Erebus Motorsport GT Team Principal, Daniel Klimenko, is pleased with team’s entry for what will be its final Bathurst 12 Hour with the storied SLS AMG GT3. “We’ve got great hopes for this year – as usual we have two cars with line-ups which have the potential to win,” said Klimenko. “From the youth of Austin to the experience of Bernd, I think this is the best line-up we’ve ever had.”

“I am really grateful to Erebus Motorsport for giving me another chance to run with such a great team at one of the best races in the world,” said Cindric. “I feel that I learned a lot last year and hopefully that experience will help me go to the next level this year. I couldn’t ask for a better learning environment and I appreciate Bernd and Maro agreeing to drive with a 17 year old kid! With the support of great partners like DeVilbiss and Detroit Diesel, I’m really excited. I realize this is a tremendous opportunity and I can’t wait to get started!”

Erebus Motorsport will hold a test day at Philip Island Raceway on January 31st prior to the Bathurst 12 Hour on Sunday February 7th.

 

Testing Driverless Cars On The Autobahns

Automated driving takes a step forward in Germany on Wednesday, with the commencement of the PEGASUS research project, which aims to set out more cost-effective and safer test methods for automated driving including motorway tests at speeds of 130 km/h. The project will run for 40 months, with government funding of €16.3m, and brings together 14 industry partners, most of them from Germany’s innovative SME landscape, two scientific research institutes and a technical inspection company.

“Automated driving is a crucial driver for innovation and value creation, playing a significant role in automobile location Germany,” said State Secretary for Economics and Energy Matthias Machnig. “We need these procedures and standards in testing in order to maintain our position at the forefront of the automobile, supplier and service-provider industries.”

Germany’s commitment to automated driving and e-mobility has long been an integral part of the country’s renowned car industry’s long-term strategy, with the stated aim of having 1m e-cars on the road by 2020.

“Germany continues to lead the way in research and innovation, using small, flexible companies grouped together in order to find efficient, cost-effective and potential global standard solutions,” said Stefan Di Bitonto, Senior Manager Transportation Technologies at Germany Trade & Invest. â€œSuch companies benefit from projects such as these and become global leaders in tiny but critical niches with a variety of global applications, making them perfect investment targets.”

 

myPlates Launches Australiana Range Of Personalised Plates

New South Wales drivers will have the opportunity to display their national pride on their cars, literally, as myPlates unveils a stunning new range of number plates, ‘AUSTRALIANA’. This series of four plates utilises iconic Australian imagery with a relevance to NSW, and is available to consumers now. Customer feedback and research conducted by myPlates indicated a strong demand for ‘Australiana’ themed plates. This unique new range tested extremely favourably and is vastly different to any other plate options on the market.

‘AUSTRALIANA’ consists of the four styles seen below for cars, with designs to appeal to both men and women.

The accompanying ‘AUSTRALIANA’ TVCs commence on air 28th November, featuring burgeoning Australian athletes with their sites set on Rio 2016. These athletes and their respective sports have a strong synergy with the plate imagery and include: Nina Curtis (Sailing), Ed Jenkins (Rugby Sevens), Mariafe Artacho del Solar (Beach Volleyball) and Stuart Tinney (Equestrian). #RoadToRio

AUSTRALIANA RANGE SPECIFICS:

  • -The ‘AUSTRALIANA’ plates are 372mm x 134mm front and back.
  • -Drivers can restyle their existing plate to one from the ‘Australiana’ range for a one-off order fee of $325.
  • -For a specific letter and number combination, additional annual fees start at $102.
  • -Other styles and colours are available with order fees for cars starting from as little as $180.

To see the full range head to myplates.com.au

 

 

Update On VW’s Diesel Engine Woes

The clarification and solution of the diesel issue is progressing. The Volkswagen Group has presented specific technical measures for the EA 189 engines affected with a displacement of 1.6 and 2.0 litres to the Federal Motor Transport Authority. This means that correction measures have been fixed for the majority of the vehicles affected. In the development of the solutions, the focus was on maximum customer-friendliness. After implementation of the technical measures, the vehicles will comply with the applicable emissions standards. The final technical solution for the 1.2-litre diesel engine will be presented to the Federal Motor Transport Authority at the end of the month and is expected to comprise a software update.

The technical measures developed for the EA 189 diesel engines affected have been presented to the Federal Motor Transport Authority. Following an intensive examination, these measures have been ratified by the Federal Motor Transport Authority. This means that there is now clarity regarding the correction of the irregularities for the majority of vehicles affected.

-A “flow transformer” will be fitted directly in front of the air mass sensor on the 1.6-litre EA 189 engine. This is a mesh that calms the swirled air flow in front of the air mass sensor and will thus decisively improve the measuring accuracy of the air mass sensor. The air mass sensor determines the current air mass throughput, which is a very important parameter for the engine management for an optimum combustion process. In addition, a software update will be performed on this engine. The time needed for the implementation of the technical measures is expected to be less than one hour.

-The 2.0 litre engines will get a software update. The pure labour time for this measure will be around half an hour. Thanks to advances in engine development and improved simulation of currents inside complex air intake systems, in combination with software optimisation geared towards this, it has been possible to produce a relatively simple and customer-friendly measure.

The objective for the development of the technical measures is still to achieve the applicable emission targets in each case without any adverse effects on the engine output, fuel consumption and performance. However, as all model variants first have to be measured, the achievement of these targets cannot yet be finally confirmed.

Based on these technical measures accepted by the Federal Motor Transport Authority, the necessary service concepts are currently being developed for the EU28 markets concerned . The aim is to implement the required technical update in the first vehicles during a recall from January 2016. According to the current assessment, all measures in the course of the recall for all engine variants will extend over the whole calendar year 2016.

Volkswagen will ensure that the time needed to implement the technical measures is as short as possible for all customers. In addition, Volkswagen will contact all customers and endeavour to consider individual customer needs during the implementation of these measures to avoid any disadvantages for the customer such as possible curbing of their mobility. In connection with this, the Volkswagen brand will thus ensure that all customers are offered appropriate replacement mobility options free of charge. For example, since the beginning of October, all Volkswagen customers have been able to check for themselves whether their vehicle is affected by the diesel issue. At www.volkswagen.de/info every customer can enter their vehicle identification number to obtain clear information.

With these defined measures, technical solutions are already available for the majority of all Group models affected in Europe with EA 189 engines. At the end of this month, corresponding measures will be presented to the Federal Motor Transport Authority for the 1.2-litre 3-cylinder diesel engine as well. Based on the approach of the Volkswagen brand, the Group’s other brands – Audi, SEAT, Å KODA and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles – are also planning corresponding measures for their affected vehicles.

In addition, until 31 December 2016, Volkswagen AG is expressly forgoing the right to plea on the grounds of statutes of limitations in respect of any warranty or guarantee claims due to the software installed in vehicles with EA 189 engines, as long as the rights to make any such claims have not already expired. Volkswagen customers will therefore not be disadvantaged by any waiting. One thing is certain: the vehicles remain technically safe and can therefore be driven on public roads without any limitation.

 

 

Hyundai Launches ‘Genesis’ Premium Car Brand

Hyundai Motor has announced an all-new global luxury brand – Genesis – that will deliver ‘human-cantered’ luxury through a range of new models that feature the highest standards of performance, design and innovation. Created for a new generation of discerning consumers, Genesis will be a stand-alone brand that operates alongside the company’s popular Hyundai marque. Capitalising on its success in the fast-growing global car market, Hyundai Motor will launch six new Genesis models by 2020 and will compete with the world’s most renowned luxury car brands.

The Genesis brand seeks to create a new definition of luxury, one that will provide a new platform for future mobility cantered on people. By anticipating human needs at every touch point, Genesis models will embody four key aspects: Human-focused innovation, refined and balanced performance, athletic elegance in design and hassle-free customer experience.

“We have created this new Genesis brand with a complete focus on our customers who want smart ownership experiences that save time and effort, with practical innovations that enhance satisfaction. The Genesis brand will fulfil these expectations, becoming a market leader through our human-cantered brand strategy,” said Euisun Chung, Hyundai Motor Company Vice Chairman.

Genesis models will boast outstanding driving dynamics and design, with innovations tailored to closely-meet the needs of customers. The new model line-up will distance itself from the traditional technological overload of brand-focused competitors, concentrating instead on a personalised, hassle-free customer experience. Continuing the customer-oriented approach that flows through every Genesis model, sales and service staff will provide rapid and attentive service to customer’s requests.

To elevate and differentiate the Genesis brand from Hyundai, a distinct design identity, emblem, naming structure and customer service offering is being established. Genesis models will be badged with a new wing-type emblem, redesigned from the version used on the current Genesis model to create an even more luxurious look. This emblem firmly cements the Genesis models as a collective family of luxury models under the Genesis nameplate.

The Genesis brand will also adopt a new alphanumeric naming structure. Future models will be named by combining the letter ‘G’ for Genesis with a number, 90, 80 or 70 etc., representing the segment. Woong Chul Yang, Head of Hyundai Motor R&D Centre and Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor said, “The Genesis models will provide technological innovation, excellent driving performance and luxury to customers. Every Genesis model will be created with the needs of our customers in mind, so the resulting car will perfectly meet their needs without any unnecessary burden or excess.”

Fitted with the latest proactive safety technologies, intuitive convenience features and IT connectivity, Genesis models are engineered to provide excellent ride comfort while retaining confident sportiness. To develop a distinctive and differentiated design for the new Genesis brand vehicles, Hyundai Motor has created a Prestige Design Division. From mid-2016 Luc Donckerwolke, who was previously responsible for the design of Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, SEAT and Skoda models at the Volkswagen Group, will lead this new division alongside his role as Head of the Hyundai Motor Design Centre.

The work of the new Prestige Design Division will be overseen by Peter Schreyer, as part of his group-wide design responsibilities as President and Chief Design Officer (CDO) of Hyundai Motor Group. Peter Schreyer commented, “In creating the design signature of Genesis brand cars, we set out to display confidence and originality, creating highly desirable products that present new charm through innovative styling and proportions.”

The name ‘Genesis’, which also means new beginnings, hints at the new values and standards that the brand will bring to the global luxury car market. Initially on sale in the Korean, Chinese, North American and Middle Eastern luxury car markets, the Genesis brand will expand its reach to Europe and other parts of Asia as the model range grows to full strength. Setting the brand’s cars apart from competitors, innovation will begin with the consumer, with customer requirements directing development.

This philosophy echoes the vision of Hyundai Motor to be a ‘lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond’, with the ‘Modern Premium’ brand direction of Hyundai reinterpreted for the new Genesis marque.

Since the launch of its first cars in 1967, Hyundai Motor has grown quickly to become one of the world’s leading automakers. The strategic decision to create an all-new luxury car brand is recognition of the company’s strengths and its global ambitions. By introducing new customers to Hyundai Motor and elevating its competitiveness, the new Genesis brand will enable more people to experience the premium value of Hyundai Motor.

 

Groupe Renault Designers celebrate Le Corbusier at Villa Savoye

Groupe Renault’s industrial design team is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the disappearance of Le Corbusier (1965-2015) by designing and creating a project for a 21st century car inspired by the architect’s modernist principles and theories.

It all began two years ago. The Design teams at Groupe Renault regularly work on future-looking topics unrelated to our range renewals. The exercise helps them to explore new ways forward and brings creative staff “recreational” moments. The teams decided to investigate the topic of “French cultural objects”. Their research and inspirations soon led them back to the golden age of the automobile in the 1930s. The influence of Le Corbusier asserted itself as the obvious source of reflection, as a sort of conceptual prequel to the modern automobile.

The ideas of simplicity, visible and aesthetically-assumed structure, geometric elegance and mastery of light guided the designers in the creation of the Coupé Corbusier concept car. The Design teams at Groupe Renault are proud to pay homage to the visionary architect and designer who reinvented architecture and made it more broadly accessible. His thought and value structure is one that we share at Renault. Renault’s unique art collection, innovative in its conception and original in its configuration, comprises over 300 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings and architectural installations produced by some 30 major artists, French and international, between 1967 and 1985.

The collection’s singularity is largely the result of the original approach adapted by Renault. The aim from the start was not to buy finished works ready for sale but to forge a collaborative effort with contemporary artists interested in the industrial world. The company did so by providing them with logistical, technological and financial assistance so that they could create original works in the best possible conditions. The Renault collection today embodies the Group’s key values of vision, innovation, boldness and altruism. Exhibitions including selected works are organized on a regular basis in the major museums of Renault’s operating countries.

Renault continues to commission works from artists in the countries in which it organizes exhibitions. Emirati artist Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Turkish artist Arslan Sükan and, more recently, Chinese artists Wen Fang and He An have thus joined Renault’s collection.