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.


Volvo Tells Government Self-Driving Cars Could Be On NSW Roads By 2021

Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has told a NSW parliamentary inquiry that self-driving cars could be on sale in NSW within five years if local road laws are changed.
Appearing before the NSW Staysafe Committee’s public inquiry into driverless cars and road safety, Volvo said advances in technology meant that fully autonomous self-driving Volvos could be on sale by 2021, and could be safely driven on selected roads like the M5 and M7.
Volvo has called on the state government to conduct a self-driving car trial in Sydney before 2021 as part of ongoing efforts to address traffic congestion in Australia’s largest city. A self-driving car can accelerate, brake and steer itself without intervention by the driver.

“Volvo believes it is feasible to conduct a safe driverless car trial in Sydney on a connected road system like the M5, M7, M2 and M1,” said Kevin McCann, Managing Director of Volvo Car Australia. “This would pave the way for changes to the road laws prior to self-driving cars going on sale in NSW. This is possible within five years if local roads laws are changed to accommodate the cars.
“Having self-driving cars on our major roads in Sydney is not science fiction. It’s reality, and it is approaching very fast. Volvo and other manufacturers have developed self-driving technology and safety features to a very advanced level.
“Major cities around the world, like London and Los Angeles, are planning for it right now. Sydney is Australia’s largest city with the most traffic, so it makes sense for the state government and transport agencies to start planning now for the technology that could be on our roads by 2021,” McCann said.
In 2017 Volvo will run the world’s largest self-driving car trial on the Swedish city of Gothenburg involving up to 100 XC90 Volvos being driven by ordinary motorists.
Last November Volvo was a key player in the first limited trial of driverless cars in Adelaide.


Puretech Petrol Engine Named “2016 Engine Of The Year” In Its Category

At the 18th International Engine of the Year Awards held in Stuttgart, the 1.2 litre three-cylinder Turbo PureTech petrol engine developed by PSA Group was named Engine of the Year in the 1-litre to 1.4-litre category by a panel of international journalists. The award, received for the second time, is just the latest achievement for the engine model, which is manufactured at the Française de Mécanique plant in Douvrin, France.

In Australia, the award winning engine is fitted to Peugeot’s 208 and 308 models, while the Citroen Cactus and C4 hatch feature the powerful yet frugal powertrain.

Expanding the range of new generation PSA Group petrol engines

Due to the popularity of the three-cylinder petrol engine family, PSA Group has decided to increase its production capacity to support the energy transition. Nearly 370,000 Turbo PureTech engines have been produced at the Douvrin plant since 2014. An additional production capacity of turbo petrol engines will be manufactured at the Trémery plant in eastern France, lifting potential annual output to 670,000 engines by 2018.

Reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions while optimising vehicle performance

With 120 patents to its name, the three-cylinder Turbo PureTech petrol engine cuts fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 18 per cent compared with its four-cylinder petrol predecessor. The engine holds two fuel economy records. It claimed its first in Europe in 2014, with a manual transmission vehicle. Its second came in China this year, when an automatic model travelled 1,878 kilometres on a single tank, achieving a record-breaking 2.93 litres per 100 kilometres.

The engine also offers one of the most comfortable driving experiences on the market – even at the lowest speeds – and the best low speed/power compromise: 130 hp with torque of 230 Nm. The 1.2 PureTech 110 hp and 1.2 PureTech 130 hp engines are fitted on B and C segment vehicles.

First launched in March 2014 on the Citroën C4 Picasso and the Peugeot 308, the PureTech engine is now fitted on more than 60 different models worldwide, including the new Peugeot 3008 unveiled on 23 May 2016.

Commenting on the award, Christian Chapelle, Vice-President, Powertrain and Chassis Engineering, PSA Group, said: “Receiving this award for the second year in a row is a testament to our technological expertise and efforts to optimise our engines and reduce their environmental footprint while at the same time delivering high-quality performance.”