We publish a ton of automotive information tales in the course of the working week, and it may be powerful to maintain up with every part – which is the rationale behind this weekend record.

Briefly, listed below are some key articles from our information desk since Monday of this week summarised, simply in case you missed them on the time.

Toyota HiLux might lose gross sales crown in 2023

One of the best-selling automobile within the nation could possibly be dethroned in 2023, as Toyota Australia admits the competitors is fiercer than ever earlier than.

The Japanese model’s mainstay HiLux ute – which accounted for an enormous 64,391 gross sales in 2022 – has been the best-selling automobile nameplate in Australia for seven years straight, however it’s susceptible to shedding that place in 2023, Toyota admits.

Sean Hanley, Toyota Australia vp of gross sales, advertising and marketing and franchise operations, intimated the model is up in opposition to it in 2023 in terms of what he calls, “tremendous rivals” within the ute house.

“HiLux is going through a giant problem this 12 months. We definitely respect our rivals, it’s a difficult market, and we don’t take our place as a right,” he stated.

FULL STORY: Toyota admits HiLux might lose gross sales crown in 2023

Toyota’s all-wheel drive sizzling hatch priced

Toyota has launched official pricing and specs for the extremely anticipated GR Corolla, forward of its arrival in March.

Costs begin from $62,300 earlier than on-road prices for the GR Corolla GTS and $77,800 earlier than on-road prices for the Morizo Version excluding on-road prices.

Toyota Australia has confirmed it has secured 700 items of the GTS inside the first 12 months of manufacturing and solely 25 examples of the Morizo Version.

The stripped-out flagship will be part of the GTS “within the coming months”.

FULL STORY: 2023 Toyota Corolla GR worth and specs

Ram reveals its first electrical pickup

Ram is utilizing the most important present of the 12 months – a minimum of within the US – to tease its first electrical pickup truck.

The Ram 1500 REV, as it is going to be referred to as, is being previewed in a Tremendous Bowl industrial forward of a fourth-quarter 2024 introduction within the US, and the corporate has additionally launched a bevy of pictures – if little in the best way of technical data.

The corporate notes “range-lengthening know-how” will come later.

FULL STORY: 2024 Ram 1500 REV electrical pickup previewed

Citroen’s up to date C5 Aircross coming this 12 months

Peugeot Citroen Australia has confirmed the facelifted 2023 C5 Aircross Sport can be arriving in native showrooms “later in H1, 2023“, together with some preliminary particulars.

Whereas pricing hasn’t been confirmed but, prospects can register their curiosity at Citroen’s web site, with the brand new Sport specification bringing bringing an upgraded drivetrain, extra options, and far improved know-how.

For 2023 there’s a 133kW/250Nm 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol below the bonnet, driving the entrance wheels through a brand new eight-speed automated transmission. The earlier C5 Aircross Shine ran a 121kW tune and a six-speed auto.

FULL STORY: 2023 Citroen C5 Aircross preliminary particulars confirmed

Toyota strengthening concentrate on EVs

Koji Sato is getting into the highest job at Toyota, and certainly one of his first acts can be to strengthen the Japanese large’s concentrate on electrical automobiles.

Lexus will lead the transformation, with the posh model already confirmed to be going EV-only by 2035.

“To ship engaging BEVs to extra prospects, we should streamline the construction of the automotive, and―with a BEV-first mindset―we should drastically change the best way we do enterprise, from manufacturing to gross sales and repair,” stated Sato-san, who takes the reins on April 1, 2023.

FULL STORY: Toyota adopting “BEV-first” mindset below new CEO

Victoria cracking down on telephones, smartwatches, tablets within the automotive

The state of Victoria is cracking down on distracted drivers, introducing new guidelines from March 31, 2023 surrounding machine use because it rolls out cell phone and seat belt cameras.

Unlawful use of a cell phone or different machine attracts a $555 effective and 4 demerit factors. If the matter is heard at court docket, the effective may be as a lot as $1849.

Learner and probationary drivers will lose their allow or licence in the event that they accumulate greater than 4 demerit factors in a 12 months; full licence holders’ restrict is 11 demerit factors over a three-year interval.

FULL STORY: Victoria cracking down on telephones, smartwatches, tablets within the automotive

Mini Electrical goes topless in Europe

Mini has revealed its first-ever electrical convertible, but it surely’s solely a restricted version.

The 2023 Mini Cooper SE Convertible can be accessible in Europe from April this 12 months and be restricted to 999 items.

Each instance of this limited-edition convertible can be produced alongside the internal-combustion Mini Convertible within the Netherlands.

It’s unclear if Mini plans to supply these electrical convertibles in any market apart from Europe. We’ve reached out to Mini Australia and can replace this story as soon as we hear again.

FULL STORY: Mini Electrical goes topless in Europe

How the Toyota GR Corolla and GR Yaris might get much more widespread

Toyota’s hardcore GR division might quickly provide an automated transmission alternative for patrons available in the market for a GR Yaris or GR Corolla.

Toyota GR Corolla chief engineer Naoyuki Sakamoto instructed CarExpert the model is engaged on an automated transmission choice for patrons proper now.

“It’s doable. We’re testing an automated transmission within the GR Yaris within the Japanese rally crew,” Sakamoto-san stated.

“We have now joined the rally collection with a GR Yaris with automated transmission, and with every rally if we discover some points, we enhance it. Such type of exercise is the central concept of the GR firm – at all times from motorsports growth.”

FULL STORY: How the Toyota GR Corolla and GR Yaris might get much more widespread

Peugeot’s first electrical automobile for Australia confirmed

Peugeot’s first electrical automobile in Australia can be a model of its small Associate van.

The 2023 Peugeot e-Associate will arrive within the first half of this 12 months, with full specs and native pricing to be revealed nearer to launch.

The model has dedicated to providing electrical automobiles throughout its passenger automotive, SUV and lightweight industrial automobile ranges.

The e-Associate can be supplied completely in long-wheelbase guise, in contrast to the combustion-powered mannequin which will also be had with a shorter wheelbase.

FULL STORY: Peugeot Australia’s first EV right here within the first half of 2023

EU Parliament approves 2035 ban on diesel and petrol new automotive gross sales

On Tuesday, the European Parliament accepted the CO2 emissions reductions targets that may see the sale of recent petrol and diesel automobiles banned in 2035.

The ‘Match for 55’ package deal, initially proposed on 14 July 2021, goals to contribute to the European Union’s total local weather goals for 2030 and 2050 by directing the automotive {industry} in direction of low- and zero-emission applied sciences, and making it extra possible for customers to adapt stated applied sciences.

Banning the sale of CO2-emitting automobiles in 2035 will assist the aim of a carbon-neutral transport sector by 2050, contemplating the common lifespan of a brand new automobile is 15 years.

The ban, which was accepted with 340 votes in favour, 279 in opposition to and 21 abstentions, will assist the EU’s formidable emissions discount targets to cut back CO2 emissions from new automobiles and vans by 100 per cent in comparison with 2021.

FULL STORY: EU Parliament approves 2035 ban on diesel and petrol new automotive gross sales

Toyota HiLux hybrid plans taking form

Toyota is the undisputed chief for hybrid know-how within the Australian market, but it surely has but to supply any electrification on its top-selling HiLux ute. That’s set to alter.

Sean Hanley, Toyota Australia’s vp of gross sales, advertising and marketing and franchise operations, hinted the HiLux vary will increase additional this 12 months.

“After all, we’re not standing nonetheless with our HiLux line-up,” Mr Hanley stated. “Final 12 months we launched the [updated] HiLux Rogue, and it has been very warmly acquired. Within the third quarter of this 12 months, we’ll launch HiLux GR Sport.”

“Past that, we may have extra motion on HiLux within the second half of the 12 months.”

FULL STORY: Toyota HiLux hybrid plans taking form

2024 Volkswagen Touareg: Up to date flagship SUV to be extra luxe than ever

The Volkswagen Touareg will obtain its mid-life facelift in the course of the European summer time, forward of an Australian launch in the course of the first quarter of 2024.

In keeping with the model, headline adjustments for this nip-and-tuck embody chassis and know-how updates, extra premium cabin appointments, in addition to a European-first illuminated rear VW emblem.

For Australia, the facelifted vary may even see the introduction of the Touareg R eHybrid PHEV, which was beforehand earmarked for a late-2022 or early-2023 launch Down Underneath. The native arm has opted to attend for the upgraded mannequin slightly than importing a handful of pre-facelift fashions.

Different particulars – like all powertrain adjustments or shuffles to the Australian line-up – can be confirmed on the facelifted Touareg’s reveal within the coming months.

FULL STORY: 2024 Volkswagen Touareg: Up to date flagship SUV to be extra luxe than ever

Subaru Solterra’s Australian launch delayed once more

Subaru has confirmed its first electrical automobile is now set for a launch later this 12 months.

The Subaru Solterra had been set for a “mid-2023” launch, however has now been confirmed for a launch within the second half of the 12 months.

“Subaru Australia appears to be like ahead to launching the Subaru Solterra within the second half of 2023. With international, industry-wide provide constraints and robust demand for Subaru automobiles, at occasions there could also be a slight adjustment to the arrival occasions of recent merchandise, as skilled with the Solterra,” stated a spokesperson for Subaru Australia.

FULL STORY: Subaru Australia delays its first electrical automobile once more

Toyota desires fanatic GR Corolla patrons, received’t blacklist speculators

Toyota Australia has taken the unprecedented step of screening potential patrons of the brand new GR Corolla sizzling hatch to make sure the automobiles – which can be found in low volumes as a consequence of provide constraints – discover legit fanatic house owners.

The Japanese model has instituted the transfer to attempt to circumvent the onslaught of price-gouging profiteers which have discovered patrons prepared to pay over the percentages for his or her new automobiles in the course of the COVID interval.

Toyota Australia gross sales, advertising and marketing and franchise operations supervisor, Sean Hanley, stated the model is asking sellers to be extra energetic in making certain the proper purchaser will get the automotive they deserve.

FULL STORY: Toyota desires fanatic GR Corolla patrons, received’t blacklist speculators