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Mini Car with Pace’man

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in News

The MINI brand is once again combining the expansion of its model range with a foray into a new vehicle class. Indeed, the MINI Paceman is the first Sports Activity Coupe in the premium small and compact segment. Its powerful, dynamically stretched coupe lines and hallmark MINI go-kart feeling team up with the exclusive ambience of its variable-usage interior to make the MINI Paceman a pioneer in the urban environment – and one whose character is vividly imbued with the innovative and inimitable style of the British premium brand. With its two doors and large tailgate, plus two full-size individual rear seats, the seventh model in the MINI family complements the elegant sportiness of its proportions with a new rendering of the familiar MINI interior. The innovative concept of a compact Sports Activity Coupe is expressed in an exterior design that faithfully embodies the MINI Paceman’s multifaceted driving properties within the template of the established MINI design language. The front end exudes muscularity and presence, while dynamically sweeping lines and powerfully curved surfaces lace the flanks of the car with sporting elegance. The coupé-style roof, swooping downwards towards the rear, sits almost seamlessly atop the passenger compartment and its distinctive contours fit neatly into the coupé mould. The most eye-catching new feature of the rear end are the taillights which, in a first for MINI, feature a horizontal design. The MINI Paceman has been designed squarely as a four-seater. Sports seats for the driver and front passenger are included as standard, and the pair of individual seats in the rear offer impressive shoulder room and headroom, outstanding lateral support and exceptional comfort. The side window controls, meanwhile, are integrated into the prominently three-dimensional door trim. The high-opening tailgate of the MINI Paceman and its low boot sill allow the luggage area to be accessed in comfort. Load capacity stands at 330 litres, increasing to 1,080 litres when the rear seat backrests are folded down. The MINI Paceman is available in four powerful and efficient petrol and diesel variants from launch, ranging from the MINI Cooper D Paceman (82 kW/112 hp) and MINI Cooper Paceman (90 kW/122 hp) to the MINI Cooper SD Paceman (105 kW/143 hp) and MINI Cooper S Paceman (135 kW/184 hp). Plans are in place to add a MINI John Cooper Works Paceman variant to the range in due course. The Sports Activity Coupé is the second model – after the MINI Countryman – which can be ordered with the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system as an option. The MINI Paceman’s cutting-edge chassis – consisting of a MacPherson spring strut front axle and forged cross members in tandem with a multi-link rear axle – underpins its hallmark MINI agility. The new model comes as standard with lowered sports suspension and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control). Electric Power Steering with standard Servotronic function likewise enhances the ever-present go-kart feeling on board the MINI Paceman. The high torsional rigidity of the MINI Paceman’s body plays an important role in both its agile handling and its impressive passive safety. Its standard-fitted safety arsenal includes front and side airbags, as well as side curtain airbags for both rows of seats. All seats are fitted with three-point inertia-reel seat belts. Front seat occupants will also find belt tensioners and belt force limiters, while in the rear ISOFIX child seat attachments are in place should they be required. High-quality standard equipment – such as air conditioning, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, the Centre Rail and the radio MINI CD with AUX-IN socket – underlines the car’s premium character. The range of options, meanwhile, includes a sports leather steering wheel (standard in the MINI Cooper S Paceman and MINI Cooper SD Paceman) with optional multifunction buttons and cruise control, heated seats, an electrically operated glass roof, Comfort Access, xenon headlights, Adaptive Headlights and Park Distance Control. Added into the MINI Paceman, buyers can also make use of innovative MINI Connected on-board functions such as web radio, Facebook and Twitter usage, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement, Mission Control and the MINIMALISM Analyser.

Lexus Conquers Class in Baja Test

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in Motor Sport, News

A Lexus LX 570 has finished first in class at the legendary Baja 1000 endurance race in Mexico. Renowned test driver Joe Bacal took the wheel and drove the entire the course single-handedly in a performance reminiscent of Baja and off-road racing legend Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart. This year’s Baja 1000 took in the entire Baja California peninsula, from Ensenada to La Paz, for a distance of 1805km. Bacal completed the event in 38 hours and 22 minutes at an average speed of 46km/h to win the Stock Full class, in which no other competitors made it to the finish. Paul Williamsen, National Manager of Lexus International Training and Lexus Product Marketing, was one of three co-drivers who completed legs of the event alongside Bacal and said the LX performed without fault. “The LX ran flawlessly without a single mechanical issue,” he said. “It started and finished on the same four tyres and alloy wheels. “Nothing but fuel and drinking water was required at the eight planned pit stops.” The specially-prepared Lexus LX 570 features modified racing suspension, 37-inch BF Goodrich Baja tyres, race seats, modern safety equipment including full roll cage, and KC driving lights. The Stock Full class prohibits any modifications to the drivetrain, chassis and electronics. Bacal also drove the LX 570 to victory in the Stock Full class of the Laughlin Desert Challenge held in January this year.

Hyundai i40s Now Even More Tempting

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Tis the season to be giving and Hyundai are giving the i40 sedan and i40 Tourer premium models some early Christmas gifts with some upgrades. The i40’s are available in three trim levels in Australia, Active, Elite and Premium, with each variant benefiting from the additional features in the model upgrade package to further increase levels of comfort and convenience. Safety is the key with buyers these days and now to be standard on all i40s is an eight-sensor front and rear parking system which will help ease parking issues. In addition to this system, all i40 Tourer models will be fitted with a cargo blind and safety net. Adding even more convenient features to the i40 Touring Premium is a now standard power tailgate feature allowing the operator to open/close the tailgate with the push of a button. The i40 range achieves a 5-star ANCAP rating with standard features including; nine airbags, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) incorporating EBD and BAS, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Emergency Stop System (ESS), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), steering wheel mounted speed limiter, Electric Park Brake (EPB), and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC). The new satellite navigation system on Elite & Premium variants is delivered with a fully integrated rear view camera display, operated via the 7” centre fascia mounted full-colour touch screen. The navigation system incorporates NAVTEQ maps, SUNA live traffic updates, and a comprehensive Point of Interest (POI) database. Also included is NAVTEQ MapCare offering up to three years of free mapping updates. The system also manages the audio package which includes 4 speakers, 2 tweeters, woofer, external amplifier, and Bluetooth / digital iPod connectivity. Across the i40 range there are two engine options. Demonstrating Hyundai’s expertise in diesel engine technology design is the UII 1.7-litre CRDi engine, which is complimented by a 2.0-litre GDi petrol engine. Both engines are married to either a six-speed automatic transmission with electronic sequential manual mode featuring steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, or a six-speed manual transmission for all-round driving engagement. Comfort levels in the Elite & Premium trim variants is enhanced by the use of leather/leatherette combination seats adding a subtle touch of luxury, and is balanced by a premium door centre trim. Designed to shield passengers from prying eyes, and to reduce cabin temperatures during summer months, front windows feature solar glass while a privacy tint has been applied from the B-pillar backwards. Eight contemporary exterior colours are offered across the i40 range, including newly introduced Phantom Black, all matched to an all-black interior.
Body Style Sedan Tourer Sedan Tourer Sedan Tourer
2.0L GDI Manual $29,990* $31,990*  – –   – – 
2.0L GDI Auto $31,990* $33,990* $36,990* $38,990* $41,990* $43,990*
1.7L CRDi Manual $32,590* $34,590* –  –  –  – 
1.7L CRDi Auto $34,590* $36,590* $39,590* $41,590* $44,590* $46,590*
Metallic/Mica Paint $595* $595* $595* $595* –  – 

2013 Hayabusa Ready to Shine

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in Motorcycle News, News

Hayabusa. Is there anything we really have to say about this bike? The name says it all and when you hear it you think exactly what Suzuki wanted you to. Striking in appearance, fast and quality handling is everything and you get plus more in the super bike. Australia’s most iconic high-powered sports motorcycle has been taken to the next level with the 2013 Suzuki Hayabusa soon to be available with added features. The first thing this bike that is capable of speeds in excess of 300 km/h will receive a striking new Yellow/Black colour scheme. Secondly the all-new 2013 Suzuki Hayabusa will now equipped with Brembo front brakes and is the first in Suzuki’s sportsbike range to feature an Antilock Brake System (ABS), complementing the Hayabusa’s excellent handling and completing the evolution of this sportsbike. In addition, the 2013 Hayabusa is now equipped with top-of-the-line radial-mount Brembo monobloc front brake calipers that deliver prompt feedback to the rider, with an enlarged piston diameter from 32-30mm to 32-32mm meaning greater force is applied to the brake disc, resulting in increased initial bite to tame the Hayabusa’s incredible power. Designed for maximum performance, the all-new 2013 Suzuki Hayabusa represents the pinnacle of sportsbike engineering, performance and styling. Arriving in Australia next Autumn, the 2013 Suzuki Hayabusa will be available in three aggressive and sporty styled colour schemes – Glass Sparkle Black/Metallic Oort Grey, Pearl Glacier White/Metallic Oort Grey and the new Marble Daytona Yellow/Glass Sparkle Black.

High Flying Value in Kluger Altitude

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Toyota has released a special edition seven-seat Kluger with more than $8,000 of added features for just $2,300 extra cost. The special edition Kluger ‘Altitude’ is based on the seven-seat KX-R and is available in two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Features beyond the standard KX-R grade include satellite navigation with 3-D display, tilt-and-slide moonroof and a DVD rear-seat entertainment system with nine-inch screen and wireless headphones. The special edition Kluger Altitude model also gains 19-inch alloy wheels with 245/55R19 tyres, black roof rails, front fog lamps and an Altitude badge. The audio unit has a 6.1-inch LCD touch-screen, single CD player, Bluetooth for hands free communication, audio streaming for compatible smart phone or MP3 device, phonebook and SMS message access, voice recognition, SMS text to voice, SD Card Slot, USB input and iPod control. The satellite navigation unit includes SUNA traffic monitoring service+ and safety camera warning. Prices for Kluger Altitude start from $44,990 for the 2WD model. Kluger Altitude is offered in four exterior colours, all matched with a black fabric interior. Like the KX-R model, Kluger Altitude models have a 3.5-litre dual VVT-i V6 petrol engine and five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. Other features inherited from seven-seat KX-R include Toyota Driver Assist Technology, including vehicle stability control, traction control, Hill-start Assist Control and, on the all-wheel drive model only, Downhill Assist Control. Kluger’s comprehensive safety package also features seven airbags, including full-length side curtain-shield airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. Standard features also include electric power-assisted steering, audio and multi-information display controls on the steering wheel, glass hatch in the tailgate, Optitron instruments and manual air-conditioning. Kluger Altitude has three rows of seats. The split-fold second-row seat has a removable centre seat. KLUGER ALTITUDE PRICES Kluger 2WD Altitude: $44,990 Kluger AWD Altitude: $49,490

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