Hi there, Tegan Lawson with you at the CarAdvice News Desk. Let’s take a look at what’s been making headlines this week.
Coming up, is the Volkswagen Group swinging the axe on numerous models? Pricing has been revealed for the new Mazda CX-9 and which car can tow a train?
First up though, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S500e will be one of the first production cars with the ability to charge without being plugged in.
We are barrelling toward an electric future and reports this week suggest the Volkswagen Group will axe around 40 current and previously planned models from its Volkswagen, Audi , Porsche, Seat and Skoda lines. According to the speculation, the changes would make way for around 30 new electric models.
Meanwhile, pricing for the 2016 Mazda CX-9 has been officially confirmed, after a leaked brochure created a bit of a stir last week. Pricing will start from $42,490 before on-road costs for the entry level Sport.
A new rear-wheel-drive variant of the Ford Everest is due to arrive in September, available only in the mid-tier Trend specification. The new addition would be $5000 cheaper than its 4WD equivalent.
It’s believed Alfa Romeo is set to launch a large sedan in 2018. Sitting above the Giulia sedan in the Italian line-up, the newcomer would be a rival to BMW and Mercedes-Benz. It’s one of eight new cars Alfa Romeo plan to introduce by 2020.
German tech company Bosch has developed a way for your car to park itself. Home Zone Park Assist essentially teaches your car how to repeat the same parking manoeuvre. It’s designed for home and controlled via a smartphone app.
A Land Rover Discovery Sport has towed a train weighing more than 100 tonnes in Switzerland. On paper the towing capacity is 2500kg, but the Discovery Sport managed to haul three carriages a little over 10 kilometres. The only modification to the diesel SUV was special rail wheels to keep it on track.
There’s no denying the future of the motoring industry is looking exciting, if a little polarising. In the past week two new concepts were unveiled – the Mini Vision Next 100 concept and the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 concept.
Meanwhile the Jeep Renegade Hell’s Revenge concept was unveiled for the 25th European Harley Owners Group rally in Slovenia.
It’s no secret we love our Lego here at CarAdvice. We got a little excited when the Lego Toy Company has released a Volkswagen Beetle Type 1.