ECO2, A New Label for Models that are more Environmentally-Friendly and More Economical

 

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Renault’s commitment to sustainable transport dates back more than twenty years. In 2007, Renault was the first carmaker to launch a label —eco²— that would provide customers with at-a-glance identification of the vehicles with lower CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.

Renault is now announcing a new label under an ongoing policy to shrink its environmental footprint. For reasons of consistency the name is the same, but for today’s ECO2 label the criteria have been toughened up. The new ECO2 label is thus more meaningful to the motorist and closer in line with their expectations. For each Renault model, the ECO2 label identifies models with the lowest CO2 emissions levels.

ECO2, A New Label for Models that are more Environmentally-Friendly and More Economical gaycarboys (1)The new ECO2 label illustrates Renault’s continued drive to reduce CO2 emissions from its internal-combustion vehicles.

It also fits in with Renault’s wide-reaching environmental policy, which seeks an average worldwide carbon-footprint reduction of 3% per year per vehicle sold in addition to steady reductions in environmental footprint for each successive generation of each model. This is measured across the whole vehicle lifecycle from the drawing board to the scrap yard.

ENERGY-EFFICIENT ENGINES

ECO2, A New Label for Models that are more Environmentally-Friendly and More Economical gaycarboys (2)Renault’s new ECO2 label identifies a selection of low-CO2-emission vehicles.

The criteria behind the new ECO2 label are tougher than those for the previous ECO2 label, which denoted all passenger car versions with CO2 emissions below 120 g/km, produced at plants certified to ISO 4001, recyclable to at least 85%, and (since 2011) with at least 7% of plastics sourced from recycled materials.

The new ECO2 label identifies the most fuel-efficient  version of each Renault model, by type of fuel and transmission. Motorists can be sure that each ECO2 version boasts energy efficiency among the best in its category.

From September 2015, the new ECO2 label will also appear on the most energy-efficient versions of Renault cars already on the market worldwide. And the powertrains for forthcoming Renaults will be developed to be eligible for the new ECO2 label from initial release.

The following versions of existing Renault models will be getting the ECO2 badge:

Clio & Clio Estate
Clio
Clio & Clio Estate

Energy dCi 90

82 g/km of CO2

Energy TCe 90

97 g/km of CO2

Energy TCe 90 GPL

95 g/km of CO2

Captur

Energy dCi 90

95 g/km of CO2

Energy dCi 90 EDC

99 g/km of CO2

Scénic & Grand Scénic

Energy dCi 110

105 g/km of CO2

Kadjar

Energy dCi 110

99 g/km of CO2

Energy dCi 110 EDC

99 g/km of CO2

New Espace

Energy dCi 130

116 g/km of CO2

The Clio Energy TCe 90 is currently on sale in Australia in both the Authentique and Expression specification.

Mazda MX-5 receives “Red Dot: Best of the Best” award

 

From the left Wojciech Halarewicz (Vice President Communications at Mazda Motor Europe) and Kevin Rice (Design Director at Mazda Motor Europe) gaycarboys

 

Essen, Germany: Mazda has accepted the “Red Dot: Best of the Best” prize for the All-New Mazda MX-5  at a gala ceremony in front of some 1,200 guests at the Aalto Theatre in Essen, Germany.

The “Best of the Best” prize goes to exceptionally ground-breaking designs across many industries; only 1.6 per cent of all submissions received the distinction during this year’s Red Dot Award: Product Design competition.
“The MX-5 has always been about creating smiles, and design is a key part of its success,” says Kevin Rice, Mazda Europe’s design director, who accepted the Red Dot trophy together with Vice President Communications Wojciech Halarewicz.

“Balancing tradition and progress, the new model was an exercise in knowing what to change and what not to. And I believe every inch of this car radiates life, movement and the promise of fun behind the wheel.”

With its aggressive face, sweeping lines, wide stance and short overhangs, the latest MX-5 is perhaps the most unique adaptation yet of the critically acclaimed ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design theme on which all new-generation Mazdas are based.

The company also won two other Red Dot product design prizes this year: a “Red Dot” for outstanding design quality for its new small SUV, the First- Ever Mazda CX-3, and an “Honourable Mention” for the All-New Mazda2. Five new-generation Mazdas have now captured Red Dot awards.

The Red Dot product design jury of 38 international experts evaluated the entries based on criteria ranging from the degree of design innovation to functionality, ergonomics and ecological compatibility.

The jury appraised 4,928 submissions from 56 countries this year, selecting the best entries in 31 categories, including vehicles. They have earned the right to bear the Red Dot symbol, an international seal of design excellence. Initiated in 1955 by the Essen, Germany-based Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, the annual product competition is considered the world’s largest.

BMW Group Innovation Days 2015: Drive technologies of the future

 

Note: International press release. This is a 1:1 copy of the original issued by BMW Group headquarters in Germany. No adaptations have been made to cater for the Australian market.

  • The BMW Group presents pioneering drive technologies during a driving event at the Miramas proving grounds in southern France.
  • The BMW Group’s largest testing facility offers the ideal environment for the intensive, real-world testing of drive systems and driving dynamics.
  • BMW eDrive technology from the BMW i cars continues to find its way into series production models from the BMW brand.
  • The prototype of a BMW 2 Series Active Tourer with plug-in hybrid drive system demonstrates the high flexibility of BMW eDrive technology; first plug-in hybrid vehicle from BMW with a front/transverse-mounted combustion engine, high-voltage generator and road-linked all-wheel drive thanks to an electric drive system at the rear axle.
  • Direct water injection enhances the efficiency of combustion engines at higher performance levels and also significantly reduces fuel consumption and emissions in key driving cycles for customers.
  • Hydrogen fuel cell drive system is a future-focused variant of BMW eDrive technology allowing all-electric driving with a high operating range and short refuelling times. The BMW Group’s many years of research and development work in this field are given fresh momentum by the collaboration with the Toyota Motor Corporation.

The integration of BMW eDrive technology into an increasing number of models from the BMW brand, the ongoing development of combustion engines with TwinPower Turbo technology and the concept of a Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) focused on the long term have helped the BMW Group prepare for the challenges of the future. Underpinning all these developments are flexible architectures and an increasing variety in drive system technology: efficient petrol and diesel engines, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric drive systems and, in the future, hydrogen fuel cells will provide effective technology for each individual segment and set of requirements.

The BMW Group test facility in Miramas: the ideal environment for testing innovative drive system and chassis technology.
For almost 30 years the Miramas proving grounds in southern France have played a central role in the development of BMW cars and motorcycles. With its stable climate and wide range of usage possibilities, the around 473-hectare site offers the perfect environment for the intensive testing of drive system and chassis technology. The Autodrome de Miramas was bought by BMW France in 1986 and has since been consistently extended and updated. As well as test tracks measuring a combined length of more than 50 kilometres (31 miles), Miramas now also features ultra-modern office and workshop facilities for the development and fine-tuning of new models and technological components.

At the heart of the testing facility is the erstwhile race circuit’s five-kilometre (three-mile) asphalt oval. Added to which, a motorway ring for high-speed tests, various handling courses and hills, plus switchback bends, rough roads and off-road sections can all be used for individual trials and extended testing programmes. Among the special features of the site are a reproduction of a section of the Nürburgring. Renewal work on the Petit Ovale at Miramas included adding a carbon copy of the ’Ring’s Caracciola-Kurve (aka Karussell) corner. The ultra-challenging section of the proving grounds has since provided the ultimate yardstick for the optimisation and fine tuning of chassis components and electronics control systems.

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer plug-in hybrid prototype: BMW eDrive technology spreads to additional BMW brand models.
Electric mobility has added another new facet to the BMW model line-up. The BMW eDrive technology developed for BMW i cars is spreading its wings into other vehicle concepts as part of a plug-in hybrid drive system, highlighting its flexibility. And here we find it linking up with a front/transverse-mounted combustion engine for the first time. The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer plug-in hybrid prototype presented in Miramas is kitted out with a three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine driving the front wheels, a high-voltage generator mounted in the front structure and an electric motor sending its power to the rear wheels. The result is road-linked all-wheel drive similar to that of the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, but here arranged in a mirror image.

And so the high efficiency of the plug-in hybrid drive system, the ability to run on electric power alone and the instantaneous power delivery when the electric motor comes on stream are complemented by an all-wheel-drive system unmatched in this segment. The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer plug-in hybrid prototype can cover up to 38 kilometres on electric power alone, accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in around 6.5 seconds and will achieve average fuel economy of approximately two litres per 100 kilometres, equating to CO2 emissions of under 50 g/km, in the EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Direct water injection: cooling effect ensures extra power and efficiency.
Following the premiere of water injection in the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car, direct water injection for turbocharged petrol engines is now making its debut in a member of the BMW Group’s new generation of engines. This innovative technology, which increases efficiency by reducing temperatures in the combustion process, will be presented at the BMW Group Innovation Days 2015 in a BMW 1 Series model with a three-cylinder petrol engine.

The cooling effect triggered by direct water injection likewise imbues this unit with substantially increased performance and efficiency. Plus, fuel consumption is reduced when pushing on, in particular. The boost to efficiency is therefore significant – especially when the driver adopts a sportier style – and average fuel economy under everyday conditions benefits accordingly. Added to which, direct water injection reduces thermal stress on numerous engine components and minimises emissions.

Hydrogen fuel cell: pioneering combination with BMW eDrive, long-term option for zero-emission mobility.
The BMW Group has been conducting research and development work in the field of hydrogen fuel cell drive systems for over 15 years now. And a collaboration with the Toyota Motor Corporation launched in 2013 has further accelerated progress towards its goal of finalising approved components for a Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) by 2020. The fuel cell, which converts hydrogen into electric energy and water vapour, enables locally emission-free driving laced with the dynamics customers expect of a BMW – plus long-distance capability and short refuelling times. It therefore represents the ideal next layer of BMW eDrive technology.

The Innovation Days 2015 event will include, for the first time, driving presentations in which demonstration vehicles with a hydrogen fuel cell drive system will display the potential of this technology. Over the long term, the hydrogen fuel cell drive system will become an integral element of Efficient Dynamics technology, allowing the BMW Group to add further variety to a portfolio of drive systems which can be adapted flexibly to different vehicle concepts, customer requirements and legal stipulations around the world. Furthermore, the hydrogen fuel cell drive system also offers scope for integration into a bespoke vehicle architecture. Future FCEVs will therefore benefit from extensive freedom in the development of innovative design and space-related solutions, similar to that enabled by the LifeDrive architecture underpinning BMW i cars with eDrive.

Honda Reduces Prices On Selected CR-V Series II Variants

 

Honda CR-V 2WD VTi-S gaycarboys

 

 

Honda Australia has today announced the repositioning of pricing for the two-wheel and four-wheel drive CR-V VTi-S variants.

“The upgraded Honda CR-V was released back in December with a number of specification, technology, styling and variant upgrades across both the two-wheel and four-wheel drive petrol models,” said Honda Australia Director Mr. Stephen Collins. “Today we are announcing more aggressive pricing to further boost sales in this highly competitive segment.”

The Manufacturer’s List Price for both variants has been reduced by $1,000. Full pricing for the Honda CR-V petrol range is detailed below.

Model

Variant

Manufacturer’s List Price
Flat Paint*

Manufacturer’s List Price
Metallic Paint*

CR-V 2WD

5DM VTi 

$27,490

$28,065

5DA VTi 

$29,790

$30,365

5DA  VTi-S

$32,290

$32,865

5DA  VTi-L

$39,290

$39,865

CR-V 4WD

5DA VTi 

$32,790

$33,365

5DA VTi-S 

$35,290

$35,865

5DA VTi-L 

$42,290

$42,865

5DA VTi-L ADAS

$45,790

$46,365

* Excluding Dealer Delivery and statutory charges

Volkswagen Australia announces sweeping model changes with MY16 updates

 

Polo GTI gaycarboys

 

 

  • Rear-view camera as standard
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™ as standard
  • Upgraded petrol engines for Golf and Golf Wagon models
  • Polo GTI now with Sport Select Suspension as standard

Volkswagen Australia is pleased to announce a wide range of upgrades to its model line-up with the arrival of MY16 vehicles in the coming weeks. These significant upgrades across all major models represents the biggest model year update in the local company’s history, and reaffirms Volkswagen’s commitment to offering exceptional quality and value to its customers.

From MY16, Volkswagen’s key models, including Polo, Golf, Jetta and Tiguan will benefit from the standard inclusion of a rear-view camera on all models in the range, as well as, for the first time, App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™. This innovative feature offers far enhanced connectivity for drivers with their mobile phones. Further adding to the long list of standard equipment on key models, customers will be able to enjoy the features of App-Connect on an upgraded 6.5-inch Composition Media high resolution touch screen display, also standard across the range.

Volkswagen Group Australia Managing Director, John White, welcomed the arrival of the new MY16 range: “Volkswagen has always stood for quality, innovation and value, and never has this been more true in the company’s history in Australia than with the arrival of our new model year vehicles,” Mr White said.

“It’s great to be able to offer our customers the best of German engineering, and in the coming weeks and months, our customers will be able to get even more bang for their bucks,” Mr White continued.

The MY16 model range will begin to arrive in Volkswagen dealerships across the country in the coming weeks, with models available to order immediately.
Pricing for some models in the MY16 range has also changed:

Polo pricing changes from -$100 to +$500
Golf and Golf Wagon pricing changes from -$200 to +$700
Golf GTI price drop from -$2000 to -$1000
Beetle price rise of +$600
Jetta Trendline price rise +$200

A full list of MY16 upgrades and changes is available below: 

POLO

Polo 66TSI Trendline
Additional features over and above the MY15 Polo 66TSI Trendline

  • Composition Media 6.5” (replaces Composition Colour 5.0”) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Rear View Camera (RVC)

Polo 81TSI Comfortline
Additional features over and above the MY15 Polo 81TSI Comfortline

  • Composition Media 6.5” (replaces Composition Colour 5.0”) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Rear View Camera (RVC)

Polo GTI
Additional features over and above the MY15 Polo GTI

  • Sport Select suspension (electronically adjustable dampers) Including sportier tuning of a range of parameters (such as steering, sound actuator and accelerator response) by pushing the Sport button
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Rear View Camera (RVC)

Options

  • The optional driving comfort package (Comfortline) now includes Discover Media satellite navigation. The Rear View Camera (RVC) has been removed from the package as it is now standard equipment
  • The Rear View Camera (RVC) has been removed from the optional driver assistance package (GTI) as it is now standard equipment

GOLF AND GOLF WAGON

Golf 92TSI
Additional features over and above the MY15 Golf 90TSI

  • 1.4 litre TSI engine with 92kW of power (+2kW) and 200Nm of torque
  • Composition Media 6.5” (replaces 5.8”) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Rear View Camera (RVC)

Please note: The entry Golf Wagon has been discontinued

Golf and Golf Wagon 92TSI Trendline
NEW MODEL: Additional features over and above the MY16 Golf 92TSI

  • 15” Lyon alloy wheels (4)
  • Parking distance sensors, front and rear with Optical Parking System (OPS)
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Automatic headlight function
  • Automatically dimming interior rear-view mirror

Golf and Golf Wagon 92TSI Comfortline
Additional features over and above the MY15 Golf 90TSI Comfortline

  • 1.4 litre TSI engine with 92kW of power (+2kW) and 200Nm of torque
  • Discover Media satellite navigation system with 6.5” high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™

Please note: The Golf 90TSI Comfortline manual has been discontinued

Golf and Golf Wagon 110TSI Highline
Additional features over and above the MY15 Golf 103TSI Highline

  • 1.4 litre TSI engine with 110kW of power (+7kW) and 250Nm of torque
  • Discover Media satellite navigation system with 6.5” (replaces 5.8”) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Vienna leather appointed upholstery with heated front seats
  • Keyless Access, keyless entry and starting system

Golf and Golf Wagon 110TDI Highline
Additional features over and above the MY15 Golf 110TDI Highline

  • Discover Media satellite navigation system with 6.5” (replaces 5.8”) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Vienna leather appointed upholstery with heated front seats
  • Keyless Access, keyless entry and starting system

Golf GTI
Additional features over and above the MY15 Golf GTI

  • Discover Media satellite navigation system with 6.5” (replaces 5.8”) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime driving lights
  • Keyless Access, keyless entry and starting system

Golf GTI Performance
Additional features over and above the MY15 Golf GTI Performance

  • Discover Media satellite navigation system with 6.5” (replaces 5.8”) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Keyless Access, keyless entry and starting system

Golf R
Additional features over and above the MY15 Golf R

  • Discover Media satellite navigation system with 6.5” (replaces 5.8”) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Vienna leather appointed upholstery with heated front seats

BEETLE

Beetle

  • Introduction of App-Connect USB interface integrating Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™ as standard equipment
  • The Rear View Camera (RVC) with static guidance lines is now standard equipment

Options

  • Discover Media satellite navigation is now available as an individual option
  • The Blue Silk Metallic paint has been introduced

SCIROCCO R

Scirocco R

  • Introduction of new generation Discover Media infotainment system to replace the RNS510 satellite navigation system
  • Introduction of App-Connect USB interface integrating Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™ as standard equipment

JETTA

Jetta 118TSI Trendline
Additional features over and above the MY15 Jetta 118TSI Trendline

  • Composition Media 6.5” (replaces RCD310) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™
  • Rear View Camera (RVC) with static guidance lines

Jetta Comfortline, Highline and Highline Sport models
Additional features over and above the respective MY15 Jetta models

  • Introduction of new generation Discover Media infotainment system to replace the RNS510 satellite navigation system
  • Introduction of App-Connect USB interface integrating Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™ as standard equipment

Options

  • The new Ruby Red Metallic paint has been introduced

TIGUAN

Tiguan 118TSI, 132TSI and 130TDI
Additional features over and above the respective MY15 Tiguan models

  • Composition Media 6.5” (replaces RCD510) high resolution touch screen display
  • App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™

Tiguan 155TSI R-Line
Additional features over and above the MY15 Tiguan 155TSI R-Line

  • Introduction of new generation Discover Media infotainment system to replace the RNS510 satellite navigation system
  • Introduction of App-Connect USB interface integrating Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™ as standard equipment

Options

  • Discover Media satellite navigation system is now available as an option for 132TSI and 130TDI models (replacing the RNS510 option)

Honda released the first official sketches of the all-new Honda BR-V Prototype,

BR-V front view sketchBR-V rear view sketch

BANGKOK, Thailand – Honda released the first official sketches of the all-new Honda BR-V Prototype, a new generation crossover utility vehicle, which will make its world premiere at the upcoming Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show 2015. The event is scheduled for 20 – 30 August 2015, in Tangerang, Indonesia.
The new BR-V features tough and solid exterior design with high ground clearance, big and stylish alloy wheels and sleek roof rails. The model also offers a comfortable and spacious cabin with seven seats in a 3-row configuration. The new BR-V is powered by a 1.5L gasoline engine which provides sporty performance and great fuel efficiency with two advanced transmissions available. High standard safety features will be the base of the model as it has always been for every Honda products.

In order to provide products that respond to the needs of customers around the world, Honda has been focused on strengthening R&D in each region to create more self-reliant operations. Based on its capability to develop regional models, Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. (HRAP) in Thailand developed the new BR-V for the Asian market. This is the 3rd model developed by HRAP.
The official sketches were released at the midyear media gathering event of P.T. Honda Prospect Motor, which will participate in the Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show 2015.
*BR-V stands for Bold Runabout Vehicle.