Volvo Cars, the prestige car maker, will work together with Microsoft, the leading platform and productivity company, to jointly develop next generation automotive technologies.


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Volvo Cars Microsoft HoloLens


The two companies today revealed how Microsoft HoloLens, the world’s first fully untethered holographic computer, might be used in future to redefine how customers first encounter and explore a car, as well as how cars might be bought and sold in future.

Areas of future collaboration between the two companies could include autonomous driving technologies and the utilisation of data generated from connected cars to create new services.

Today’s HoloLens demonstration was conducted at Microsoft’s global headquarters in Redmond, USA, and showed how mixed reality might be used by customers to configure cars in three dimensions. With HoloLens, a powerful, wearable computer, holograms are mixed into the physical world.

“HoloLens offers the freedom to create a bespoke experience which customers can steer themselves. Imagine using mixed reality to choose the type of car you want – to explore the colours, rims, or get a better understanding of the features, services and options available,” said Björn Annwall, Senior Vice President, Marketing Sales and Service at Volvo Cars.

He added HoloLens technology might also liberate dealers from more traditional sales environments and allow them to take a car configurator out on the road in small Pop-Up stores, shopping malls or on the high street, opening up new sales channels and introducing cars to a far larger potential audience.

At the HoloLens demonstration today, participating journalists were also given a mixed reality preview of Volvo’s new S90 premium sedan, which will be unveiled in reality at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.

Today’s event offered an indication of the potential of mixed reality to transform the relationship between the customer and the car. Journalists were able to experience Volvo’s new sedan and its latest autonomous driving technology in 3D before the car has even been built and launched.

“We are thrilled to be working with Volvo Cars to reimagine what is possible in car design, discovery and purchasing. We are excited to be at this intersection of technology and human-centric design with Volvo,” Scott Erickson, Senior Director, Microsoft HoloLens at Microsoft Corp.

Today’s demonstration marks the beginning of longer term cooperation between Volvo and Microsoft that will embrace a range of new technologies, all of which have implications for the automotive industry.

One area of focus will be autonomous driving. Volvo Cars is a pioneer in car safety and is leading the way when it comes to connected cars and autonomous driving. It has announced a programme called Drive-Me in which 100 self-driving and connected cars will be given to real customers on real roads around the Swedish city of Gothenburg by 2017, the world’s largest autonomous driving experiment.

Other areas of cooperation are expected to include how information gathered by cars and their drivers can be used to enhance the driving experience and the possibility of using predictive analytics to improve safety.

“We are extremely happy to innovate with Microsoft in the field of future mobility,” said Klas Bendrik, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Volvo Cars. “Today’s technology will allow us to achieve not only a more sustainable and crash-free future but also new benefits for our customers and society. Together with Microsoft we aim to pioneer in this field.”

Kevin McCann, Managing Director of Volvo Car Australia highlighted that “Volvo Cars has always put people first. Everything we do starts with ‘what can we do to make this person’s life better, easier and more comfortable?’”. We have always used this philosophy when we design our cars. Designing cars around people has led to many innovations over our 89 year history.

“A collaboration such as this further entrenches Volvo as a leader in safety and an innovator in technology advancement”, added McCann.

Range Rover Sport SVR takes on Arctic Silverstone Circuit carved onto frozen lake


  • Full-scale replica Silverstone ice circuit carved on frozen Lake Udjaur, in Sweden
  • Polar explorer Ben Saunders drives thrilling Range Rover Sport SVR around Arctic circuit
  • Land Rover Experience Instructor and former rally champion Minna Sillankorva demonstrates ice driving techniques
  • Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest and most powerful Range Rover

Arjeplog, Sweden, 27 November 2015 – Land Rover Ambassador and polar explorer, Ben Saunders, swapped his snowshoes for winter tyres to put the Range Rover Sport SVR through its paces at a unique yet familiar test track near the Arctic Circle.

A new film released by Land Rover charts the world famous adventurer’s journey from ice driving novice to experienced veteran in Arjeplog, Sweden, on a full-scale replica of the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit carved in the snow on Lake Udjaur.

With instruction from Land Rover Experience instructor and former rally champion, Finland’s Minna Sillankorva, Ben tackles the unique challenge of driving on ice behind the wheel of Land Rover’s performance flagship, the 405kW Range Rover Sport, complete with its thrilling V8 soundtrack.

Mike Cross, Chief Engineer Vehicle Integrity, said: “We pride ourselves on the all-terrain capability and composure of our vehicles, putting them through intensive hot and cold climate testing. The Range Rover Sport SVR is the most dynamic model we’ve ever produced and combining these qualities showcases the unique talents and expertise of our dedicated engineers.”

Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest and most powerful Land Rover ever produced and accelerates from 0-100kph in just 4.7 seconds. It is the first model to wear the SVR designation being adopted by future Land Rover and Jaguar high performance models.

Ben Saunders, who has led expeditions to both the North and South Poles, said: “Obviously, I had an amazing day. It was my first time driving on ice and the most fun I’ve had on four-wheels. The performance of the Range Rover Sport SVR is simply breathtaking and its poise in the corners was astounding given the slippery conditions.”

Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true ‘breadth of capability’ across the model range. Defender, Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover and Range Rover Evoque each define the world’s 4×4 sectors, with 80% of this model range exported to over 170 countries.

Nissan’s JUKE: anything but a crusty old shell.









Yes yes yes oh YES: well equipped, decent value, fairly comfy

Oh dear me no: Air conditioning ineffective at times, looks won’t appeal to all, no reach adjustment on steering wheel

The Juke is a juxtaposition of the uber weird and the very familiar. There is very little hint inside of the daring design on the outside. It means the interior is slightly disappointing.

The exterior has a pugnacious front end, a wedge profile and a bulbous bum. The profile has strong muscular haunches highlighting each of the four wheels.

The rear doors are almost an afterthought with their tiny proportions and hidden handles. It’s meant to appeal to a modish hipster who is conscious of fuel consumption and yearns to be different, as all hipsters do. To a degree, JUKE succeeds in that, more or less. The looks either appeal or they don’t.

There are 2 grades (ST and ST-S), with a manual and CVT option (the ST-S CVT has a manual mode). There are 3 engines: a 1.2 turbo 4, a naturally aspirated 1.6, and a forced induction 1.6. Forced induction is fancy talk for a turbo of supercharger. Our ST-S is the top model with selectable 2WD, or 4WD with and without torque vectoring. The 1.6 turbo puts out a respectable 140kw/240Nm and while that won’t make image102214_bnoses bleed, it’s still perky. The CVT kills much of the snap. Why not just have a good old 6 speed auto? The sound of a CV T revving the tits off an engine is just wrong. The engine revs like the cylinders are going to pop through the bonnet and doesn’t change until the speed has picked up. Only the engineers and marketers really know what the sudden infatuation with CVT is all about. I can tell you that anyone who owns a CVT auto feels silly driving it, or, at least that’s what they tell me. Like most manufacturers, Nissan has limited the way in which the CVT and manuals are offered. For example, the 4WD option is only offered on the ST-S CVT. If you want to shift gears yourself as well as go off-road, you’re fresh out of luck.

The cabin is much less successful at conveying the sense of energy and excitement that the exterior does. It is neat and tidy but feels slightly unimaginative. The centre stack houses swtiches and two LCD screens. The lower LCD displays either driving info or climate info. Changing the function also changes the function of the direct select buttons on either side of the screen. It feels like a very primitive form of I-drive and although it works well, could have more function considering how fiddly it is. This LCD is very difficult to read with any kind of glare, and in bright sunlight, is completely unreadable. While we are on the subject, the air cond was rubbish. Even in manual mode with the temp set on Lo and the fan on high, the cabin never really felt properly cool. Auto mode was hopeless, and a 43c day tested the mettle sorely. It isn’t that Nissan don’t have fabulously Arctic A/C in their other cars so perhaps it was just this particular example image102213_bthat was found wanting.

The main LCD is the command system for the 6 speaker audio unit. It is incredibly easy to use and allows you to pair you phone in jiff. You can input Satnav info directly via the touch screen or by scrolling the buttons and knobs. It’s intuitive because of its simplicity.

Behind the wheel is where the JUKE does well. The seats and suspension are firm but not so firm that they are uncomfortable. The cabin is quite unless you stick the boot in. Brisk acceleration makes the turbo sing in a not unpleasant way, but it is intrusive. The problem is JUKE doesn’t really know what it wants to be. The handling isn’t sporty enough to be a sports car and it is too small to be a useful SUV. A CVT wouldn’t be all that brilliant off-road either, although I’ve never put it to the test. In a way, I can see why Australians haven’t taken small SUV’s to their hearts in the same way that they have with larger SUV. In fact SUV sales are the fastest growing area in all but the smallest of offerings. This is mainly at the expense large passenger cars as soccer moms abandon 4 door sedans in favour of vehicle they can’t park, or drive, or see out of. The JUKE is easy to park, easy to see out of and nice to drive. It’s a shame that the looks might turn off buyers who may otherwise give it consideration.

The engine feels responsive and brakes are sharp, but the steering took a little getting used to. Because there was no reach adjustment it was difficult to get the wheel into exactly the right spot. You either feel too close for comfort or too far for easy control. Once you get settled, you become used to the position and it all starts to feel familiar. It isn’t as sharp as some competitors.

We did a highway run, and a few tight turns in country lanes and came up with more questions than answers. It’s no secret that we quite fancy sports cars so it’s no surprise that the further handling moves away from sporty, the less we like it. The only exception to that rule is a commercial Pick-Up 4WD. They tend to drive like trucks because they are trucks. JUKE handled the course competently without excelling in any particular area. Our JUKE costs a sensation under $37,000 and for that price I’d rather a Subaru BRZ or Toyota 86. I realise it’s a different kind of vehicle altogether but unless a buyer is dead set on a particular car, experience shows they’ll cast a wide net and look at lots of offerings in their price bracket. Jeep Cherokee, a pucker 4WD starts at 35 grand and leaves JUKE for dead in every way possible.

The price tag brings a well quipped trim level to compensate for other shortcomings. The blind spot warning, auto lights and wipers, smart key entry/start, are handy but the 360° camera with split screen display is brilliant. You have to be in reverse for it to work. It would be even handier creeping forward into a tight parking spot and being able to see all round. As it is, it only works going bnackwards.

Look, JUKE did nothing wrong, nothing whatsoever, but nor did is tickle my sweet spot. I took a few of the chaps for a spin just to confirm my perception, and they agreed. It performed well, was smooth, and reasonably quiet, but none would buy one. When asked why, they said they’d buy something else or that $37,000 was too much money. They said it felt like a 25k car, not a penny more. The problem is this: for 37 grand there are many buys which are better value. You have even more choice if you don’t want 4WD. Hatches like Focus and Golf are much nicer to drive, and the sporty 86/BRZ is in the same price range too. In its favour, JUKE has a high driving position with the front seats easy to get into and out of. The doors are tall so you don’t have to bend but the rear doors are not quite so accommodating. Form over function!

Would I buy one? No. Jeep Cherokee comes in at $35,000 drive-away. It has proper 4WD and a luxurious interior as well as a fist of additions and is a nicer drive. It is a proper off-roader.

Price: $36,941 drive away-NSW (range starts at $26,641)

Engine: 1.6 turbo 4 cyl, 140kw/240Nm, Euro 5 (range includes 1.2 turbo and 1.6 non-turbo)

Trans: CVT continuously variable transmission with manual mode (ST-S only)

Technical measures for the EA 189 diesel engines affected presented to the German Federal Motor Transport Authority

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  • Next step in solving the NOx exhaust emissions issue in Europe
  • Minor hardware measures for the 1.6 TDI engines
  • 2.0 TDI engines only need a software update
  • Target: no adverse effects on fuel consumption and performance

Wolfsburg, November 25, 2015 – The clarification and solution of the diesel issue is progressing. The Volkswagen Group has presented specific technical measures for the EA 189 engines affected with a displacement of 1.6 and 2.0 litres to the Federal Motor Transport Authority. This means that correction measures have been fixed for the majority of the vehicles affected. In the development of the solutions, the focus was on maximum customer-friendliness. After implementation of the technical measures, the vehicles will comply with the applicable emissions standards. The final technical solution for the DB2015AU014341.2-litre diesel engine will be presented to the Federal Motor Transport Authority at the end of the month and is expected to comprise a software update.

The technical measures developed for the EA 189 diesel engines affected have been presented to the Federal Motor Transport Authority. Following an intensive examination, these measures have been ratified by the Federal Motor Transport Authority. This means that there is now clarity regarding the correction of the irregularities for the majority of vehicles affected.

  • A “flow transformer” will be fitted directly in front of the air mass sensor on the 1.6-litre EA 189 engine. This is a mesh that calms the swirled air flow in front of the air mass sensor and will thus decisively improve the measuring accuracy of the air mass sensor. The air mass sensor determines the current air mass throughput, which is a very important parameter for the engine management for an optimum combustion process. In addition, a software update will be performed on this engine. The time needed for the implementation of the technical measures is expected to be less than one hour.
  • The 2.0 litre engines will get a software update. The pure labour time for this measure will be around half an hour.

Thanks to advances in engine development and improved simulation of currents inside complex air intake systems, in combination with software optimisation geared towards this, it has been possible to produce a relatively simple and customer-friendly measure.

The objective for the development of the technical measures  is still to achieve the applicable emission targets in each case without any adverse effects on the engine output, fuel consumption and performance. However, as all model variants first have to be measured, the achievement of these targets cannot yet be finally confirmed.

Based on these technical measures accepted by the Federal Motor Transport Authority, the necessary service concepts are currently being developed for the EU28 markets concerned . The aim is to implement the required technical update in the first vehicles during a recall from January 2016. According to the current assessment, all measures in the course of the recall for all engine variants will extend over the whole calendar year 2016.

Volkswagen will ensure that the time needed to implement the technical measures is as short as possible for all customers. In addition, Volkswagen will contact all customers and endeavour to consider individual customer needs during the implementation of these measures to avoid any disadvantages for the customer such as possible curbing of their mobility. In connection with this, the Volkswagen brand will thus ensure that all customers are offered appropriate replacement mobility options free of charge.

For example, since the beginning of October, all Volkswagen customers have been able to check for themselves whether their vehicle is affected by the diesel issue. At every customer can enter their vehicle identification number to obtain clear information.

With these defined measures, technical solutions are already available for the majority of all Group models affected in Europe with EA 189 engines. At the end of this month, corresponding measures will be presented to the Federal Motor Transport Authority for the 1.2-litre 3-cylinder diesel engine as well.

Based on the approach of the Volkswagen brand, the Group’s other brands – Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles – are also planning corresponding measures for their affected vehicles.

In addition, until 31 December 2016, Volkswagen AG is expressly forgoing the right to plea on the grounds of statutes of limitations in respect of any warranty or guarantee claims due to the software installed in vehicles with EA 189 engines, as long as the rights to make any such claims have not already expired. Volkswagen customers will therefore not be disadvantaged by any waiting.

One thing is certain: the vehicles remain technically safe and can therefore be driven on public roads without any limitation.

NB: The information in this press release does not refer to products and services from the Volkswagen Group of America or Volkswagen Canada.

Introducing The New Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint: An Italian Icon Reborn


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  • New Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint introduced to Australian line-up
  • Powered by a 110kW 1.4 MultiAir Turbo Petrol engine for the first time, and paired with a six-speed manual
  • Capable of a 8.2sec 0-100km/h sprint, and a top speed of 210km/h
  • Efficient performance: Giulietta Sprint sips just 5.7L/100km (combined)
  • Exclusive features include bespoke “Sprint” badges, “Sprint” logos embroidered in the headrests, sporty detailing and unique 17-inch wheels
  • Limited edition available now, priced at just $31,000 (MSRP)

November 24, 2015: More than 60 years after the launch of the original Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint – a car famed for both its stunning looks and accessibility – the iconic nameplate is back for 2015.

FCA Australia has announced the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint will join the local line-up, offering Alfa Romeo buyers a modern take on an Italian classic, and a vehicle with the style, street presence and performance expected of this legendary name plate.

Like the original Giulietta Sprint, the new version is also powered by an engine of less than 1,400cc in capacity, but for 2015 it is equipped with MultiAir valve management and an intercooled turbocharger to boost its power output to more than twice that of the original Sprint’s 1.3-litre twin-cam engine.

The new 1.4-litre MultiAir petrol engine produces 110kW and 250Nm of torque, and can propel the new Giulietta Sprint from 0-100km/h in just 8.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 210km/h, while its combined-cycle fuel efficiency figure is just 5.7L/100km, and its CO2 emissions are just 131g/km.

Based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Progression, the new Sprint also comes equipped with a number of other unique features, including new 17-inch, five-hole design alloy wheels; special badging on the front fender; carbon-effect door panels and dashboard surround; a sports, leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching and new seats with cloth and Alcantara-upholstery, red stitching and “Sprint” logo embroidered into the headrests. Sprint enhancements also include sports rear bumper side skirts and dark-tinted windows.

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint in available in limited numbers now, and is priced at just $31,000 (MSRP).

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Standard Equipment:

  • New 17-inch, five-hole alloy wheels with 225/45 R17 tyres
  • Cloth & Alcantara seats with “Sprint” logo, height adjustable on driver’s side
  • Alfa D.N.A. (Vehicle’s dynamic control switch)
  • Uconnect five-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, voice commands, SMS reader, USB port, music streaming and six speakers
  • Black window surrounds and dark-tinted windows
  • Darkened headlight surrounds and front fog lamps with dark anthracite bezels
  • Dark Anthracite exterior finishing on the grille, mirrors and door handles
  • Air-conditioning
  • LED Daytime Running Lights and LED rear light clusters
  • Electric windows front and rear plus electrically heated and adjustable body-coloured mirrors
  • Rear spoiler and Sports rear diffuser with oversized exhaust trim
  • Body-coloured bumpers and side skirts
  • Sports instruments with white illumination, multifunctional display and trip computer
  • Carbon effect dashboard and door panels plus darkened interior headlining
  • Sports leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching and remote controls
  • Floor mats with red stitching
  • ABS, ASR, EBD, EBA + Hill Holder, Tyre pressure monitoring system and Electronic Q2 differential
  • 6 Airbags – driver, passenger, front side & window with front passenger deactivation
  • Remote central locking with deadlocks, immobiliser and alarm
  • Sprint badge


Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint 1.4 MultiAir 110kW


Layout, cylinders, capacity

In-line transverse 4-cyl  1,368cc

Bore × stroke


Compression ratio


Max power

110kW @ 5,500 rpm

Peak torque

250Nm at 2,500 rpm

Timing system (control)

Toothed belt, hydraulic tappets, MultiAir intake system


MPFI turbo-charging, MultiAir direct valve control system, intercooler



Fuel tank

60 litres


Drive, Gearbox

Front, Manual six-speed


Kerb weight

1,290 kg

Max. towable braked/unbraked

500 / 1,300 kg


Top speed



8.2 seconds


Urban cycle MPG

7.6 L/100km

Extra-urban cycle

4.6 L/100km

Combined cycle

5.7 L/100km


CO2 (Certification)

131 g/km (Euro 6)

Navara: Nissan’s work ute, anyway you want it

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We drove the $44,000 RX Dual Cab (drive away NSW) and quite liked it. It drives like a truck, but then of course it is a truck. It fits no less than 20 moving boxes in the back, has room for 5 chaps, and feels like it will climb walls in a single leap.

The range is dizzying. There are tray backs, pickups, king cabs, single cabs and dual cabs in a 2 and 4 wheel drive configuration. Add to that, a 122kw petrol, a single-turbo 120kw diesel and a 140kw twin turbo diesel, in 4 spec levels, and you’ve got a ute for all occasions.

We dabbled in the muddy waters of entry level motoring for this story. Our booking showed the shiny range-topping ST-X, but we came over all soporific at the RX 4WD Dual Cab we were given instead. It had steel wheels, something I hadn’t seen since the Keating administration. It lingers somewhere-ish near the bottom of the range. Once I recovered, I realised that of course this is the car a real tradie would buy. This is the car that gets paint splodged over it, and has big steel tool boxes welded into its tray. This is the real deal.

2015 Nissan NP300 Navara ST gaycarboysThe small niggles I have mainly related to the absence of a rear camera and sensors. Equipped with a tow bar, the degree of difficulty for parking goes stratospheric. All of this goes away on the top model which has smart leather seats and a better infotainment system which includes the cameras and sensors. For a 44 grand car it wouldn’t have killed Nissan to bung in a beeper surely?

Even with steel wheels the Navara looks good. It has the Tonka-toy look I like. It reminds me of my honorary nephew’s tiny-car collection. He has things that pull apart and make other things. It appeals to a 9yo in the same way a big butch pick-up appeals to a blokey-bloke. In a way, the Navara is very much like those toys, in so far as bits are added in different ways at the factory. The basic chassis is a ladder to which everything attaches. The wheels, engine and fuel tank are all mounted to ladder chassis. They do this with some commercial vehicles because there is an inherent toughness in a ladder. Most other passenger vehicles have a unibody which means the chassis and body are the same thing. Take the doors, bonnet and boot off and there you have you chassis, more or less. But I digress….

The cabin is quiet and fairly comfy. It is brilliant on the highway because with 7 speeds, the auto has the engine barely ticking over at 100kph. The upper models benefit from a twin turbo which smooths out some of the lag. Put your foot down at lights and she has a bit of a think before taking off like a scalded cat. As annoying as that can be, you learn to live with it. Even with a single turbo oil-burner under the bonnet, there feels to be plenty of “power”. I say “power” because what most people think of as “power” is actually the torque. The ability of an engine to get a car off the mark is thanks to the amount of torque it has. It’s what helps 4WD cars to crawl over rocks at very low revs, and the 4WD Navara would certainly do that. We don’t do off-road testing as a rule and for good reason: unless you’re well versed in the vexing perils lying in wait, that’s all best left to the experts.

The specs show an electric sliding window at the rear of the cabin too. This is handy for the budget minded who might invest in a canopy. A canopy is usually fiberglass and has a lockable rear door turning the humble tradie’s ute into an uber-SUV.

The Navara is a handful in close quarters, but once on the move is agile and feels svelter than her ample proportions would have you believe. In city traffic you have plenty poke for maneuvering, but you have to resist the urge to dart in and out of traffic. One thing Navara is not is a sports car. She needs consideration when changing lanes, and a very wide birth when parking.

NP300 Navara ST-X gaycarboysThe towing capacity is dependent on the load in the tray and there is a formula for total load which is best kept to if you don’t want to finish up in the shrubbery. We tried several different ways of using the cargo space and apart from the moving boxes, there was a bike and some light shopping. The bike was secured with an Occy strap, which is also what we use to for a milk crate. The milk crate comes in handy for shopping that won’t fit in the cabin. You strap the milk crate to the car and put you Coles bags in that. Unless you have a tarp or other such cover, passers-by will be able to see what’s in it of course. Whether or not they take things is another matter.

We’ve driven several Pick-ups in recent years, and the experience varies greatly between brands and trim levels. Some drive a little more like cars and have nicer cabins and accessories. Navara fits somewhere in-between. The drive isn’t quite as good as a Hilux for example, but the cabin is nicer than a Colorado. Mitsubishi’s Triton has nicer seats and of course, because Carplay is now found in Pajero, one assumes will be in Triton soon.

Comparing pick-ups isn’t as easy as comparing hatches or sporty coupes. Tradies have a huge choice and for those wanting just a basic ute, perhaps a 2 wheel drive version for the mid-twenties is fine. After all, a ute is just for carrying tools to bang things in with, or, for carting heavy material about the place in safety. Some tradies want a dual purpose ride, for work and play. They may want 4WD for difficult work sites but they might want to do a spot of camping, and who doesn’t want to do a spot of camping?

I’m not going to make a buy recommendation because I would never be in the market for a vehicle like this. From now on I shall leave it to those expert such things. Big butch SUVs and pickups are specific to a market. Those in that market can decide for themselves what features they want. All I ask is that I am allowed to be there to watch. Oh, did I say that out loud?

Price: Approx $44,000 drive away NSW

Engine: 120kw/403 (single)turbo diesel, 6.6 l/100k

Trans: 6sp man/7sp auto

NOTE: there are more engine options. For all engine and trim options and their prices, visit

Triple podium for Scott McLaughlin and Volvo at Phillip Island

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Scott McLaughlin claimed a triple podium finish for Volvo Polestar Racing at the Phillip Island Super Sprint.

”It has been an awesome weekend. Our pace has been great and this is really something for us to build on ahead of 2016,” said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin qualified on pole position for the second race and was entangled in a fight for the lead in all three races with Red Bull Racing team mates Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup.

The first race saw the Kiwi young-gun take third position, behind Lowndes and Whincup. In race two McLaughlin took second place in the Volvo S60 crossing the line just 1.3 seconds behind reigning champion Whincup.

McLaughlin started from fourth position on the grid for the final race. Making a strong start he claimed the lead not long into the race putting the Volvo eight seconds clear of Lowndes Red Bull Holden. A delay in the final pit stop however saw him dropping one place to Lowndes, taking the chequered flag just two seconds behind the triple eight car.

”I got an awesome start for once and got up the outside of a few other guys. I was able to put a lot of pressure on Mark Winterbottom and we jumped him in the stop. I led the second stint the whole time. Unfortunately we are a fair way down the back of the pit lane and Tander was coming in when I was on my way out. I had to wait for him, it is a tough gig and I feel that probably ruined my race. But overall an awesome day and it is good to have some proper pace,” said McLaughlin.

David Wall had a strong final race at Phillip Island, climbing eight positions from his grid position to finish 15th.

”Finally something that was a bit better. The car was really good in the race, looked after its tyres really well. In general, the strategy was really good. Big thanks to the team, if we had qualified a bit further up it would have been a different story,” said Wall.
The triple podium from the weekend has elevated McLaughlin to eighth position in the drivers’ championship ahead of the final race weekend of 2015 at the Sydney 500 in December.

Phillip Island 400 – V8 Supercars
Circuit: Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Length: 4445 m
Lap record (V8SC): 1:32.0246, Jamie Whincup, 2013

Race 31 – Top 5

1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 14 laps
2 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +1.0388
3 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +1.7996
4 Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +9.0226
5 James Moffat Nissan Altima +9.2834

23 David Wall Volvo S60 +33.9214

Race 32 – Top 5
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 14 laps
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +1.2981
3 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +2.0816
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +8.5779
5 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +9.2197

23 David Wall Volvo S60 +26.2117

Race 33 – Top 5
1 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 45 laps
2 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 +1.9700
3 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +12.6114
4 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +12.8931
5 Todd Kelly Nissan Altima +28.6863

15 David Wall Volvo S60 +56.9465

Championship Standings – Top 5
1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 3007 points
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2828 (-179)
3 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 2688 (-319)
4 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 2459 (-548)
5 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 2442 (-565)

8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 2057 (-950)
24 David Wall Volvo S60 1016 (-1991)