Third-generation Kia Sorento at Paris Motor Show

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  • European premiere on October 2 at Paris Motor Show
  • Sophisticated new design for third-generation Kia Sorento SUV
  • All-new bodyshell improves ride, handling and crash safety
  • Improvements to NVH and a step-change in interior quality and design
  • Range of three improved gasoline and diesel engines for Europe

(SEOUL) September 29, 2014 – The all-new Kia Sorento will make its European premiere in Paris on October 2, exhibiting a unique blend of style, practicality and technology, which builds on the success of the outgoing model.

The new’s SUV’s smoother, swept-back profile and deeply sculpted surfaces introduce a higher level of sophistication for the third-generation model, delivering a premium look and feel, with more space and numerous innovative features.

The designers of the third generation Kia Sorento named their inspiration for the new car as ‘Streetwolf’. Although the styling changes are evolutionary, they subtly alter the character of the new Sorento, highlighting its sleek, sinuous, profile, while creating a sophisticated appearance and ensuring the new model has a bolder on-the-road presence.

The front of the new Sorento incorporates long, wrap-around headlamps and more prominent fog-lamps, as well as a larger, more upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille, with a distinctive three-dimensional diamond pattern, first featured on the 2013 Kia Cross GT concept.

In profile, the new model retains the Sorento’s hallmark long bonnet and characteristic wide D-pillar, but a lower roofline, higher beltline and swept-back shape give the car a more dramatic, muscular stance.

The rear of the car features more prominent ‘shoulders’ and a highly sculpted registration plate surround. The latter is made possible by the introduction of new laser welding manufacturing techniques – a first for a Kia model – which renders weld lines invisible, meaning the Sorento can do without the traditional (joint-masking) garnish on the tailgate.

The sleeker look of the new Sorento is enhanced by its increased length (+95 mm to 4,780 mm)*, reduced height (down 15 mm to 1,685 mm) and extra width (+5 mm to 1,890 mm).

The exterior styling of the new car was led by Kia’s Namyang design studio in Korea, with significant input from the brand’s Frankfurt, Germany and Irvine, California design studios.

‘Modern and wide’ theme for interior styling

Inside the all-new Sorento is where some of the most significant improvements are to be found. Interior styling was led by the brand’s European design team, based in Frankfurt, and Kia’s designers have created a more sophisticated, more luxurious cabin, featuring significantly higher quality materials.

The styling of the cabin follows a ‘modern and wide’ theme, providing the interior with a stable, horizontal layout and appearance. This width is echoed in the wider instrument cluster, interior garnish and the wrap-around shape of the dashboard which extends into the door trims.

A higher proportion of soft-touch materials and leather creates a modern luxury feel to the cabin and gives the new Sorento a genuine premium vehicle ambience.

One of the most distinctive interior styling features is the Swiss watch-inspired user interface, which incorporates Kia’s latest HMI (human-machine interface) technologies, surrounded by new silver-look border.

The flowing contours of the dashboard rise to incorporate the driver’s instrument binnacle, while the smoothly-styled design curve in the doors, which leads from the audio speakers up to the SUV-style grab handles, also endows the cabin with a more luxurious, sophisticated appearance.

Customers will be able to specify the interior in either single-tone (black) or two-tone (black and stone beige) colour schemes with cloth or leather trim. Additionally, brown or light gray colour schemes in leather trim will be offered as an option.

Comfort, convenience and new technologies

banner 3rd Generation Kia Sorento gaycarboys (1)Compared to the previous-generation model, the increased exterior dimensions and the extended wheelbase (+80 mm to 2,780 mm) have liberated additional space in the cabin of the new car.

Although the roofline is 15 mm lower, repositioned seat cushions ensure increased headroom for occupants in all three rows, who will also enjoy greater legroom. Cargo space also increases, with a longer cargo bay floor (up by 87 mm), and capacity with the third row seats folded flat up 17.5 percent, from 515 to 605 litres (VDA). The new Sorento also features a new under-floor tonneau cover storage compartment.

Available in 5- or 7-seat versions, the new Sorento features 40/20/40 second row split folding for improved versatility, with a higher folding centre armrest. The second row seats of the 7-seat version are equipped with ‘remote folding’ controlled by two levers in the side of the cargo bay, and also slide to allow easier entry and exit to the third row of seats.

The new Sorento debuts a number of new, advanced on-board technologies to improve convenience and further enhance the ownership experience. Depending on market, new available features will include: an Around-View Monitor, with four cameras helping the driver to manoeuvre when parking by displaying a birds-eye view of the vehicle on the dashboard display screen, and a Smart Power Tailgate. This system opens the tailgate automatically when the key is ‘sensed’ in close proximity to the trunk, so owners can slide their shopping bags or heavy objects straight into the vehicle.

Enhanced refinement

Throughout the development of the new Sorento, Kia engineers also focused on strengthening the bodyshell structure and improving NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) characteristics to increase refinement and create a tranquil travelling environment that is as sophisticated as the new model’s styling.

The increased torsional rigidity of the new bodyshell (up by 14 percent compared to the outgoing model) provides an excellent foundation for both enhanced refinement and improved safety.

NVH-reducing measures adopted for the new Sorento include new soundproofing material for the transmission tunnel, a 29 percent thicker dashboard soundproofing panel (increased from 0.7 mm to 0.9 mm), larger engine and transmission mounts for greater powertrain refinement and, for diesel models, a new DPF cover and an acoustic shield integrated into the engine’s timing chain cover. Cabin noise is reduced by 3-to-6 percent, depending on driving conditions.

Improved powertrains, ride and handling

To match consumers’ rising expectations, Kia engineers worked to improve every aspect of the new Sorento’s driving experience, creating upgrades for the engines, steering and suspension. For Australia, the new Sorento ride and handling has been further optimized by the Kia Motors Australia suspension team.

Three engines are available with the new Sorento, offering power outputs ranging from 136kW to 147kW. These include a 2.4-litre gasoline direct injection (GDI) unit, and two turbo-diesel engines, in 2.0-litre and 2.2-litre capacities, which are expected to account for the majority of European sales. The Australian engine choice will be a 3.3-litre petrol or the 2.2-litre turbo diesel.

When developing the new Sorento, a key focus for the Kia chassis engineering team was achieving improvements in ride comfort, high-speed stability and handling response to match the leaps forward in interior quality and NVH.

The fully-independent suspension retains the format of the outgoing model (MacPherson struts at the front and Kia’s multi-link system at the rear), but features a range of modifications. At the rear, the subframe supporting the suspension has larger bushings to better isolate it from the cabin and the larger shock absorbers are now mounted vertically behind the axle line, improving body control motion.

These changes, together with the longer wheelbase, deliver a more compliant ride, with a more progressive response to bumps in the road, making the new Sorento a very comfortable place in which to spend time on longer journeys.

At the front, an all-new electric motor-driven power steering system (R-MDPS), available as standard across Europe, is mounted directly onto the steering rack – rather than the steering column as on the outgoing model. This provides greater steering feel and quicker response, ensuring that new Sorento will be among the more agile and sporty vehicles in its segment, without sacrificing the ride quality that customers expect from a luxurious SUV.

Better passive and active safety

The structure of the new Sorento is significantly stronger, thanks in large part to the more widespread use of ultra-high tensile steel. The previous-generation model was made up of 24.4 percent ultra-high tensile steel (UHTS), while the bodyshell of the new model consists of 52.7 percent UHTS, aiding the integrity of the car’s core structure in the event of an impact and also improving torsional rigidity. The stronger steel has been used to reinforce the wheel arches, tailgate surround and rear-wheel surround.

The new Sorento also features more than twice as much ultra-strong hot-stamped steel as the outgoing model, up from 4.1 percent to 10.1 percent in the new model, greatly strengthening the A- and B-pillars.

Buyers of the new Sorento will be able to choose from a wealth of ‘active’ safety technologies – depending on market. Available systems will include: ASCC (Adaptive Smart Cruise Control); LDWS (Lane Departure Warning System), which emits an audible alert when the driver strays from the chosen lane without using indicators; BSD (Blind-Spot Detection), with a visual warning in the door mirror when another car is in the driver’s blind spot; RCTA (Rear Cross-Traffic Alert), which warns against other cars driving behind the Sorento in car parks; and SLIF (Speed Limit Information Function), which displays the speed limit in the driver’s instrument cluster based on cameras detecting roadside signs.

Body and chassis

Five-door, five- or seven-seater, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell. Choice of three diesel and gasoline four-cylinder engines driving the front and rear wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission – depending on model.

Engines

2.0-litre /136kW Diesel

Type / capacity

Four cylinder in-line / 2.0-litres 1,995 cc

Bore x stroke (mm)

84.0 x 90.0mm

Compression ratio

16.0:1

Max power

136 kW @ 4,000 rpm

Max torque

402 Nm @ 1,750-2,750 rpm

Valves

16 (4-per-cylinder)

Emissions class

Euro Stage 6

2.2-litre /147kW Diesel

Type / capacity

Four cylinder in-line / 2.2-litres  2,199 cc

Bore x stroke (mm)

85.4 x 96.0mm

Compression ratio

16.0:1

Max power

147 kW @ 3,800 rpm

Max torque

441 Nm @ 1,750-2,750 rpm

Valves

16 (4-per-cylinder)

Emissions class

Euro Stage 6

2.4-litre /138kW Gasoline Direct Injection

Type / capacity

DOHC, four cylinder in-line / 2.4-litres  2,359 cc

Bore x stroke (mm)

88.0 x 97.0mm

Compression ratio

11.3:1

Max power

138 kW @ 6,000 rpm

Max torque

241 Nm @ 4,000 rpm

Valves

16 (4-per-cylinder)

Emissions class

Euro Stage 6

Transmissions

2.0 CRDi

2.2 CRDi

2.4 GDI

Manual

-

6-sp

6-sp

Automatic

6-sp

6-sp

6-sp

Gear ratios

2.0 CRDi

2.2 CRDi

2.4 GDI

AT

MT

AT

MT

AT

1

4.651

3.538

4.651

3.769

4.639

2

2.831

1.909

2.831

1.931

2.826

3

1.842

1.179

1.842

1.696

1.841

4

1.386

0.814

1.386

1.276

1.386

5

1.000

0.737

1.000

1.027

1.000

6

0.772

0.628

0.772

0.897

0.772

Reverse

3.393

3.910

3.393

3.588

3.385

Final Drive 1

3.195

4.071

3.195

3.737

3.648

Suspension and damping

Front

Fully independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers.  Anti-roll stabiliser bar.

Rear

Fully independent by subframe-mounted double wishbones, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers.  Anti-roll stabiliser bar.

Steering

Type

Rack-mounted electric motor driven power steering, rand-and-pinion

Gearing / turns

14.43:1 / 2.87 lock-to-lock

Turning circle

11.08 metres

Brakes

Front

320 mm solid discs

Rear

314 mm solid discs

Wheels and tyres

Standard

Alloy 17-inch, 235/65 R17 tyres

Spare

Tyre mobility kit

Dimensions (mm)

Exterior

Overall length

4,780

Overall width**

1,890

Overall height

1,685 / 1,690*

Wheelbase

2,780

Front track

1,633

Rear track

1,644

Front overhang

945

Rear overhang

1,055

Approach angle

16.9 deg

Departure angle

21.0 deg

Ground clearance

185

*with roof rails

**excluding door mirrors

Interior

1st row

2nd row

3rd row

Head room

1,004

998

920

Leg room

1,048

1,000

805

Shoulder room

1,500

1,472

1,342

Hip room

1,439

1,433

1,051

Capacities (litres, VDA)

Behind

1st row

2nd row

3rd row

5-seat

1,732

660

-

7-seat

1,662

605

142

Weights (kg, 5-seat)

2.0 CRDi

2.2 CRDi

2.4 GDI

AT

MT

AT

MT

AT

Kerb weight

1,844

1,821

1,849

1,735

1,750

Gross weight

2,510

2,510

2,510

2,510

2,510

Trailer weight*

2,000

2,500

2,000

2,500

2,000

*braked; 750kg unbraked for all models

Performance

2.0 CRDi

2.2 CRDi

2.4 GDI

AT

MT

AT

AT

MT

Top speed (kph)

200

203

203

202

195

0-to-100 kph (sec)

10.4

9.0

9.6

10.4

10.5

BMW scales up highly automated driving: solutions for China’s highways

 

*Note: This press release is a 1:1 copy of the original issued by BMW Group in Germany. No adaptations have been made to cater for the Australian market and may not be representative of local models or specification.*

Munich. The BMW Group is a leading auto industry developer of highly automated vehicle prototypes. BMW’s research prototypes have already driven thousands of kilometres in highly automated – i.e. self-driving – mode on German motorways. In February 2013, the focus shifted to European motorways when BMW launched a joint project with Continental. Now BMW is embarking on a further research project, which will pave the way for highly automated driving in China as well.

“Vision Zero” is a strategy for achieving “accident-free mobility” that is being pursued right across Europe in many different arenas – social, political, scientific and industrial. Highly automated driving is capable of bringing Vision Zero a significant step closer to reality. In addition to the safety aspect, the aim is to enhance comfort and efficiency as well. The BMW Group believes that highly automated driving will play a major part in ensuring sustainable personal mobility in the future. An “electronic co-pilot” system is not only able to relieve the driver of monotonous or repetitive driving tasks, but can also take over full control of the vehicle if desired. Following on from research projects in which BMW vehicles have already clocked up thousands of kilometres of highly automated driving on German and European motorways, a project is now being launched in the world’s largest car market, China, as the next logical step in the development of this technology. The fast-expanding Chinese market includes the metropolitan regions of Beijing and Shanghai and a growing number of other megacities.

Solutions to the special challenges of China’s urban highways.

Over the next two years, the BMW Group will be building prototype research vehicles for use in highly automated driving trials on Chinese roads. Whereas typical features which must be taken into account in Europe include tunnels, national borders and toll stations, China’s fast-expanding urban centres also present the engineers with challenges such as multi-level highways. BMW is taking on this new engineering challenge because it believes that only with a complete command of all the technical fundamentals will it be possible to help clarify the legal issues surrounding highly automated driving.

Many years’ experience of vehicle automation.

The BMW Group’s research prototypes highlight BMW’s leading role in the development of safety-related and highly automated driving technology. As early as October 2009, in the TrackTrainer project, highly automated vehicles from the BMW Group were already demonstrating their ability to follow an ideal line around race tracks – including the Nürburgring North Loop, the most challenging racing circuit in the world.

Important input has also been provided by the BMW Emergency Stop Assistant. If the driver is suddenly incapacitated, this system is able to switch to highly automated driving mode and bring the vehicle safely to a stop at the side of the road before automatically calling for help. The BMW Group incorporated the results from this development work in a highly automated vehicle that underwent road testing on German motorways in 2011. Meanwhile, the highly automated research prototype presented at CES 2014, which is based on a BMW 2 Series Coupe, boasts further perfected control technology. This is rooted in BMW’s view that, in order to offer robust and dependable driver stress relief in tiring situations, highly automated driving systems must be capable of coping with all potential vehicle dynamics scenarios, right through to extreme situations such as a sudden emergency.

The BMW Group is teaming up with internet giant Baidu as its Chinese partner in this latest ambitious research project. Baidu operates China’s largest search engine and is also a provider of map services and cloud services. The highly automated prototypes developed in this joint project will initially be operated on urban highways in Beijing and Shanghai.

Fast, convenient, smart: The BMW i Wallbox Pro. The new home charging station for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles

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*Note: This press release is a 1:1 copy of the original issued by BMW Group in Germany. No adaptations have been made to cater for the Australian market and may not be representative of local models or specification.*

Higher charging rate, typical high-quality BMW i design and aesthetics, touchscreen control – BMW i Wallbox Pro can use home-generated electricity and is compatible with smart home platforms – Available as an Original BMW i Accessory, together with installation service.

Munich. With the BMW i Wallbox Pro – the second home charging station in the BMW i 360º ELECTRIC portfolio for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles – zero-emission electric mobility is set to become an even more attractive option. The BMW i Wallbox Pro offers a faster charging rate than the BMW i Wallbox Pure and even more user-friendly operation, as well as innovative options for vehicle charging with home-generated electricity and smart home integration. The BMW i Wallbox Pro is available as an Original BMW i Accessory. Optionally an installation service is also provided, which offers fitting and connection of the BMW Wallbox Pro in the customer’s home or garage by qualified experts.

With a charging rate of up to 7.4 kW, the BMW i Wallbox Pro supports very fast charging of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. In this case the high-voltage battery of the BMW i3 takes less than three hours for an 80% charge. The BMW i Wallbox Pro is also compatible with other makes of vehicle equipped with the European Type 2 standard connector.

The BMW i Wallbox features the familiar BMW i design and aesthetics. The front of the high-quality plastic housing has an anthracite special-effect finish with black detailing and chrome along with highlights in BMW i blue.

Reflecting the sustainable ethos of the BMW i brand, the BMW i Wallbox Pro is produced from environmentally friendly materials.

The BMW i Wallbox Pro is operated using a 7-inch colour touchscreen display, which offers optimised control and monitoring of the charging process and allows users to choose their own individual settings. The screen can show how much charge has been delivered to the vehicle so far, along with details of previous charging cycles. LED fibre-optic strips at the sides of the wallbox indicate the current charge status and are visible from a considerable distance.

Information about the charging status can also be remotely accessed from a smartphone or tablet by using the BMW i Wallbox Remote app.

The BMW i Wallbox Pro provides an administrator function that can keep a charging history for different users. Up to three user profiles can be set up, e.g. for accounting or billing purposes. For example, private and business-related electricity use can be recorded separately. Details of electricity consumption for a particular user account can also be forwarded by email if desired.

A proximity sensor activates the BMW i Wallbox Pro when motion is detected. The charging plug can be picked up and connected to the vehicle socket using just one hand. Further user-friendly features include the 3.5-metre charging cable. The cable’s entry point towards the top of the wallbox protects it from contamination and makes it unnecessary to coil the cable.

The BMW i Wallbox Pro’s integrated load management system delivers the maximum available current when charging. At the same time, overloading is prevented by reducing the charging rate as necessary during peaks in household power consumption. A clear readout on the touchscreen shows how much power is being drawn from the household electrical system at any given time.

Assisted by its intelligent charging functions and the optional energy meter, the BMW i Wallbox Pro is unique among home charging stations in the extent to which home-generated electricity can be integrated in the charging process – for example electricity from a home solar system. This option is used whenever possible. The intelligently integrated wallbox detects the availability of solar power and immediately uses it for charging. If no home-generated energy is available, power from the grid is used instead.

If the BMW i Wallbox Pro is integrated with a smart home system, the efficient charging functionality can be extended even further to reduce peak loads on the household electrical system and optimise the use of home-generated electricity. Via the touchscreen it is possible, for example, to connect the wallbox to the smart home system myGEKKO. Up to eight smart home functions can then be controlled from the wallbox display, including activation of outdoor lighting. It is also possible to display a weather report on the touchscreen, showing current temperatures, daily maximum and minimum temperatures, frost warnings and forecasts for the coming days.

The BMW i Wallbox Pro is an Original BMW i Accessory and is available in all European markets. At the end of the year it will also go on sale in markets in Asia, Africa, the American continent and the Middle East. The BMW i Wallbox Pro can be installed both in closed garages and in covered outdoor areas.

Ford’s Final Falcon’s Fees Fall Phenomenally

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Ford Falcon Sedan and Ute Prices Announced

• 2014 Falcon G6E Turbo introduces aggressive pricing, with recommended price reductions of $9,685
• SYNC2 with Emergency Assistance standard across the Falcon range
• 2014 Falcon the only Australian-made large sedan boasting EcoBoost technology, six-cylinder performance or V8 sportiness

MELBOURNE, 25 Sept., 2014 – Luxury performance buyers now have an even bigger reason to put the 2014 Falcon G6E Turbo and performance XR Series sedans on their shopping lists.

Ford today announced across-the-range price realignments for the 2014 Falcon range, with the luxury performance G6E Turbo receiving a $9,685 cut to its Manufacturers’ List Price (MLP). The 2014 G6E Turbo will have an MLP of $46,550*, when it goes on sale later this year.

Performance buyers for both the six-speed manual and six-speed automatic XR Series also benefit from the price realignment, with MLP reductions of between $3,045 and $4,400 for normally aspirated XR and XR Turbo models.

The reductions don’t stop at the Falcon G6E Turbo and XR Series either, with customer savings spread across the entire Falcon range. Depending on the model, MLPs have been trimmed between $1,335 and $6,625, while equipment levels and features have been improved.

The new MLPs for the 2014 Falcon sedan are:

  • Falcon 4.0L Petrol (auto) $35,900*
  • Falcon XR6 4.0L Petrol (manual) $35,590*
  • Falcon XR6 4.0L Petrol (auto) $37,790*
  • Falcon XR6 Turbo 4.0L Petrol (manual) $42,990*
  • Falcon XR6 Turbo 4.0L Petrol (auto) $45,190*
  • Falcon G6E 4.0L Petrol (auto) $40,110*
  • Falcon G6E Turbo 4.0L Petrol (auto) $46,550*

Apart from the proven in-line six cylinder petrol and EcoLPi engines, Ford’s acclaimed EcoBoost engine technology is a no-cost option on the Falcon and Falcon G6E sedan, mated to a six-speed ZF sequential gearbox. EcoBoost offers the power customers want with the fuel efficiency they desire.

The EcoLPi engine is available on Falcon sedan, Falcon XR6 sedan, adds $2,500 over the normally aspirated 4.0-litre petrol engine, while the six-speed ZF sequential automatic in the sporty XR6 and XR6 Turbo adds $2,200. Pricing for the 2014 Falcon XR8 sedan will be revealed early next month.

Falcon Ute customers also benefit with cuts to the MLP for XR Series utes of between $1,380 and $3,750. Like the Falcon Sedan, the EcoLPi option on the Falcon Ute is $2,500 and is available on Cab Chassis, Styleside Box, XR6 Cab Chassis and XR6 Styleside Box models.

Falcon Ute customers now have a standard six-speed automatic, while optioning the six-speed ZF automatic transmission in Falcon XR6 Ute adds $2,200^. Single Zone Climate Control is now standard.

“We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the styling and technology of the 2014 Falcon. Now we bring a very compelling price for customers looking for a large sedan, particularly the G6E Turbo and our XR Series,” Ford General Marketing Manager, David Katic said.

“Falcon is also the only Australian made large sedan that gives customers the choice of EcoBoost technology, six-cylinder performance or V8 sportiness. No other local carmaker can make that claim.” As well, customers are able to choose between EcoLPi and turbo variants, he said.

“This is the best-ever Falcon, introducing new smart technologies like SYNC2 with Emergency Assistance across the range,” Katic said.

Importantly too, the 2014 Falcon range will come with myFord Capped Price Servicing as standard for the entire Falcon range, which also includes the addition of auto club membership and roadside assistance.

Katic said myFord Capped Price Servicing was Ford’s commitment to a service experience customers could trust.

Customers can check out in full myFord Capped Price Servicing terms and conditions at www.ford.com.au/myfordcps

PRODUCT SUMMARY

FG X Falcon Sedan will offer improvements and added features in the following areas:

Styling – Sedan Exterior

  • New front fascia featuring Ford signature trapezoidal grille with chrome detailing on G6E Sedan models and sporty 3D mechanical mesh details on XR range
  • New head lamps and fog lamps on high-series
  • New W-shape Daylight Running Lamps (DRLs) on XR
  • New L-shape Daylight Running Lamps (DRLs) on G6E
  • New rear fascia with split tail lamps featuring LED technology and new sculpted deck lid with integrated rear spoiler
  • New alloy wheel designs across all series
  • New graphics across all series
  • New badging on XR Series and G6E

Styling – Ute Exterior

  • New front fascia featuring Ford signature trapezoidal grille and sporty 3D mechanical mesh details on XR range
  • New head lamps and fog lamps
  • New W-shape Daylight Running Lamps (DRLs) on XR
  • Styling – Sedan Interior
  • New interior paint finishes, instrument cluster graphics and detailing for dials
  • New seat fabrics, leathers and seat sew styles (excludes Falcon)
  • Optional tan leather seat and door trim inserts G6E and G6E Turbo (replaces Cashmere)
  • New upper cabin environment colour

Safety

  • Reverse camera added to Falcon (reverse camera with dynamic guide lines now standard on all models)

Smart

  • New front parking sensors as standard (in addition to current standard rear parking sensors)
  • New SYNC2TM with voice control for in-car entertainment, audio and climate systems
  • New SYNC2TM Emergency Assistance
  • New digital radio (DAB+)
  • New Wi-Fi hot spot capability
  • New SD card slot (note: slot used to support satellite navigation system where fitted)
  • 2 x USB ports (ie. one extra port over current model)
  • 8” colour high-resolution touch screen standard on all models
  • New rain sensing wipers (G6E and XR range)

Prices (Sedan)

MODEL

Falcon FG X Sedan

Falcon FG MkII Sedan

Price Change

4.0L Petrol AT

$35,900*

$37,235

-$1,335

XR6 4.0L Petrol MT

$35,590*

$39,990

-$4,400

XR6 4.0L Petrol AT

$37,790*

$40,990

-$3,200

XR6 Turbo 4.0L Petrol MT

$42,990*

$46,235

-$3,245

XR6 Turbo 4.0L Petrol AT

$45,190*

$48,235

-$3,045

G6E 4.0L Petrol AT

$40,110*

$46,735

-$6,625

G6E Turbo 4.0L Petrol AT

$46,550*

$56,235

-$9,685

*Recommended Manufacturers’ List Price only. As always, the offer price of any vehicle is entirely at the discretion of the Dealer. Prices shown exclude Dealer delivery and statutory charges.

Options (MLP^)

Falcon FG X Sedan

Falcon

G6E

G6E Turbo

XR6

XR6 Turbo

Prestige Paint

$385

$385

$385

$385

$385

Matching Alloy Spare

$250

$250

$250

$250

$250

Leather Seat Trim

N/A

STD

STD

$2,100

$2,100

Tow Pack (1,600 kg rated)

$550

$550

$550

$550

$550

EcoLPi

$2,500

N/A

N/A

$2,500

N/A

EcoBoost

NCO

NCO

N/A

N/A

N/A

Luxury Pack 1

N/A

N/A

N/A

$4,350

N/A

Luxury Pack 2

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

$2,600

STD- Standard, NCO – No Cost Option, N/A – Not available.

Prices (Ute

MODEL

Falcon FG X Ute

Falcon FG MkII Ute

Price Change

Falcon Ute C/C AT

$29,390**

$28,590

+$800

Falcon Ute SSB AT

$29,790**

$28,990

+$800

XR6 C/C AT

$32,140*

$35,890

-$3,750

XR6 SSB AT

$32,640*

$36,190

-$3,550

XR6 Turbo SSB AT

$39,810*

$41,190

-$1,380

Sporty Droptops: the new Audi TT Roadster and the Audi TTS Roadster

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  • Compact roadster makes an impression with authentic design and dynamic driving properties
  • Innovative Audi virtual cockpit replaces analog displays
  • Board Member for Development Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg: “Further improved in-car technical experience”

Purity in its most beautiful form: Audi is presenting the new TT Roadster* and the TTS Roadster* at the Paris Motor Show. The compact two-seater sets new standards in design, drive, and suspension. A particular highlight in the third TT generation is the Audi virtual cockpit. For the first time, the digital instrument cluster provides all information within the driver’s field of vision – a concept that is causing a sensation. This has already led to the Audi TT’s new display and control system receiving the Car Connectivity Award and the honor of Interior Innovation of the Year at the Automotive Interiors Expo Awards.

“The concept of designing a compact roadster following clear geometrical rules formed the original idea for the Audi TT in autumn 1994,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at AUDI AG.

“From the first generation on, it has been a sports car for the senses – a driving machine with an authentic design. With the new TT Roadster, we have developed this concept in a consistent manner and further improved the technical experience in the car with innovations such as the Audi virtual cockpit.”

A design that is full of character is fused with timeless aesthetics – the third-generation TT Roadster and the TTS Roadster mark the continuation of a great tradition. The Audi designers have reinterpreted the styling of this classic vehicle and complemented it with innovative components.

New from the ground up: the control system

The control system in the new Audi TT Roadster and TTS Roadster is fully focused on the driver. There are two variants of the new multifunction steering wheel available. Thanks to the fundamental redevelopment of the control logic, the reworked MMI terminal features six hard buttons. The natural language control also makes it easier to operate the system when driving.

In combination with the MMI navigation plus, the MMI touch – the touchpad on top of the rotary push-button – is also on board. The driver can use this to scroll through lists, zoom in on maps, and enter characters. The menu structure is inspired by the layout of a smartphone and includes free text search. All key functions can be reached with just a few clicks, and the buttons on the side provide access to intelligently linked functions and options.

Another top innovation in the new TT generation is the Audi virtual cockpit. With its versatile, detailed depictions, the digital instrument cluster replaces the analog instruments and the MMI monitor. It is possible to toggle between two levels of the 12.3‑inch display. The classic view is dominated by the tachograph and the rev counter, whereas “infotainment” mode focuses on themes such as the navigation map. The TTS Roadster features a third, particularly sporty view that focuses on the rev counter as an important racing instrument.

A further highlight of the new model generation is the voice control, which has been made significantly easier. The system now understands phrasings from everyday language, meaning that hundreds of command variations are possible for each function. In the telephone menu, for example, calling a contact is as easy as saying “I want to talk to Peter” or “Connect me to Peter.” The natural language control is also integrated into the navigation, radio, and media menu items, providing customers with consistent language control.

The fun of open top driving: the concept

The new TT Roadster combines the dynamic ride of a sports car with the driving experience of an open‑top two‑seater. The basis for this consists of struts in the underbody and body that considerably improve both the torsional rigidity and the ride comfort.

The new TT Roadster is sporty, compact and low-slung stance on the road. At 4,177 mm, the two‑seater is 21 mm shorter than its predecessor. The wheelbase, on the other hand, has grown by 37 mm to 2,505 mm. The overhangs are correspondingly short. Featuring a width of 1,832 mm, the new TT Roadster is 10 mm narrower than its predecessor and has a height of 1,355 mm (3 mm less). Its drag coefficient is only 0.30 with the top closed – number one in the compact sports car segment. This is down to Audi having combined the distinctive design with excellent aerodynamics.

The front of the open‑top sports car conveys power and energy through its accentuated horizontal lines. Similar to the Audi R8*, the Singleframe grille is wide and flat – the four rings are positioned on the hood in the style of a high-performance sports car. On the standard version, the air inlets are connected to one another and divided by two vertical slats.

Two vertical lighting elements are also positioned in the headlights and emit the daytime running lights. Audi optionally supplies the headlights in LED technology. The headlights will also be available in the new Matrix LED technology shortly after the market launch – in this case, the high beam is produced by small, individually controlled light emitting diodes. In the Matrix LED headlights, the indicator featuring a dynamized display – another brand innovation – runs in the direction selected by the driver.

The flat and taut top of the new TT Roadster and the TTS Roadster also provides a clear contrast with the body and is defined by the short side window design that is typical of the TT Roadster. When viewed from the side, many of the details invoke the first generation of the design classic. The shoulders have a muscular look and the sill contour forms a strong light-refracting edge. The broad wheel arches form their own geometric entities: The front wheel arch breaks through the hood gap that continues as the tornado line all the way to the rear end. The driver no longer needs to unscrew the cap underneath the classic round tank flap on the right side. Direct refueling is performed in true racing style.

At the rear, horizontal lines again underscore the width of the open‑top sports car. The bars in the standard LED rear lights, which adopt the motif of the headlights, are permanently illuminated. The third brake light – a flat strip on the edge of the luggage compartment lid – connects the light silhouette at the rear. A diffuser incorporates the tailpipes of the exhaust system. At speeds of 120 km/h (74.6 mph) and above, a spoiler is electrically extended from the luggage compartment lid to provide additional downforce on the rear axle.

Light and quiet: the convertible top

As with all Audi Cabriolet models, the new TT Roadster and the TTS Roadster also feature an electrically actuated fabric top. This is available as standard in black, titanium gray and jive, and fits perfectly into the design line. With parts made from magnesium, aluminum, steel and plastic, the soft top weighs just 39 kilograms and is 3 kilograms lighter than its predecessor. This has a positive impact on the gross vehicle weight and the centre of gravity of the open‑top two seater.

While opening, the top forms a Z shape as it folds together into a flat package. When is stowed in the aluminum tray, it does not encroach on the 280‑litre luggage compartment. The electric drive with the two electric motors performs opening and closing in 10 seconds, even when driving at speeds of up to around 50 km/h. As a result of the elaborate clamping technology, the closed top is completely taut even at high speeds – it features a homogeneous look that conceals the cross bows.

The acoustic top is already fitted as standard on the Audi TT Roadster and Audi TTS Roadster and is noted for its extremely good thermal insulation and a low noise level, especially in the frequency range of the airflow. The thick fleece layer on the black inner headlining adds comfort. Depending on frequency, the noise level in the interior has been reduced by up to 6 dB compared with the predecessor. The aerials for radio reception are hidden from view by the convertible top. An electric mesh wind deflector and the S sport seats including headroom heating are optionally available.

Intelligent composite construction: the body

The body of the TT Roadster and the TTS Roadster represents a new evolution of the Audi Space Frame (ASF) based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB). Ultra-high-strength components made from hot-shaped steel reinforce the front section and the passenger compartment floor. The passenger compartment and all outer skin and attachment parts are made of the classic semi-finished aluminum products cast node, extruded profile and sheet metal.

With the 2.0 TFSI and manual transmission, the unladen weight of the TT Roadster (without driver) is only 1,320 kilograms. The Audi engineers have also further improved the crash safety through the intelligent composite concept in the TT Roadster.

Compared with the Coupé, the body of the Roadster has been modified in important areas. The aluminum A‑pillars each conceal a second steel pillar in their interior, which in turn houses a solid steel tube. Internal steel ribbing ensures the aluminum sills have high-strength properties. V‑shaped steel struts reinforce the zones underneath the engine compartment and the luggage compartment, and connect the axle carriers.

In the TT Roadster and the TTS Roadster, a solid wall consisting of two box profiles separates the interior from the luggage compartment, and replaces the bottom cross member found on the Coupé. The upper area of this wall houses the steel roll-over bars, whose elegantly rounded form marks another classic design theme. Mounting plates seal the openings in the rear wall, which features through-loading as standard.

Powerful and efficient: the engines
The new TT Roadster is being launched with two turbocharged four-cylinder engines, a TDI and a TFSI. A powerful TFSI ensures efficient drive in the TTS Roadster. With power outputs between 135 kW (184 hp) and 228 kW (310 hp), they clearly surpass the respective predecessor engines in terms of power, while significantly undercutting them with regard to consumption.

Using the modular transverse matrix, all engines are mounted in the same place – their installation location has great advantages with regard to packaging. A start‑stop system is included as standard. In combination with the optional driving dynamics system Audi drive select (fitted as standard on the TTS Roadster), the adjustable engine sound makes the sound even more sonorous.

Featuring 135 kW (184 hp) and 380 Nm of torque, the 2.0 TDI ultra is already a sporty engine. As with all engines in the new TT family, the two‑litre diesel engine meets the Euro 6 standard. It averages just 4.3 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, which equates to CO2 emissions of 114 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometre – a new best figure in its segment.

The 2.0 TFSI produces 169 kW (230 hp) and 370 Nm of torque in the TT Roadster; in the TTS Roadster, these figures are as high as 228 kW (310 hp) and 380 Nm. The top model breaks into the high-performance range, sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds on its way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h. The switchable flaps in the exhaust system underscore the sporty sound.

The 2.0 TFSI channels its output to a manual six‑speed transmission; the output can optionally be channeled to a six‑speed S tronic. The dual-clutch transmission shifts rapidly through the gears without any noticeable break in propulsive power and can be controlled by paddles on the steering wheel if desired. In efficiency mode in the Audi drive select system, the S tronic coasts when the driver takes their foot off the gas.

New technology: quattro permanent all-wheel drive

The quattro permanent all-wheel drive has been fully redeveloped; it is optionally available in combination with the 2.0 TFSI engine in the TT Roadster and is fitted as standard on the TTS Roadster. During regular driving, its electrohydraulic multi-plate clutch optimally distributes the drive torque between the front and rear axle depending on driving conditions, road characteristics and driver type.

Driving enjoyment and safety are combined at a new level by electronic clutch management. More power is routed to the rear axle during sporty driving, litreally propelling the new TT Roadster and the TTS Roadster into corners. Safe, controlled drifts are possible on low-friction surfaces.

The third TT generation is the first in which the permanent all‑wheel drive is integrated into the dynamic handling system Audi drive select. The driver can use this to toggle the engine characteristics and the operation of the steering support between the comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency and individual modes. Audi drive select also accesses a series of optional technical modules including the adaptive damper control Audi magnetic ride (fitted as standard on the TTS Roadster) and the six-speed S tronic.

A synthetic hydrocarbon oil containing microscopically small magnetic particles circulates within the damper pistons. Each of the front dampers contains 154 millilitres, the rear dampers 185 millilitres apiece. When a voltage is applied to a coil, a magnetic field is generated in which the alignment of the particles changes so that they are perpendicular to the oil flow, thereby inhibiting its flow through the shock absorber channels.

The control unit continuously analyzes the driving properties and the condition of the road. Depending on the setting in Audi drive select, the ride of the new Audi TT Roadster and the TTS Roadster is either relatively comfortable, balanced or decidedly taut. The dynamic mode unveils its full dynamic potential. The targeted bracing of the individual wheels during fast cornering ties the Roadster tightly to the road. It largely suppresses roll and makes steering response even more spontaneous. Audi magnetic ride reduces body pitch during braking.

Sporty and stable: the chassis

The McPherson principle is used for the front suspension of the new Audi TT Roadster and the TTS Roadster. Aluminum components reduce the weight of the unsprung masses. The steering rack of the standard progressive steering is designed so that the steering ratio becomes increasingly direct when turning. The rear axle, which features four steel links per wheel, can handle the longitudinal and transverse forces separately.

Together with the progressive steering, the sophisticated suspension and the taut tuning lead to high-precision dynamic handling. The body is lowered by 10 millimeters on the TTS Roadster, in conjunction with the S line sports package and with Audi magnetic ride. The TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI and the TT Roadster 2.0 TDI roll on 17‑inch lightweight wheels, each of which weighs only 8.7 kilograms; the tyre dimension is 225/50. On the TTS Roadster, the format is 18 inch and the tyre size 245/40; the available options range up to 20‑inch format. The newly developed tyres are noted for their improved performance together with significant optimization of rolling resistance.

Brakes that can be precisely metered and convey a taut pedal feel are located behind the large wheels. The vented front discs have a diameter between 312 and 338 mm depending on the engine version. The TTS Roadster features newly developed, particularly lightweight aluminum fixed-caliper brakes on the front axle. Another innovation, the electromechanical parking brake, takes effect at the rear wheels regardless of engine version.

The Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC), which can be switched off either partly or completely, perfectly complements the car’s sporty handling. Wheel-selective torque control takes effect when cornering: Where necessary, it can distribute the drive torque from the front wheel on the inside of the curve to the front wheel on the outside of the curve (in the case of front‑wheel drive). With quattro drive, this is also performed at the rear wheel. The car turns very easily into the curve thanks to the difference in propulsive forces, which is helpful for the driver. This enables more precise and neutral driving around curves, with the TT Roadster realizing a major boost in terms of dynamics and stability. Sports mode facilitates particularly sporty driving, facilitating steering and control when drifting.

New line: the interior design

The two-seat interior of the new TT Roadster and the new TTS Roadster fits around the driver like a custom-made suit. It has an intimate and protective feel, particularly when the fabric top is closed, without ever being restrictive. The curb clearance is high and the newly developed sport seats with integrated head restraints are mounted low. Together, they weigh five kilograms less than the seats in the predecessor. The S sport seats are optionally available (standard in the TTS Roadster) and feature particularly powerful, pneumatically adjustable bolsters.

With its light, almost floating lines, the interior continues the line of the exterior. The interior’s central concept is focus on the driver. All controls are grouped around the driver – a statement in favor of sporty, dynamic driving.

The door trims and the centre tunnel console feature flowing forms that correspond with one another.

When viewed from above, the sleek instrument panel resembles the wing of an airplane; the round air vents – a further traditional TT feature – are reminiscent of jet engines. They conceal the operation of the air conditioning and the optional deluxe automatic air conditioning. The high-precision air vents are an example of the high standards to which the Audi aspires with respect to the function, design, and workmanship of the entire interior.

High quality: color and trim

The new Audi TT offers a far more distinct and varied range of colors than its predecessor. There are 11 exterior colours, one of which is exclusively for the S line. Seven of the colors in the palette are new for the TT, and two of these are completely new for Audi: nano gray and tango red. Panther black, crystal effect and the expressive Sepang blue are also available for the TTS.

There is also a new palette of colors for the interior. There are three interior colors to choose from for both the TT and the TTS. Besides black, these are rock gray and palomino brown. For the first time, customers can choose a second color – rotor grey – in combination with the S line package, naturally also with sporty contrasting stitching. TTS buyers can also choose the sporty leather shade express red.
The equipment for the new TTS includes extended interior elements that add individually selectable color accents to the trims of the S sport seats, the sides of the centre console and the rings of the air vents. Audi offers customers with exquisite taste numerous options for customization. Upholstery in various grades of cloth, Alcantara and leather is available for the seats; there are also three leather packages. The S sport seats have characteristic diamond patterning on the high quality fine Nappa leather in the centre panel.

The design selection admiral blue is a particular highlight, making an impression with matching leather colors, alternately contrasting stitching, dark aluminium, a coordinated paint finish and a special mesh floor mat.

For the TTS, Audi’s design engineers have developed an innovative technical laser texture for the wings of the dashboard. This texture has a honeycomb-like, slightly raised structure that gives the TTS an unrivalled sporty appeal.

Convenient: the equipment

In Germany, sales of the new TT Roadster will begin with the Paris exhibition in October 2014; the TTS Roadster will follow at the start of 2015.

The optional driver assistance systems are also cutting edge. The Audi side assist included as standard in the 2.0 TFSI and TTS ensures safe lane changes with a radar measurement towards the rear, and the Audi active lane assist keeps the open top two seater in its lane with minor steering interventions. The park assist with display of surroundings automatically controls the car into and out of parking spaces. Traffic sign recognition is another optional system; attention assist is provided as standard.

Topping the modular infotainment program is MMI navigation plus with MMI touch. It already uses the second generation modular infotainment program with the Tegra 30 graphics processor from Audi’s partner Nvidia. It goes without saying that the Audi TT features the high speed communication standard LTE (Long Term Evolution) on board. The supplementary module Audi connect additionally features the familiar tailored online services – from Google Earth and Google Street View through to Twitter and Facebook access. Another new feature is online media streaming. The MMI connect app enables access to services such as Aupeo! and Napster.

With the Audi phone box, the cell phone can be conveniently docked in the car and the seat belt microphone ensures excellent voice quality during calls even when the convertible top is open. The optional Bang & Olufsen sound system provides 680 watts of power and features 12 loudspeakers. The specially designed frames for the woofers are adorned with anodized aluminum elements bearing the logo of the Danish hi-fi specialists. A white LED light conductor makes the sound system a highlight even at night.

Australian timing

The TT Roadster and TTS Roadster will arrive in Australia in the latter half of 2015. Pricing, specification and engine range will be available closer to launch.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TDI ultra (135 kW):
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 4.5 – 4.3 (52.3 – 54.7 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 118 – 114 (189.9 – 183.5 g/mi)**

Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI (169 kW):
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.1 – 6.0 (38.6 – 39.2 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 142 – 140 (228.5 – 225.3 g/mi)**

Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI S tronic (169 kW):
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.8 – 6.7 (34.6 – 35.1 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 156 – 154 (251.1 – 247.8 g/mi)**

Audi TTS Roadster 2.0 TFSI quattro (228 kW):
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.5 – 7.3(31.4 – 32.2 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 174 – 169 (280.0 – 272.0 g/mi)**

Audi TTS Roadster 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic (228 kW):
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.1 – 6.9 (33.1 – 34.1 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 166 – 159 (267.2 – 255.9 g/mi)**

World premiere of Volkswagen TRISTAR at the IAA

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  • Concept car combines features of the current T model series, providing an outlook on future generations
  • 20-inch display, video conferencing system and espresso machine

Hanover – Multifunctional like a Swiss Army knife. Variable, reliable and an all-rounder: on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the first Syncro concept car, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presents the TRISTAR, an unprecedented combination of all the good features of the current T model series. Its extreme Autodesk VRED Professional 2014 SR1-SP7off-road capability combined with flexible transport and storage capacities make the TRISTAR the perfect service, transport or surf mobile, at your choice.

Transporter of the future. On the occasion of this year’s IAA, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presents a concept vehicle with the legendary name of TRISTAR. The beefy pick-up with extended cab, styling bar and short wheelbase has a permanent four-wheel drive with mechanical rear axle differential lock and 30 mm additional ground clearance. Fitting its name, the designers have developed a high-precision, new and yet familiar design language: the sharp, wrap-around lines, LED headlights and a changed architecture of the whole front give the concept car a powerful and wide appearance. The monolithic dashboard is reminiscent in its shape and simple functionality of the earlier models of the VW Transporter. The load can be distributed on two separate levels: there is a spacious, dust-proof and watertight drawer under the flatbed section, where a deep-tread spare tire is also housed. The interior has a 20-inch tablet table and state-of-the-art video conferencing and sound systems alongside the turning and sliding driver and passenger seats, turning the TRISTAR into the perfect place for meetings. We even thought of having an espresso machine installed.

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All-rounder for specialists. Its extreme off-road capability in combination with flexible transport and storage capacities make the TRISTAR into a mobile workshop, a mobile high-tech office or into a perfect surf mobile. Safe, highquality and flexible, the new Volkswagen TRISTAR is a versatile tool for every user. Whether an architect, a film crew, service expert, landscape gardener or an expedition participant.

Benchmark of its class. Dr. Eckhard Scholz, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, speaking at the world premiere: “The TRISTAR shows an unprecedented combination of all the good features of the T model series. It demonstrates its potential and proves it is still the ultimate benchmark. Hence the TRISTAR combines yesterday and tomorrow: On the occasion of the anniversary of the first Syncro concept car, its strikingly shows the company’s all-wheel drive expertise and demonstrates its future viability.” He continues: “We take the needs of our customers seriously and are continuing to develop our best-seller with great purpose. We are thus redefining the benchmark of the class with each and every new model.”

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Facts overview

Dimensions:
Length 4.788 mm; width 2.320 mm; height 2,066 mm;
(30 mm additional ground clearance)
Drivetrain:
Permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive, mechanical rear axle differential lock
Alloy wheels “Rocadura” 245/70 R17
Engines / power / gearbox:
2,0 litre TDI 150 kW, 450 Nm
150 kW at 4000
450 Nm at 1400
7-speed DSG