The Road Ahead : April 2013
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD APR/MAY 2013 52 MOTORING | SHOWROOM HOLDEN GIVES A GLIMPSE OF NEXT COMMODORE It won't be on sale here until the mid-year, but local motoring scribes recently got an early look at the new Holden VF Commodore, ahead of the international unveiling of the new model in the USA at the Daytona 500 by GM North America head- honcho, Mark Reuss. It will be sold stateside as the Chevrolet SS Sports sedan. VF Commodore brings new technologies, improved safety, and it's more user-friendly and more fuel efficient. Amongst Commodore's new technology will be Reverse Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and a colour Head-Up Display that projects information such as vehicle speed onto the lower windscreen area in front of the driver. VF will have the latest generation of Holden's MyLink 'infotainment' system with enhanced connectivity, plus Pandora and Stitcher apps that stream data such as internet radio to the car via a smartphone. No DAB+ digital radio, though. All models will feature an auto- LOOKING TO THE FUTURE park system with both parallel and 90 degree angle park modes. Mechanical details weren't disclosed, but we know that lightweight aluminium bonnet and boot lid, lower drag co-efficient and electric power steering will contribute to lower fuel consumption. Inside VF is all new, including the dash and displays, seats and trims. And many of the ergonomic criticisms of the VE series have been addressed. Outside, there's new sheet-metal forward of the 'A' pillars and rearward of the 'C' pillars, plus new details including lamps, grilles and three new paint colours. Holden executives confirmed there will be a Commodore model to follow VF. fiat, alfa price drop No, it's not in Queensland showrooms yet, but in 2014, Alfa Romeo's 4C should be. The mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive two-seater, unveiled at the recent Geneva International Motor Show, is the next halo car for the sporty Italian brand. Also destined for our shores (in 2015) is the Spider, the result of a collaborative effort between Alfa and Mazda in developing the next-generation MX-5. Arriving sooner (this year) will be the Pop, 500S, Lounge and Gucci additions to the Fiat 500 light car range. Expect the next- generation Alfa Romeo MiTo also in 2013. The announcements headlined the Fiat Chrysler Group's outline for the future, and a new positioning and price point for its Australian range. The 500 line-up has been reduced by between $4190 and $5290, depending on variant, while the current MiTo drops between $4990 and $6790 and the Giulietta by between $2840 and $7640. beat all beetle VW's new-look Beetle is longer, wider and lower. The design moves away from that of the New Beetle of 1998 and, instead, draws on cues from the original Beetle and Beetle Ragster concept of 2005. Cargo capacity has increased, from 209 litres to 310 litres (769 to 905 litres with split rear bench folded) and suspension redesigned for better driving dynamics. There is just one power plant -- a 1.4-litre, twin (super and turbo) charged petrol four-cylinder putting out 118kW of power and 240Nm of torque -- though there's a choice of six-speed manual transmission or optional seven-speed DSG. Standard equipment includes 17" alloy wheels, bluetooth, colour co-ordinated dash and door panels, dual-zone climate control airconditioning and parking sensors. Safety includes twin front and side/head airbags, plus ABS and ESC. The manual version is priced at $29,990. The DSG option costs another $2500. mirage downsca Mitsubishi has revived the Mirage badge for its new light car model, which is more a city commuter than the dynamic small car (discontinued in 2004) that bore the same moniker. The three model range comprises the entry ES, the mid-range Sport and better-equipped LS (pictured). All are five-door hatches and feature a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine. Transmissions are either a five-speed manual or optional ($2250) CVT auto. All models include six airbags, stability control and anti-lock brakes. List prices start at $12,990 (ES manual), rising to $17,740 (auto LS). However, current drive-away deals on all versions mean the above models could be driven away for $12,990 and $19,490 respectively. ^PRICES ARE MANUFACTURERS' LIST PRICES AND DO NOT INCLUDE STATUTORY AND DELIVERY CHARGES.