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Volvo avoids animals
The next step in Volvo’s crash avoidance tech involves recognising large animals such as horses and cows. Research began on the technology, which is an evolution of the City Safety crash avoidance system, back in 2011, with engineers collecting data used to allow the radar unit and camera to recognise large animals. It will arrive as standard fitment in the S90 (priced from $79,900) about November, with the V90 wagon following soon after.
Hyundai has expanded the availability of its Apple CarPlay connectivity, which allows an iPhone to interact with the car’s touchscreen. The Accent small car and iMax people mover join various versions of the i30, Elantra, Tucson and Santa Fe in offering the connectivity software.
Hyundai also offers free CarPlay software updates for late-model iMax and iLoad vans.
Hyundai is working on an update across many models to incorporate Android Auto, which connects with smartphones from other brands.
CD finally booted
All Mazda3 latest models are the first mainstream car to drop the CD. It is replaced by digital radio tuning, giving access to dozens more stations in main cities.
Everest options beefed up
With the imminent demise of the locally-made Territory (production ceases on 7 October in line with the shutdown of the Broadmeadows production line) Ford is beefing up its Everest line-up.
The SUV that’s based on the underpinnings of the Ranger ute now comes as a two-wheel drive model, which is $5000 cheaper than the four-wheel drive models that continues alongside.
It’s all about giving buyers the space and versatility of the seven-seat wagon body – along with the 3000kg tow capacity – without the cost and weight of the four-wheel drive system that some will never use.
Mazda ups the seven-seat smarts
Another month, another barrage of SUVs, with Mazda’s second-generation CX-9 leading the charge. The all-new version of the seven-seater remains petrol- only but drops V6 power for a four-cylinder turbo. And while power is down from 204kW to 170kW – the new 2.5-litre turbo boasts 15 per cent more torque, bringing more of the stuff that makes it feel punchier when accelerating.
Fuel use has also had a kick in the right direction, down to as low as 8.4 litres per 100km. And Mazda has plumped the CX-9 with plenty of gear, even in the entry-level Sport driving just two wheels ($42,290). There’s three-zone air- conditioning, sat-nav, blind spot monitoring and partial auto braking in forward and reverse.