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New Euro laws to impact Aussies

You’ think Australia would be insulated from emissions legislation in Europe, but we likely won’ be. Last month, Europe’ parliament voted to increase emissions regulations in its member nations – a move that would see average vehicular CO2 emissions in 2030 drop by 40 percent relative to the already strict 2021 target. The proposed limit for 2030 is a mere 38g of CO2 per km for passenger cars. The knock on effect will likely be a rapid proliferation of EVs, PHEVs and hybrids through model ranges, which are sure to make their way Down Under.

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER

ASTON MARTIN Vantage and DB11 Volante; AUDI A7; BMW i8 facelift and i8 Roadster; FORD Endura, Focus, Mustang Bullitt and Everest update; GENESIS G70 and G80 sedans; HYUNDAI Ioniq hybrid, plug-in hybrid and EV; JAGUAR F-Pace upgrade and SVR; KIA Cerato hatch and GT; LAND ROVER Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid; PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS; SKODA Fabia facelift; SSANGYONG Musso, Rexton and Tivoli

JANUARY-FEBRUARY

ALFA ROMEO Stelvio QV; ASTON MARTIN DB11 AMR; AUDI A4, A6, Q8 and RS5 Sportback; BENTLEY Continental GT coupe; HYUNDAI Veloster and Kona EV; JAGUAR I-Pace; JEEP Wrangler; LEXUS CT200h update; MERCEDES-BENZ C63 AMG update and X350d 4MATIC; SUZUKI Jimny and Vitara Series II

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

At $416,500, Porsche’s ultimate trackfocused 911 will cost $30K more than the preceding version, and $90K more than the regular GT3 when it arrives at the end of the year. In an era of turbo Carreras, the atmo 4.0-litre flat-six RS has more appeal than ever. With 383kW and 470Nm, it’s more potent than before too, by 15kW and 10Nm, which sees the claimed 0-100km/h drop by 0.1sec to 3.2sec. More importantly, chassis advances including recalibrated rearwheel steering delivers a benchmark Nurburgring time 24sec quicker than the previous GT3 RS. An optional Weissach pack brings magnesium wheels and carbonfibre panels to further trim weight. And a no-cost Clubsport package aimed at serious trackdayers gives you a half rollcage, driver’s six-point harness, fire extinguisher and battery isolator.

Skoda Fabia

Visually, Skoda’s update to the Fabia hatch and wagon is subtle. Tweaked front and rear styling incorporating LED headlights and fog lights ties in with new wheel designs, including the option of 18s for the hatch. Inside, the Czech hatch gets a new instrument cluster and dash trim as well as new seat trims. An updated 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system features MirrorLink connectivity and CarPlay/Android Auto as well as Skoda Connect Services including real-time from the current

Suzuki Jimny

So excited for the arrival of Suzuki’s plucky off-roader that actually written about it here previously (Aug ’18), but the diminutive 4x4 has since been crash tested. Unfortunately for Jimny it’s not good news, with the fourth-gen model scoring an ‘underwhelming’ three star rating, the worst of any car since new NCAP rules were introduced. The driver’s head contacted the steering wheel in one test, while the driver’s torso and rear passenger protection was described as weak in another two tests.