This week, the motoring sphere was packed with new-car releases, with Mazda revealing the CX-60; Aston Martin, the new V12 Vantage; and Suzuki, the fully hybrid Vitara. Audi also made the motoring news headlines, with the Ingolstadt-based automaker unveiling the A6 Avant e-tron, a battery-powered estate for the electric era. In addition, Mahindra South Africa has handed the XUV300 ‘significant’ spec upgrades. Unfortunately, there were some bad news in terms of motoring … the Automobile Association of South Africa announced that South African motorists can expect a ‘fuel price shock’ in April 2022. Here’s the breakdown of this week in motoring… 

Mazda introduces the CX-60 as the ‘most powerful’ Mazda road car to date

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Mazda has finally revealed the CX-60, the Japanese car manufacturer’s first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) offering. Billed as the ‘most powerful’ Mazda road car ever, the CX-60’s PHEV powertrain comprises a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine and 100 kW electric motor. Together, the set-up produces 241 kW and 500 Nm of torque. 

Mahindra XUV300 gains ‘significant’ spec upgrades

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Mahindra South Africa has announced it has handed the XUV300 a boost in specification, with the local arm of the India-based automaker adding an array of standard features to the line-up. Pricing and specification here. 

New Aston Martin V12 Vantage unveiled as ‘fiercest’ ever

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Aston Martin has finally unveiled the new V12 Vantage. The fastest, fiercest and most dynamically accomplished Vantage to date, the latest generation is endowed with a 5.2-litre V12 motor, producing 515 kW and 753 Nm of torque. Power is directed to the rear axle via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, which has been calibrated to enhance shift speeds and driver interaction. The “most powerful” Vantage ever created sprints to 60 mph (96.6 km/h) marker from a standstill in “just” 3.4 seconds. The maximum speed is rated at 322 km/h.

Audi reveals A6 Avant e-tron concept

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Audi has whipped the wraps off the A6 Avant e-tron concept. “With the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept, we are offering a completely tangible look at future production models on our new PPE technology platform,” said Audi board member for technical development Oliver Hoffmann. “What we want most of all is to use technical skills to add an exclamation point.”

Suzuki reveals the Vitara full hybrid in Europe

Suzuki UK has introduced a full hybrid version of the Vitara. The hybrid arrangement comprises the latest version of the Japanese automaker’s K15C engine and a 140 V lithium-ion battery and inverter. The petrol-electric set-up also features a motor-generator unit (MGU), a 12 V lithium-ion battery and a conventional 12 V lead-acid battery. 

Expected ‘fuel price shock’ coming in April 2022

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The Automobile Association of South Africa has announced South Africans can expect a “fuel price shock” in April 2022. Commenting on mid-month fuel data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF), the AA notes the current date projects fuel prices will “touch on” R24 per litre for petrol and R23.60 for diesel. If these increases are indeed realised, these will be the biggest fuel-price increases in the history of South Africa.