Mitsubishi’s compact ASX gets a reversing camera across the range with the introduction of what Carsguide reckons should be a mandatory safety measure. The MY12 edition of the compact SUV also gets a $500 Convenience Pack (reversing sensors, Bluetooth 2.0 hands-free phone system with steering wheel controls, and steering wheel audio controls) or the $3700 Luxury Pack (adds electrochromatic mirror, leather seat trim, heated front seats and power-operated driver’s seat and 17-inch alloys).
The big-tick item missing from the latest Ford Focus has finally arrived. It’s the integrated satnav system that is standard on the Sport and Titanium models, but which only goes into cars landing in Australia from next month after an early supply delay.
Satnav is also coming to Kia by the end of the year. The European-made system will be available in Optima, Sorento and Sportage, says Kia Motors Australia boss Tony Barlow. He says it may not be available for retro fit and could add
‘‘ four figures’’ to the cost of a car. It will be standard in top-spec models.
Volkswagen is set to overtake Toyota as the world’s top-selling brand this year. Market forecasters JP Power, IHS Automotive and PWC Autofacts predict Vwwill increase by 13 per cent to 8.1 million vehicles, from third place last year behind Toyota and GM. They largely creditvw’s expansion in China. In Australia, Toyota’s sales are down 16.6 per cent this year to 131,371 andvw up 12.9 per cent to 32,153.