A round up of the week’s new car launches in bite-sized chunks.

News this week from Infiniti, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Toyota and Volvo.

10 April 2012

Porsche debuts the new Cayenne GTS in Beijing

Porsche's Cayenne now available as a GTS

  • Slotting between the S and Turbo models is the latest Cayenne GTS from Porsche, debuting at the Beijing motor show.
  • Power comes by virtue of a 420PS naturally aspirated 4.8-litre V8 engine, the GTS making the most of this with a lowe, stiffer chassis.
  • An 8-speed Tiptronic S gearbox with stop-start function is standard, offering a 0-60 sprint 5.7 seconds and fuel consumption of 26.4mpg on the combined cycle.
  • The GTS goes on sale in July, priced at £67,147.

Toyota confirms Prius Plug-in Hybrid price

Toyota broaden's the Prius' appeal further with the Plug-in

  • A single specification will be offered of Toyota’s Prius Plug-in Hybrid will be available from July.
  • Priced at £27,895 the Prius Plug-in features touchscreen navigation, advanced Bluetooth, rear camera, LED headlights and head-up display.
  • The Plug-in functionality allows the Prius to fun further and faster in EV mode, boasting CO2 emissions of just 49g/km

11 April 2012

Mazda Ventures into spring with a limited edition 2

New limited availability Mazda 2 Venture Edition

  • The latest limited edition Mazda is based on the popular 2 supermini.
  • In 5-door form, the new Venture Edition boasts additional equipment over the donor Tamura model, including 16″ gunmetal alloys, body kit, front fog lights, privacy glass, Sanyo/TomTom satnav and Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Just 1500 examples will be available, priced at £12,995.

Mercedes-Benz unveils further updates for the evergreen G-Class

Mercedes-Benz's hardy G-Class is tweaked again

  • Mercedes-Benz’s long-running G-Class has been improved for 2012, 33 years after its debut as the G-wagen.
  • New features include a wholly revamped and more luxurious and tech-contemporary interior, along with subtle exterior modifications such as LED DRLs.
  • UK prices and models will be confirmed later in 2012.

Infiniti’s FX made even more special for 2012

Infiniti revises its special FX for 2012

  • Infiniti has improved its largest SUV range, the FX for 2012.
  • The front end of the FX is altered with a different profile for the bumper and a deeper grille; bolder colours and new alloys complete the mild makeover.
  • Prices remain unchanged starting at £51,200 for the FX37 GT Premium up to £58,250 for the FX50 S Premium; diesel FX30d models start at £51,290 for the GT Premium.

12 April 2012

Mercedes-Benz confirms ML 63 AMG pricing

The brutish Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG. Yours for £83,000

  • Mercedes-Benz’s flagship M-Class, the ML 63 AMG, will cost £82,995 when sales begin in Britain.
  • Powered by a bi-turbo 5.5-litre V8 engine producing 525PS, the ML 63 AMG is shoved to 60mph in just 4.8 seconds.
  • A 7-speed automatic gearbox and stop-start function don’t quell the thirst: 23.9mpg and 276g/km CO2 are improvements on the outgoing model nevertheless.

12 April 2012

Volvo V40 now available to order for September delivery

Volvo's new V40 is packed with safety technology

  • Volvo’s all-new V40 hatchback will cost from £19,745 with first deliveries at the end of the summer.
  • Safety equipment includes a pedestrian airbag and a pre-crash monitoring system that works at up to 22mph.
  • D2 models promise a remarkable 78.5mpg and emissions of just 94g/km CO2.


13 April 2012

Mazda’s Ventures further with the latest limited edition 6

Latest member of Mazda's Venture family is the 6

  • Following on from the recently unveiled Mazda 2 Venture Edition comes the larger 6 model.
  • 17″ gunmetal alloys, privacy glass, special paint, Sanyo/TomTom satnav and Bluetooth connectivity mark out the special 6.
  • The Venture Edition is available with a 2.0-litre petrol engine with a hatchback body or a 2.2-litre diesel as a hatch or an estate.
  • Prices start at £21,000.