3pm News Round-up, April 27
Sebring targets ‘uninspiring’ mid-sizers
April 27, 2007, 3pm. More usually associated with larger cars, Chrysler’s sizing down a little with its Sebring, being added to the New Zealand range in June.
“The Sebring will play an important role, ensuring that we cover one of the most important segments in the marketplace currently dominated by conservative, uninspired four-door sedans,” says NZ Chrysler GM Brett Aspden.
More restrained than the controversial 300, the Sebring will arrive first as a five-door liftback and will be joined by a cabriolet at year’s end.
Engine choices will include a turbo diesel.
Chrysler hopes that the Sebring will appeal to families and business car buyers looking for a mid-size vehicle “that is both practical, yet out-of-the-ordinary."
Photo caption: Chrysler's new Sebring.
Toyota rolls out sat-nav in NZ
April 27, 2007, 3pm. Toyota has introduced satellite navigation to its Aurion Grande as the first stage of a rollout through the product line.
It’ll first appear in the Lexus range in the LS460 and LS600 being introduced next month.
Though not all models will be fitted with sat-nav as standard, the system will be available for retro-fit into any Toyota that has the company’s standard-sized audio.
Pricing as an accessory hasn’t been finalised, but it adds $3000 to the price of the Aurion Grande.
Toyota is using Terralink mapping data, converted into a Denso format.