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David Zalstein

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Toyota 86: Plans for next-gen car still secret, but local arm keen as ever

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Toyota 86: Plans for next-gen car still secret, but local arm keen as ever

Go back to December 2015 – just before the Ford Mustang launched in Australia – and the top-selling sports car in the segment was the Toyota 86. These days, sales of the rear-drive two-door are down almost 22 per cent on 2016, and down more than 41 per cent on 2015...

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Toyota Australia confident of future success, “whichever direction” things go
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Toyota Australia confident of future success, “whichever direction” things go

Those inside the local division of the world's largest car manufacturer, Toyota, say while other brands might be focussing attention on a single future powertrain technology, they're confident the Japanese marque's broader approach will prove successful in the long run...


Toyota HiLux upgrades and improvements coming: local arm 'not resting on laurels'
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Toyota HiLux upgrades and improvements coming: local arm 'not resting on laurels'

Despite the Toyota HiLux dominating local sales figures for the last sixth months consecutively – and taking out top honours in 2016 – the Japanese car maker's local division says it's taking the market and the segment seriously, with more upgrades and improvements to the hard-working model well and truly in the pipeline...


Can’t afford a new 2018 BMW M5? Why not buy a carbon-fibre-infused M5-inspired bike?
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Can’t afford a new 2018 BMW M5? Why not buy a carbon-fibre-infused M5-inspired bike?

That's right. Always keen to build affordable transportation for the masses to enjoy, BMW has revealed its latest special-edition BMW lifestyle bike, and it takes inspiration from the German marque’s brand-new super sedan. Catchily dubbed the BMW M Bike Limited Carbon Edition, the special new pushy is inspired by the all-new 441kW/750Nm 4...


BMW set for 2018 Le Mans return with spunky-looking BMW M8 GTE
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BMW set for 2018 Le Mans return with spunky-looking BMW M8 GTE

The 2018 BMW M8 GTE race car has been unveiled at this week's Frankfurt motor show, teamed with confirmation the German marque will make its Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race return after a seven-year hiatus...


2018 Toyota Landcruiser Prado revealed: Here in November without V6 petrol
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2018 Toyota Landcruiser Prado revealed: Here in November without V6 petrol

The newly-updated 2018 Toyota Landcruiser Prado has been revealed at this week's Frankfurt motor show, with the Japanese carmaker putting an increased focus on safety for buyers of the rugged off-roader. Outside, a refreshed exterior is highlighted by a revised – and decently chrome-heavy – grille, restyled headlights, re-profiled fenders, and a potentially polarising new bonnet, which Toyota says has been sculpted “to enhance downward visibility”...


Australian road safety guru elected new Global NCAP chairman
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Australian road safety guru elected new Global NCAP chairman

Long-time road safety advocate, and former Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) chairman, Lauchlan McIntosh, has been appointed chairman of the Global New Car Assessment Program (Global NCAP)...


2018 Lotus Evora GT430 Sport: 315km/h sports car becomes fastest-ever road-going Lotus
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2018 Lotus Evora GT430 Sport: 315km/h sports car becomes fastest-ever road-going Lotus

Following in the footsteps of the regular Lotus Evora GT430 – the British brand's most powerful road-going model ever – Lotus has added a newer, even faster, variant to its ranks: the 2018 Lotus Evora GT430 Sport. Powered by the same supercharged 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 320kW of power at 7000rpm and 440Nm of torque at 4500rpm, the 2018 Lotus Evora GT430 Sport takes the regular Evora GT430 and simplifies things even further...


2018 Honda Civic Type R inspires autonomous lawnmower… and now we want one
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2018 Honda Civic Type R inspires autonomous lawnmower… and now we want one

As part of Honda celebrating 25 years of two of its most iconic nameplates – Fireblade and Type R – the Japanese brand has revealed two fully-functioning special-edition ‘prototypes’ of its robotic lawnmower known as Miimo...


2017 TVR Griffith unveiled: V8 two-seater marks official return of UK icon
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2017 TVR Griffith unveiled: V8 two-seater marks official return of UK icon

Italian marque Ferrari isn't the only brand celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, with iconic British sports car maker TVR marking 70 years with the unveiling of its all-new 2017 TVR Griffith. Make no mistake, revealed at the Goodwood Revival Earls Court motor show in Sussex in the UK, the much anticipated 2017 TVR Griffith is drop-dead gorgeous...


2017 Audi S4 Avant review
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2017 Audi S4 Avant review

Why sedan when you can wagon? And why only wagon when you can performance wagon? Say hello to the all-new 2017 Audi S4 Avant…

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Nissan goes old-school cool for Supercars ‘Retro Round’
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Nissan goes old-school cool for Supercars ‘Retro Round’

Everything old is new again, or so they say. And Nissan has announced it's bringing back a motorsport classic for next weekend's 'Retro Round' of the 2017 Supercars Championship. The blue Calsonic-liveried R32 Nissan GT-R of the 1990s dominated Japanese Group A racing and quickly became an icon of the sport, and for Nissan as a whole...


2017 Rally Australia: Coffs Harbour readying for WRC return
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2017 Rally Australia: Coffs Harbour readying for WRC return

Rally Australia is back for another year, with the picturesque Coffs Coast in Northern New South Wales again set to welcome the world's best rally drivers for the final round of the 2017 World Rally Championship (WRC). Comprising a total of 318 competitive kilometres spread across 21 stages, Rally Australia kicks off in November, transforming Coffs Harbour from resort town to rally-fan central...


2017 Honda NSX: Only two sold in Oz so far
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2017 Honda NSX: Only two sold in Oz so far

Surrounded by much hype and huge expectation, the first new Honda NSX to be sold in Australia in 25 years launched locally in late 2016. Anticipation was high and fans were, understandably, rather excited. Then Honda Australia confirmed pricing for the hybrid supercar: an eyebrow-raising $420,000 (before on-road costs)...


2017 Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 revealed
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2017 Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 revealed

We loved the previous iteration of the Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 so much, we couldn't contain our excitement when the new 2017-spec version was revealed for the UK market. Said to have been “engineered to shine in the most gruelling conditions,” the 2017 Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 is the uber-tough product of a collaboration between the Japanese car and truck maker and Icelandic 4x4 specialists Arctic Trucks, and follows in the mighty off-road-sized footprints of the 2016 Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35...