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2018 Toyota HiLux pricing and specs

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2018 Toyota HiLux pricing and specs

Pricing and specifications for the updated 2018 Toyota HiLux range have been detailed ahead of an October 6 on-sale date, brining a revised model line-up including new variants, small price increases, and the axing of the slow-selling 4.0-litre V6 engine...

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2018 Hyundai Accent pricing and specs
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2018 Hyundai Accent pricing and specs

Despite being released a couple of months ago, the 2018 Hyundai Accent Sport has already received an upgrade for the new model year. Limited largely to cosmetic and trim updates, the updated single-variant range now gets a revised front grille, tweaked headlight bezels, and subtle changes to the cabin...


BMW 530d joins Victorian highway patrol fleet
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BMW 530d joins Victorian highway patrol fleet

The 2017 BMW 530d will report for duty as a highway patrol car "by early-2018", as part of the Bavarian manufacturer's new vehicle supply partnership with Victoria Police. Up to 80 of the diesel-powered sedans will be patrolling Victorian roads within the next 12-15 months, largely due to the end of local vehicle manufacturing - spelling the demise of the current police crop of Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores...


2018 Renault Captur pricing and specs
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2018 Renault Captur pricing and specs

The refreshed 2018 Renault Captur range has hit Australian showrooms, bringing a raft of cosmetic and equipment upgrades to the little French SUV. Kicking off at $23,990 drive-away, the new Captur features a revised model range, with entry-level Zen and top-spec Intens names aligning with the Clio, Megane and Koleos line-ups...


Volkswagen T-Roc R spied at the Nurburgring
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Volkswagen T-Roc R spied at the Nurburgring

A prototype believed to be the rumoured Volkswagen T-Roc R has been spied this week near the famed Nurburgring circuit in Germany. Compared to the standard model - which was revealed just weeks ago - this development vehicle sports unique LED daytime-running lights (strips on this car compared to the circular ones of the market version) and quad tailpipes out the back...


2002-2016 Toyota LandCruiser recalled for airbag fix
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2002-2016 Toyota LandCruiser recalled for airbag fix

Toyota has issued a recall for 32 examples of its Landcruiser 100 Series and 200 Series over concerns the airbag assemblies may not be to correct specifications. According to the Japanese automaker, the inflators may pose an increased risk of injury to the vehicle's occupants in the event of a collision...


Ford and Mahindra to team up in developing markets
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Ford and Mahindra to team up in developing markets

Ford Motor Company and the Mahindra Group have announced a strategic alliance to explore various mobility solutions in emerging markets, namely India. The partnership agreement will last "up to three years", with the alliance leveraging Ford's global reach and Mahindra's scale in India to cooperate in areas such as connected vehicle projects, electrification, product development, distribution within India (for Ford) and global emerging markets (Mahindra's reach outside of India)...


2018 BMW X3 pricing and specs
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2018 BMW X3 pricing and specs

The new-generation 2018 BMW X3 has been detailed for the Australian market this week, ahead of a November lauch. Kicking off at $68,900 plus on-road costs for the entry-level xDrive20d, the new X3 starts nearly $5000 more than the outgoing model - which starts at $63,800...


McLaren 570GT 'XP Green' by MSO revealed
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McLaren 570GT 'XP Green' by MSO revealed

Update: McLaren's local division has confirmed that the 570GT XP Green won't be offered locally, and is reserved for Europe and the UK. See bottom of article for details. McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has created a limited-run collection of six special 570GT sports cars, finished in traditional British automotive colours...


Ford Fiesta axed in the US, Australian prospects still unclear
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Ford Fiesta axed in the US, Australian prospects still unclear

American fans of the Ford Fiesta will have to keep their current-generation vehicles, as the company's North American arm has announced that the US won't be getting any versions of its little hatchback - not even the hot ST model. Speaking with CarBuzz at the Frankfurt motor show, Leo Roeks, Ford Performance of Europe director, said low demand in the US is to blame for the Fiesta's demise...


Renault Kangoo dCi EDC here by year's end - UPDATE
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Renault Kangoo dCi EDC here by year's end - UPDATE

Update: Renault Australia has confirmed the launch of the Kangoo dCi EDC for our market "before the end of 2017. See bottom of article for details. The Renault Kangoo diesel is now available with the company's Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic transmission in Europe, after previously being a manual-only affair...


L3Pilot autonomous driving test program launched in Europe
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L3Pilot autonomous driving test program launched in Europe

The European Research Project L3Pilot for autonomous drive systems has been launched this week, led by the Volkswagen Group. As part of the four-year program, the L3Pilot initiative includes a total of 13 vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, research institutes and universities, operating 100 vehicles with 1000 drivers to test automated driving technologies for both Level 3 and Level 4 standards...


NSW Govt announces changes to Graduated Licensing Scheme, adopts Victorian model
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NSW Govt announces changes to Graduated Licensing Scheme, adopts Victorian model

Transport for New South Wales (NSW) has announced "major improvements" to its Graduated Licensing Scheme, with the changes largely aligning with the process used in Victoria. Coming into effect from 20 November 2017, the revised scheme comes with three main changes. Firstly, learner drivers will now be required to complete the Hazard Perception Test before undertaking the practical driving test...


Citroen C4 Aircross, Peugeot 4008 recalled for wiper fix - UPDATE
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Citroen C4 Aircross, Peugeot 4008 recalled for wiper fix - UPDATE

The Citroen C4 Aircross and Peugeot 4008 have been recalled this week over concerns the windscreen wiper motors could fill with water and seize - with 2492 vehicles affected in total. According to the French manufacturers, affected vehicles are fitted with a motor venting device that may not be to the correct specification - potentially allowing water to enter the wiper motor...


2016-2017 Ford Everest, Ranger recalled for airbag fix
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2016-2017 Ford Everest, Ranger recalled for airbag fix

Ford has issued a recall for 1206 vehicles across its 2016 and 2017 Everest and Ranger model lines over concerns the side airbags may not deploy correctly. The manufacturer reports that certain vehicles may be fitted with airbag initiators that contain an incorrect chemical mixture...