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Honda responds to NSX pricing criticism

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Honda responds to NSX pricing criticism

Honda Australia took six or seven pre-orders on the brand-new NSX hybrid supercar before last week's local launch, but admits the public response to its $420,000 price tag has been mixed...

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Skoda has its own distinct brand, says VW
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Skoda has its own distinct brand, says VW

Skoda should not simply be positioned as a ‘cheaper Volkswagen’ in Australia, says the latter company’s local boss. Instead, it must be defined as a strong and worthy brand in its own right, with its own distinct values to lure a different sort of buyer...


Light car sales will recover, predicts Honda
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Light car sales will recover, predicts Honda

Light car sales are in the doldrums right now, but key market player Honda is convinced things will turn around — it’s just not quite sure when it’ll happen, and why it’s happening in the first place. Sales of light vehicles are in relative freefall this year, down 16 per cent within a total market up three per cent...


Tesla Model X: Australian pricing and specifications for electric SUV
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Tesla Model X: Australian pricing and specifications for electric SUV

The full Australian-market configurator for the Tesla Model X all-wheel-drive pure electric crossover is now live, revealing more information on arguably the market’s most eagerly anticipated SUV. The celebrate the occasion, Tesla flew two US-spec cars to Australia this week for an early preview, inviting hundreds of prospective buyers to get a feel for the car...


Hyundai Australia waits on HiLux rival, green-lit Santa Cruz pickup unlikely
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Hyundai Australia waits on HiLux rival, green-lit Santa Cruz pickup unlikely

Hyundai Australia has reiterated that the forthcoming production-ready pickup, under development for the US, is not a high priority here. Instead, the Korean brand’s local arm is waiting for the now seemingly inevitable HiLux-rivalling commercial ute due around 2020...


Renault Sport Megane production ends, Australian stock still available
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Renault Sport Megane production ends, Australian stock still available

The final third-generation Renault Sport Megane rolled off the company’s Spanish production line this week, but prospective local buyers can rest assured that Renault Australia still has enough stock to last a while yet. Renault’s UK arm announced this week that the final Megane RS unit had rolled off the line in Palencia and was being sold by a dealer in Dundee...


New Honda CR-V due next year, to be more dynamic and upmarket
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New Honda CR-V due next year, to be more dynamic and upmarket

The all-new 2017 Honda CR-V, set to break cover within the next few months, will be a more premium and dynamic offering designed to take it right up to the dominant Mazda CX-5 in the booming medium SUV market. Due to launch in Australia during the second half of next year, following on from a world premiere in the US within a few months, the next iteration of Honda’s long-running SUV nameplate will follow in the wheel-tracks of the sportier new Civic...


Honda Australia needs another 12 months to complete Takata airbag recall
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Honda Australia needs another 12 months to complete Takata airbag recall

Honda Australia says it won’t finish repairing 400,000 cars fitted with potentially faulty airbag inflators, supplied by third-party provider Takata, for at least another 12 months. The massive task of replacing such a huge number of various inflators (up to 5000 per week), and navigating the complex regulatory landscape in place, has been a massive challenge for the brand’s local arm, admits director Stephen Collins...


Could Honda go back to the future?
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Could Honda go back to the future?

Honda Australia says it and a number of other “advanced” markets around the globe are pushing for the development of a greater array of sporty cars, potentially even a revival of iconic coupes such as the Prelude and Integra. Why is this of note? While there’s nothing locked away in the immediate development pipeline, the more mature markets push for brand-building cars that powered Honda to its once-lofty status, the more likely it is that it will happen...


Great Wall Steed utes have arrived in Australia
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Great Wall Steed utes have arrived in Australia

The first shipment of Great Wall Steed utes has arrived in Australia ahead of the brand’s formal return to the market on September 5. The Chinese brand has confirmed it will launch with a three-model range with one-tonne payloads, all sporting a dual-cab body-style in either 4x4 diesel, 4x2 diesel and 4x2 petrol configurations...


Honda Australia forecasts massive 2017 growth
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Honda Australia forecasts massive 2017 growth

Honda Australia has forecast huge growth in 2017 on the back of the new Civic sedan and hatch line-up, and the much improved next-generation CR-V medium SUV. The company’s local director Stephen Collins this week stated his aim to achieve 50,000 sales next year, around 20 per cent more than is expected this year...


2017 Honda Civic Type-R Australian launch confirmed
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2017 Honda Civic Type-R Australian launch confirmed

The next-generation Honda Civic Type-R hot hatch is still 100 per cent on track for an Australian launch before the end of 2017, the company’s local chief said today. This means hotted-up Honda diehards will soon be able to get their hands on a rejoinder to the all-conquering Ford Focus RS...


The fastest-growing car brands in 2016
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The fastest-growing car brands in 2016

New vehicle sales are on track for an all-time record in 2016, up 2.8 per cent at the end of July to 689,471 units. But there are some brands doing better than others. Here we want to mention those that have grown the most, and the fastest. This constitutes two metrics: volume growth and percentage growth...


2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander Review
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2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander Review

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander is getting on, but it still promises a great value proposition. Does it make the grade?


Deals on wheels for August 20
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Deals on wheels for August 20

It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, which this week looks at six factory-backed special offers for all you weekend shoppers. This isn’t a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you’re in the market for some new wheels. Nissan Qashqai ST auto — $26,990 drive-away This is a saving of more than $5000...