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2017 Honda Civic Type R will cost around $50k in Australia

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2017 Honda Civic Type R will cost around $50k in Australia

The 2017 Honda Civic Type R hatch will launch in Australia from the third quarter of next year priced at about $50,000, matching its rivals, the Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R...

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Weekend Deals on Wheels for December 10: Workhorse edition
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Weekend Deals on Wheels for December 10: Workhorse edition

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. Here we focus on workhorses...


Yes, a 'new' Honda S2000 was sold in Australia last month
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Yes, a 'new' Honda S2000 was sold in Australia last month

Bizarrely, a Honda S2000 was sold new in November, according to industry statistics VFACTS - eight years after the car was discontinued! Eyebrows were raised when the latest VFACTS data report showed a solitary Honda S2000 in the November 2016 sales cell, considering the last unit sold before this was way back in November 2008...


Isuzu Ute sales growing despite newer rivals
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Isuzu Ute sales growing despite newer rivals

Isuzu Ute continues to punch well above its weight division in Australia’s strong light commercial and SUV markets, with sales on the up in the face of newer competition. Impressively for a company with only two model lines, Isuzu Ute has posted 20,773 sales this year, up 9.7 per cent. This makes it Australia’s 15th most popular brand, between Audi and Suzuki...


2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain review

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain crossover should be making Audi and Volvo nervous


Honda Civic sedan selling up a storm, hatch and Type R waiting in the wings
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Honda Civic sedan selling up a storm, hatch and Type R waiting in the wings

The new Honda Civic sedan has achieved the company’s aim of reasserting it among the top small car brands since the launch in July, while the imminent hatch and Type R are expected to build on this return to form into 2017. Over the second half of this year, Honda claims the three-box Civic has achieved a running average of almost 23 per cent private small sedan market share against rivals such as the Mazda 3, Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla...


Volkswagen Tiguan beats its sales record, pre-orders for hotted-up 162TSI soar
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Volkswagen Tiguan beats its sales record, pre-orders for hotted-up 162TSI soar

The Volkswagen Tiguan achieved its best-ever Australian sales month in November, reflecting the continued medium SUV boom. According to VFACTS figures released this week, 1170 Tiguans found homes last month, beating the existing record of 1107 set in March 2011. This put the combined Tiguan range ahead of the Subaru Forester...


Mercedes-AMG sales at record levels, 4600 year-to-date
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Mercedes-AMG sales at record levels, 4600 year-to-date

Mercedes-AMG managed a record November, growing 18 per cent to a tick over 600 units — a staggering one-in-six of all Benz sales here. Cars developed by the Affalterbach tuning house regularly make up a higher proportion of Mercedes-Benz’ total sales in Australia than any other market worldwide. But November was large even by those standards...


2017 Honda CR-V: Seven-seater and sales growth expected, but no diesel
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2017 Honda CR-V: Seven-seater and sales growth expected, but no diesel

The next-generation Honda CR-V is expected to match it with the segment’s top sellers when it launches in the third quarter of 2017, returning the well-known nameplate to the lion’s share of buyers’ consideration lists...


Mazda CX-9 beats Kluger as company's SUV sales match passenger cars
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Mazda CX-9 beats Kluger as company's SUV sales match passenger cars

In what is shaping up as potential changing of the guard — or perhaps just a blip — the recently launched seven-seat Mazda CX-9 has eclipsed the Toyota Kluger class champ in the large SUV sales race two months in succession...


Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger top November sales charts, ahead of Corolla
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Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger top November sales charts, ahead of Corolla

In a strong reflection of buyer trends, a pair of light commercial vehicles topped the sales charts in November. The Toyota HiLux (3839 units) was the nation’s favourite new vehicle, ahead of its Ford Ranger arch-nemesis (3410). Third was the Toyota Corolla small car on 3245...


November 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales numbers, winners and losers detailed
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November 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales numbers, winners and losers detailed

The Australian new vehicle market was steady in November, up a modest 0.3 per cent to 98,937 units. The total market remains on record pace at 1,079,370 year-to-date (YTD). Interestingly, a pair of utes were the top-selling models. As has become familiar, it was SUVs (38 per cent market share) and light commercials (19 per cent market share) that showed sales growth, offsetting a 4...


Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate to be replaced by a crossover in Australia
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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate to be replaced by a crossover in Australia

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate appears unlikely to come to Australia in this generation, on account of the declining demand for passenger wagons that saw its predecessor struggle to achieve adequate volume. The load-lugging version of the E-Class sedan, a technological powerhouse that has achieved ripping sales since its July launch, will instead morph into a crossover for the Australian market, though conventional models are available in Europe...


Mercedes, Nissan and aftermarket body fighting tug-of-war over genuine parts
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Mercedes, Nissan and aftermarket body fighting tug-of-war over genuine parts

Mercedes-Benz has hit back hard at the representative body for Australia’s aftermarket industry, which this week announced a plan to expose the “myth” that genuine factory parts are always best...


2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 S review
Rating: 910 /10
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2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 S review

The new Mercedes-AMG E63 S moves the game forward, but does it retain the old car’s hot rod character too?