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Toyota C-HR hybrid wanted for Australia

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Toyota C-HR hybrid wanted for Australia

Toyota Australia has an “immediate” desire to launch the C-HR petrol-electric hybrid crossover here, but is currently hobbled by restricted production in Japan. The C-HR, which launched this week predominately as a rival to the Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Juke, is being sold here exclusively with a 85kW/185Nm 1...

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Cheaper Toyota servicing limited to C-HR
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Cheaper Toyota servicing limited to C-HR

Toyota Australia says it is not ready to roll out its improved servicing scheme — which premieres on the new C-HR crossover this week — to other vehicles. The C-HR is the first vehicle to be offered in Australia with extended Toyota Service Advantage, meaning you get five years of advertised servicing prices at 12 month/15,000km intervals (whichever comes first) at $195 per visit...


Toyota C-HR could appeal to coupe buyers
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Toyota C-HR could appeal to coupe buyers

The chic new Toyota C-HR “elevated coupe” crossover is not just a straight Mazda CX-3 and Suzuki Vitara rival, says the company’s sales and marketing chief Tony Cramb. While the small SUV market is its core target, the wild design will also appeal to statement-makers, and is expected to be cross-shopped to some degree against cars such as the Hyundai Veloster or even Toyota’s own 86 coupe...


Budget Renault Dokker van on local agenda
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Budget Renault Dokker van on local agenda

Renault Australia is seriously considering launching the Dokker light van — sold in most markets under its Dacia sub-brand — as a new sub-Kangoo budget offering. Launching the Renault Dokker here would give the French company a small cargo-carrier priced below $20,000. Given the Suzuki APV’s murky future in Australia, it would fill a small market niche nicely...


2017 Toyota C-HR review
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2017 Toyota C-HR review

Toyota has taken its time producing a proper rival to the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3, but the new C-HR delivers the goods


2017 Toyota C-HR pricing and specs
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2017 Toyota C-HR pricing and specs

The brand new Toyota C-HR small crossover launched in Australia today, with the express mission of “disrupting” a segment led by the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V despite severely restricted supply out of Japan. Aggressively styled, turbocharged and spun-off Toyota’s more dynamically engaging new architecture, the C-HR is a case of ‘better late than never’ for Australia’s biggest brand...


2017 Renault Trafic Crew review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Renault Trafic Crew review

The well-regarded Renault Trafic van range grows with the introduction of a six-seat Crew derivative, with a steel bulkhead and more loading space than a Kangoo

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$42,990

2017 Lexus IS300h Sport Luxury review
Rating: 710 /10
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2017 Lexus IS300h Sport Luxury review

The 2017 Lexus IS300h Sports Luxury is a comfortable and stylish luxury sedan, but its hybrid drivetrain option is outpointed by more modern rivals.

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PSA plan to buy Opel advancing - UPDATE
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PSA plan to buy Opel advancing - UPDATE

PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares will meet UK prime minister Theresa May to discuss the company's intention to buy the money-losing Opel and Vauxhall brands from General Motors. The planned talks must be construed as a clear indication that PSA's intent to take-over GM's European arms is serious and advanced...


Renault Trafic automatic confirmed at last
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Renault Trafic automatic confirmed at last

Better late than never. The Renault Trafic mid-sized van will get a much-needed automatic transmission in current-generation guise, the company has confirmed. A firm timeline is not clear because it’s a bit of a moving feast internally, but Renault Australia light commercial line manager Lyndon Healey says the self-shifter has at least been green lit...


Ford Kuga recall still not confirmed, despite numerous reports of engine fires
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Ford Kuga recall still not confirmed, despite numerous reports of engine fires

Ford Australia has still not committed to recalling Kuga 1.6 models — unlike in South Africa, where it has done so — despite several engine fires being reported locally. Instead, Ford Australia says it is still speaking with affected owners (several of whom we have referred to higher levels of the company) and "investigating" whether it needs to call-in all Kugas with this engine for a fix...


BMW X2 crossover confirmed for Australia
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BMW X2 crossover confirmed for Australia

The slick BMW X2 small crossover is a sure thing to come to Australia to rival the Audi Q2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, most likely in the first half of 2018.  Previewed last September as a concept car, the X2 will be based on BMW Group’s UKL platform, which currently underpins the Mini Cooper, BMW X1 and the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer...


Great Wall Steed cab-chassis coming
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Great Wall Steed cab-chassis coming

Great Wall Australia is still on track to introduce a cheaper single-cab-chassis version of the Steed ute before the end of 2017. It is expected that the Steed cab-chassis will come in both 110kW/310Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel 4x4 and 100kW/205Nm 2.4-litre petrol 4x2 configurations...


'SUVs' have jumped the shark
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'SUVs' have jumped the shark

When it comes to proliferating the increasingly erroneous notion that SUVs deserve their own category, I’m more culpable than most. But swallowing one’s pride and changing one’s mind is easy, if you want it to be. Guys, we need to consider not separating ‘SUVs’ and ‘passenger’ cars any more, in some cases at least, because the lines are blurred to the point of imperceptibility...


2017 Holden Spark LT v Suzuki Ignis GLX comparison
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2017 Holden Spark LT v Suzuki Ignis GLX comparison

The market’s smallest vehicles aren’t selling quite as well as they used to, but you can’t attribute this decline to any lack of quality on the part of car makers. Two of the best, and newest, entrants are compared here: the Australian-tuned Holden Spark from Korea, and the just-launched Suzuki Ignis from Japan...