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Great Wall utes returning to Australia

Great Wall Motor Company will return to Australia in October this year with a new ute model and a rejuvenated dealer network. The Chinese company announced today its plan to make a return to Australia — one of its key markets outside the homeland — as a full in-house national distribution network run alongside sister brand Haval, headquartered in Melbourne...

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Family 4x4 SUV Comparison: Ford Everest v Isuzu MU-X v Mitsubishi Pajero Sport v Toyota Fortuner v Nissan Patrol
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Family 4x4 SUV Comparison: Ford Everest v Isuzu MU-X v Mitsubishi Pajero Sport v Toyota Fortuner v Nissan Patrol

The current-day SUV boom isn’t all about softer, more car-like high-riding options designed with little more than a school run in mind. For many buyers out there, a family 4x4 still needs to be a proper off-roader, a tough-as-nails workhorse that blends a modicum of urban comfort with proper skills off the beaten path and has the ability to confidently and consistently tow loads...


2016 Audi A4 Sedan 1.4 TFSI Review
Rating: 910 /10
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2016 Audi A4 Sedan 1.4 TFSI Review

The entry level Audi A4 1.4 TFSI might just be the pick of the range.

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Nissan Navara SUV wagon may never come to Australia
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Nissan Navara SUV wagon may never come to Australia

The forthcoming Nissan Navara NP300 ute-based SUV may never come to Australia, despite the popularity of rugged off-roaders in our market. As you can read and see here, Nissan is developing a new seven-seat ladder-framed off-roader to take on the Ford Everest, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Toyota Fortuner, Isuzu MU-X and Holden Trailblazer, based the the NP300 Navara’s chassis as a spiritual successor to the old Pathfinder...


Haval H9 gets 'surprise' four-star ANCAP rating
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Haval H9 gets 'surprise' four-star ANCAP rating

Crash safety watchdog ANCAP this week awarded the Haval H9 large SUV a four-star rating, a score that has surprised and disappointed the new-to-market Chinese company. The four-star result came from local testing — the first independent safety rating of the H9 in the world...


2016 Suzuki Vitara RT-X: diesel joins Australian range
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2016 Suzuki Vitara RT-X: diesel joins Australian range

The 2016 Suzuki Vitara small SUV range is now available with a diesel engine, complementing the just-introduced S Turbo petrol variant and rounding out the line-up. The new flagship Suzuki Vitara RT-X diesel variant gets a 1.6-litre DDiS direct-injected turbo-diesel engine with 88kW of power at 3750rpm and 320Nm at 1750rpm — 100Nm more than the 1...


Tesla Model 3 orders cancelled, $2b in new shares offered, China plant considered
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Tesla Model 3 orders cancelled, $2b in new shares offered, China plant considered

Tesla Motors says it has now taken 373,000 deposits on the unreleased Model 3, though about 8000 customers have already cancelled their refundable orders, while a further 4200 were axed because they appeared to be speculator-driven duplicates. The latest order count was announced at the same time that the company announced the intended sale of $1...


2016 Hyundai iMax Review
Rating: 710 /10
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2016 Hyundai iMax Review

The 2016 Hyundai iMax Series II people-mover remains a no-frills and dependable van-based people-mover.

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Australian Greens propose free rego for EV buyers
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Australian Greens propose free rego for EV buyers

The Australian Greens have proposed a range of policies to hasten the take-up of electric vehicles, including five-years free registration, more public charging infrastructure, incentives for big fleets to buy EVs, and part-funding a domestic EV industry...


2018 Renault Megane RS: buyers keen on paddle-shift auto
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2018 Renault Megane RS: buyers keen on paddle-shift auto

Renault Australia admits a small core of buyers have expressed concern the company will change the formula for the 2018 Megane RS, but says the majority of feedback has centred around making the hardcore offering more accessible to a wide audience. The next-generation Megane RS will emerge in 2017/18 and, unlike the current three-door coupe, will be a five-door hatchback only...


Devastating zero star NCAP scores for five Indian-market cars
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Devastating zero star NCAP scores for five Indian-market cars

Crash test watchdog Global NCAP has tested a handful of Indian-market cars in Delhi with devastating results, showing that car brands still struggle to make super-cheap cars with a passable level of safety. The Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon all scored a zero-star rating, with notable body deformation evident and negligible safety features on offer...


Renault Alpine sports car edging closer to Australian launch
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Renault Alpine sports car edging closer to Australian launch

Renault Australia remains hot on the prospect of bringing the reborn Alpine brand to our market as soon as 2017, taking its sporting credentials up another notch. Company managing director Justin Hocevar told us last week at a local preview drive of the new Megane that the Alpine sub-brand would bring a welcome “hero association” to Renault’s fast-growing local operations...


Nissan wants Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid tech as soon as possible
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Nissan wants Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid tech as soon as possible

Nissan is preparing to tap into Mitsubishi Motor Corporation’s (MMC) expertise in plug-in hybrid vehicles to greatly speed up the development of its own PHEV fleet. Long a leader in pure electric vehicles with the Leaf, Nissan’s lack of penetration in PHEV technology has been notable...


Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton to share common platform in next generations
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Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton to share common platform in next generations

Next-generation versions of the big-selling Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton utes will likely share a common platform, Nissan CEO and chairman Carlos Ghosn has confirmed. Ghosn spoke with media including CarAdvice today about broad strategies once Nissan’s planned 34 per cent controlling buy-in to the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is operational...


Renault Alaskan: Australia arm talks ute plans
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Renault Alaskan: Australia arm talks ute plans

Renault Australia says its ever-growing credibility in the light commercial vehicle market will help it sell the much-anticipated new ‘Alaskan’ dual-cab ute, but that it will focus more on the ‘lifestyle’ side of the market against top-spec dual-cabs nevertheless. The company previewed its incoming dual-cab last year with the Alaskan concept, though it’s unclear if the production car will wear that badge...


2017 Renault Megane Review: Quick Drive

2017 Renault Megane Review: Quick Drive

The 2017 Renault Megane hatch is shaping up as a rather chic VW Golf and Peugeot 308 rival.


Ford Transit Custom, Mercedes-Benz Vito vans get five-star ANCAP crash ratings
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Ford Transit Custom, Mercedes-Benz Vito vans get five-star ANCAP crash ratings

Crash safety watchdog, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), has awarded a pair of vans the maximum five-star crash score. However, the scores were date-stamped with previous testing years. The Ford Transit Custom, which comes standard with front and side airbags unlike some rivals, got the five-star score against 2012 ratings criteria — reflecting when it was physically crashed by sister organisation Euro NCAP (which gave it five stars also)...


Toyota FJ Cruiser production to end in August
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Toyota FJ Cruiser production to end in August

The rugged and retro-inspired Toyota FJ Cruiser off-roader is being discontinued over the next few months, as Japanese production ceases in August after a decade-plus run. Launched late in Australia in 2011, the body-on-frame FJ Cruiser has become something of a cult car, with more than 11,000 sold so far at a rate of 180 units per month — much higher than first expected...


2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed Review

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed diesel is a solid contender in the medium SUV market, with the bonus of sevens seats.

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2016 Mazda CX-9 attracts record pre-launch interest
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2016 Mazda CX-9 attracts record pre-launch interest

The new-generation 2016 Mazda CX-9 has received greater pre-launch interest than any other product in the company’s Australian history. The more refined and efficient new CX-9 seven-seater, which premieres Mazda’s new SkyActiv turbocharged petrol engine, is shaping up as a much more aggressive rival to the Toyota Kluger and Hyundai Santa Fe than the outgoing car...


2016 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD Review: Performax RHD conversion
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD Review: Performax RHD conversion

The GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD big rig, converted to factory-standard RHD by Queensland's Performax, has been billed as the 'Cadillac of trucks'

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$152,000

ANCAP nets $2.2 million in govt funding over next two years
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ANCAP nets $2.2 million in govt funding over next two years

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has secured $2.2 million in government funding to be delivered over the next two years. This matches the $2.2m it received over the past two years. Australia’s independent crash test watchdog independently tests cars in Australia, but also runs data gathered by Euro NCAP through its own set of criteria...


2017 Holden Trailblazer SUV confirmed, Colorado 7 badge to be axed
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2017 Holden Trailblazer SUV confirmed, Colorado 7 badge to be axed

The rebranded 2017 Holden Trailblazer rugged off-roader, previewed here by the just-revealed South American Chevrolet version, will arrive in Australia in the latter half of this year as a replacement for the slow-selling Colorado 7. The adoption of the Trailblazer nameplate brings Holden into line with the global offering, and lends this more upmarket updated version some differentiation from its Colorado ute source car...


Hyundai becomes Australia's top-selling passenger car brand for the first time
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Hyundai becomes Australia's top-selling passenger car brand for the first time

Hyundai was the top-selling passenger car brand in Australia in April for the first time in its history, beating out regular market leader Toyota. VFACTS industry figures released this week show the Korean brand sold 6324 passenger cars (excluding SUVs and commercials) last month, from its range-wide total of 8643. This 6324 figure meant 17...


April 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, winners and losers
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April 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, winners and losers

Australia’s new vehicle sales remained on record pace in April, with VFACTS claiming 87,571 national sales for the month, an increase of 7.2 per cent. The Hyundai i30 was the top-selling car in the market for the second month in succession thanks to strong campaign pricing, ahead of the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3...


Ford outsells Holden for first time since 1999
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Ford outsells Holden for first time since 1999

The Australian car market went back to 1999 in April, with Ford Australia beating arch nemesis Holden for what appears to be the first time since ‘Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)’ topped the singles charts. According to VFACTS figures for last month, Ford nabbed 6842 sales, representing growth of 18.2 per cent. Holden fell 5.1 per cent to 6710 units...


2016 BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid Review

The plug-in hybrid BMW 330e is a welcome addition to the range of Australia's greenest car brand.

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2016 Holden Calais V Sedan Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 Holden Calais V Sedan Review

The Holden Calais V sedan remains the best large luxury car in its price bracket, even as the end approaches.

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$47,990

2016 Suzuki Kizashi Sport Premium Review
Rating: 710 /10
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2016 Suzuki Kizashi Sport Premium Review

The Suzuki Kiazshi is a largely forgotten contender, but does it have merit?

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$37,990 - $39,990

Volkswagen reveals more efficient new 1.5 TSI engine
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Volkswagen reveals more efficient new 1.5 TSI engine

Volkswagen AG has unveiled the first of its more efficient new-generation EA211 turbo-petrol engines, a 1.5-litre TSI that will replace the 1.4 TSI used in models such as the Golf, Skoda Octavia and Audi A3. Revealed overnight at the annual Vienna Motor Symposium, this new unit trickle into a range of VW products from the end of 2016...