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Mazda Australia excited by Isuzu Ute deal

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Mazda Australia excited by Isuzu Ute deal

Mazda Australia says news that its parent company will develop the next BT-50 pickup ute with Isuzu, instead of Ford, has been met with universally strong support from its dealer network and other key stakeholders...

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Ford Falcon Ute production ended today
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Ford Falcon Ute production ended today

Production of the iconic Ford Falcon Ute ended today, marking the official beginning of the end for Australian car manufacturing. The final Ford Falcon Ute is a white XR6, and it rolled off the Broadmeadows production line just before 3pm. The vehicle will be retained by Ford Australia...


2016 Mazda 3 Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 Mazda 3 Review

The updated, 2016 Mazda 3 range brings some quality improvements to the table.

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2016 Mazda 3 pricing and specifications
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2016 Mazda 3 pricing and specifications

The current-generation Mazda 3 sedan and hatch range this week received its first significant update since launch in January 2014, bringing minor cosmetic changes outside and in, along with significant improvements in active safety and dynamism. As before, the Mazda 3 range is available in Neo, Maxx, Touring, SP25, SP25 GT and SP25 Astina variants, all in hatch and sedan body-styles...


Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander v Kia Sorento Platinum v Mazda CX-9 Touring v Nissan Pathfinder ST-L comparison
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Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander v Kia Sorento Platinum v Mazda CX-9 Touring v Nissan Pathfinder ST-L comparison

Sales of large family crossover SUVs continue to boom, and buyers in the market are faced with a bewildering array of options. Here we gather four of the better-selling offerings, headlined by the most recent arrival to the class — the new-generation Mazda CX-9 out of Japan...


Honda Civic VTi-S v Hyundai Elantra Active v Skoda Octavia Ambition comparison
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Honda Civic VTi-S v Hyundai Elantra Active v Skoda Octavia Ambition comparison

Demand for small sedans has been a little stagnant of late, with people increasingly drawn to hatchbacks and crossover SUVs. Nevertheless, the battle for sales supremacy in this traditional part of the market is intensely fought, and there is no lack of quality options...


2017 Volkswagen Tiguan pricing and specifications
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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan pricing and specifications

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan will hit Australian showrooms in September priced from $31,990 plus on-road costs. The new point of entry is $3000 higher than the outgoing car's RRP, though the new-generation version is significantly larger and better-equipped. Kicking off the new Volkswagen Tiguan range is the Trendline 110TSI with a 1...


2018 Renault Megane RS spied testing
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2018 Renault Megane RS spied testing

A development mule of the next-generation 2018 Renault Megane RS has been spied undergoing testing in southern Europe ahead of the car's expected world reveal next year. As we already know, the next iteration of the French hot hatch will be a significant departure from the current model...


Small SUV sales growth slowing
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Small SUV sales growth slowing

Now that we’re beyond the half-way point of 2016, it’s possible to sit back a little and look at wider segment trends. One of the more interesting developments this year has been the moderate slowdown in growth among small SUVs — the high-riding, city-car based crossovers that have boomed in recent times. Granted, year-to-date sales are up 9...


Suzuki Vitara and Kia Optima get five-star ANCAP ratings
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Suzuki Vitara and Kia Optima get five-star ANCAP ratings

Front-drive versions of the Suzuki Vitara small SUV, plus the Kia Optima mid-sized sedan range, this week received five-star ANCAP safety ratings. Neither of these mid-tier sellers had ratings before. The Hungary-sourced Suzuki Vitara managed a good rating of 35.79 out of 37 against 2015 ratings (for reference, the top-selling Mazda CX-3 managed 36...


Hyundai ute plan finally making progress
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Hyundai ute plan finally making progress

Hyundai Australia (HMCA) has made some progress convincing its global parent to produce a proper Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger workhorse ute rival, though nothing will launch before 2020. HMCA chief operating officer Scott Grant told us this week that messages out of Korea have recently become a little different when the topic of a light commercial ute/pickup is broached...


Hyundai i30 not expected to retain sales crown
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Hyundai i30 not expected to retain sales crown

Hyundai Australia (HMCA) expects its top-selling i30 — currently the number-one selling vehicle in the country — to be overtaken by year’s end as stocks thin out ahead of the launch of a new model. As we have reported, the Hyundai i30 has been the nation’s favourite vehicle nationwide four months in succession, and recently overtook the Toyota HiLux as the top-selling vehicle in the country year-to-date (YTD)...


2016 Honda Civic RS Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 Honda Civic RS Review

The new-generation Honda Civic RS sedan is a return to form for one of the market's best-known nameplates

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Mazda and Isuzu announce ute deal
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Mazda and Isuzu announce ute deal

Mazda has announced that its next-generation BT-50 ute will be based on the next Isuzu D-Max, signalling a shift away from a long-running arrangement with Ford. The two Japanese companies today announced a “basic agreement” that will see Isuzu produce the next generation of Mazda utes, based on Isuzu’s pickup model...


Medium van sales are booming right now
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Medium van sales are booming right now

The medium-sized van segment grew faster, in percentage terms, than any other part of the new vehicle market in the first half of 2016. According to VFACTS industry data, the Vans/CC 2.5-3.5-tonne segment shot up 21.4 per cent over the same period last year, to 10,480 sales in total (giving it a little under 2 per cent of the overall new vehicle market)...