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Australian car industry split over EV subsidies

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Australian car industry split over EV subsidies

Representative body for Australia’s motoring industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), says it will not necessarily lobby government to apply subsidies encouraging the take-up of zero emissions vehicles...

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VFACTS: Industry claims annual record for 2017
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VFACTS: Industry claims annual record for 2017

The Australian motoring industry is claiming an all-time sales record for 2017, with its representative body the FCAI registering 1,189,116 new cars, SUVs and commercials in its annual VFACTS report. This claimed figure is 0.9 per cent higher than 2016’s previous high-water mark, and becomes the market’s fourth record inside the past five years...


2018 Nissan Qashqai ST review
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2018 Nissan Qashqai ST review

The updated UK-made Nissan Qashqai ST remains a comfortable and practical small crossover, though it's not quite the bargain its bigger X-Trail sibling is.

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$28,990

Most anticipated new cars of 2018
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Most anticipated new cars of 2018

2017 is almost over. It's time for Christmas parties, sunshine and rose-tinted reflection on the year gone by. But here at CarAdvice, we aren't taking our foot off the pedal just yet – instead, we're taking the chance to look back at some of the most interesting, exciting and downright strange stories published this year...


2018 Hyundai Sonata Active review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2018 Hyundai Sonata Active review

The refreshed Hyundai Sonata Active gets a tweaked look and a much better cabin design and fit-out. It remains an uber-competent and comfortable big sedan lacking few attributes but charm.

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$30,990

2018 Hyundai Kona Active v Nissan Qashqai ST
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2018 Hyundai Kona Active v Nissan Qashqai ST

People are drawn to small crossovers for various reasons. Some want extra height and practicality compared to a regular hatchback, while others are drawn to the distinctive design and point of difference. The 'funky' Hyundai Kona from Korea, and the practical UK-made Nissan Qashqai, may nominally be rivals, but they go about the business of being small SUVs quite differently...


Jeep expects Australia to be world number two for Grand Cherokee Trackhawk sales
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Jeep expects Australia to be world number two for Grand Cherokee Trackhawk sales

Jeep reckons Australia has a shot at being the world’s second-biggest market for the manic $134,900 (plus on-roads) Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, behind its native US. About 200 Australians have already put their money down, with the first 62 special edition models selling out in three weeks, before pricing was even announced...


2018 Ford EcoSport pricing and specs - UPDATE
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2018 Ford EcoSport pricing and specs - UPDATE

UPDATE: Article now updated with pricing for the 2018 Ford EcoSport. The slow-selling Ford EcoSport small crossover SUV has finally received a much-need mid-life update to make it more competitive against the Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Kona and co. The MY18 upgrade brings revised drivetrains, a drastically made-over cabin, more equipment and new styling headlined by a more upmarket grille design...


2018 Audi RS5 review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2018 Audi RS5 review

The second-generation Audi RS5 muscle coupe loses the sonorous old V8 in favour of a torquier turbo six. It's fast, grippy and loaded with tech, though driving purists may long for more character

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$156,600

Kia Stinger gets controversial ANCAP score
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Kia Stinger gets controversial ANCAP score

The massively hyped Kia Stinger performance car has been awarded what will become a controversial ‘split’ ANCAP crash safety rating. Mid-range Stinger Si and GT-Line variants, plus the range-topping GT, all get 2017 five-star scores and full commendations. However, the entry grade (fleet-focused) 200S four-cylinder and 330S V6 variants that undercut their siblings by $7000 instead receive a lowly three stars...


Jeep Australia readying fightback, after shocking few years
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Jeep Australia readying fightback, after shocking few years

Jeep Australia says it is feeling revitalised and raring to rip into 2018 with a new model onslaught, following a few lean years of tanking sales, restricted new product offerings and a few image hits. The American SUV king was on top of the world in 2014, when it sold more than 30,000 new vehicles and almost knocked off Honda...


2018 Jeep Compass pricing and specs
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2018 Jeep Compass pricing and specs

Jeep's first new model in Australia for two years, the second-generation Compass, goes on sale this week. Rest assured, it shares absolutely nothing with its predecessor and its axed Patriot twin. Instead, it's been styled outside and fitted inside with better trim, to resemble a mini Grand Cherokee...


Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk lobs at $135k
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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk lobs at $135k

Jeep is rolling out Australia’s third most powerful new vehicle - behind the Ferrari 812 Superfast and Lamborghini Aventador S - priced at $134,900 before on-roads. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk gets the 6.2-litre supercharged Hemi V8 engine from the Challenger and Charger Hellcat, with a terrifying 522kW and 868Nm...


BMW M4 GT4 race car hits Australia
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BMW M4 GT4 race car hits Australia

BMW Australia has pulled the covers off its factory backed Team SRM M4 GT4 caged race car, ahead of its planned entry into the Bathurst 12 Hour and Australian GT Championship. The M4 track car - which has about 80 per cent road car components, differentiating it from the more honed M6 GT3 - will also be sold to privateers for local events, from around $300,000...


Another sales record for Skoda Australia
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Another sales record for Skoda Australia

Skoda Australia has already broken its all-time annual sales record with a month of 2017 remaining. The Czech brand's local arm moved just over 5000 cars to the end of November, growing 16 per cent despite a drop in sales from its Octavia staple. This decline was offset by growth from the Superb flagship and Fabia entry car, as well as the new Kodiaq family SUV - apparently restricted by supply...