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Subaru WRX and STI recalled, audio system too hot to handle

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Subaru WRX and STI recalled, audio system too hot to handle

Subaru Australia's importer and distributor is conducting a recall of 4017 WRX and WRX STI performance sedans made in 2015 due to a potential fire risk. The cause? A hectic subwoofer design flaw, whereby cargo could set off an electric short circuit, leading to flames...

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Mocking BMW's niche cars says more about you, than it
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Mocking BMW's niche cars says more about you, than it

Forget the aphorism about opinions being like arseholes. Not everyone has them, and many of those who do are bang on. Yet like clockwork, any yarn about a niche model, strange derivative, new body type, is met by derisive fervour - sourced from those clearly unaware of irony...


2018 Hyundai Kona pricing and specs
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2018 Hyundai Kona pricing and specs

The long-awaited Hyundai Kona small crossover will launch next week with a starting price of $24,500 before on-road costs - $2500 cheaper than the base Toyota C-HR and on par with a Mazda CX-3 Maxx. Hyundai's newest model - which sits below the Tucson - finally gives the company a rival not just to the C-HR and CX-3, but other top-sellers such as the Mitsubishi ASX, Subaru XV, Nissan Qashqai and Honda HR-V in a segment that has about 10 per cent total market share...


Toyota GR HV Sports Concept is an open-topped 86 hybrid
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Toyota GR HV Sports Concept is an open-topped 86 hybrid

Toyota's stand at the Tokyo motor show later this month will feature a concept car called the GR HV Sports Concept - and we have a few questions... The company calls the matte black sports car a "dramatic open-top sports-car concept inspired by the company's involvement in endurance racing and its legendary Supra and Toyota Sports 800"...


September 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales
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September 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales

New vehicle sales went backwards by 2.4 per cent in September 2017 compared to the same month last year, over the same number of selling days. VFACTS figures just released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) record 100,200 new cars, SUVs and commercials as having been sold last month. This takes annual sales at the year’s three-quarter mark to 889,168, a narrow 0...


Ford Ranger Australia’s number one vehicle in September
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Ford Ranger Australia’s number one vehicle in September

Here’s something nobody would have predicted a few years ago: the Ford Ranger ute was Australia’s number-one selling new vehicle in September. The Australia-developed light commercial trumped its Toyota HiLux nemesis, and regular market-toppers such as the Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3, with 4318 monthly sales — 87 per cent of which were more expensive 4x4s versions...


BMW X3 M40i coming to Australia soon
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BMW X3 M40i coming to Australia soon

BMW Australia will finally get its hands on a real rival to the Audi SQ5 and Mercedes-AMG GLC43 performance SUVs from mid-2018, priced to match the pair at around $100,000 and primed to beat them from 0-100km/h. This is because the third-generation BMW X3 range, which launches in 'regular' $68,900 20d, $75,900 30i and $83,900 30d forms in Australia in early November, also comes with a new range-topping M Performance variant called the X3 M40i...


Toyota Australia's Altona factory closes
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Toyota Australia's Altona factory closes

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) today closed its Australian manufacturing operations after 54 years and almost 3.5 million cars produced, for local buyers and export to the Middle East. The shuttering of Toyota’s Altona factory in Melbourne’s west was announced almost four years ago to give staff and suppliers time to prepare and re-train, with financial help from Toyota and various levels of government...


BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo pricing and specs
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BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo pricing and specs

The ultra-niche BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo (GT) will hit Australia in November this year, to complement the shorter 5 Series sedan and wagon range. BMW's undoubtedly slicker successor to the polarising and moderately taller 5 Series GT retains the signature higher hip point, hatchback tailgate and stretched wheelbase (3070mm) to grow rear legroom - a key to doing well in China, its main market...


Renault Sport crossover SUV on the cards
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Renault Sport crossover SUV on the cards

Renault Sport Cars makes no bones about its interest in developing a crossover SUV derivative that offers signature bang-for-buck, to expand its portfolio beyond the Clio and Megane. The French company’s sporty division - while fiercely proud of its track-honed performance offerings - simply faces the challenge of making one that doesn’t water-down its brand, says RS Cars managing director Patrice Ratti...


2017 Audi Q5 2.0 TDI Sport v Mercedes-Benz GLC 220d comparison
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2017 Audi Q5 2.0 TDI Sport v Mercedes-Benz GLC 220d comparison

Luxury car makers absolutely love producing mid-sized SUVs based on passenger-car platforms, because aspirational upper-middle class family types are buying them in droves. The newest entrant to the class is Audi's second-generation Q5, which pairs clinical design with cutting-edge cabin tech and typically Teutonic execution...


Saudi Arabia finally lifting ban on women driving
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Saudi Arabia finally lifting ban on women driving

Saudi Arabia will finally lift its oppressive, and bravely protested, driving ban on women, by royal decree from King Salman. The decree comes less than two years after Saudi women were first allowed to vote, in municipal elections. According to the BBC, government ministries are to prepare reports within 30 days and the order will be implemented by June 2018...


MG GS: first Chinese car to get ANCAP five-star rating
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MG GS: first Chinese car to get ANCAP five-star rating

Crash safety scorer ANCAP has awarded the updated 2017 MG GS crossover SUV a five-star rating - the first time a vehicle from China has hit the mark. It's a fairly significant milestone, given we're seeing a steady rise in the number of China-made brands and vehicles on offer...


2018 Holden Astra Sportwagon pricing and specs
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2018 Holden Astra Sportwagon pricing and specs

The Holden Astra Sportwagon hits dealers in October, once again giving the Lion brand a presence in the diminished small wagon class that it exited last year when it discontinued the Cruze. The UK-built (Opel/Vauxhall-based) Astra load-lugger joins the Poland-made Astra hatch and Korean-made (Chevrolet-based) Astra sedan in Holden's globalised small-car family...


Subaru WRX concept bound for Tokyo, alongside BRZ STI Sport
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Subaru WRX concept bound for Tokyo, alongside BRZ STI Sport

Subaru looks set to preview the next-generation WRX hero car at the Tokyo motor show in late October, in the form of another concept car from its VIZIV series. The as-yet unrevealed Subaru VIZIV Performance Concept is billed as "a sports sedan that embodies the brand’s vision for the future of making cars"...