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Kia Sorento GT Line v Nissan Pathfinder Ti v Toyota Kluger Grande comparison

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Kia Sorento GT Line v Nissan Pathfinder Ti v Toyota Kluger Grande comparison

The second-generation Mazda CX-9 shook up the large family crossover segment when it arrived here about a year ago, but it's not the be-all and end-all. For instance, the colossal American-made Toyota Kluger and Nissan Pathfinder may not have the Mazda's badge or chic design, but they're both noteworthy prospects...

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August 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales
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August 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales

New vehicle sales grew 1.8 per cent in August over the same month last year, to 96,662 units. It's the fourth consecutive month of record sales and the highest August outcome ever. Growth in light commercial vehicle sales of 16.7 per cent, and SUVs by 4.7 per cent, offset a decline of 8.2 per cent in passenger cars...


2017 Nissan Pathfinder TI AWD review
Rating: 710 /10
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2017 Nissan Pathfinder TI AWD review

The top-of-the-range Nissan Pathfinder TI gets a suite of updates for 2017 that add some style to the spaciousness. But is it the pick of the Pathfinder bunch?

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2018 Dacia Duster revealed, moving upmarket
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2018 Dacia Duster revealed, moving upmarket

The Renault/Dacia Duster has been a smash hit with Europeans after a budget SUV, and buyers in developing nations, since 2010. More than two million units have been sold in 100-plus countries. Now a new (or perhaps just reworked) version has been revealed, ahead of its world premiere in the metal at the Frankfurt motor show on September 12...


2017 Honda CR-V v Volkswagen Golf Alltrack comparison
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2017 Honda CR-V v Volkswagen Golf Alltrack comparison

Car reviewers usually determine which cars to compared based on the vehicle ‘segment’ they occupy. Medium SUVs take on medium SUVs, small hatches take on small hatches, and so on… Yet we know based on buyer data, and personal experience alike, car buyers don’t always think in these terms...


Pumped-up Peugeot crossover mule spied
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Pumped-up Peugeot crossover mule spied

How cool does this PSA test mule - being hot-weather tested in the south of Europe - look? Beneath this Peugeot 208 body is probably test architecture for the expected Peugeot 1008 baby crossover that'll soon slot into its range below the 2008. Should such a car materialise, it'd give the French company a rival to the Nissan Juke and co...


Bosch promoting active safety tech that protects cyclists
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Bosch promoting active safety tech that protects cyclists

Bosch is focusing a greater part of its electronic engineering nous on the task of preventing collisions between cars and cyclists. The German electronic engineering juggernaut - and world's biggest automotive supplier - today sent out a release promoting two new systems that it wants to sell to as many car makers as possible...


Toyota Aurion production has ended
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Toyota Aurion production has ended

Australia's Toyota Aurion is now out of production, with the final unit rolling off the line at the Altona plant in Melbourne's west this week. The Aurion sedan's retirement comes a few months before Altona shutters for the final time, with the local Camry Hybrid ending production in September and the Camry petrol on October 3...


Fiat 500 Anniversario: Even more retro version revealed
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Fiat 500 Anniversario: Even more retro version revealed

The Grandfatherly Fiat 500 'Cinquecento' just turned 60, and the Italian company has created a special edition of the current model to celebrate. Called the Fiat 500 Anniversario and due to hit Australia in October, it picks up some design tweaks to make the retro wonder look even more old-school...


2017 Skoda Kodiaq 132TSI review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Skoda Kodiaq 132TSI review

What Skoda lacks in public brand awareness it makes up for with quality vehicles. The new Skoda Kodiaq is a well-judged European family SUV that can be driven away for $46k. That alone should get you thinking...

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Government changes direction on private 'parallel' import plan
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Government changes direction on private 'parallel' import plan

Plans to loosen laws preventing 'parallel' vehicle imports have largely been shelved as part of the federal government's re-jigged Road Vehicle Standards Bill, designed to take effect in 2019. As you may recall, representatives from the Turnbull Government early last year flagged changes to the extant Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1987, to allow parallel ‘grey’ importation of near-new cars from 2018...


Ford’s overall sales barely affected by the end of Falcon and Territory
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Ford’s overall sales barely affected by the end of Falcon and Territory

Ford Australia has more or less covered sales lost from ending local Falcon and Territory production in October last year, by dramatically increasing sales of its imported Ranger and Mustang hero models. To the end of July, Ford’s network had sold 188 remaining Falcons (down 2631 over the same period last year), 71 Falcon Utes (down 1579) and 1641 Territory models (down 2610)...


Which vehicles are losing sales this year?
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Which vehicles are losing sales this year?

Australia's overall new vehicle market is on record pace this year, up 0.4 per cent on last year’s high-water mark. However, some well-known models aren’t having a great time. The reasons vary, from lack of supply, to the lull expected during a model changeover, to shifting buyer patterns. Nevertheless, a loss in volume is a loss in volume...


2018 Honda CR-V range review
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2018 Honda CR-V range review

Welcome to the latest iteration of our Range Review series, where we walk you through key members of an important new model range. No need to get off the couch and over to your nearest car dealer for that... The candidate this time is the new Honda CR-V, the fifth generation to wear the badge since 1995...


Australia average vehicle age is 10.1 years
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Australia average vehicle age is 10.1 years

The average age of Australia’s vehicle fleet is 10.1 years, although more than 30 per cent of vehicles on the road are fewer than five years old. Furthermore, estimates suggest that sales of used vehicles were more than triple those of new vehicles in 2016 - the latter of which are at record highs...