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2017 Mitsubishi Triton Exceed review
  • Value for money; Cabin refinement; Infotainment; Super-Select II 4WD system
  • Somewhat unsettled ride; no 3.5t towing ceiling; Narrow tray; Glamorous as baggy cargo shorts

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7 / 10

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2017 Mitsubishi Triton Exceed review

The Mitsubishi Triton Exceed range-topper undercuts its rivals by thousands, but does it have the chops to be a proper lusted-after ‘lifestyle’ ute like the Ranger XLT or HiLux SR5? Or are you better off buying a lower grade and mods for the same money?

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2018 Infiniti Q50 30t Red Sport review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2018 Infiniti Q50 30t Red Sport review

The 298kW, 4.9s 0-100km/h Infiniti Q50 Red Sport is a lot of luxury car for $80k. It looks the part, too, though there are some shortcomings you should know about before considering this unorthodox BMW alternative.

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$79,900

October 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales
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October 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales

New vehicle sales grew 2.6 per cent in October compared to the same month last year, keeping the market narrowly on track for an all-time annual record in 2017. VFACTS figures provided by industry lobby group, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), recorded an all-time-high 95,763 sales last monthly, taking the yearly figure to 984,931 units with two months left to run — up 0...


2018 Volkswagen Arteon review
Rating: 810 /10
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2018 Volkswagen Arteon review

The Volkswagen Arteon succeeds the CC as its glamorous passenger flagship. But there's beauty to be found below the skin, too, though the fundamentals of the car are entirely familiar.

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$65,490

Volkswagen T-Roc: Small SUV forced off Australian agenda, for now
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Volkswagen T-Roc: Small SUV forced off Australian agenda, for now

A worldwide production shortfall has forced Volkswagen Australia to take the chic little T-Roc crossover — its premium-positioned Mazda CX-3 and Toyota C-HR rival — off the agenda for the time being, though it will revisit the business case in 12 months time. It had been pencilled in for a local launch either late in 2018 or early 2019, though supply issues always made its situation for our market tenuous...


2018 Nissan Leaf review
Rating: 810 /10
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2018 Nissan Leaf review

The 2018 Nissan Leaf must remind people that its maker was the world's real mainstream EV pioneer, even if Silicon Valley gets the plaudits. It's not the game-changer its predecessor was, but credit where it's due.


Top ten cars and concepts from the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
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Top ten cars and concepts from the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

Mazda Kai Mazda used the show to unveil a preview of what will become the next-generation Mazda 3, and the design didn't disappoint. Moreover, insiders suggest the production model will look similar - something for which the company has form. Remember the Minagi? The brand has evolved its ‘Kodo’ design language in the creation of the compact hatchback concept...


What sound will a Nissan EV make?
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What sound will a Nissan EV make?

Electric cars may well be capable of driving in relative silence — save tyre noise — but that doesn’t mean regulators are going to let them. As a result, car-makers moving into the EV space must give them artificial ‘notes’ to warn pedestrians — potentially busy on their smartphones...


Nissan plans self-driving road cars from 2022
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Nissan plans self-driving road cars from 2022

Nissan plans to offer "fully autonomous" cars in 2022, and will take responsibility for any incidents that occur on the road with them from this time onwards, as Volvo and a few other brands have committed to do. The company discussed its plans for vehicle autonomy with media at its headquarter city of Yokohama this week, sharing findings from testing conducted in Tokyo, London and Silicon Valley dating back as early as 2013...


Nissan expects EV and combustion cost parity in 2025
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Nissan expects EV and combustion cost parity in 2025

Nissan has flagged 2025 as the year where electric vehicles and conventional combustion-engined vehicles will hit price parity, rapidly escalating their popularity in key markets, particularly those with the requisite charging infrastructure...


Nissan Titan full-size pickup might go global
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Nissan Titan full-size pickup might go global

Nissan’s global boss of commercial vehicles, Ashwani Gupta, says the company is looking at producing the Titan full-size pickup truck for markets outside of North America, including right-hand drive (RHD) countries such as Australia. Sales of Nissan’s Ford F-Series rival are up more than 200 per cent this year, with more than 40,000 units sold...


Nissan dithering on next-gen Z car
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Nissan dithering on next-gen Z car

Nissan’s chief planning officer, Philipe Klein, has played a very straight bat when asked when — or if — a successor to the nine-year old 370Z halo sports car will be launched, meaning the next iteration seems years away in even the best-case scenario...


Nissan IMx concept: First look at Japanese Tesla Model X rival
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Nissan IMx concept: First look at Japanese Tesla Model X rival

This is the Nissan IMx concept, a fully autonomous electric crossover SUV that looks like an origami creation and has eye-based gesture control. It’s the star of the company’s stand at this year’s bustling Tokyo motor show...


Kia Optima Sportwagon PHEV being re-considered for Australia
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Kia Optima Sportwagon PHEV being re-considered for Australia

Kia Australia is re-thinking its decision not to import the Optima Sportwagon to sell alongside its sedan contemporary. However, it seems that if the company were to perform an about-face and offer the stylish load-carrier here, it’d come with a twist: a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain...


Cars that should be sold in Australia
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Cars that should be sold in Australia

Australia is one of the most diverse, fragmented automotive markets in the world. We have more brands to choose from than the US, where 15-times more vehicles are sold. Yet local product planners across the 60-plus car makers that sell their wares here regularly opt not to import and distribute certain models, usually citing a lack of projected demand or a difficult “business case” — code for “too bloody expensive”...