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July 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales

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July 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales

New vehicle sales in Australia grew 1.6 per cent in July over the same month in 2016, to a record 92,754 units - enough to keep the market on record year-to-date (YTD) pace. It was the fourth month of record sales for 2017, with July the third month in succession where the feat was achieved...

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Small hatch comparison
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Small hatch comparison

For all the hoo-ha about booming sales of SUVs, the so-called 'small car' segment remains the market's most popular, still accounting for almost 20 per cent of all new vehicles sold in Australia. Of this, the majority are hatchbacks instead of three-box sedans, which draw people in based on their improved practicality and generally less conservative design approaches...


Ford Ranger sales booming across Asia-Pacific
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Ford Ranger sales booming across Asia-Pacific

The Australian-designed and engineered Ford Ranger ute isn't just a hit in our market, it seems. The Blue Oval workhorse also broke its sales record across the wider Asia-Pacific region over the first half of 2017...


2017 Renault Megane GT-Line wagon review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Renault Megane GT-Line wagon review

The new-generation Renault Megane GT-Line looks a million bucks, yet costs $6000 less than the already sharply priced GT. So do you need the latter's extra poke, or will this mere style statement suffice?


Victorian government proposes military vehicle production at old Holden site
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Victorian government proposes military vehicle production at old Holden site

The Victorian state government and defence company BAE Systems want to build a fleet of next-generation military vehicles at the former Holden site in Melbourne's inner-west. Victoria's Andrews government has signed a Heads of Agreement with the British multinational defence company, proposing to make and maintain 225 new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles and by extension creating what it claims to be thousands of manufacturing jobs - albeit with indeterminate terms...


Volkswagen Polo value sharpened as runout nears
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Volkswagen Polo value sharpened as runout nears

The new-generation 2018 Volkswagen Polo is on the horizon, so the company has sexed-up the outgoing current version for one final hurrah. Volkswagen Australia announced this week its intention to dump the familiar Polo Trendline and Comfortline variants and replace them with new models called the Urban and Urban+...


Skoda Kodiaq v Mazda CX-9 comparison
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Skoda Kodiaq v Mazda CX-9 comparison

For many family buyers, a conventional people-mover like the Kia Carnival or Honda Odyssey is the ultimate manifestation of apathy. A sure path to social death. The end of dreams and youth, alike. Whether this is a furphy or not, seven-seat crossover SUVs such as the popular Mazda CX-9 and just-launched Skoda Kodiaq are widely seen as a more respectable path (usually tarmac-coated) to take...


2018 Honda CR-V review
Rating: 810 /10
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2018 Honda CR-V review

The new 2018 Honda CR-V is as practical as ever, but adds more polished dynamics, design panache and thoughtful specification levels. It should be on your shortlist if you're after a mainstream compact SUV.


Honda pleading with remaining owners: Get your Takata airbags replaced
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Honda pleading with remaining owners: Get your Takata airbags replaced

Honda Australia has once again pleaded with affected owners to get their car's potentially defective Takata airbags replaced, free of charge. The company this week revealed it had sent more than one million pieces of correspondence to affected customers, set up a VIN checker on its site, begun texting customers, and had even hired people to find some owners who weren't responding...


LDV G10: ANCAP three-star crash test rating confirmed
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LDV G10: ANCAP three-star crash test rating confirmed

The increasingly popular China-made LDV G10 van, and its people-mover derivative, have been awarded a sub-par three-star ANCAP crash result. The rating applies to all petrol and diesel van and people-mover variants sold in Australia from mid-2015. The G10 was tested at Crashlab in Australia in May this year, but, in keeping with the 'date stamp' policy launched in 2014, its crash performance was measured against 2015 criteria...


2018 Nissan Leaf to be Australian image builder
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2018 Nissan Leaf to be Australian image builder

By launching the new-second-generation Nissan Leaf technology "standard bearer"  in Australia during 2018, the company aims to reclaim its status as an electric car pioneer and innovator. This comes after the company has clearly fallen behind the likes of Tesla - plus the major German luxury brands - in the public opinion stakes...


Nissan acknowledges 'missed opportunities' with product, addresses regional customers
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Nissan acknowledges 'missed opportunities' with product, addresses regional customers

Nissan in large part cut its teeth in Australia with a strong range of bush-ready vehicles, typified by the previous iterations of the Patrol wagon and cab-chassis. Yet the company's global shift away from this - think of the still-capable, yet luxury-focused petrol V8 Patrol, and the cushy monocoque Pathfinder crossover as examples - mean its local portfolio is conceptually quite different to what it once was...


2017 Mini JCW Clubman review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Mini JCW Clubman review

The pumped-up AWD Mini Clubman John Cooper Works wagon represents everything purists loathe, yet for others it’s an exercise in excess done right. Why let logic interrupt your good time?

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Most popular small cars in 2017
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Most popular small cars in 2017

SUV sales are going through the roof, but it’s the small-car segment that remains the biggest by market-share, sitting at 18.7 per cent for the first half of 2017. This equates to 112,312 sales, down about 5 per cent over 2016. In other words, sales are eroding, but slowly. And three members of this segment remain ensconced in the top-five selling vehicles overall, behind the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger utes...


New Audi A8: The good and the bad
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New Audi A8: The good and the bad

The new-generation 2018 Audi A8 limousine — its answer to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series — doubles as a technology figurehead for the brand, and its comfort-focused flagship. There’s a lot that’s new, very little that isn’t, and even aspects that change the game completely...