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Paul Maric

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Mercedes-Benz E220d All Terrain v Volvo V90 Cross Country comparison

If you're anything like me, you think SUVs are purpose-built to define drivers as kid-ferrying lemmings. Why can't you have the ability to haul kids, but the practicality of style and occasional off-road ability...

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Left-hand drive supercars to be legal in Oz by 2019 - cheers Mr Turnbull
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Left-hand drive supercars to be legal in Oz by 2019 - cheers Mr Turnbull

Buried in a Turnbull government announcement yesterday was a gem that's set to greenlight the import of left-hand-drive hypercars into Australia, by 2019, for driving on public roads. The press release by the minister for urban infrastructure, Paul Fletcher MP, detailed a revised bill set to be submitted to parliament by the end of the year...


2019 Ford Ranger Raptor — a proper look underneath Ford's monster truck with 254mm ground clearance
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2019 Ford Ranger Raptor — a proper look underneath Ford's monster truck with 254mm ground clearance

Our US spy photographer has busted the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor testing, with a feisty Aussie engineer behind the wheel. While the exterior spy photos don't show much more detail than the exclusive spy photos published at CarAdvice recently, they do show a very detailed look under the rear of the Ranger Raptor, plus a look at the front suspension...


Alpine A110 being readied for Australian release
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Alpine A110 being readied for Australian release

Renault Australia is in the process of submitting regulatory documents to approve the Alpine A110 for sale in Australia, despite staying quiet about its future here. The latest documents and images, submitted on August 1, 2017, suggest Renault is close to gaining approval to sell the vehicle in Australia...


Renault Zoe: Australian launch imminent with two variants coming
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Renault Zoe: Australian launch imminent with two variants coming

While Renault remains stubbornly quiet on the topic, we can reveal that the Renault Zoe launch is now imminent, with the vehicle recently listed on a government vehicle guide. As revealed by CarAdvice in June, Renault's local arm has gone through the motions of registering the Zoe with Australian government regulatory bodies - a sure sign of intent to bring the little electric hatch to our market...


Foton returns to Australian market with Tunland, Sauvana, Aumark and CS2 van
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Foton returns to Australian market with Tunland, Sauvana, Aumark and CS2 van

Chinese brand Foton is back in Australia, with the brand kicking off its sales campaign with four models. Dropped from the Ateco Automotive portfolio earlier this year, Foton Motor Australia Ptd Ltd now operates from an address in Ashmore, Queensland, with a new website displaying its portfolio of products...


Holden commits to new customer service guarantees after ACCC investigation
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Holden commits to new customer service guarantees after ACCC investigation

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken action against another car company, with Holden the latest in the regulator’s crosshairs. Holden has accepted the findings of an ACCC investigation into the company's dealings with unhappy customers, this week committing to "court enforceable" custom guarantee obligations...


Tesla Model 3 designed to travel "a million miles between services", says Musk
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Tesla Model 3 designed to travel "a million miles between services", says Musk

Hate visiting your car's service centre? If all goes according to plan, for Tesla, you might be in luck. At the launch of its all-new Tesla Model 3 this week, the Californian car maker made the bold claim that the new model will require servicing... almost never. Speaking to media and guests at the event, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said: "The next generation powertrains are designed to be a million miles between services,” Musk said...


Tesla Model 3: Australian debut in early 2019
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Tesla Model 3: Australian debut in early 2019

Tesla Motors has today unveiled the highly anticipated Tesla Model 3 - and with over 500,000 pre-orders to fill, customers from Australia are asking when theirs will arrive. During a presentation today at the Tesla factory in Fremont, California, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was keen for customers to understand when their orders would be coming through and wanted to assure buyers that the company is ramping up production as a matter of priority...


Musk: Tesla about to go through "six months of manufacturing hell"
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Musk: Tesla about to go through "six months of manufacturing hell"

At today's unveiling of the Tesla Model 3, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was open about the gruelling task ahead of the company in the chase of over 500,000 units per year. Musk predicts the task of the next six months of production will be hell. He says the company plans to be in a position to produce 10,000 Model 3 units per month by December, scaling upwards thereafter...


Tesla Model 3 quick drive review
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Tesla Model 3 quick drive review

The Tesla Model 3 is one of the most anticipated new car releases of 2017 - and we're here in California, among the first to drive it. Following the first 30 deliveries tonight, Tesla will begin mass producing the Model 3 for global markets with Australia expecting to get its first deliveries in early 2019. It should land here at around $50,000...


Tesla Model 3 revealed: Everything you need to know about Tesla's $50k EV
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Tesla Model 3 revealed: Everything you need to know about Tesla's $50k EV

Tesla Motors has finally revealed its most anticipated new model, the Tesla Model 3, and we've come to California for an exclusive first drive. CarAdvice was among just a handful of media outlets to attend the event in Fremont, California, with Elon Musk, Doug Fields and Franz Von Holzhausen briefing media ahead of a first drive...


Tesla Model 3: First 30 owners to take delivery
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Tesla Model 3: First 30 owners to take delivery

Tesla is set to finally take the wraps off the highly anticipated Tesla Model 3 and deliver the first 30 vehicles at a handover event in California set to take place tomorrow. The event will be live streamed at the company's website from 1:45PM tomorrow (AEST), but, what do we know so far? Price While local pricing is yet to be announced, we do know that it will kick off from US$35,000, meaning it should sneak in locally at around $50,000 before on-road costs...


PowerShift: Ford Australia boss speaks against ACCC claims, regrets "poor experience" - video
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PowerShift: Ford Australia boss speaks against ACCC claims, regrets "poor experience" - video

Ford Australia has strongly denied claims made by the ACCC today that it mishandled customers suffering through issues with Ford Powershift transmissions. A press conference held today by Ford Australia CEO Graeme Whickman confirmed that Ford Australia would contest the ACCC's allegations in court, but agrees that it could have handled complaints better...