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Mazda CX-8 crossover not for Australia
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Mazda CX-8 crossover not for Australia

The as-yet unrevealed Mazda CX-8 three-row crossover announced last month is not on the cards for Australia, despite our market’s overwhelming demand for SUVs Instead, the vaguely mysterious new six- and seven-seater SUV is being produced in Japan exclusively for the domestic market, where it will sit above the five-seat CX-5...


Hyundai, Kia reject findings of Korean recall hearing - UPDATE
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Hyundai, Kia reject findings of Korean recall hearing - UPDATE

The Hyundai Motor Group, representing the Hyundai and Kia brands, is understood to have rejected the findings of a hearing into the need for a recall of some 200,000 vehicles. In most cases, a recall will be carried out voluntarily, and often proactively, to avoid damaging customer relations and poor publicity for the brand...


Audi releases first genuine accessory dash cam, mobile app also features 'find my car' function
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Audi releases first genuine accessory dash cam, mobile app also features 'find my car' function

These days everyone is recording everything. Cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers adorn helmets and windscreens with recording devices, and it was only a matter of time before a manufacturer released a genuine accessory dash-cam, and we predict it won't be long until they are standard or optional built-in kit...


Nissan Navara SUV still under consideration for Australia, but not a priority
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Nissan Navara SUV still under consideration for Australia, but not a priority

Nissan Australia is still interested in offering an off-roader based on the Navara ute, though it's not at the top of the company's wish list. Richard Emery, managing director and CEO of Nissan's local arm, told CarAdvice at the launch of the updated X-Trail range that a Ford Everest rival is still under consideration, though it's not a prime focus for the brand...


Workhorse W-15 PHEV ute revealed with 128km electric range
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Workhorse W-15 PHEV ute revealed with 128km electric range

The Workhorse W-15 range-extended plug-in hybrid (PHEV) pickup has been revealed in the US, complete with a claimed range of 128 kilometres on electric power. Measuring 5943mm long, 2032mm wide, and 1877mm tall, the W-15 is truly massive, as is its 3632mm wheelbase. It also features a ground clearance measurement of 305mm, and a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 7200lb, or 3266kg (3...


Seat Arona leaked in online images
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Seat Arona leaked in online images

The Seat Arona small SUV has been leaked online this week, giving a first look at the Spanish company's rival to the Nissan Juke, which is set to debut in the coming months. Images published by MQB-Coding & Retrofit show the stylish crossover in silver, looking very much like a baby version of the larger Ateca - Seat's twin-under-the-skin to the Volkswagen Tiguan...


Volkswagen cancels 10-speed dual-clutch transmission development - report
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Volkswagen cancels 10-speed dual-clutch transmission development - report

Volkswagen has cancelled development of a 10-speed dual-clutch transmission. Friedrich Eichler, head of powertrain development for the Volkswagen Group, confirmed the project's demise with Automotive News on the sidelines of last month's International Vienna Motor Symposium. Eichler told the industry publication, "Two months ago, I had the prototype crushed"...


2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 mule spied
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2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 mule spied

A mule for the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 has been spotted undergoing testing on the Nurburgring Norschleife. The mule has a more aggressive aero kit, including a large rear wing, cross-drilled brakes, and extensions to the wheel arch lips In an interview Car and Driver, Andreas Preuninger, director of special vehicle projects at Porsche, noted "natural aspiration is one of [the] main selling propositions" of Porsche's GT-branded vehicles...


2018 Mercedes-AMG 'GT' sedan spied
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2018 Mercedes-AMG 'GT' sedan spied

The Mercedes-AMG 'GT' four-door sedan has been spied undergoing testing public roads. Mercedes-Benz has hidden many of the car's styling features underneath a full-body camouflage, as well as false panels for the front and rear fascias, and a hump on the rear deck. Despite these tricks, though, it's clear that the new four-door will look a lot like the AMG GT Concept sedan unveiled at this year's Geneva motor show...


Chinese commercial brand LDV going strong
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Chinese commercial brand LDV going strong

Chinese van maker LDV - a subsidiary of massive conglomerate SAIC, China's biggest car-maker - is doing well enough to be considered a small success story in Australia this year. Under importer Ateco Automotive, sales this year sit at a very respectable 625 units, up 29 per cent on the same period last year (under the same importer)...


Hyundai Australia nearing new model onslaught
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Hyundai Australia nearing new model onslaught

Hyundai Australia’s management has no excuse to be caught slacking off this year, with a full calendar of new and updated model launches on the horizon. After a relatively quiet period of consolidation, the Korean company — a comfortable number three in sales here after Toyota and Mazda — will launch an all-out market attack in 2017...


Old nameplates returning to form
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Old nameplates returning to form

There are many market trends in action this year, but one of the more novel is the resurgence - or re-emergence - of old nameplates. Running through some cars experiencing good growth is a bit like looking at a new car guide from early 2000s. In the light car segment there's the relaunched Suzuki Baleno, with 1043 incremental sales - enough for a respectable 4...


Ranger sales overtake Corolla, HiLux stays king
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Ranger sales overtake Corolla, HiLux stays king

The two most popular vehicles in Australia this year so far are light commercials, with the Toyota HiLux staying atop the charts and the rampaging Ford Ranger overtaking the Corolla. Reflecting Australians' almost insatiable taste for utes, four of the ten most popular sellers over the first third of 2017 are utes, with the Mitsubishi Triton in seventh (ahead of the Holden Commodore) and the Holden Colorado in tenth...


Ford Endura to replace the Ford Territory after Toyota renews 'Edge' trademark
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Ford Endura to replace the Ford Territory after Toyota renews 'Edge' trademark

As revealed by CarAdvice last year, Ford's new Edge SUV will come to Australia in 2018 with a starting price of $49,990 with seven seats and a diesel engine. At that stage, however, its final local name was yet to be confirmed. We can now exclusively reveal that model will be known as the Ford Endura, with the Edge badge already owned locally by Toyota...


Banishing the Monday mopes: Watch an old Subaru do its own gymkhana
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Banishing the Monday mopes: Watch an old Subaru do its own gymkhana

Car enthusiasts around the world are going to extremes to get their video plastered over the internet. Ken Block's famous stunt videos have helped inspire many, including this latest video featuring an old-school 1998 Subaru Impreza using a construction site as a playground...