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France to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars, Australia's EV Council calls for urgent action - UPDATE
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France to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars, Australia's EV Council calls for urgent action - UPDATE

France will ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040, the government of recently elected French president Emmanuel Macron has announced. Launching the French government's plan to meet its obligations under the Paris climate treaty, Nicolas Hulot, France's ecology minister, said, "We are announcing an end to the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040"...


2018 Skoda Superb pricing revealed: September bringing more tech, price bump
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2018 Skoda Superb pricing revealed: September bringing more tech, price bump

Australian pricing and details for the updated 2018 Skoda Superb have been released today, ahead of the revised liftback and wagon's September launch. First revealed in June and initially intended for an August launch, the updated range will feature a 9.2-inch 'Columbus' display - up from 8...


June 2017 VFACTS: New vehicle sales records tumble
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June 2017 VFACTS: New vehicle sales records tumble

New vehicle sales hit a monthly record high of 134,171 units in June, an increase of 4.4 per cent over the previous high - achieved during the same month in 2016, which had the same number of selling-days. The sales bonanza takes year-to-date (YTD) sales to 599,552 units, overtaking 2016's high-water mark...


2017 Renault Megane drive-away pricing announced
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2017 Renault Megane drive-away pricing announced

Drive-away pricing for the 2017 Renault Megane range has been announced this week, following shortly after the recent releases of the sedan and wagon body styles, with the range now kicking off from $22,990 on the road...


Upgraded Ford Mustang manages three-star Euro NCAP crash rating
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Upgraded Ford Mustang manages three-star Euro NCAP crash rating

The addition of various safety technologies has seen the updated, 2018 Ford Mustang coupe's Euro NCAP crash score climb to three stars. While not exactly a cause for raucous celebration, the new result published by Euro NCAP is certainly better than the infamous two-star crash score awarded by its Australian partner, ANCAP, at the start of this year...


Ford F-250 Super Duty joins Performax range
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Ford F-250 Super Duty joins Performax range

The new Ford F-250 Super Duty has become the latest member of the Performax International family, with the Gympie, Queensland-based conversion company confirming it has received government approval for full-volume, right-hand drive production of the alloy-bodied pick-up truck. Joining the smaller F-150, the F-250 will be offered in four-door crew cab form, with a 6...


EU approves Peugeot's purchase of Opel/Vauxhall from GM
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EU approves Peugeot's purchase of Opel/Vauxhall from GM

The PSA Group's purchase of Opel and Vauxhall from General Motors has been given the go-ahead from the European Union's antitrust authorities. With approval secured from the EU, one of the key hurdles has been cleared in the 2.2 billion euro ($3.3 billion) purchase of the majority of General Motors' European operations by the PSA Group...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class teased in video
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class teased in video

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Rolls-Royce to skip hybrids and go straight to EVs
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Rolls-Royce to skip hybrids and go straight to EVs

Rolls-Royce vehicles will one day feature electric drivetrains and autonomous driving modes, but that day isn't in the near or, even, medium term future. Torsten Mueller-Otvoes, CEO of Rolls-Royce, spoke to Autocar during the Goodwood Festival of Speed and outlined the company's thinking on electrified drivetrains...


2018 Audi A8's side revealed
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2018 Audi A8's side revealed

The side view of the new Audi A8 has been revealed ahead of the luxury sedan's full unveiling in Barcelona on July 11, European time. The German luxury car maker has released a silhouette view of the fourth-generation sedan, which we have tweaked slightly to bring out more of the car's details...


All new Volvo cars from 2019 will feature an electric motor
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All new Volvo cars from 2019 will feature an electric motor

All new Volvo vehicles from 2019 will have electrified drivetrains, the company has announced. From 2019, new models introduced by the Swedish brand will only be available with electrified drivetrains. In addition to new fully electric models, petrol and diesel engines will be paired with either plug-in hybrid or 48V mild hybrid systems...


New Land Rover Discovery looks will 'test' traditional owners
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New Land Rover Discovery looks will 'test' traditional owners

The attractive and curvaceous looks of the new 2017 Land Rover Discovery might actually cost it sales, according to Jaguar Land Rover Australia’s managing director, Matthew Wiesner. While the new Disco has proven hugely effective in winning the company conquest sales - with some 60 per cent of the almost 700 pre-orders made up of buyers coming from other brands - Wiesner admits it might not be quite so popular with Land Rover’s more rusted on and passionate fans...


Honda Australia's Takata airbag recall update
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Honda Australia's Takata airbag recall update

Honda Australia says it has completed 69 per cent of the enormous recall on third-party airbag inflators made by supplier Takata. However, given the task of tracking down some older affected vehicles is tougher (some are 16 years old), the company doesn't expect to complete the fixes for another 12 months...


Ford recalls 400,000 Transit vans in North America, Australia unaffected
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Ford recalls 400,000 Transit vans in North America, Australia unaffected

A total of 402,462 Ford Transit vans have been recalled in North America over concerns the drive shaft coupling could crack - though Australian versions are not affected. According to reports, Transits that have racked up mileage could be susceptible to the fault, which can cause several major problems like loss of power, or the vehicle could roll away when parked without the handbrake engaged...


2018 Honda Civic Type R missed out on auto gearbox due to weight concerns
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2018 Honda Civic Type R missed out on auto gearbox due to weight concerns

The 2018 Honda Civic Type R hatch will be offered solely with a six-speed manual transmission because an auto would have mucked up the weight balance of the car. That’s according to Yuji Matsumochi, assistant large project leader for the 10th-generation Civic powertrain at Honda Japan...