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2017 Nissan Navara Series 2 pricing and specs: Improved suspension, new SL 4x4 grade
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2017 Nissan Navara Series 2 pricing and specs: Improved suspension, new SL 4x4 grade

Pricing and details for the 2017 Nissan Navara Series 2 have been released today, growing the number of variants beyond 30. First confirmed for dealers in late September, the Navara Series 2 introduces a new 'SL' model grade, along with a number of key updates to the suspension package of dual-cab models...


Toyota HiLux fails emergency swerve test - UPDATE
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Toyota HiLux fails emergency swerve test - UPDATE

The Toyota Hilux, Australia’s top-selling light commercial, has dramatically under-performed in a European extreme handling evaluation called the 'moose test'. Swedish publication Teknikens Värld put the new-generation Toyota HiLux through the test last month and found something "seriously wrong"...


Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram concepts teased ahead of SEMA debut
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Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram concepts teased ahead of SEMA debut

Fiat Chrysler has released a sample of  Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram sketches, previewing five heavily-modified concept cars bound for the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas next month. This furious (and/or family-friendly) five have been re-imagined with production and concept parts from in-house tuning arm Mopar - a partnership that has created numerous bold concepts over the years...


LDV: New Chinese ute here in 2017 with 2.8-litre diesel
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LDV: New Chinese ute here in 2017 with 2.8-litre diesel

Chinese-owned commercial vehicle specialist, LDV, is planning to launch its ute next year to compete with the likes of the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger. Speaking yesterday at the launch of the LDV G10 turbo-diesel van, Chinese executives confirmed the timing for the pick-up launch for our market as around mid 2017...


Nissan to end Tsuru production after earning zero-star crash rating
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Nissan to end Tsuru production after earning zero-star crash rating

The Nissan Tsuru, an old and distant relative of the Pulsar, will end production next May after a 25-year run. Currently sold in Mexico along with parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the Tsuru is also known as the V16 in Chile, Sentra B13 in Central American nations and the Sentra Clasico in Peru and the Dominican republic...


Mitsubishi: Lancer future looks bright with platform-sharing plans
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Mitsubishi: Lancer future looks bright with platform-sharing plans

Mitsubishi Australia is confident that its parent company's merger into the Nissan-Renault fold will bring a major local boost to its flailing passenger car ranges with leaner, meaner new product in the medium- to long-term future...


MG Motor Australia: 'It will be different this time'
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MG Motor Australia: 'It will be different this time'

MG has relaunched in Australia under the watchful eye of Chinese owners, SAIC Motor. SAIC is China's largest carmaker and, after taking over MG in 2006, an attempt to return to the Australian market through a local distributor operation was made back in 2013. After failing to make an impact, the iconic British badge has now returned, launching the 2017 MG 3 hatch and 2017 MG 6 Plus fastback in Sydney this week...


MG says three-star safety is 'no issue' for MG 3
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MG says three-star safety is 'no issue' for MG 3

Executives from MG’s parent company, SAIC, have defended the MG 3 and MG 6’s sub-standard ANCAP safety rating, stating the models are safe as they are. Speaking to media at the Australian launch of the new LDV G10 turbo-diesel van, Chinese executives said that their market research into the Australian market suggested buyers would still be accepting of the MG 3’s three-star and MG 6’s four-star safety rating, but also conceded that the company is working as fast as it can to improve those scores...


Volkswagen Amarok V6 demand soars: More than 6000 inquiries for 7.9sec 0-100km/h ute
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Volkswagen Amarok V6 demand soars: More than 6000 inquiries for 7.9sec 0-100km/h ute

The imminent Volkswagen Amarok V6 diesel has prompted a proverbial stampede of buyers interest, with the company having taken more than 6000 inquiries before the November 24 launch. The new power and torque leader in Australia’s booming 4x4 dual-cab ute class sports a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 with 165kW and 580Nm, outstripping the Ranger, Hilux, Colorado and co, though its expected limited towing capacity of 3...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute to get full range of accessories
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute to get full range of accessories

The Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class may only be a show car for now, but the production version will have a full range of accessories for tradies to personalise their utes. While we don’t have full details of what the final production version of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class will be in terms of equipment, the concept model – particularly the Powerful Adventurer with its beefy body styling – could provide a few free hints...


Volkswagen's $19.3 billion Dieselgate settlement approved by US judge
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Volkswagen's $19.3 billion Dieselgate settlement approved by US judge

The Volkswagen Group's US$14.7 billion ($19.3 billion) Dieselgate settlement with various US authorities, including the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board, has been formally approved by US District Judge Charles Breyer. In a statement, Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen America, said: "Final approval of the 2...


Alfa Romeo Giulia to gain wagon variant from late 2017 - report
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Alfa Romeo Giulia to gain wagon variant from late 2017 - report

The Alfa Romeo Giulia will reportedly gain a wagon variant in order to improve its appeal to European customers. Anonymous sources within Fiat Chrysler (FCA) have told Automotive News Europe that the Giulia wagon is slated to be introduced into the European market from late 2017...


Audi quits Le Mans and WEC, shifts to Formula E instead
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Audi quits Le Mans and WEC, shifts to Formula E instead

Audi has contested its final 24 Hours of Le Mans for the foreseeable future, with the luxury marque announcing today that it will leave the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the end of the 2016 season. The statement overnight confirms rumours that had been growing with the industry for the last few weeks...


Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series' life span extended by years
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Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series' life span extended by years

The unique Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series will be around for many years to come following a series of just-launched 2017 updates, the model’s global chief engineer Sadayoshi Koyari assured us this week. Koyari said that rumours of the old workhorse’s demise were greatly exaggerated, and admitted he was dismayed that many stories suggested an axing was on the table, in the face of more stringent modern safety and emissions standards...


Mercedes chief reckons X-Class could be the only premium pick-up for some time
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Mercedes chief reckons X-Class could be the only premium pick-up for some time

At the launch of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute concepts in Sweden this week, there was constant talk of the fact the three-pointed star brand is the first premium brand to enter the pick-up space. It’s true – Mercedes-Benz is the first. But the question remains as to whether the all-new Mercedes-Benz X-Class will be the last.