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Subaru will let you buy the new Impreza online, or at a shopping centre
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Subaru will let you buy the new Impreza online, or at a shopping centre

Subaru Australia’s importer Inchcape is experimenting with the very foundation of its business model, outlining a bold plan to sell the sharper new Impreza online and through a series of new transactional shopping centre stores and pop-up sites. The bold strategy was designed principally to grow the Impreza’s appeal among younger drivers...


2017 Subaru Impreza detailed: New generation expected to double in sales
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2017 Subaru Impreza detailed: New generation expected to double in sales

Subaru Australia is expecting its much-improved new-generation Impreza sedan and hatch range to achieve twice as many sales in 2017 as the outgoing car did this year. The dramatic sales growth in the relatively flat small-car segment — still Australia’s largest by sales, at 19 per cent market share — is expected to spearhead Subaru’s drive to pass its all-time local sales record next year, beating 2016's tally...


Subaru dramatically cutting its servicing costs, starting with 2017 Impreza
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Subaru dramatically cutting its servicing costs, starting with 2017 Impreza

Subaru Australia’s importer is finally addressing one area we’ve long considered a grievance on its cars —service costs. The 95 per cent new Impreza range launching this week will be the first Subaru models sold here with 12-month or 12,500km service intervals (whichever comes first) instead of the existing six-month/10,000km intervals across the rest of its range...


2017 Lexus LC 500 Australian details confirmed ahead of May launch
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2017 Lexus LC 500 Australian details confirmed ahead of May launch

The all-new 2017 Lexus LC flagship coupe is expected to arrive in local showrooms from May, with a choice of two drivetrains. Visually, the two variants are largely identical, bar the badging, but under the bonnet these coupes are two entirely different propositions. The performance heart of the LC500 is Lexus’s proven naturally aspirated 5...


Government proposes new fuel efficiency standards for vehicles
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Government proposes new fuel efficiency standards for vehicles

The Turnbull government has proposed new environmental and fuel efficiency standards this week that would force manufacturers to sell vehicles with more economical engines to meet emissions targets - similar to many European countries. Other measures being considered are improving the quality of fuel sold at service stations, and upgrading existing air pollution standards...


Uber admits that its self-driving cars illegally cut across bike lanes
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Uber admits that its self-driving cars illegally cut across bike lanes

Uber has admitted that its self-driving vehicles perform illegal and potentially dangerous right turns. In an email to The Guardian, an Uber spokeswoman admitted that its self-driving cars have a "problem" when they turn across bike lanes, but said that the ride-sharing firm was working on a fix...


2017 Skoda Octavia RS facelift revealed ahead of Australian debut: New looks, more power for hot Czech
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2017 Skoda Octavia RS facelift revealed ahead of Australian debut: New looks, more power for hot Czech

The updated Skoda Octavia RS was unveiled overnight with a smidge more power for the petrol model. Visually, the Octavia's controversial new headlight arrangement is a little less obvious in the RS, as the sports model has a completely dark grille that blends into the secondary headlamp units...


Nissan Australia will miss old Patrol, but confident it can satisfy 4x4 buyers
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Nissan Australia will miss old Patrol, but confident it can satisfy 4x4 buyers

After 19 years in Oz, Nissan Australia said sayonara to the Y61 Patrol at the recent Flinders Ranges launch of the 'Legend Edition', and the company admits it will miss the old workhorse. However, the local division says, it's confident the newer Y62 model range and upcoming future additions will more than meet market and consumer expectation...


2017 BMW M550i xDrive: M5-beater detailed, but don't get your hopes up
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2017 BMW M550i xDrive: M5-beater detailed, but don't get your hopes up

BMW has handed down fresh details of its new M550i xDrive, the flagship (for now) of the new G30 5 Series range, ahead of its European launch in March next year. That flagship status won't apply to Australia, however, with the M550i xDrive confirmed as yet another all-wheel-drive BMW sedan that won't be offered in right-hook form...


Hands-free phone use as distracting as hand-held - study
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Hands-free phone use as distracting as hand-held - study

A new study by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has found that using a hands-free mobile phone system is just as distracting as using the device in your hand, when behind the wheel. QUT's Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety (CARRS-Q) recently measured the effects of mobile phone use on driver safety including reaction time and driving performance, using its own in-house driving simulator...


Gifts of Christmas Past: The classic presents we'll never forget
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Gifts of Christmas Past: The classic presents we'll never forget

With the year drawing to a close and the excitement and anticipation building ahead of Christmas, we found ourselves getting a bit nostalgic and reminiscing about the best presents we at CarAdvice ever received. Of course, and no surprise, they're all car-related! We thought we'd invite you to take a trip down memory lane with us, so here are some of our favourites...


2017 BMW 6 Series updates revealed, Australian timing to be confirmed
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2017 BMW 6 Series updates revealed, Australian timing to be confirmed

The BMW 6 Series has seen the addition of numerous new equipment and trim options for 2017 for both the exterior and interior, revealed this week initially for the European market. Available across all three versions of the Bavarian grand tourer - coupe, convertible and four-door Gran Coupe - BMW says the new options help to "showcase the sporting character" of the 6 Series range...


Melbourne's Eastlink preparing tech upgrades for autonomous driving by 2018, tests planned
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Melbourne's Eastlink preparing tech upgrades for autonomous driving by 2018, tests planned

A trial of autonomous driving technology will be carried out on Melbourne's tolled Eastlink motorway from the second half of 2017, the Victorian state government has confirmed. The news follows confirmation just days ago that Victoria's Andrews Labor Government would also carry out autonomous technology tests on the Monash-Citylink-Tullamarine corridor...


2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace leaked in overseas press
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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace leaked in overseas press

Images of the upcoming 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, or Tiguan L in markets like China, have been leaked online ahead of the SUV's debut at the Detroit motor show next month. After being teased in sketches last week, these images published on autonocion.com, the images show the Chinese version, badged Tiguan L, with a longer wheelbase - which has been stretched by 110mm - and rear doors...


2017 Suzuki Swift design and details revealed via leaked Japanese brochure
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2017 Suzuki Swift design and details revealed via leaked Japanese brochure

Details about the next-generation Suzuki Swift have been leaked online thanks to a Japanese brochure that's escaped into the wild. The brochure you see here was posted by user ganbaremmc on their LiveDoor blog. Although the resolution and quality of these photos aren't the best, we can make out basic details about the Japanese Swift range...