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2018 Volkswagen Amarok V6 gets 3.5-tonne tow rating
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2018 Volkswagen Amarok V6 gets 3.5-tonne tow rating

An upgrade for the new model year has led to the 2018 Volkswagen Amarok V6 ute being given a 3500kg braked towing allowance - up from the 3000kg rating that still applies to previous examples. The new rating comes courtesy of engineering changes to the Amarok's rear step setup, and the availability of a 3.5-tonne genuine Volkswagen tow bar...


BMW 'surprised' by Mercedes-Benz ute, watching segment closely
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BMW 'surprised' by Mercedes-Benz ute, watching segment closely

With the Navara-based Mercedes-Benz X-Class just around the corner, BMW's local boss said he was 'surprised' with the Mercedes-Benz announcement. Speaking with CarAdvice at the recent 1 and 2 Series LCI launch, BMW Group Australia boss Marc Werner admitted the local arm was surprised with the announcement and the brand is watching the space closely...


2018 Renault Clio RS Trophy pricing and specs
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2018 Renault Clio RS Trophy pricing and specs

The toughened-up new 2018 Renault Clio RS Trophy goes on sale locally today, priced from $42,990 (drive away). Packing a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 162kW (220hp) of power and 260Nm of torque, the engine is capable of increasing torque output by 20Nm to 280Nm in fourth and fifth gears using an overboost feature...


2018 BMW X3: Aussie-influenced SUV here in November
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2018 BMW X3: Aussie-influenced SUV here in November

The 2018 BMW X3 is a huge product for BMW globally and perhaps even more so in Australia, where SUVs play a major part in the brand's sales strategy, accounting for over 55 per cent of sales. Indeed, the new 2018 X3 is so important that BMW's global headquarters has green-lighted Australia's involvement in the global market launch, which will take place simultaneously on November 11 in Australia, Europe and the USA...


Holden confirms 7-year, 175,000km warranty - UPDATE
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Holden confirms 7-year, 175,000km warranty - UPDATE

UPDATE: Holden has now confirmed that the seven-year warranty will run through to the end of 2017, and will be available for the new Equinox SUV. See additional details at end of story. Holden is set to announce a seven-year warranty for all new cars sold from October, according to an industry insider and advertising promoted, prematurely, on Instagram...


2019 BMW Z4 won't drive anything like the Toyota Supra, BMW boss says
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2019 BMW Z4 won't drive anything like the Toyota Supra, BMW boss says

As BMW ramps up co-development of the next-generation BMW Z4 with Toyota, BMW's local boss wants to assure purists that the final Z4 product won't be anything like its Japanese counterpart. Speaking to CarAdvice at the recent 1 and 2 Series LCI launch, BMW Group Australia CEO Marc Werner said the new Z4 will still be "an ultimate driving machine"...


The Shortlist: Seven-seat AWD SUV, decent towing capacity and good ownership prospects
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The Shortlist: Seven-seat AWD SUV, decent towing capacity and good ownership prospects

Jacques is looking at a new family SUV to replace his ageing Volvo XC90, which has developed a few problems in recent times. Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision...


2018 Subaru Impreza pricing and specs
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2018 Subaru Impreza pricing and specs

The 2018 Subaru Impreza is in showrooms now, with the Japanese brand's small hatch and sedan gaining some added equipment in the higher-spec versions. There are no cosmetic changes, but the EyeSight forward camera safety system in the Subaru Impreza hatch and sedan models has been upgraded as part of the 2018 model year run...


Ferrari celebrating 70th anniversary at Melbourne's Motorclassica
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Ferrari celebrating 70th anniversary at Melbourne's Motorclassica

Ferrari will officially celebrate its 70th anniversary at the 2017 Motorclassica in Melbourne next month. The event will feature rare and collectible cars from around the world and is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Come October, Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building will see the biggest display of Ferraris to have ever been assembled in Australia...


2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio sets Nurburgring SUV record
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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio sets Nurburgring SUV record

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in seven minutes 51.7 seconds, setting a new record for a production SUV. Its time is eight seconds quicker than the previous record holder, the outgoing Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. Even as an SUV, the time set by the Stelvio Quadrifoglio places it between the 2017 Volvo S60 Polestar and the 2015 BMW M4 on the race track's official leaderboard...


2018 Mercedes-AMG GT4 spied inside and out
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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT4 spied inside and out

The new Mercedes-AMG sedan, tipped by some to be branded as the GT4, has been spied again. This time, though, the spy photographers managed to snag some pictures of the car's interior. The interior doesn't hold any great surprises as it features many of the design elements used in coupes and convertibles from the Mercedes-Benz stable, including four round air vents in the centre of the dashboard...


Peugeot Citroen ute due by 2020 with global aim
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Peugeot Citroen ute due by 2020 with global aim

The PSA Group, parent of Peugeot, Citroen and most recently Opel, has announced it will develop an all-new vehicle platform with ChangAn Automobile that will underpin its upcoming one-tonne ute, which will launch "by 2020". In an agreement signed this week, the French and Chinese companies announced they would co-develop a new architecture to be implemented at ChangAn's manufacturing facility in Dingzhou, China, dedicated to light commercial vehicles (LCV)...


Ford Transit gets M-Sport World Rally Car treatment… and it's awesome
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Ford Transit gets M-Sport World Rally Car treatment… and it's awesome

We may give the Poms a fair bit of grief - depending on the time of year and what particular sporting event might currently be going on - but, jeez, you've got to give them credit when it's due. And this WRC-inspired Ford Transit Custom is one of those occasions...


Australians don't want to share autonomous cars: survey
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Australians don't want to share autonomous cars: survey

A new study has found that while Australians may be warming to autonomous vehicles as a concept, they're unlikely to share them with other travellers - potentially making congestion worse than the status quo. The Transport Opinion Survey (TOPS), conducted by the University of Sydney Business School, found that one in four participants would buy a driverless vehicle for family use, though only one-third of these people would lease their cars to other travellers when they aren't in use...


Hyundai owners are the happiest car owners in Australia
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Hyundai owners are the happiest car owners in Australia

Hyundai owners are the happiest car owners in the country, according to the latest J.D. Power Australia Sale Satisfaction Index (SSI) Study. Hyundai took out the top spot in the customer satisfaction index, an independent survey of new car buyers. The Korean manufacturer scored 827 points out of a possible 1000 in the survey which was conducted from January through June this year...