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CarAdvice podcast 51: We interview Nissan Australia boss Richard Emery
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CarAdvice podcast 51: We interview Nissan Australia boss Richard Emery

James Ward and Mike Costello join Mandy Turner this week. Hear the latest car news, including 2017 pricing and specs of the Nissan X-Trail, Kia Picanto S, Volkswagen Golf 7.5 and Isuzu MU-X. Also, Mazda declared Australia’s most reputable car company, Kia Australia aims to get the Stinger sound right, and Mike covers April new car sales...


Deals on wheels for May 5
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Deals on wheels for May 5

It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, which this week looks at factory-backed special offers for all you weekend shoppers. This isn’t a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you’re in the market for some new wheels. Haggle hard, and happy shopping. If you spot any deals, let us know in the comments...


2015-17 Toyota HiLux recalled for battery fix: 39,000 vehicles affected
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2015-17 Toyota HiLux recalled for battery fix: 39,000 vehicles affected

Toyota has issued a recall for 39,754 its 2015 to 2017 HiLux 4x2 Hi Rider and 4x4 utes over concerns vehicles fitted with the auxiliary battery kit could develop damage due to vibrations. According to the Japanese manufacturer, HiLux vehicles equipped with the Toyota Genuine Accessory pack could experience damage to the left-hand front fender apron, due to the improper installation of the battery kit, which causes vibration when driving over rough surfaces...


2017 Nissan X-Trail pricing and specs: More tech, new diesel for SUV range
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2017 Nissan X-Trail pricing and specs: More tech, new diesel for SUV range

The facelifted 2017 Nissan X-Trail range has arrived in Australia, bringing minor design updates and new driver assistance technologies to the brand's top-selling model. Kicking off at $27,990 before on-road costs for the ST manual, pricing for the revised X-Trail line-up remains largely unchanged for 2017, though petrol all-wheel drive models see minor price cuts between $900 and $1490...


2018 BMW M2 update accidentally revealed on official website
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2018 BMW M2 update accidentally revealed on official website

The updated BMW M2 has been revealed ahead of schedule on the company's Belgian website. The images you see here were captured by Bimmer Today before BMW Belgium removed the offending images and details from its website. If these images are the real deal, the updated M2 won't differ greatly from the car that's currently in showrooms throughout the world...


2018 Ford Mustang Shelby 'GT500' spy photos
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2018 Ford Mustang Shelby 'GT500' spy photos

The Ford Mustang Shelby 'GT500', a new range-topping high-performance variant, has been spied undergoing testing in Detroit. In addition to the usual full body camouflage, Ford has fitted with the prototype with car bras at both ends to further obscure the styling and body work changes. Despite this, we can see the GT500 sporting chunky, low-profile tyres...


Holden posts successive profits despite sales decline
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Holden posts successive profits despite sales decline

Holden posted its second successive annual profit over the 2016 financial year, belying a fall in sales and its imminent factory closure in South Australia. The General Motors subsidiary today announced a combined after-tax profit of $152.8 million for 2016, from consolidated revenue of $3.56 billion...


2017 Abarth 595 here in October
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2017 Abarth 595 here in October

The facelifted 2017 Abarth 595 hot hatch range will finally arrive in Australia this October, more than a year after it was first revealed. Speaking with CarAdvice, director of corporate communications at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Australia, Glenn Butler, said the hold-up was due to a change in manufacturing procedures for our market...


Nissan Signal Shield concept aims to curb phone use on the road
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Nissan Signal Shield concept aims to curb phone use on the road

Nissan's British arm has adapted a 19th century invention to 21st century times, creating an armrest-mounted phone holder that blocks the device's signal to reduce driver distraction. Called the 'Nissan Signal Shield' concept, the holder is lined with a Faraday cage - an invention dating back to the 1830s...


Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in could hit Australia in 2018
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Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in could hit Australia in 2018

The updated Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is still high on the company's wishlist for Australia, but we shouldn't expect to see it here before 2018 - if it's confirmed for our market at all. Speaking with CarAdvice this week, general manager for corporate communications at Volkswagen Australia, Paul Pottinger, confirmed the local arm is still working on bringing the sporty plug-in hybrid EV hatch Down Under...


India wants to have only EVs on sale by 2030
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India wants to have only EVs on sale by 2030

India wants to tackle its pollution and environmental problems, and hopes to end the sale of cars with internal combustion engines by 2030. According to The Times of India, Piyush Goyal, India's minister for power, coal, new and renewable energy, and mines, told the Confederation of Indian Industry's 2017 Annual Session, "We are going to introduce electric vehicles in a very big way"...


2017 Honda Jazz facelift brochure leaked
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2017 Honda Jazz facelift brochure leaked

A brochure for the facelifted Honda Jazz, known in Japan and the USA as the Fit, has been leaked ahead of the car's launch in the middle of the year We found these photos on Indian Autos Blog, and they were originally published online by Twitter user ren_games. If these pictures are real, the Jazz/Fit will feature a redesigned grille that blends into revised headlights with integral LED driving lights...


2019 BMW 1 Series: Front-wheel drive hatch spied
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2019 BMW 1 Series: Front-wheel drive hatch spied

The next-generation BMW 1 Series hatchback has been photographed testing in Europe. With the BMW X1 and 2 Series Active Tourer already on sale, the new 1 Series hatch won't be the first BMW utilising a front-wheel drive platform, but it will be the first model from the company's global core sedan, hatch and coupe range...


2017 Volkswagen Golf 7.5 pricing and specs
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2017 Volkswagen Golf 7.5 pricing and specs

Australian pricing and specifications for the updated 2017 Volkswagen Golf '7.5' range have been released this week, with the popular hatch and wagon line-up now kicking off at $23,990 before on-road costs. The Golf hatch continues with a four-grade ladder, while the wagon carries over three. As reported in March, the Golf 7...


2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack pricing and specs: Range grows with entry, flagship models
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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack pricing and specs: Range grows with entry, flagship models

The updated 2017 Golf Alltrack has been detailed this week alongside the regular hatch and wagon range, ahead of its local arrival in early July. As part of the '7.5' update, the rugged Alltrack wagon range expands from a solo offering to a three-strong range, including a new entry-level petrol model and a new flagship turbo-diesel variant...