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2016 Hyundai Elantra and Kia Picanto get five-star ANCAP rating
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2016 Hyundai Elantra and Kia Picanto get five-star ANCAP rating

The 2016 Hyundai Elantra has received a five-star ANCAP rating from Australia’s car safety watchdog. Newcomer to the Australian micro-car market, the Kia Picanto, was also given the top rating. With an overall score of 35.01 out of a possible 37 points, the Elantra scored full marks in a number of areas including side-impact crash testing (16 out of 16), as well as pole-impact testing (2 out of 2)...


2014-16 Nissan X-Trail recalled for tailgate fix
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2014-16 Nissan X-Trail recalled for tailgate fix

Nissan Australia is recalling its X-Trail SUV built between January 2014 and January 2016 over concerns that the gas arm supporting the tailgate may crack. The manufacturer reports that due to a manufacturing fault, the paint coating applied to the gas arm does not comply with the design requirement for anti-corrosion...


April 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, winners and losers
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April 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, winners and losers

Australia’s new vehicle sales remained on record pace in April, with VFACTS claiming 87,571 national sales for the month, an increase of 7.2 per cent. The Hyundai i30 was the top-selling car in the market for the second month in succession thanks to strong campaign pricing, ahead of the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3...


New car sales figures April 2016
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New car sales figures April 2016

The following data are new car sales figures for the month of April 2016. For a detailed analysis, click here...


2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited spied: All-new 4WD comes out to play
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2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited spied: All-new 4WD comes out to play

Will the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler look the way a Wrangler should? If this first-ever look at the new model is anything to go by, the answer is a clear ‘yes’. These new spy photos, of what looks to be the Unlimited variant, reveal that we can expect the all-new Wrangler to maintain the proportions and boxy look that have contributed to the badge’s success...


2016 Federal Budget: What does it mean for Australian car buyers?
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2016 Federal Budget: What does it mean for Australian car buyers?

The Turnbull Liberal Government handed down its inaugural budget last night. Amidst the taxes for smoking and additional ABC funding, is there any news for car buyers? Bottom line: not really. The small business $20,000 (GST inclusive) capital equipment purchase rebate has been extended to bigger small businesses, with turnover caps raised from $2 million to $10 million...


Google, Chrysler teaming up on driverless cars: official
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Google, Chrysler teaming up on driverless cars: official

Google and Fiat Chrysler (FCA) will jointly develop a self-driving version of the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid people mover, which will be added to the search giant's ever growing fleet of research and test autonomous vehicles. As part of this deal, the two companies will each assign a group of engineers who will work together, at a site in southeastern Michigan, to design, engineer and test the self-driving people carrier...


Ford outsells Holden for first time since 1999
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Ford outsells Holden for first time since 1999

The Australian car market went back to 1999 in April, with Ford Australia beating arch nemesis Holden for what appears to be the first time since ‘Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)’ topped the singles charts. According to VFACTS figures for last month, Ford nabbed 6842 sales, representing growth of 18.2 per cent. Holden fell 5.1 per cent to 6710 units...


LaFerrari Spider confirmed by new CEO
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LaFerrari Spider confirmed by new CEO

The LaFerrari Spider has been confirmed by Sergio Marchionne, boss of both Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari, in a wide-ranging lunchtime chat with an assortment automotive journalists. According to Automobile, the outspoken chief executive stated: "The only future product connected to LaFerrari is the Spider. Which is no secret since potential customers have already been approached...


Nissan Kicks "global" compact crossover revealed - UPDATE
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Nissan Kicks "global" compact crossover revealed - UPDATE

Update: Nissan Australia has confirmed that there are no plans to introduce the Kicks locally. See bottom of article for details. The all-new Nissan Kicks compact crossover has been unveiled, adding to Nissan’s already diverse SUV range. Aimed at “city-living customers”, the Kicks is the production version of the Kicks concept that was revealed in 2014 at the Sao Paulo auto show...


2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport update revealed
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2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport update revealed

Land Rover has announced its updated 2017 Discovery Sport for the UK market, debuting with a bigger display screen and a new Bluetooth-enabled tag tracking app. Headlining the updated 2017 Discovery Sport’s feature list is the Tile app, which uses Bluetooth tags attached to important items - such as your keys or wallet - to track their whereabouts with your smartphone or the car’s infotainment system...


Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne named as new Ferrari CEO
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Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne named as new Ferrari CEO

Overnight, Amedeo Felisa resigned from his post as CEO of Ferrari. As a result, Sergio Marchionne, head of Fiat Chrysler, consolidates his control over the luxury sports car maker, and adds Ferrari CEO to his long list of executive titles...


Toyota C-HR may get Nismo Juke-rivalling boost - report
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Toyota C-HR may get Nismo Juke-rivalling boost - report

The all-new 2017 Toyota C-HR, due here early next year, could soon welcome a flagship performance variant to the family. Unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March this year, the C-HR debuted an edgy and sporting new evolution of Toyota’s SUV styling. But, with 98kW hybrid and 85kW 1...


2018 BMW i8 to bring more power, wireless charging, roadster variant - report
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2018 BMW i8 to bring more power, wireless charging, roadster variant - report

The updated 2018 BMW i8 is set to bring a comprehensive upgrade late next year, with more power, inductive charging and a new look - according to a new report out of Europe. The current model, which launched locally in March 2015, matches a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor, producing a combined output of 266kW of power and 570Nm of torque...


2017 Audi A5 coupe to debut on June 2 with 3D light show
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2017 Audi A5 coupe to debut on June 2 with 3D light show

Audi has announced that the next-generation A5 coupe will make its global debut on June 2nd, accompanied by a 3D light show in Ingolstadt, Germany. After a year of spy photos and speculation surrounding the new A5/S5 models, the new generation will finally be unveiled - albeit just in coupe form - in a month’s time...