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Market analysis: February SUV sales
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Market analysis: February SUV sales

The fact that SUV registrations are steaming along is not exactly going under-reported, but here is a more detailed breakdown from the month of February. SUVs achieved a market share in February (VFACTS) of 38.2 per cent, not far shy of the share of passenger cars (41). This is half the differential of just one year ago...


Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR race car revealed
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Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR race car revealed

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR was unveiled overnight and this race-ready Golf been specially developed for the TCR International touring car series, as well as the numerous regional series that employ the same rules. This racing version of the Volkswagen Golf is based on the road-going GTI model...


2017 Holden Astra: new Opel hatch crowned 2016 European Car of the Year
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2017 Holden Astra: new Opel hatch crowned 2016 European Car of the Year

The coming new 2017 Holden Astra has been named the 2016 European Car of the Year, in its overseas Opel-branded guise, by a panel of 58 motoring journalists from across the continent. The Astra finished with a total of 312 points and was the first choice of 24 jury members. Second was the Volvo XC90, which finished with 294 points as the number one pick of 11 jurists...


Australia not ready for Toyota plug-in hybrids, marketing chief says
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Australia not ready for Toyota plug-in hybrids, marketing chief says

Toyota Australia says that plug-in hybrids are still a niche product for our market and there is not enough demand to make a solid business case for such models. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the new 2016 Toyota Prius, Tony Cramb, executive director for sales and marketing of Toyota Australia, said that research into the local market has shown it’s still not the right time for Toyota plug-ins...


Jeep teases two Moab Easter concepts
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Jeep teases two Moab Easter concepts

Jeep has released a pair of teaser sketches of two concepts the company will unveil at the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari event in March. These images are just a first glimpse of the collection of concepts that will be revealed at the end of March. The two images tease the Wrangler “Trailcat” and “Crew Chief” concepts that will be showcased at the 50th annual Easter event, taking place in Moab, Utah, from March 19-27 2016...


Citroen set for big growth in 2016 and beyond
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Citroen set for big growth in 2016 and beyond

When a brand sells just over 1100 vehicles in 12 months, it’s fair to assume that growth is what’s required. And Citroen’s Australian arm is looking for exactly that. Citroen – which is imported by local distributor Sime Darby alongside fellow PSA makes Peugeot and DS – suffered a sales drop of about 15 per cent last year...


2017 Porsche Panamera wagon and interior spied
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2017 Porsche Panamera wagon and interior spied

The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo concept of 2012 is on its way to production, as these new spy photos reveal. Clear shots of the big Porsche’s dash controls have also surfaced this week. The new 2017 Porsche Panamera has already been spied testing a number of times in fastback saloon form, but these new photos confirm that the range will grow to include a more practical wagon variant...


Maserati Levante plug-in hybrid to share drivetrain parts with Chrysler Pacifica
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Maserati Levante plug-in hybrid to share drivetrain parts with Chrysler Pacifica

The Maserati Levante plug-in hybrid that's due in the next few years will use drivetrain components shared with other products throughout the Fiat Chrysler (FCA) family. Harald Wester, CEO of Maserati, told Motor Trend at the recent Geneva motor show that "a standalone [PHEV] programme would be suicidal, so we have to look at FCA"...


Volkswagen delayed public admission on emissions cheating in hopes of reducing its fine
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Volkswagen delayed public admission on emissions cheating in hopes of reducing its fine

It has been claimed that Volkswagen held back on a public announcement regarding its emissions testing cheating scheme because it wanted to negotiate a more manageable fine with the US governemnt. Reuters has seen a 113-page report that Volkswagen has submitted in its defence to the Braunschewig local court...


Holden Commodore design a story of craftiness and flexibility: Ferlazzo
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Holden Commodore design a story of craftiness and flexibility: Ferlazzo

Holden Design Director, Richard Ferlazzo, says the company’s most iconic model line has forever been built on a mix of circumstances, innovation and versatility. From the relatively small original models developed from German imports, to the increasingly larger and more uniquely Australian variants that have appeared in the decades since, the brief has remained the same: deliver the car people want, and the range they need, at a price to suit all...


Ford Australia sales back on the rise
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Ford Australia sales back on the rise

Ford Australia’s sales volumes are showing some welcome signs of recovery in 2016, with growth of 17.2 per cent across the first two months of the year. Vitally, the turnaround is happening thanks not just to incremental volume gains from brand new model lines, the Everest SUV and sold-out-for-2016 Mustang sports car, but good growth from various existing brand staples such as the Mondeo, Kuga and Ranger...


Hyundai i30 recall: more than 37,000 Australian examples affected over possible ESC fault
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Hyundai i30 recall: more than 37,000 Australian examples affected over possible ESC fault

Hyundai Australia has announced a precautionary recall of 37,334 previous-generation i30 models over a potential electronic stability control (ESC) fault. In essence, the potentially life-saving system fitted to these vehicles may not work, due to a problem at the time of assembly. ESC stabilises a vehicle if it steps out and escapes the control of the driver...


2016 Toyota Prius sticks with nickel hydride over lithium-ion batteries in Australia
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2016 Toyota Prius sticks with nickel hydride over lithium-ion batteries in Australia

Toyota Australia says that it has stuck with the proven and tested nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery for the fourth-generation Prius instead of switching to the lithium-ion system available in some other markets, due to the former's reliability as well as lower cost...


2016 Toyota Prius pricing and specifications
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2016 Toyota Prius pricing and specifications

The 2016 Toyota Prius has launched in Australia with a starting price of $34,990 for the new and better equipped standard model, while the top-spec i-Tech model comes in at $43,990. Prices for the new Prius indicate a $2500 increase over the outgoing third-generation model (and a $1000 reduction on the i-Tech), which, along with the two generations before it, has found over three million sales worldwide, of which around 20,000 are in Australia...


International Women's Day: we celebrate women in the automotive industry
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International Women's Day: we celebrate women in the automotive industry

Today is International Women's Day and an opportunity to turn the spotlight on a number of the fabulous females that help keep the wheels turning in the automotive industry. It’s no exaggeration to say women are markedly underrepresented in the motoring world. I’m one of a handful of female motoring journalists in Australia and I find the lack of ladies bewildering...