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Tesla to open new showroom and service centre in Richmond
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Tesla to open new showroom and service centre in Richmond

Electric car company Tesla Motors is in the process of building a new showroom and service centre in Richmond, Victoria. Set to open in the coming months, the new showroom will feature a service centre, showroom and lounge for new customers and existing owners. The all-electric car company will also switch on four Tesla superchargers following the opening of the showroom...


2016 Mazda MX-5 weight revealed ahead of August launch
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2016 Mazda MX-5 weight revealed ahead of August launch

The all-new Mazda MX-5 won’t weigh under a tonne when it lands in Australia in mid-August – but it will come mighty close. Mazda Australia today confirmed the fourth-generation MX-5 would tip the scales at 1009kg in its lightest form...


What is the best first car for a new driver?
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What is the best first car for a new driver?

While CarAdvice specialises in reviews and comparisons of cars in all price brackets, it's often important to consider the perfect first car for somebody new to driving. CarAdvice reader Emily e-mailed us wanting to know what car she should buy as a first car. Q: What is the ideal car for someone just getting onto the road? I'm looking for an automatic car under $20,000 that is small to midsize...


EU mandates emergency call devices in cars by 2018
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EU mandates emergency call devices in cars by 2018

Emergency call devices that automatically alert rescue services to car crashes will be mandatory in all new cars and light commercial vehicles in the European Union by March 2018. Road accidents killed 25,700 people in the EU in 2014, and the organisation believes that the requirements for all new cars and light vans to be fitted with ‘eCall’ technology could cut the death toll by up to 10 per cent (2570 lives) per year...


Polestar Performance Optimisation program coming for Volvo Drive-E models
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Polestar Performance Optimisation program coming for Volvo Drive-E models

Volvo models powered by the brand’s new-generation Drive-E engines will soon be available with enhancements developed by motorsport and performance partner Polestar. The Swedish car maker says the Polestar Performance Optimisation program will be available for most Volvo vehicles powered by its new Drive-E engines, with enhancements including optimised engine performance, throttle response, gearshift speed, gearshift precision and off-throttle response...


Skoda Funstar Fabia-based ute created by apprentices
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Skoda Funstar Fabia-based ute created by apprentices

A team of 23 apprentices from the Skoda Academy have created the Skoda Funstar, a ute based on the small Fabia hatchback. Autocar reports that there's a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine living underneath the Funstar's large bonnet vents. The 1.2-litre mill cranks out 90kW of power to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission...


Infiniti Concept Vision Gran Turmiso makes transition from video game to real life
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Infiniti Concept Vision Gran Turmiso makes transition from video game to real life

A real life version of the Infiniti Concept Vision Gran Turismo made its in-the-flesh debut in Shanghai last week at the Shanghai Himalayas Art Museum. The virtual car made its debut in December last year, as part of an on-going series of drivable in-game concepts from practically every major automotive brand for Gran Turismo 6 on PlayStation 3...


2016 Holden Spark "an important entry" for the brand
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2016 Holden Spark "an important entry" for the brand

It won't be called the Holden Barina Spark anymore, but the 2016 Holden Spark micro car could shake things up at the entry point to the Lion brand's range. The current Barina Spark is the budget book-end to the Holden range, with pricing starting from $13,990 driveaway for the five-speed manual version and $15,990 driveaway for the four-speed automatic...


Holden shrugs off loss of Volt plug-in hybrid
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Holden shrugs off loss of Volt plug-in hybrid

There was plenty of fanfare surrounding the launch of the first-ever Holden Volt back in 2012, but lacklustre sales in right-hand-drive markets has lead to General Motors to pull the plug on a replacement version for those markets. As CarAdvice reported recently, the new, second-generation Volt will be sold only as a left-hand-drive car...


Mercedes-Benz C-Class: 800 sedans recalled for fuel pump mounting fault
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class: 800 sedans recalled for fuel pump mounting fault

More than 800 award winning Mercedes-Benz C-Class models have been recalled for a fuel pump fault that could result in vehicles stalling. Affecting 873 W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans built between December 2013 and October 2014, the official recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) product safety recalls website says the recall relates to the vehicles' in-tank fuel pump, which "may detach from its mounting"...


Mitsubishi Triton : Outgoing model to be sold alongside new-generation ute
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Mitsubishi Triton : Outgoing model to be sold alongside new-generation ute

The outgoing Mitsubishi Triton will continue to be sold alongside the new-generation Triton for at least the rest of this year. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the 2016 Mitsubishi Triton on Fraser Island, Mitsubishi Australia product manager Owen Thompson confirmed the brand's decision to sell the workhorse duo side by side for the remainder of 2015 and potentially beyond...


Volkswagen Golf R Estate confirmed for Australia
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Volkswagen Golf R Estate confirmed for Australia

The Volkswagen Golf R Estate has at last been confirmed for an Australian launch, with the first examples to arrive around October this year. As the name suggests, the hottest Golf wagon derivative uses all the same go-fast mechanicals as the familiar Golf R hatch and shares the same styling cues, but adds an extra level of practicality...


Geely Emgrand NL-3 compact SUV spied testing in Australia
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Geely Emgrand NL-3 compact SUV spied testing in Australia

The 2016 Geely Emgrand NL-3 compact SUV has been spied testing in Melbourne, ahead of the car's global reveal later in the year. The Emgrand NL-3 SUV pictured here is based on the Chinese brand's new SUV platform. It was shipped from the Pudong district of Shanghai last week, landing fresh into the hands of Australian transmission engineering and manufacturing firm DSI Holdings, according to stickers attached to its sides...


2016 Toyota HiLux interior and exterior leaked
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2016 Toyota HiLux interior and exterior leaked

Images of the 2016 Toyota HiLux, the next-generation version of Australia's top-selling light commercial, have been leaked ahead of the car's reveal later this year. The images, leaked by the Ferd fan page, confirm that our earlier posted images from last week are indeed the next-generation HiLux...


Holden to replace entire SUV range by 2020, brand banking on high-riding models to boost sales
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Holden to replace entire SUV range by 2020, brand banking on high-riding models to boost sales

Holden has confirmed plans to replace its entire SUV range by the end of this decade, and there are plans afoot to add new high-riding models to the line-up, too. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of Holden's two new European-sourced models - the Astra and Cascada - the brand's executive director of sales, Peter Keley, suggested that SUVs hold the key to improving sales in Australia...