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Fiat Chrysler Australia prices rise as Australian dollar continues dive
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Fiat Chrysler Australia prices rise as Australian dollar continues dive

The Australian dollar’s continued downward spiral relative to the greenback has forced Fiat Chrysler Australia to raise the price of six models in its stable, delivering increases of up to 4.9 per cent. The price rises, officially introduced in March, affect the Abarth 595, Alfa Romeo MiTo, Dodge Journey, Fiat Freemont, and Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee line-ups, with increases ranging from $500 to $2000...


Ford GT supercar better without electrification, says car maker
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Ford GT supercar better without electrification, says car maker

Ford Performance division’s chief engineer says the new Ford GT supercar delivers more driver-oriented performance because it’s not electrified. Speaking with CarAdvice at the Ford GT innovation forum in Detroit yesterday, lead engineer Jamal Hameedi said cars such as the Tesla Model S only showcase their performance primarily in straight-line speed while hypercars such as the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and LaFerrari are weight-compromised...


Nissan Australia recalls 102,000 vehicles over Takata airbag defect
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Nissan Australia recalls 102,000 vehicles over Takata airbag defect

Nissan Australia will recall approximately 102,000 vehicles following an expansion of the massive global recall of Takata passenger airbag inflators. The latest recall affects Nissan models from the 2004 to 2007 model years equipped with ‘SPI’ inflators. About 10,300 Nissan models sold in New Zealand are also affected by the recall, which affects more than 1...


Toyota Australia has “blinding flash of the obvious”, aims to combat pushy salesmen
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Toyota Australia has “blinding flash of the obvious”, aims to combat pushy salesmen

Toyota Australia is embarking on a significant grassroots overhaul from its dealer network up, as it chases a return to the 20-plus per cent market share it recently enjoyed. Simply put, some elements of its business locally “frustrate the customers beyond belief”...


Ford Performance division a "profitable business"
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Ford Performance division a "profitable business"

Ford Performance is set to capitalise on the growing global performance car segment as the Blue Oval seeks to expand its buyer group and brand appeal. Speaking with Australian media at the Ford GT Innovation forum in Detroit yesterday, Ford Performance division boss David Pericak said performance cars made financial sense for Ford...


Toyota and Mazda sign long-term partnership focusing on drivetrains, safety
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Toyota and Mazda sign long-term partnership focusing on drivetrains, safety

At a joint press conference overnight, Toyota and Mazda announced that the two companies will begin a "long-lasting partnership" that will focus on drivetrains and safety. The two companies will immediately form a joint committee that will look at ways to "utilise each company's respective strengths", as well as nurture collaboration on environmental and safety issues...


Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid may be approved by end of 2015
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Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid may be approved by end of 2015

The fate of the potential Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid will be decided later this year by the board of the German luxury car maker. Porsche CEO Matthias Muller told Automotive News that a decision on whether to go ahead with a plug-in hybrid version of the 911 would be made this year...


2016 Mini Cooper S Cabrio spied with top down
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2016 Mini Cooper S Cabrio spied with top down

The next-generation Mini Cooper Cabrio has been spotted by our spy photographers with its top down and only a minimal amount of camouflage. We've already published a number of spy photos of the new Mini convertible undergoing testing on public roads, but all the prototypes so far have been running around with their tops up...


2015 Audi RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback pricing and specifications
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2015 Audi RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback pricing and specifications

The updated Audi RS6 Avant and Audi RS7 Sportback models have arrived in Australia, incorporating revisions introduced to the recently facelifted A6-based sedan and wagon and A7-based liftback ranges. The wildest production wagon the Australian dollar can buy, the RS6 Avant is now $229,000 plus on-road costs, an increase of $4500 over the outgoing version that debuted in 2013...


2016 Toyota HiLux interior photos leaked showing Lexus LCD screen
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2016 Toyota HiLux interior photos leaked showing Lexus LCD screen

New photos of the 2016 Toyota HiLux (also known as the Toyota HiLux Revo in other markets) interior have been leaked ahead of the commercial vehicle's international reveal on May 21. The interior photos, posted on the MZ Crazy Cars Facebook page, show an infotainment screen, a push-button differential lock and a central trip computer screen lifted from the Lexus range...


Toyota Australia recalls 181,000 vehicles
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Toyota Australia recalls 181,000 vehicles

The growing Takata airbag recall saga continues, with Toyota Australia today announcing a recall of about 181,000 vehicles — a campaign that is also set to involve fellow Japanese brand Nissan’s local subsidiary. And due to the massive scale of the recall, Toyota’s Australian arm will not be able to get the supplied parts to fix faulty airbags for some time, potentially not until early 2016 based on current estimates...


Which car should I buy for country driving? Large car or small car? : Ford Falcon v Holden Cruze
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Which car should I buy for country driving? Large car or small car? : Ford Falcon v Holden Cruze

When reader Cammie emailed us with a simple question — should I buy a big or small car for country driving? — we knew that there was an opportunity to prove or dispel the myth of how well a small car performs on country roads in comparison to a big car...


Federal Budget delivers small business tax break for vehicle purchases under $20,000
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Federal Budget delivers small business tax break for vehicle purchases under $20,000

Last night’s Federal Budget delivered a boon for small business owners, allowing them to instantly claim back purchases of up to $20,000 – including new and used vehicles. Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey announced the tax break last night, which means that businesses with an annual turnover under $2 million can claim tax deductions immediately for an unlimited number of sub-$20,000 purchases made between now and June 30, 2017...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept previews anniversary edition
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept previews anniversary edition

Fresh images of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept have been released, giving us our clearest idea yet of what to expect from the 40th anniversary Golf GTI special edition that’s set to be released in 2016. Today’s images come less than 48 hours after Volkswagen initially released a pair of design sketches of the Golf GTI Clubsport concept, which is making its debut at this week’s Worthersee festival in Austria...


Citroen C4 Picasso, Grand C4 Picasso gain free Safari pack - UPDATE
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Citroen C4 Picasso, Grand C4 Picasso gain free Safari pack - UPDATE

The Citroen C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso are now available with a free Safari pack that enhances the practicality and usability of the family-focused models. Named after the Citroen DS Safari of 1958, the Safari pack includes roof bars, a 330-litre roof pod, a removable waterproof boot liner, and tablet holders on the front headrests for passengers in the second row...