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The CarAdvice Garage — live interactive video stream 11:30AM AEST 13/07
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The CarAdvice Garage — live interactive video stream 11:30AM AEST 13/07

After the success of our Toyota HiLux worldwide reveal, where we ran a Periscope session allowing our readers — you guys — to watch and ask questions live, we are trialling a Periscope stream of the CarAdvice Garage. You can watch the video stream live from your computer or you can watch and discuss live using the Periscope application on your iOS or Android device...


Is it hard to drive a manual car on the left? LHD v RHD
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Is it hard to drive a manual car on the left? LHD v RHD

Despite a tongue in cheek report to the contrary earlier this year, Australia remains one of only 75 countries who drive on the left – with right-hand-drive vehicles. If it’s all you know, then it feels natural and makes perfect sense, but for the uninitiated, just what changes when the steering wheel moves sides? It is a question that CarAdvice reader Robert asks… I’m travelling to Europe later in the year, and my hire car is listed as having a manual transmission...


Volkswagen T6 model range is hybrid-ready but customers aren’t, according to the company
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Volkswagen T6 model range is hybrid-ready but customers aren’t, according to the company

The new-generation Volkswagen T6 model range could be sold with a hybrid drivetrain at a moments’ notice if there was demand for it, according to insiders. At the launch of the new-generation Volkswagen T6 models – which includes the Transporter commercial van and the Caravelle and Multivan people mover models – it was confirmed to CarAdvice that a hybrid powertrain is developed and ready to be implemented...


Audi Q7: "A lot of testing" done locally for new large SUV
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Audi Q7: "A lot of testing" done locally for new large SUV

The all-new 2016 Audi Q7 family SUV launching in late July underwent significant testing in Australia during the global development process. Speaking at the launch of the new Audi TT Roadster in Victoria this week, Audi Australia general manager of corporate communications Anna Burgdorf described the level of current and previous Q7 local engineering...


Interview with Calvin Luk, BMW's Australian designer
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Interview with Calvin Luk, BMW's Australian designer

Australian designers in charge of global cars are rare to say the least, but one up-and-comer is BMW’s Calvin Luk, who has recently seen his vision come to life in the all-new BMW X1 and updated 1 Series. The Sydney-born 29-year old spent the first 18 years of his life here - he started his studies at the University of Technology in Sydney - before moving to Pasadena in the United States to study car design...


2017 Honda CR-V may feature seven seats
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2017 Honda CR-V may feature seven seats

The next-generation Honda CR-V will reportedly feature seating for seven, a more attractive design and, in some regions at least, attempt a move upmarket. Leon Brannan, head of Honda UK's automotive division, told Autocar that new CR-V, which is expected to debut in 2017, will grow in size. He also hinted that the vehicle will be offered with the option of third row seating...


Deals on wheels: Sharp discounts on new cars
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Deals on wheels: Sharp discounts on new cars

It’s time for the latest installment of Deals on Wheels, which looks at four factory-backed special offers for all you 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. Volvo V40, S60 and XC60 The Swedish marque has struggled a little in the sales race this year, with its registrations down 16...


Top 10 hottest cars of 2015 to date
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Top 10 hottest cars of 2015 to date

What new vehicles have grown in registrations the most in 2015 so far? If you’re in the market for a new car, SUV and commercial, it can be valuable to know. After all, cars in hot demand might just be harder to haggle on than those that are struggling against rivals. Then again, they might be flying in the sales race precisely because they’re so affordable...


Top 10 biggest sales drops of 2015
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Top 10 biggest sales drops of 2015

What new vehicles have seen the biggest sales drops in 2015 to date? If you’re in the market for a new car, SUV or commercial, it can be valuable to know. After all, if a brand is struggling to sell one of its volume cars, there's every chance you could get yourself a good deal. Most of the cars on this list are pretty good vehicles...


Volkswagen Golf TCR racing prototype revealed, 2016 launch planned
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Volkswagen Golf TCR racing prototype revealed, 2016 launch planned

While we wait for the promised and hotly anticipated production version of Volkswagen’s Golf R 400 concept, here’s something else to drool over: the Golf TCR racing prototype. Let’s cover some basics: 243kW and 410Nm of torque, front-wheel-drive (yes, front-wheel-drive), an enhanced six-speed DSG transmission and… look, loads of other track-specific tweaks...


2016 Ford Focus pricing and specifications
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2016 Ford Focus pricing and specifications

The 2016 Ford Focus hatch and sedan range will arrive in Australia — at last — in October this year, and the company appears to be making a bold move upmarket. Unlike the current (non-ST) Ford Focus range, available in four specification levels with three engine choices, the MY16 range will come with three specification options and just one choice of engine — a 1...


V8 Supercars Gen2 'First Draft' Guidelines Released
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V8 Supercars Gen2 'First Draft' Guidelines Released

V8 Supercars has handed down first draft details of its evolving new racecar requirements, developed as part of a major overhaul planned for the 2017 season. The guidelines released today detail further the new ‘Gen2’ program first revealed in December, introducing a number of key changes that will allow a wider field of carmakers to participate...


Northern Territory open speed limit trial could soon expand to new stretches
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Northern Territory open speed limit trial could soon expand to new stretches

The Northern Territory’s open speed limit trial, which covers 276 kilometres of the Stuart Highway, may soon be expanded to new stretches of road. The trial was initially launched in February last year with a 204km section between Alice Springs and Barrow Creek, but September saw that extended by 76km to just south of the Ali Curung Rail Overpass...


2016 Infiniti QX80: pricing and specifications
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2016 Infiniti QX80: pricing and specifications

Australian pricing for the 2016 Infiniti QX80 SUV has been released today, ahead of a showroom debut set to occur later this month. Infiniti’s big and burly luxo-barge first appeared overseas in 2010, debuting at the New York motor show as a rival to upper-large premium SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz GL, Range Rover, Cadillac Escalade and, of course, its Japanese counterpart, the Lexus LX...


Audi TT RS new-generation a sure bet for Australia
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Audi TT RS new-generation a sure bet for Australia

Audi Australia is keen to offer local buyers the option of an ultra high-performance Audi TT RS, which was essentially confirmed for production by an Audi executive late last year. While it's not expected for another two years, it was revealed last year by Audi technical project manager, Markus Sieward, that the high-powered coupe would utilise a 2...