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ACCC slams 'widespread issues' in car industry
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ACCC slams 'widespread issues' in car industry

Australia's consumer watchdog wants car manufacturers to drastically improve the way they handle customer complaints, to share their proprietary vehicle data with independent repairers, and to support real-world fuel economy and emission tests. These are three key findings in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) draft report into the new car retailing industry, which is open for stakeholder comments until September 7...


Peugeot drops base models, confirms it ‘will not be the cheapest in market’
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Peugeot drops base models, confirms it ‘will not be the cheapest in market’

Peugeot says it will drop all base model vehicles from its range as it focuses on the Australian love affair with premium European vehicles, as reflected in sales figures across the industry. The company very recently repositioned its pricing strategy to be sharper and more in-line with competitors...


CarAdvice podcast 65: VACC boss talks on Australia's automotive industry report
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CarAdvice podcast 65: VACC boss talks on Australia's automotive industry report

Mike Costello joins Mandy Turner this week to cover the biggest car news of the week. Mazda is launching compression-ignition in 2019 and has announced autonomous tech plans. Meanwhile, Mazda and Toyota have bought shares in each other, and announced a joint US factory...


No silver bullet for Peugeot and Citroen in Australia; dealers set to go
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No silver bullet for Peugeot and Citroen in Australia; dealers set to go

The new distributor of Peugeot and Citroen in Australia admits there is no silver bullet or quick fix for rebuilding the brands locally, except for investment and a long-term commitment to the iconic French brands...


I think I'm going to lose my bet.
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I think I'm going to lose my bet.

The bet was a simple one. I reckoned that the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class would sell more than 5000 units in its first full year on sale in Australia. I even wrote it on one of the many whiteboards at our office, to which my colleague Rob laughed and suggested a less ambitious number...


2018 BMW X2 teased again
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2018 BMW X2 teased again

The upcoming 2018 BMW X2 has been teased in a new set of camouflaged photos handed down this week. Lifestyle blog Highsnobiety had first dibs on the new small SUV, this time wrapped in an army-style black/orange/yellow disguise. This is our best look yet at a physical example of the production-spec X2, after patent renderings were leaked just over a month ago...


2018 Audi Q8 spied almost completely undisguised
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2018 Audi Q8 spied almost completely undisguised

The upcoming Audi Q8 has been spotted almost disguise-free on a highway in Europe. The photo was taken by user Beckervdo and posted on the forums of AutoPareri. Although the car was only photographed from behind, and there's black tape disguising the tailgate's portion of the tail-lights, it's clear the production Q8 will be eerily similar to the concept car...


Intel plans 100 strong Level 4 self-driving car fleet after Mobileye acquisition
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Intel plans 100 strong Level 4 self-driving car fleet after Mobileye acquisition

Intel will, by the end of the year, begin rolling out a test fleet of around 100 Level 4 autonomous vehicles on public roads. The chip maker announced its plans after revealing it had completed the bulk of its acquisition of Mobileye, a major automotive safety systems supplier. To be developed and built by Mobileye, the Level 4 test fleet will be tested on public roads in Israel, the United States and Europe...


Peugeot’s high brand awareness to help drive future sales
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Peugeot’s high brand awareness to help drive future sales

Peugeot’s new distributor in Australia admits the French brand faces a serious challenge, as it seeks to take on European and Asian rivals in what is one of the most fiercely fought automotive markets in the world. But, its high brand awareness is a huge asset that will eventually pay dividends, the company says...


Nikola One truck's two-bedder interior revealed
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Nikola One truck's two-bedder interior revealed

Nikola Motor Company has released new renderings of its upcoming One hydrogen fuel-cell semi-truck, while also handing down initial details of the vehicle's infotainment and technology suite. Since the Nikola One's initial reveal, the company has revised the interior design to include a 21-inch central touchscreen which gives drivers access to most of the vehicle's functions...


2007-12 Mitsubishi Outlander recalled for wiper fix
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2007-12 Mitsubishi Outlander recalled for wiper fix

Mitsubishi has issued a recall for 46,263 examples of its previous-generation 2007 to 2012 model-year 'ZG' and 'ZH' Outlander SUVs over concerns the windscreen wipers could rust and stop working. The manufacturer reports that the structure of the vehicle's front deck allows water intrusion into the wiper motor, which could cause it to rust or seize...


BMW i8 Protonic models confirmed for Australia
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BMW i8 Protonic models confirmed for Australia

Just a handful of BMW i8 Protonic special edition models will be sold in Australia, at a cost of $303,300 plus on-road costs. The Protonic versions of the BMW i8 will be sold in extremely limited numbers. Only five will be available in Frozen Black (available to order now) while a single version in Frozen Yellow will be arrive in November...


Australian auto industry worth $37b, has record 27,000 job vacancies
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Australian auto industry worth $37b, has record 27,000 job vacancies

The Australian automotive sector will still contribute a massive $37.1 billion to the economy (2.2 per cent of GDP) beyond the end of local car manufacturing in October. And there are currently a record 27,000 auto job vacancies waiting to filled, upped to a staggering 35,000 vacancies in the sector within a year — contrary to generally-held views...


Ford Focus RS Limited Edition confirmed - more hardcore hatch here in November
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Ford Focus RS Limited Edition confirmed - more hardcore hatch here in November

An even more hardcore version of the Ford Focus RS will be reach Aussie shores in November, when the 2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition touches down. It'll be limited to just 500 units, and the price of the new version will put it $6000 higher than the existing Focus RS - but there are plenty of changes to justify the extra expense over the "standard" model...


2018 Kia Stinger pricing revealed
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2018 Kia Stinger pricing revealed

The much-anticipated 2018 Kia Stinger V6 will start below $50,000 when it goes on sale in October this year. The all-new five-door rear-drive Kia Stinger, which is powered by a 3.3-litre bi-turbo V6 petrol engine with 272kW of power and 510Nm of torque, will be offered in three trim grades - the entry-level S priced from $48,990 (all prices plus on-road costs), the mid-range Si from $55,990 and the flagship GT, which slips under the $60K mark at $59,990...