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Be thankful that Toyota's dinosaur still lives
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Be thankful that Toyota's dinosaur still lives

I attended the launch of the updated Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series range this week, and promptly filed my review to a chorus of derision from people who I presume have never had red dust in their boots. Toyota's Outback icon is now 31 years old, and this week marked the launch of the biggest update over its near-unprecedented life cycle...


MG GS SUV on the horizon for Australia
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MG GS SUV on the horizon for Australia

MG Motor Australia has relaunched the iconic British-born brand in Australia with the introduction of the 2017 MG 3 hatch and the 2017 MG 6 Plus fastback. There was something missing, however: the much newer MG GS SUV that went on sale in Europe earlier this year...


2015-16 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe recalled for headlight fix: 50 vehicles affected
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2015-16 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe recalled for headlight fix: 50 vehicles affected

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for 50 of its 2015 to 2016 'C217' S-Class Coupes over concerns the headlights could be faulty. According to the German marque, a manufacturing fault may have caused the headlights to not have been correctly adjusted. If the fault occurs, the headlights may not perform as required and could be a hazard to the vehicle’s occupants and other road users...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class to be built in Spain, but Thailand not out of the question
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class to be built in Spain, but Thailand not out of the question

The all-new Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute destined for Australia will be built in a Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain – but if the demand is big enough, it could also come from Thailand. The new Mercedes-Benz X-Class shares plenty with the Nissan Navara ute, including manufacturing facilities in Spain (where the vehicles for markets like Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe and Russia will be built) and in Argentina for the South American markets...


2017 Toyota C-HR spied testing in Australia
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2017 Toyota C-HR spied testing in Australia

The 2017 Toyota C-HR has been spied testing in Australia ahead of its local release in early 2017. Spotted testing in Melbourne, the heavily disguised Toyota C-HR appears to be undergoing final validation and tuning in Australia before it's signed off locally. Toyota has previously been spotted testing the Prius locally and did extensive testing with Fortuner in Australia prior to its launch...


2017 Volkswagen Golf update will have fewer variants, CEO confirms
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2017 Volkswagen Golf update will have fewer variants, CEO confirms

The updated Volkswagen Golf range, which will be unveiled next month, will be have the number of options and variants rationalised as part of the company's push to improve its profitability. Herbert Diess, CEO of the core Volkswagen brand, has confirmed to Autocar that the revised Golf lineup will be trimmed as a part of a push to boost its slim profit margins...


2017 Kia Picanto reveals Rio-inspired face in leaked photo
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2017 Kia Picanto reveals Rio-inspired face in leaked photo

An image revealing the face of the next-generation 2017 Kia Picanto has leaked online before the new model’s debut in the coming months. Kia’s tiniest hatch hasn’t even been on sale in Australia for a year, but the current car was first launched in Europe back in 2011...


2017 Mazda CX-5 teased ahead of LA reveal
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2017 Mazda CX-5 teased ahead of LA reveal

The next-generation 2017 Mazda CX-5 has been previewed today ahead of its world premiere at next month's Los Angeles motor show. Scheduled to be unveiled on November 16, the new CX-5 medium SUV is claimed by Mazda to take the company’s ‘Kodo - Soul of Motion’ design language to “a new level”...


2017 Hyundai Grandeur revealed, no chance for Australia
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2017 Hyundai Grandeur revealed, no chance for Australia

UPDATE: This article originally focused on a series of preview sketches, still available in the attached article gallery. With the new Grandeur now revealed, this article has been updated with new images and details. Hyundai has revealed its all-new 2017 Grandeur sedan this week, showcasing the latest step in its evolving design themes ahead of a Korean-market launch set for November...


2017 Skoda Octavia revealed, Australian launch due next year
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2017 Skoda Octavia revealed, Australian launch due next year

The facelifted 2017 Skoda Octavia has been revealed tonight, ahead of an Australian debut set to occur around the middle of next year - just in time for the 2018 model year. Showcasing heavily revised styling at the front and and a subtle update to the rear, the Octavia steers clear of mimicking the big new Superb's look by adopting a quad-headlight design...


2017 Nissan Navara Series 2 pricing and specs: Improved suspension, new SL 4x4 grade
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2017 Nissan Navara Series 2 pricing and specs: Improved suspension, new SL 4x4 grade

Pricing and details for the 2017 Nissan Navara Series 2 have been released today, growing the number of variants beyond 30. First confirmed for dealers in late September, the Navara Series 2 introduces a new 'SL' model grade, along with a number of key updates to the suspension package of dual-cab models...


Toyota HiLux fails emergency swerve test - UPDATE
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Toyota HiLux fails emergency swerve test - UPDATE

The Toyota Hilux, Australia’s top-selling light commercial, has dramatically under-performed in a European extreme handling evaluation called the 'moose test'. Swedish publication Teknikens Värld put the new-generation Toyota HiLux through the test last month and found something "seriously wrong"...


Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram concepts teased ahead of SEMA debut
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Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram concepts teased ahead of SEMA debut

Fiat Chrysler has released a sample of  Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram sketches, previewing five heavily-modified concept cars bound for the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas next month. This furious (and/or family-friendly) five have been re-imagined with production and concept parts from in-house tuning arm Mopar - a partnership that has created numerous bold concepts over the years...


LDV: New Chinese ute here in 2017 with 2.8-litre diesel
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LDV: New Chinese ute here in 2017 with 2.8-litre diesel

Chinese-owned commercial vehicle specialist, LDV, is planning to launch its ute next year to compete with the likes of the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger. Speaking yesterday at the launch of the LDV G10 turbo-diesel van, Chinese executives confirmed the timing for the pick-up launch for our market as around mid 2017...


Nissan to end Tsuru production after earning zero-star crash rating
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Nissan to end Tsuru production after earning zero-star crash rating

The Nissan Tsuru, an old and distant relative of the Pulsar, will end production next May after a 25-year run. Currently sold in Mexico along with parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the Tsuru is also known as the V16 in Chile, Sentra B13 in Central American nations and the Sentra Clasico in Peru and the Dominican republic...