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CarAdvice podcast 38: Behind the HSV GTSR W1, and more
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CarAdvice podcast 38: Behind the HSV GTSR W1, and more

This week, Mandy and Mike Costello are joined by George Skoufis, the Melbourne winner of our Be on the podcast panel competition. It's been a big week in car news, including the 2017 Holden Commodore pricing and specs, Toyota confirming October 3 end for Australian production, Volkswagen topping the 2016 global sales chart, and reports of new Nissan Z car and Toyota Supra concepts for a Tokyo show unveiling...


January Sales: Toyota HiLux edges Ranger and Colorado
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January Sales: Toyota HiLux edges Ranger and Colorado

Now that we’re acclimatised to the idea of a light commercial being the nation’s top-selling vehicle for a calendar year, we can watch the market with a different set of eyes. We’re only one month into 2017, but the January figures for ute sales make for interesting reading, mostly on account of the ever-growing Toyota HiLux versus Ford Ranger battle — billed by some as the new Commodore v Falcon rivalry...


Tesla Model S, BMW i3 fall short in IIHS Top Safety Pick tests
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Tesla Model S, BMW i3 fall short in IIHS Top Safety Pick tests

The Tesla Model S and BMW i3 electric vehicles have missed out on being considered a Top Safety Pick by the US's Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)...


Range Rover Sport Velar: Tapered SUV heading to Geneva - report
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Range Rover Sport Velar: Tapered SUV heading to Geneva - report

The recently spied new Range Rover model, believed to be named Velar, could be revealed as soon as the Geneva motor show in March. According to the UK's Autocar, the new coupe-inspired SUV will slot between the Evoque and Sport - further fuelling rumours that it will essentially be an 'Evoque XL'...


Mercedes-AMG GT R smashes Bathurst lap record by nine seconds
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Mercedes-AMG GT R smashes Bathurst lap record by nine seconds

Mercedes-AMG has smashed the existing production car lap record at Mount Panorama in Bathurst, with factory driver Bernd Schneider lapping the iconic 6.213km circuit in just 2:16.5s in a road-going 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R. The new benchmark eclipsed the old record by almost nine seconds. The previous record of 2:24.03s was also set by Schneider in 2015 in a Mercedes-AMG GT S...


Kia outsells Subaru and Volkswagen
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Kia outsells Subaru and Volkswagen

Kia Motors Australia was the fastest-growing mainstream brand in the local new car market last year, and this momentum has carried over into 2017. The Korean brand grew 28.9 per cent in January to 4015 units, catapulting it ahead of Subaru (4009, up a strong 18 per cent in its own right), Volkswagen (3995, down 8 per cent as the Golf enters runout) and Honda (3470, up 20 per cent)...


No Ford Kuga recall in Australia for now
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No Ford Kuga recall in Australia for now

Ford Australia says it is investigating a fire that destroyed a Kuga 1.6 compact SUV in Queensland last week, but has not yet issued a wider vehicle recall. Ford’s South African division last week announced a recall action on about 4500 Kugas after numerous reports of spontaneous fires starting in the engine bay, speculated to be a result of poor coolant circulation...


January 2017 new vehicle sales in Australia
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January 2017 new vehicle sales in Australia

The first month of this new year has been and gone, and, compared to last year's all-time record, the market is already ahead of pace. According to VFACTS data supplied by car-makers and compiled by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, the number of new cars, SUVs and commercials registered climbed 0.6 per cent over January 2016's figure, to 84,910 units...


CarAdvice News Desk
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CarAdvice News Desk

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson usually presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews. This week it's Matt Campbell, because Tegan's not in...


Holden dealers profiteering on Motorsport, Director and Magnum special editions
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Holden dealers profiteering on Motorsport, Director and Magnum special editions

Holden dealers have been caught asking up to $95,000 (plus on-road costs) for the car maker's final run of limited-edition models. With over 2000 registrations of interest made prior to the official reveal of information on January 19th, Holden's three special-edition models have garnered their fair share of interest...


2018 Subaru Liberty facelift revealed - UPDATE
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2018 Subaru Liberty facelift revealed - UPDATE

The facelifted Subaru Liberty has surfaced in the USA, where it is known as the Legacy. Externally, the revised Legacy/Liberty is distinguished by a revised front-end design, which includes new C-shaped headlamps with daytime running lights, a wider grille with a prominent chromed winged slat, and a new bumper design with LED fog lights...


2017 Mini Countryman pricing to nudge $40,000
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2017 Mini Countryman pricing to nudge $40,000

Mini Australia is keen to look at the business case for the hybrid version of the redesigned 2017 Mini Countryman, but for now is only willing to confirm a four model grade line-up - and a pricier one at that. There are six variants of the current Countryman on sale in Australia, but Mini will simplify that with the release of the new model...


2017 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg Edition on sale in Australia
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2017 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg Edition on sale in Australia

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg Edition is now on sale in Australia, bringing some extra equipment and style to the German brand's high-riding family wagon. The newly added Wolfsburg Edition version of the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack sees the addition of new 19-inch Albertville alloy wheels (an inch larger than the standard rims), while the newly added LED headlights are said to offer a "unique light signature"...


2017 Porsche Cayenne S, S Diesel Platinum Editions on sale in Australia
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2017 Porsche Cayenne S, S Diesel Platinum Editions on sale in Australia

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne range has been bolstered by the addition of two new Platinum Edition models, building on the standard specification of the Cayenne S and Cayenne S Diesel variants. Starting at $137,100 and $142,500 (plus on-road costs) respectively, the Cayenne S and Cayenne S Diesel Platinum Editions feature over $12,000 in additional equipment, including eight-way power-adjustable leather sports seats (front) with Alcantara inserts from the GTS model...


Google's autonomous cars getting safer
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Google's autonomous cars getting safer

Google's self-driving offshoot Waymo is a step closer to making fully-autonomous vehicles a mainstream reality, according to a new government report released this week. California's Department of Motor Vehicles has released its annual autonomous vehicles disengagement report, which details the number of times human drivers were forced to take control back from driverless vehicles during testing on public roads...