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Naughty car names: Happy Valentine's Day

Ah Valentine's Day... some of us look forward to it and some of us think it's a commercial load of rubbish. Either way, today will be an assault on the senses with love hearts, roses, chocolate and teddy bears galore – and there can be no escaping the commercial barrage of the love-struck...

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Renault Trafic recalled for rear axle fix
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Renault Trafic recalled for rear axle fix

Renault has issued a recall for 1472 of its 2015 and 2016 Trafic III vans over concerns the rear axle may have a loose bolt. According to the French manufacturer, a manufacturing fault is the cause of the issue, with affected units potentially making abnormal noises, and tyre friction inside the wheel arch...


Alpine reveals more details of upcoming 'A120' sports car
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Alpine reveals more details of upcoming 'A120' sports car

Reborn French sports car firm Alpine has released more details of its upcoming sports car this week, mainly to do with its "remarkable" aerodynamics. Expected to be named the 'A120', the new Alpine sports car will feature a flat floor and rear diffuser that will help it to achieve "significant downforce" and "excellent stability"...


A diary by Renault-Nissan's celebrity CEO, Carlos Ghosn
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A diary by Renault-Nissan's celebrity CEO, Carlos Ghosn

This type of story isn’t in our traditional wheelhouse, but we found this nifty piece supplied by Nissan, originally published in Japan by business paper Nikkei. It’s a cool insight into the head of one of the world’s most high-profile auto executives, Carlos Ghosn, the man who runs Nissan and Renault, and is additionally the new chairman of Mitsubishi Motors...


2017 Renault Megane GT review
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2017 Renault Megane GT review

If there is funky styling, turbo power and four-wheel steering... it can only be French. James drives the Renault Megane GT warm hatch.

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Renault back in the pan over diesel emissions - report
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Renault back in the pan over diesel emissions - report

Yet another manufacturer is caught up in emissions cheating allegations. This time, it's French brand Renault. According to a new report by France's Le Figaro, translated by Autoblog, the company is in hot water with French authorities, again, accusing Renault of intentionally cheating emissions testing in a similar way to Volkswagen's defeat devices...


Renault adds updated Kangoo ZE, new Master ZE to electric commercial van range
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Renault adds updated Kangoo ZE, new Master ZE to electric commercial van range

The Renault commercial vehicle range has added two new electric models in the form of the updated Renault Kangoo ZE and new Renault Master ZE. The revamped Kangoo ZE has a new 33kWh battery and a new 45kW electric motor, as well as a new faster charging system, with its range increasing by more than 50 per cent to 270 kilometres, up from 170km in the pre-facelift model...


German authorities seeking recall for Fiats with 'illegal' shut-off devices – report
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German authorities seeking recall for Fiats with 'illegal' shut-off devices – report

Germany's transport minister wants to take Fiat models that breach emissions regulations off the market, according to a new report by German newspaper Bild am Sonntag. In the article, translated by Automotive News Europe, German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt said the European Commission must ensure Fiat vehicles that do not comply with pollution regulations are pulled from sale...


2017 Renault Trafic Crew Van added to local range
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2017 Renault Trafic Crew Van added to local range

Added practicality comes from added seats: that's the story behind the newly added 2017 Renault Trafic Crew Van, which has arrived to complete the brand's medium van line-up. The new Renault Trafic Crew Van is sold exclusively as a six-seat, long-wheelbase model, and it comes with dual glazed sliding rear doors as standard as well...


2017 Renault Kangoo pricing and specs: Smaller engine, more power, more safety
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2017 Renault Kangoo pricing and specs: Smaller engine, more power, more safety

Renault’s volume-selling Kangoo van has received a heart-transplant as part of its 2017 makeover with a new, more powerful, more efficient engine doing the grunt work of the popular light commercial. The 2017 Renault Kangoo will see a significant update, with two new transmissions – six-speed manual and efficient dual clutch (EDC) six-speed automatic (two more ratios than the previous model) – as well as a new 1...


Small hatchback comparison: Holden Astra v Renault Megane v Subaru Impreza
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Small hatchback comparison: Holden Astra v Renault Megane v Subaru Impreza

The small car market is one of the busiest segments of the Australian automotive landscape, both in terms of sales and for new product – and 2016 in particular proved to be a big year for the humble hatchback. Sales of small cars may have slowed off a little as people move towards the plethora of small SUV alternatives, but make no mistake: this segment still makes up the single biggest proportion of overall new vehicle sales, and it’s dominated by a couple of big-name models...


The Shortlist: Medium SUVs under $30,000 with rear-view camera and parking sensors

The Shortlist: Medium SUVs under $30,000 with rear-view camera and parking sensors

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are regularly asked by friends and family members as well as through online enquiries – what car do you recommend for me? Most people can usually identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. In this new series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...


Next Nissan Leaf to be priced at Pulsar level, platform shared with Mitsubishi, Renault - report
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Next Nissan Leaf to be priced at Pulsar level, platform shared with Mitsubishi, Renault - report

The next-generation Nissan Leaf will have its underpinnings shared with both Nissan's alliance partners, Renault and Mitsubishi. Last week, Arnaud Deboeuf, senior vice president of Renault-Nissan BV, confirmed to Automotive News that the next-generation versions of the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf will ride on a common platform and share key components, including electric motors...


Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe to share new EV platform
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Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe to share new EV platform

The next-generation Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe EV will be built upon a common platform. Arnaud Deboeuf, senior vice president of Renault-Nissan BV; the strategic management unit of the transnational alliance, has confirmed with industry journal Automotive News that the next-gen versions of both electric vehicles will share common underpinnings and electric motors...


2018 Renault Megane RS mule spied with flares
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2018 Renault Megane RS mule spied with flares

A development mule that we believe is the next Renault Megane RS has been spied at a pretrol station in Sweden accompanied by a Golf R hatchback. The vehicle seen here uses the body shell of the new Renault Megane GT hatch, but has a few clear signs of its sporting intent. Unlike an earlier development vehicle spotted in July, this latest car has boasts temporary wheel arch extensions...


Weekend Deals on Wheels for December 10: Workhorse edition
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Weekend Deals on Wheels for December 10: Workhorse edition

It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, which this week looks at six factory-backed special offers for all you weekend 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. Here we focus on workhorses...


Renault Kangoo now $21,990 drive-away for Christmas - UPDATE
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Renault Kangoo now $21,990 drive-away for Christmas - UPDATE

Update - A spokesperson from Renault Australia has confirmed only the 1.6-litre petrol Kangoo short-wheelbase variant gets the Ready for Business pack as complimentary equipment as part of the Christmas promotion. See article for details If Mariah Carey was a tradie, she'd be singing 'All I Want for Christmas is a Renault Kangoo', now that the French van is on sale from $21,990 drive-away this festive season...


11 strange car names: What were they thinking?
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11 strange car names: What were they thinking?

When it comes to naming a car, sometimes a manufacturer gets it right. Think of the Rolls Royce Phantom, Lamborghini Aventador or Aston Martin Vanquish. They're names that just roll off the tongue. But sometimes they get it horribly wrong, like the amphibious crossover, Tang Hua Detroit Fish (above)...


Renault rewards top apprentices and technicians with Megane Trophy V6 hot laps
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Renault rewards top apprentices and technicians with Megane Trophy V6 hot laps

How does Renault Australia reward its top technicians and apprentices? Simple. It throws them in a Renault Megane Trophy V6 racer for a few hot laps around the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit...


2017 Renault Talisman - 2016 Paris Motor Show
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2017 Renault Talisman - 2016 Paris Motor Show

We don't get Renault's large sedan in Australia, but we kind of wish we did. The smart saloon has plenty of style and road presence. Paul takes a closer look.