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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 24, 2017

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 presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

Renault Trafic automatic confirmed at last

Better late than never. The Renault Trafic mid-sized van will get a much-needed automatic transmission in current-generation guise, the company has confirmed. A firm timeline is not clear because it’s a bit of a moving feast internally, but Renault Australia light commercial line manager Lyndon Healey says the self-shifter has at least been green lit...

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...

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...

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...

Medium van sales are booming right now

The medium-sized van segment grew faster, in percentage terms, than any other part of the new vehicle market in the first half of 2016. According to VFACTS industry data, the Vans/CC 2.5-3.5-tonne segment shot up 21.4 per cent over the same period last year, to 10,480 sales in total (giving it a little under 2 per cent of the overall new vehicle market)...

Renault Kangoo and Trafic recalled

Renault Australia has recalled 11 ‘X61’ Kangoo II and three ‘X82’ Trafic III vans this week. The Kangoo recall is due to concerns that the mounting bolts on the rear bench seat backrest could break. The fault could lead to noise or even detachment of the backrest, which increases the risk of injury to passengers if the vehicle comes to a sudden stop...

Renault LCV range gain X-Track extras, Master adds 4x4 - UPDATE

The Renault Kangoo small van, Renault Trafic mid-size van and Renault Master large van ranges have been updated with X-Track extras. The new Renault X-Track pack includes a limited-slip differential, raised suspension for better ground clearance, underbody protection and all-weather tyres...

Renault Australia rolls out driveaway pricing on LCVs: EOFY deals for Kangoo, Trafic, Master

Renault has released revised pricing for its light commercial vehicles (LCVs) ahead of a busy end-of-financial-year sales period, offering customers new driveaway deals across the range. All three models in Renault’s LCV range will benefit from promotional pricing that will see buyers climb into a brand-new van without forking out for extra on-road costs that can add up to more than $3000 beyond list price...

2016 Renault Master, Trafic, Kangoo: prices increase with boosted safety, new features

A series of equipment updates to the 2016 Renault Master, 2016 Trafic and 2016 Kangoo light commercial vehicles have launched in Australia, adding new features, enhanced options packages and improved safety. Pricing has also increased for the new model year, however, with the giant Master now priced from $43,990 (up from $40,990), the Trafic from $34,490 (up from $33,490) and the Kangoo from $21,990 (up from $20,990)...

No Renault Trafic auto imminent, though company admits mistake

Not launching the Renault Trafic van with the option of an automatic gearbox might in hindsight have been a mistake, admits the company’s executive vice president Jerome Stoll this week. Nevertheless, don’t expect a rapid about-face, with the company’s head of light commercials (LCV) Ashwani Gupta saying the company had “no visibility’ on the project materialising any time soon...

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