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Q&A with Nissan’s electric vehicle boss
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Q&A with Nissan’s electric vehicle boss

We are joined by Nic Thomas, the global director of EV for Nissan. He's a Briton based in Japan who's visiting Australia for the Leaf’s local launch. CA: For those out there who aren't completely across the plan, how many electric vehicles does Nissan plan to offer over the next few years around the globe, not specific to Australia's shores? Nic: We've committed that by 2022, within our mid-term plan, we'll introduce eight fully electric vehicles around the world, and then a further eight e-Power models...


Which fuel type do I need? Petrol, diesel, E10, LPG... what's the difference?
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Which fuel type do I need? Petrol, diesel, E10, LPG... what's the difference?

Andrew McDonald • There are so many different types of vehicles on the road, and so many variations in engine choices in one model of vehicle, it can be confusing to the everyday motorist to decide on the appropriate fuel. There are also many reports of people putting the wrong fuel in their vehicles, often with catastrophic results...


Why 2019 will bring new-car bargains
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Why 2019 will bring new-car bargains

The end of the calendar year and the start of a new one is a good time to buy a new car because dealers are trying to clear old stock. But the bargains are likely to be sharper this time around because new-car sales are on track to hit the brakes for the ninth month in a row, dealers are overstocked, and the forecast for next year is gloomy...


Buying a new car? Here are 11 things you should consider first
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Buying a new car? Here are 11 things you should consider first

So you want to buy a car? Excellent! But a car is one of the most significant purchases in your life, and one you want to make sure get right. Whether it's a commuter, an extension of your personality, or for work, the options available are more plentiful and varied than ever before. To make sure you get the right car for the right price, research and preparation is key...


Car insurance policies: 6 things you need to look for
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Car insurance policies: 6 things you need to look for

Richard Laycock, Insurance Expert at finder.com.au Are you looking for car insurance but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are five tips from finder on what to look for in a car insurance policy. 1. The type of insurance you need Figuring out the type of insurance you need depends on knowing the type of cover you want and how much you want to spend...


Sand driving tips: Stuck? Here's how to get out
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Sand driving tips: Stuck? Here's how to get out

Right now, dual-cab utes sit number one and two on the list of highest-selling cars in Australia. They’re bought by tradies and 4WDers right? Wrong. Many of them are bought as an everyday run-around and rarely, if ever, hit the dirt or sand. As a keen off-roader, I find it upsetting that many 4WDs never heed their calling...


Certified or approved used cars explained
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Certified or approved used cars explained

Many car companies and their dealers have recognised the merits of offering 'certified' late-model used vehicles, billed as the best-of-the-best in the secondhand market. Aggregating programs of this type might be especially useful to people who don’t have a mechanically knowledgeable friend to help them look at potential used buys...


Kia Stinger stability control: I was wrong
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Kia Stinger stability control: I was wrong

Well, it turns out I was wrong. When we shot our Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore SS-V Redline comparison at the end of last year, I claimed that stability control can't be switched off completely in the Kia Stinger. These comments made it all the way to Albert Biermann's office. He's the bloke that was poached by Kia to head the Hyundai/Kia performance division...


Launch control or no launch control: Trying to hit manufacturer claims
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Launch control or no launch control: Trying to hit manufacturer claims

I'm sure you all have mates like mine: they love bragging about the acceleration times listed on their brochures. But, in the real world, these times are often only achievable through a sometimes tricky-to-initiate launch control system...


What it's like being a female motoring journalist
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What it's like being a female motoring journalist

Every now and then - and I wish it were more often - we receive emails from hopeful young women wondering what it takes to become a motoring journalist, and what it's like to be one of just a few ladies in a male-dominated gig. Not just emails, either...