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Booze buses back on the road from this weekend

Police will be out in force this long weekend with a renewed focus on random roadside testing to detect drivers who could be affected by alcohol and drugs...

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And then there were three: Ford trims Focus range
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And then there were three: Ford trims Focus range

If you want to buy a Ford Focus ST-Line wagon, base model Ambiente, or a top-of-the range Titanium, you better get in quick. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. Ford Australia has dropped four of the seven models from its Focus line-up, keeping only the more popular variants as it streamlines the range. The company previously had six mainstream models...


Buyers close in on Holden’s Lang Lang test track
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Buyers close in on Holden’s Lang Lang test track

The birthplace of every Holden built in Australia over the past 60 years – the Lang Lang test track on the south-eastern outskirts of Melbourne – has caught the interest of a number of potential bidders, CarAdvice has learned. The property has been listed for sale on behalf of US car giant General Motors by industrial real estate specialist CBRE, who also handled the sale of former Holden manufacturing sites at Elizabeth and Port Melbourne...


Is this the 2021 Toyota Hilux Rogue?
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Is this the 2021 Toyota Hilux Rogue?

The new Toyota Hilux Rugged X and Toyota Hilux Rogue are being kept under wraps until closer to their showroom arrival a few months from now. However, a special edition of the updated Toyota HiLux released in Thailand could provide some of the inspiration of the styling elements of at least one of the two top-end models...


Chevrolet Corvette right-hand-drive is go!
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Chevrolet Corvette right-hand-drive is go!

The Chevrolet Corvette is still on track for right-hand-drive, even though development of it and other variants was paused during the coronavirus crisis. A media alert issued by General Motors in Europe overnight has confirmed the new Chevrolet Corvette will still be available in right-hand-drive...


New 2021 Toyota Fortuner gets a makeover and more power, due in August
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New 2021 Toyota Fortuner gets a makeover and more power, due in August

The Toyota Fortuner has received a welcome facelift, with a new front and rear appearance, a power boost, and an increase in towing capacity to match or exceed most of its direct rivals. The biggest update to the Toyota Fortuner since the HiLux-based model went on sale in 2015 is due in local showrooms in August...


New 2021 Toyota Hilux: official photos, more power, due in August
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New 2021 Toyota Hilux: official photos, more power, due in August

The new Toyota HiLux has been officially unveiled after months of spy photos and speculation. The biggest update to the Toyota HiLux since this generation was introduced in 2015 includes a bold new nose – with a larger grille and bumper, and redesigned headlight internals – a fresh set of wheels, and LED tail-lights on certain models...


2021 Toyota Hilux and Fortuner: new spy photos 
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2021 Toyota Hilux and Fortuner: new spy photos 

UPDATE: The new HiLux has now been officially revealed. Details here. The updated Toyota HiLux has been caught on camera less than 24 hours before it is due to be officially unveiled. The latest photos appear to have been taken in the Middle East, where the crucial external changes were masked, and appeared overnight on Carscoops...


VFACTS: New-car sales down 35 per cent in May, market shows signs of recovery 
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VFACTS: New-car sales down 35 per cent in May, market shows signs of recovery 

New-car sales across Australia fell by 35.3 per cent in May 2020 – with 59,894 vehicles reported as sold versus 92,561 for the same month last year – marking the lowest May tally in 26 years, since 1994. It was also the 26th month in a row in decline, the longest slowdown since the Global Financial Crisis...


New Toyota HiLux teased in official video, more power confirmed
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New Toyota HiLux teased in official video, more power confirmed

UPDATE: The new HiLux has now been officially revealed. Details here. The new Toyota HiLux is days away from being officially unveiled as factories prepare to ramp up production ahead of the mid-life model changeover. In the meantime, Toyota Europe has released a teaser video of the updated HiLux being put through its paces in the hands of two time Formula One world champion, LeMans winner, and Dakar Rally driver Fernando Alonso, and his co-driver Marc Coma...


The real last Holden Commodore built was bought by a factory worker – report
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The real last Holden Commodore built was bought by a factory worker – report

A Holden factory worker bought what is claimed to be the last locally-made Commodore – even though the carmaker says it kept it as a museum piece. The incredible story – reported exclusively by WhichCar – revealed how Holden in fact prepared a number of red Commodore sedans in its final days, but the last one to be allocated a vehicle identifying number (VIN) was in fact sent to a dealer in Melbourne...


Has the new-car market bounced back? Early signs good for May
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Has the new-car market bounced back? Early signs good for May

MORE: All COVID-19 coverage here Car dealers representing some of Australia’s biggest brands are cautiously optimistic about a market recovery in May – and believe the worst of the coronavirus crisis might be behind them after a shocker in April saw sales slashed by 48.5 per cent. Veteran multi-franchise car dealers are divided on how quickly the new-car market will be back to pre-COVID-19 levels...


Ford Ranger ramps up production in response to sales surge
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Ford Ranger ramps up production in response to sales surge

Ford is urgently trying to address stock shortages of the Ranger ute in the lead up to June 30 – customarily the biggest month of the year for ute sales – after its two Thailand factories paused production for six weeks due to the coronavirus crisis. Some dealers are running out of Ford Rangers because the market has recovered faster than anticipated in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdowns, while others have plentiful supplies...


New Toyota HiLux back on! Updated model due in late August
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New Toyota HiLux back on! Updated model due in late August

The mid-life facelift for the Toyota HiLux is due in Australian showrooms in late August, dealers have been told. This is about a month later than the third week of July – the original arrival date – but earlier than expected after dealers asked for the new model to be delayed amid fears they were overstocked with the runout vehicle...


Jeep Gladiator ute arrives in Australian showrooms
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Jeep Gladiator ute arrives in Australian showrooms

The long awaited Jeep Gladiator has arrived in local showrooms in limited numbers as the first batch of vehicles cleared quarantine and were delivered to dealerships across Australia only a few weeks later than planned. CarAdvice has spotted a handful of examples of the Jeep Gladiator at a number of dealerships and was quoted anywhere from $85,000 drive-away to $95,000 drive-away...