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Jeep Wrangler recalled in Australia due to potential fire risk 

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Jeep Wrangler recalled in Australia due to potential fire risk 

Jeep Australia is recalling 544 examples of the current generation Wrangler made in 2018 and 2019 because a battery cable could spark a fire or cause the engine to stall...

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Former Holden boss Dave Buttner returns to Toyota
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Former Holden boss Dave Buttner returns to Toyota

Former Toyota executive Dave Buttner – who came out of retirement to run Holden for 16 months until he stepped down last December – is back behind the wheel of a Toyota. A post on Facebook has revealed Mr Buttner has replaced the ute he once lauded – the Holden Colorado – with Australia’s top-selling vehicle, the Toyota HiLux...


General Motors unveils autonomous car without steering wheel or pedals
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General Motors unveils autonomous car without steering wheel or pedals

US car giant General Motors has unveiled an autonomous car without a steering wheel or brake and accelerator pedals, but the company is yet to say when it will arrive in showrooms. The concept car, named “Cruise Origin”, was developed in partnership with Japanese maker Honda...


Gone in 60 days: Ford Mustang R-Spec sold out despite $100,000 price
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Gone in 60 days: Ford Mustang R-Spec sold out despite $100,000 price

Ford dealers are telling customers they have sold out of their allocations of the upcoming Mustang R-Spec – even though the price tops $100,000 by the time it’s in the traffic. The Ford Mustang R-Spec was unveiled in the lead up to the 2019 Bathurst 1000 but dealers were allocated cars within the first 60 days of the announcement...


2021 VW Golf GTI breaks cover, due in Australian showrooms by the end of this year
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2021 VW Golf GTI breaks cover, due in Australian showrooms by the end of this year

The next generation Volkswagen Golf GTI has broken cover, with a photo of its rear end posted on Instagram by photographer @wilcoblok overnight. While the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI is not due to be unveiled until the Geneva motor show in March, another Instgram post has shown what appears to be a dealer presentation of the new line-up...


Takata crisis: Honda warns 33,000 owners to "stop driving immediately", offers to buy back cars
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Takata crisis: Honda warns 33,000 owners to "stop driving immediately", offers to buy back cars

Australian authorities have warned 33,000 Honda owners to “stop driving their vehicle immediately” – and the cars will be bought back by the car company – as the Takata airbag crisis continues to expand...


2021 Hyundai i30 caught on camera ahead of update later this year
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2021 Hyundai i30 caught on camera ahead of update later this year

Australia’s top-selling hatchback, the Hyundai i30, is getting a mild makeover inside and out. These spy photos of a camouflaged prototype testing in the European winter show the changes will be subtle but worthwhile. The overall shape of the headlights and tail-lights appears to remain the same, but top end models will wear a new LED light signature front and rear, as these images show despite the masks...


Tesla denies unintended acceleration claim, alleges the action was brought by a financial speculator
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Tesla denies unintended acceleration claim, alleges the action was brought by a financial speculator

Electric car specialist Tesla has emphatically denied its vehicles are subject to “unintended acceleration”, claiming the petition tabled yesterday is “completely false” and was started by a financial speculator who would benefit if Tesla’s share price tanked.  A prepared statement on Tesla’s blog overnight said: “There is no ‘unintended acceleration’ in Tesla vehicles...


Subaru plans shift to an all-electric line-up by mid-2030s
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Subaru plans shift to an all-electric line-up by mid-2030s

Subaru claims it will shift to an all-electric line-up of cars by the middle of next decade – but initial reports out of Japan are unclear whether or not this includes petrol-electric hybrids or a complete switch to purely electric cars...


Isuzu Ute says it has no plans for hydrogen power, despite Honda technology tie-up
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Isuzu Ute says it has no plans for hydrogen power, despite Honda technology tie-up

Don’t hold your breath for a ute that only emits water vapour from its tailpipe. Isuzu says it has no plans to adopt hydrogen power for its next generation D-Max ute, even though the company has just signed an agreement with Honda to share the technology. Last week Isuzu announced it has done a deal to draw on Honda’s expertise in hydrogen gathered over 30 years...


Beat the price rises: currency pressure poised to push up the cost of cars in 2020
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Beat the price rises: currency pressure poised to push up the cost of cars in 2020

After three decades of record low prices and affordability, Australia’s top-selling cars are on the brink of becoming more expensive. Car companies are warning dealers they can no longer absorb the cost of unfavourable exchange rates. They have been told prices of popular models could rise by between $500 and $1000 – and discounts will be not as generous as they have been in the recent past...


2020 Ford Bronco teased in new video, still no closer to Australia
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2020 Ford Bronco teased in new video, still no closer to Australia

Ford has released a teaser video of the new Bronco off-roader ahead of its expected unveiling at the Detroit Motor Show mid year.  However news for Australian fans is still not good. Ford is yet to confirm a right-hand-drive program for the US-built model, even though it is based on the Ranger ute designed and engineered in Australia...


2020 Porsche Boxster and Cayman GTS 4.0 pricing and specs: six-cylinder power returns
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2020 Porsche Boxster and Cayman GTS 4.0 pricing and specs: six-cylinder power returns

Six-cylinder power is returning to the Porsche Boxster and Cayman line-ups, three years after the new generation 718 twins launched with four-cylinder engines. The Porsche Cayman GTS 4.0 and Boxster GTS 4.0 – powered by a slightly detuned version of the 4...


Original Bullitt Mustang sells for record $3.4 million in the US
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Original Bullitt Mustang sells for record $3.4 million in the US

The original Ford Mustang from the movie Bullitt – one of the most iconic car chase films of all time, starring Steve McQueen – has sold for a record $3.4 million at auction in the US after one of the members of the family that had owned it for 46 years finally let it go...


Two Chevrolet Corvette C8 engineering test cars impounded, drivers arrested for street racing
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Two Chevrolet Corvette C8 engineering test cars impounded, drivers arrested for street racing

Supercars are tested to extremes before they make it to showrooms, but this probably isn’t what General Motors had in mind when two engineers took a pair of yet-to-be-released Corvette C8s for a late night blast through the middle of the week...