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Joshua Dowling

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Renault Megane RS Trophy-R price announced, Record Edition up for auction

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Renault Megane RS Trophy-R price announced, Record Edition up for auction

The rarest Renault ever brought to Australia – the Megane RS Trophy R Record Edition that set the fastest lap at the Nurburgring for front-drive cars – will be auctioned for sale when it arrives in early 2020 alongside the company’s revamped hot hatch line-up...

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Hyundai iMax N World Time Attack 'Drift Bus' track-tested

Hyundai iMax N World Time Attack 'Drift Bus' track-tested

Hyundai has given its iMax people mover the go-fast treatment for this weekend’s World Time Attack Challenge – and we’ve driven it.


Renault Australia: 'every model new or updated by the end of 2020'
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Renault Australia: 'every model new or updated by the end of 2020'

French carmaker Renault is about to jump start its Australian operations yet again – but this time the company will be boosted by the newest model range in the industry. In the space of just 12 months Renault’s line-up will be comprised of completely new or updated models. Some will be here before the end of this year...


2020 Toyota Yaris unveiled: option of hybrid power for the first time in Australia
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2020 Toyota Yaris unveiled: option of hybrid power for the first time in Australia

Toyota has unveiled the first completely new Yaris in almost a decade ahead of its showroom arrival mid-2020. The new generation Toyota Yaris will be armed with a full suite of advanced safety technology – including an airbag between the front seat occupants, autonomous emergency braking, radar cruise control and speed sign recognition – and available with the option of hybrid power for the first time in Australia...


Volkswagen could face record fine, Justice Foster blasts ACCC and VW
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Volkswagen could face record fine, Justice Foster blasts ACCC and VW

Volkswagen’s German head office could be hit with an even bigger fine than the proposed $75 million penalty – already the highest of its type in Australia – for “misleading or deceptive conduct” on diesel vehicles that cheated emissions tests. However, the outcome of the hearing and the total amount of the fine may not be known for months after Justice Foster reserved his decision in the Federal Court in Sydney today...


SUVs are guzzling the fuel savings being made by eco cars: report
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SUVs are guzzling the fuel savings being made by eco cars: report

This is going to make uncomfortable reading for a lot of mums and dads on the school run – especially as Australia is front and centre in the global boom in SUV sales. A report by the International Energy Agency released overnight says the massive growth in SUV sales around the world is offsetting the fuel savings being made in the latest small cars...


Renault Alaskan ute axed from Australia, could switch to Mitsubishi Triton platform
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Renault Alaskan ute axed from Australia, could switch to Mitsubishi Triton platform

The Renault Alaskan ute has been officially ruled out from being introduced in Australia – but the brand is likely to replace it with a rebodied version of the Mitsubishi Triton, after Mitsubishi recently joined the Renault-Nissan alliance...


New recall of 80,000 Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda cars with DSG gearboxes – some for the second time in six years
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New recall of 80,000 Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda cars with DSG gearboxes – some for the second time in six years

Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda are recalling a total of more than 80,000 cars with DSG dual clutch automatic gearboxes because some are slipping into “limp home” mode and can’t be restarted without the help of a mechanic armed with diagnostics equipment. The latest DSG recall – yet to be announced on the Federal Government’s recall website – includes about 62,000 Volkswagens, 14,000 Audis and 4500 Skodas...


Why drivers should give cyclists a chance – and some room on the road
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Why drivers should give cyclists a chance – and some room on the road

Few things light up social media than a comment piece about cyclists – and no doubt this column will, sadly, spark the same tired responses. But against a tidal wave of venom and hate, I’m going to address this uncomfortable subject any way, in the slim hope it might prompt at least some drivers to reconsider...


2020 Isuzu D-Max unveiled: 3.0-litre lives on! More power, more safety, more tech
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2020 Isuzu D-Max unveiled: 3.0-litre lives on! More power, more safety, more tech

The next generation Isuzu D-Max has officially broken cover in Thailand ahead of its Australian showroom arrival in 2020. Loaded with technology, the new model has catapulted the Isuzu D-Max from a bare bones proposition to one of the most advanced utes in the class...


How Australia's love of V8s and utes has revived local automotive skills
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How Australia's love of V8s and utes has revived local automotive skills

Australia’s love of V8s and utes is reviving jobs and skills that many feared would be lost forever. Local car manufacturing died two years ago, but from the ashes a new industry has emerged. As sales of utes continue to hit record levels – they were the top three selling vehicles outright last month – and demand for V8s has not waned, car giants Ford and Nissan have announced partnerships with local engineering firms that will tailor imported vehicles to better suit Australian buyer tastes...


Ford Ranger gets the military treatment – and it could come to Australia
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Ford Ranger gets the military treatment – and it could come to Australia

The Ford Ranger is ready for battle – not just in the sales race against the Toyota Hilux – but now it has received military honours. One of Europe’s leading military suppliers and automotive engineering firms, Ricardo, has created a concept vehicle based on the Ford Ranger pick-up that can be used for defence, policing, security and rescue services...


2020 Audi Q3 review
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2020 Audi Q3 review

The Audi Q3 is finally back in Australian showrooms with an all-new model after a 12-month absence.

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Free fuel for life: Nissan and CSIRO launch solar-powered EV charging station trial
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Free fuel for life: Nissan and CSIRO launch solar-powered EV charging station trial

It’s the dream of any motorist: free fuel for life – and Nissan Australia is poised to find out if it’s possible and practical. Nissan has unveiled three electric-car charging stations at its head office in Melbourne powered by solar panels on its roof. They are part of a 200-day trial to find out if solar-powered charging stations can provide truly emissions-free motoring...


2020 Ford Mustang R-Spec pricing: Supercharged V8 limited edition for Australia
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2020 Ford Mustang R-Spec pricing: Supercharged V8 limited edition for Australia

Ford has finally answered the call for supercharged power in its iconic Mustang muscle car – by developing a special R-Spec limited edition right here in Australia. Just 500 examples will be made, priced from $99,980 plus on-road costs. They are due in showrooms in early 2020...