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First allocation of VW Amarok W580 almost gone

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First allocation of VW Amarok W580 almost gone

An orderly queue is starting to form for the Volkswagen Amarok W580 special edition. The locally-developed model – a partnership with Volkswagen Australia and the Walkinshaw Automotive Group, formerly the parent company of Holden Special Vehicles – is due in local showrooms from April 2021...

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Best ute 2020 comparison: Isuzu D-Max v Mazda BT-50 v Toyota HiLux v Ford Ranger v Mitsubishi Triton v Nissan Navara v VW Amarok v LDV T60 Trailrider
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Best ute 2020 comparison: Isuzu D-Max v Mazda BT-50 v Toyota HiLux v Ford Ranger v Mitsubishi Triton v Nissan Navara v VW Amarok v LDV T60 Trailrider

We test eight of Australia’s favourite utes in our annual mega test.


2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 to cost from $83,365 plus on-roads, auto and manual
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2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 to cost from $83,365 plus on-roads, auto and manual

Australian pricing for the Ford Mustang Mach 1 has been confirmed before the limited edition arrives in local showrooms early next year. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 will start from $83,365 plus on-road costs. Just 700 will be imported from the US...


2021 Mazda BT-50 scores five stars for safety, loses points for pedestrian protection
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2021 Mazda BT-50 scores five stars for safety, loses points for pedestrian protection

The Mazda BT-50 has been awarded a five-star safety rating, making it one of the safest utes on sale in Australia alongside its twin under the skin, the Isuzu D-Max. However, testing by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) – which compares crash safety, collision avoidance technology, and likely injuries to pedestrians and cyclists – found the Mazda BT-50’s bold nose marked it down slightly compared to the Isuzu D-Max...


2021 Hyundai i20 N revealed, due in Australia early next year
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2021 Hyundai i20 N revealed, due in Australia early next year

The 2021 Hyundai i20 N covers have come off ahead of its Australian showroom arrival in the first half of next year. Price is yet to be announced but early estimates position it between $30,000 and $35,000. Hyundai’s first pint-size hot hatch is a rival to the Ford Fiesta ST, VW Polo GTI and Suzuki Swift Sport, all of which fit into this price bracket...


Anthony Albanese pays tribute to Holden three years to the day after factory closure
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Anthony Albanese pays tribute to Holden three years to the day after factory closure

Federal Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has delivered a speech in parliament commemorating three years since the closure of Holden’s assembly line in Elizabeth, South Australia. Speaking in federal parliament yesterday – three years to the day after the last Australian-made car rolled down a mass-production line – Mr Albanese paid tribute to Holden’s Bathurst 1000 win on the weekend, and the demise of the once iconic brand...


2021 Hyundai i30 sedan safety “unrated”, could get four-star rating
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2021 Hyundai i30 sedan safety “unrated”, could get four-star rating

The Hyundai i30 sedan is currently “unrated” for crash safety by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and may only earn four stars if tested locally. While the 2021 Hyundai i30 sedan meets or exceeds Australian Design Rule safety requirements, ANCAP has become the default benchmark for crash safety because it has more stringent criteria...


Hyundai i30 on track to be Australia’s top-selling car thanks to name change
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Hyundai i30 on track to be Australia’s top-selling car thanks to name change

A simple change to the badge on the boot lid could see the Hyundai i30 become Australia’s top-selling passenger car next year. While the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger utes remain clear market leaders overall, the battle for passenger car honours has traditionally been between former Number Ones the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3...


Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series to get GR treatment – report
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Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series to get GR treatment – report

The next-generation Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series due next year is reportedly going to be joined by a flagship GR version, similar to the Nissan Patrol V8 Warrior being developed in Australia. The unconfirmed report by Japanese website creative311.com sites unnamed sources and other media outlets, who claim Toyota is developing a new top-end model...


Nissan’s new-model onslaught: 12 new models over three years
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Nissan’s new-model onslaught: 12 new models over three years

Nissan showrooms will be overflowing with new or updated models over the next few years, as it aims to freshen-up its ageing line-up. In addition to the just-released Nissan Juke city SUV and an updated Nissan Leaf electric car (now with more range), dealers have been told an updated Nissan Navara is due in local showrooms early 2021...


Nissan Patrol V8 Warrior is go! Dealers told to expect flagship 4WD next year
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Nissan Patrol V8 Warrior is go! Dealers told to expect flagship 4WD next year

Hardcore off-road fans may finally get the four-wheel-drive wagon they’ve been wishing for, with the locally-developed Nissan Patrol V8 Warrior scheduled to go on sale next year. While Nissan is yet to publicly confirm the vehicle has been signed off, dealers who participated in a confidential meeting about future model plans were shown a teaser image of what the Nissan Patrol V8 Warrior might look like...


Holden down to last 500 cars: discounts listed model by model
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Holden down to last 500 cars: discounts listed model by model

Holden has asked dealers to report all remaining new cars as sold by the end of this month, so it can clear the books before the brand is retired at the end of 2020. The car maker had asked dealers to report most of their stock as sold by the end of last month, but some late deliveries prompted an extension...


News recap: best stories from the week that was ICYMI
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News recap: best stories from the week that was ICYMI

Stories about people paying big money for older cars remain of keen interest, including $437,000 paid for a rare R34 Nissan GT-R, and speculation about how much a 1980 Holden Commodore raced by Peter Brock, and a Valiant Charger 'Big Tank' in original condition might fetch. Our coverage on how the Federal Budget and the instant asset write-off extension will impact car buyers also received a lot of feedback...


Learning to stop at a police Random Breath Test site
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Learning to stop at a police Random Breath Test site

Learners drivers got a jump start in Sydney this week, getting a practice run at being stopped at a roadside random breath test site with the help of the NSW Police Highway Patrol. The learner driver exercise was part of a monthly event run by the Australian Racing Drivers Club (the operators of Sydney Motorsport Park at Eastern Creek) and Driving Solutions (an advanced driver training company)...


2021 Volkswagen Amarok W580 revealed
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2021 Volkswagen Amarok W580 revealed

The 2021 Volkswagen Amarok W580 has joined the growing list of top-end utes, as Australians continue to buy record numbers of workhorses turned into show ponies. Unlike the Ford Ranger Raptor, Toyota HiLux Rugged X, and Nissan Navara Warrior, the VW Amarok W580 has been designed with a focus on on-road performance, although extra ground clearance and Pirelli Scorpion tyres will also boost its off-road ability...