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Big change coming to dealer demonstrator cars

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Big change coming to dealer demonstrator cars

Getting a sharp deal on a near-new “demonstrator” car could soon become more difficult. The automotive industry is about to tighten its sales reporting practices, which will likely lead to fewer so-called “demonstrator” models sold at heavily discounted prices...

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When will luxury cars get five-year warranty?
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When will luxury cars get five-year warranty?

Pressure is mounting on luxury car brands to boost their warranties to five years or more, now that nine of the Top 10 brands offer extended coverage as standard. In particular the decision by car giants Toyota and Volkswagen to increase their warranties from three to five years from January 1, 2019 has made it increasingly difficult for their respective luxury affiliates Lexus and Audi to hold out...


Toyota HiLux DPF drama update
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Toyota HiLux DPF drama update

DODGY diesels and a long list of recalls won’t dent Toyota’s reputation for quality and reliability -- the company claims -- even though a leading law firm is considering taking a class action on behalf of more than 245,000 customers across Australia with potentially faulty vehicles...


Why Australia needs better quality fuel
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Why Australia needs better quality fuel

THE car industry has repeated calls for better quality fuel to be introduced across Australia -- to enable the introduction of new super-efficient engine technology. However, both the Federal Government and the petroleum industry have forecast that better quality fuel will lead to higher prices at the bowser, up by between 1 and 2 cents per litre...


Toyota announces five-year warranty
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Toyota announces five-year warranty

Market leader Toyota has finally bowed to public pressure and will boost warranty coverage from three years to five on every new model sold from January 1, 2019. The warranty will extend to seven years on the engine and drivetrain on “properly maintained vehicles” that are equipped with genuine Toyota parts...


New car sales hit the brakes
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New car sales hit the brakes

New-car buyers hit the brakes for the first time in four years in 2018 as falling housing prices, rising living costs, and tighter finance regulations put a dent in sales. According to official figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries released today, the 2018 tally of 1,153,111 was down 3.0 per cent compared to the record 1,189,116 set in 2017...


Holden and Ford post lowest sales since 1960s
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Holden and Ford post lowest sales since 1960s

Holden and Ford have wound back the clock more than half a century, posting their lowest sales since 1961 and 1966 respectively, according to official figures for 2018 released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries...


Ford beats Holden first time in 21 years
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Ford beats Holden first time in 21 years

Ford fans have a big reason to cheer in the New Year. In 2018 Ford outsold Holden for the first time in 21 years – since 1997 – which was also the last time Ford led the entire new-car market (at the time the end of a three-year winning streak)...


Toyota HiLux sets new record
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Toyota HiLux sets new record

The Toyota HiLux ute has shattered its previous sales record after posting the highest annual tally of any vehicle for the past decade. Preliminary figures for 2018 show the Toyota HiLux eclipsed 50,000 sales for the first time ever – overtaking the peak of 47,093 set in 2017 and the previous high of 42,956 set in 2008...


Subaru adds five-year warranty
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Subaru adds five-year warranty

And then there were two. Market leader Toyota and fellow Japanese brand Nissan are now the only two in the Top 10 with a below average three-year warranty after Subaru boosted its coverage to five years from January 1, 2019. Subaru introduced its five-year warranty on certain models in December – and had increased its standard three-year coverage during monthly sales promotions in recent years – but the new deal is permanent...


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...


2019 Toyota Supra tested in Australia
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2019 Toyota Supra tested in Australia

Toyota has tested the new Supra sports car on Australian roads before it arrives in showrooms in the second half of next year. However, rather than making changes to suit local conditions, the week-long exercise was used to validate settings already developed on foreign roads...


2019 Suzuki Jimny hit with AEB bug
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2019 Suzuki Jimny hit with AEB bug

Suzuki says it won’t stop deliveries of its highly anticipated Jimny four-wheel-drive – but is considering a software update – after overseas tests found a glitch that caused the car to repeatedly slam the brakes even though there was no obstacle...


Genesis: First Australian showroom taking shape
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Genesis: First Australian showroom taking shape

Customers of Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis may never need to venture to a dealership or service centre under a radical plan to “reinvent” the car buying and ownership experience. After almost a year of delays, Genesis is a step closer to opening its first standalone showroom in Australia – in Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall – with cars due to go on sale in March 2019...


Volkswagen makes five-year warranty permanent
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Volkswagen makes five-year warranty permanent

PRESSURE is mounting on market leader to Toyota to increase its warranty from three years now that most Top 10 brands offer five- or seven-year coverage. German giant Volkswagen is the latest manufacturer to make five-year warranty permanent across the range after announcing this morning it will extend indefinitely the coverage it launched in October...