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1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III sells for $400,000: 'attacked with an axe, no engine, bring trailer'

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1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III sells for $400,000: 'attacked with an axe, no engine, bring trailer'

A 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III left to rot in a shed for decades – missing an engine and had been attacked with an axe – sold for a mind-boggling $400,000 at auction at the weekend...

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What cars did Aussies buy during the pandemic? Utes, utes and more utes
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What cars did Aussies buy during the pandemic? Utes, utes and more utes

Australia’s favourite workhorse utes are increasingly being used as weekend getaway cars.  That’s the assessment from industry insiders trying to explain the unexpected surge in the sales of utes such as the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, and full-size US pick-ups such as the Ram 1500...


What recession? Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati sales hit the accelerator
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What recession? Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati sales hit the accelerator

Sales of Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati sports cars hit the accelerator in September as the rest of the car market hit reverse with a 20 per cent decline. Official figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show Porsche sales increased by 33 per cent in September compared to the same month last year, while Maserati sales more than doubled and deliveries of Ferraris increased by 8...


Suzuki Jimny is the little car that could: hits new sales record, wait list still 12 months
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Suzuki Jimny is the little car that could: hits new sales record, wait list still 12 months

The fun-size four-wheel-drive, the Suzuki Jimny, has set a new sales record in Australia, as the waiting list continues to stretch up to 12 months on certain models. Suzuki has sold more Jimnys in the first nine months of 2020 (1474) than it did for the entire 2019 calendar year (1391)...


Kia closes in on Top 4 sales spot in 2020, prepares to overtake Ford, Mitsubishi
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Kia closes in on Top 4 sales spot in 2020, prepares to overtake Ford, Mitsubishi

Korean car maker Kia is on track to finish fourth outright in 2020 – behind market leader Toyota, long-standing number two Mazda and third-placed Hyundai. A decade ago, Kia wasn’t even inside the Top 10. It has been the fastest growing car company in Australia over the past 10 years...


MG sales surge, moves closer to Top 10
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MG sales surge, moves closer to Top 10

Buyers on a budget have helped push the MG3 to the top of the sales charts in the city-car class – even though the vehicle only has a three-star safety rating. The MG3 costs from $16,690 drive-away, undercutting most rivals – especially since price rises were applied to other popular models such as the Kia Rio, Mazda3, Toyota Yaris and Suzuki Swift, all of which have a five-star safety rating...


Toyota Corolla hits the brakes, Hyundai i30 and Kia Cerato outsell it for first time
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Toyota Corolla hits the brakes, Hyundai i30 and Kia Cerato outsell it for first time

The Toyota Corolla – the last passenger car to top the Australian market before utes began to dominate – is under siege after posting three of its weakest monthly sales results in 20 years. The Hyundai i30 and Kia Cerato small cars outsold the Toyota Corolla in September, as sales declined by 34 per cent in a market that was down by 20 per cent...


VFACTS September 2020: Ford Ranger tops sales charts for first time in three years as market slowdown continues
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VFACTS September 2020: Ford Ranger tops sales charts for first time in three years as market slowdown continues

The Ford Ranger ute was Australia’s top selling vehicle in September, overtaking the Toyota HiLux to become market leader for the first time in three years. The September 2017 and September 2020 results are the only time a Ford motor vehicle has been number one in the monthly sales charts in Australia since the Falcon last beat the Holden Commodore in August 2005...


Is daylight saving time bad for road safety?
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Is daylight saving time bad for road safety?

The clocks skipped an hour over the weekend in Victoria and NSW, as Australia’s two most populous states started daylight savings ahead of summer. Do interrupted sleeping patterns and longer daylight have an impact on road safety? There is no clear evidence directly linking the changing time zones with an increase in fatal or serious injury crashes, but experts in Australia and the US are increasingly of the view that changing our “body clocks” could lead to fatigue-related crashes and poor decision making...


Renewed calls for increased road spending to cut death toll
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Renewed calls for increased road spending to cut death toll

The Federal Government receives approximately $20 billion each financial year from fuel excise – currently 42.3 cents per litre of diesel and petrol pumped at the bowser – but only 22 cents out of every dollar raised is funnelled back into roads. On the eve of the Federal Budget, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has renewed calls for roads to receive a fairer share of the funds raised by motorists...


2021 Hyundai i30 N review: 8-speed auto prototype

2021 Hyundai i30 N review: 8-speed auto prototype

Behind the mask is the updated Hyundai i30 N, now with more power, bigger brakes, and the option of an eight-speed auto for the first time.


Mitsubishi reverts to five-year warranty, offers 10-year coverage on cars serviced at dealers
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Mitsubishi reverts to five-year warranty, offers 10-year coverage on cars serviced at dealers

Mitsubishi has reverted to a five-year/100,000km warranty after offering seven-year coverage on its most popular models for almost two years – and will add 10-year/200,000km coverage to vehicles serviced within the dealer network from day one. Mitsubishi notified the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) of the change two weeks ago and the corporate watchdog is yet to announce any adverse findings...


The Toyota HiLux hero model we don’t get in Australia 
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The Toyota HiLux hero model we don’t get in Australia 

The Toyota HiLux ute has received the tough truck treatment in New Zealand with a special model called the Mako – designed to challenge the Ford Ranger Raptor, and named after “the most aggressive shark in the ocean”. However, the high-riding Toyota HiLux has been developed for the New Zealand market only and is not coming to Australia...


2021 Toyota GR Yaris sold out
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2021 Toyota GR Yaris sold out

It might not be gone in sixty seconds, but the 2021 Toyota GR Yaris has sold out and the website for pre-orders has temporarily been shut down. The first shipment of 1000 Toyota GR Yaris hot hatches has been allocated to customers and dealers across Australia after an overwhelming and unexpected response...


2021 Toyota HiLux Rogue and Rugged-X prices increase by $13,000
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2021 Toyota HiLux Rogue and Rugged-X prices increase by $13,000

EXCLUSIVE Flagship versions of the 2021 Toyota HiLux range will cost more than many luxury cars, ranging between $73,000 and $77,000 – a significant 20 per cent increase on previous drive-away prices. Leaked drive-away offers for the 2021 Toyota HiLux Rugged-X and Toyota HiLux Rogue reveal Toyota’s recent round of price rises show no signs of abating...