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Toyota Australia yet to determine if earthquake in Japan will further delay cars

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Toyota Australia yet to determine if earthquake in Japan will further delay cars

Toyota Australia says it yet to determine if there will be any further delays to shipments of vehicles after last week’s earthquake in Japan wiped out a number of parts suppliers...

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Police stop motorcyclist with fake McLovin licence from the movie SuperBad
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Police stop motorcyclist with fake McLovin licence from the movie SuperBad

Check out the idiots we shared the road with last week. Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up. Fortunately, police were able to stop these geniuses before they hurt themselves, a bystander, or another motorist. Clearly, the threat of speed cameras means nothing to these drivers. Only police intervention could stop them...


2021 Nissan Navara arrives early: in showrooms now
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2021 Nissan Navara arrives early: in showrooms now

The 2021 Nissan Navara update – with new sheetmetal from the windscreen forward and advanced safety tech, but no more power for the 2.3-litre twin turbo diesel – has begun arriving in dealerships across Australia in limited numbers and model variants. Photos reveal so far there is limited stock of the mid-grade ST and, it appears, Nissan is going to give the space cab market a push...


Today’s Ford Fiesta ST and Focus ST likely the last before electric switch
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Today’s Ford Fiesta ST and Focus ST likely the last before electric switch

Hot hatch fans likely have only a few years to enjoy the last “analogue” versions of the Ford Fiesta ST and Ford Focus ST. Both models are expected to be the last of their breed amid a bold plan by Ford Europe to switch to hybrid or electric power by 2026 – and pure electric power for all models by 2030 – announced last week...


2021 Subaru Outback Wilderness Edition on wish list for Australia 
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2021 Subaru Outback Wilderness Edition on wish list for Australia 

A more rugged version of the 2021 Subaru Outback – called the Wilderness Edition – is about to go on sale in the US and is on the wish list for Australia. While the new-generation Subaru Outback has only just arrived in local showrooms, the model has been on sale in the US for a year and the company has already started to expand into limited-edition variants...


2022 Subaru WRX due in Australian showrooms this year
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2022 Subaru WRX due in Australian showrooms this year

The new Subaru WRX performance sedan is now due in Australian showrooms by the end of this year, rather than early 2022 as originally forecast. “While it’s not confirmed we are hopeful of seeing the new Subaru WRX here by the end of this year, pending any unforeseen production delays,” said a Subaru Australia representative...


Counterfeit car parts: renewed warnings after an increase in busts 
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Counterfeit car parts: renewed warnings after an increase in busts 

There are renewed warnings about counterfeit car parts coming into Australia – as a new study reveals more than half the parts bought online could be fake. Counterfeit car parts and their packaging are so similar in appearance to the original items, experts are finding it more difficult to distinguish fake from genuine – and most mechanics and importers are pleading ignorance when they’re busted...


Volkswagen Amarok recall: 20,000 examples made from 2015 to 2018
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Volkswagen Amarok recall: 20,000 examples made from 2015 to 2018

About 20,000 examples of the Volkswagen Amarok made from 2015 to 2018 are about to be recalled in Australia because the spare tyre may not be properly secured due to a fault with the winch that holds it place. Volkswagen Australia is in the process of notifying federal safety authorities before contacting owners of affected vehicles in the coming weeks, inviting them to bring their vehicles in for repair...


2021 Ram 1500 Laramie and Limited DT Series pricing announced
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2021 Ram 1500 Laramie and Limited DT Series pricing announced

Prices for Ram 1500 utes are about to get a lot more expensive as Australians continue to gorge themselves on US pick-ups. Australians have bought record numbers of US pick-ups for the past two years in a row, and demand shows no signs of slowing. Pricing and preliminary specification details for the new-generation 2021 DT Series Ram 1500 have been distributed to dealers this week, ahead of showroom arrivals in the coming months...


Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III sets new auction record: $1.15 million
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Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III sets new auction record: $1.15 million

Australians are continuing to pay record money for iconic Fords and Holdens – and experts predict the numbers will continue to climb for the foreseeable future. A fully restored 1971 Ford Falcon XY GT-HO Phase III – which, according to The Australian newspaper, was previously owned by a Perth businessman whose investment scheme failed while owing at least $240 million to investors – sold last night for $1...


Exclusive: Documents reveal secret plans that were supposed to save Holden
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Exclusive: Documents reveal secret plans that were supposed to save Holden

EXCLUSIVE This is going to make uncomfortable reading for Holden fans but, after absorbing the following information, even diehard enthusiasts will likely be relieved General Motors called time on Holden when it did – rather than soldiering on under the following radical proposals...


Holden: Commodore V8 prices soar one year on from the shutdown announcement
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Holden: Commodore V8 prices soar one year on from the shutdown announcement

There was a time Holden had to discount its V8s to shift them off the showroom floor, now some are fetching close to or more than $1 million. It’s amazing what scarcity does to the price of a car – and how we never truly value something until it’s gone...


The radical plan to sell new cars at shopping centres and airports
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The radical plan to sell new cars at shopping centres and airports

The way Australians buy new cars is about to change in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, which has fast-tracked a shift to “click and collect” shopping and given buyers the confidence to purchase big ticket items after researching and negotiating online or over the phone...


Women more likely than men to be seriously injured in car crashes – report 
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Women more likely than men to be seriously injured in car crashes – report 

Women are more likely to suffer a serious injury in a car crash – even though men are involved in more road accidents – a report by a leading US safety authority has found. Much of the heightened risk for female drivers was due to the types of cars they were driving rather than physical differences, according to the study...


Jaguar to go all-electric by 2025, Land Rover to phase out diesel from 2026
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Jaguar to go all-electric by 2025, Land Rover to phase out diesel from 2026

Few Land Rovers and Range Rovers ever truly get off the beaten track, but the company is about to pull the handbrake on their ability to venture into remote areas.  Land Rover has announced it will introduce the first of six pure electric vehicles from 2024 – phasing out diesel engines from 2026 – and axing petrol and diesel power altogether by 2036...