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2021 VW Amarok W580 review: First local test drive
  • Looks the business; Epic cornering grip for a double-cab ute; Effortless TDV6 power; All-wheel drive climbs out of corners, more stable in the wet
  • Lacks advanced safety aids and rear airbags; Tight back seat space; Expensive servicing costs; Price could be a stretch given lack of mod cons

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7.7 / 10

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2021 VW Amarok W580 review: First local test drive

The Volkswagen Amarok TDV6 gets the special vehicles treatment with the locally developed W580 and W580S.

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VinFast closing Port Melbourne design and engineering office, but former Holden test track safe
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VinFast closing Port Melbourne design and engineering office, but former Holden test track safe

VinFast, the little-known Vietnamese start-up car company that bought the iconic Holden test track and hired dozens of its former employees, is about to close one of its Australian operations – barely a year after being established locally...


Chinese car brands MG, LDV, GWM Haval continue to set sales records
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Chinese car brands MG, LDV, GWM Haval continue to set sales records

Chinese cars continue to rocket up the new-car sales charts Australia, overtaking sales from Germany and the USA for the first four months this year. It is the first time in Australian automotive history cars from China have outsold those from Germany and the USA for such an extended period...


VFACTS April 2021: New-car sales results, record month despite semiconductor shortages
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VFACTS April 2021: New-car sales results, record month despite semiconductor shortages

New-car sales across Australia have bounced back from the worst April on record – during the peak of coronavirus lockdowns – to deliver the best April on record. And the Ford Ranger has topped the monthly sales charts for only the third time in its history, displacing the Toyota HiLux which maintains its lead in the year-to-date tally and is on-track for its sixth annual win in a row...


Volkswagen Amarok W580 off-road edition coming next
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Volkswagen Amarok W580 off-road edition coming next

Volkswagen Australia is working on an off-road version of the Amarok W580 to take on the likes of the Ford Ranger Raptor and Nissan Navara Warrior. The first, road-biased edition of the Volkswagen Amarok TDV6 W580 has only just begun arriving in showrooms. The first 50 or so cars have already been delivered and about one-third of the vehicles scheduled for this year's production have customer names on them...


Ford joins forces with ARB for dealer-fit accessories 
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Ford joins forces with ARB for dealer-fit accessories 

ARB bullbars and accessories for the Ford Ranger ute and Ford Everest 4WD will soon be available with Ford’s five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty if fitted to vehicles by the dealer when new. The tie-up between Ford and ARB was formally announced today ahead of the rollout of the program in the second half of this year. However, there is just one catch...


If I ran Ford Australia ... How to bring Explorer, F-150, and Bronco here
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If I ran Ford Australia ... How to bring Explorer, F-150, and Bronco here

"If I ran the company..." The CarAdvice team play 'fantasy football' with the automotive industry and take turns in the top seat of the big brands. What would we do if we ran the show? This time, Josh heads to Michigan in the USA to tackle the big blue oval... My plan for Ford Australia seems straightforward, but Dearborn may think otherwise...


BMW and Mercedes remove advanced safety tech amid semiconductor shortage, mainstream brands unaffected for now
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BMW and Mercedes remove advanced safety tech amid semiconductor shortage, mainstream brands unaffected for now

Advanced safety technology on certain examples of BMW and Mercedes-Benz cars destined for Australia have been deleted from the next batch of factory orders out of Germany. Customers who placed orders for vehicles equipped with the affected technology will have a portion of their purchase price refunded, according to confidential dealer bulletins seen by CarAdvice...


Ford Escape plug-in hybrid delayed to 2022, but more electric models are in the works for Australia
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Ford Escape plug-in hybrid delayed to 2022, but more electric models are in the works for Australia

The Ford Escape plug-in hybrid’s showroom debut has been pushed back to early next year, however its arrival will likely start the local rollout of other Ford electric cars. Ford Australia originally planned to launch the Ford Escape PHEV (which stands for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) by the end of this year but delays throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have pushed back its arrival...


2021 Kia Carnival scores five stars for safety, second vehicle without centre airbag to earn top marks
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2021 Kia Carnival scores five stars for safety, second vehicle without centre airbag to earn top marks

The 2021 Kia Carnival has earned a five-star safety rating against tough new testing protocols – and it scored top marks even without a centre airbag between the front seats. For 2020 and beyond, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and its European affiliate raised the bar on side impact crash protection and advanced safety aids...


2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Dual Cab Ute
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2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Dual Cab Ute

Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best Dual-Cab Ute Finalists: Ford Ranger Isuzu D-Max Mazda BT-50 Toyota HiLux Here’s how the best contenders compared in our annual Drive Car of the Year test. Australians are asking more of their utes every day. While many buyers still rely on them as workhorses, they are increasingly being used for work and play...


2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Medium SUV
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2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Medium SUV

Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best Medium SUV Finalists: Ford Escape Mazda CX-5 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Volkswagen Tiguan Here’s how four of the best contenders compared in our annual Drive Car of the Year test. You can see it in the traffic, our love affair with high-riding wagons we call SUVs...


2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Small SUV
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2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Small SUV

Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best Small SUV Finalists: Hyundai Kona Kia Seltos Mazda CX-30 Skoda Kamiq Toyota Yaris Cross Australia's Small SUV class is arguably one of the toughest segments in the new-car market, with nearly a dozen contenders competing for attention. Some models will suit certain buyer needs more so than others...


2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Small Car
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2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Small Car

Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best Small Car Finalists: Hyundai i30 Mazda 3 Toyota Corolla Hybrid It’s no secret small car sales have slowed as buyers have shifted towards SUVs of all shapes and sizes, however, there is still a core group of vehicles that make a compelling case to consider a hatchback...


2021 Ford Ranger price and specs: Raptor X gets price rise, racing stripes and a sports bar, FX4 returns
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2021 Ford Ranger price and specs: Raptor X gets price rise, racing stripes and a sports bar, FX4 returns

2021 Ford Ranger pricing and specification Raptor X arrives as flagship model, with strips and new sports bar FX4 variants returns, with black detailing and decals On sale in July, from $59,990 before on-road costs from a manual FX4 The Ford Ranger Raptor has gained racing stripes, a sports bar, and black accents inside and out to keep the flagship model looking fresh before the next generation turns up next year, likely with turbo V6 power under the bonnet instead of the current model’s twin-turbo 2...