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Used Honda Civic sells for $US50,000

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Used Honda Civic sells for $US50,000

A used Honda Civic has sold for $US50,000 ($AU72,000) in the US despite being 20 years old and having no special history attached to it, showing Japanese cars are quickly increasing in cult and collector status...

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Two Lamborghini V12s crash in million-dollar fender bender
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Two Lamborghini V12s crash in million-dollar fender bender

A pair of high-powered Lamborghini V12 supercars have been caught on camera after an embarrassing bingle on the streets of Singapore last month. Although it appears to only be a low-speed impact, the two cars – worth in excess of 1 million dollars combined – are likely to require repairs adding up to thousands of dollars...


2021 Toyota Prado: power boost, Apple Car Play, but manual axed
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2021 Toyota Prado: power boost, Apple Car Play, but manual axed

EXCLUSIVE The Toyota Prado is poised to get the same power boost as the Toyota HiLux ute – and will gain Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and additional advanced safety aids – as part of rolling changes from August production due in Australian showrooms the following months...


2021 Kia Rio: price rise, safety boost, six-speed auto, wireless Apple CarPlay 
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2021 Kia Rio: price rise, safety boost, six-speed auto, wireless Apple CarPlay 

The 2021 Kia Rio hatchback will rise in price by up to $1800 to take into account advanced safety, improved fuel economy, class-leading technology – and currency pressure – when it arrives in showrooms in late July or early August...


2021 Mitsubishi Express van review
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2021 Mitsubishi Express van review

The Mitsubishi Express van has returned after a seven-year absence as a rebadged Renault Trafic.

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Life of luxury: Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Lexus sales spike 
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Life of luxury: Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Lexus sales spike 

Popular luxury brands Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Lexus ended a two-year sales slump in June, posting massive gains as the overall market remained in decline. Mercedes posted its best monthly sales result in its history in Australia – reporting 4437 cars as sold, an increase of 31.4 per cent compared to the same month last year...


Sales of Chinese cars hit top gear: MG, LDV, Haval post record month
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Sales of Chinese cars hit top gear: MG, LDV, Haval post record month

Emerging Chinese brands MG, LDV and Haval posted significant sales gains in June 2020, as the overall market fell by 6.4 per cent. MG cars and SUVs reported 1348 vehicles as sold (an increase of 33 per cent compared to the same month last year), while LDV delivered 1052 utes, vans and SUVs (an increase of 31 per cent)...


US pick-up sales in Australia surge in June 2020
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US pick-up sales in Australia surge in June 2020

Sales of US pick-ups in Australia continue to go from strength to strength, with the Ram 1500 and the Chevrolet Silverado posting their best results since being introduced locally. Ram Trucks Australia recorded its best monthly sales result since being established in Australia five years ago, with 604 vehicles reported as sold in June 2020, an increase of 130 per cent in a new-car market that was down by 6...


What crisis? New-car sales surge in June 2020, best result in 12 months
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What crisis? New-car sales surge in June 2020, best result in 12 months

Australians treated themselves to more than 110,000 new cars in June 2020 – the strongest monthly result since June last year and better than was widely anticipated – as most of the nation gradually emerged from COVID-19 lockdowns...


Suzuki adopts plug-in hybrid Toyota RAV4 in Europe, Australia unlikely  
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Suzuki adopts plug-in hybrid Toyota RAV4 in Europe, Australia unlikely  

Do not adjust your eyes. This is not photoshop, this is Suzuki’s re-nosed version of the Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid. It has just gone on sale in Europe and is one of the first shared vehicles under the new partnership between the two Japanese car makers. Last year Toyota pledged to buy 24 million shares in Suzuki valued at roughly ¥96 billion (AU$1...


NSW Government considers electric-car usage tax
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NSW Government considers electric-car usage tax

NSW could become the first jurisdiction in the world to tax electric cars based on distance travelled – and automatically track vehicle odometers – in an attempt to make sure they pay their fair share on the road. The radical proposal to tax electric vehicles (EVs) per kilometre travelled would also eventually include petrol and diesel cars – and potentially bring an end to annual registration fees...


Holden dealers sign $150 million compensation deal 
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Holden dealers sign $150 million compensation deal 

The majority of Holden dealers have finally signed compensation packages – worth a combined value of close to $150 million – with US car giant General Motors. It follows a protracted legal battle that spilled onto the political field and caught the attention of Australia’s peak consumer and business watchdog...


2021 Volkswagen Tiguan R revealed as flagship of new-look range
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2021 Volkswagen Tiguan R revealed as flagship of new-look range

The Volkswagen Tiguan family SUV has received a mid-life update four years after this generation went on sale in Australia – and promises another step towards autonomous driving tech, and the option of a high-performance model for the first time...


2021 Hyundai Tucson previewed by Vision T concept - UPDATE: video tour
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2021 Hyundai Tucson previewed by Vision T concept - UPDATE: video tour

UPDATE: Making what it can from lockdown conditions, Hyundai has had its design chief SangYup Lee present a walkaround tour of the Vision T concept that will inform the look of the new 2021 Hyundai Tucson. The new Tucson has been spied testing in recent months, and you can learn more here...


2021 Hyundai i30N due early next year: more power, sharper look
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2021 Hyundai i30N due early next year: more power, sharper look

Hyundai is putting the finishing touches on the updated i30N, testing in the German summer at the Nurburgring race circuit ahead of a likely showroom arrival in Australia early next year. As has been reported, the update to Hyundai’s first ever hot hatch will coincide with the arrival of the current model’s midlife facelift...