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Australia’s cheapest electric car, the MG ZS EV, sold out until next year

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Australia’s cheapest electric car, the MG ZS EV, sold out until next year

The first shipment of Australia’s cheapest electric car, the MG ZS EV, has sold out within days of the vehicle arriving in local showrooms. MG dealers contacted by CarAdvice have confirmed the first 100 examples of the $43,990 drive-away MG ZS EV are spoken for, with the next deliveries due in late January, early February...

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2021 Toyota GR Yaris Rallye pricing announced: $53,900 drive-away
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2021 Toyota GR Yaris Rallye pricing announced: $53,900 drive-away

The 2021 Toyota GR Yaris Rallye edition will be priced from $49,500 plus on-road costs – or close to $53,900 drive-away – and is due in Australian showrooms by June next year. This means it will come with approximately a $9000 price premium over the standard Toyota GR Yaris. Dealers have been told the initial batch will be limited to 250 cars and available in pearl white only...


2021 Toyota GR Yaris praised and panned: world divided over new hot hatch
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2021 Toyota GR Yaris praised and panned: world divided over new hot hatch

The new Toyota GR Yaris – the year’s most anticipated hot hatch – has received mixed reviews around the world based on initial road tests. YouTube channel JDM Masters, in a segment hosted by advanced driving instructors and motorsport competitors K Bradford from Japan and Shaun Thong from Hong Kong, praised many aspects of the new Toyota GR Yaris...


Electric cars should pay their way and sell on merit, not handouts: Kia
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Electric cars should pay their way and sell on merit, not handouts: Kia

Kia Motors Australia – one of the nation’s fastest-growing car brands – says it supports moves to create fairer and more equitable ways to charge road users, whether they are driving an electric vehicle, or one powered by petrol or diesel...


2021 Chevrolet Corvette: GMSV dealers holding more than 100 orders a year ahead of arrival
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2021 Chevrolet Corvette: GMSV dealers holding more than 100 orders a year ahead of arrival

The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette has received more than 100 orders in Australia a year before it is due in local showrooms – and before anyone knows the price –according to dealer sources. The iconic US sports-car is due in Australia by this time next year as the first ever factory-built right-hand-drive model...


GMSV kicks off with fresh Chevrolet Silverado 1500 stock, no price change despite factory backing 
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GMSV kicks off with fresh Chevrolet Silverado 1500 stock, no price change despite factory backing 

Anyone holding out for a discounted price on a new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pick-up due to the establishment of General Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) – under the direct control of Detroit – may be out of luck...


Volvo recalls 2500 cars in Australia after a death linked to a faulty airbag in the US
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Volvo recalls 2500 cars in Australia after a death linked to a faulty airbag in the US

After once boldly claiming no-one would die in a Volvo car in 2020, the Swedish car maker is recalling 54,000 vehicles in the US – and 2559 examples in Australia – after a death linked to a faulty airbag in North America. Although the defective airbag was not supplied by Takata, the conditions are eerily similar...


Road rage: why traffic congestion creates angry drivers
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Road rage: why traffic congestion creates angry drivers

Road safety experts have renewed calls for calm as a study by Monash University claims more than one in four drivers have been involved in a road rage incident – either as an aggressor or the victim. More than two-thirds of drivers surveyed said they had been shouted at or were the recipients of rude gestures in the past 12 months...


Mercedes-Benz increases prices for the second time in nine months
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Mercedes-Benz increases prices for the second time in nine months

Exchange rate pressures – and the economic reality of supply and demand – have prompted Mercedes-Benz to increase prices for the second time in nine months across some of its most popular models. The latest price lists have revealed Mercedes-Benz has increased the RRP of most A-Class hatch and sedan, C-Class sedan, wagon, coupe and cabriolet models, as well as certain variants of the GLC SUV...


Toyota Yaris sales drop by 75 per cent after $9500 price rise
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Toyota Yaris sales drop by 75 per cent after $9500 price rise

Toyota Yaris sales have fallen to a fraction of their former glory, with deliveries down by 75 per cent in a market that fell by only 1.5 per cent last month. The new-generation Toyota Yaris was released two months ago with a sharp price rise that saw Toyota vacate the sub-$20,000 segment for the first time since it officially began selling cars in Australia in 1959...


News recap: best stories from the week that was ICYMI
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News recap: best stories from the week that was ICYMI

After months of blurry spy photos and corporate teaser images we finally got to see the new Nissan Navara laid bare. It’s due in Australian showrooms in early 2021. Here’s what we managed to find out so far. New-car sales results for October were released this week and, after months of misery, there was finally some good news to report...


2021 Toyota Yaris Cross review
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2021 Toyota Yaris Cross review

Toyota has finally joined the booming city SUV segment, with a high-riding Yaris available with petrol or hybrid power.

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2021 Nissan Navara Pro-4X unveiled, in showrooms early next year
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2021 Nissan Navara Pro-4X unveiled, in showrooms early next year

The 2021 Nissan Navara has been unveiled ahead of its Australian showroom arrival early next year. The biggest change to the Nissan Navara since this generation went on sale in 2015 gains a bold new look borrowed from the Nissan Titan in the US, including an oversized grille and new bi-LED headlights with C-shaped daylight running lights...


Barely Holden on: 165 cars sold in October as dealers clear final stock 
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Barely Holden on: 165 cars sold in October as dealers clear final stock 

More than half of Holden’s dealer network have taken down their iconic signs and it now seems the brand is close to clearing all its cars, with just 165 vehicles reported as sold last month – and fewer than 300 estimated as remaining in the network...


VFACTS October 2020: New-car sales show strongest signs of recovery so far this year
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VFACTS October 2020: New-car sales show strongest signs of recovery so far this year

Australians are buying new cars at almost the same rate as this time last year – to pre-coronavirus levels – as the industry remains hopeful the worst is behind it and there is a clear road ahead. Official sales figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show new-car sales in October 2020 were down by just 1...