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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...

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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...


Autonomous Ford Ranger developed by Australian mining company 
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Autonomous Ford Ranger developed by Australian mining company 

Fully autonomous vehicle technology has taken one giant leap closer to reality. Meet the full-size remote control Ford Ranger parts delivery ute. One of Australia’s largest mining companies, Fortescue Metals Group, has equipped autonomous driving technology to a fleet of four Ford Ranger utes – after developing similar systems for heavy duty mining trucks since 2015...


Proof electric cars don’t need taxpayer support: Tesla and GM sales up despite running out of $7500 tax credits.
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Proof electric cars don’t need taxpayer support: Tesla and GM sales up despite running out of $7500 tax credits.

While Australia debates how much – or how little – taxpayer money should go towards supporting the rollout of electric cars, data out of North America has revealed Tesla and General Motors were the top-two sellers of battery-powered cars – even without $US7500 federal tax credits for most of the year...


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Volkswagen signs deal with Microsoft for autonomous driving tech
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Volkswagen signs deal with Microsoft for autonomous driving tech

Volkswagen plans to use “cloud” technology developed by Microsoft to speed-up the rollout of autonomous vehicles. A new deal between the German car giant and the US tech giant will reportedly enable faster integration of autonomous systems in future vehicles.   According to overseas reports, the technology will also enable wifi-based “over the air” updates after the car has been sold, as per Tesla...


Apple ramps up autonomous car testing as deal with Hyundai-Kia is called off
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Apple ramps up autonomous car testing as deal with Hyundai-Kia is called off

Apple’s on-again, off-again plans to develop autonomous car technology appear to be slowly ramping back up again – as plans to partner with Korean giant Hyundai-Kia appear to have stalled. An investigative report by Automotive News USA has unearthed autonomous testing data filed by tech giant Apple to Californian authorities...


2022 Ferrari Purosangue SUV caught on camera again 
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2022 Ferrari Purosangue SUV caught on camera again 

The 2022 Ferrari Purosangue SUV has been caught on camera again, however we still don’t know what it will look like because it is wearing a Maserati Levante body covered in tape as a heavy disguise. The bodywork has been modified to mirror the weight and proportions of the Ferrari SUV, but not the detailed design. However, the images do provide some small clues...


No sharp new-car deals anytime soon, microchip shortage continues to strangle global vehicle production
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No sharp new-car deals anytime soon, microchip shortage continues to strangle global vehicle production

After a decade of record-low new-car affordability and drive-away deals, prices continue to rise or remain steady as global vehicle production remains strangled by a worldwide shortage of microchips. Major car brands including Toyota, Volkswagen, General Motors, Ford, Nissan, and Mazda have announced or foreshadowed production slowdowns due to a sustained shortage in electronics components...


Porsche Taycan smashes through showroom window, Russian vlogger gets millions of clicks
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Porsche Taycan smashes through showroom window, Russian vlogger gets millions of clicks

Here’s five minutes and 16 seconds of your life you won’t get back. A Russian vlogger has driven a brand-new Porsche Taycan electric car through a showroom window in an apparent drive to get more clicks on his YouTube channel. The stunt appears to have worked because, well, we're guilty of clicking on it and the video had received 2 million views in 24 hours and was approaching 4 million views as this article was published...


Electric Volkswagen Kombi caught on camera wearing a disguise
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Electric Volkswagen Kombi caught on camera wearing a disguise

The fully electric Volkswagen Kombi of the future is a step closer to reality, with spy photos out of Germany revealing an early test mule disguised as a regular Volkswagen Transporter van. While at first glance it looks like a VW Transporter with wide tyres, closer inspection shows it has a lower and wider stance, with fender flares helping accomodate a wider footprint...


Holden launches ‘Rewinding Roads’, reflects on its past to sell car parts in the future
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Holden launches ‘Rewinding Roads’, reflects on its past to sell car parts in the future

Holden has launched a surprising social media campaign as it approaches the 12-month anniversary for the announcement of the shutdown of the iconic brand. The campaign – supported by RMIT University students in Melbourne – uses some of Holden’s most famous photos from its media archives and places them in modern day settings with the help of Google Maps...


Hydrogen cars: CSIRO to build Australia’s fourth, Melbourne’s second refuelling point 
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Hydrogen cars: CSIRO to build Australia’s fourth, Melbourne’s second refuelling point 

It might be only one small leap for hydrogen but it could be a giant leap for hydrogen cars. Australia’s peak science and advanced research institution, the CSIRO, has been given a $1 million funding boost from the Victorian Government to go towards Melbourne’s second hydrogen-car refuelling station – only the fourth such facility nationally...