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2021 Toyota Yaris: Australia’s cheapest car with centre airbag, hybrid option

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2021 Toyota Yaris: Australia’s cheapest car with centre airbag, hybrid option

The 2021 Toyota Yaris will be the cheapest car on sale in Australia with a centre airbag between the two front seats – and the option of hybrid power – as advanced safety trickles down to one of the most affordable models on the market...

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Apple iPhone Digital Key will soon be able to unlock your car
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Apple iPhone Digital Key will soon be able to unlock your car

Apple iPhone users will soon be able to lock, unlock and start their car using the smartphone’s near-field sensor technology and a new app called Digital Key. The tech giant announced overnight that its latest devices with the near-field sensor technology will be able to lock and unlock certain BMW cars by ‘tapping’ or positioning their phone near the front door handles...


Exclusive: 2021 Toyota HiLux, every detail listed in leaked document
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Exclusive: 2021 Toyota HiLux, every detail listed in leaked document

The 2021 Toyota HiLux will have sweeping changes that are more than skin deep when it arrives in Australian showrooms in August. A confidential dealer bulletin has outlined in detail all the changes coming to the biggest update to the Toyota HiLux since this generation went on sale in 2015...


Kangaroos the biggest danger in animal crashes
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Kangaroos the biggest danger in animal crashes

Kangaroos are involved in eight out of 10 car crashes with animals, new figures show. And the data has prompted experts to renew their warnings as Australians prepare to holiday at home: don’t swerve to avoid an animal. “You've got a fraction of a second to make a decision, and by that stage it's probably too late any way,” says Russell White, from the Australian Road Safety Foundation...


Toyota prices to rise, hybrids hardest hit
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Toyota prices to rise, hybrids hardest hit

Toyota is poised to increase prices by up to $1300 on 16 of its most popular models in the wake of a weakening exchange rate with the Japanese Yen – and hybrid cars are hardest hit. However buyers can beat the 1 July price rises if they sign a deal before the end of June 30 and lock in the current RRP...


Nissan Navara Warrior back in production
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Nissan Navara Warrior back in production

The Nissan Navara Warrior is back in production after a two-and-a-half month pause due to the coronavirus crisis, which delayed arrivals of donor vehicles from the Thailand factory. After preparing the Melbourne assembly line last week with a dozen or so examples, production of the Nissan Navara Warrior is due to ramp up from today, with shipments to dealers to recommence from next week...


2021 Ford F-150 teased ahead of unveiling later this week
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2021 Ford F-150 teased ahead of unveiling later this week

The 2021 Ford F-150 will be unveiled later this week and the company has released a teaser image via Twitter which shows the updated model will have a bold new light signature, a bulging bonnet and a redesigned grille. The daytime running lights appear to extend beyond the main beams and down into lamps in the front bumper...


New Bugatti watch costs more than a house
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New Bugatti watch costs more than a house

The Buggati Chiron is the world’s fastest production car by a comfortable margin – with a top speed of 490km/h – or 304mph in the old money, and a price tag of $USD3.5 million not including taxes. Now there’s a watch named after it with an equally astronomical price. The watch is called a Twin Turbo Furious 300+ (a reference to the 300mph target) and only three will be made...


ANCAP Rescue: the new phone app that could save your life
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ANCAP Rescue: the new phone app that could save your life

A database of 500 new and used cars – with instructions on how to cut them open after a crash – is now only a fingertip away for emergency services and could save lives by saving valuable seconds. ANCAP Rescue is a new app produced by Australia’s crash test authority – the Australasian New Car Assessment Program – and is available free of charge to fire and rescue crews who need to find the fastest way to safely cut open a vehicle after a major incident...


How Australia shaped the 2021 Mazda BT-50
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How Australia shaped the 2021 Mazda BT-50

Mazda Australia played a pivotal role in the new generation BT-50 ute, after a partnership that spanned almost half a century ended with Ford. Development of the 2021 Mazda BT-50 started five years ago, and Australia was the driving force. The Mazda BT-50 is not a global model for the Japanese brand, however it is critical for Australia...


2021 Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50: first utes with centre airbags
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2021 Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50: first utes with centre airbags

The 2021 Isuzu D-Max and 2021 Mazda BT-50 twins will have a centre airbag between the two front seats – making them among the first vehicles on sale in Australia with this advanced safety feature. Until now, a centre airbag has only been available in Australia on a $200,000 Audi A8 limousine (pictured below)...


2021 Mazda BT-50 unveiled, in showrooms this year
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2021 Mazda BT-50 unveiled, in showrooms this year

The 2021 Mazda BT-50 ute has been unveiled ahead of its arrival in Australian showrooms before the end of this year. The firstly completely new model in 10 years marks the end of a 48-year partnership with Ford and commences a new journey with Isuzu. As CarAdvice has reported earlier, the 2021 Mazda BT-50 is based on the yet-to-be-released 2021 Isuzu D-Max, after Ford and Mazda decided to go separate ways...


Countdown to Holden closure: email leaks and the plane trip from Detroit
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Countdown to Holden closure: email leaks and the plane trip from Detroit

EXCLUSIVE The bombshell announcement about the closure of the Holden brand narrowly avoided being broken weeks earlier than planned – after claims that executives openly drafted confidential emails while sitting in business class on a flight home from Detroit...


Ford Ranger gets F-150 Raptor treatment
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Ford Ranger gets F-150 Raptor treatment

Why on earth didn’t Ford think of this genius idea? The call for a right-hand-drive Ford F-150 Raptor has finally been answered – sort of – thanks to a group of enthusiasts who have grafted look-a-like kits onto Ford Ranger utes. TTN Hypersport in Thailand has come up with the kits using a combination of fibreglass and polycarbonate bolt-on bodywork to transform humble Ford Ranger pick-ups into F-150 Raptor monster trucks...


You call that a ute? Meet the supercharged Chevrolet Goliath 6x6
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You call that a ute? Meet the supercharged Chevrolet Goliath 6x6

Just when you thought the Chevrolet Silverado Goliath 6x6 couldn’t get any crazier, US tuning firm Hennessey has fitted a supercharger to boost the V8 to a mind-boggling 800 horsepower. The custom-built, road-legal six-wheel-drive monster truck costs in excess of $USD400,000 in North America, equivalent to about $AUD600,000 based on today’s exchange rates...