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Mitsubishi not planning Ford Ranger Raptor rival

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Mitsubishi not planning Ford Ranger Raptor rival

Mitsubishi says it has no plans to introduce a rival to the Ford Ranger Raptor ute – or mount a counterattack with a high-powered turbo diesel V6 even though it has access to one thanks to the recent alliance with Nissan-Renault...

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Mitsubishi to launch Renault-sourced van mid-2020
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Mitsubishi to launch Renault-sourced van mid-2020

Mitsubishi will rejoin the commercial van market by the middle of next year after a six-year absence with a vehicle based on the Renault Trafic – however the company claims it won’t compete with its French joint venture partner on price. The opportunity for a van to return to Mitsubishi showrooms came about after the Japanese brand became part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance in 2017...


Mitsubishi boss pours cold water on next-generation Evolution
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Mitsubishi boss pours cold water on next-generation Evolution

Mitsubishi carved its reputation as a manufacturer of performance cars with the rally-bred Evolution Lancer sedans built from 1992 to 2016 – but such niche models have been difficult to justify in the modern automotive world as buyer tastes shift to SUVs...


2020 Ferrari F8 Spider unveiled
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2020 Ferrari F8 Spider unveiled

As night follows day, an open-topped Ferrari follows the release of the hard top sports car. The difference this time around, though, is that the Ferrari F8 Spider will amplify the sounds of one of the most powerful V8s in the sports-car world. The twin turbo 3...


Peugeot says its warranty claims have been slashed by two-thirds
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Peugeot says its warranty claims have been slashed by two-thirds

French carmaker Peugeot claims to have made a dramatic improvement in the quality and reliability of its latest cars, revealing confidential figures that show its warranty costs are a fraction of what they were a decade ago. In a briefing with media during a recent visit to Australia the global boss of the Peugeot brand, Jean-Philippe Imparato, estimated warranty claims – and the cost of those repairs – had been slashed by two-thirds...


Mitsubishi ASX to get 2.4-litre petrol engine
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Mitsubishi ASX to get 2.4-litre petrol engine

The Mitsubishi ASX will soon be available with a 2.4-litre petrol engine, bringing the option of more power to Australia’s biggest-selling small SUV. It will coincide with the October arrival of a major facelift for the Mitsubishi ASX – which adopts the company’s “shield” grille – the latest in a number of overhauls since the model went on sale in 2010...


Mitsubishi Pajero future in doubt, likely to be replaced by seven-seat soft-roader
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Mitsubishi Pajero future in doubt, likely to be replaced by seven-seat soft-roader

It’s no secret the Mitsubishi Pajero’s days are numbered, given it's been gradually withdrawn from sale in various countries around the world – including most recently its home market in Japan where the ‘Final Edition’ has been released...


Mitsubishi Triton to get hybrid power, precede Nissan Navara development
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Mitsubishi Triton to get hybrid power, precede Nissan Navara development

The next generation Mitsubishi Triton ute – due two to three years from now – will have the option of hybrid power for the first time. However, the company is yet to decide if it will be a plug-in hybrid, and whether it will pair its electric tech with a petrol or diesel engine – or both...


Mitsubishi to sell only SUVs, utes and vans in Australia
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Mitsubishi to sell only SUVs, utes and vans in Australia

Australia’s seismic shift away from passenger cars – and towards SUVs and utes, not unlike North America – is about to claim its first casualty. Japanese company Mitsubishi – the fourth most popular brand behind Toyota, Mazda and Hyundai – will not replace its Mirage and Lancer small cars once they sell out in local showrooms...


Peugeot rules out Toyota HiLux ute tie-up
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Peugeot rules out Toyota HiLux ute tie-up

Peugeot has ruled out a possible tie-up with the Toyota Hilux to deliver a ute – but it is about to launch a joint venture pick-up built by China’s ChangAn for Latin America and the Middle East. Peugeot and Toyota currently share the Partner van which is rebadged as the Toyota Proace in Europe...


Toyota HiLux DPF drama takes new turn, drivers fined for smoky tailpipes
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Toyota HiLux DPF drama takes new turn, drivers fined for smoky tailpipes

The Toyota Hilux diesel particulate filter drama is now threatening to hit owners in their hip pocket. According to an investigation by the ABC, hundreds of drivers across Australia have been sent fines from the Environmental Protection Authority – after other motorists dobbed them in having seen white smoke coming from Toyota HiLux tailpipes in the traffic...


Peugeot-Citroen executive dismisses Holden takeover rumours
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Peugeot-Citroen executive dismisses Holden takeover rumours

A senior international executive for Peugeot-Citroen has dismissed rumours of a possible takeover of the Holden brand seven months after the report surfaced. In February this year the Australian Financial Review claimed the local distributor of Peugeot-Citroen cars – an independent firm called Inchcape – was “running the numbers” on adding Holden to its portfolio by prising it away from US parent company General Motors...


Safest used cars in Australia rated: 2019 report
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Safest used cars in Australia rated: 2019 report

Road safety advocates have again targeted older cars as a key cause behind young driver deaths, with figures showing vehicles more than 10 years old are over-represented in fatal crashes. However, despite the alarming statistics being highlighted by authorities for several years, not one state or territory government has an incentive program that would enable novice drivers to better afford a newer and safer car – instead leaving the financial burden on P-platers and their families...


Comment: What’s missing from the debate about Australian fuel quality
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Comment: What’s missing from the debate about Australian fuel quality

According to mainstream media reports this week, the European Union will try to force the Australian Government to expedite the introduction of cleaner unleaded petrol – by making it one of the conditions of the proposed Free Trade Agreement during the next round of negotiations in October...


2020 Ford Fiesta ST pricing and specs
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2020 Ford Fiesta ST pricing and specs

UPDATE: Ford officially confirmed the details below for the Fiesta ST at 10:00am on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  August 31, 2019: Pricing and details of the new-generation 2020 Ford Fiesta ST hot hatch have been leaked ahead of its Australian showroom arrival at the start of next year...