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VW Kombi electric vans coming to Australia in 2022

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VW Kombi electric vans coming to Australia in 2022

The iconic Volkswagen Kombi is one step closer to making a comeback on Australian roads. The modern version of the 1960s hippie mobile – officially known for the time being as the I.D...

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2019 Skoda Scala review
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2019 Skoda Scala review

Advanced technology and luxury continues its trickle downstream into small cars with the upcoming Skoda Scala.


Australia’s petrol standards and 'cheap' fuel to remain unchanged until 2027
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Australia’s petrol standards and 'cheap' fuel to remain unchanged until 2027

Australian motorists will be able to buy the cheapest petrol at the bowser – regular unleaded – for at least another decade after the Federal Government quietly announced it would leave our current standards unchanged until 2027. Even after the new regulations come into force, Australia will continue to sell 91 octane regular unleaded – the fourth cheapest petrol in the OECD – although it will need to meet cleaner fuel standards...


2019 Ram 1500 Express V8 review: The $79,950 entry into US pick-ups
Rating: 810 /10
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2019 Ram 1500 Express V8 review: The $79,950 entry into US pick-ups

Our love affair for utes has created a ready market for full-size pick-ups from the US. Little wonder the most affordable of them, the Ram 1500 Express, is a slam dunk.

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Exclusive: Ram Australia moves to 24-hour production, $10 million investment, local jobs boost
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Exclusive: Ram Australia moves to 24-hour production, $10 million investment, local jobs boost

Stand by for more US-style pick-ups on our roads: our appetite for “full size” utes has exceeded all expectations, prompting the local factory to triple output to fill back orders. The Melbourne production line that remanufactures Ram pick-ups to right-hand-drive is about to switch to three shifts – running 24 hours a day, five days a week – following an investment by the distributors of more than $10 million...


Uber adopts five-star car safety policy but not newer vehicles
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Uber adopts five-star car safety policy but not newer vehicles

Uber passengers will soon have the benefit of riding only in cars with a five-star safety rating – however most cars will still be allowed to be up to 10 years old. Ride sharing service Uber has announced it will join Australian governments and leading fleet operators by adopting a policy of only having cars with five-star ANCAP safety standards...


Peugeot rejoins van market: autonomous emergency braking and five year warranty across the range
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Peugeot rejoins van market: autonomous emergency braking and five year warranty across the range

Advanced safety is finally being rolled out on vehicles that spend more time on the road than most others: delivery vans. French brand Peugeot has announced it is rejoining the commercial vehicle market in Australia after a five-year absence with a three-model range of small, medium and large vans...


New car sales continue to hit the brakes, Holden posts another record low
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New car sales continue to hit the brakes, Holden posts another record low

Our appetite for new-cars continues to wane as years of record sales have given us indigestion — and a range of factors have become roadblocks to treating ourselves to a new vehicle. Economic uncertainty in the lead-up to the Federal election, tighter car loan requirements, and new industry reporting practices that mean only registered cars can be declared as sold, have all contributed to the biggest market slowdown since the Global Financial Crisis a decade ago...


Nissan adds five-year warranty and roadside assist across the range
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Nissan adds five-year warranty and roadside assist across the range

Anyone who buys a new car from a Top 10 brand will get at least five years factory-backed warranty from today. Nissan – the last of the Top 10 to offer extended coverage – has finally added a five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty across the range and included five-year roadside assistance for good measure...


2019 Ford Ranger: Autonomous emergency braking standard, pressure on other utes to follow
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2019 Ford Ranger: Autonomous emergency braking standard, pressure on other utes to follow

The Ford Ranger is the first ute on sale in Australia with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection and speed sign recognition as standard across an entire range, from the cheapest tradie model to the flagship Raptor...


Renewed calls for older driver re-testing amid spike in road deaths
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Renewed calls for older driver re-testing amid spike in road deaths

Road safety experts have renewed calls for better assessment of older drivers as the latest figures show deaths involving those aged over 75 have increased by 5.2 per cent over the past five years — more than twice the national average. National figures in the 12 months to February 2019 show older drivers now account for 12 per cent of all fatalities even though they only make up approximately 6 per cent of licence holders...


Mark Webber becomes a Michelin Man
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Mark Webber becomes a Michelin Man

On the eve of this year’s Australian Formula One Grand Prix, former Aussie ace Mark Webber has been appointed as an ambassador for Michelin, the tyre that took him to his first F1 race at Albert Park in 2002. Webber, who is also a Porsche motorsport representative and has tested the new electric Taycan, said he still has vivid memories of his first F1 race – with the underdog Minardi team – even though it was 17 years ago...


Audi apologises for Dieselgate scandal, says it will “never happen again”
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Audi apologises for Dieselgate scandal, says it will “never happen again”

Audi chairman Bram Schot has publicly apologised for the company’s involvement in the “dieselgate” scandal that saw 11 million Volkswagen and Audi cars caught out cheating emissions regulations in the US and Europe – and has vowed that it will never happen again...


Honda rules out double-cab ute and full-size SUV for Australia
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Honda rules out double-cab ute and full-size SUV for Australia

Honda Australia says there is no prospect of adding a double-cab ute or full-size size seven-seat SUV to its local line-up, despite repeatedly requesting them from head office in Japan. Double-cab utes were the top three sellers outright last month - Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi Triton - and the HiLux has led the Australia new-car market for the past three years in a row...


Honda Civic Type R police car: NSW gets hot hatch
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Honda Civic Type R police car: NSW gets hot hatch

The Honda Civic Type R hot hatch has joined NSW Police ranks — but it’s not on the highway patrol fleet and its primary role will not be traffic enforcement. There are no lights, sirens or police radio installed, instead the Type R is a community liaison vehicle to be displayed at special events and is designed to break down barriers between the public and the men and women in blue...