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Tesla boss Elon Musk admits car quality flaws, says mass production is "hell"

Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk has admitted the production quality, panel fit, and finish of his cars has at times been hit and miss, describing vehicle mass-production as “hell”...

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VFACTS January 2021: New-car sales surge for third month in a row
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VFACTS January 2021: New-car sales surge for third month in a row

New-car sales posted their third month in a row in positive territory as COVID-19 travel restrictions eased and dealers continued to fill backorders in January 2021. Former favourite Holden also appears to have taken its last breath, with zero cars reported as sold in January 2021...


Holden over and out with zero sales in January 2021
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Holden over and out with zero sales in January 2021

The iconic Holden brand appears to have taken its last breath, with zero cars reported as sold in January 2021 – after just 28 vehicles were delivered in December 2020. It is the first time since November 1948 – when the first Holden rolled off the line – that the brand has not recorded a single sale in a given month...


Chinese car sales set new Australian record, overtake Germany and USA for the first time
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Chinese car sales set new Australian record, overtake Germany and USA for the first time

Australian sales of cars from China have overtaken those from Germany and the USA for the first time in our automotive history – following an astronomical 156 per cent sales surge in January 2021. While China was the sixth biggest source of new motor vehicles last year – after a staggering 70 per cent increase compared with 2019 – China now ranks in fourth place behind Japan, Thailand and South Korea...


2021 Kia Stonic GT-Line launch review
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2021 Kia Stonic GT-Line launch review

Kia has finally joined the booming city-SUV class. Here’s our first taste – and first test – of the 2021 Kia Stonic GT-Line.


The other iconic Australian cars that fetched big money at auction this weekend
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The other iconic Australian cars that fetched big money at auction this weekend

While the huge amount of money paid for the ‘last’ locally-made Holden Commodore and a HSV GTSR W1 Maloo are still sinking in after yesterday’s auction, some other iconic Australian cars also fetched mega bucks. Bids for a HSV GTSR W1 sedan – in dark grey, number 9 of 300 built, and with just 149km on the odometer – reached $407,000 before the car was pushed away for negotiations to continue behind closed doors...


‘Last’ Holden Commodore sells for $750,000, but final car to roll off the production line remains in museum
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‘Last’ Holden Commodore sells for $750,000, but final car to roll off the production line remains in museum

The ‘last’ Holden Commodore has sold at auction today for a staggering $750,000 – as US giant General Motors clarifies the mystery behind two identical examples claiming to be the final Australian-made car. The red Commodore V8 sedan sold by Lloyds Auctions today was the last serial number to be allocated to an Australian-made Holden – and the final vehicle to go through the Adelaide factory’s body assembly and paint shop...


HSV GTSR W1 Maloo sells for $1.05 million: new auction record for an Australian-made car
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HSV GTSR W1 Maloo sells for $1.05 million: new auction record for an Australian-made car

A new auction record has been set for an Australian-made road car after a Holden Special Vehicles GTSR W1 Maloo ute sold today for $1.05 million. Bidding for the supercharged V8 ute had already passed the $1 million mark a fortnight before the hammer fell in the Lloyds Auction this afternoon (30 January 2021), eclipsing the $1...


Chinese BYD electric van caught on camera in Australia
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Chinese BYD electric van caught on camera in Australia

Mystery continues to surround Australian plans for Chinese electric-car specialists BYD and whether it will set up shop here. However, for the second time in four months a brand-new BYD has been spotted in a Sydney CBD car park. In October 2020, an eagle-eyed CarAdvice reader sent us photos of an electric SUV known as the BYD Tang...


Toyota regains lead as world's top-selling car maker, ends VW's four-year run
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Toyota regains lead as world's top-selling car maker, ends VW's four-year run

Japanese car giant Toyota and its affiliated brands – Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino – regained the top automotive sales spot globally in 2020. Toyota's 2020 result ended a four-year run at the top of the charts by the Volkswagen Group – which includes brands such as Audi, Skoda, Seat, Porsche, Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti and Scania and MAN trucks...


2021 Ram 1500 DT Series Australian showroom arrival pushed to March 
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2021 Ram 1500 DT Series Australian showroom arrival pushed to March 

The long-awaited 2021 Ram 1500 DT Series pick-up from the US has had its Australian showroom arrival pushed back by two months. A confidential bulletin issued late last year informed dealers they could expect the first examples of the 2021 Ram 1500 DT Series to arrive in showrooms by the end of January...


New-car prices likely to remain high as semiconductor shortage shows no sign of easing
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New-car prices likely to remain high as semiconductor shortage shows no sign of easing

New-car prices in Australia are likely to remain relatively high – after a decade of sharp drive-away deals – because global vehicle production continues to be constrained by a shortage of semiconductors, which are key components for in-car infotainment systems and advanced driving aids...


Top 10 road rules you might not know
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Top 10 road rules you might not know

As speeding, drink driving, and drugs dominate road safety headlines, it’s worth getting reacquainted with some fines you may not know – or might have forgotten about. Fines and demerit points vary across different states and territories – even though they have the same or similar offences – so we listed the penalties for NSW, the jurisdiction which hands out among the harshest fines in the nation (with the exception of Queensland’s $1000 mobile phone ticket, the most expensive nationally)...


Ford Ranger gets some street cred: UK builds limited-edition road-focused model 
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Ford Ranger gets some street cred: UK builds limited-edition road-focused model 

Ford in the UK has given the Ranger pick-up some extra street cred with a limited edition focused on daily driving. Based on the 2021 Ford Ranger Wildtrak powered by a twin turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel paired to a 10-speed auto, the MS-RT edition gains a bold new look, OZ Racing wheels, and road-biased Michelin tyres...


Top 10 new cars money can’t buy: The list of vehicles with a long queue
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Top 10 new cars money can’t buy: The list of vehicles with a long queue

New-car sales have recovered faster than expected in the wake of the pandemic – with demand surging in the last two months of 2020 – which has led to severe stock shortages of some models. After almost a decade of record low prices and sharp drive-away deals the balance of power has shifted in favour of dealers who are scrambling for cars to sell...