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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...

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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...


Electric and hybrid cars to no longer get the silent treatment
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Electric and hybrid cars to no longer get the silent treatment

Australian authorities are poised to introduce new regulations that would force electric and hybrid cars to emit a sound at low speeds to alert vision impaired and distracted pedestrians. During a meeting of all state and federal transport ministers in Adelaide earlier this month, it was proposed that “all electric, hydrogen fuel cell, and hybrid vehicles install an Acoustic Alerting System”, and that a regulation impact statement be ready in “early 2020”...


2020 Audi A6 review
Rating: 8.610 /10
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2020 Audi A6 review

The sedan market is in decline, globally, but the new 2020 Audi A6 shows cause for its revival.

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$116,000

Why the latest Census data is bad news for young drivers
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Why the latest Census data is bad news for young drivers

Road safety experts have renewed calls to encourage novice drivers to buy newer and safer cars as the latest Census data shows the average age of motor vehicles is increasing after years of getting younger. According to the 2019 Australian Motor Vehicle Census compiled by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the average age of all motor vehicles has increased from 10 to 10...


Drivers slow to get the message about school zones
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Drivers slow to get the message about school zones

Sydney drivers are slow when it comes to getting the message about school zones – despite more than 6000 signs with flashing lights across NSW warning of the 40km/h limit during morning and afternoon peaks. Figures from car share company GoGet show drivers in Sydney take longer to slow down once school resumes after holidays than drivers in Brisbane and Melbourne...


Road Trip: From Cairns to the Tip of Australia

Road Trip: From Cairns to the Tip of Australia

Sitting in the car parked in Cairns, at first you think the map is lying to you. Tap in destinations such as Weipa or Seisia – two popular locations on the western side of Cape York – and the navigation estimate says it will take the better part of 24 hours or more to get there. If the road was paved all the way, you could do the trip in about eight hours...


Toyota HiLux gets updated five-star safety rating
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Toyota HiLux gets updated five-star safety rating

The Toyota HiLux has become the first ute in Australia to earn a 2019 five-star safety rating, following a new round of tests against more stringent criteria. The rating is an update to its previous five-star score – from 2015 – and puts a spotlight on rival utes with older ratings that could confuse consumers who may be unaware that not all five-star scores are created equally...


Chevrolet Corvette confirmed for Australia
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Chevrolet Corvette confirmed for Australia

Holden has been delivered a massive windfall at a critical time in its sales recovery plan, with confirmation today it will sell the iconic Chevrolet Corvette sports car from as early as next year. The covers came off the all-new eighth-generation Corvette in the US at 1:45pm Australian time...


2019 Citroen C5 Aircross review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2019 Citroen C5 Aircross review

The mid-size SUV market has yet another new player, but the Citroen C5 Aircross stands out from the crowd.

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