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Honda Takata airbag recall '95 per cent complete' but thousands of customers still refusing to get deadly devices fixed

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Honda Takata airbag recall '95 per cent complete' but thousands of customers still refusing to get deadly devices fixed

Honda Australia says it has replaced “95 per cent” of its potentially deadly Takata airbags that can spray shrapnel when deployed in a crash – the highest clearance rate so far among mainstream brands...

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Volkswagen Passat joins Victoria Police fleet
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Volkswagen Passat joins Victoria Police fleet

Police in Victoria will soon have turbocharged all-wheel-drive power to track down high-speed crooks, with the 206kW Volkswagen Passat about to join the ranks – ending decades of Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore patrol cars. More than 250 Volkswagen Passat sedans and wagons will be rolled out across the Victoria Police fleet as a mix of general duties, unmarked, and highway patrol vehicles...


VW T-Roc R: Why Australia misses out on the hot hatch SUV
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VW T-Roc R: Why Australia misses out on the hot hatch SUV

Here’s another car to add to the list of those that won’t be heading to Australia anytime soon due to our lower-grade fuel. The Volkswagen T-Roc R is effectively a Golf R hot hatch on stilts, but Australians will have to admire it from afar because it’s potent 2.0-litre turbo engine has not been calibrated to run on our premium unleaded...


Stand by for ute sales war, sharp discounts
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Stand by for ute sales war, sharp discounts

If you’re in the market for a new ute, the next 18 months is going to be a buyer’s bonanza. Several factors are about to drive prices down and keep deals sharp. A number of key models are nearing the end of their model cycles and will need to be even more competitive to keep pace with newer rivals...


Porsche planning electric hypercar
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Porsche planning electric hypercar

Porsche is getting ready to embrace an electric future — including a flagship hypercar successor to the 918 Spyder (pictured here) — but insists it will continue to build petrol-powered two-door sports-cars for as long as regulations allow...


Porsche Taycan electric sedan sold out for the first year
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Porsche Taycan electric sedan sold out for the first year

How’s this for an electric shock? Porsche has been stunned by its own forecasts with the revelation that the first year’s allocation of the new Taycan electric sedan is sold out. Never before in the history of Porsche has it sold so many cars ahead of launch, and the sudden spike in demand now has the company scrambling to see if it can increase production...


Ferrari SUV to be 'world’s best'
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Ferrari SUV to be 'world’s best'

Last in, best dressed? Ferrari says its first-ever SUV will be the world’s best even though it will be among the last to join the party. In an interview with international media at this week’s Geneva motor show, Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri said, “We announced that it would be launched in 2022, that hasn’t changed”...


Mitsubishi Outlander concept unveiled
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Mitsubishi Outlander concept unveiled

Mitsubishi has given the clearest indication yet of what its next generation Outlander will look like. The Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer concept unveiled at the 2019 Geneva motor show is a pointer to its new styling direction. What the photos don’t show, though, is that this is the first Mitsubishi based on the new Alliance platform shared with joint venture partners Nissan and Renault...


Audi Q4 e-tron: compact electric SUV coming soon 
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Audi Q4 e-tron: compact electric SUV coming soon 

Audi has unveiled the next chapter in its rollout of electric vehicles. The Audi Q4 e-tron is about as big as a Toyota Corolla but rides as high as an SUV and has the performance of a hot hatch. The 2019 Geneva motor show concept has a combined 225kW of power via two electric motors, one each for the front and rear axles...


Aston Martin Lagonda 'All-Terrain Concept' revealed
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Aston Martin Lagonda 'All-Terrain Concept' revealed

British luxury brand Aston Martin is the latest to succumb to the temptation of the booming SUV phenomenon. The Aston Martin Lagonda All-Terrain concept unveiled at the 2019 Geneva motor show is a pointer to a production model due in 2022. It follows the recent release of super-luxury SUVs from Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini and Bentley – and confirmation that even Ferrari is planning an SUV for 2022...


Kia unveils its first electric sedan: ‘Imagine by Kia’
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Kia unveils its first electric sedan: ‘Imagine by Kia’

Imagine the performance of a Kia Stinger in a car the size of a Toyota Corolla sedan that doesn’t use a drop of fuel. That in essence sums up the awkwardly named ‘Imagine by Kia,' a sleek electric sedan concept unveiled at this year’s Geneva motor show...


Toyota HiLux outsells entire Holden range
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Toyota HiLux outsells entire Holden range

Utes filled the top three sales spots in February — Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and the updated Mitsubishi Triton — as our appetite for vehicles that can work and play eclipses a new threshold. While the entire car market hit the brakes last month, down by 9.3 per cent, the top selling utes either held or gained ground...


VW revives the Beach Buggy – and it’s electric
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VW revives the Beach Buggy – and it’s electric

Volkswagen has revived the iconic beach buggy, unveiling the modern 'ID. Buggy' sand-blaster on the eve of the 2019 Geneva motor show. While it’s only a concept car for now, VW executives say it is "70 per cent" production ready and only a few years away. The modern Beach Buggy shows how serious Volkswagen is about getting doubters across the line with its vision for an electric future...


Skoda Vision iV Concept reveals new design direction for Czech brand
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Skoda Vision iV Concept reveals new design direction for Czech brand

If you squint at it for long enough you could be forgiven for thinking this car has some resemblance to the Lamborghini Urus. It is in fact the latest Skoda concept called the Vision iV. And while it’s an electric-only vehicle for now – based on Volkswagen’s modular EV platform – the Vision iV holds another secret...


Renault adds seven-year warranty
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Renault adds seven-year warranty

Yet another manufacturer is extending its warranty. French brand Renault is offering seven-year coverage across its Koleos SUV range until the end of March. Renault has also managed to hold its sharp $29,990 drive-away starting price for base Koleos, while the range-topper has been cut by $3000 to $42,990 drive-away, and also includes the seven-year warranty deal...