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Learning to stop at a police Random Breath Test site

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Learning to stop at a police Random Breath Test site

Learners drivers got a jump start in Sydney this week, getting a practice run at being stopped at a roadside random breath test site with the help of the NSW Police Highway Patrol...

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2021 Volkswagen Amarok W580 revealed
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2021 Volkswagen Amarok W580 revealed

The 2021 Volkswagen Amarok W580 has joined the growing list of top-end utes, as Australians continue to buy record numbers of workhorses turned into show ponies. Unlike the Ford Ranger Raptor, Toyota HiLux Rugged X, and Nissan Navara Warrior, the VW Amarok W580 has been designed with a focus on on-road performance, although extra ground clearance and Pirelli Scorpion tyres will also boost its off-road ability...


2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 confirmed for Australia
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2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 confirmed for Australia

The new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is coming to Australia, as a limited run of 700 vehicles from next year. Price is yet to be announced but the Ford Mustang Mach 1 is expected to be close to or in excess of $80,000, versus $73,688 plus on-roads for the previous limited edition out of the US, the Ford Mustang Bullitt...


Hey Charger! 1972 Valiant Charger E49 ‘Big Tank’ for sale: $400,000
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Hey Charger! 1972 Valiant Charger E49 ‘Big Tank’ for sale: $400,000

A 1972 Valiant Charger E49 ‘Big Tank’ has been listed for sale at close to $400,000. The $395,000 asking price isn’t a match for the record sums paid for Holden and Ford muscle cars, but it is one of the highest for a Valiant from the same era. Although not in immaculate condition, it is one of only a handful original examples remaining, say representatives for Australian Muscle Car Sales...


Five fun-size hot hatches in Australia now or coming soon
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Five fun-size hot hatches in Australia now or coming soon

Hot hatches are enjoying a resurgence as our cities become congested and more buyers are treating themselves to a new car in lieu of an overseas holiday. With most international borders closed for the foreseeable future, dealers are reporting unexpected high demand – in particular for top end cars...


Australians continue to gorge themselves on four-wheel-drive SUVs to holiday at home
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Australians continue to gorge themselves on four-wheel-drive SUVs to holiday at home

Australians are preparing to holiday at home next year, with the latest sales figures showing a continued surge in sales of four-wheel-drive wagons. Demand for iconic four-wheel-drives such as the Toyota LandCruiser and Nissan Patrol remained strong in September, bucking the market trend of a 20.5 per cent decline year-to-date...


Sacré bleu! French brands Citroen, Peugeot, Renault in dramatic sales slide
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Sacré bleu! French brands Citroen, Peugeot, Renault in dramatic sales slide

French car brands Citroen, Peugeot, and Renault are having a year they would rather forget. The sales of all three brands are in reverse in Australia, despite overhauls in distribution and management over the past few years. Renault sales are down by 27.3 per cent so far this year, Citroen is down by 57 per cent, while Peugeot has slowed by 13...


2020 Ford Endura ST-Line review
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2020 Ford Endura ST-Line review

For all its merits, the Ford Endura hasn't been the replacement for the much-loved Ford Territory that Aussies were hoping for. So where to from here?

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2021 Hyundai i20 N review: Prototype track test

2021 Hyundai i20 N review: Prototype track test

The Hyundai i30 N hot hatch has a smaller, younger brother. Meet the Hyundai i20 N, a new rival to the Ford Fiesta ST and VW Polo GTI.


1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III sells for $400,000: 'attacked with an axe, no engine, bring trailer'
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1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III sells for $400,000: 'attacked with an axe, no engine, bring trailer'

A 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III left to rot in a shed for decades – missing an engine and had been attacked with an axe – sold for a mind-boggling $400,000 at auction at the weekend. Bidding on Grays Online passed $200,000 within 24 hours of the undriveable vehicle being listed last week, but it was passed in on the weekend once bids reached $350,000, having not met its reserve price...


What cars did Aussies buy during the pandemic? Utes, utes and more utes
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What cars did Aussies buy during the pandemic? Utes, utes and more utes

Australia’s favourite workhorse utes are increasingly being used as weekend getaway cars.  That’s the assessment from industry insiders trying to explain the unexpected surge in the sales of utes such as the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, and full-size US pick-ups such as the Ram 1500...


What recession? Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati sales hit the accelerator
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What recession? Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati sales hit the accelerator

Sales of Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati sports cars hit the accelerator in September as the rest of the car market hit reverse with a 20 per cent decline. Official figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show Porsche sales increased by 33 per cent in September compared to the same month last year, while Maserati sales more than doubled and deliveries of Ferraris increased by 8...


Suzuki Jimny is the little car that could: hits new sales record, wait list still 12 months
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Suzuki Jimny is the little car that could: hits new sales record, wait list still 12 months

The fun-size four-wheel-drive, the Suzuki Jimny, has set a new sales record in Australia, as the waiting list continues to stretch up to 12 months on certain models. Suzuki has sold more Jimnys in the first nine months of 2020 (1474) than it did for the entire 2019 calendar year (1391)...


Kia closes in on Top 4 sales spot in 2020, prepares to overtake Ford, Mitsubishi
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Kia closes in on Top 4 sales spot in 2020, prepares to overtake Ford, Mitsubishi

Korean car maker Kia is on track to finish fourth outright in 2020 – behind market leader Toyota, long-standing number two Mazda and third-placed Hyundai. A decade ago, Kia wasn’t even inside the Top 10. It has been the fastest growing car company in Australia over the past 10 years...


MG sales surge, moves closer to Top 10
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MG sales surge, moves closer to Top 10

Buyers on a budget have helped push the MG3 to the top of the sales charts in the city-car class – even though the vehicle only has a three-star safety rating. The MG3 costs from $16,690 drive-away, undercutting most rivals – especially since price rises were applied to other popular models such as the Kia Rio, Mazda3, Toyota Yaris and Suzuki Swift, all of which have a five-star safety rating...