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Genesis Australia boss Peter Evans steps down months before brand launch

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Genesis Australia boss Peter Evans steps down months before brand launch

The launch of the Genesis brand in Australia has experienced another setback, losing its general manager Peter Evans just months before introducing Hyundai’s luxury division locally...

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2020 Subaru Outback unveiled: Australian launch early 2021
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2020 Subaru Outback unveiled: Australian launch early 2021

The all-new Subaru Outback promises to go more places packed with more technology – and will be available with turbocharged petrol power for the first time. The sixth-generation model is bigger than before, has a taller ground clearance, better off-road ability, and advanced features to help it handle the daily grind...


2020 Hyundai Venue city SUV unveiled: Australian launch due this year
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2020 Hyundai Venue city SUV unveiled: Australian launch due this year

Hyundai will fill another niche in the booming SUV market with a high-riding hatchback designed to challenge the likes of the Mazda CX-3, one of the top sellers in the class. The Hyundai Venue, unveiled at the New York auto show overnight, is tipped to start from less than $20,000 when it arrives in local showrooms in the second half of 2019...


2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS unveiled: Australian launch due this year
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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS unveiled: Australian launch due this year

Mercedes has unveiled its most luxurious SUV yet.  The new generation Mercedes GLS is larger in every dimension than its predecessor (length +77 mm, width +22 mm, wheelbase +60mm) to create a more spacious cabin – and crammed it with technology. All three rows of seats have electric adjustment and there are two giant 11...


Jaguar I-Pace wins 2019 World Car of the Year
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Jaguar I-Pace wins 2019 World Car of the Year

The Jaguar I-Pace electric vehicle has been deemed “the best car on the planet” after being named the 2019 World Car of the Year at the New York motor show overnight – taking out a trifecta of awards for the first time in the event’s history. The 86 judges from 24 countries including Australia voted the Jaguar I-Pace the best vehicle outright in the 15th annual running of the awards...


2020 Toyota Kluger unveiled, Australia to get hybrid power
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2020 Toyota Kluger unveiled, Australia to get hybrid power

Families on a budget will soon have a lower fuel bill for Australia’s top-selling seven-seat SUV. The new, fourth generation Toyota Kluger not only promises better fuel economy from its powerful V6 engine but Australia is likely to get the option of hybrid power for the first time...


Genesis Mint concept points to electric city car
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Genesis Mint concept points to electric city car

Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis may be in its infancy but it has an eye on the future with the Mint concept unveiled on the eve of the New York motor show overnight. The two-seater show car is a pointer to an electric hatchback that promises more than 300km of driving range and 350kW fast-charging...


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. Buzz – will play a leading role in the rollout of Volkswagen’s electric vehicle range due a little over two years from now...


2019 Skoda Scala review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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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.


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...