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Nissan adds five-year warranty and roadside assist across the range

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Nissan adds five-year warranty and roadside assist across the range

Anyone who buys a new car from a Top 10 brand will get at least five years factory-backed warranty from today. Nissan – the last of the Top 10 to offer extended coverage – has finally added a five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty across the range and included five-year roadside assistance for good measure...

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2019 Ford Ranger: Autonomous emergency braking standard, pressure on other utes to follow
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2019 Ford Ranger: Autonomous emergency braking standard, pressure on other utes to follow

The Ford Ranger is the first ute on sale in Australia with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection and speed sign recognition as standard across an entire range, from the cheapest tradie model to the flagship Raptor...


Renewed calls for older driver re-testing amid spike in road deaths
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Renewed calls for older driver re-testing amid spike in road deaths

Road safety experts have renewed calls for better assessment of older drivers as the latest figures show deaths involving those aged over 75 have increased by 5.2 per cent over the past five years — more than twice the national average. National figures in the 12 months to February 2019 show older drivers now account for 12 per cent of all fatalities even though they only make up approximately 6 per cent of licence holders...


Mark Webber becomes a Michelin Man
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Mark Webber becomes a Michelin Man

On the eve of this year’s Australian Formula One Grand Prix, former Aussie ace Mark Webber has been appointed as an ambassador for Michelin, the tyre that took him to his first F1 race at Albert Park in 2002. Webber, who is also a Porsche motorsport representative and has tested the new electric Taycan, said he still has vivid memories of his first F1 race – with the underdog Minardi team – even though it was 17 years ago...


Audi apologises for Dieselgate scandal, says it will “never happen again”
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Audi apologises for Dieselgate scandal, says it will “never happen again”

Audi chairman Bram Schot has publicly apologised for the company’s involvement in the “dieselgate” scandal that saw 11 million Volkswagen and Audi cars caught out cheating emissions regulations in the US and Europe – and has vowed that it will never happen again...


Honda rules out double-cab ute and full-size SUV for Australia
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Honda rules out double-cab ute and full-size SUV for Australia

Honda Australia says there is no prospect of adding a double-cab ute or full-size size seven-seat SUV to its local line-up, despite repeatedly requesting them from head office in Japan. Double-cab utes were the top three sellers outright last month - Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi Triton - and the HiLux has led the Australia new-car market for the past three years in a row...


Honda Civic Type R police car: NSW gets hot hatch
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Honda Civic Type R police car: NSW gets hot hatch

The Honda Civic Type R hot hatch has joined NSW Police ranks — but it’s not on the highway patrol fleet and its primary role will not be traffic enforcement. There are no lights, sirens or police radio installed, instead the Type R is a community liaison vehicle to be displayed at special events and is designed to break down barriers between the public and the men and women in blue...


Honda’s new electric-car push and return to hybrid tech
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Honda’s new electric-car push and return to hybrid tech

Honda's retro-styled electric car – the E Prototype – is expected to lead the Japanese brand’s entry into battery powered vehicles in Australia within two years. And the company wants a quarter of its local sales to be hybrid or electric by 2025. “We definitely want it...


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. However, Honda remains alarmed by the refusal of thousands of owners to get their cars fixed – free of charge – and has again called on authorities in Victoria to join other states with a registration ban on un-rectified vehicles...


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”...