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Road Trip: From Cairns to the Tip of Australia

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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...

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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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$39,990 - $43,990

Brakes slammed on left-hand-drive supercars, ‘grey import’ used cars get stay of execution
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Brakes slammed on left-hand-drive supercars, ‘grey import’ used cars get stay of execution

The Federal Government has postponed sweeping rule changes that would have enabled million-dollar left-hand-drive supercars to legally be driven on Australian roads – and given a stay of execution to “grey import” used cars that were supposed to be banned...


Future of Mercedes X-Class ute in doubt - report
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Future of Mercedes X-Class ute in doubt - report

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute looks set to be phased out prematurely due to slow sales that have made the vehicle unprofitable even at its comparatively high price. A report out of Europe, published overnight by respected industry journal Automotive News, cited unnamed but well-informed sources claiming the Mercedes X-Class ute “is to be dropped” as the company “seeks to reduce costs amid profit warnings”...


2020 Skoda Kodiaq RS confirmed for Australia
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2020 Skoda Kodiaq RS confirmed for Australia

The Skoda Kodiaq RS – the fastest seven-seat SUV to lap Germany’s Nürburgring – will be in Australian showrooms by the end of the year. Pricing is yet to be announced, but the Kodiaq RS – powered by a twin-turbo 2.0-litre diesel (176kW/500Nm) and with a claimed 0 to 100kmh time of 7.0 seconds – is expected to cost in excess of $60,000...


Queensland authorities stand firm on 4WD ride height enforcement 
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Queensland authorities stand firm on 4WD ride height enforcement 

Authorities in Queensland have come under fire for targeting four-wheel drives and utes with suspension raised beyond the legal limit during Operation Lift in September last year – one month before revised rules were introduced. Enthusiasts have claimed on social media that some drivers should have their defect notices cleared and the $130 defective vehicle fines refunded, alleging they were issued in error...


Why the Volkswagen Beetle reached the end of the line
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Why the Volkswagen Beetle reached the end of the line

From Hitler to Herbie – and from hippies to hipsters – the Volkswagen Beetle transcended generations.  Almost everyone has a story about a Beetle, a car that made most people smile – and left others bruised during games of “Punch Buggy” if the other person spotted one before you did. In the end, though, even millennials couldn’t keep the Love Bug alive...


The tiny bug causing big dramas for the Australian car industry
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The tiny bug causing big dramas for the Australian car industry

Strict measures by the Department of Agriculture to stop stink bugs from destroying Australian plants and crops are putting the brakes on new car sales because cargo ships are being turned around or fumigated offshore. Thousands of new motor vehicles across most brands shipped from the northern hemisphere have been affected, from expensive Mercedes-Benz sports cars to cheap Chinese utes...


World first: Peugeot and Citroen unveil joint dealerships in Australia
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World first: Peugeot and Citroen unveil joint dealerships in Australia

French automotive brands Peugeot and Citroen are making their most concerted effort yet to get a foothold in the highly competitive Australian market by joining forces and combining their dealerships. In what is claimed to be a world first, both brands will sell side-by-side and under one roof, after decades of being kept separate...


2019 Citroen C5 Aircross pricing and specs
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2019 Citroen C5 Aircross pricing and specs

The Citroen C5 Aircross is the French car maker’s first foray into the booming mid-size SUV market and it arrives in Australian showrooms this month. To keep the line-up simple and make it easier to source cars, there are just two models: the C5 Aircross Feel at $39,990 plus on-road costs and the C5 Aircross Shine at $43,990 plus on-road costs...


The hidden tragedy behind our rising road toll
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The hidden tragedy behind our rising road toll

It’s one of the biggest tragedies hidden in road toll statistics.  Novice drivers are over-represented in fatal crashes not only because of their inexperience but because they are more likely to be in older and less safe cars. The most recent crash data shows cars built before 2001 represented just 20 per cent of registered vehicles but accounted for 36 per cent of vehicles involved in fatalities nationally...


HSV SportsCat Series 2 pricing and specs
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HSV SportsCat Series 2 pricing and specs

Holden Special Vehicles has given its flagship SportsCat ute a mid-cycle makeover with new wheels, sports seats and a new, grippier steering wheel. However, there is no extra power under the bonnet and, as with the Holden Colorado on which it is based, autonomous emergency braking and radar cruise control – available on the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger, the top two sellers – are not available on the HSV...


2019 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S 4-Door review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2019 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S 4-Door review

If you ever needed proof that performance cars are as much about image as they are about prowess, look no further.