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Toyota Corolla hits the brakes, Hyundai i30 and Kia Cerato outsell it for first time

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Toyota Corolla hits the brakes, Hyundai i30 and Kia Cerato outsell it for first time

The Toyota Corolla – the last passenger car to top the Australian market before utes began to dominate – is under siege after posting three of its weakest monthly sales results in 20 years...

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VFACTS September 2020: Ford Ranger tops sales charts for first time in three years as market slowdown continues
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VFACTS September 2020: Ford Ranger tops sales charts for first time in three years as market slowdown continues

The Ford Ranger ute was Australia’s top selling vehicle in September, overtaking the Toyota HiLux to become market leader for the first time in three years. The September 2017 and September 2020 results are the only time a Ford motor vehicle has been number one in the monthly sales charts in Australia since the Falcon last beat the Holden Commodore in August 2005...


Is daylight saving time bad for road safety?
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Is daylight saving time bad for road safety?

The clocks skipped an hour over the weekend in Victoria and NSW, as Australia’s two most populous states started daylight savings ahead of summer. Do interrupted sleeping patterns and longer daylight have an impact on road safety? There is no clear evidence directly linking the changing time zones with an increase in fatal or serious injury crashes, but experts in Australia and the US are increasingly of the view that changing our “body clocks” could lead to fatigue-related crashes and poor decision making...


Renewed calls for increased road spending to cut death toll
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Renewed calls for increased road spending to cut death toll

The Federal Government receives approximately $20 billion each financial year from fuel excise – currently 42.3 cents per litre of diesel and petrol pumped at the bowser – but only 22 cents out of every dollar raised is funnelled back into roads. On the eve of the Federal Budget, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has renewed calls for roads to receive a fairer share of the funds raised by motorists...


2021 Hyundai i30 N review: 8-speed auto prototype

2021 Hyundai i30 N review: 8-speed auto prototype

Behind the mask is the updated Hyundai i30 N, now with more power, bigger brakes, and the option of an eight-speed auto for the first time.

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$42,910

Mitsubishi reverts to five-year warranty, offers 10-year coverage on cars serviced at dealers
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Mitsubishi reverts to five-year warranty, offers 10-year coverage on cars serviced at dealers

Mitsubishi has reverted to a five-year/100,000km warranty after offering seven-year coverage on its most popular models for almost two years – and will add 10-year/200,000km coverage to vehicles serviced within the dealer network from day one. Mitsubishi notified the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) of the change two weeks ago and the corporate watchdog is yet to announce any adverse findings...


The Toyota HiLux hero model we don’t get in Australia 
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The Toyota HiLux hero model we don’t get in Australia 

The Toyota HiLux ute has received the tough truck treatment in New Zealand with a special model called the Mako – designed to challenge the Ford Ranger Raptor, and named after “the most aggressive shark in the ocean”. However, the high-riding Toyota HiLux has been developed for the New Zealand market only and is not coming to Australia...


2021 Toyota GR Yaris sold out
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2021 Toyota GR Yaris sold out

It might not be gone in sixty seconds, but the 2021 Toyota GR Yaris has sold out and the website for pre-orders has temporarily been shut down. The first shipment of 1000 Toyota GR Yaris hot hatches has been allocated to customers and dealers across Australia after an overwhelming and unexpected response...


2021 Toyota HiLux Rogue and Rugged-X prices increase by $13,000
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2021 Toyota HiLux Rogue and Rugged-X prices increase by $13,000

EXCLUSIVE Flagship versions of the 2021 Toyota HiLux range will cost more than many luxury cars, ranging between $73,000 and $77,000 – a significant 20 per cent increase on previous drive-away prices. Leaked drive-away offers for the 2021 Toyota HiLux Rugged-X and Toyota HiLux Rogue reveal Toyota’s recent round of price rises show no signs of abating...


2021 Hyundai i30N revealed: More power, 8-speed auto, and a 'push-to-pass' mode
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2021 Hyundai i30N revealed: More power, 8-speed auto, and a 'push-to-pass' mode

The 2021 Hyundai i30N hot hatch has technology inspired by Formula One’s ‘push to pass’ button. A new “grin shift” mode “releases maximum power … for 20 seconds … performance that is sure to bring a grin to the driver’s face. To activate, the driver pushes a button on the steering wheel...


Barn find! 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III to fetch in excess of $300,000
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Barn find! 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III to fetch in excess of $300,000

A 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III that’s a little worse for wear, not in original condition – and missing an engine – is still expected to fetch big money as it goes to auction this week. Auction house Grays Online believes bids will reach in excess of $300,000. As this article was published, the bidding was already past $200,000 barely 24 hours after the auction went live online...


2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR review
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2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR review

This is the final limited-edition for the seventh-generation VW Golf GTI – before next year's new model. So, how does Golf R power perform in a front-drive package?

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$51,490

Barn find! VK “Blue Meanie” HDT Commodore found in a shed, could go for $200,000-plus
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Barn find! VK “Blue Meanie” HDT Commodore found in a shed, could go for $200,000-plus

From collecting dust to collector’s item, a tidy-but-dusty example of a 1985 Holden Commodore VK Group A has been unearthed in a shed in Sydney after not turning a wheel for more than 20 years. Better known as the “Blue Meanie” – due to all 500 examples being presented in the same bright blue paintwork –  this one is being offered online through Muscle Car Sales, who discovered the car in recent months...


2021 Mazda BT-50 v Isuzu D-Max: Price and equipment differences
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2021 Mazda BT-50 v Isuzu D-Max: Price and equipment differences

The 2021 Mazda BT-50 and Isuzu D-Max are twins under the skin, made on the same production line and – presumably – cost the same to build. But as we discovered, manufacturing cost has little to do with how car companies set prices – and there are numerous examples that defy logic...


2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S electric car versus McLaren 720S in drag race
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2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S electric car versus McLaren 720S in drag race

Car enthusiasts – and YouTube channels – can’t get enough of the sheer speed of electric performance cars. Until the novelty wears off – and every person on the planet is aware of the capability of electric cars when the tech is applied for maximum acceleration – we will continue to be treated to videos like this...