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Renault adds seven-year warranty

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Renault adds seven-year warranty

Yet another manufacturer is extending its warranty. French brand Renault is offering seven-year coverage across its Koleos SUV range until the end of March...

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Car sales hit the brakes in February 2019
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Car sales hit the brakes in February 2019

DEALERS are likely to be desperate to do a sharp price on a new car in March – traditionally the second-biggest month of the year for sales – after figures for February revealed the biggest market slowdown since the Global Financial Crisis. It is now 11 months in a row sales have fallen short of the same month the previous year — and even market leader Toyota has been hit hard...


Update: New Porsche fuels debate about Australia’s petrol quality
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Update: New Porsche fuels debate about Australia’s petrol quality

UPDATE AUSTRALIA'S fuel quality is still apparently not suitable for the latest high tech engines - despite Porsche this week claiming its updated Macan SUV was the first car sold in Australia with a petrol particulate filter. Further investigation found Porsche has in fact not fitted particulate filters to its latest model sold in Australia, contrary to initial reports...


Porsche Macan misses out on standard AEB
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Porsche Macan misses out on standard AEB

Porsche Australia has released its latest SUV without safety technology that comes standard on sub-$20,000 hatchbacks. Despite costing between $80,000 and $100,000 the updated Porsche Macan SUV does not come with autonomous emergency braking as standard — even though the safety aid is fitted to budget-priced models such as the Suzuki Swift, Volkswagen Polo, Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and most other new cars on sale...


NSW opposition plans to slug car buyers with the highest stamp duty in Australia
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NSW opposition plans to slug car buyers with the highest stamp duty in Australia

NSW Labor leader Michael Daley plans to increase stamp duty to the highest rate in the nation – to 7 per cent on vehicles priced above $100,000. This would be in addition to the 33 per cent Luxury Car Tax and 10 per cent GST already levied on cars in this price range...


Exclusive: Toyota customers pay more luxury car tax than owners of Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Rolls-Royce, Bentley – and Audi, BMW and Lexus
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Exclusive: Toyota customers pay more luxury car tax than owners of Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Rolls-Royce, Bentley – and Audi, BMW and Lexus

EXCLUSIVE Toyota customers are paying more Luxury Car Tax than buyers of most prestige brands, prompting renewed calls to scrap the 33 per cent levy on vehicles priced above the $66,331 threshold. Luxury Car Tax has reaped the Federal Government more than $5 billion over the past decade – including more than $695 million in the last financial year alone...


Holden officially slams takeover talk but concedes it’s now a “challenger brand”
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Holden officially slams takeover talk but concedes it’s now a “challenger brand”

Holden boss Dave Buttner has officially dismissed talks of a takeover in the distribution of its cars – but in a shock move the former Number One has raised the white flag and admitted it is now a “challenger brand” in the wake of record low sales...


The Holy Grail of Ford Falcons

The Holy Grail of Ford Falcons

A modern version of the iconic Falcon GTHO has been revived by a team of former Ford Performance Vehicles engineers.


Toyota Australia cyber attack: Customers and showrooms unaffected
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Toyota Australia cyber attack: Customers and showrooms unaffected

UPDATED Toyota Australia has confirmed it has been the victim of an attempted cyber attack although it believes no customer data has been accessed.  However, anyone buying a new car that is not already in dealer stock may experience delays in finding the exact model they want...


Holden slams takeover rumours
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Holden slams takeover rumours

EXCLUSIVE Holden boss Dave Buttner has delivered a scathing knockdown of the recently reported distribution takeover proposal – telling dealers in a confidential meeting on Friday it is “absolutely no way, not happening” and dismissing the proposal as “pure scuttlebutt”...


Takata airbag recall: NSW joins other states in registration ban
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Takata airbag recall: NSW joins other states in registration ban

NSW has joined other states in banning the registration renewal of cars equipped with faulty Takata airbags – which can spray shrapnel with deadly force when deployed in a crash. The NSW Government today amended regulations to enable authorities to cancel registrations and/or ban the registration renewal of vehicles subject to a compulsory recall...


Opel to return to Australia, Holden to lose Commodore and Astra?
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Opel to return to Australia, Holden to lose Commodore and Astra?

German brand Opel could make a return to Australia in a move that would see Commodore and Astra vacate Holden showrooms and leave it with a range of SUVs and utes. The bold plan is one of two confidential proposals reportedly being discussed with General Motors and independent importer Inchcape, a UK-based firm which distributes Subaru, Peugeot and Citroen cars in Australia...


GM considering proposal to shut Holden office and switch to independent importer - report
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GM considering proposal to shut Holden office and switch to independent importer - report

Holden's head office could be closed by its parent company General Motors and switch to importing cars via an independent distributor, according to a confidential proposal revealed by the Australian Financial Review newspaper. UK-based firm Inchcape – the distributor of Subaru, Peugeot and Citroen cars in Australia – has reportedly approached General Motors to take over the distribution of Holden cars...


2019 Mercedes-AMG C63S review
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2019 Mercedes-AMG C63S review

AMG’s most popular model has been updated with new tech, a nine-speed auto and improved suspension tuning.

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2019 Mitsubishi Triton bullbar: AEB tech's big change to frontal protection bars
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2019 Mitsubishi Triton bullbar: AEB tech's big change to frontal protection bars

The bullbar industry is set to face a new challenge, as more utes come equipped with autonomous emergency braking systems that need a clear view over the bonnet. As is the case with the recent Ford Ranger – which is available with AEB and has a factory-approved, AEB-compatible bullbar – the new Mitsubishi Triton has a completely redesigned bullbar, so it doesn’t impede the AEB cameras in the windscreen...