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Why they don't make them like they used to

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Why they don't make them like they used to

Sales of new vehicles with “retro” looks have hit the brakes – but millennials are driving a resurgence in original classic cars from the 1960s. Demand for the new generation Ford Mustang, the modern Mini range, and the diminutive Fiat 500 have fallen by more than 30 per cent over the past three years...

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Toyota to axe LandCruiser V8
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Toyota to axe LandCruiser V8

The iconic Toyota LandCruiser V8 is nearing the end of the road, with well-placed sources claiming the next generation 300 Series will have a choice of V6 turbo-diesel and V6 turbo petrol power when it goes on sale in late 2021 – before eventually being joined by a V6 hybrid a few years later...


Former Ford boss pumps the brakes on electric cars
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Former Ford boss pumps the brakes on electric cars

The former boss of Ford globally, Mark Fields, has warned the car industry needs to moderate its sales expectations of electric cars and brace for a period of higher investment and lower profits. Automotive News USA has reported that Mr Fields – who increased investment in electric cars during his tenure at Ford – voiced his concerns in the EcoMotion conference in Israel on Tuesday...


Toyota RAV4 Hybrid sold out for up to four months
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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid sold out for up to four months

The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is sold out for up to four months despite only going on sale a month ago – and despite a significant price rise. Customers are being told that if they order a RAV4 Hybrid today it won’t be delivered until “September/October”...


2019 Holden Trax LTZ review
Rating: 7.610 /10
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2019 Holden Trax LTZ review

Holden’s small SUV has had a minor makeover. How does it stack up against newer competition?

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$28,990

HSV launches finance offers on SportsCat Plus and Camaro
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HSV launches finance offers on SportsCat Plus and Camaro

Holden Special Vehicles has launched finance offers on its two most popular models, the Colorado SportsCat Plus ute and Chevrolet Camaro 2SS coupe. It is the first time in the 30-plus-year history of the company that it has offered a deal with low interest rates and zero deposit. It has been made possible by the recently reformed Holden Financial Services...


Mitsubishi Triton discounts start
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Mitsubishi Triton discounts start

Mitsubishi has begun offering discounts on certain variants of the new-look Triton as it begins to clear stock of the superseded model. When the facelifted Triton went on sale late last year Mitsubishi raised the price of its double cab utes by between $4000 and $6500...


2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 review
Rating: 8.210 /10
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2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 review

A supercharged V8 has returned to selected Holden showrooms with the arrival of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.


2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupe review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupe review

The Porsche Cayenne Coupe. If you want to see how obsessed we’ve become over SUVs, look no further.

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$128,000 - $254,000

Ram celebrates 1500th vehicle, start of 24-hour production
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Ram celebrates 1500th vehicle, start of 24-hour production

For the first time in almost 20 years, an Australian car assembly line will tonight return to 24-hour production – to keep up with unexpected and unprecedented local demand for Ram pick-ups from the US...


Ferrari SF90 Stradale sold out despite $1 million price
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Ferrari SF90 Stradale sold out despite $1 million price

Ferrari’s first plug-in hybrid supercar – the SF90 Stradale, powered by three electric motors and a twin turbo V8 – has already sold out even before the final price is known. A group of about 25 Australian VIP customers attended the unveiling earlier this week at a lavish event in Ferrari’s home town of Maranello, Italy...


2019 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2019 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS review

The sole V8 in Holden showrooms – the Chevrolet Camaro remanufactured to right-hand drive by HSV – gets a Series II makeover and 10-speed auto.


Car industry slams Victoria’s proposed tax on vehicles over $100,000 - UPDATE
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Car industry slams Victoria’s proposed tax on vehicles over $100,000 - UPDATE

The car industry has slammed a proposal by the Victorian Government to slug vehicles priced over $100,000 with an additional tax – on top of the 10 per cent GST on the total cost and 33 per cent Luxury Car Tax already charged on every dollar above $66,331. UPDATE, 27/5/19: The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has made a statement regarding the proposed changes to taxes on new vehicles in Victoria...


Hyundai i30N Fastback: Targa Tasmania test drive

Hyundai i30N Fastback: Targa Tasmania test drive

In the right hands the Hyundai i30N hot hatch is capable of outpacing Porsches, BMWs, Audis and other exotic supercars. Unfortunately, I don’t have those hands.  Which is why although I’m behind the wheel of a Hyundai i30N Fastback, I’m not about to set any records. My main focus is keeping on Terra Firma while trying to extract as much enjoyment as possible from Hyundai’s entree into the hot hatch class...


2019 LDV T60 Trailrider review
Rating: 7.210 /10
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2019 LDV T60 Trailrider review

The LDV T60 Trailrider gains locally tuned suspension due to be rolled out across the rest of the Chinese ute range.