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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

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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...

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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
Rating: 8.610 /10
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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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$160,900

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...


2019 Mitsubishi Triton review: GLX+ and GLS Premium
Rating: 8.210 /10
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2019 Mitsubishi Triton review: GLX+ and GLS Premium

Mitsubishi has given the Triton a welcome overhaul and added advanced safety tech on most models.

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$51,990

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door pricing and specs
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2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door pricing and specs

Mercedes-Benz has announced pricing for the new 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door ahead of its arrival in local showrooms mid-year, unveiling the car at this weekend’s Bathurst 12 Hour motor race. Two models will initially be available: the six-cylinder GT 53 4Matic+ from $249,900 plus on-road costs and the flagship twin-turbo V8 GT 63 S 4Matic+ from $349,900 plus on-road costs...


Takata: Car companies call for rego ban on 1.3 million vehicles with faulty airbags
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Takata: Car companies call for rego ban on 1.3 million vehicles with faulty airbags

Car companies are calling for registration bans to be expanded to include the remaining 1.3 million vehicles equipped with dodgy Takata airbags – in addition to 12,000 currently under a compulsory recall – because tens of thousands of customers are refusing to have them fixed...


2019 Lexus UX200 review
Rating: 810 /10
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2019 Lexus UX200 review

The Lexus UX is the Japanese luxury brand’s first foray into the urban SUV market

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$44,450

Ford Australia job losses, as VW joint venture ramps up
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Ford Australia job losses, as VW joint venture ramps up

Ford will axe more than 200 jobs locally as part of a global restructure of the company’s engineering divisions, however Australia will retain a key role in the recently-signed joint development of the next generation Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok utes...