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Has the new-car market bounced back? Early signs good for May

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Has the new-car market bounced back? Early signs good for May

MORE: All COVID-19 coverage here Car dealers representing some of Australia’s biggest brands are cautiously optimistic about a market recovery in May – and believe the worst of the coronavirus crisis might be behind them after a shocker in April saw sales slashed by 48...

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Ford Ranger ramps up production in response to sales surge
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Ford Ranger ramps up production in response to sales surge

Ford is urgently trying to address stock shortages of the Ranger ute in the lead up to June 30 – customarily the biggest month of the year for ute sales – after its two Thailand factories paused production for six weeks due to the coronavirus crisis. Some dealers are running out of Ford Rangers because the market has recovered faster than anticipated in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdowns, while others have plentiful supplies...


New Toyota HiLux back on! Updated model due in late August
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New Toyota HiLux back on! Updated model due in late August

The mid-life facelift for the Toyota HiLux is due in Australian showrooms in late August, dealers have been told. This is about a month later than the third week of July – the original arrival date – but earlier than expected after dealers asked for the new model to be delayed amid fears they were overstocked with the runout vehicle...


Jeep Gladiator ute arrives in Australian showrooms
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Jeep Gladiator ute arrives in Australian showrooms

The long awaited Jeep Gladiator has arrived in local showrooms in limited numbers as the first batch of vehicles cleared quarantine and were delivered to dealerships across Australia only a few weeks later than planned. CarAdvice has spotted a handful of examples of the Jeep Gladiator at a number of dealerships and was quoted anywhere from $85,000 drive-away to $95,000 drive-away...


Tesla Cybertruck won’t be five per cent smaller after all, compact ute could follow
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Tesla Cybertruck won’t be five per cent smaller after all, compact ute could follow

The Tesla Cybertruck is likely going to have many people pulling out their tape measures when it eventually arrives in showrooms, after the boss of the company Elon Musk said the real thing would be five per cent smaller than the concept – only to later clarify it will only be slightly smaller...


Truth about Ford Ranger Raptor V8: why it’s not coming this year or possibly ever
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Truth about Ford Ranger Raptor V8: why it’s not coming this year or possibly ever

A Ford Ranger Raptor V8 will not arrive in Australian showrooms this year – or likely ever – an extensive investigation by CarAdvice has found. Contrary to media reports that claimed a Ford Ranger Raptor V8 “is coming”, “has been sanctioned by Ford Australia”, will be “sold through Ford dealers (with) full five-year warranty”, and is “anticipated” by the end of 2020, CarAdvice has learned the program was never close to approval stage...


Next Nissan Navara might not be a Mitsubishi Triton clone after all
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Next Nissan Navara might not be a Mitsubishi Triton clone after all

In a sharp U-turn just 24 hours after executives representing the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance said most future models will largely look the same – but with different badges and subtle styling cues – Nissan has vowed to retain at least some of its identity...


Nissan 400Z teased in video presentation
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Nissan 400Z teased in video presentation

The new Nissan 400Z has been teased in a video presentation broadcast from Japan tonight at the end of the company’s annual financial report. The images of the new Nissan 400Z appear to show it is a heavy facelift rather than an all-new model. If the daytime running lamps are a guide, circular headlights appear to make a comeback on the new Nissan 400Z, no doubt a nod the original Zed car models from the 1970s...


Mitsubishi Triton and Nissan Navara to look the same under radical overhaul
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Mitsubishi Triton and Nissan Navara to look the same under radical overhaul

The Mitsubishi Triton and Nissan Navara are among the first casualties of a radical overhaul of the struggling Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. The original plan was for all three car makers to save money by sharing platforms, technology and engines – components customers cannot see – but retain their own identity with unique exterior designs and bodywork...


Used car sales recover after COVID-19 lockdowns
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Used car sales recover after COVID-19 lockdowns

MORE: All COVID-19 coverage here The used-car market is showing signs of recovery as lending restrictions – and coronavirus lockdowns – begin to ease. In the grip of the uncertainty caused by the global pandemic in March and April, many used-car dealers, wholesalers, and new-car lots were offering lower-than-normal trade-in values – or refusing to buy stock...


Tesla Cybertruck tested: Jay Leno takes Elon Musk for a joyride
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Tesla Cybertruck tested: Jay Leno takes Elon Musk for a joyride

A month after being caught on camera during filming for an upcoming season of a US motoring TV show, the CNBC network has released a teaser video which confirms the Tesla Cybertruck was indeed tested by car enthusiast and comedian Jay Leno...


Toyota LandCruiser, Nissan Patrol, Ram 1500, Silverado 1500 in demand as buyers holiday at home
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Toyota LandCruiser, Nissan Patrol, Ram 1500, Silverado 1500 in demand as buyers holiday at home

An increasing number of Australians are planning epic road trips on home soil because of travel restrictions overseas, according to the latest new-car sales data which has unearthed an unexpected trend. Sales of heavy-duty four-wheel-drives and towing vehicles – such as the Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series, Nissan Patrol, Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – have either surged or remained relatively strong in the wake of the coronavirus crisis...


2020 Hyundai iLoad review: diesel automatic
Rating: 7.410 /10
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2020 Hyundai iLoad review: diesel automatic

As we approach end-of-financial-year bargains season, we test one of the top-selling vans in Australia.

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2021 Mercedes C-Class spy photos 
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2021 Mercedes C-Class spy photos 

The next generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan has been caught in camouflage on German roads ahead of its likely showroom arrival in Europe in 2021 and Australia in 2022. Although the test car is heavily disguised, the photos show the external proportions of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan remain largely unchanged, though the headlights and tail-lights are expected to adopt the Stuttgart marque’s latest design language...


2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC first spy photos
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2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC first spy photos

Spy photos have emerged of the second generation Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV three years before it is due in showrooms. Rarely are prototypes out on public roads so far ahead of their release date, but we’re guessing Mercedes-Benz is fast-tracking development of what has become a key model for the brand...