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NSW posts lowest road toll in 97 years, national data due mid-January

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NSW posts lowest road toll in 97 years, national data due mid-January

NSW posted its lowest road toll in 97 years – since 1923, when the population was less than one-third the size it is today. National road toll data for 2020 is due to be published mid-January...

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Vale Holden: End of the road today, after 72 years
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Vale Holden: End of the road today, after 72 years

It seems like an eternity ago that General Motors executives from Detroit shocked Australia by announcing the Holden brand would be axed on the last day of 2020. Now that day has come. The announcement in February 2020 that Holden was pulling out of Australia altogether – less than three years after closing its local factories and amid its weakest sales in more than 60 years – came moments before the world was gripped by the coronavirus crisis...


2021 Suzuki new cars
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2021 Suzuki new cars

Suzuki sold out of cars in 2020 and is currently scrambling to get more stock ready for 2021 after recent updates to the Swift and Vitara. As Australians avoid public transport in the wake of the coronavirus crisis – and shift back into safe, reliable and affordable cars – Suzuki dealers were left almost empty, except for cars that had 'sold' signs on them...


SsangYong Australia says 'business as usual' despite bankruptcy filing in South Korea
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SsangYong Australia says 'business as usual' despite bankruptcy filing in South Korea

Struggling South Korean car maker SsangYong says it is “business as usual” and will continue to sell and service cars in Australia – despite filing for bankruptcy just days prior to Christmas 2020. SsangYong has been in financial pain for years and Indian conglomerate Mahindra and Mahindra had been trying to sell its majority shareholding in the company over the past six months...


2021 Kia Picanto S review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2021 Kia Picanto S review

There are fewer cars in the sub-$20,000 class than ever before. The updated Kia Picanto is one of the remaining viable options.


Toyota LandCruiser Horizon returns as final special edition for 200 Series – UPDATE: Pricing confirmed
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Toyota LandCruiser Horizon returns as final special edition for 200 Series – UPDATE: Pricing confirmed

UPDATE, December 23, 2020: Toyota has released further details of the LandCruiser 200 Sahara Horizon special edition, confirming 400 units will be built, priced from $131,896 before on-road costs. Differentiating the Horizon from the standard 200 Series Sahara is a dark front grille, black headlight surrounds, smoked foglight surrounds, Horizon badging, a heated black leather steering wheel, black headlining and chrome trim accents...


2021 Nissan Navara price rises revealed, drive-away deals for ABN holders
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2021 Nissan Navara price rises revealed, drive-away deals for ABN holders

Nissan has released drive-away prices on selected models in the new Navara ute range – two months before the updated model is due in local showrooms. However, the offers are only available to business buyers – or ABN holders – which means about 75 per cent of customers will be asked to pay full price...


2021 Hyundai Santa Fe review: Australian first drive
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe review: Australian first drive

The Hyundai Santa Fe has had its biggest overhaul in two-and-a-half years, but it comes with a price rise.

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$44,700 - $65,200

2021 Hyundai new cars
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2021 Hyundai new cars

Hyundai has already started its ambitious rollout of 18 new models in 18 months – with the recent Hyundai i30 facelift, new i30 Sedan, new Palisade, and updated Santa Fe – but the onslaught will gain momentum next year. Among the mainstream models there will be a new Hyundai Tucson mid-size SUV (pictured above and below), a new Sonata sedan, the Ioniq 5 (its first dedicated electric car) and well as lots of sporty N Line or high-performance N variants...


2021 GMSV Chevrolet new cars
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2021 GMSV Chevrolet new cars

Holden might be gone but General Motors will live-on in the form of GMSV and Chevrolet. General Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) is a factory-backed operation with a direct line to Detroit, but the vehicles will be converted locally to right-hand-drive by the same outfit that transformed Holden Special Vehicles for more than three decades...


2021 Genesis new cars
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2021 Genesis new cars

Hyundai's luxury brand Genesis will continue its expansion as a standalone range in 2021, and the number of showrooms will grow from one to three. Genesis launched two all-new models in late 2020 – the G80 limousine and GV80 large SUV – but they will be joined by more models in 2021...


2020 Volkswagen Touareg 190TDI Adventure Edition review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2020 Volkswagen Touareg 190TDI Adventure Edition review

The VW Touareg Adventure edition is designed to appeal to buyers who want to tow in comfort.

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$90,990

2021 Hyundai Palisade review: Australian first drive
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2021 Hyundai Palisade review: Australian first drive

Hyundai now has a proper, full-size family SUV – and it’s one of the few in the class available with eight seats.

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$60,000 - $75,000

Urgent safety recall and “stop-delivery” notice on Toyota Yaris Hybrid
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Urgent safety recall and “stop-delivery” notice on Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Toyota Australia has issued an urgent bulletin advising dealers to stop deliveries of the Yaris Hybrid and Yaris Cross Hybrid due to a safety concern with the hybrid system that could cause the vehicle to stop suddenly. The hybrid recall affects approximately 1300 vehicles that have either already been delivered to customers or are in showroom stock waiting to be sold...


2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid coming in second-half of next year
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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid coming in second-half of next year

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid will be in Australian showrooms in the second-half of next year, rather than the middle of the year as previously reported. In a media briefing today, Hyundai Australia said the Santa Fe Hybrid would have the performance of a V6 and a respectable towing capacity. The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid will be powered by a turbo 1...