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Hyundai i30 on track to be Australia’s top-selling car thanks to name change

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Hyundai i30 on track to be Australia’s top-selling car thanks to name change

A simple change to the badge on the boot lid could see the Hyundai i30 become Australia’s top-selling passenger car next year. While the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger utes remain clear market leaders overall, the battle for passenger car honours has traditionally been between former Number Ones the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3...

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Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series to get GR treatment – report
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Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series to get GR treatment – report

The next-generation Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series due next year is reportedly going to be joined by a flagship GR version, similar to the Nissan Patrol V8 Warrior being developed in Australia. The unconfirmed report by Japanese website creative311.com sites unnamed sources and other media outlets, who claim Toyota is developing a new top-end model...


Nissan’s new-model onslaught: 12 new models over three years
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Nissan’s new-model onslaught: 12 new models over three years

Nissan showrooms will be overflowing with new or updated models over the next few years, as it aims to freshen-up its ageing line-up. In addition to the just-released Nissan Juke city SUV and an updated Nissan Leaf electric car (now with more range), dealers have been told an updated Nissan Navara is due in local showrooms early 2021...


Nissan Patrol V8 Warrior is go! Dealers told to expect flagship 4WD next year
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Nissan Patrol V8 Warrior is go! Dealers told to expect flagship 4WD next year

Hardcore off-road fans may finally get the four-wheel-drive wagon they’ve been wishing for, with the locally-developed Nissan Patrol V8 Warrior scheduled to go on sale next year. While Nissan is yet to publicly confirm the vehicle has been signed off, dealers who participated in a confidential meeting about future model plans were shown a teaser image of what the Nissan Patrol V8 Warrior might look like...


Holden down to last 500 cars: discounts listed model by model
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Holden down to last 500 cars: discounts listed model by model

Holden has asked dealers to report all remaining new cars as sold by the end of this month, so it can clear the books before the brand is retired at the end of 2020. The car maker had asked dealers to report most of their stock as sold by the end of last month, but some late deliveries prompted an extension...


The week that was: This year's federal budget, the half-a-million classic GT-R, and more
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The week that was: This year's federal budget, the half-a-million classic GT-R, and more

Stories about people paying big money for older cars remain of keen interest, including $437,000 paid for a rare R34 Nissan GT-R, and speculation about how much a 1980 Holden Commodore raced by Peter Brock, and a Valiant Charger 'Big Tank' in original condition might fetch. Our coverage on how the Federal Budget and the instant asset write-off extension will impact car buyers also received a lot of feedback...


Learning to stop at a police Random Breath Test site
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Learning to stop at a police Random Breath Test site

Learners drivers got a jump start in Sydney this week, getting a practice run at being stopped at a roadside random breath test site with the help of the NSW Police Highway Patrol. The learner driver exercise was part of a monthly event run by the Australian Racing Drivers Club (the operators of Sydney Motorsport Park at Eastern Creek) and Driving Solutions (an advanced driver training company)...


2021 Volkswagen Amarok W580 revealed
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2021 Volkswagen Amarok W580 revealed

The 2021 Volkswagen Amarok W580 has joined the growing list of top-end utes, as Australians continue to buy record numbers of workhorses turned into show ponies. Unlike the Ford Ranger Raptor, Toyota HiLux Rugged X, and Nissan Navara Warrior, the VW Amarok W580 has been designed with a focus on on-road performance, although extra ground clearance and Pirelli Scorpion tyres will also boost its off-road ability...


2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 confirmed for Australia
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2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 confirmed for Australia

The new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is coming to Australia, as a limited run of 700 vehicles from next year. Price is yet to be announced but the Ford Mustang Mach 1 is expected to be close to or in excess of $80,000, versus $73,688 plus on-roads for the previous limited edition out of the US, the Ford Mustang Bullitt...


Hey Charger! 1972 Valiant Charger E49 ‘Big Tank’ for sale: $400,000
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Hey Charger! 1972 Valiant Charger E49 ‘Big Tank’ for sale: $400,000

A 1972 Valiant Charger E49 ‘Big Tank’ has been listed for sale at close to $400,000. The $395,000 asking price isn’t a match for the record sums paid for Holden and Ford muscle cars, but it is one of the highest for a Valiant from the same era. Although not in immaculate condition, it is one of only a handful original examples remaining, say representatives for Australian Muscle Car Sales...


Five fun-size hot hatches in Australia now or coming soon
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Five fun-size hot hatches in Australia now or coming soon

Hot hatches are enjoying a resurgence as our cities become congested and more buyers are treating themselves to a new car in lieu of an overseas holiday. With most international borders closed for the foreseeable future, dealers are reporting unexpected high demand – in particular for top end cars...


Australians continue to gorge themselves on four-wheel-drive SUVs to holiday at home
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Australians continue to gorge themselves on four-wheel-drive SUVs to holiday at home

Australians are preparing to holiday at home next year, with the latest sales figures showing a continued surge in sales of four-wheel-drive wagons. Demand for iconic four-wheel-drives such as the Toyota LandCruiser and Nissan Patrol remained strong in September, bucking the market trend of a 20.5 per cent decline year-to-date...


Sacré bleu! French brands Citroen, Peugeot, Renault in dramatic sales slide
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Sacré bleu! French brands Citroen, Peugeot, Renault in dramatic sales slide

French car brands Citroen, Peugeot, and Renault are having a year they would rather forget. The sales of all three brands are in reverse in Australia, despite overhauls in distribution and management over the past few years. Renault sales are down by 27.3 per cent so far this year, Citroen is down by 57 per cent, while Peugeot has slowed by 13...


2020 Ford Endura ST-Line review
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2020 Ford Endura ST-Line review

For all its merits, the Ford Endura hasn't been the replacement for the much-loved Ford Territory that Aussies were hoping for. So where to from here?


2021 Hyundai i20 N review: Prototype track test

2021 Hyundai i20 N review: Prototype track test

The Hyundai i30 N hot hatch has a smaller, younger brother. Meet the Hyundai i20 N, a new rival to the Ford Fiesta ST and VW Polo GTI.