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Audi Australia's busy launch calendar detailed

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Audi Australia's busy launch calendar detailed

Audi Australia is set to roll out seven important new offerings in the next year or so, as it seeks to bounce back from a few years of declining sales...

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Can we all just bloody agree on names for active safety tech already?
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Can we all just bloody agree on names for active safety tech already?

One of the best things about today’s automotive industry is the improved vehicle safety. Cars aren’t just infinitely better in a crash, they’re also becoming increasingly proficient at helping you avoid them altogether. But unceasing advancement can come at the cost of clarity. In a market so congested, keeping pace with who offers what is difficult, to put it mildly...


2019 Audi RS5 Sportback pricing and specs
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2019 Audi RS5 Sportback pricing and specs

The Audi Sport range in Australia is expanding from February next year, with the addition of a new RS5 Sportback derivative. This longer-wheelbase model joins its coupe sibling atop the A5 range, adding an extra pair of doors and a wagon-esque boot...


Luxury EV comparison: Six SUV challengers square off
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Luxury EV comparison: Six SUV challengers square off

The electric car revolution is finally becoming a reality, and not just at the fringes of the car industry. Tesla obviously got the jump on making EVs cool, and deserves some plaudits for it. But now the market's mature, luxury brands are making their moves, spending tens of billions of dollars in the process...


2018 Lexus LS500 F Sport review
Rating: 8.210 /10
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2018 Lexus LS500 F Sport review

Lexus turned the luxury car market on its head with the original LS limousine. Three decades later, it's made another potential world-beater.

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$190,129

2019 Skoda Kodiaq GT coupe-SUV almost ready
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2019 Skoda Kodiaq GT coupe-SUV almost ready

The images you see here are spy shots of the Skoda Kodiaq GT 'coupe-SUV' ready to rock, ahead of an imminent premiere in China. It's an indication that the practicality-minded Czech brand is continuing to move down a more stylised path, with the sloped/tapering roofline lending a much racier silhouette...


Nissan Pulsar exits Europe too
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Nissan Pulsar exits Europe too

The Nissan Pulsar will no longer be built or sold in Europe. Dwindling consumer demand means the company has killed the small-car off a mere four years into its life cycle. The company confirmed to various European media, including Automotive News, it was ceasing production of the well-known hatchback at its Barcelona plant, presumably to liberate demand for other models made there...


Renault Arkana sporty crossover on Australian wishlist
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Renault Arkana sporty crossover on Australian wishlist

Renault Australia wants to keep the ball rolling on its recent product announcements, signalling an intent to get the Arkana crossover here - if it can. The company announced this week that it wanted this “mould-breaking” product to join its ranks, calling it a “fantastic fit”and saying it was “pushing hard” to get it made in right-hand drive (RHD)...


Geely, a blueprint to superpower status
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Geely, a blueprint to superpower status

I do not profess to be any kind of authority on China’s automotive industry. My recent trip to Beijing left my mouth agape at the sheer scale of… everything. But I am a follower of the car business in a more general sense, especially the pervasive trends of consolidation, influence peddling, and shared capital expenditure. Not to mention the current trade war...


2019 BMW X5 v 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE
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2019 BMW X5 v 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE

The quicker-than-usual development cycle for the fourth-generation BMW X5, and somewhat tardy arrival of the new Mercedes-Benz GLE, have combined to make their respective arrivals almost coalesce. Of course, we wouldn't dare determine which of these US-made luxury SUVs is superior without a proper comparison test, which we'll do as soon as both arrive on local shores: November this year for the BMW, and April/May next year for the Benz...


Maruti Suzuki testing rugged, cheap EVs for India
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Maruti Suzuki testing rugged, cheap EVs for India

Suzuki is furthering its electrified vehicle rollout, embarking on a testing program led by its India-based, partially-owned subsidiary Maruti Suzuki. Maruti Suzuki is committed to bring an electric vehicle (EV) to India by 2020, and in the lead-up has commenced a nation-wide fleet testing program...


2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition diesel review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition diesel review

Automotive icon Alfa Romeo has awoken from its slumber. Does the new Stelvio crossover do enough to disrupt the ever-growing premium SUV market and give the German brands a fright?

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VFACTS: Small SUV sales boom detailed
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VFACTS: Small SUV sales boom detailed

Small SUVs, high-riding hatchbacks, little crossovers. Not matter what you call them, sales in this part of the market are absolutely booming, pinching sales from the depleting Small Car and Light Car segments. While the overall new vehicle market has cooled by 0.3% over last year’s record (to the end of August), sales in the ‘Small SUV’ segment have leapt up by almost 25%, to 93,415 units...


2019 BMW X3 M and X4 M outed
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2019 BMW X3 M and X4 M outed

BMW’s M GmbH division has announced - to nobody’s surprise - the imminent reveal of the first X3 M and X4 M hotted-up crossovers. The hi-po pair will be shown in prototype forms at this weekend’s DTM race at the Nürburgring, ahead of what is expected to be a reveal at the Paris motor show this October. The obvious rivals are the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 SUV and Coupe models...


2018 Isuzu D-Max LS-U review
Rating: 7.410 /10
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2018 Isuzu D-Max LS-U review

The unpretentious Isuzu D-Max has forged a strong place in the ute market. Yes, it's getting dated, but it won't let you down and won't break the bank. The LS-U spec tested here, with a few 'luxury' tweaks, might be the one to opt for.

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$50,900