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Renault Australia axes Megane GT, GT-Line

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Renault Australia axes Megane GT, GT-Line

Renault has decided to stop selling the warmed-up Megane GT and GT-Line in Australia, leaving the 205kW RS hot hatch as the sole member of its small-car range...

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2020 Renault Kadjar review
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2020 Renault Kadjar review

The Renault Kadjar fills a gap in the French brand's SUV line-up, between the Captur and Koleos. Its spacious cabin, smooth and punchy engine, and lovely design means it deserves some attention.

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No doom and gloom for these car brands in Australia
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No doom and gloom for these car brands in Australia

New vehicle sales in Australia are down by 8.0 per cent (to 893,920 units) this year, summing to the lowest January-October tally since 2011. Not since the GFC has there been a more protracted diminution of sales here. But not all brands are battling...


2019 Nissan X-Trail pricing and specs
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2019 Nissan X-Trail pricing and specs

Nissan has added a special edition X-Trail N-Trek to its top-selling SUV range, but also bumped up the manufacturer's suggested list price of the other variants by between $300 and $400. Whether this actually applies to the drive-away pricing you pay remains to be seen...


Toyota Raize: Company rules out Hyundai Venue rival for Australia
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Toyota Raize: Company rules out Hyundai Venue rival for Australia

The Toyota Raize is a cut-price micro SUV developed by subsidiary Daihatsu, which appears to be focused on the Japanese market - for now. Its 3995mm length makes the Raize shorter than a Mazda 2, though it has a higher riding position, and a capacious 369L boot that measures 1.0m wide and 865mm deep...


Toyota and BYD create joint EV company
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Toyota and BYD create joint EV company

Toyota and BYD have formed a joint company tasked with developing battery electric vehicles (BEVs) from the platform-up. It will be based in China and be established in 2020. The joint-venture will be funded on a 50:50 basis by the two, and run by existing staff, mostly engineers, from both parent companies...


2019 LDV T60 Luxe v SsangYong Musso XLV Ultimate comparison
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2019 LDV T60 Luxe v SsangYong Musso XLV Ultimate comparison

Two curious contenders face off at the lower-volume end of Australia's hotly contested ute market.


Popular small car sales plummet
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Popular small car sales plummet

With car sales falling 19 months in succession and 2019 year-to-date (YTD) figures showing a market-wide drop of 8.0 per cent, there is no shortage of losers out there - the top 5 of which are all small cars. To be specific, the YTD tally of 893,920 new cars, SUVs and commercials is 77,803 units short of the cumulative 2018 tally...


VFACTS: October 2019 sales results
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VFACTS: October 2019 sales results

Australia’s new car sales dipped in October for the 19th consecutive month, compared to the same month in the preceding year. Manufacturer-supplied VFACTS figures show sales were down 9.1 per cent for the month, to 82,456, with drops recorded in every State and Territory. Year-to-date (YTD) cumulative sales are naturally well down, by 8...


Lexus owner satisfaction rate tops the industry
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Lexus owner satisfaction rate tops the industry

Lexus will win Roy Morgan’s annual customer satisfaction award in the automotive market for the fifth time in six years, after achieving an almost-perfect 97 per cent rating in the most recently disclosed monthly survey. Nevertheless, Lexus Australia’s CEO Scott Thompson has told us of some imminent plans to enhance the company's existing ‘Encore’ customer care program to make things as “hassle free” for owners as possible...


Groupe PSA and FCA merger plan detailed
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Groupe PSA and FCA merger plan detailed

An advanced plan hatched between Groupe PSA (owner of the Peugeot, Citroen and Opel brands) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to join forces would create the world's fourth largest global automotive OEM by scale. The proposed super-merger between the keen French and Italian-American giants, with a combined 410,000 direct employees, would create a new group half-owned by each party with equal board representation...


Nobel chemistry winner discusses EV battery development
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Nobel chemistry winner discusses EV battery development

Michael Stanley Whittingham is one of 2019’s three Nobel Prize winners in chemistry, for his instrumental work in helping develop the lithium-ion batteries that power most electric vehicles (EV) today. Bloomberg has just interviewed him, discussing what he sees as the lay of the land in EV technology, and what comes next...


Why don't Australians buy more EVs?
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Why don't Australians buy more EVs?

Driving range, price, and limited knowledge of the available choices are three major impediments to improving battery-electric vehicle (EV) take-up in Australia. That’s the quick and unsurprising summary of a market survey from analytics firm Nielsen, called Caught in the Slow Lane, Australian Adoption of Electric Vehicles...


Mirai FCEV on Toyota Australia's radar
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Mirai FCEV on Toyota Australia's radar

Toyota Australia (TMCA) is engaged in trials with the first-generation hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) Mirai, and with that in mind is “most certainly looking” at launching the more aesthetic second-gen model. Revealed publicly for the first time as a near-road-ready ‘concept’ in Tokyo last week, the new five-metre-long Mirai is a huge step-change over its high-tech, but frumpy, predecessor...


Fully driverless cars ‘aren’t even close’, says Toyota
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Fully driverless cars ‘aren’t even close’, says Toyota

Futuristic driverless personal cars that can operate safely in rain, hail or shine remain a distant reality, says Toyota. However, autonomous ride-share cars restricted to covering certain areas in certain conditions are a very different story, given they're being prepared for commercial sale inside a decade, and could technically operate today as technology demonstrators with some clever “hacking”...