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Mitsubishi Triton 'Absolute' hardcore concept revealed

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Mitsubishi Triton 'Absolute' hardcore concept revealed

Fancy a beefed-up Mitsubishi Triton to rival a Ford Ranger Wildtrak, Toyota HiLux Rugged X or Holden Colorado Z71? If you said yes, your best option at the minute is to head somewhere reputable like ARB...

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2019 Nissan Patrol Ti-L review
Rating: 810 /10
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2019 Nissan Patrol Ti-L review

The Y62 Patrol's sales may pale in comparison to the Toyota LandCruiser 200, but all that tells us is how underrated and supply-constrained the big Nissan is. It's a bloody capable luxury 4x4 at a very reasonable price.

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$88,990

Five fun, niche cars under $30k
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Five fun, niche cars under $30k

For most people a car is a tool, an appliance intended for a logical purpose. Sure, they want cool tech, luxury features and a nice mix of ride comfort and zip, but it’s usually the more sensible elements like running costs, resale value, warranty, fuel economy, infotainment, space and safety that get them over the line...


South Korea plans for hydrogen fuel-cell trucks to replace diesel by 2035
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South Korea plans for hydrogen fuel-cell trucks to replace diesel by 2035

South Korea is seemingly set to require commercial vehicles in the country – including trucks and construction equipment – to use hydrogen fuel-cell drivetrains by 2035. The move is designed to counter “serious fine dust problems” in the country not helped by diesel emissions, according to The Korea Herald...


2019 Hyundai Kona Electric pricing and specs
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2019 Hyundai Kona Electric pricing and specs

Hyundai Australia has launched its second EV, the Kona Electric, which sits above the Ioniq and gives the company ammunition to become the local leader in semi-affordable, pluggable vehicles. The Kona Electric wears a starting sticker price of $59,990 before on-road costs in Elite spec level: $10,000 pricier than the Nissan Leaf and $15,000 more than a base Ioniq...


2019 Hyundai Kona Electric review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2019 Hyundai Kona Electric review

There are three things to know about the Hyundai Kona Electric: it’s a small SUV, it has a genuine driving range of 450km, and it costs $59,990. What else does it do? We’re glad you asked…

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$59,990 - $64,490

2019 Suzuki Vitara Turbo v Toyota C-HR Koba comparison
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2019 Suzuki Vitara Turbo v Toyota C-HR Koba comparison

You're looking at divergent ways to produce a small crossover SUV: the boxy and unpretentious Suzuki Vitara in updated Series II guise versus the uncompromising Toyota C-HR, with slinky silhouette and sleek body sculpting to make it as 'un-Toyota' as possible. Despite the different approaches from each Japanese brand, the target demographics are similar...


Toyota Australia excited by hybrid sales, 'won't apologise' for lack of EV
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Toyota Australia excited by hybrid sales, 'won't apologise' for lack of EV

Toyota Australia’s vice-president of sales and marketing Sean Hanley, who spearheaded the launch of the first Prius here 18 years ago, really wants to tell the world how successful petrol-electric hybrid vehicles have become...


2019 Kia Picanto X-Line review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2019 Kia Picanto X-Line review

The higher-riding X-Line AO Edition is one half of Kia's expanded Picanto range alongside the warmed-up GT, giving prospective customers after its smallest model more choices. That's rarely a bad thing.

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$17,990

Toyota Australia announces multi-million dollar hydrogen filling station at Altona
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Toyota Australia announces multi-million dollar hydrogen filling station at Altona

Toyota and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) are co-funding a $7.4 million Hydrogen Centre at the company’s old manufacturing site in Altona, west of Melbourne. Existing manufacturing infrastructure will be repurposed into “Victoria's first integrated hydrogen site”, complete with an electrolyser, commercial-grade hydrogen refuelling station and an ‘education centre’ with live demonstrations of how the tech works...


Big fleets a key to driving Australian EV take-up, says Hyundai
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Big fleets a key to driving Australian EV take-up, says Hyundai

Australian government and major business buyers must lead the charge by partially transitioning their vehicle fleets to electric cars, according to local Hyundai future mobility manager Scott Nargar, thereby speeding up the technology’s maturation here...


2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Premium review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Premium review

The Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid will do 60km on electric power, and has a petrol engine servicing as backup. Is this having your cake and eating it, or needless complexity?

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$40,990 - $45,490

Tesla Model Y unveiled, global launch in late 2020
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Tesla Model Y unveiled, global launch in late 2020

Tesla has given the world its first look at its fifth model line, the Model Y mid-size SUV, which founder Elon Musk believes will be as popular as the Model X and Model 3 combined when it hits the market in September/October 2020...


2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC review: First Australian ride-along

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC review: First Australian ride-along

Riding shotgun in a final-stage Mercedes EQC prototype in Melbourne left us impressed by its refinement, cohesiveness and interior design. The first Benz EV sold here is almost certain to convert many.


Mercedes-Benz EQC here in October, first batch spoken for
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Mercedes-Benz EQC here in October, first batch spoken for

Mercedes-Benz Australia is reporting high levels of buyer interest in its first fully-electric car, the EQC crossover, even though it’s still seven months away from going on sale. The company has taken hundreds of ‘buyer registrations’, more expressions of interest than money-down deposits, since December, and already considers the entire 2019 production supply destined for our market to be effectively spoken for...