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Haval wants world-leading drivetrain R&D

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Haval wants world-leading drivetrain R&D

Great Wall Motor (GWM) — parent of the eponymous ute brand, plus Haval, Wey and Ora — has lured engineers from big European OEMs and invested billions into R&D, with the ambitious goal of being a world-leading drivetrain producer and supplier...

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2018 Subaru XV 2.0i-S review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2018 Subaru XV 2.0i-S review

The rugged little Subaru XV treads a familiar path, but in many ways it's the best small crossover you can buy, despite a maudlin engine and shallow boot.

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$35,240

Great Wall and Haval ponder longer warranties for Australia
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Great Wall and Haval ponder longer warranties for Australia

Great Wall/Haval local management is considering market-leading warranties to convince skeptical Australians its little-known Chinese product is worth looking at. While the group has no trouble selling cars at home — about 1.07 million in 2017 — it’s still battling to break through with Australian buyers...


2019 Great Wall pickup to share Haval H9 platform
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2019 Great Wall pickup to share Haval H9 platform

Great Wall hasn't exactly hit its straps in Australia since it re-launching with factory distribution. The Steed ute range scored poorly in crash tests, and hasn't racked up sales to match its Chinese rival, the LDV T60 – a ute currently with more demand than supply...


Haval rolls out new SUVs, turbo engine in Beijing
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Haval rolls out new SUVs, turbo engine in Beijing

Haval, one of a growing number of popular Chinese brands trying its luck in the hyper-competitive Australian market, has whipped the covers from a new model called the F5. The reveal took place today at the Beijing motor show, which is now one of the biggest worldwide in terms of attendees, and in terms of the number world premieres from domestic and better-known international marques alike...


VFACTS: Medium SUVs poised to overtake small cars
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VFACTS: Medium SUVs poised to overtake small cars

Mid-sized SUVs like the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan X-Trail are poised to replace small cars as the nation’s most popular type new vehicles. VFACTS data compiled by industry peak body, the FCAI, shows car companies sold 52,886 vehicles classified as Medium SUVs over the first quarter (Q1) of 2018, up 15 per cent over the same period last year...


Isuzu Ute Australia's sales success tracked
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Isuzu Ute Australia's sales success tracked

Isuzu’s non-truck products have been on sale for decades in Australia, once wearing Holden badges. Remember the Jackaroo SUV and Rodeo ute, precursor to today’s Colorado? But the brand has only eponymously sold its wares here as Isuzu Ute for about a decade, over which time it has become a genuinely mainstream, successful player in a hyper-competitive market, appealing to those after hardcore machines capable of copping a beating...


2018 Isuzu D-Max pricing and specs
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2018 Isuzu D-Max pricing and specs

Isuzu Ute Australia has given its enduringly popular D-Max and MU-X model range a series of mild updates for the 2018 model year. Headlining the D-Max changes is the addition of a new LS-T dual cab (crew cab) range-topper to get on ‘premium’ ute buyers’ short lists. The LS-Terrain version was previously a limited-run, but it’s now a permanent family member...


2018 Isuzu D-Max LS-T review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2018 Isuzu D-Max LS-T review

More comfortable suspension, extra creature comforts and colours, upped GVM and towing safety, and longer service intervals: the 2018 Isuzu D-Max LS-T gets more than a few worthy tweaks.

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$54,700

2018 Q1 car sales: Winners and losers
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2018 Q1 car sales: Winners and losers

With industry sales results for the first quarter (Q1) of 2018 available, now is a good time to look at the five car brands showing the highest numerical growth Down Under, and the five that have gone hardest in the other direction. One bad or good month may be a flash in the pan, but a full quarter of any calendar year is long enough to start picking trends...


Honda HR-V v Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross v Subaru XV comparison
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Honda HR-V v Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross v Subaru XV comparison

Small crossover SUVs with a predominantly urban focus have taken over the road. Just look around you. But the segment has splintered into a few directions exemplified by the trio you see here. They’re similar in most ways, but differ enough to corner specific subsets...


2018 Lexus LS review
Rating: 8.210 /10
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2018 Lexus LS review

Lexus's new flagship sedan embraces its Japanese heritage, while offering plushness and comfort inside that very, very few rivals can touch.

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$190,500 - $195,500

2018 Dual-Cab Ute Mega Test
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2018 Dual-Cab Ute Mega Test

Dual-cab utes are expected to be more versatile today than ever before. Rough and tough is not enough. The flagship versions must be comfortable inside, safe, and look the part because people want show ponies as well as workhorses. Consider, for a moment, that the eight most popular dual-cab models managed 193,000 sales in Australia last year, which equals 16 per cent of the entire new vehicle market...


Mitsubishi's sales success in Australia analysed
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Mitsubishi's sales success in Australia analysed

Mitsubishi Motors Australia (MMAL) often gets criticised for its model range – no real passenger car presence, and a few SUV staples getting long in the tooth despite regular upgrades. However, the value-driven company might be quietly laughing to itself right now, after posting 21,215 sales over the first quarter (Q1) of 2018, up 15 per cent over its record 2017 result...


Holden sales nosedive, down 23 per cent in Q1
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Holden sales nosedive, down 23 per cent in Q1

Holden sales fell by a drastic 29 per cent in March compared to the same month last year, rounding out an extremely disappointing quarter-one (Q1) in 2018. GM’s local subsidiary, now in its first calendar year as a full-range importer rather than local manufacturer, has seen sales tumble 23 per cent over the Q1 period...