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Great Wall ponders Haval pickup, spending to tackle Ranger

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Great Wall ponders Haval pickup, spending to tackle Ranger

Great Wall’s Australian reboot under a new in-house distributor hasn’t exactly been a smash success, with the two-star ANCAP-rated Steed managing just 0.2 per cent ute market share in 2017 and netting about one-tenth of its internal target...

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2018 Haval H9 pricing and specs
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2018 Haval H9 pricing and specs

The upgraded Haval H9 seven-seat 4x4 has arrived with an array of new features, a better powertrain and more realistic pricing. The Chinese large-SUV is pitched as a family-friendly seven-seater to rival the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe, though its body-on-frame construction grants it off-road ability akin to a Ford Everest...


2018 Haval H9 review
Rating: 7.210 /10
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2018 Haval H9 review

China's biggest SUV brand, Haval, shows how fast it can learn to impress mature markets. The commendable Haval H9 is a big, capable and well-specified 4x4 that stands every chance of changing a few minds, even if it remains a hard sell against more familiar offerings

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$40,990 - $44,990

Lexus doesn't want everyone to love its design
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Lexus doesn't want everyone to love its design

Lexus is well aware of how polarising its styling has become; the man who led the design process on two of the brand’s most arresting concept cars says that’s kind of the point. Kevin Hunter is the president of Toyota’s Calty Design Research studios, located in California and Michigan, that created the LF-LC concept (which morphed into the LC flagship coupe) and the just-released LF-1 Limitless crossover concept...


Japan owned the 2018 Detroit motor show
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Japan owned the 2018 Detroit motor show

Michigan may well be home to the ‘Big Three’ US brands, but the North American International Auto Show held in Detroit this week had a strangely contrarian element. The three most interesting concept cars - the lifeblood of any self-respecting motor show - were produced by brands with Japanese roots: the Infiniti Q Inspiration, Lexus LF-1 Limitless and Nissan Xmotion...


Ford 'bemused' that Edge SUV nameplate off-limits in Australia
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Ford 'bemused' that Edge SUV nameplate off-limits in Australia

Ford’s regional boss says he felt “bemused” that Toyota wouldn’t allow it to use the Edge nameplate in Australia on its forthcoming large SUV — a decision that forced the Blue Oval into inventing the ‘Endura’ badge just for our market. The Ford Endura is on track to arrive in the fourth quarter of this year, where it’ll sit between the smaller Escape and the more off-road-focused Everest...


Volkswagen and Hyundai exchange blows over hot hatch mastery
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Volkswagen and Hyundai exchange blows over hot hatch mastery

Incumbent hot hatch leader Volkswagen, and aggressive new kid on the block Hyundai, appear unwilling to merely let their cars do the talking, after engaging in a thoroughly entertaining sparring session over the imminent i30 N. Coinciding fittingly with the Australian Open tennis grand slam, Volkswagen Australia managing director this week used the release of the new entry Golf GTI Original variant to not-so-subtly backhand his rival from Korea...


Ferrari says it'll do an EV supercar before Tesla
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Ferrari says it'll do an EV supercar before Tesla

Ferrari’s CEO, Sergio Marchionne, has boldly asserted that the Italian marque will be first to market with a dedicated electric supercar, in a bid to draw the narrative spotlight away from startup Tesla and its high profile founder Elon Musk. “If there is an electric supercar to be built, then Ferrari will be the first,” Marchionne said, according to Bloomberg...


China’s GAC Motor entering US next year, previews wild EV concept in Detroit
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China’s GAC Motor entering US next year, previews wild EV concept in Detroit

China's GAC Motor says it wants to enter the massive US car market next year, with a wide range of models and a mission that - if successful - will make it a major player outside its home country. As a statement of intent, the Guangzhou company presented its line-up at this week's Detroit motor show, headlined by the slick GA4 small sedan and a wild electric SUV concept called the Enverge...


Lexus small electrified crossover taking shape, CT hatch on the outer
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Lexus small electrified crossover taking shape, CT hatch on the outer

As expected, Lexus is odds-on to scrap the CT small hatchback and replace it with a small crossover SUV sharing some bits with the Toyota C-HR, to better capitalise on demand at the lower end of the luxury market. The CT200h is Lexus’ smallest car, and also its only vehicle sold exclusively with a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain...


Ford F-150: Two new reasons RHD might happen next generation
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Ford F-150: Two new reasons RHD might happen next generation

Two key factors might make the return of a right-hand drive (RHD) Ford F-Series pickup economically feasible for the first time in years - opening the door for a hypothetical return to Australia. The more obvious of these is the recent addition of a diesel engine to what has long been the US market’s number one vehicle (more than 800,000 annual sales there)...


Tough Nissan Xmotion concept revealed
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Tough Nissan Xmotion concept revealed

This is the Nissan Xmotion concept (pronounced cross motion), which today made its world premiere at the Detroit motor show. The 4.6-metre-long concept car previews a future mid-sized three-row SUV with rugged design, which could well fill a void in the company’s range between the X-Trail and Pathfinder, and take owners “to a national park or recreation area on a whim”...


Lexus LF-1 Limitless crossover concept debuts in Detroit
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Lexus LF-1 Limitless crossover concept debuts in Detroit

Lexus has taken the covers from its LF-1 Limitless concept car, which previews a potential flagship crossover of the future, and signals the overall design direction of the Japanese luxury brand for the next model cycle. It comes two decades after Lexus debuted the RX at the same motor show, in Detroit - a vehicle it claims is still the segment’s top seller despite nearly 50 new competitors lobbing since then (it’s #5 in Australia)...


2019 Ford Ranger revealed for North America
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2019 Ford Ranger revealed for North America

  Ford has revealed the North American Ranger, which will begin production in Michigan late this year to capitalise on massive demand for so-called ‘midsize trucks’ — a segment up in that region by 83 per cent since 2014. The Americanised version of Australia’s second top-selling vehicle — a vehicle which was designed and developed in Victoria for the world — is said to have been put through the same torture testing as its F-150 big brother...


2018 Suzuki Swift Sport review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2018 Suzuki Swift Sport review

Fans of old school hot hatches will be delighted that the new 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport adheres to the borrowed philosophy that always made it so fun: light is right.

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$25,490 - $27,490