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2018 Holden Astra R+ review
  • Upper-percentile ride/handling balance; Refined and muscular base turbo engine; Some absolute bargains can be found
  • Cabin lacks Golf's polish, i30's infotainment or Civic's space; Bring back the seven-year warranty...

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8.1 / 10

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2018 Holden Astra R+ review

The Euro Holden Astra R+ hatch is steadily becoming one of the market's true bargain buys, if you know where to look. The fact that it happens to be genuinely quite good is something of a bonus.

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Great Wall Steed cab-chassis launched, priced from $17,990
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Great Wall Steed cab-chassis launched, priced from $17,990

Great Wall has launched a single-cab-chassis version of the Steed, priced at a bargain basement $17,990 before on-roads, or $18,990 drive-away if you have an ABN. It’s been a while in the making, with the Steed dual-cab launching under factory distributorship in September 2016, priced between $24,990 and $26,990. A base version has long been necessary...


BMW, Nissan lead criticism over lack of government support for EVs
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BMW, Nissan lead criticism over lack of government support for EVs

Two pioneering manufacturers in the electric vehicle (EV) market, BMW and Nissan, have called on the Australian Federal Government to incentivise buyers of low-emission cars, citing evidence from Europe, Asia and North America...


Nissan design: Rugged outside, warm tech inside
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Nissan design: Rugged outside, warm tech inside

Nissan will return to a boxier, more rugged design ethos for its next wave of SUVs, as previewed by the Xmotion concept in Detroit. At the same time, the company's head designer wants to find "warmth" in technology, and is wary of modern in-car tech's potential to de-humanise the interior...


Holden online retail: Haggling, test drives may become part of the process
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Holden online retail: Haggling, test drives may become part of the process

Research suggests car buyers will be increasingly willing to forego the money-saving ‘dealership haggle’ in return for the heightened convenience of buying online, says Holden. The brand today announced a click-and-collect online retail model to be piloted in Melbourne, in partnership with its dealers, walking buyers from research to delivery of their wheels, with finance and trade-ins sorted on the way...


2018 Ford Mustang pricing and specs - UPDATE
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2018 Ford Mustang pricing and specs - UPDATE

Updated versions of Australia's top-selling sports car, the Ford Mustang, will be available in dealers from the middle of 2018. UPDATE, 25/05/2018: The refreshed Mustang will touch down in July 2018.  There are a number of substantial improvements for the MY18 Mustang...


Researcher: Unrealistic autonomous targets prevalent
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Researcher: Unrealistic autonomous targets prevalent

A leading researcher of autonomous cars says stretch targets announced by various carmakers, predicting when they'll offer self-driving cars commercially, are unrealistic and unhelpful to the advancing field. It comes as the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance head of vehicle autonomy clarified mass-market driverless vehicles were a long way off, and encouraged us to ask specific questions on the matter...


Nissan e-Power explained, Australian launch a certainty
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Nissan e-Power explained, Australian launch a certainty

Nissan will introduce its e-Power petrol-electric drivetrain in Australia in the near future, to complement its zero emissions car rollout, led by the new Leaf due at the end of 2018 – and set to comprise 12 electric Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi vehicles by 2022. This self-described technology ‘bridge’ is Nissan’s unique twist on plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and mild hybrid (HEV) offerings...


Nissan Australia knows it needs more models, says it has a plan
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Nissan Australia knows it needs more models, says it has a plan

Nissan knows its market coverage in Australia isn’t sufficient, but says it’ll add a number of models to meet tough targets in the future. The company is sporting a lean range at the minute, having recently axed the under-performing Micra, Pulsar, Altima and Y61 Patrol diesel, leaving it under-indexed in the shrinking – but still big-volume – passenger market...


Nissan confident Leaf will remain top global EV
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Nissan confident Leaf will remain top global EV

Nissan’s global EV program director is confident the second-generation Leaf will retain its predecessor’s mantle as the global electric sales king, despite the spectre of a tougher competitor set. Speaking at the Nissan Futures conference in Singapore this week, Nicholas Thomas said he wasn't concerned about competition, and snuck a cheeky dig at high-profile electric-vehicle maker Tesla for good measure...


Honda Australia leaps into 2018, up 32 per cent
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Honda Australia leaps into 2018, up 32 per cent

We’re only one sales month into 2018, but if the most-improved brand award were to be dished out now, then a revitalised Honda would be the runaway winner. The company’s sales grew 32 per cent for the month compared to January 2017’s tally, a growth rate eight-times the market average. Sticking on that theme, it finished eighth overall in-market, between Nissan and Kia...


VFACTS: January 2018 new vehicle sales
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VFACTS: January 2018 new vehicle sales

New vehicle industry peak lobby group, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), reported a 4.3 per cent increase in sales and registrations for January 2018 compared to the same month last year. VFACTS data released today recorded 88,551 sales for the first month of the calendar year...


2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross sits between the ASX and Outlander, but it's a more resolved and engaging model than either. We've only had a few hours at the wheel, but it has all the appearance of a strong entrant into a cluttered segment.

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$30,500 - $38,500

Ford Australia must improve Escape sales, sports variant an option
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Ford Australia must improve Escape sales, sports variant an option

Ford’s regional boss is sufficiently dissatisfied with the modest sales of its Escape SUV in Australia to go on the record about it, and says he is looking at adding “emotional derivatives” with performance or luxury bents to shake things up. The Escape is one of the world’s most popular crossovers, yet despite some sales growth in 2017 compared to the badly-named Kuga it replaced, managed just 3...


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV hits 100k Euro sales
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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV hits 100k Euro sales

Mitsubishi Motors has just sold its 100,000th Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid in Europe, a single market packed with countries that offer all manner of financial incentives to prospective green-car buyers. In fact, about 10 per cent of the company's total volume across Europe is the Outlander PHEV, and it's the best-selling vehicle of its type (from an admittedly small field) in markets such as the UK, Norway and Spain...