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2019 Mazda 3 teaser released ahead of LA debut

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2019 Mazda 3 teaser released ahead of LA debut

A first official preview of the new-generation Mazda 3 has been handed down this evening, ahead of what is expected to be an LA motor show debut. For now, the company has confirmed only that the new model will appear in November, but this makes Los Angeles the most likely location...

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2018 Paris motor show: Hits and misses
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2018 Paris motor show: Hits and misses

Another Paris motor show done and dusted, and suddenly we find ourselves wondering... will there be many, or any, more to come? While this year's show brought us some beautiful concepts and big unveilings, the show seemed... a shadow of its former self. Only time will tell...


Toyota tops 2018 Interbrand list, Subaru pips Tesla
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Toyota tops 2018 Interbrand list, Subaru pips Tesla

For more years than any of us have fingers to count, Toyota has ruled the list of the world's most valuable automotive brands – while rubbing shoulders with the world's most valuable brands, full stop. Toyota's pre-eminence would seem obvious, given it is the best-selling vehicle brand in the world. However, financial performance is only one criteria in Interbrand's analysis...


Autonomous driving: Office for Future Transport Tech announced by Australian government
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Autonomous driving: Office for Future Transport Tech announced by Australian government

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack today announced the establishment of a new Office for Future Transport Technologies, launched through a  $9.7 million investment...


Victorian govt drops $1 million on regional EV chargers
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Victorian govt drops $1 million on regional EV chargers

The Victorian Labor Government revealed today it will partly fund the installation of two "ultra-rapid" electric vehicle charging stations at two regional locations: Euroa and Barnawartha North, near Wodonga. A $1 million grant was announced by Energy Minister, Lily D'Ambrosio, with the amount to be matched by Chargefox, the company that will install and administer the charging stations...


2019 Ford Endura pricing and specs
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2019 Ford Endura pricing and specs

Australian pricing and specifications for the new, imported 2019 Ford Endura have been announced today, almost exactly two years since the company killed its Australian manufacturing program. The last Aussie-made Territory and Falcon models rolled down the line on the 7th of October, 2016...


A visual history of seven enduring car names that will never die
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A visual history of seven enduring car names that will never die

It'll be many years before we'll know if newer badges like the Hyundai i30 – now 11 years young – will ever be able to lay claim to an almost ancient heritage, but the Corolla nameplate certainly can. (Indeed, Toyota Europe recently realised just how valuable that is.) Likewise the Volkswagen Golf, the Honda Civic, Jaguar's XJ… these are all badges with a lineage that reaches back decades...


New Cars: 2018 New Car Calendar, the October update
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New Cars: 2018 New Car Calendar, the October update

Last year was a huge one for new-model launches in Australia, bringing us cars like the all-new Giulia, the Volvo XC60, Hyundai i30, the Stinger and the... well, the list goes on, and you can find it here. Now we're most of the way into 2018, and in many respects it's been an even bigger year than the last...


I drove a Mercedes to Monza, to watch Mercedes win
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I drove a Mercedes to Monza, to watch Mercedes win

I've a confession, although it's not exactly a secret: I'm not really into motorsport. It's a fact that perplexes and even vexes my colleagues. What kind of motoring journo doesn't get up at 3am for the F1? Well, me, for one. (There are others, too, but I won't name and shame.) Still, I've attended my share of races, and while I can't name every helmet on the grid, I wouldn't say I've ever been bored...


Ford Ranger Raptor debuts in Supercars recovery trim
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Ford Ranger Raptor debuts in Supercars recovery trim

The big new Ford Ranger Raptor has made its debut in racetrack form today, ahead of this weekend's Sandown 500 event in Victoria. Of course, when we say racetrack, we don't mean it'll be competing. The Ranger Raptor is no Superutes contender (at least not yet), but rather the Supercars series' official new recovery vehicle...


Mercedes-Benz EQC: Of course it's an SUV
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Mercedes-Benz EQC: Of course it's an SUV

"Shame it's an SUV," wrote one of our Instagram followers on Tuesday, following the global unveiling of the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQC in Sweden. There was a time, early in this modern era of electric vehicles, when car enthusiasts couldn't possibly get on board with the thought of owning an EV...


Mercedes EQ could make up nearly half of all sales by 2025
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Mercedes EQ could make up nearly half of all sales by 2025

Mercedes-Benz's new EQ electric technology could be powering a significant proportion of cars it sells by 2025, according to Mercedes-Benz research and development chief Ola Kallenius. Speaking with Australian media at the global launch of the new EQC electric SUV in Sweden this week, Kallenius shared some insight on the company's plans for EQ electric and EQ Power plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models in the next decade...


AMG EVs a logical step, Mercedes R&D chief says
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AMG EVs a logical step, Mercedes R&D chief says

This week's unveiling of the new Mercedes-Benz EQC has given the world its first look at the German giant's new family of electric vehicles, which will include even more SUVs and a number of other passenger cars. But, for Ola Kallenius – board of management member, and global head of research for Daimler AG and the development of all Mercedes-Benz models – it was probably no surprise that one of the first questions from the world's media was about AMG...


2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC revealed: 300kW EV debuts in Stockholm
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2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC revealed: 300kW EV debuts in Stockholm

The all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQC has been unveiled today at a special event in Sweden, two years after it first appeared as a concept at the Paris motor show. As expected, and certainly as hinted by a flood of spy photos and official teaser images, the EQC has more than a little GLC about its styling...


Honda slow-and-steady on electrification for Australia
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Honda slow-and-steady on electrification for Australia

The head of Honda's local arm says that whatever the brand might look to take leadership on in the Australian market, electrification won't be at the top of the list. Speaking with CarAdvice, Honda Australia boss Stephen Collins touched on a two-fold problem: the business case for hybrids isn't compelling, and, for now, full-electric models seem to be on the 'look but don't touch' list for our region...