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Ford Ranger Raptor design patent confirms North American launch

Ford is yet to officially confirm the existence of a Ranger Raptor for the North American market, but documents filed with IP Australia referencing an American design patent suggest its announcement is imminent...

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Kia Picanto X-Line coming to Australia
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Kia Picanto X-Line coming to Australia

It appears the Kia Picanto X-Line will indeed make its way Down Under, according to a leaked dealer bulletin obtained by CarAdvice this week. Going by the materials, the Picanto X-Line will be offered later this year as a limited-run AO Edition, with sales to kick off in November ahead of the 2019 Australian Open tennis Grand Slam...


Toyota HiLux, Landcruiser Prado gain diesel particulate filter regeneration switch - UPDATE
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Toyota HiLux, Landcruiser Prado gain diesel particulate filter regeneration switch - UPDATE

UPDATE: The Toyota Fortuner will also get the DPF regeneration switch as part of the August tech change. Toyota will shortly announce the addition of a diesel particular filter (DPF) regeneration switch for the Landcruiser Prado and HiLux, as part of a rolling technical change on both models...


2019 Suzuki Vitara 'Series II' leaked
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2019 Suzuki Vitara 'Series II' leaked

The updated Suzuki Vitara Series II has leaked online ahead of its official reveal, giving us a first look at the updated crossover before it goes on sale locally in the first quarter of next year. Published on a government website, this is the first time we've seen the final design of the updated Vitara, with all previous images being of camouflaged prototypes doing rounds in Europe...


Toyota Prado VX, GXL, Kakadu gain new, no-cost tailgate option
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Toyota Prado VX, GXL, Kakadu gain new, no-cost tailgate option

Toyota is about to announce the addition of a split tailgate with top-hinged glass as a no-cost option for the updated Landcruiser Prado, CarAdvice can exclusively reveal. Unlike previous Prado generations where the flat, split tailgate has been limited to top-spec Altitude models, the model-year update will make it available on the GXL, VX and Kakadu...


Ford Ranger Raptor to miss out on critical safety technology
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Ford Ranger Raptor to miss out on critical safety technology

Ford has confirmed  the all-new Ford Ranger Raptor will miss out on AEB, a critical safety technology, despite it being available in other, cheaper Ranger models. Carrying a price tag of $74,990 (before on-road costs), CarAdvice can reveal the Ranger Raptor won't get Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) or radar cruise control...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance trim becomes standard for MY19
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance trim becomes standard for MY19

Volkswagen Australia has announced the Golf GTI Performance will return in October, becoming standard fitment across the GTI range as part of a forthcoming 2019 model-year update. After hinting at plans to release a Performance Edition 2 in the third quarter of this year, a global move to discontinue the 169kW engine tune in the current Golf GTI led the local arm to specify the 'Performance' package for all MY19 Golf GTIs in Australia – meaning the 'standard' car will get more than just a power bump...


Renault Australia plotting two utes: Alaskan and Duster Oroch
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Renault Australia plotting two utes: Alaskan and Duster Oroch

Renault Australia is lobbying head office to give it a two-pronged ute line-up to capitalise on massive segment growth. The flagship you’ve heard of: it’s the Alaskan, Renault’s rebadged NP300 Nissan Navara (not quite the moderate rework that Mercedes’ X-Class is) that has been an incongruous on again/off again proposition for Australia...


2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI won't have a manual gearbox in Australia
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2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI won't have a manual gearbox in Australia

In news for traditional hot hatch enthusiasts, Volkswagen Australia will not offer a manual gearbox on the brand new Polo GTI, due in August — though it will become available overseas, should the company’s local arm change its mind...


Australia soft on stolen car exports: Melbourne Mercedes found in Dubai, authorities do nothing
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Australia soft on stolen car exports: Melbourne Mercedes found in Dubai, authorities do nothing

It's the type of thing that keeps you up at night – the thought of somebody breaking into your home while you're asleep. That's especially true in Victoria, where crime rates have skyrocketed. Crime rates are up by 16.7 per cent per 100,000 people over the past five years, with property and deception offences accounting for the greatest number of crimes reported...


Holden registers Camaro trademark
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Holden registers Camaro trademark

In news that's sure to excite Holden fans, General Motors Holden has just registered the Camaro trademark for Australia. If history is any indication, trademarks registered for Australia generally don't mean much beyond the brand protection steps taken by most multinational companies. But, in the case of the Camaro trademark, extra work has gone into ensuring it covers all elements of the sale process...


Volkswagen T-Roc: Small SUV forced off Australian agenda, for now
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Volkswagen T-Roc: Small SUV forced off Australian agenda, for now

A worldwide production shortfall has forced Volkswagen Australia to take the chic little T-Roc crossover — its premium-positioned Mazda CX-3 and Toyota C-HR rival — off the agenda for the time being, though it will revisit the business case in 12 months time. It had been pencilled in for a local launch either late in 2018 or early 2019, though supply issues always made its situation for our market tenuous...


Lamborghini 'one-off' supercar announcement imminent, showcasing new tech
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Lamborghini 'one-off' supercar announcement imminent, showcasing new tech

Lamborghini is set to announce a limited-edition model to customers shortly, which will showcase a number of new techologies for the brand. Speaking exclusively with CarAdvice at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, director of research and development for Lamborghini, Maurizio Reggiani said that this 'one-off' model is likely to be sold out by the time it's revealed...


Alpine A110 being readied for Australian release
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Alpine A110 being readied for Australian release

Renault Australia is in the process of submitting regulatory documents to approve the Alpine A110 for sale in Australia, despite staying quiet about its future here. The latest documents and images, submitted on August 1, 2017, suggest Renault is close to gaining approval to sell the vehicle in Australia...


Renault Zoe: Australian launch imminent with two variants coming
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Renault Zoe: Australian launch imminent with two variants coming

While Renault remains stubbornly quiet on the topic, we can reveal that the Renault Zoe launch is now imminent, with the vehicle recently listed on a government vehicle guide. As revealed by CarAdvice in June, Renault's local arm has gone through the motions of registering the Zoe with Australian government regulatory bodies - a sure sign of intent to bring the little electric hatch to our market...


Foton returns to Australian market with Tunland, Sauvana, Aumark and CS2 van
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Foton returns to Australian market with Tunland, Sauvana, Aumark and CS2 van

Chinese brand Foton is back in Australia, with the brand kicking off its sales campaign with four models. Dropped from the Ateco Automotive portfolio earlier this year, Foton Motor Australia Ptd Ltd now operates from an address in Ashmore, Queensland, with a new website displaying its portfolio of products...


2018 HSV/Walkinshaw Colorado: HSV's new ute exposed
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2018 HSV/Walkinshaw Colorado: HSV's new ute exposed

What you're looking at here is the beefed up Holden Colorado that will wear an HSV or Walkinshaw badge from 2018. Trademark images submitted by HSV were exclusively sourced by CarAdvice to build these renders, which indicate that the HSV Colorado will be a big cosmetic step up from the current version offered by Holden...


HSV could swap to Walkinshaw name in 2018
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HSV could swap to Walkinshaw name in 2018

Rumours within the automotive industry have been building on this topic for some time, and this week further confirmation suggests the HSV brand name will be dropped from 2018. HSV is expected to be rebranded as Walkinshaw from 2018, with all new products modified by the company to wear Walkinshaw branding exclusively...


2018 Ford Ranger and Everest spied testing: AEB and new tech coming
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2018 Ford Ranger and Everest spied testing: AEB and new tech coming

Ford Australia is busy working on an update for the Ford Ranger and Everest, which is expected to launch locally in 2018. CarAdvice can reveal these exclusive images of the 2018 Ford Ranger XLT, Ranger Wildtrak and Everest undergoing testing in Victoria, showing a host of technology changes expected to place the Ranger ahead of the dual-cab ute pack in Australia...


2019 Ford Ranger Raptor V6: This is the ute you've been waiting for!
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2019 Ford Ranger Raptor V6: This is the ute you've been waiting for!

Brace yourselves, folks! We've just spied Ford's craziest and most powerful Ranger yet, the Ford Ranger Raptor. As exclusively revealed by CarAdvice in June 2015, Ford is working on a powerful, off-road-focused Ranger with an overhauled the ride and handling setup, expected to be released in 2019...