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2018 Volkswagen Crafter review

Volkswagen Australia wants this new-generation Crafter to triple its predecessor's sales. With a vastly wider range of variants available, now developed entirely in-house, this seems achievable.

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Renault Australia: Trafic auto still 12 to 18 months away
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Renault Australia: Trafic auto still 12 to 18 months away

There's something holding the Renault Trafic back in Australia. No matter how sharply it's marketed, or how well it's priced, buyers want automatics, and the French brand doesn't offer one Down Under. Even tradies are avoiding three-pedal cars like the proverbial locally. Manual vans make up just 30 per cent of the market in which the Trafic competes, making its nine per cent segment share impressive...


2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter recalled
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2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter recalled

Mercedes-Benz Australia has recalled select Sprinters built in October and November 2017, over concerns some spot welds may not have been applied. According to the company, some spot welds on the front-side wall linking the door frame with their hinge reinforcements mightn't have been applied, on either the driver or passenger side of the car...


Renault Kangoo ZE: Electric van priced from $52,527 for private buyers
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Renault Kangoo ZE: Electric van priced from $52,527 for private buyers

Renault Australia will start selling the Kangoo ZE all-electric van to private buyers, offering it alongside the Zoe city car at a handful of specially-trained dealers. Previously reserved for fleet buyers, the electric load-lugger will be priced from $52,527 drive-away. Power comes from a 33kWh lithium-ion battery pack hooked up to a synchronous electric motor making 44kW and and 226Nm of torque...


Volkswagen California XXL teased
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Volkswagen California XXL teased

Volkswagen has released a trio of teaser sketches for its new California XXL motorhome, scheduled to debut at the 2018 Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf next month. Essentially a production version of the California XXL motorhome concept shown at last year's Caravan Salon, the new camper van is based on the Crafter commercial van, and will sit atop the T6 Transporter-based California in the company's line-up...


2019 Citroen Berlingo revealed, Peugeot Partner too
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2019 Citroen Berlingo revealed, Peugeot Partner too

The all-new Citroen Berlingo has been revealed alongside its Peugeot Partner twin bringing a host of upgrades including new driver assistance systems and powertrains...


Ford and Volkswagen exploring 'strategic alliance'
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Ford and Volkswagen exploring 'strategic alliance'

Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Company have signed a memorandum of understanding ahead of a possible 'strategic alliance', which could see the two automotive giants team up to develop commercial vehicles. The pairing wouldn't involve any equity sharing or "cross-ownership stakes", ruling out the possibility of a massive automotive alliance in a similar vein to Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi or Peugeot Citroen (PSA)...


Mercedes-Benz X250d Progressive v Nissan Navara ST-X comparison
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Mercedes-Benz X250d Progressive v Nissan Navara ST-X comparison

When Mercedes-Benz chose to enter the dual-cab ute market with the new X-Class, it didn’t go it alone. Working partner Nissan lent a hand – and a variety of components from the Navara – to get the job done. The two aren’t exactly the same. The X-Class is more than just a Navara with a three-pointed star on the nose (despite what you might read in our comments), but it’s not entirely different...


Ford testing 'autonomous' food delivery in Miami
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Ford testing 'autonomous' food delivery in Miami

Ford has teamed up with Postmates to test a self-driving food truck in Miami, in an attempt to better understand how people interact with unmanned delivery vehicles. When we say unmanned, we mean vehicles that appear unmanned. Ford is already running a number of trials with autonomous cars, but this is aimed at better understanding how people actually deal with the car once it's arrived with their food...


Opel teases new concept, next-gen Corsa confirmed for 2019
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Opel teases new concept, next-gen Corsa confirmed for 2019

Opel has revealed its upcoming model and development plans at its TechDay, hosted at the company's Rüsselsheim engineering centre in Germany. Freshly acquired by France's PSA Group, parent to brands like Citroen and Peugeot, Opel confirmed it will develop the group's next-generation of four-cylinder petrol engines and light commercial vehicles, along with teasing a new concept bound for reveal later this year...


2018 Ram 1500 pricing and specs
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2018 Ram 1500 pricing and specs

As the North American market begins rollout of the new-generation 2019 Ram 1500, Australian details for the older 2018 Ram 1500 have been announced this week. The older 1500 will continue to be built alongside the new model as a more affordable entry option for American buyers, but, for the foreseeable future, it will be the only version of the 1500 sold here...


2018.5 Ford Transit Custom pricing and specs
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2018.5 Ford Transit Custom pricing and specs

Local pricing and specifications for the 2018.5 Ford Transit Custom range have been revealed this week, with the updated van available now from $40,990 before on-road costs. Key visual changes include a refreshed exterior with new bonnet, headlights, daytime-running lights, grille and front bumper, along with the redesigned cabin...


Ram 1500: First ute rolls off Aussie production line
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Ram 1500: First ute rolls off Aussie production line

The Ateco Group has produced its first Ram 1500 at its facility in Melbourne, Victoria, ahead of the truck's market launch this month. Pricing and specifications for our market are still to be announced, though all versions will feature a 5.7-litre 'Hemi' V8 – which makes 395hp (294kW) in US trim – and offer a towing capacity of up to 4...


Mercedes-Benz accused of emissions cheating on C-Class, Vito – UPDATE
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Mercedes-Benz accused of emissions cheating on C-Class, Vito – UPDATE

UPDATE: Daimler's statement in response to the recall order affecting 1.6-litre diesel variants of the Vito van, has been added to this article. Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, could be facing an investigation from German authorities due to suspected use of emissions-cheating software in its diesel engines...


Apple, Volkswagen collaborating on autonomous Transporter - report
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Apple, Volkswagen collaborating on autonomous Transporter - report

Apple is reportedly working with Volkswagen to design and build a self-driving electric van to transport its employees between its Silicon Valley campuses. According to The New York Times, the self-driving car will be based on the chassis of the Volkswagen Transporter. Apple is working with Italdesign, a Volkswagen subsidiary, to design the vehicle...


2017-18 Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled
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2017-18 Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled

American Special Vehicles has recalled the 2017-18 Ram 2500 and 3500 over concerns the power steering could fail. The company reports vehicles fitted with a certain type of power steering hose may experience the fault. If the condition occurs, owners may notice a loss of hydraulic assistance to both the brakes and steering, subsequently increasing the risk an accident...


HSV Silverado pricing and specs
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HSV Silverado pricing and specs

Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) has announced pricing and specifications for the Chevrolet Silverado range, with the re-engineered American pick-up truck to start at $114,990 before on-road costs. Five variants will be offered locally, though all versions feature the same 6...


2018 Ford Fiesta Van revealed
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2018 Ford Fiesta Van revealed

As we learned last week, the Ford Fiesta is coming to Australia – but the version you see here definitely won't make the trip. Where we're only getting the hottest ST, the European market will be getting the core range along with this – the Fiesta Van. From the outside, the Fiesta Van looks like a regular two-door model with some body-coloured paint over the rear windows...


Volvo unveils first all-electric truck
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Volvo unveils first all-electric truck

Volvo has unveiled its first all-electric truck, complete with battery options ranging from 100kWh to 300kWh. The FL Electric is based on Volvo Trucks's new FL platform, introduced last month. Although the 16-tonne architecture is suitable for a huge range of applications, the Electric is designed predominately for urban duties like deliveries and waste disposal...


Mercedes-Benz eSprinter: More details revealed
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Mercedes-Benz eSprinter: More details revealed

Mercedes-Benz has elaborated on specifications about its upcoming eSprinter van, after initially unveiling the car early in February. Measuring up at 5932mm long on a 3924mm wheelbase, the electric van will be available with a 55kWh or 41kWh battery pack. The former claims a 150km range – Mercedes says it's a reliable figure in unfavourable conditions – and offers a 900kg payload...