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2019 Volkswagen Golf updates detailed

Volkswagen Australia has detailed the updated MY19 Golf range this week, with a smaller model range and a new base trim set to arrive in dealerships this October. The 110TSI base model has been culled, along with the manual Golf R, with the Trendline grade serving as the new entry point to the revised range...

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2019 BMW 8 Series revealed
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2019 BMW 8 Series revealed

BMW has ended the never-ending tease, revealing the hotly-anticipated new 8 Series ahead of an Australian arrival next year. This is the second-ever 8 Series, and the first of the 21st century. It's also the first without pop-up headlights, but we'll accept no new car is going to bring them back. Blame pedestrians and their silly, soft bodies for that one...


Mercedes-Benz recalls 774,000 European vehicles for emissions defeat devices
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Mercedes-Benz recalls 774,000 European vehicles for emissions defeat devices

Daimler AG, parent of Mercedes-Benz has been forced to recall around 774,000 vehicles across its C-Class, GLC and Vito model lines in Europe, after being accused by German authorities of fitting emissions defeat devices in certain diesel models...


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...


VFACTS: May 2018 new vehicle sales
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VFACTS: May 2018 new vehicle sales

New-vehicle sales fell 2.1 per cent in May over the same month in 2017, to 100,754 units. However, the market remains on track to eclipse last year’s all-time annual record, with 475,222 sales counted over the first five months. SUV sales grew by 8.4 per cent in May, yielding 42,973 buyers or 42.7 per cent market share...


ACCC adds 1.1 million vehicles to compulsory Takata recall
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ACCC adds 1.1 million vehicles to compulsory Takata recall

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has added around 1.1 million vehicles to the Takata airbag recall, publishing a new list of vehicles previously not known to have been affected. While these models aren't under active recall just yet, the ACCC has identified them as subject to future recalls by their respective manufacturers as part of the compulsory campaign that requires affected makes to replace all defective airbags before the end of 2020...


2019 Ford Ranger pricing and specs
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2019 Ford Ranger pricing and specs

Ford Australia has announced local pricing and specifications for the updated 2019 Ranger ute, with the refreshed range to kick off at $27,990 before on-road costs. While the upgrades announced last week focus mainly on the high-spec variants – which Ford tells us make up the majority of Ranger sales – there are changes, big and small, across all trim levels...


2018 Renault Megane RS pricing leaked
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2018 Renault Megane RS pricing leaked

Pricing for the hotly-anticipated Renault Megane RS will start at $44,990 before on-roads when the car touches down in the third quarter of 2018, according to a dealer bulletin obtained by CarAdvice.  The bulletin says Australian buyers will initially be offered the RS280 with six-speed manual ($44,990 before on-roads) or six-speed dual-clutch automatic ($47,990 before on-roads) options, with 205kW of power and 390Nm of torque from a turbocharged 1...


BMW 530d becomes NSW Highway Patrol vehicle
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BMW 530d becomes NSW Highway Patrol vehicle

The New South Wales Police Force has confirmed it will use the BMW 530d as Highway Patrol cars, becoming the second Australian authority to use the German sedan. "We are honoured by our association with the New South Wales Police Force and delighted that our officers will be driving BMW’s safe, efficient and dynamically superior vehicles," said Marc Werner, BMW Group Australia's CEO...


2018 Skoda Karoq pricing and specs – UPDATE
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2018 Skoda Karoq pricing and specs – UPDATE

Update (15/5/18): Skoda Australia has confirmed the Launch Pack is limited to just 260 units, and that these vehicles won't be available with the 10-speaker sounds system offered in the Tech Pack. See bottom of article for details. Local pricing and specifications for the 2018 Skoda Karoq have been revealed this week, ahead its July on-sale date...


2018 BMW M5 Competition revealed
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2018 BMW M5 Competition revealed

The 2018 BMW M5 Competition has been officially revealed, bringing increased performance and unique features to the Bavarian super sedan. Set to be priced from $229,900 before on-road costs in Australia, the M5 Competition boasts a beefier version of the standard car's 4...


2018 Kia Stinger range gets five-star ANCAP rating - UPDATE
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2018 Kia Stinger range gets five-star ANCAP rating - UPDATE

The 2018 Kia Stinger now wears a five-star ANCAP rating across the entire model range, thanks to the addition of safety technologies like autonomous-emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keep assist to entry-level 200S and 330S variants...


2019 Kia Carnival pricing and specs
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2019 Kia Carnival pricing and specs

Kia has revealed local pricing and specifications for its updated Carnival people mover, which now kicks off at $42,490 before on-road costs. Power comes from a choice of 3.3-litre V6 petrol or 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engines, both of which are hooked up to a new eight-speed automatic transmission...


VFACTS: April 2018 new vehicle sales
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VFACTS: April 2018 new vehicle sales

Australia’s new vehicle market cooled off in April after a record first-quarter to the calendar year, with the industry’s VFACTS figures reporting 82,930 cars and trucks sold, down 0.2 per cent over the same month last year. One-third of the way into the sales year, the market tally sits at 374,468 units, up 3.3 per cent over 2017’s all-time record figure...


Haval wants world-leading drivetrain R&D
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Haval wants world-leading drivetrain R&D

Great Wall Motor (GWM) — parent of the eponymous ute brand, plus Haval, Wey and Ora — has lured engineers from big European OEMs and invested billions into R&D, with the ambitious goal of being a world-leading drivetrain producer and supplier...


Kia Stinger: AEB coming to base models
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Kia Stinger: AEB coming to base models

Kia Australia has confirmed it will be adding driver assistance technologies like autonomous-emergency braking (AEB) to entry-level variants of its Stinger liftback. Speaking with CarAdvice, the Korean manufacturer's local communications boss, Kevin Hepworth, said base 'S' variants have seen the addition of AEB along with adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist from February production...


Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti coming Down Under
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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti coming Down Under

Alfa Romeo will bring the more powerful Stelvio Ti offered in overseas markets to Australia later this year. With power from the same 206kW/400Nm turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine as the Giulia Veloce, the Ti sprints to 100km/h in 5.7 seconds – 1.5 seconds faster than the base petrol Stelvio, and 0...


2019 Ford Focus revealed, Australian launch confirmed - UPDATE
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2019 Ford Focus revealed, Australian launch confirmed - UPDATE

The fourth-generation Ford Focus has been unveiled after a seemingly endless series of leaks, teasers and spy photos. UPDATE, 25/05/18: Ford has confirmed the Focus will arrive in Australia this November. Ford overnight revealed all three body styles of the new model at once...


Ford Ranger Raptor pricing announced – UPDATE
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Ford Ranger Raptor pricing announced – UPDATE

Update (25/5/18): The Ranger Raptor has been confirmed for a September launch. Ford Australia has announced pricing for the hotly-anticipated Ranger Raptor, with proceedings to kick off at $74,990 before on-road costs when it arrives in showrooms later this year. That means the range-topping Ranger comes in at $13,200 more expensive than the current Wildtrak, and $6500 more than the Volkswagen Amarok V6 Ultimate...


VFACTS: March 2018 new vehicle sales
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VFACTS: March 2018 new vehicle sales

Australia’s new vehicle sales in March hit a record high of 106,988 units, according to company-provided figures collated by industry peak body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). This increase of 4.4 per cent over March 2017 took quarter-one sales to 291,538, up 1.5 per cent over last year’s record...