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New cars launching in Australia in April 2021

The Australian new-car market is a crowded one, with dozens of manufacturers offering hundreds of models in different segments and body styles. Over 100 all-new, updated or expanded model ranges are due to launch throughout 2021, as chronicled in CarAdvice's 2021 New Car Calendar – but what's there to look forward to this month? Here's a look at every new vehicle launching in Australia in April 2021...

Q&A: Affordable small SUVs with self-park systems?

Hi there - my Mum who is closing in on 80 years is wanting to downsize from her mid-2000s Honda CR-V to something more compact - but we are looking for a compact SUV with park assist and all the modern safety tech...

Renault unveils new badge

French automotive manufacturer Renault has unveiled a new badge, with range-wide adoption slated by 2024. The minimalistic design – which was first previewed on the retro Renault 5 electric hatch prototype (shown below) in January 2021 – retains the brand's iconic diamond silhouette, however moves to a two-dimensional plane...

Volkswagen join GM in rejection of hydrogen technology – report

Volkswagen Group boss Herbert Diess has solidified his company's commitment to battery-powered vehicles, rejecting hydrogen as a viable fuel alternative. Speaking to the Financial Times, Mr Diess was adamant there was no future in hydrogen passenger cars due to limitations in the technology. "You won’t see any hydrogen usage in cars," Mr Diess said...

French brands Renault, Peugeot and Citroen continue their decline in Australia

French cars have posted some of their worst sales results in Australia on record, according to the latest official sales figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. The three brands, Citroen, Renault and Peugeot, have only reported 797 sales between them in the first two months of 2021, down by more than 30 per cent compared to the same period last year...

Electric vehicle sales have doubled so far this year

Official new car sales data released today shows 558 electric vehicles were reported as sold during January and February of 2021, an increase of 105.1 per cent over the same months last year. The increase could be higher if Tesla sales were included in official data. Although Tesla has been selling cars in Australia since 2014, it does not provide monthly sales updates...

Mitsubishi Express van gets zero stars for safety, lowest score recorded in Australia

The Mitsubishi Express van – a rebadged version of the Renault Trafic – has been issued the lowest safety rating ever applied to a vehicle in Australia. The zero star rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) is the lowest safety score issued in the 28-year history of the independent authority...

2021 Renault Captur price and specs

2021 Renault Captur price and specs detailed Three variants for new small SUV, with first deliveries in April Prices starting from $28,190 before on-road costs Wide range of technology and personalisation options on offer Australian pricing and specification details of the 2021 Renault Captur have been confirmed, ahead of first customer deliveries commencing in April...

2021 Renault Captur: First Australian deliveries delayed to April

The 2021 Renault Captur's Australian launch has been delayed, the French brand's local division has confirmed. A Renault Australia spokesperson told CarAdvice this week customer deliveries of the new-generation Captur won't commence until early April – around three months later than planned – although a small number of cars will be available to test drive in the coming weeks...

Aussie F1 hopeful Oscar Piastri takes next step with Alpine

Australia’s next Formula One hopeful Oscar Piastri isn’t daunted by the task ahead of him in 2021 as he steps up into the FIA F2 Championship. Piastri, who won the FIA F3 Championship in 2020, steps into the Formula One feeder category with Prema Racing, the same outfit that took Mick Schumacher to the F2 title in 2020...

Renault switches to independent distributor in Australia from April 2021 – UPDATE

UPDATE, 4 February 2021: Renault Australia has today confirmed the French brand will be handled locally by independent distributor Ateco from April 2021. In a joint statement issued today, Renault said the existing national network of 53 showrooms and three service-only outlets will remain unchanged for the time being...