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Renault vans get five-year capped-price servicing, but only three-year warranty

Renault Australia has announced it will offer five-year capped-price servicing for its Kangoo, Trafic and Master vans, an increase from the three-year plans previously offered. However, Renault vans will still only come with a three-year warranty rather than the five-year coverage on its passenger cars, and the seven-year warranty currently being offered on its Koleos SUV as a special promotion...

2020 Renault Kadjar SUV: July drive-away prices announced

Renault Australia has announced drive-away pricing across its Kadjar SUV range for July. Kadjar Life trim starts from $28,990 drive away, with Zen and Intens grades priced at $31,990 and $36,990 drive-away respectively. These represent a further $2500 discount on June drive-away pricing for the Kadjar. The 2020 Renault Kadjar line-up uses a 1...

Australia's most affordable hybrid and electric cars

The list of electric car and hybrid car options in Australia expands with every passing year, but their often prohibitive cost – particularly in the case of EVs – remains a major barrier to their uptake. Hybrid drivetrains are complex, while batteries for hybrid or electric cars are expensive to manufacture, which bumps up the price of hybrid and electric cars across the board...

Struggle street: the cars yet to pass 25 sales so far this year

The new-car market has been competitive and cutthroat for a while, but the first half of 2020 increased the pressure to perform. With production delays due to coronavirus, a raft of exciting new models on the horizon, electric and hybrid cars upping their game and buyers facing financial limitations, every new vehicle on the market had to fight harder than ever to succeed...

Electric car sales surge in the first five months of this year

Private buyers are the driving force behind an unprecedented surge in electric car sales in Australia. Demand for electric cars among private individuals – rather than business or government fleets – increased by a staggering 56 per cent in the first five months of this year – at the same time as the overall market slumped by 24 per cent, figures obtained by CarAdvice show...

Nissan and Renault press pause on merger – report

MORE: All COVID-19 coverage here Car makers Nissan and Renault have pressed pause on their plans of a merger as both brands struggle to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. According to news agency Reuters, Nissan and Renault will hold off on the merger to instead focus on repairing their alliance, with the brands set to make a joint-announcement later today...

Renault could disappear without a bail out – report

MORE: All COVID-19 coverage here French car maker Renault “could disappear” if its €5 billion (AU$8.3 billion) government bail out application is not approved, according to the man in charge of signing off on the sum. France’s finance minister Bruno Le Maire made the prediction while speaking to Europe 1 Radio last week about Renault’s future...

‘SUVs here to stay’: Renault design chief

The proliferation of SUVs on our roads is not going to subside anytime soon. That’s the message from Francois Leboine, the head of concept car design at French auto giant Renault, who spoke to Australian media during a phone conference last week. In addition to their popularity due to a taller driving position – and more flexible cabins and cargo areas – SUVs also provide close to the ideal platform for electrification, he said...

Tesla Cybertruck: 'Iconic. Brutal. Perfect,' says rival designer

One of the world’s leading car designers has called the Tesla Cybertruck a "perfect design". François Leboine, the boss of concept car design at French auto giant Renault, bestowed the accolades on Tesla’s striking and revolutionary design for a ute during a video conference with Australian journalists...

Electric cars in Australia: Every model available (and some nearly here)

As Australian sales of electric cars continue to rise and industry bodies urge the Federal Government to make charging infrastructure a national priority, it appears EVs (electric vehicles) have progressed beyond buzzword status to present-day reality...

Mitsubishi Express details released ahead of July showroom arrival

A Mitsubishi Express van will return to Australian showrooms after a seven-year absence as a rebadged version of the Renault Trafic. It has been made possible thanks to the recent joint venture between the Japanese and French brands. Prices, warranty details, and service intervals are yet to be announced, but most other details of the 2020 Mitsubishi Express have been released ahead of its arrival in Australian showrooms in July...