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2018 Honda HR-V: Initial details for Australia, here in August

Honda Australia has released preliminary information for the updated 2018 HR-V range, headlined by the standard fitment of autonomous emergency braking (AEB), along with a new sport-themed RS trim grade...

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2018.5 Ford Escape pricing and specs
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2018.5 Ford Escape pricing and specs

Ford Australia has confirmed 2018.5 Escape pricing and specifications, announcing the addition of range-wide standard autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and a new ST-Line grade from September. Every new Escape will include AEB as standard, having previously bundled it in the $1300 Driver Assist Technologies pack on Trend and Titanium models, and not offered it on the base Ambiente...


Standard AEB inclusion up tenfold since 2015 in Australia - study
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Standard AEB inclusion up tenfold since 2015 in Australia - study

A report from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has revealed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is included as standard in 10 times more vehicles than 2015. There are a few interesting takeaways from the research, but the most significant is this: just six of the top 100 models lines on Australia's sales charts had AEB as standard across the range (from the cheapest to most expensive variant) in 2015, representing just 3...


2018 Kia Cerato pricing and specs
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2018 Kia Cerato pricing and specs

Kia Australia has launched a new version of its top-seller, the Cerato small car. More accurately, it’s launched the sedan version, with the hatchback model not due until year’s end, at best. The new-generation model, to line up against other popular four-door rivals such as the Honda Civic and Mazda 3, plus the related Hyundai Elantra, looks to be a big step forward over the car it replaces...


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...


Nissan Australia wants Terra 'as soon as possible'
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Nissan Australia wants Terra 'as soon as possible'

Nissan Australia wants the Terra, and it wants it badly. Launched with a diesel engine and seven seats for the wider south-east Asian market this week, the new off-roader would go head-to-head with the Ford Everest and Isuzu MU-X if it landed on our shores, while also fitting nicely as a spiritual successor to the first- and second-generation Pathfinder...


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...


2019 Honda Accord to kickstart range-wide safety upgrade
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2019 Honda Accord to kickstart range-wide safety upgrade

Honda Australia has confirmed it will rollout its Honda Sensing active safety suite across its entire line-up of next-generation models, starting with the all-new Accord range confirmed for late-2019. The local arm's director, Stephen Collins, confirmed the news this week, while also noting the growing awareness and demand for the latest safety features in the Australian market...


2019 Ford Everest revealed, here in September – UPDATE
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2019 Ford Everest revealed, here in September – UPDATE

Update (25/5/18): Ford Australia has confirmed the updated Everest will arrive in September alongside the new Ranger. The updated 2019 Ford Everest has been revealed and detailed this week, ahead of an Australian launch in September. Following the related Ranger ute, the refreshed Everest line-up is headlined by the availability of a new 2...


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...


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...


2018 Renault Koleos updates announced - UPDATE
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2018 Renault Koleos updates announced - UPDATE

Update (20/4): Renault has confirmed the Koleos's new AEB system operates at speeds between 30-140km/h, and we've also amended the price list for the MY18 range. See bottom of article for details Renault Australia has announced a 2018 upgrade for its Koleos SUV, with autonomous emergency braking and Apple CarPlay now fitted as standard to every variant...


2018 Hyundai i30 pricing and specs
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2018 Hyundai i30 pricing and specs

Local details for the upgraded 2018 Hyundai i30 range have been announced this week, bringing wider availability of the company's active safety technologies, and the option of petrol power for Elite and Premium models. Key changes include a set of new models in the form of the petrol-powered Elite and Premium – starting at $27,790 and $32,790 before on-road costs respectively...


Hyundai i30 Safety Pack delayed until late-Q1
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Hyundai i30 Safety Pack delayed until late-Q1

Hyundai Australia will address the lack of safety technologies like autonomous-emergency braking (AEB) on entry-level versions of its i30 before the end of the first quarter, the company has confirmed. Speaking with CarAdvice, public relations manager for Hyundai Australia, Guido Schenken, said "i30 Go and Active Safety Pack production has commenced and cars will be available locally later in this first quarter"...


Peugeot adds AEB across the line-up - UPDATE
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Peugeot adds AEB across the line-up - UPDATE

Update (22/1): Peugeot's local division has confirmed that the 208 GTi and 308 GTi are unavailable with AEB from the factory, and therefore are not included as part of the range-wide safety upgrade. Peugeot Australia has added autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard equipment across its line-up, including the 208, 308, 2008 and 3008...


2018 Toyota Kluger pricing and specs
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2018 Toyota Kluger pricing and specs

An upgraded 2018 Toyota Kluger range is now on sale in Australia, headlined by the inclusion of active safety technologies like autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and adaptive cruise control across the range. Following in the footsteps of the smaller RAV4 and larger Prado, the popular Kluger is the latest model from the Japanese manufacturer to get the safety suite fitted as standard...


ANCAP Crashlab to get $1.6m upgrade
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ANCAP Crashlab to get $1.6m upgrade

The New South Wales Government has committed $1.6 million to upgrading the ANCAP Crashlab, which will enable the facility to assess autonomous vehicle safety technologies. Minister for roads, maritime and freight, Melinda Pavey, made the announcement this week, which will support local crash-testing authority, ANCAP, in the testing of driver assistance systems...


2018 Kia Cerato: AEB or sub-$20k, don't bet on both
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2018 Kia Cerato: AEB or sub-$20k, don't bet on both

The operations boss for Kia Australia says he is all too aware of the "nearly compulsory" status of autonomous emergency braking in today's new cars, and the situation has left his team with a dilemma. Last year, Kia Australia chief operations officer Damien Meredith was "pretty confident" buyers could expect to find autonomous emergency braking (AEB) at every level of the new 2018 Cerato range, revealed in Detroit this week...


New Wrangler misses AEB for now, coming to Oz for testing
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New Wrangler misses AEB for now, coming to Oz for testing

  The seventh-generation Jeep Wrangler, set for a late-2018 arrival in Oz, will likely launch without autonomous-emergency braking (AEB) systems. That means the car, unveiled today at the Los Angeles motor show, will be automatically disqualified from a five-star safety rating under European and Australian testing...


2018 Mitsubishi ASX pricing and specs
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2018 Mitsubishi ASX pricing and specs

Local pricing and specifications for the upgraded 2018 Mitsubishi ASX range have been revealed, bringing new driver assistance systems and a new infotainment system, along with a tweaked design. Headlining the changes is the availability of driver assistance features like autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning, and automatic high beam...