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Renault Koleos scores five-star ANCAP rating

The Renault Koleos has been awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating, based on tests carried out by Euro NCAP. However, the rating has a 2017 date-stamp and only applies to two-wheel drive variants sold from June 2018 – a little confusing, but it coincides with the recent introduction of autonomous-emergency braking and lane-departure warning across the range...

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Renault Alaskan firming for 2020 Oz launch
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Renault Alaskan firming for 2020 Oz launch

Renault Australia has confirmed its business case for the Alaskan ute is firming, with a 2020 launch looking likely. Speaking with media last week, Andrew Moore, Renault Australia managing director, offered an update on the dual-cab twin to Nissan's Navara. "Alaskan is a possibility for early 2020, not confirmed," Moore said, speaking at the Alpine A110 unveiling at Motorclassica in Melbourne...


Alpine A110 gunning for Porsche 718 in Australia
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Alpine A110 gunning for Porsche 718 in Australia

Alpine is a name that won't mean much to most Australians, but the French manufacturer has set the mark high with its (re-)entry to the market, with its sights firmly set on the segment-leading Porsche 718 Cayman. Speaking to media today at Motorclassica in Melbourne, Andrew Moore, Alpine Australia managing director, didn't hesitate in naming the mid-engined, four-cylinder Porsche as the A110's primary target...


Alpine A110: Half of initial Oz allocation sold
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Alpine A110: Half of initial Oz allocation sold

Alpine has sold 32 of the 60 initial A110 'Premiere Edition' cars it's been assigned for 2018, and has five pre-orders for its 2019 allocation of Pure and Legende models...


Renault Megane RS 'more a match for Golf R' - CEO
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Renault Megane RS 'more a match for Golf R' - CEO

The latest Renault Megane RS to drop locally has very big shoes to fill if it's to come anywhere near the success of its much-lauded second-generation predecessor, which saw Australia ranked number three in global sales. It's clearly a crucial model for the French carmaker both globally and in Australia for more than just sales numbers, according to local Renault CEO, Andrew Moore, who spoke with CarAdvice at the Australian launch recently...


2019 Renault Kadjar confirmed for Australia
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2019 Renault Kadjar confirmed for Australia

Renault has confirmed the mid-sized Kadjar SUV will be making the trip Down Under, with an arrival set for some time in 2019. Andrew Moore, Renault Australia managing director, this week confirmed the news at the local launch of the Megane RS. The car coming Down Under is the facelifted model, revealed on Thursday morning for the European market...


Renault Zoe EV: Dealers, list price confirmed
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Renault Zoe EV: Dealers, list price confirmed

Renault has confirmed the Australian dealers that will sell the Zoe EV, while the electric hatchback's list price of $47,990 before on-road costs has also been announced. CarAdvice last week confirmed the Zoe and Kangoo EV would be added to the regular Renault roster, marking a move away from the brand's previous fleet-only strategy...


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...


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...


Renault Zoe EV: Sales open to all, priced from $51,990
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Renault Zoe EV: Sales open to all, priced from $51,990

Renault Australia will start offering the pure-electric Zoe to regular Australian customers, moving away from its current fleet-only sales setup for the itsy-bitsy battery-powered city car. Speaking with CarAdvice at the opening of the world's first Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance joint parts distribution warehouse in Truganina, Melbourne, Renault's local managing director, Andrew Moore, confirmed the Zoe and Kangoo ZE will be offered to private buyers through select dealerships...


2018 Alpine A110 pricing and specs
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2018 Alpine A110 pricing and specs

Renault Australia has announced pricing and specifications for the 2018 Alpine A110 range, which is available to order now from $97,000 before on-road costs – $8000 more than the Alfa Romeo 4C. Three variants are available at launch – Pure, Legende, and the Australian Premiere Edition – with the first two scheduled to arrive in the first quarter of 2019, and the latter slated for a fourth-quarter launch this year...


Renault Australia wants Kadjar crossover
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Renault Australia wants Kadjar crossover

The relatively-new Renault Australia management has put the Kadjar small-SUV back on its radar, preferably in updated guise during 2019. The Kadjar, which shares its platform with the big-selling Nissan Qashqai, would allow Renault Australia to fill the smaller Captur and larger Koleos in its range...


Renault Australia: Andrew Moore announced as Managing Director
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Renault Australia: Andrew Moore announced as Managing Director

Andrew Moore, only last week confirmed to be leaving his post at the top of Suzuki Australia's automotive branch, has been announced today as Managing Director of Renault Australia. Moore's move to Renault follows the announcement earlier this month that Justin Hocevar had left the French car maker's ranks, without explanation...


New Suzuki Swift aimed squarely at Mazda 2, June launch confirmed - UPDATE
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New Suzuki Swift aimed squarely at Mazda 2, June launch confirmed - UPDATE

UPDATE, 24/4/17: The company's Australian arm has now confirmed a June debut for the 2017 Suzuki Swift. Pricing and details will be confirmed closer to launch. Suzuki Australia says it expects the brand new Swift, due in June this year, to battle the Mazda 2 for sales supremacy in the private (non-fleet) part of the market...


Suzuki Australia keen for a sportier Baleno
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Suzuki Australia keen for a sportier Baleno

Suzuki's local boss, Andrew Moore, says the company's Australian arm would really like a sportier-looking version of the Boosterjet-powered Baleno hatch. Moore's statement comes after a new Baleno RS was revealed for the Indian market, sporting a number of styling enhancements over the standard car for a more aggressive look...


Suzuki APV’s Australian future clouded
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Suzuki APV’s Australian future clouded

The future of the unique Suzuki APV in Australia from 2018 onwards appears to be under a cloud, because of vehicle emission regulations. The current APV is the smallest van on sale here, and therefore has attracted a small but loyal following among largely city-based delivery drivers and others of that ilk. Read our most recent comparison test here, and review here...


Suzuki Ignis Sport turbo on wish-list
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Suzuki Ignis Sport turbo on wish-list

Suzuki Australia is keen to get its hands on a hotted-up version of the high-riding new Ignis city car as soon as possible, potentially using a version of the Baleno’s turbo engine. However, the small issue of whether such a car is even in development lingers, though given the old Ignis' use in rallying (as pictured below at The Acropolis), we’d imagine it’s been at least considered...


New Suzuki Grand Vitara no closer
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New Suzuki Grand Vitara no closer

Suzuki appears no closer to introducing a replacement for its ageing Grand Vitara SUV, which has been on the stage in its current generation since 2005. But, despite the lack of an all-new offering on the horizon, the head of Suzuki's local arm remains upbeat about the current model's sales pace...


Suzuki Ignis still on wish list for Australia
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Suzuki Ignis still on wish list for Australia

The funky new Suzuki Ignis is still on the radar for a potential Australian launch, according to the company’s local arm. Andrew Moore, general manager of Suzuki Australia, told CarAdvice today that while the model is still not confirmed for our market, he’d like to see the Ignis join the brand’s SUV range alongside the current S-Cross, Vitara and Grand Vitara...