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CarAdvice podcast 68: New EV infrastructure coming for Australia?

While Mandy heads to the Birdsville Races, Paul Maric is joined this week is Mike Costello, bringing you the latest car news from the past week. This includes the all-new Bentley Continental GT, details on Kia Stinger specifications, the awesome looking Suzuki Jimny, the all-new Porsche Cayenne, plus the BMW i3 revision and Volvo XC60...

German car makers must challenge Tesla, says senior political figure

German car manufacturers have been put on notice by a senior political figure who is urging the country’s auto industry to challenge Tesla in the field of electric vehicles. Speaking at a public forum in Berlin on the weekend, Peter Altmaier, who is German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, said he was disappointed no car manufacturer had come close to matching Tesla’s electric vehicle performance parameters...

CarAdvice podcast 63: Roadhuntr interview

This week, join Mandy Turner, Mike Stevens and Dave Zalstein for a jam packed show. In car news, the ACCC is to sue Ford over its Powershift transmissions, and the Takata airbag fault claims its first Australian life, while manufacturers were found to be replacing airbags with faulty ones...

2017 Tesla Model S, Model X: Entry variants score big acceleration boosts

Tesla has introduced a handful of updates across its Model S and Model X ranges this week, namely improving the acceleration of its non-performance variants. Headlining the changes is the significant improvement in terms of straight-line performance for the Model S 75 and 75D, which both can now accelerate from 0-100km/h a full second quicker than before - 4...

Tesla Model X shines at Good Design Awards

The Tesla Model X electric SUV has taken out Australia's 2017 Good Design Awards in the automotive and transport category, beating out several other automakers in the process. Helping the Tesla to take out the title is its combination of innovation, practicality and performance, with the following description listed on the winner's list: "[The] Model X is the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history...

Tesla Model X to issue airbag software fix over the air

CarAdvice can exclusively reveal that Tesla will issue a proactive recall this morning for all right-hand drive Tesla Model X vehicles, following the discovery of an airbag software fault. The passenger airbag control module and associated software, which is supplied by Bosch, was subject to routine inspection when an anomaly in the supplier software was discovered...

2016 Tesla Model S, Model X recalled for parking brake fix

Tesla Motors Australia has issued a recall for 324 examples of its 2016 Model S and Model X vehicles, built between February and October 2016, over concerns of a faulty gear in the parking brake. If the gear cracks before the electric park brake is engaged, the park brake caliper may not hold to its full potential...

Why I bought a Tesla

Doing what I do for a living has a few perks. Apart from being the coolest job in the world in general, I get to drive around, or be driven around, in a lot of exciting cars. I also get exposed to future technologies, giving me an insight into what the car industry is doing for decades to come...

Tesla rolls out Enhanced Autopilot, Model S and Model X 100D variants added to range

Tesla has rolled out its second-generation of Autopilot hardware - with the option of full self-driving capability - while adding the Model S 100D and Model X 100D to its line-up, providing the longest driving ranges in their respective model families...

Tesla drops P90D models, panoramic glass roof added to Model S options

Tesla has shuffled its offerings once again, swapping out one variant in the Model S and Model X lines, while adding new equipment options for the Model S. Gone is the P90D, leaving only the more powerful P100D option - capable of ‘Ludicrous’ acceleration from 0-100km/h in just 2.7 seconds - at the top of both lines...

Tesla Model X 60D dropped globally, entry price climbs $13,000

The entry-level Tesla Model X 60D has been dropped only months after the all-electric SUV went on sale locally, significantly raising the entry price. When the Australian-market configurator went live at the end of August, the Model X 60D was priced at $111,900 plus on-road costs...