• Roewe Vision-E concept previews 2018 crossover

    The Roewe Vision-E concept made its debut at the Shanghai motor show, and shouldn’t be confused with the Skoda Vision E concept.
    A production car based on the Vision-E will reportedly go into production in 2018. We expect that car to lose the concept’s suicide doors, and it will likely feature a toned version of both the interior and exterior.There are few concrete details about the Vision-E, except that it’s meant to be a pure EV with electric motors for both the front and re
  • 2018 Range Rover Velar ‘SVR’ spied

    A high-performance variant of the Range Rover Velar has been spotted outside the Nurburgring in Germany.
    Although the Velar was given its full debut in March, Jaguar Land Rover’s development team has covered this prototype from head-to-toe in camouflage. From what we can see, this car has altered lower front air intakes and a new exhaust system.
    According to the spy photographers the prototype was considerably louder than other models in the existing Velar range, they couldn’t quite
  • 2017 Citroen C5 Aircross revealed

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt9kyTP5jAIThe all-new Citroen C5 Aircross has gone official at this week’s Shanghai motor show after first surfacing online in a series of leaked images.
    Inspired by the muscular Aircross concept revealed two years ago at the last Shanghai motor show, the market-ready C5 Aircross will play in the same arena as Mazda CX-5 and other mid-sized SUVs.
    Internationally, the new five-seat C5 Aircross will sit above the C4 Cactus that went on sale in Australia last
  • Australia’s EV and PHEV sales analysed

    Electric and plug-in hybrid car sales continue to make barely a dent in Australia compared to other mature markets, though product cycles clearly represent a caveat.
    According to industry figures obtained by CarAdvice, trackable sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) or BEVs with a range-extender (REx) in Australia peaked at 294 units in 2015 before falling to 138 last year.
    So far in 2017 they sit at 35, well below the levels seen between 2012-15. A number of brands such as Nissan and
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  • Victorian government gives funding boost to manufacturing sector

    The Victorian ALP government is pushing to lure manufacturing jobs to the State in the wake of Ford’s plant closure, Holden’s engine-plant shuttering and the imminent end of Toyota’s production line.
    Premier Daniel Andrews this week attended the opening of Rinnai’s new facility in Braeside, which will produce gas and electric hot water systems, ducted gas, air-conditioning and solar renewable systems, plus conduct global R&D.
    Showing some savvy politicking, Andrews l
  • 2017 Shanghai motor show: Hits and misses

    The opening press days of the 2017 Shanghai motor show have now wrapped up, with the biggest motor show in the region – and indeed, one of the biggest in the world – now open to the public.
    This year’s show brought us a host of new production models and concepts – some weirder than others – and more than a few hints at what we can expect to see on the road in the years ahead.
    Among them, the three-row Jeep Yuntu concept, Toyota’s Fun car (which looked a littl
  • HKG K550, K750 revealed in Shanghai

    The Hybrid Kinetic Group (HKG) has revealed its K550 and K750 SUV concepts at the Shanghai motor show, following the reveal of the H600 sedan in Geneva earlier this year.
    In terms of design, both the K550 and K750 don’t stray far from the somewhat generic styling already seen on the H600 – penned by iconic Italian design house, Pininfarina – including the slim headlights extending into the trapezoidal grille, though there are slight variations between the t
  • 2017 Subaru WRX S-Edition on sale now

    Another year, another special-edition version of the Subaru WRX.
    This time around it’s the 2017 Subaru WRX S-Edition, a warmed-over version of the WRX Premium with some interior and exterior enhancements that is limited to 250 units in Australia.
    The WRX S-Edition adds STI seats and interior trim elements such as an STI gearknob (whether you choose manual or auto). You get window tint, too.On the outside there are 18-inch BBS alloy wheels finished in gloss black, as well as an STI st
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  • Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI v Mini Cooper Countryman comparison

    Small SUVs, especially 2WD variants, are something of an anomaly in the makeup of the modern motoring landscape. They rarely offer the same space or practicality as a comparable hatchback, and they almost never deliver driving ability or comfort anything like that of an SUV. Therefore, in objective terms, they don’t seem to do anything especially adeptly – on paper at least. Regardless, their rampant popularity hasn’t stop manufacturers piling on to join the circus.
    Two of the
  • 2017 Toyota Corolla Ascent Sedan review

    The 2017 Toyota Corolla Ascent is – in our CarAdvice judging parlance – a 7 to 7.5 out of 10 every day of the week. In fact, I’d use two words to describe everything about it. ‘Utterly’ and ‘inoffensive’.
    There’s quite simply nothing it does that is either grating or unlikeable. The Corolla remains perhaps the best example of why Toyota sells as many cars as it does, even when they aren’t the standard-setters in the segment.
    Straight up
  • 2018 Honda Civic Type R sets Nurburgring lap record

    The new 2018 Honda Civic Type R, which launches in Australia later this year, has become the fastest front-wheel drive car around the famed Nurburgring race track this week.
    Lapping the famous circuit in 7 minutes, 43.8 seconds, the Civic Type R steals the title from the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S – known here as the GTI 40 Years Edition – which managed a time of 7 minutes 49.21 seconds in May last year.
    The record-setting lap was completed by a development car with t
  • Honda Civic Type R reclaims Nurburgring title

    Fastest front drive vehicle record nabbed by Honda and its incoming Civic Type R
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  • Market Insight: Infiniti pushes ahead

    New models, dealers drive Infiniti sales growth of almost 50 per cent this year
  • Suzuki swaps out engines for new Swift

    New powertrains for all-new Suzuki Swift light car, due here in June
  • UK introduces income-based traffic fines, Australian research group wants the same

    British authorities have this week introduced a new speeding penalty based on the offender’s income, echoing a similar model already used in Finland other parts of the Scandinavian region.
    In a new report by the UK’s Autocar, motorists caught doing more than 31mph (50km/h) over the limit could be fined between 125 and 175 per cent of their weekly income, while those exceeding the speed limit in a 30mph (48km/h) zone will incur three penalty points and fined 25 to 75 p
  • MG GS seven-seater in the plan, electric SUV under consideration

    The next-generation MG GS will likely offer a seven-seat variant and will be launched by the end of the decade, according to company executives.
    Speaking with Australian media in Shanghai last week, general manager for MG Australia, Zhu Chao, said the next-generation GS will likely spawn a three-row version that will straddle the medium and large SUV segments, similar to the Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan X-Trail.
    Despite the current GS only launching in Australia a month ago, the brand&r
  • Volkswagen details new Golf GTI and R

    More power for VW’s Golf sporty pair, diesel Highline Wagon gains seven-speed auto
  • 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.
    The new 2017 Swift, revealed right at the end of last year ahead of its European premiere this March in Geneva, will bring with it a large suite of updates over t
  • 2018 MG ZS review: Quick drive

    SUVs are where it’s at these days, and it’s the smaller ones that are the most popular thanks to their blend of everyday practicality with affordable pricing.
    The latest addition to the small SUV party, the 2018 MG ZS, will launch locally in October.
    MG has confirmed three trim levels will be offered, along with the choice of two engines depending on grade.
    A 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine will power the base model, paired with a somewhat ancient four-spe
  • Mercedes-Benz: ‘Many more’ models in the pipeline, but premium image the top priority

    The head of marketing and sales for Mercedes-Benz, Britta Seeger, says new product is more important than ever before, but needed to be backed by strong marketing, dealer performance, and aftersales success. Above all, though, is the brand’s premium status.
    “Since 2011 when we started the 2020 Programme, one strong aspect was the product platform,” Seeger said, speaking with Australian media at the New York motor show. “We are about to launch even more products
  • First drive: MG goes three-cylinder in new ZS

    MG’s ZS baby SUV gets 1.0-litre turbo three-pot engine developed with GM
  • Apple’s Autonomous Driving Program, Courtesy Of Video Games

    the initial details of tech giant apple’s first foray into the realm of autonomous driving systems have emerged via public record requests surrounding the company’s permit applications to the us state of california.still a long way off the often mooted all-apple ‘icar’ that has been suggested previously, business insider reveals instead that the unlikely combination of a lexus rx 450h and a logitech video gaming wheel and pedal set mark apple’s first step into v...
  • LDV T60 ute “the path of least resistance” in improving brand image, local distributor says

    Australia’s growing preference for SUVs might give the new LDV D90 a strong start, but the Chinese brand’s Australian distributor believes it is our other big love – utes – that will make the incoming T60 the star of the range.
    At the Shanghai motor show this week, both the LDV T60 ute and D90 SUV were on display, and while both are likely to generate improved sales for the brand in Australia, the general manager for LDV at Ateco Automotive, Dinesh Chinnappa, s
  • 2010-2014 Mitsubishi Pajero recalled for Takata airbags: 20,000 vehicles affected

    The 2010-2014 ‘NT’ and ‘NW’ Mitsubishi Pajero has been added to the ongoing Takata airbag campaign this week, joining numerous other model years of the Japanese off-roader that have been recalled for the same issue.
    In this latest notice, affected vehicles could be fitted with front passenger airbags that could release metallic fragments into the cabin when deployed in an accident.
    This poses a significant risk of injury, even death, to the vehicle’s occupants
  • 2017 Honda CR-V VTi-L ADAS review

    The 2017 Honda CR-V is like the old dog in the boxing gym. Every sweat-soaked, dark and musty boxing gym has one – the cagey old-timer, who is well past his prime physically, but still retains enough skill and muscle memory to mix it up with the new wave.
    In the hazy memory of a not-so-distant past, the CR-V was the top dog, the best in the business, the one with the effortless knockout punch, the best work rate, and the most efficient technique.
    Seemingly in the blink of an eye, though,
  • Swan Hill named Toyota’s top dealer

    Tears of joy for Sebastian Parseghian as Swan Hill Toyota wins DOTY award
  • 2017 Volkswagen Golf R, GTI, 110TDI Highline wagon: Australian details

    Australia details have been revealed for the newly updated 2017 Volkswagen Golf R and GTI sports models, along with the 110TDI wagon – although pricing will not be confirmed until next month.
    Forming part of the wider Golf ‘7.5’ update due here in May, the updated models were revealed late last year: November for the GTI and core range, and December for the hero R.
    Australian details for the wider Golf hatch range were handed down in March, although the 110TDI diesel wagon had
  • 2017 New York motor show: Oddities and curiosities from the Big Apple

    The 2017 New York motor show will soon close its doors for the last time.We’ve covered the new releases and concept cars in great detail already, but here’s one car we missed, and a few oddballs that gave this year’s smaller show some colour and light.
    Chevrolet Corvette
    The lower secondary hall is largely filled with crossovers, SUVs, and pickup trucks, as well as displays from some smaller brands. Also afforded space are restored classic cars, including a selection of second
  • 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Review | A New Take On The MX-5 Ethos

    the mazda mx-5 has cemented itself as an icon in the motoring lexicon. it has been around over 25 years, holds the guinness world record as the best-selling two-seat sports car, and has fended off conceptually similar competitors from mg, toyota, and general motors over the years.for all its success as arguably the world’s most recognisable ragtop, the mx-5 isn’t for everyone (to be fair, on the grounds of practicality, no sports car is) but in its previous ge...
  • 2017 BMW M4 CS: ‘emotional manual’ ditched in favour of ‘superior DCT’

    Fast is fast is fast, and with manufacturers ever-more keen to chase performance numbers, elements that slow things down, such the humble old manual gearbox, tend to fall by the wayside. Sadly for DIY gear-change enthusiasts, this is the case with the recently revealed 2017 BMW M4 CS.
    Intended to be a mid-point between the 331kW/550Nm M4 Competition and 368kW/600Nm M4 GTS, the new BMW M4 CS is again powered by the F82 M4’s familiar twin-turbocharged in-line 3.0-litre six-cylinder S55B30 e
  • Mercedes-AMG: No AWD C63 and Black Series unlikely, E43 no harm to brand image

    AMG chief Tobias Moers is never shy in offering an opinion, and his response was definitive when CarAdvice asked whether the proliferation of AMG product is diluting the heritage and premium image of the performance brand.
    My question followed a recent launch drive of the E43 AMG, where I was genuinely impressed with the dynamic ability and execution of the – let’s call it ‘entry grade’ – AMG variant, but wondered whether its existence could start to erod
  • 2018 MG ZS to debut ‘smartcar’ tech, but not in Australia… for now

    The upcoming MG ZS small SUV, due to launch in Australia later this year, will feature some of parent company SAIC Motor’s intelligent internet technologies in its home market of China, a first for the MG brand.
    From launch, Chinese versions of the ZS will feature the intelligent voice-controlled personal assistant sourced from e-commerce giant Alibaba, integrated into the infotainment system of higher-grade models.
    With the technology, drivers can control numerous functions of
  • 2016 Citroen C4 Cactus recalled for starter fix

    Citroen has issued a recall for its 2016 model-year C4 Cactus vehicles over concerns an electrical fault could lead to a fire risk.
    According to the French manufacturer, the affected vehicles could have a non-compliant electrical relay’s internal component, which could disrupt the starter control.
    If the condition occurs, it could cause an unwanted starter activation, causing the vehicle to move if a gear is engaged.Citroen warns that the defect could also cause the vehicle to overhe
  • 2016 Range Rover Sport recalled for airbag fix

    The 2016 model-year Range Rover Sport has been recalled this week over concerns the front passenger airbag won’t deploy in the event of a collision.
    According to the British luxury off-roader marque, 15 affected vehicles could be fitted with inflators that may not function properly due to a deviation in the generant mix ratio – likely a manufacturing fault.
    If the condition occurs, the front passenger airbag may not deploy when required, posing an increased risk of injury
  • 2016 Lexus GS350 AWD review: Road-tripping in the US

    As snow flurried over the windscreen and the road glistened with ice, I saw the back of the pick-up truck ahead of me shimmy as it lost traction – there was a good half a second of absolutely no grip for the driver of the vehicle.
    Then a plume of white arose on the other side of the highway, and I looked over to see another rear-drive utility lose it, completing a 360-degree spin before sliding off the side of the road. A few hundred metres away was an old wagon, ploughed into the grass b
  • 2016 Lexus GS350 AWD review

    As snow flurried over the windscreen and the road glistened with ice, I saw the back of the pick-up truck ahead of me shimmy as it lost traction – there was a good half a second of absolutely no grip for the driver of the vehicle.
    Then a plume of white arose on the other side of the highway, and I looked over to see another rear-drive utility lose it, completing a 360-degree spin before sliding off the side of the road. A few hundred metres away was an old wagon, ploughed into the grass b
  • Shanghai motor show: Best (and worst) of the rest

    The Shanghai motor show is the largest and most important auto extravaganza in the world’s most populous country. Although we’ve covered this year’s show in exacting detail, here are few cars — most new, some not — that caught our eye, but which haven’t received a full write-up.
    BAIC BJ80 TAP Armoured Car
    Armoured cars from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW and other major brands will do their best to protect its passengers from bullets, bombs and other nefarious objec
  • 2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI to use old Golf GTI engine – report

    The next-generation Volkswagen Polo GTI will reportedly use the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine from the fifth-generation Golf GTI.
    Sources from within Volkswagen have told AutoExpress the new Polo GTI will ditch the current car’s 1.8-litre turbocharged mill in favour of a 2.0-litre turbo unit, said to be the 147kW/280Nm engine used in the fifth-generation Golf GTI.
    The current 1.8-litre Polo GTI has 141kW/320Nm when paired with a six-speed manual, but torque drops to 250Nm if the seven-spe
  • Get ready for 5G connectivity with your autonomous car

    Autonomous cars are going to need to send and receive mountains of data, and the current 4G wireless networks simply won’t cut it.
    That’s where the next-generation 5G comes into play, promising insanely-fast data transfer rates of up to 45 gigabits-per-second and one-millisecond latency.
    Super-fast transfer speeds will be required by self-driving cars to enable them to communicate with a wide range of systems such as navigation services, traffic signals as part of connecting to
  • Your say: What annoys you on the road?

    Every time you get behind the wheel, it’s almost guaranteed another road user will do something annoying, inconsiderate or possibly even illegal.
    From those sneaky merges into slow moving turning lanes – you know, the one you’ve been crawling along in for a good 10 minutes, patiently waiting for your turn before someone noses in at the last second – to people who don’t feel the need to indicate, those that don’t know how to merge when a lane is ending, a
  • 2016 Mitsubishi ASX, Outlander recalled for door latch fix: 19,000 vehicles affected

    Mitsubishi has recalled 19,131 of its 2015.5 model-year ASX and 2016 model-year Outlander SUVs over concerns a faulty latch could cause the doors to open while driving.
    The Japanese manufacturer reports that the “precision” of the door latch assembly is insufficient and may not operate correctly in higher temperatures.
    As a result, the doors may not lock securely and could open during driving, posing a hazard to the vehicle’s occupants and other road users.Build dates for
  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class recalled for steering fix

    Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for two examples of its previous-generation 2013 C-Class over concerns a improperly tightened bolt in the steering assembly could cause the coupling to detach from the shaft.
    According to the German manufacturer, the two vehicles affected may have loose bolts securing the steering coupling as a result of a manufacturing fault.
    If the coupling detaches from the shaft, it could cause a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of an accident.Th
  • Drag race: Australia vs The World

    Australia. It’s the country where there’s always an insect, animal or sea creature trying to kill you. It’s also the country that once housed a thriving car industry.
    But, instead of crying over spilt milk, we’re showing the world one last time why the constant fear of death has inspired our local engineers to build a car that’s itching at the chance to chew you up and spit you out.
    The manic HSV GTSR W1 (a title that’s yelled at you in text) represents
  • 2017 Range Rover Sport SDV8 HSE Dynamic review

    A question came to mind when I was driving the 2017 Range Rover Sport SDV8 HSE Dynamic, an SUV that – its name suggests – prioritises cornering prowess over outright opulence.
    The question was: “What is luxury?”
    If being able to rumble along at 1500rpm on the highway while an unassuming 4.4-litre turbo diesel V8 engine ticks away under the bonnet, waiting for that moment you’ll need to call upon its epic 250kW of power and 740Nm of torque is luxury, then this is th
  • Shanghai show: Chinese brands shine at home

    Coupes, SUVs, EVs and concepts from various Chinese brands on display at Shanghai
  • Adelaide parts-makers on top in industry awards

    Aftermarket awards highlight export success of auto electronics, clutch suppliers
  • Shanghai show: Geely gears up six-seat MPV concept

    Possible Australian influence from DSI for production version of Geely MPV
  • Recalls for Tesla, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Citroen, Land Rover

    More cars called back for Takata fault, while other brands issue separate recalls
  • Renault names top apprentices for 2016

    Victorian apprentices top of the class at new Melbourne-based Renault Academy
  • Nissan irked by confusing government policies

    Contradictory policies highlight lack of cohesive approach to the auto sector: Emery

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