• Sebastien Ogier trades WRC for F1 and drives Vettel’s old Red Bull RB7

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHTQtZN03RMEven World Rally Championship (WRC) drivers want to be Formula One drivers. And proving it, four-time WRC champion Sebastien Ogier has scored his dream drive in a V8-powered Red Bull Racing F1 car.
    Getting to drive Sebastian Vettel’s old 2011 championship-winning Red Bull Racing RB7 Formula 1 car around Austria’s 4.3-kilometre Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, the French WRC driver got to make a childhood dream come true.
    That’s right, despi
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class could gain AMG styling pack, but won’t get a V8

    The all-new Mercedes-Benz X-Class may have set chins wagging with its not-like-the-concept styling, but the German company could soon introduce a more heavily stylised version of the dual-cab ute.
    The head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, Volker Mornhinweg, told Australian media at the launch of the new X-Class ute there is no definite decision on whether there’ll be any involvement from the company’s performance side-arm, Mercedes-AMG.
    “Wait and see,” Mornhinweg said. “I th
  • Interview: Tony the truckie tells us what it’s like to be a truck driver

    There are around half-a-million trucks on Australian roads every year, and while some might think most of what they do is take up room on the road or slow traffic, these truckies help keep Australia going. As many a placard has declared: “without trucks, Australia stops”.
    But have you ever stopped to think what it might be like to live as a truck driver? To find out, we spoke to truckie, Tony, on the CarAdvice podcast.
    You can find the audio interview at the bottom of
  • 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 200 GXL review

    As far as updates go, the few that have been added to the 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series GXL are very much low key. The GXL now comes with DAB+, an updated audio interface and steering wheel audio controls? You want more? Well, there isn’t any…
    If you’re buying a 200 Series to tool around town, you’re certifiably mad, of that there is no doubt. There are two things the 200 Series is most capable of tackling with ridiculous ease though – towing a large caravan
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  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class, CLA, GLA recalled for airbag fix

    Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for around 200 vehicles across its A-Class, B-Class, CLA and GLA lines sold between 1 October 2016 through 1 December 2016 over concerns the front passenger airbag may not deploy “as designed”.
    The German marque reports that the front passenger-side airbag in affected vehicle may not meet specifications, and therefore may not deploy correctly in the event of an accident. If the condition occurs this could increase the risk o
  • Audi offers rides in self-driving car to the public

    Audi is offering select members of the public a 60 minute ride in the driver’s seat of a vehicle from its autonomous driving development fleet.
    Riders will be chosen from social media feeds run by Audi Germany. Raffle winners and high mileage users of the Audi On Demand servicewill also participate in the ride-along program.The route starts at the MyAudi Sphere at Munich airport, and includes a portion of the A9 autobahn, which has been designated the “digital motorway test bed&rdqu
  • Video: Craig Lowndes tests screaming twin-turbo V6 Commodore supercar

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mj8fgMQZieI
    Set to make its debut appearance for the Australian Supercars Championship in 2018, Triple Eight has revealed a preview of its new turbocharged V6 engine at full song.
    Driven by Craig Lowndes at Paul Morris’s Norwell race track, the new Commodore V6 supercar will represent a massive departure from the naturally aspirated V8s currently used by the team.While it’s not due for a full rollout until 2019, the turbocharged V6 will run in a s
  • Ford opens ‘showroom of the future’ in Victoria

    Ford has opened the first of its ‘Showroom of the Future’ facilities in the southern hemisphere this week, at Bayford Ford in Epping, Victoria.
    One of only three in the world, the new showroom aims to give customers a digitally-connected retail experience, developed in partnership with Fitch Design – the company behind Apple and Nike retail stores.
    The Blue Oval says the new showroom format will put the customer in control at every point of the purchasing and servicing ex
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  • Jeep Renegade gets a Comanche ute makeover in the US

    A 2015 Jeep Renegade that was converted into a ute and badged ‘Comanche’, was recently for sale on eBay in the US.
    The one-off ute topped the bidding at US$32,000 ($40,387) with reserve not met, though American company, Boar Customs, has announced it will build more in limited numbers.Drawing inspiration from the 2016 Jeep Renegade ‘Comanche’ Concept (above), this build features ‘Kevlar’ tan paint and black interior trim, with th
  • Would you spend $10,000-plus to improve your lap time by two seconds?

    This story has a long gestation, beginning as it does back in October last year. CarAdvice co-founder Tony Crawford, was given the enviable task of representing CarAdvice (and Australia)  in the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup Global Invitational, an SCCA sanctioned race meet at the challenging Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Northern California.
    In short, the best MX-5 Cup racers (and Tony) from around the world squared off against each other over a weekend of practice, qualifying and rac
  • Audi TT RS Coupe v Porsche 718 Cayman S comparison

    It’s around 240km between Audi‘s Ingolstadt base and Porsche‘s Stuttgart headquarters. But when it comes to deciding on the best approach to building the best circa-$140k sports car, the two brands couldn’t be further apart.
    The cars
    2017 Audi TT RS Coupe versus 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S. Front-engine versus mid-engine. All-wheel drive versus rear-wheel drive. Five cylinders versus four.
    Here we have two highly desirable sports cars that each tackle the same segment, but
  • Audi recalls 850,000 V6 and V8 diesel engines outside of the US

    Audi has announced it will recall and upgrade the software for around 850,000 V6 and V8 Euro 5- and Euro 6-compliant turbo-diesel engines.
    The voluntary recall is for “Europe and other markets (outside of the US and Canada)”, and includes Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles using those engines.
    According to Audi, these engines will gain new software for free, which will “further improve their emissions in real driving conditions beyond the current legal requirements”.T
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  • 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review: Long-term report five – off-road

    As we made clear in our load-lugging piece on the 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute, the thing is a beast when it comes to getting away from the blacktop.
    I mean, consider this: 70 per cent of these hardcore Toyota trucks are sold in regional areas, and the real percentage of regional users is probably higher than that, because farmers, miners and other customers might have a particular city dealer that they’ve remained loyal to for a while.
    LandCruiser models are built to d
  • Takata airbag fault “likely” responsible for first Australian death: NSW Police – UPDATE

    Updated 6:07PM, 21/07/17.
    A faulty Takata airbag is likely to blame for the first death of a driver in Australia last week, NSW Police has determined, due to corroded high-speed shrapnel expelled from the casing during airbag deployment.
    At 12:45PM on Thursday 13 July, a Honda CR-V and Toyota Celica collided at the intersection of Mallee and Church streets in Cabramatta, where the 58-year-old driver of the Honda died at the scene.
    A crime scene was established and Metropolitan Crash Investigati
  • Updated Kia Sorento here by year’s end

    New-look Kia Sorento scores light updates to keep seven-seater fresh against rivals
  • Lotus Evora GT430 unleashed

    New Evora GT430 sheds extra weight while being most potent Lotus road car yet
  • Volvo deepens tech ties with Geely, Lynk & Co

    Electrification at heart of Volvo’s Lynk & Co buy-in and expanded Geely tech sharing
  • Deakin student wins global Ford scholarship

    Ford fosters Aussie engineering talent with ‘Mulally’ tertiary scholarship program
  • 2017 Lotus Evora GT430: Most powerful road-going Lotus revealed – UPDATE

    Update – Lotus Cars Australia has given an update regarding local availability of the Evora GT430. See bottom of article for details
    The limited-edition Lotus Evora GT430 has been revealed, and is said to be the company’s most powerful road-going car yet.
    As its name suggests, the Evora GT430 features a retuned 3.5-litre supercharged V6 developing 321kW of power or 430 horsepower. In addition to this, torque has been upped to 440Nm.
    Drive goes to the rear wheels via a six-speed
  • Market Insight: Highs and lows for leading brands

    Kia, Toyota, Mitsubishi find plenty of new buyers but Holden, Hyundai, Nissan suffer
  • 2017 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works review

    If product planning and development was a field dedicated solely to logic, the Mini Clubman John Cooper Works All4 would not exist. And yet this fact does not necessarily preclude it from being a well-sorted car.
    The Clubman is essentially the co-flagship of Mini’s range alongside the Countryman crossover, positioned above the three- and five-door Mini hatch derivatives that are most synonymous with its brand.
    Selling points across the drivetrain options are nostalgic retro styl
  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV locked in for Q1 Oz launch

    UK getting first RHD Alfa Stelvios in September but Aussie price, spec under wraps
  • CarAdvice podcast 62: Tesla owners club sets charge station challenge

    On the panel this week is Mandy Turner, Mike Costello and Dave Zalstein.
    Featuring in car news, Hyundai is aiming to dominate Korean brands in Europe by 2021, the Rolls Royce Phantom has been revealed in a leaked brochure, Australia gets details on the Peugeot 3008 and 5008 and the 2018 Holden Commodore SS/VXR has been unveiled in Buick form.
    Over at Mercedes-Benz, the X-Class ute has been revealed, and three million diesel vehicles have been recalled in Europe, with the impact unclear for
  • Mitsubishi sales concept store opens in Geelong

    Mitsubishi and Geelong-based dealership group Kings Cars have opened an interactive ‘vehicle concept’ showroom in Westfield Geelong.
    Joining a slew of shopping centre pop-up shops from a number of brands including Tesla and Subaru, Mitsubishi’s new pilot store allows customers to experience the company’s range without having to deal with the pressures of a traditional automotive retail environment.
    The interactive vehicle sales concept store offers the tra
  • ‘Poelmann era’ underway for Peugeot, Citroen

    New management, products set to turn around struggling PSA brands in Australia
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class name explained

    If you take a look at the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class in the context of the German company’s model lines, it is a bit out of whack.
    Why? Because the X-Class sits under the Mercedes-Benz Vans product umbrella, despite the fact the company is claiming that most people shopping at the high end of the ute segment are actually considering these types of vehicles as an extension of the SUV model line.
    Further to that, if it were to be considered part of the Benz SUV range, it would have to follo
  • Global BMW sales chief to retire

    BMW looks outside car industry for new sales boss as Robertson prepares to step down
  • Mercedes rules out AMG X-Class – for now

    Performance-honed Mercedes-AMG X-Class unlikely, but cab-chassis on the way
  • X-Class much more than Navara clone: Mercedes

    Mercedes execs talk up differences between X-Class and Nissan Navara donor car
  • 2018 Holden Acadia Preview Drive REVIEW - Seven-Seater With American Swagger

    at long last, holden will finally have a full-sized, road-biased family suv on dealership forecourts in mid-2018, with the arrival of the new acadia.designed and built by gmc in north america, there's little doubt this is an suv for the "soccer mom" set.seven seats, a choice of four-cylinder or v6 petrol engines (potentially), all-wheel-drive and plenty of interior features to keep young minds occupied.we took the 2018 acadia for a quick spin at holden's lang l...
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  • 2018 Holden Equinox Preview Drive REVIEW - Holden's Future CX-5 Fighter

    the 2018 holden equinox is vital for the brand, replacing the captiva suv as holden's alternative to mazda's cx-5 and the toyota rav4.holden is in the midst of a historic transformation as the brand shifts from local manufacturing to a fully-imported lineup.in 2018, holden's showroom will look dramatically different to what is available now – the australian-made commodore and cruze will be gone, and the new astra hatch and sedan will be joined by suvs vital for the...
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  • Volvo buys into Lynk & Co, sets up technology sharing joint venture with Geely parent

    Volvo Cars has bought into Lynk & Co, its nascent sister brand, and will also setup a 50/50 technology partnership company with Geely, its Chinese parent.
    The Swedish brand will take a “significant minority shareholding” in Lynk & Co owing, primarily, to the fact that the new brand will use platforms, drivetrains and technologies developed by Volvo.
    Also announced today is a new joint venture company to be split 50/50 between Volvo and Geely. Based in China, but with a subsi
  • 2018 Holden Commodore VXR Revealed - OFFICIAL

    holden’s 2018 performance flagship has been officially revealed for a post-home-grown commodore world that will see no eight-cylinder engines, manual gearboxes or ss badges.as previously confirmed, the new model will ditch the bent eight for a twin-turbocharged v6 matched only to a nine-speed automatic with power channelled to all four wheels.in line with the sweeping changes, holden will retire the ss badge from commodore’s performance offering, opting instead for the vxr ta...
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  • 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 spied

    The next-generation Mercedes-AMG GLE63 has been photographed undergoing testing near the Nurburgring.
    This latest GLE prototype wears roughly the same amount of camouflage as the non-AMG vehicle spotted in March this year.
    The most obvious of difference between the two cars is the AMG model’s single bar grille with the high performance marque’s now familiar diamond-studded background.The GLE63 features a different front fascia design, much larger wheels and significantly chunkier ty
  • Everty launches Australia’s “Airbnb of EV charging” to monetise your home charger

    The monetisation of peer-to-peer charging for electric vehicles, a concept that has quickly taken off in overseas markets, is now in Australia.
    Sydney start-up Everty describes its online EV charger search and booking service as the “Airbnb of electric cars”.
    The start-up is not the first to offer an online tool for locating chargers both public and residential, though, with international service PlugShare already listing a number of Australian charging stations.
    But, while PlugShar
  • 2017 Lotus Evora GT430: Most powerful road-going Lotus revealed

    The limited-edition Lotus Evora GT430 has been revealed, and is said to be the company’s most powerful road-going car yet.As its name suggests, the Evora GT430 features a retuned 3.5-litre supercharged V6 developing 321kW of power or 430 horsepower. In addition to this, torque has been upped to 440Nm.
    Drive goes to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual and a Torsen-style limited differential. The GT430 can reportedly complete the 0-100km/h standard in 3.8 seconds, and hit a top speed of
  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class First Ride | A Passenger Seat Spin In Merc’s Hay Hauler

    mercedes-benz knows that its first-ever dual cab ute, the 2018 x-class, is very different from anything the company has done before. of course most people would be familiar with the brand’s plush luxury sedans and growing range of upmarket suvs - but few would expect to see the three-pointed star at something like the denny ute muster.with the x-class that’s a plausible scenario though. a product of mercedes-benz’ commercial vehicle division, the x-class is grouped with pro...
  • Nissan Origins No Challenge For Mercedes-Benz X-Class

    the global head of mercedes-benz commercial vehicle division sees no reason for buyers to be fixated on the mainstream origins of its newest product, the x-class dual-cab ute.at the global debut of the x-class, mercedes-benz’ first medium pickup, head of mercedes-benz commercial vehicles division, volker mornhinweg, told australian media that buyers shouldn’t be fixated on the dual-cab’s nissan navara origins.“in the lcv business it’s a common appro...
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  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute: Australian details emerge

    The all-new 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute will arrive in Australia from early 2018, and CarAdvice is in position to tell you what you can expect to see when it finally arrives Down Under.
    We know there will be three drivetrains offered, and that there will be three model grades. We don’t know what it will cost just yet, but Mercedes-Benz announced that the X-Class will start in Europe from around 37,000 euros, which equates to approximately $53,800.
    That seems expensive for what will ess
  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class cab-chassis confirmed

    The 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class may claim to be the most premium pick-up on the planet, but that doesn’t mean hard-working tradies who want a tray-back version will miss out.
    The company has confirmed it will offer a cab-chassis tray-back/table-top version of the all-new X-Class in Australia from launch, giving Mercedes-Benz’s local Vans division a line-up of 18 different versions by the time the vehicle hits showrooms in April next year.
    The company is yet to reveal this work-orient
  • 2018 Peugeot 5008 review

    It seems this French car maker no longer sees a future in quirky MPVs, instead adopting an SUV design for its second-generation 2018 Peugeot 5008.
    It’s not like Peugeot had any choice in the matter, either. The SUV phenomenon has been nothing short of a global game-changer, virtually killing off people movers and station wagons in favour of high-riding family crossovers.
    Essentially, the all-new 5008 is just an extended version of the latest Peugeot 3008, designed specifically with a
  • 2018 Kia Sorento facelift revealed in Korea

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu9oRX6hPIYThe facelifted 2018 Kia Sorento has surfaced this week in its home market of South Korea, serving as the mid-life refresh of the company’s large SUV.
    Compared to the version currently on sale, the Sorento has been nipped and tucked inside and out, though some may struggle to see the differences.
    Up front there are revised headlight units which are now full-LED, along with repositioned LED daytime-running lights which now sit under the main be
  • 2018 Kia Sorento facelift revealed ahead of Q4 Australian launch – UPDATE

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu9oRX6hPIYThe subtly facelifted 2018 Kia Sorento has surfaced this week in its home market of South Korea, serving as the mid-life refresh of the company’s large SUV.
    Compared to the version currently on sale, the Sorento has been nipped and tucked inside and out, though some may struggle to identify the changes.
    Up front there are revised headlight units, now full-LED, along with repositioned LED daytime-running lights which now sit under the main bea
  • 2018 Kia Sorento facelift revealed ahead of Australian debut

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu9oRX6hPIYThe subtly facelifted 2018 Kia Sorento has surfaced this week in its home market of South Korea, serving as the mid-life refresh of the company’s large SUV.
    Compared to the version currently on sale, the Sorento has been nipped and tucked inside and out, though some may struggle to identify the changes.
    Up front there are revised headlight units, now full-LED, along with repositioned LED daytime-running lights which now sit under the main bea
  • Car companies announce half-year sales results

    VW Group, Renault, BMW Group all post half-year increases in sales
  • Petrol V6, aluminium panels mooted for Ford Bronco

    Twin-turbo V6 expected to be at the heart of Ford’s Ranger-based Bronco
  • Revealed: Holden’s new Commodore VXR

    Sports flagship V6 Commodore VXR outed by Holden ahead of 2018 launch
  • US draft legislation frees self-driving cars from safety standards

    A bipartisan draft bill relating to “highly automated vehicles” has been released, and it seeks to significantly reduce the burden on car makers and other companies working to develop, test and deploy self-driving car and autonomous vehicle technology on public roads.
    As currently worded, the new bill would exempt up to 100,000 self-driving cars per year, per company, from having to comply with existing car safety legislation.
    Instead, each firm will need to submit a “safety a
  • 2018 Holden Commodore VXR: Opel, Buick cousins revealed

    Forming part of a timed global unveiling for all three brands, new Opel and Buick-badged versions of the car we’ll see as the 2018 Holden Commodore VXR have been revealed today.
    Identical to the Holden-badged car revealed earlier today, these new Opel Insignia GSi and Buick Regal GS performance models will go on sale in Europe and the US respectively.
    A Chinese debut for the Buick could also be on the cards, and, as always, the Insignia will wear a Vauxhall badge in the UK.
    The Buick Rega
  • 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF GT Review | Convertible Ups The Style Stakes With New Hardtop

    bucking of stereotypes and shunning of trends – these are among the many things the slinky 2017 mazda mx-5 retractable fastback (rf) gt flagship is good at doing.at $45,890 plus on-road costs, this six-speed manual is the penultimate mx-5 rf gt with only the automatic with the same number of ratios costing $2000 more. exterior colours soul red and machine grey are then the only further choices at $300 extra.the thing is, though, mazda expects the manual to be the most popular trans...
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