• Audi: Legislation the biggest hold-up with autonomous vehicles

    We’ve seen the technology in action and know that in theory, at least, it works well. But, when put to the real test, the thing holding autonomous vehicles up at the moment is legislation and the complex web of legislative bodies around the world.
    Audi board member for technical development, Peter Mertens told Australian media that the process has already begun in Germany.
    “Let’s talk about our home market to start with. There has been legislation for a couple of weeks no
  • Volvo launches ‘Care by Volvo’ leasing service

    Forget the idea of a traditional car leasing plan – at least as far as Volvo is concerned, with the Swedish company launching a clever new 24-month subscription service called ‘Care by Volvo’.
    If you order a new XC40 online in Europe, you’ll be able to ‘own’ the model (drive it certainly) for a set monthly price, devoid of any extra fees like tax or insurance.
    “We would definitely look at the idea of it, as we do with any of the plans that come out of E
  • Land Rover Discovery pulls 110-tonne road train

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DsK0SH0h9sThe Land Rover Discovery has displayed just how mighty its towing capability is by hauling a 110-tonne road train in the Northern Territory, to announce the arrival of the 2018 model.
    With a 3.0-litre diesel engine producing 600Nm of torque, factory-fitted tow bar and 3500-kilograms towing capacity, the Discovery successfully pulled the truck and its seven trailers for 16 kilometres on the Lasseter Highway.Land Rover Product Engineer, Quentin Spottiswoo
  • Electric Peugeot 208, 2008, DS3 models planned – report

    The PSA Group is planning several new electrified and all-electric vehicles (EVs) in the coming years, including EV versions of the next Peugeot 208, 2008 and DS3 Crossback.
    In a new report by industry journal Automotive News Europe, PSA is said to have given investors details of  its future vehicle strategy earlier this week.
    Part of these plans included the next-generation 208 light car, which will feature a full-electric version along with conventional combustion-pow
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  • Chasing Jewfish in the Isuzu D-Max

    Jewfish are one of the most iconic fish on the east coast of Australia and can be notoriously difficult to catch. They inhabit a wide range of habitats and can be found offshore and in coastal estuaries, but there’s nothing quite like catching them off the beach or rocky coastal headlands. It’s a challenge like no other.
    While chasing Jewfish or Mulloway from the rocks is tough it can, at times, be quite consistent, particularly on the north coast of NSW. Most rocky headlands will h
  • 2017 Holden Astra RS-V review

    Life as Holden‘s go-to small car hasn’t always been easy. First it was the Astra, then it was the Nova, then the Astra again, then the Viva, then the Cruze, and now the Astra once more. But is the latest iteration now the greatest? And does it offer small-car buyers enough incentive to get them out of their Toyota Corollas, Mazda 3s, Hyundai i30s, and Volkswagen Golfs?
    Kicking off at $30,740 (before on-road costs) for the six-speed manual and $31,740 (before on-road costs) for the A
  • 2018 Holden ZB Commodore Sportwagon all-wheel drive V6 spied testing in the USA

    The 2018 Holden ZB Commodore Sportwagon has been spied testing in the USA sporting a V6 and all-wheel drive, signalling a return of the hot wagon.
    To date we’ve driven a number of 2018 Holden ZB Commodore prototype vehicles, but there hasn’t been much discussion about the Sportwagon outside of an entry-level four-cylinder model.Spied testing in the USA yesterday, we now have visual proof that Holden will release a V6 all-wheel drive version of the next-generation Commodore that coul
  • 2018 Kia Stinger track drive: video

    After old mate Jez Spinks went out to assess the on-road character of the new 2018 Kia Stinger, Tony Crawford hit the track at the big performance sedan’s Australian media launch.
    Catch his video above, and read the full review right here. You can also get all the pricing and equipment details in our article here.Need a refresher on the Stinger’s genesis and what it has to offer?
    The Stinger started life as the GT (below), a concept revealed way back in 2011. Although the car we
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  • Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO Unveiled For 2018

    lamborghini has lifted the lid on its new huracan super trofeo model, called the evo.updates over the previous version include a new aerodynamics package with new carbon-fibre body kit, a roof hatch to improve safety and a 1.5sec improvement to its lap time around the monza circuit in italy.also new for 2018 is a partnership with famous swiss luxury watchmaker roger dubuis.thanks to the combined forces of dallara engineering and lamborghini squadra corse, the huracan super trofeo...
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  • 2017 Skoda Octavia RS wagon v Renault Megane GT wagon comparison

    Petrolhead parents on a budget are hardly spoilt for choice in today’s showrooms – especially if a hatchback is considered a bit too small and they prefer their driving experience, rather than outward view, to be elevated.
    In the circa-$40,000 price zone, there are just three members of the sporty compact wagon breed: the Renault Megane GT, Skoda Octavia RS, and Subaru Levorg.
    The WRX-engined Levorg is missing here as its MY18 update wasn’t available in time for testing, leavi
  • BMW i3 To Offer Greater Range With 2018 Update - Report

    bmw looks set to up the ante on its all-electric i3 battery pack as new electric vehicle models from various carmakers continue to push the envelope on maximum range.website bmw blog reports that the update will come barely twelve months after the i3’s most recent update, which saw the battery pack upgraded to 94 ah (ampere hour).the 94 ah update brought a new maximum range of 300km (up from 190km). however, an unnamed source reportedly confirmed that the new battery pack will be 1...
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  • 2018 Volvo XC40 aiming to match BMW X1 sales in Australia

    Built on Volvo’s all-new CMA platform – Compact Modular Architecture – the 2018 Volvo XC40 is, according to head office executives, the vehicle that can deliver Volvo much needed global volume.
    In fact, according to Alexander Petrovski, boss of Volvo’s 40-Series models, the XC40 can even deliver volume for the brand even in Australia.
    “We believe we can sell up to 4000 of these vehicles [per year] in Australia,” Petrovski said. “We have very high expect
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  • Mazda BT-50 Recalled For Airbag Inflator Inaction

    mazda has issued a recall in australia this week for its bt-50 pickup, due to a potential problem with the vehicle’s side airbags.the carmaker says the airbag initiators within the side airbag modules may contain an incorrect chemical mixture.as a result, the side airbag may not deploy when required, increasing the risk of injury to the vehicle occupants during a collision. to date, no such incidents have been reported in australia.affected bt-50 models were sold in australia b...
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  • Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo revealed for the track

    The Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo has been revealed this week by the company’s motorsport division, wearing a livery to celebrate new sponsorship.
    Compared to the model it replaces, the Italian racing bull gets a new carbon-fibre body kit, which helps to improve overall aerodynamic efficiency while also maintaining the downforce achieved by the outgoing vehicle.
    A new roof hatch device has also been added, which Lamborghini says helps to improve safety.Meanwhile, the matte-gre
  • Audi to offer autonomous vehicles for different needs and wants

    Audi used the 2017 Frankfurt motor show as a launching platform for its level 3, 4 and 5 autonomous production and concept vehicles, with the company now indicating it will likely offer a range of autonomous vehicles that suit alternative use cases.
    When asked whether an autonomous vehicle can be sporty, Audi board member for technical development, Peter Mertens suggested autonomy comes in different shapes and sizes.“It’s one of the key questions we have to answer [whether autonomy
  • Billy carts converge on Castlemaine for charity

    The Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge will be making a return to the Victorian gold-mining town, after a 14-year hiatus.
    Known as the home of hot rods, organisers also like to claim Castlemaine, Victoria, as the Billy Cart capital.
    The event has had a rollercoaster history, beginning in 1949 as the Apex Soap Box Derby. Numbers began to fall by the ’60s, before a return in 1997. The last race was in 2003, and now in 2017, organisers are looking forward to getting the community together once
  • 2017 Nissan Navara ST-X review

    It didn’t take long for Nissan to update the 2017 Nissan Navara ST-X, with the Series II upgrades coming on line not long after the vehicle’s initial launch – just on two years to be exact.
    We’ve thought since the outset too, that the Navara is best positioned as the most effective ‘lifestyle dual-cab’ among the current crop of utes. Some are better off-road, some (read, all) are better with a load in the tray, and some are better value, but few make a better
  • Greenpeace protestors board ship delivering VW diesels, more break into holding yard

    Activists from Greenpeace in the UK have conducted a publicity stunt against Volkswagen as the group attempts to turn people away from diesel cars in the wake of the company’s ongoing emissions cheating scandal.
    A claimed 25 volunteers in kayaks and boats surrounded the 23,000-tonne cargo ship Elbe Highway, delivering German-made Euro 6-compliant VW diesels (and plug-in hybrid petrol-electric cars) into the UK. Some then boarded the vessel, took a selfie, and are refusing to disembar
  • Federal Govt wants compulsory Takata airbag recall as global tally ticks past 100 million

    The Australian Federal Government has proposed a compulsory recall for all vehicles fitted with potentially life-threatening Takata airbags, following an investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
    With the global tally of affected vehicles now exceeding 100 million units, the Federal Government says it’s prioritising the safety of consumers with its proposal, in an effort to warn all potentially affected owners.
    Faulty Takata airbags have been linked
  • Electrification will not hinder Land Rover characteristics

    Future Land Rovers to retain off-road capability despite range-wide electrification
  • 2018 Holden Commodore Supercar: First images of new turbo racer on the track

    The new-generation 2018 Holden Commodore Supercar has been properly revealed this week ahead of its racing debut at the Adelaide 500 next year.
    Snapped at the Gold Coast’s Norwell Motorplex for a 60-kilometre shakedown, it’s the first time we’ve seen the upcoming racer in the flesh, though its design was first revealed in June.
    The shakedown on the Sunshine State follows a 10-month design and development program undertaken by Holden and Triple Eight Race Engineering, with
  • Alfa confirms three-variant Stelvio SUV range

    Two variants for Alfa Romeo Stelvio launch in Q1 2018, Quadrifolgio to follow
  • ACCC pushes for mandatory Takata airbag recall

    Manufacturers not doing enough to fix defective Takata airbags: government
  • Jaguar E-Pace to grow JLR sales next year

    E-Pace, Velar and Discovery expected to contribute notable sales in 2018 for JLR
  • CarAdvice podcast 71: Tony Crawford reviews the Stinger!

    In the studio this week is Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Dave Zalstein.
    Paul has his say on Victoria Police’s choice on its next patrol car being a BMW 530d.
    Also in car news, Ford Fiesta has been axed in the US, and Australian prospects are still unclear.
    Plus, the 2018 BMW X3 pricing and specs have been revealed, Hyundai ute is confirmed for after 2020, Mazda confirms a new rotary concept for the 2017 Tokyo motor show, and Ford and Mahindra are to team up in developing markets.
    Tony Cra
  • Toyota Yaris: Road car v rally car

    A Yaris? A Toyota Yaris? Why would you rally a Toyota Yaris? That’s probably what you’re thinking. Ask the team at Neal Bates Motorsport, though, and the humble little Japanese runabout is the future of rallying in Australia.
    Whether you follow the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) or not, the facts are, this year’s title race is a close one.
    On one side you have Harry Bates, on the other, Molly Taylor. And to be fair, currently splitting the pair of them, you have Coffs Harb
  • 2018 Kia Stinger First Drive Review | A Bold First Attempt From Kia For A Familiar Formula To Aussie Buyers

    the timing of kia’s first rear wheel drive large car couldn’t be more fortuitous. just as holden is preparing to switch from its locally-produced rear wheel drive commodore to an imported front drive hatchback, and previous ford falcon owners begin pondering what to renew their leases with the stinger has emerged.no, it’s not a direct aussie large car replacement nor was it intended to be. instead the singer was conceived as a lower-priced alternative to european mid-sizers...
  • Rear-drive a must to connect Kia Stinger with Aussies

    Research shows Kia Stinger will be more popular with rear-drive
  • The Shortlist: Petrol, conventional auto, full-size spare wheel – easy, right?

    Bruce is in the market for a petrol automatic vehicle to replace his much-loved Citroen C5. Let’s see what we can do…
    Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me?
    Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But… where to from there?
    In this series, we look at these cases and single out three c
  • 2018 Lexus LS: Australian details

    Some key details about the local version of fifth-generation Lexus LS were revealed at the car’s international launch this week.
    The new LS will arrive in Australian showrooms from April 2018 with two drivetrain options: the LS500 with a new 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6, and the LS500h with the same Multi-Stage Hybrid setup we first saw in the LC coupe.The LS350 and its naturally aspirated 3.5-litre V6 is currently reserved for “price sensitive” markets, and won’t be availabl
  • Driven: V6 Kia Stinger to be sales leader

    Most expensive variant to dominate Kia Stinger volume in Australia
  • Holden Reveals Its 2018 Supercars Contender

    next year’s all-new fully imported holden commodore might be about to depart from its long-treasured v8 rear wheel drive formula beloved by enthusiasts, but the traditional drivetrain layout is set to continue… in the motorsports arena at least.red bull holden racing unveiled the new supercars-prepared commodore in queensland this week ahead of its 2018 racing debut with six-time supercars champion jamie whincup putting the new car through its paces.although the 20...
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  • ACCC Looks To Unprecedented Action In Takata Airbag Recall

    in an unprecedented move, the australian federal government has proposed enforcing mandatory recalls of vehicles involved in the global takata airbag recall, instead of the current voluntary system. the still-growing issue, which has already claimed the life of a sydney man in july as well as contributing to an alice springs woman’s injuries in april, has been identified as responsible for 19 deaths globally, with over 200 injuries attributed to airbags which may rupture when depl...
  • 2018 Volvo XC40 Unveiled In Europe

    volvo has unveiled the third member of its suv range with the all-new xc40 small suv unveiled at an event in milan, signalling the first time the swedish brand’s suv lineup exceeds its passenger car range.as a brand traditionally associated with boxy wagons, volvo’s move to suvs has been a natural one, with a current range that includes the large seven-seat xc90, the new medium xc60 set to launch in australia next month, and finally the brand’s first small suv, the xc4...
  • 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio local details – UPDATE

    Update: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has confirmed that the specifications initially listed for the 2.2-litre diesel engine were incorrect. See article for details.
    The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio range will start arriving in showrooms toward the end of quarter one next year, with two new engine variants and a high-performance Quadrifoglio variant to follow, the Italian marque has confirmed.
    “The Stelvio will feature streamlined option packages that focus on both luxury and performanc
  • 2018 Volvo XC40 revealed

    The all-new 2018 Volvo XC40 has been revealed, ahead of an Australian debut confirmed for the second quarter of next year.
    It’s a badge that has been in the offing for more than five years, and now it’s official, with the 2018 XC40 unveiled at a standalone event in Milan tonight.
    The new small SUV joins the only recently revealed (and driven) new-gen XC60, and the big XC90, as the third model in the brand’s growing XC-badged SUV range.
    We had our first official look at the new
  • 2018 Kia Stinger pricing and specs – UPDATE

    Update: Kia has confirmed servicing intervals and pricing for the 2018 Stinger range. See bottom of article for details.
    The 2018 Kia Stinger has finally arrived in Australian showrooms, and while twin-turbo V6 pricing is already known to be starting at $48,990, today’s news confirms the cheapest model in the range will be a $45,990 four-cylinder option.
    In all, a six-strong model range will be offered, with three trim grades each for the two engine variants available – a
  • 2018 Kia Stinger pricing and specs

    The 2018 Kia Stinger has finally arrived in Australian showrooms, and while twin-turbo V6 pricing is already known to be starting at $48,990, today’s news confirms the cheapest model in the range will be a $45,990 four-cylinder option.
    In all, a six-strong model range will be offered, with three trim grades each for the two engine variants available – a 182kW/353Nm 2.0-litre turbo four, and a 272kW/510Nm 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6.
    Both powerplants are mated as standard to an eigh
  • 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio review

    If looks could kill, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the sniper’s rifle of SUVs, such is its devastatingly handsome visage. Every design detail, every trim finish, every angle and flash as the light catches its sinewy body is indisputably Alfa Romeo – exactly as it should be.
    Medium SUV is one of the most savagely competitive segments in the modern motoring world though, so the Stelvio also needs to do more than just look the part, it needs to be bloody good on the road, too.
    The Ste
  • Toyota launches Gazoo Racing Series in Japan

    Six JDM Toyota models get GR-fettled variants, Aus not on cards – yet
  • First look: Volvo lifts lid on XC40

    Volvo takes aim at premium crossover sales stars with new XC40
  • 2018 Holden Captiva updates announced

    The lightly revised 2018 Holden Captiva range has arrived, bringing minor specification changes across the line-up.
    Seven seats are now standard across the range, with the outgoing model’s five-seat option now dropped. That also means the two entry-level five-seat LS variants have been axed from the range, bringing the starting price for the Captiva to $30,490 before on-road costs for the seven-seat LS automatic.
    The value-focused Active edition also returns for the new model year, b
  • 2017 Toyota 86 LE Review | Limited Edition Adds Some Charm to Aging Sporty Coupe

    if orange is the new black, then perhaps the 2017 toyota 86 limited edition really is the fashionable third member of this affordable rear-wheel drive sports coupe line-up.exclusively and solely available with this 60-unit 86 le, the solar orange exterior colour is – to be kind – at least more appealing than the hue of a certain president’s quiff, but either way keen drivers should love this new model’s mechanical changes.a duo of under-body alterations take centr...
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  • Room for both Velar and F-Pace in JLR line-up

    Jaguar and Range Rover to share luxury mid-size SUV space with F-Pace and Velar
  • McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo revealed

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ctGC_BqWbsThe McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo has been revealed ahead of its debut in the Gran Turismo Sport video game later this year.
    Designed exclusive for Playstation’s popular racing franchise, the wild design study embodies the company’s “commitment” to putting the driver first through to 2030 and beyond – according to McLaren Automotive.Headlining features include an outlandish hybrid drivetrain, which cou
  • Mercedes-Benz says ‘yes’ to flying cars

    Car makers heading to the skies? It certainly looks like it. As fanciful as it might seem, and as Jetson-esque as it might sound, Mercedes-Benz has effectively endorsed the concept of flying cars – or flying conveyances, more to the point.
    You might think German manufacturers are a little staid and boring, but with its recent investment in flying taxi/drone company Volocopter, Mercedes-Benz has materially admitted that taking to the skies is a potential future technology – and it ha
  • 2018 Toyota HiLux Updated With New In-Demand Variants - Price And Features For Australia

    toyota has announced a series of changes to its best-selling hilux ute range for the 2018 model year, aiming to keep the hilux at the top of australia’s new car sales chart with new variants arriving to take the place of previous slow-selling versions.among the revised range, toyota has ditched petrol-powered v6 versions of the hilux which accounted for less than 0.5 percent of sales volumes, while the 2.7-litre petrol four-cylinder and 2.4- and 2.8-litre turbo diesel engines...
  • Genesis could do a new GT coupe, but smaller cars unlikely

    There’s little chance we’ll see a hatchback from Korean luxury brand Genesis, but a sleek two-door grand tourer could make a bit more sense.
    That’s according to Genesis senior vice president, Manfred Fitzgerald, who told CarAdvice at the launch of the all-new Genesis G70 sedan that the conventional passenger car range is complete.
    That range – three sedans – consists of the new G70 (competing with the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class), the G80 (curre
  • 2018 Range Rover Velar SE D240 diesel review

    Perhaps it’s unfair stereotyping to suggest anybody buying the new 2018 Range Rover Velar has as much interest in off-roading as a fish does in skydiving.
    Indeed, the same is already said of those buying any of the brand’s properly proven off-roading models, but, there it is. After all, the terms ‘Toorak Tractor’ and ‘Balmain Bulldozer’ didn’t come up by themselves.
    So, when Land Rover told me I’d spend more than half of the Velar’s one-day
  • Tokyo show: Mitsubishi hints at new Evolution

    All-electric e-Evolution concept sets stage for a new Mitsubishi performance SUV

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