• Nissan Cube officially ruled out for Australia

    The Nissan Cube might be a cult hit in Australia thanks to thousands of ‘grey import’ used cars across the country, but that’s not enough to convince the Japanese giant to import the box-shaped hatchback as a brand-new model for local showrooms.The Nissan Cube will remain a Japan-only car because the cost of bringing the tiny vehicle up to Australian and European safety standards has been deemed prohibitively expensive.
  • Next Nissan 370Z and Nissan GT-R could switch to electric power

    The Nissan 370Z and Nissan GT-R could be the next iconic sports-cars to make the switch to hybrid or electric power.The global head of product planning for Nissan, Ivan Espinosa, who oversees all future models, told international media at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show the company has “debated endlessly” about adding an electric boost to the next generation of its performance flagship models.
  • Mahindra PikUp gets capped-price servicing

    Mahindra has announced capped-price servicing for PikUp utes, as it looks to further improve its value proposition.The first five services will now cost a maximum of $2296, provided the car is serviced on time within the Mahindra dealer network. The new capped-price servicing applies to vehicles purchased since January 2018.
  • Mercedes X-Class ute future remains in doubt, Nissan won't say what comes next

    The future of the Mercedes X-Class ute has been placed in doubt for the third time this year, with joint venture partner Nissan telling international media at the Tokyo Motor Show: “We are doing our best to help them and that’s about it”.Nissan builds the Mercedes X-Class in its Navara factory in Spain and the project was designed to cut production costs for both brands.
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  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute future remains in doubt, Nissan won't say what comes next

    The future of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute has been placed in doubt for the third time this year, with joint venture partner Nissan telling international media at the Tokyo Motor Show: “We are doing our best to help them and that’s about it”.Nissan builds the Mercedes-Benz X-Class in its Navara factory in Spain and the project was designed to cut production costs for both brands.
  • Subaru WRX STI EJ20 Final Edition unveiled

    The Subaru WRX STI EJ20 Final Edition, with its soon-to-be pensioned off engine, made its debut alongside the far more modern Levorg Prototype at the 2019 Tokyo motor show.Based on the WRX STI Type S, the Final Edition is powered by a EJ20 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot boxer engine tuned to produce 227kW of power and 422Nm of torque. All of this is, naturally, delivered to all four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
  • Toyota says rural buyers keen on HiLux, LandCruiser hybrids

    Research done by Toyota Australia is showing its army of regional and rural owners are “very enthusiastic” for hybrid versions of the next HiLux and LandCruiser — provided they’re capable enough to do the work required.The company, which aims for about 20 per cent of its sales in Australia to be hybrid cars next year (equal to about 40,000 cars), has already said we can expect ‘electrified’ derivatives offered across its total range by around 2025.
  • Subaru Levorg Prototype revealed: Production model coming in 2020

    Subaru has previewed the next-generation Levorg wagon with a 'Prototype' version at the 2019 Tokyo motor show, with the production model to go on sale in Japan during the second half of next year.The company says the new Levorg features "various cutting-edge technologies" and symbolises the "new generation of Subaru".
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  • Toyota Australia looks to roll out EVs from around 2025

    Australia’s top-selling car maker Toyota has long focused on reducing its CO2 emissions through popularising more affordable hybrid versions of the Corolla, Camry and RAV4. Thanks to this push, hybrids are expected to account for 20 per cent of its sales next year.
  • Lexus to show first EV next month, previews with radical LF-30 concept

    Lexus is poised to go electric, confirming plans to show its first production EV in November, focused on China. It has divulged no specifics on what segment it will compete in, though we believe it’s a derivative of a current model.The brand will then roll out a brand-new “dedicated” electric car around 2022 on its own version of a new Toyota Group e-TNGA platform, focused on more markets with growing EV demand, starting with Europe and the US.
  • Lexus to show first EV next month, previews beyond with radical LF-30 concept

    Lexus is poised to go electric, confirming plans to show its first production EV in November, focused on China. It has divulged no specifics on what segment it will compete in, though we believe it’s a derivative of a current model.The brand will then roll out a brand-new “dedicated” electric car around 2022 on its own version of a new Toyota Group e-TNGA platform, focused on more markets with growing EV demand, starting with Europe and the US.
  • Nissan Navara to eventually go hybrid, no more power planned for turbo diesel

    The Nissan Navara is as good as it’s going to get in terms of performance for the time being – having just received an update that includes tougher rear suspension, Apple CarPlay, and a digital speed display.The company is poised to change gear and focus on an “electrified” version of future Nissan Navara models – rather than finding more power from the current twin-turbo diesel 2.3-litre four-cylinder.
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  • Nissan Navara to eventually go electric, no more power planned for turbo diesel

    The Nissan Navara is as good as it’s going to get in terms of performance for the time being – having just received an update that includes tougher rear suspension, Apple CarPlay, and a digital speed display.The company is poised to change gear and focus on an “electrified” version of future Nissan Navara models – rather than finding more power from the current twin-turbo diesel 2.3-litre four-cylinder.
  • Mitsubishi Mi-Tech Concept revealed

    Mitsubishi has revealed its latest concept car in Tokyo, the Mi-Tech Concept, with an plug-in hybrid powertrain and a beach-buggy body.Built as a "small plug-in hybrid electric SUV that delivers unparalleled driving pleasure", the Mitsubishi Mi-Tech is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain blending a gas turbine with an electric motor.The turbine can be powered by diesel, kerosene, or alcohol (if you're feeling wasteful), and has a "powerful output for its size and weight".
  • 2020 Alpina B3 sedan revealed in Tokyo

    Alpina has added a sedan to its B3 line-up in Tokyo, bringing all-wheel drive, inline-six power and loads of luxury to the three-box 3 Series.The new B3 sedan has the same fundamentals as the Touring. That means power comes from an S58 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline-six (the same engine that'll be used in the new M3) making 340kW and 700Nm, put to all four wheels through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
  • Design Review: Phantom Corsair (1938)

    After covering some of the best automobiles of the 1930s like the Buick Y-Job (1938), the GM Futurliner (1939), and the Stout Scarab (1932-1935), it would be unfair to not include the Phantom Corsair - a one-off prototype with stunning looks and a very interesting story behind it.
  • 2020 Mazda MX-30: All-electric SUV revealed

    Another day, another electric vehicle. This time around it's from Mazda, and it blends all the hallmarks of a sporty city SUV with a fully-electric heart.The MX-30 debuts Mazda's pure-electric e-SkyActiv platform, along with a number of new interior technologies likely to filter through the rest of the Japanese brand's line-up in due course.
  • 2020 Mitsubishi ASX pricing and specs: AEB now standard

    Pricing and specifications for the refreshed 2020 Mitsubishi ASX have finally been confirmed, with the updated range launching from $24,990 drive-away with standard autonomous emergency braking.As previously reported, the facelifted ASX gets its most comprehensive design overhaul since it first debuted nearly a decade ago.
  • Suzuki unveils a car with no steering wheel and no driver’s seat

    Japanese carmaker Suzuki has opened the 2019 Tokyo motor show by unveiling a car without a steering wheel or a driver’s seat.The Suzuki Hanare is only a concept car designed as a motor show tease for now, but the company says it's a sign of things to come as the automotive world shifts to autonomous motoring.The word Hanare is Japanese for “a detached cottage” or separate living space.
  • Nissan Ariya concept: Here’s why all electric SUVs are going to look like this

    The Nissan Ariya electric SUV might be a concept car for now, but the 2019 Tokyo motor show star could make its way to Australian showrooms if it goes into production.And its design is a sign of things to come from most leading car brands.The Ariya – which Nissan says roughly translates to “tireless Japanese futurism” – has two electric motors and the body sits on a “skateboard” style flat battery pack.
  • 2020 Honda Jazz revealed in Tokyo

    Honda has taken the wraps from its next-generation Jazz at the Tokyo motor show, with a new hybrid powertrain and standard autonomous emergency braking across the entire Japanese range.UPDATE October 23, 3:30pm: Although it hasn't confirmed what the engine will be, and makes no mention of it in the press materials, Honda has said a petrol engine will also be offered for the new Jazz line-up. Our headline and copy has been amended to reflect this change.
  • 2020 Toyota Prius review

    Since launching just over 20 years ago in Japan, Toyota has sold over 6.5 million Priuses globally – it's a staggering number given its quirky looks and its economy bent.And unlike some manufacturers that have taken to integrating hybrid technology within existing model lines, Toyota has kept the Prius as a standalone model to capitalise on those consumers that want to be seen to be green.
  • 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 teased: Production changes detailed

    The countdown to the official reveal of the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf continues, with the German brand detailing the extent of its manufacturing efficiencies ahead of the new small car's reveal later this week.Volkswagen claims it will be producing the new Golf Mk8 at a rate "one hour faster than its predecessor", thanks to "numerous process improvements" despite the vehicle being "much more complex".
  • How to store your car - Roadshow

    A car cover is just the start when putting your car away for the winter or a long break.
  • Nissan: New CEO pledges to “restore trust” after a year of scandals 

    Almost a year after the Carlos Ghosn scandal broke – and just two weeks after being announced as the new global boss of Nissan – Makoto Uchida has promised to “restore trust” in the company.
  • New Nissan CEO pledges to “restore trust” after a year of scandals 

    Almost a year after the Carlos Ghosn scandal broke – and just two weeks after being announced as the new global boss of Nissan – Makoto Uchida has promised to “restore trust” in the company.
  • 2018 Renault Megane RS recalled

    Renault Australia has issued a recall for the 2018 model-year Megane RS hot hatch, over concerns a wiring fault could lead to engine failure."The oil pressure solenoid valve wiring was not manufactured to the required specifications, which may lead to engine failure," the company says in its recall notice."If the engine fails, the driver may experience heavier steering, loss of auxiliaries and/or need to apply much greater braking effort."
  • 2020 Aston Martin Vantage AMR review

    Aston Martin has an insane amount of competition. For decades, the brand has relied on its gorgeous looks and prestige, but in this day and age, that just isn’t enough.The battle at the very top of the car market for those high-margin premium dollars has never been so intense, which is why the British brand has found itself appealing to purists by offering a manual in the Vantage.
  • Review: 2020 Aston Martin Vantage AMR first drive

    Aston Martin's super-focused Vantage AMR supercar was revealed back in May, but at last the company has given media a spin. How does it go? Alborz finds out here.
  • Rare snails put a stop to Mercedes-Benz imports, 900 cars turned around at the Australian border

    EXCLUSIVE: A rare snail never before detected in Australia has slammed the brakes on 900 brand-new Mercedes-Benz vehicles worth more than $50 million – after being turned around at shipping ports and stopped from entering the country.The Department of Agriculture has demanded all 900 cars be exported after “the detection of a number of exotic snails” on five separate shipments of vehicles “imported from Europe”.
  • Toyota debuting solid-state batteries in 2020

    Toyota will debut solid-state batteries, one of the most significant technologies coming to electric vehicles, at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.Speaking with Auto Express, Toyota chief technology officer, Shigeki Terashi, said at "the Tokyo Olympics, we would like to produce a car with Toyota’s own solid-state battery and unveil it for you".
  • 2018 Renault Trafic recalled

    Renault Australia has recalled the 2018 Trafic van, over concerns the parking brake cable isn't manufactured to specification.According to the company, the cable could make the parking brake fail. If the issue occurs, it could cause injury to the car's occupants or other road users.A total of 907 vans are affected by the issue – a VIN list is attached here.Renault will contact owners of the affected vehicles and advise them to organise a free fix with their nearest dealer.
  • 2019 Toyota 86 GT manual review: Dynamic Performance Pack

    The year is 2012. The original red, yellow and purple Wiggles retired, a minor earthquake 'rocked' Victoria, and we had our first female Prime Minister in office. It was also when the Toyota 86 was launched, and unlike Australian politics, the 86 has remained predictable and consistent.It is essentially a seven-year-old time capsule on wheels, and when it arrived, it was a fun, pure, rear-wheel-drive sports car. Not much has changed.
  • Renault Kangoo and Master hydrogen fuel cell vans unveiled

    The Renault Kangoo ZE Hydrogen and Renault Master ZE Hydrogen have been unveiled overnight, and promise more driving range than the pure-electric models they're based on.Both vans use their fuel cells as a range extender, recharging the their already decently-sized battery packs.Depending on the type of charger used, recharging the batteries on these vans can take hours, while refilling the hydrogen tank only requires a few minutes.
  • 2020 Subaru Levorg 'prototype' leaked ahead of debut

    The second-generation Subaru Levorg 'prototype' has been leaked just ahead of its debut at the 2019 Tokyo motor show.Technically the car which will be unveiled at the Tokyo show is a "prototype", but it looks practically production ready.This image of the Levorg Prototype was found on the upcoming edition of Japanese magazine Web Car, an advance copy of which was photographed and sent to Carscoops.
  • 2020 Subaru Levorg leaked ahead of debut

    The second-generation Subaru Levorg has been leaked just ahead of its debut at the 2019 Tokyo motor show.Technically the car which will be unveiled at the Tokyo show is a "prototype", but it looks practically production ready.This image of the Levorg Prototype was found on the upcoming edition of Japanese magazine Web Car, an advance copy of whichwas photographed and sent to Carscoops.
  • Ssangyong Korando: Petrol engine coming in November

    Ssangyong will add a petrol option to its critical Korando SUV line-up in November, following a diesel-only initial launch in Australia.Pricing for the crossover, which is slightly smaller than the Kia Sportage, kicks off at $32,990 drive-away and runs to $39,990 drive-away.But the 'Launch Edition' is only available with a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine making 100kW and 324Nm, mated with a six-speed automatic.
  • TRD GR Supra 3000GT Concept teased

    Toyota Racing Development (TRD) is preparing a Supra that's been cranked up to 11 for SEMA, having drawn inspiration from a classic Supra concept.At this point we only have a shadowy video to work with, but the Supra 3000GT Concept certainly looks like something special. Down back there's a towering rear wing with a smaller spoiler worked into the bootlid.Although it's tough to tell, it looks like there'll be an angry diffuser as well.
  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, CLA, GLA recalled

    Mercedes-Benz Australia has issued a recall for 2019 model-year A-Class, CLA and GLA vehicles over concerns one of the airbags could detach while driving."The four lock nuts for fastening the airbag may have been installed incorrectly," the company says in its recall notice.
  • REVIEW: 2020 Kia Stinger GT (With exhaust upgrade!)

    Does the optional exhaust for the Kia Stinger GT make this a more appealing performance package? Paul Maric finds out.
  • 2020 Toyota C-HR GR Sport revealed

    Toyota Japan has shown off a new range of GR Sport add-ons for the updated C-HR crossover, though it appears at this stage these accessories will only be available in the Japanese domestic market.Available as both single-item options or as a sport-themed trim level, the C-HR GR Sport range brings a wealth of performance-inspired cosmetic, trim and mechanical upgrades, available on both turbo petrol and petrol-electric hybrid versions of the company's little crossover.
  • Audi A8 60 TFSI e quattro

    Audi unveils plug-in hybrid trio
  • 2020 BMW M3 leaked

    BMW's upcoming 3 Series flagship, the hotted-up 2020 M3, has been snapped on the production line.Finished in Melbourne Red, the car has a set of aggressively-flared arches and a subtle carbon-fibre lip spoiler on the bootlid. The images were published on Bimmerpost.
    The roof is finished in body colour, which suggests it isn't a carbon-fibre unit. We'd suggest a lighter roof will be optional or offered on higher-spec Competition models, but this hasn't been confirmed by BMW.
  • Peugeot to introduce Expert EV

    PSA Group will introduce a battery-electric version of its mid-sized cargo vans, the Peugeot Expert, Citroen Jumpy and Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro.Automotive News reports the vans, which use PSA’s EMP2 platform, will be available with two different levels of electric range. Base models will have a 50kWh battery with a range of 200km under WLTP standards. An available 75kWh battery will have a range of 300km.
  • Mazda to launch new diesel engines in 2020 - report

    Mazda remains committed to the diesel engine, despite many manufacturers shying away from the powertrain technology in the wake of the Dieselgate emissions scandal, promising a "new approach" to diesel engines next year.Speaking with the UK's Autocar, the company's European R&D boss, Christian Schultze, said: "We are sticking to diesel engines. In 2020, we have a new approach to diesel engines"."We will show you how clean and very efficient diesel engines can be."
  • 2019 Holden Acadia v Mazda CX-9: Family SUV comparison

    Two very, very compelling options in the large seven-seat SUV segment. Which deserves your attention more? Sam Purcell puts that question to the test.
  • Meet ParKam, an app that tracks and guides you to open parking spots - Roadshow

    It's like Waze but for parking lots.
  • Hyundai develops AI-infused adaptive cruise control and it's production-bound - Roadshow

    Machine learning makes this adaptive cruise-control system smarter than the rest.
  • Study shows new cars are safer than ever, but advanced tech still not mandatory in Australia

    New cars are reaching levels of safety never seen before – as figures show the 12 month national average for road deaths has hit a five-year low.However, one of the key life-saving technologies helping drive down deaths on our roads is still not mandated in Australia.
  • 2021 Skoda Octavia leaked via online configurator

    The exterior of the next-generation Skoda Octavia has been accidentally revealed via a faulty online configurator a few weeks ahead of its official debut.Initially picked up by the Czech Skoda Home forum, the picture fits neatly with the sketches provided by Skoda last week.

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