• 2016 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ Review: Long-term report one – introduction

    Sometimes we don’t just borrow cars from manufacturers, we buy them – and that’s exactly what we’ve done with our latest long-termer, the 2016 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+.
    This dual-cab, diesel-powered, four-wheel-drive ute is one of the best value mainstream models on the market. You can get the six-speed manual version for $35,990 drive-away, and the five-speed auto model we have here can be had at $38,490 drive-away. At the moment there’s even a $2000 factory bonus on
  • Suzuki targets ‘urban jungle’ with SUVs

    More customers picking high-riders for their city manners says Suzuki
  • Jaguar Land Rover issues recall over engine fault

    Range Rover Evoque, Disco Sport recall for possible improper engine harness install
  • Geneva show: Pagani titillates with Huayra Roadster

    Open-top Huayra Roadster to debut at Geneva as Pagani’s show-stopping hypercar
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  • Geneva show: Alpine announces Premiere Edition

    AS110 details emerge but Alpine still holds its hand close ahead of Geneva debut
  • 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition revealed

    The 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition has been revealed this week, based on the Ti model that sits below the hero Quadrifoglio variant.
    Even without the Quadrofoglio’s aggressive body kit, wheels, tyres and quad-exhaust outlets, the Stelvio First Edition is clearly intended to win buyers chasing a sporting look for their SUV.
    Standard kit on the First Edition include 20-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime-running lights, coloured brake calipers and lashin
  • Alpina models offered Drexler LSD option

    Aussie Alpinas can now be tricked-out with a Drexler Motorsport mechanical LSD
  • New industry minister ‘optimistic about the future’

    Sinodinos upbeat about prospects for ‘high-value’ manufacturing, including suppliers
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  • CarAdvice News Desk:: The weekly wrap for January 20, 2017

    Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia’s new-car market.
    Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews.
    What happened in the week ending January 20, 2017? Catch our video above, and links to the full stories below.
     
    THE WEEK IN NEWSThe details of three Holden Commod
  • Australia’s key role in Mazda/Isuzu Ute deal

    Australia was a key driver in Mazda’s decision to enter a joint-venture (JV) arrangement with Isuzu Ute to collaborate on the next-generation BT-50 and D-Max ute/pickup trucks, due around 2020.
    As announced in July, the two Japanese companies ditched existing ute JVs (Mazda with Ford, Isuzu with General Motors, which we already know plans to move upmarket with the next Colorado) and buddied up to better amortise costs.
    The basic agreement will see Isuzu produce the next generati
  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA spied

    The next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA has been spied this week, despite the facelifted current-generation model debuting in Detroit only a week ago.
    While this test mule looks very similar to the A-Class prototype that has been spotted over the past year, this vehicle is believed to be a GLA due to its higher ride height, chunkier wheel and tyre package along with what looks to be a slightly wider track.
    Like the current generation, the new GLA should share its underpinnings with the
  • McLaren teases second-generation ‘Super Series’ model ahead of Geneva

    McLaren has previewed the successor to its 650S supercar, scheduled to be revealed on March 7 at the Geneva motor show.
    The second-generation of the company’s ‘Super Series‘ range is claimed to be twice as aerodynamically efficient as the current 650S, along with 15 per cent better cooling efficiency.
    In the single image released this week, the new McLaren appears to have a thin LED tail-light akin to the P1 hypercar and recent ‘Sports Series‘ models, along wi
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  • Holden Announces Last-Of-The-Line Special Edition Aussie Commodores

    holden has revealed the three special edition models that will commemorate the end of local production for the rear-wheel drive commodore, reviving iconic names for the past while celebrating holden’s performance hisory.all three models, the motorsport edition, director, and magnum ute will be fitted with the same 304kw 6.2 litre v8 already available in regular ss and calais models. however, under the surface holden engineers have reworked essential items to achieve general motors...
  • Autonomous cars won’t kill people, but they will ‘take our jobs’

    I’m both excited and nervous about the arrival of the autonomous car.
    Seeing firsthand at CES 2017  just how dedicated the automotive industry and the big-name tech brands are to making cars that won’t need to be driven, was an eye-opener for me.
    It sounds like a future world full of promise: people won’t need to worry about driving their car home if they’re too tired or too drunk to drive. They won’t need to concentrate on the road if they have something else
  • 2017 Alpina B3 Touring review

    I heard a quote in a film the other day, “it only takes one unicorn to exist for all the stories to be true”. Worth noting too, that the rest of the film, Barbie Princess Farirytopia was poorly animated, seizure inducing drek, but the line stuck with me.
    It is a poignant statement about something that isn’t proven to exist and yet seems so possible, who’s very existence changes the game as we know it.
    The thinking can be related to cars, where one particular unicorn
  • Holden reveals final Commodore specials

    Motorsport, Magnum and Director special editions farewell Holden Commodore
  • Suzuki hatching up to 10 new dealerships

    Customer Welcome Hub coming to Suzuki’s growing dealership network
  • Holden Commodore Magnum:: New record breaking Nurburgring lap time still on the cards

    In June 2013 Holden set a world record — the fastest ute to lap the famous Nurburgring circuit. The time set was 8:19:47, making it not only the fastest ute, but one of the fastest cars to lap the German track. Now, Holden is saying a new record could still be on the cards.
    Using a Holden Commodore SS-V Redline ute with the previous generation 6.0-litre V8 engine that produced 270kW of power, the blistering time was set by Holden‘s lead development engineering Rob Trubiani.
    Now, fou
  • 2017 Holden Commodore Magnum, Director and Motorsport are level 3 track-certified

    In a bid to ensure its three limited edition models — the Commodore Magnum, Director and Motorsport — are taken seriously, Holden has tested them to the same extreme standards required for GM’s global track capable cars.
    Testing is undertaken at General Motors’ Milford Race Course. It’s a gruelling track used to certify cars as track capable with GM’s stamp of approval. Other vehicles in the GM world with the level 3 track certification include the m
  • 2017 Holden Commodore Motorsport, Magnum and Director review: Race-certified Commodores driven

    It’s been a long time coming – after 38 years in production and over three million cars sold, local production of the Holden Commodore will come to an end this year. But, the Commodore won’t be quickly forgotten with three very special limited editions announced today, and we’ve driven them.
    The 2017 Holden Commodore Motorsport will sit in a sedan body modelled on the SS-V Redline. The Director will also be a sedan, but modelled off the Calais V. The final spec
  • New Mazda CX-5 expected to remain top-seller

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    Mazda Australia is very confident its imminent second-generation CX-5 crossover will retain the current model’s sales dominance, against an array of improved rivals.
    The second iteration of Mazda’s hugely popular mid-sized SUV is due by June — no, we don’t have a more specific date yet — and gets a number of updates over the current offering, which dates to 2012.Despite being older than a few key market rivals su
  • Geneva show: McLaren teases new Super Series again

    Second-gen McLaren Super Series to gain significant aerodynamic improvements
  • Compact Volvo XC40 SUV Set To Make April Debut

    volvo’s product overhaul is set to continue with the rumoured unveiling of a new compact crossover to be called the xc40 at the shanghai auto show in april.the xc40 represents a new addition to the volvo range, stepping in above the current v40 cross country with a higher stance and more upright styling as previewed by the 40.1 concept in 2016.underneath the new sheetmetal the xc40 will be built atop a new compact modular architecture (cma) platform co-developed with volvo&rsq...
  • Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo Horizon revealed

    If the lower-spec Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo models are like staying at a Best Western or Holiday Inn for the night, then the newly revealed Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo Horizon is akin to a night at the Radisson or the Westin.
    That’s probably the best way to understand the differences between the more basic standard Marco Polo and Marco Polo Activity models and the new Horizon version, which has made its debut in Europe at the Caravan, Motor, Touristik show in Germany this week.
    The new pop-to
  • Dendrobium hypercar teased: WTF is a Dendrobium?

    Dendrobium: a genus of orchid native to Singapore. That answers that. But what does this new shapely hypercar have to do with that? Well, like the flower, the Dendrobium hypercar is native to Singapore, and it’s the nation-state’s first attempt at building such a vehicle.
    The new electric hypercar developed by a company called Vanda Electrics will make its international debut at the 2017 Geneva motor show in March, with the two-seater borrowing some technical knowhow from
  • 2018 Kia Stinger lands EyesOn Design award

    The recently-revealed 2018 Kia Stinger has been presented with the EyesOn Design award for production car design excellence this week at the Detroit motor show.
    With other categories ranging from concept car, concept truck, production truck, innovative use of colour, graphics and materials, to interior design, and more, The EyesOn Design Awards honour the best production and concept vehicles making their worldwide auto show debut at the Detroit motor show.
    “We have made a l
  • 2016-17 Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque recalled: Owners urged to park away from property

    Land Rover has issued a recall for 797 of its 2017 model-year Discovery Sport and 2016-17 model-year Range Rover Evoque SUVs fitted with the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine and automatic transmission, over concerns a wiring fault could cause several issues including loss of electric steering, engine cut-out, or even a fire.
    The British manufacturer reports the engine harness may have been routed incorrectly and as a result could contact the water charge air cooler bracket.
    If the condition o
  • 2017 Opel Crossland X revealed in Vauxhall clothing

    The all-new 2017 Opel Crossland X has been revealed overnight in UK Vauxhall guise, and will sit below the Mokka X in the company’s line-up.
    Serving as the successor to the Meriva people mover, the Crossland X has been given a comprehensive makeover, and will take on the likes of the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 when it hits the European showrooms later this year.
    Measuring 4212mm long, 1765mm wide and 1590mm tall, the Crossland X is one of the smalle
  • 2017 Opel Crossland X revealed as Meriva replacement

    The all-new 2017 Opel Crossland X has been revealed overnight in UK-market Vauxhall guise, and will sit below the Mokka X in the company’s line-up.
    Serving as the successor to the Meriva people mover, the Crossland X has been given a comprehensive makeover, and will take on the likes of the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 when it hits the European showrooms later this year.
    Measuring 4212mm long, 1765mm wide and 1590mm tall, the Crossland X is one of the smal
  • Demise of local manufacturing represents opportunity, says HSV head

    The head of Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) says, while the end of local manufacturing in Australia is a loss, it’s part of wider industry changes that, with the right mindset, represent opportunities.
    Speaking to CarAdvice at a 2017 range preview drive event in Victoria this week, HSV managing director Tim Jackson said the factors behind the wind up of local production – first Ford, soon Holden, and then finally Toyota – aren’t merely confined to Australia. In f
  • 2018 HSV range to be broader, but not boring: “If we do a boring product, we’re dead”

    HSV‘s much-anticipated 2017 model range is to remain strictly under wraps until February 1, however, the local operation’s managing director says the brand’s 2018 vehicle line-up will be more diverse and focussed on attracting new customers – but not at the cost of excitement.
    Speaking to CarAdvice at a 2017 range preview drive event in Victoria this week, HSV managing director Tim Jackson said he’s confident Holden Special Vehicles can succeed in a post-
  • 2017 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman Unveiled Overseas

    mini has revealed details of its high-performance countryman john cooper works suv at the same time as the second generation of the countryman range launches overseas.with an uprated 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, the john cooper works countryman produces 170kw, giving it equal billing with the john cooper works hatch and convertible already on sale in australia.unlike the smaller, lighter jcw models the countryman comes with a more muscular 3...
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  • 2017 Opel Crossland X SUV Turns Up The Urban Focus

    holden's european sister brand opel has revealed its newest small suv contender, the crossland x.the new suv has a focus on urban family flexibility, blurring the lines between hatchback and suv.in europe the crossland x will join the range beneath the existing small mokka x which shares its underpinnings (though not its design) with the locally-available holden trax.both the mokka x and trax offer optional all-wheel drive in overseas markets, as opposed t...
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  • Great Wall, Haval sold a million cars last year

    Chinese sister brands Haval and Great Wall may be minnows in Australia, but the company’s 2016 sales result globally is nothing to sneeze at.
    According to the company’s figures, it sold more than a million Haval SUVs and Great Wall utes and passenger models last year, the vast majority obviously being in China.Pictured: Haval H9 
    The record annual total was 1,074,470 units, more than half of which were the new H6 medium crossover. For context, Haval/Great Wall’s figure fo
  • 2017 Mazda CX-3 2WD sTouring review

    On face value, everything Mazda touches in Australia, turns to gold – pretty much instantly too. The 2017 Mazda CX-3 2WD sTouring is therefore leading off on the right foot before you even start to assess the sum of its parts. We generally rate the CX-3 range quite highly at CarAdvice as well, so Mazda’s all-conquering small SUV has a lot to live up to.
    The Mazda CX-3 range has a model grade to suit everyone, and then a few extras. It’s pretty comprehensive to say the least. P
  • Shanghai show: Mini Countryman JCW here in Q2

    More torque for Mini’s all-paw Mini Countryman JCW, lands in Oz mid-year
  • Suzuki’s hand up for mid-sized SUV

    Grand Vitara still going strong but Suzuki wants fresh new mid-sizer for Australia
  • Nissan launches on-road autonomous test in Europe

    London to host autonomous technology test of modified Nissan Leaf EV
  • Suzuki capitalising on evolving market

    Slowing large-car market boosts long-term small-SUV appeal says Suzuki
  • New Suzuki Swift aimed squarely at Mazda 2

    Suzuki Australia says it expects the brand new Swift, due around 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 arrive in Australia by mid-year and bring with it a large suite of updates over the tired (but still cute) current iteration, which has ceased production but remains in stock here.
    Expect pricing to mirror that o
  • Roadshow: Upcoming car events across Australia

    Amateur motorsport, track days, poker runs, swap meets, cruises, classic and vintage festivals, motor shows, car club meetings… there are literally thousands of car events held across Australia every year.
    Most of January has passed us by, but between now and March there are a slew of options with something for everyone – and, with luck, the weather will hold out!
    If we had the freedom to spend the next couple of months flitting from state to state, checking out some of t
  • Mercedes-AMG Old v New: 2015 SLK55 v 2017 SLC43

    To upgrade, or not to upgrade? That is the question.
    When a new model of the car you own is released, it’s only natural to look at what has changed to see if the update is worth the time, effort, and most importantly, cost.
    Major generational updates sometimes make the decision quite easy to rationalise, but when the changes are concentrated on just a couple of components, is the argument weighty enough?Take the pint-sized Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster for example.
    The diminutive sportster c
  • 2018 Mazda 3 to ignite no-spark petrol engines

    Japanese manufacturer Mazda is set to pioneer a new engine technology next year, which will cut fuel use by 30 per cent and go without spark plugs – according to a new report out of Japan.
    Nikkei says the company will introduce the new engines towards the end of 2018 in the next-generation Mazda 3 small car, known as the Axela in Japan.
    The technology, dubbed homogenous charge compression ignition, ignites the mix of fuel and air by subjecting them to high pressure which makes c
  • Holden Commodore limited-edition models garner over 2000 registrations of interest

    With full details of Holden’s three limited-edition Holden Commodores due tomorrow, there have been over 2000 people register interest in the cars – with most putting money down at dealers, despite limited information being available.
    CarAdvice has driven all three models and will have a full review with video Thursday January 19, 2:00 pm (so make sure you check back then).
    Speaking to CarAdvice ahead of the vehicle reveals, Holden product communications manager Mark
  • 2017 Mini JCW Countryman revealed:: Most powerful Mini ever, here in second quarter

    The 2017 Mini John Cooper Works (JCW) Countryman has been revealed this week, with the hot SUV the most powerful model ever produced by the German-owned British brand.
    Under the bonnet is a 170kW/350Nm (the latter available between 1450 and 4500rpm) turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine driving all-four wheels, propelling the biggest Mini from 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 234km/h.
    That makes the JCW Countryman 0.8 seconds faster to triple figures than
  • Alpine ‘A120’ teased with new aluminium chassis

    The upcoming Alpine sports car, believed to be known as the A120, has been teased ahead of its anticipated reveal at the Geneva motor show in March.
    According to the accompanying release, the so-called A120 will feature a bespoke all-aluminium platform and upper body, which the company says ensures lightweight and “agile handling”.
    Reports online claim the French sports car will also utilise aluminium for the majority of its bodywork, which will be welded directly to the frame.
  • Tesla to open flagship showroom in Brisbane

    Electric carmaker Tesla is looking to open a new ‘Flagship Showroom’ in Brisbane, joining the current bases in Sydney and Melbourne.
    The company has submitted an application to build the new dealership in Homemaker Fortitude Valley.
    According to the document, Tesla has identified Queensland’s capital as the next target for the company’s market growth. Fortitude Valley has been highlighted as an ideal location, as there is currently limited presence from th
  • Alpine Teases All-Aluminium Architecture For A120 Coupe

    blink and you’ll miss it but renault's relaunched alpine sports car division has taken to twitter to showcase the aluminium body and chassis architecture of its upcoming all-new a120 coupe which will debut in production form at the geneva motor show in march.in further good news for european customers, the alpine app now facilitates orders for the premiere edition, a limited run of 1,955 vehicles.renault’s specialist sports car brand is certainly getting plenty of ai...
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  • 2018 Ford Mustang Revealed - Boosts Technology Credentials

    brains to match its brawn, that's the idea behind the next-generation ford mustang.set to arrive locally in 2018, ford's upgraded performance car is set to be the most technologically advanced car in its class, giving the brand a cut-price alternative to european coupes such as the bmw m4. building on the platform offered by the current coupe and convertible, the new model is set to offer a customisable 12-inch fully digital display to rival the audi tt, as we...
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  • Ford reveals facelifted Mustang

    Revised styling, new tech and updated engines headline Ford Mustang refresh

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