With Australia being home to one of the world’s most competitive new-car markets, it’s not often you come across a car or model that can genuinely be referred to as ‘peerless’. But in the case of the last-ever locally-produced Holden Ute, the term couldn’t be more apt.
Unequalled, unrivalled, unmatched, unparalleled. Since the last Ford Falcon ute left the Blue Oval’s Broadmeadows production line on July 29, 2016, the Holden Ute has been ‘it’ when
- Bentley Motors is eyeing a new strategy for both its SUV lineup and its electrification plans: combining them.
- Carlos Ghosn is handing the CEO reins for a vastly improved Nissan. Despite nearly two decades of gains, Nissan still has much to work on.
- The Federal Trade Commission is looking at the practice of installing GPS trackers and "kill switches" on vehicles to disable them if the owner fails to make timely payments.
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- Google’s Waymo self-driving car division has launched legal action against Uber and its Otto subsidiary, claiming that employees at the ride-sharing company have stolen designs, patent details and other information from the search giant.
In a detailed post on Medium about the matter, the allegations by Waymo centre around Anthony Levandowski, who in February 2016 co-founded Otto, an autonomous vehicle technology company that was later bought out by Uber.
Prior to this Levandowski worked a
- Peugeot Australia could soon become the brand with the most extensive new-car warranty in the country – an eight-year, unlimited-kilometre plan.
Back in 2016 the company announced it would back certain models in its range with the benchmark eight-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, and now the local branch of Peugeot is in talks with its French headquarters, Groupe PSA, to implement a longer warranty as a permanent fixture.
Peugeot Australia general manager Kai Bruesewitz told C
- Toyota Australia has an “immediate” desire to launch the C-HR petrol-electric hybrid crossover here, but is currently hobbled by restricted production in Japan.
The C-HR, which launched this week predominately as a rival to the Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Juke, is being sold here exclusively with a 85kW/185Nm 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine.
Because the C-HR shares its platform with the new Prius, it’s sold in core market such as the UK and Japan with a 90kW hybrid drivetrain, in this
- The Citroen Dispatch mid-sized van has been confirmed for Australia, as the French company’s local distributor, Sime Darby Automotive, looks to clarify its commercial vehicle position.
Until recently, both Citroen and Peugeot – each distributed by Sime Darby – had offered commercial vehicles as parts of their line-ups. But in 2015 the company consolidated its range, with only the Citroen Berlingo remaining on sale.
That position has now been confirmed as permanent, with the lo
- Option packages for the 2017 Audi Q2 range have been revealed at the new SUV’s local launch. The five option packages range from $990 to $2500, and focus on various aspects from technology to styling.
First and cheapest of the quintet is the Assistance package ($990), which brings a number of driver assistance and safety technologies – though admittedly some of these should be standard.
The sub-$1000 spend adds adaptive cruise control with stop/go function, active lane ass
- Toyota Australia says it is not ready to roll out its improved servicing scheme — which premieres on the new C-HR crossover this week — to other vehicles.
The C-HR is the first vehicle to be offered in Australia with extended Toyota Service Advantage, meaning you get five years of advertised servicing prices at 12 month/15,000km intervals (whichever comes first) at $195 per visit.
This means five years of servicing, if you’re driving average kilometres, will cost you $975. Mor
- A prototype believed to be the upcoming Jaguar F-Pace R or SVR has been spotted again during development testing this week, giving us a teaser of what to expect from the performance SUV.
Distinguishing this F-Pace from the current line-up, apart from the obvious swirly black-and-white camouflage, are the large air intakes up front (covered by a thin mesh), the large alloy wheel and brake package, along with the concealed quad-tailpipe outlets at the rear.
While it’s been speculated t
- MG has commenced its Australian rollout this week, with three new dealerships in Sydney, Coffs Harbour and Brisbane opening their doors to the public.
Each location offers sales, service and parts replacement for local MG customers, and are the first dealer representatives for the reborn brand in Australia.
The company has also confirmed its plans to expand the local line-up by the end of this year, with the GS and ZS SUVs set to join the current MG3 and MG6 Plus models already on sal
- In a world where we regularly talk about cars generating power and emissions, comes a car which generates something different entirely. Conversation.
Or more to the point, questions. Drive even a block from home in the 2017 Morgan 3 Wheeler, and someone is bound to ask, “what the hell is that thing?”
A bathtub, trimmed in soft, caramel leather, that seems to float on its hidden centre rear wheel, propped up only by outrigger bicycle wheels and a V-Twin motorcycle engine mounted forw
- When you think SUVs, you don’t necessarily think of Peugeot. But in the space of the next 12 months, the French company is set to see an SUV range expansion that it hopes will give the brand some mainstream appeal.
The updated Peugeot 2008 small SUV kicks things off this week, followed by the 3008 mid-sized model around April (pictured top), and the larger 5008 seven-seater that will arrive before the year’s out (pictured below).
This new SUV push means Peugeot will h
- How is Subaru reaching out to millennials? With a puppy, of course. It's one of the images Subaru of America is using to reach millennials in its national ad campaign for the all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza.
- The UAW and other unions finally have a friend on trade in the White House. But much of the rest of President Trump's agenda stands in stark contrast to labor's priorities.
- Continental's previous hybrid solutions failed to win over automakers because they were too "exotic," the supplier's powertrain boss, Jose Avila, said.
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- The Peugeot Instinct concept has been leaked ahead of its official unveiling at the 2017 Geneva motor show, which takes place in early March.
The image you see here was published on the official Geneva motor show website. Unfortunately the site doesn’t offer any further details about the vehicle, except that it will be shown at Peugeot’s stand.
Stylistically, the five-door Instinct may provide some clues as to how Peugeot plans on evolving its current design language. Unlike the lat
- Australia’s longest-running charity motor event set for another big yearRead the full story at www.motoring.com.au
- Tesla CEO Elon Musk shot back against claims that workers at the company's California factory are overworked and underpaid, calling them 'disingenuous and outright false.'
- It is regarded as arguably the best bang-for-your-buck hot-hatch on the market, but the new 2017 Ford Fiesta ST is set to be a vastly different offering to its predecessor when it is unveiled at the 2017 Geneva motor show.
The new Ford Fiesta ST is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 147kW of power and 290Nm of torque, up 13kW and 50Nm over the standard outputs of the four-cylinder model, but identical to the ‘overboost’ numbers that can be churned
- Both Mustang and Escape lack AEB, yet Ford ANCAP scores differ
- Audi is launching a new ad campaign for the 2018 S5 Coupe, slated to hit dealerships this spring. The ad, titled 'Monster,' was released Friday, targeting thrill-seeking drivers.
- Regional dealerships star in annual sales awards as Volvo sales surgeRead the full story at www.motoring.com.au
- Dana CEO James Kamsickas, part of President Trump's Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, said he's keeping an open mind on issues such as a border tax and renegotiation of NAFTA and determined to speak up for suppliers.
- Hot hatch downsizes to smaller 3-cylinder turbo but is still quicker than outgoing modelRead the full story at www.motoring.com.au
- VW said it is shaking up its executive pay with a cap on earnings as it looks to quell widespread anger over bonuses paid even as the carmaker suffered record losses in the aftermath of its emissions scandal.
- That well-dressed, always-amped guy from school with the short temper? This is him, as a car…Read the full story at www.motoring.com.au
- Key Safety Systems is expected to sign a definitive agreement to acquire troubled Japanese auto supplier Takata by the end of March, according to a person close to the negotiations.
- Acura will be the official jersey sponsor and automotive partner for Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew. The deal calls for the Acura logo to appear on the front of Crew jerseys for the next three seasons.
- Add Cadillac to the list of advertisers using an ad in an attempt to bridge political divides. In a TV spot that will run during Sunday's Oscars, the GM unit seeks to dispel the notion that America is a nation divided.
- U.S. new-vehicle sales this month, driven by higher incentive spending, are expected to be about the same as a year ago or down slightly.
- The chic new Toyota C-HR “elevated coupe” crossover is not just a straight Mazda CX-3 and Suzuki Vitara rival, says the company’s sales and marketing chief Tony Cramb.
While the small SUV market is its core target, the wild design will also appeal to statement-makers, and is expected to be cross-shopped to some degree against cars such as the Hyundai Veloster or even Toyota’s own 86 coupe.
We asked Cramb this week whether the ‘SUV’ tag really belongs on a veh
- Renault Australia is seriously considering launching the Dokker light van — sold in most markets under its Dacia sub-brand — as a new sub-Kangoo budget offering.
Launching the Renault Dokker here would give the French company a small cargo-carrier priced below $20,000. Given the Suzuki APV’s murky future in Australia, it would fill a small market niche nicely.The Renault Dokker, as it is sold in markets such as parts of the Middle East (it’s a Dacia in many other regions
- A customer racing version of the new Ford GT has been revealed, just days after the existence of the Competition Series car was uncovered in the super coupe’s owners manual.
Essentially a ‘no frills’ version of the limited-edition road-going GT, the GT Competition Series builds on the car’s lightweight development program, removing even more bulk and shifting the centre of gravity even closer to the track.
“The Ford GT has racing in its blood,” said Raj
- Mazda has issued a recall for 5200 of its 2011 and 2012 BT-50 utes fitted with the automatic transmission over concerns a faulty sensor could cause the transmission to downshift into first gear unexpectedly.
The Japanese manufacturer reports the Output Shaft Speed Sensor in affected vehicles could fail intermittently, which could result in an unintended downshift into first gear.
If the condition occurs while the vehicle is in use, it could cause an abrupt reduction in wheel speed, causing
- For many of us, when targeting great driving road hot spots to explore across the globe, South Africa doesn’t come immediately to mind. Nor is it much of a holiday list topper, at least for those who aren’t in ‘the know’ and haven’t sampled the colour and diversity the rainbow nation has to offer.
So I was intrigued when Porsche chose to launch both its new-gen 911 GTS and reinvented Panamera hybrid recently at Western Cape, one of nine pro
- Nissan has announced this week that Hiroto Saikawa, the company’s co-CEO and representative director, will assume the role of CEO from April 1.
Carlos Ghosn, current CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, has decided to step down from the lead role at Nissan to focus his attention on the expansion and stewardship of the Alliance. He will continue to serve as Nissan’s Chairman of the Board of Directors.
“I am confident that the management team I have deve
- There’s nothing that screams hybrid more than a Toyota Prius. In fact, it’s so popular across the world that over 10 million Prius liftbacks have been sold since the car was first revealed in 1997. Hyundai wants a slice of that lucrative green vehicle pie, which is why the company has invested millions into this car, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq. And, it’s coming to Australia.
At first glance, it’s not immediately obvious the Ioniq has hybrid connotations.
- Diversified Canadian auto supplier Magna International said increased protectionist measures in North America could pose a substantial risk to the supplier achieving 'desired results' in the future.
- Long-awaited turbo three-cylinder engine and six-speed auto transform Peugeot's small SUVRead the full story at www.motoring.com.au
- Toyota C-HR introduces five-year service deal, hybrid variant on the cards
- Ferrari Sydney wins 2016 DOTY award as supercar marque celebrates retail success
- Volvo Cars Sydney wins best major metro dealer for 2016, top individual awards
- New Skoda Superb SportLine variant may succeed 206TSI 4x4 if demand dictates it
- Hiroto Saikawa takes reins at Nissan as Carlos Ghosn focuses on broader alliance
- The redesigned 2017 Jeep Compass will start at more than $22,000. The compact crossover is expected to be the second most-fuel efficient Jeep after the Renegade.
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