• Ford Australia appoints new boss: Andrew Birkic

    Ford Australia appoints new boss: Andrew Birkic
    Ford has appointed its first Australian boss in 10 years – Andrew Birkic – after former CEO Kay Hart was promoted to a new global role based in the UK.Mr Birkic has been with Ford for more than 26 years; his most recent role was in charge of the new generation Ford Ranger program.The appointment will put Ford Australia in a strong position for the arrival of the successor to its biggest selling model.
  • GM won’t sell Holden badge to Australia for $1, Chinese sale unlikely

    GM won’t sell Holden badge to Australia for $1, Chinese sale unlikely
    General Motors will not sell the iconic Holden logo to Australia for $1 – or offer it to a Chinese car company that might use the famous badge to rebrand its vehicles.Holden boss Kristian Aquilina told a Senate Inquiry in Canberra today that General Motors in Detroit will formally decline a request earlier this year by Queensland Senator James McGrath to offer the Holden badge to Australia for $1 to preserve its future.
  • General Motors reveals Wuling Hong Guang X concept in China

    General Motors reveals Wuling Hong Guang X concept in China
    Chinese brand Wuling – a joint venture between American giant General Motors, Chinese conglomerate SAIC and local brand Wuling Motors – has unveiled the Hong Guang X concept at the Chengdu motor show.The bold concept previews an upcoming production model set to launch sometime in 2021, which will serve as one of three all-new models slated to head the Chinese brand’s expansion into export markets in Europe and North America.
  • 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc review: 140TSI Sport

    2020 Volkswagen T-Roc review: 140TSI Sport
    ‘If this is the bigger crossover, I’d hate to see the smaller one’ was my first thought upon getting into Volkswagen’s all-new T-Roc small SUV.More diminutive than a Tiguan, but slightly shorter, wider and taller than a Golf, the questionably named T-Roc is an attractive, familiar Volkswagen bundle in a uniquely sized package.
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  • 2021 Mazda3 Turbo on wish list for Australia, but still not confirmed

    2021 Mazda3 Turbo on wish list for Australia, but still not confirmed
    Mazda Australia is lobbying Japan to introduce a turbocharged hot hatch version of the new Mazda 3.The Japanese car maker has been without a hot hatch locally since the Mazda 3 MPS was dropped after two generations were sold from 2006 to 2012.The previous Mazda3 MPS models were powered by a turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder (190kW/380Nm) matched to a six-speed manual sending power to the front wheels.
  • Tesla Cybertruck: no customer research went into its design, says Elon Musk

    Tesla Cybertruck: no customer research went into its design, says Elon Musk
    If you’re wondering why the Tesla Cybertruck looks like it was designed by a school kid – with its sharp and unconventional lines – we now know why.Tesla boss Elon Musk has revealed the electric vehicle specialist did not gauge customer reaction before signing off the final design, as is normal practice in the car industry.“Customer research? We just made a car we thought was awesome and looks super weird,” Musk told industry journal Automotive News USA in an exclus
  • World's fastest SUVs go head-to-head in drag race

    World's fastest SUVs go head-to-head in drag race
    A drag race between four of the world's fastest SUVs has been conducted by carwow.com, and the results may surprise you.Taking place over a quarter mile stretch of runway in the UK, the race included a Lamborghini Urus, Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, Bentley Bentayga, and Audi RSQ8.All four brands are part of the giant Volkswagen Group, and share much of their underpinnings and mechanicals.The Lamborghini Urus has a twin turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine producing 478 kW and 850Nm of torque.
  • New urgent warning for 155,000 cars with deadly Takata airbags

    New urgent warning for 155,000 cars with deadly Takata airbags
    More than 155,000 cars are still on Australian roads with “ticking time bombs” – approximately 180,000 potentially deadly Takata airbags which can spray shrapnel when deployed in a crash.So far in Australia there have been at least two deaths and two serious injuries attributed to the faulty airbags, whose explosive material deteriorates over time and deploys with deadly force.
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  • Endangered: The decline of manual transmissions

    Endangered: The decline of manual transmissions
    It wasn't so long ago an automatic transmission was considered upmarket.While an automatic is taken for granted by most people buying a new car today, the option to buy a new car with a manual transmission is becoming more difficult as manufacturers quietly phase-out the gearbox.In figures provided to CarAdvice, the past five years of sales data shows the Toyota Corolla – Australia's best-selling small car – has seen a marked decline in the demand for manual transmissions by consumer
  • Autonomous car joystick “steering handle” patented by BMW

    Autonomous car joystick “steering handle” patented by BMW
    BMW has designed an unusual u-shaped "joystick-style" steering controller for “partially autonomous two-lane motor vehicles,” patent documents filed in Germany show.The sketched apparatus is described as a “steering handle" that can be stowed away unless occupants wish to override autonomous control.
  • Limited edition Subaru WRX Club Spec due in Australian showrooms

    Limited edition Subaru WRX Club Spec due in Australian showrooms
    A limited edition Subaru WRX Club Spec – based on the current generation model – has been revealed, with the manufacturer’s Australian distributor announcing 150 cars will be available nationwide.As with the standard WRX, the vehicle is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged "boxer" engine producing 197kW and 350Nm.
  • 2021 Subaru WRX Club Spec limited edition due in Australian showrooms

    2021 Subaru WRX Club Spec limited edition due in Australian showrooms
    A limited-edition Subaru WRX Club Spec – based on the current generation model – has been revealed, with the manufacturer’s Australian distributor announcing 150 cars will be available nationwide.As with the standard WRX, the vehicle is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged "boxer" engine producing 197kW and 350Nm.
  • 2020 Range Rover Evoque P250 R-Dynamic S review

    2020 Range Rover Evoque P250 R-Dynamic S review
    If you’re onto something good, why change it?Another saying often touted with the same sentiment is, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. It’s fair logic that seems to stack up when put through numerous stress tests. Yet car brands often deviate from this. They like to revolutionise, change, reshape, and do big, bold and new things with their products.
  • Toyota and Subaru are collaborating on a new fully-electric SUV

    Toyota and Subaru are collaborating on a new fully-electric SUV
    Images of an upcoming fully-electric Toyota SUV show the striking similarities between it and a Subaru concept shown earlier this year.It's believed the unnamed concept will be the Subaru Evoltis and will share its electric 'skateboard' platform – as well as much of its SUV body – with the mysterious Toyota, first seen in patent filings revealed last month.
  • 2020 Suzuki Swift Sport Series II automatic review

    2020 Suzuki Swift Sport Series II automatic review
    As far as mid-model updates go, the 2020 Suzuki Swift Sport Series II is pretty tame. There are no external styling upgrades and only the smallest of equipment tweaks.The easiest tell, for the car you see here at least, is the new Flame Orange and black roof hero-paint combo, while the six other single colours from the earlier range continue. I guess if it ain’t broke…
  • Wireless electric car charging explained: How it works and why it’s the future

    Wireless electric car charging explained: How it works and why it’s the future
    As Australia works to get its wired infrastructure up to speed, the rest of the world is cutting the cord.Why does it feel like the Scandinavians are always ahead of the curve? From Sweden’s forward-thinking paid parental leave scheme to Norway’s world-leading road safety policies, that part of the globe tends to provide a blueprint for the rest of us.
  • The new guard: Tesla's biggest startup rivals and their wealthy, eccentric founders

    The new guard: Tesla's biggest startup rivals and their wealthy, eccentric founders
    In an automotive industry dominated by legacy brands and familiar faces, it’s hard not to be captivated by the meteoric rise of Tesla and the oddball antics of its billionaire founder, Elon Musk.The electric car maker grabs headlines for everything from its highly secretive sales figures, to its skyrocketing stock prices, to Musk’s unfiltered Twitter declarations.RELATED: 10 electric utes on the horizon
  • Production of Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 appears to end

    Production of Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 appears to end
    Production of the current Subaru BRZ looks set to wrap up.A memo posted to the brand’s Japanese website said that any new orders for the car could only be satisfied by remaining dealer stock, and heavily implied that production of the current model was ending.A spokesperson for the brand's Australia division told CarAdvice they were currently "awaiting clarification from Subaru in Japan regarding production." This story will be updated when further information becomes available.
  • 2021 Maserati Quattroporte hybrid spy photos

    2021 Maserati Quattroporte hybrid spy photos
    The 2021 Maserati Quattroporte has been spied in testing in light camouflage, hinting at what could be a hybrid version for the ageing model.Two weeks ago Maserati debuted a hybrid version of its smaller Ghibli sedan, paving the way for an electrified version of the Quattroporte.As Maserati is owned by the Fiat-Chrysler group (FCA), it's possible the Quattroporte could borrow some or all of its battery technology from the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – a people mover sold in the US.
  • Tesla's Cybertruck could change colour with extreme temperatures

    Tesla's Cybertruck could change colour with extreme temperatures
    The highly anticipated and controversially-styled Tesla Cybertruck may be able to change colour when heat is applied to the body.According to a story published on electric-car website Electrek, the technique known as 'tempering' could potentially allow owners to choose from a limited range of colours, thanks to the body of the Cybertruck being made of stainless steel.When heat is applied to some types of steel, the colour will change through a chemical reaction, the report says.
  • Waving goodbye to the Renault Clio

    Waving goodbye to the Renault Clio
    The Renault Clio has always been a bit of an unorthodox gem. Regardless of the generation or model year, it remained a fun, small, inner-city hatchback brimming with French flair and intrigue.The new, fifth-generation Renault Clio promised all of those things.Sadly, Australians will not get the opportunity to drive it locally, as it was recently axed by Renault Australia as buyers continue to shift away from conventional cars and towards SUVs.
  • 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport long-term review: Is family life better with an SUV?

    2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport long-term review: Is family life better with an SUV?
    Medium SUVs are the go-to for many young families. This is particularly so when couples introduce a new member to their tribe or, alternatively, when a family of three decides to welcome a fourth, furrier member into the pack, too.The latter aligns somewhat to my situation, but in a different order. Our chocolate-coloured heeler, Murphy, was the first addition, with our son coming a few years later.
  • Around the tracks: A Commodore ute for sale in the US, a neglected Testarossa and a ceiling fan for your car

    Around the tracks: A Commodore ute for sale in the US, a neglected Testarossa and a ceiling fan for your car
    When we’re not creating it ourselves, the CarAdvice team spends a lot of time finding and consuming motoring content from all over the world.Here’s a handful of the photos, articles, videos or social media posts that most caught our eye last week. Some of them are brand new, others have been online for a while.Enjoy them – just not too much, okay?We might spend our time lusting over some America-only cars, but it turns out some Americans think the grass is greener in Australia.
  • 2021 Kia Stinger facelift spied without disguise - UPDATE

    2021 Kia Stinger facelift spied without disguise - UPDATE
    UPDATE: New photos of the refreshed 2021 Kia Stinger have surfaced since this story was scheduled. We have now added them to the body and revised the words of this story.The updated 2021 Kia Stinger has been spied on South Korean roads without a hint of camouflage, suggesting a debut could be just weeks away. These latest images come to us via enthusiast site The Korean Car Blog.
  • 2021 Kia Stinger buttlift spied without disguise

    2021 Kia Stinger buttlift spied without disguise
    The updated 2021 Kia Stinger has been spied on South Korean roads without a hint of camouflage, suggesting a debut could be just weeks away. These latest images come to us via enthusiast site The Korean Car Blog.As earlier photos have revealed, the refreshed performance liftback sedan will pick up a number of subtle styling tweaks on the outside, while – although difficult to discern here – some minor changes are anticipated for the cabin.
  • 2020 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Sahara review

    2020 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Sahara review
    It’s easy to write off the 2020 Toyota LandCruiser 200 as being overpriced and old. But, it’s also enduringly popular with Australian buyers.Overpriced, especially when you’ve got this specification – $123,590 worth of 2020 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara – in your healthily budgeted crosshairs. My anecdotal fact of the day: the number of Sahara badges I see cruising around town suggests that this big-dollar specification is a popular choice with Australian buyers.
  • BMW to debut remote engine start function, but is it legal to use?

    BMW to debut remote engine start function, but is it legal to use?
    BMW will debut a remote engine start function on its upcoming 4 Series, 5 Series, and M5 Competition vehicles.The technology will allow operators to start the car's engine remotely – using a smartphone app – for up to 15 minutes before driving.During this time the interior can be heated or cooled and the seat warmers can be activated.
  • Electric Hummer teased by General Motors

    Electric Hummer teased by General Motors
    Side profile images of the upcoming reborn Hummer have been revealed by General Motors in the US overnight.And before anyone is wondering why GM is reviving a brand that symbolised gas guzzlers and excess, it's worth noting these will be fully electric vehicles.In a video posted to the GMC website, the silhouettes of a twin cab pick-up and an SUV wagon can be seen.A clay sculpting of the car, and a body shell, are also shown at various points during the video.
  • BMW M-powered Toyota Supra GRMN in line for manual gearbox option – report

    BMW M-powered Toyota Supra GRMN in line for manual gearbox option – report
    A high-performance version of the Toyota Supra could eventually become available with the option of a manual transmission, according to respected Japanese publication Mag X.The Toyota Supra GRMN is expected to be powered by the 3.0-litre twin-turbo six-cylinder engine from the upcoming BMW M3 sedan and M4 coupe, which is said to be available with a high-performance eight-speed auto, or a six-speed manual gearbox.
  • Jaguar Land Rover appoints Thierry Bolloré as CEO

    Jaguar Land Rover appoints Thierry Bolloré as CEO
    Jaguar Land Rover has announced former Renault boss Thierry Bolloré will serve as its new Chief Executive Officer.While at Renault, Mr Bolloré was reportedly considered a close ally of now-fugitive Carlos Ghosn – who headed Nissan-Renault and helped bring Mitsubishi into the alliance – and stepped down as CEO in October 2019 amid controversy.Mr Bolloré spent less than 10 months in the Renault role and will now embark on a new challenge to reverse Jaguar Land Rove
  • Toyota patent application points to low emissions multi-channel injection diesel

    Toyota patent application points to low emissions multi-channel injection diesel
    A patent application released in the US points to a potential new engine development by Toyota, leading to a raft of speculation from American publications.The application, uncovered TheFastLaneTruck.com, was initially filed in December 2019.However, with reports Toyota will drop its V8 range, which powers a selection of SUVs and pick-ups in the US, the timing points to an engine that might fit those applications.
  • 2020 Mazda 3 X20 Astina Skyactiv-X M Hybrid review

    2020 Mazda 3 X20 Astina Skyactiv-X M Hybrid review
    As a corporation, Mazda’s size and scope are but a fraction of behemoths like Toyota, Hyundai or Volkswagen, yet somehow the Japanese brand remains determined to tread its own distinct path.That’s perhaps most evident in the new 2020 Mazda 3 X20 Astina Skyactiv-X M Hybrid. This car is the second stage in Mazda’s plan for a range of more sustainable products by 2030, and follows the regular petrol and diesel engines in the brand’s passenger cars, which were part of stage o
  • Video: 2020 Ford Focus ST v Hyundai i30 N motorkhana comparison

    Video: 2020 Ford Focus ST v Hyundai i30 N motorkhana comparison
    Can the latest Focus hero defeat Hyundai's brilliant hot hatch?NOTE: We're aware of the '553Nm' slip. As epic as that would be, the i30 N of course offers 353Nm of torque.
  • Lexus Australia hybrid sales on a roll

    Lexus Australia hybrid sales on a roll
    The local arm of Japanese luxury carmaker, Lexus, is riding the crest of a hybrid wave, with its range of electrified vehicles accounting for around 30 per cent of local sales.And while Lexus has confirmed its first all-electric vehicle, the crossover UX300e with 400km of range, will go on sale in China and Europe this year, it’s unlikely to make its way Down Under anytime soon.
  • Track-only Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 unveiled

    Track-only Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 unveiled
    The Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 has been unveiled in Italy, with the special hypercar designed purely as a machine for the track.Production of the Essenza SCV12 will be limited to just 40, and will feature Lamborghini's most powerful V12 engine to date.
  • Electric BMW 3 Series spied in testing

    Electric BMW 3 Series spied in testing
    A fully-electric BMW 3 Series has been spied testing in Europe, with the model expected to join the electrified 4 Series from 2021.Curiously, the camouflaged test vehicle uses the long-wheel-base (LWB) body. The stretched version has only been available in China up until recently, with a right-hand-drive LWB 3 Series being announced for India in June 2020 to replace the axed 3 Series GT.What remains a mystery at this stage is what the new electric 3 Series will be named.
  • Victoria's coronavirus lockdown rules: Your car questions, answered – UPDATE

    Victoria's coronavirus lockdown rules: Your car questions, answered – UPDATE
    Some Victorians are in the grips of another six weeks of stage-three lockdown, after a steep rise in Victoria's coronavirus cases prompted Premier Daniel Andrews to re-implement stay-at-home restrictions for residents of Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.With the rate of community transmission a major concern, the Premier also mandated that, from 11.59pm on Wednesday, July 22, anyone aged 12 or older and living in the lockdown areas wear a mask when leaving the house.
  • Peugeot design boss Gilles Vidal leaves for Renault

    Peugeot design boss Gilles Vidal leaves for Renault
    Gilles Vidal, the former head of design at Peugeot, is set to join Groupe Renault in November, after a career spent entirely with the PSA Group (Peugeot, Citroen, DS and now Opel).The 48-year-old Frenchman started his career at Citroen in 1996, and served as Peugeot Director of Design between January, 2010 and July, 2020.At Peugeot he styled a wide range of vehicles, including the latest 2008, 208 supermini, 3008, 5008 SUVs, 508 fastback and 508 wagon.
  • Genesis test drive centre opens its doors in Sydney

    Genesis test drive centre opens its doors in Sydney
    Genesis has announced a new dedicated test drive centre for Sydney residents.The Genesis Test Drive Centre in Parramatta allows potential buyers to drive the brand's model range out on public roads – an experience not available at the brand's flagship Genesis Studio, located at Sydney's Pitt Street Mall.Previously, those wanting to test drive a Genesis would have to organise a time for a representative to bring a demonstration model to their home or workplace.
  • 2021 Kia Sonet teased for India, Stonic still set for Australia - UPDATE

    2021 Kia Sonet teased for India, Stonic still set for Australia - UPDATE
    UPDATE: Kia has handed down a set of new teaser images for the 2021 Kia Sonet, revealing a clearer look – albeit still in stylised sketch form – at its exterior design and new-generation interior themes. We've added those images to the body of this story.July 24: A first official preview for the upcoming 2021 Kia Sonet has been handed down, but we likely won't see it in Australia.
  • 2020 LDV T60 Trailrider 2 review

    2020 LDV T60 Trailrider 2 review
    Chinese automaker LDV has made a lot of effort to gain a foothold in the booming ute segment in Australia. From the launch of its original T60 in 2017, which, while acceptable, was found wanting in some areas, to the ute we have here, the 2020 LDV T60 Trailrider 2, which represents a marked step up for the workhorse. Best of the breed? Let’s find out.
  • 2022 Renault Trafic to get safety upgrade, but five-star rating unlikely

    2022 Renault Trafic to get safety upgrade, but five-star rating unlikely
    The Renault Trafic will finally adopt autonomous emergency braking two years from now – four years after the Toyota Hiace and Ford Transit – but the advanced tech may not elevate its crash rating from its current three-star score.Representatives for Renault Australia said the Trafic van was due to receive advanced safety aids in 2022.
  • Russia wants to mandate alcohol interlocks on all new cars – report

    Russia wants to mandate alcohol interlocks on all new cars – report
    Russian authorities are considering making it compulsory for all new cars sold there to be equipped with alcohol breath test “interlock” devices – whether or not the buyer has a history of drink driving.In Australia, states and territories mandate the fitment of breath test “interlock” devices to cars owned by repeat drink driving offenders.The devices – which require drivers to exhale into a tube to prove they are not intoxicated – are fitted at the dri
  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class first car with rear-facing back seat airbags – UPDATE: more safety tech announced

    2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class first car with rear-facing back seat airbags – UPDATE: more safety tech announced
    UPDATE, 30 July 2020: More details on the safety tech fitted to the upcoming 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class have been revealed. Key among them, in addition to the announced rear frontal airbags, is a pioneering 48-volt active suspension system.This has the ability to instantaneously raise the body by 80mm in the moments before a side collision occurs, reducing potential injuries to rear passengers.
  • Audi goes digital with the 2021 Q5's taillights - Roadshow

    Audi goes digital with the 2021 Q5's taillights     - Roadshow
    Headlamps get all the attention, but Audi engineers are working to reinvent taillights, too.
  • The 2021 Holden Colorado we were supposed to get

    The 2021 Holden Colorado we were supposed to get
    The 2021 Holden Colorado ute won't be coming to Australian showrooms next year because the brand will be retired by the end of 2020, but here's how it was going to look.What was Holden's biggest-selling car since it ended Australian manufacturing in October 2017 has been discontinued locally, but will live on in left-hand-drive markets in South America.
  • Yamaha opens order books for new electric motor prototypes

    Yamaha opens order books for new electric motor prototypes
    Yamaha is now taking orders for prototype versions of its electric crate motor offering.The brand explains that it has created two motors. One is a 35kW output motor designed for motorcycles and light mobility equipment, and the other is a 150kW motor intended for electric car applications.Before you attempt to place an order, bear in mind that Yamaha's solution is geared to cater for other large manufactures and big businesses.
  • Video: Yamaha opens order books for new electric motor prototypes

    Video: Yamaha opens order books for new electric motor prototypes
    Yamaha is now taking orders for prototype versions of its electric crate motor offering.The brand explains that it has created two motors. One is a 35kW output motor designed for motorcycles and light mobility equipment, and the other is a 150kW motor intended for electric car applications.Before you attempt to place an order, bear in mind that Yamaha's solution is geared to cater for other large manufactures and big businesses.
  • Mercedes-Benz looks to slash model line-up

    Mercedes-Benz looks to slash model line-up
    Mercedes-Benz is set to “jettison” at least seven models from its US range, according to industry journal Automotive News.Referencing comments allegedly made during a June dealer webinar hosted by Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Nicholas Speeks, the outlet did not reveal a timeline for the move, or specify which models would be cut.
  • Barn-find Ford Falcon XA GT RPO 83 ‘Chicken Coupe’ sells for record $300,909

    Barn-find Ford Falcon XA GT RPO 83 ‘Chicken Coupe’ sells for record $300,909
    An anonymous car collector from South Australia has paid $300,909 for an old, run-down 1973 Ford Falcon XA GT RPO 83 that had been left to rot in a chicken coop in rural Queensland for the past 32 years.The barn find – dubbed the “Chicken Coupe” because of where it had been stored for most of its life – was sold in a Graysonline auction on Wednesday night.

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