• Can you convert a car to a hybrid?

    EV conversions have become popular in the past decade, but what if you don’t want to completely eliminate your petrol-powered engine? Can you convert a car to a hybrid?Electric vehicle (EV) conversions have been a popular option for those looking to convert their car to something greener, more reliable or even just for more performance. RELATED: Hybrids outsell electric cars, as regular new petrol and diesel vehicle sales declineHowever, there are still a few people who love the
  • 2024 Mazda BT-50 ute adds infotainment upgrade, but not from the updated D-Max

    Mazda’s ute has added the option of a larger infotainment screen, courtesy of an aftermarket company.Mazda has unveiled an upgraded infotainment touchscreen for the 2024 Mazda BT-50 ute with wireless Android Auto for the first time.However it is not the updated 9.0-inch display with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay recently added to the BT-50’s twin, the Isuzu D-Max, but rather a dealer-fitted 11-inch screen designed by Japanese company Alpine.The so-called Premium Infotainmen
  • Survey shows motorists don’t know these simple parking laws

    Parking can be a confusing endeavour for some drivers. As it turns out, the majority of motorists do not know these simple parking laws.Have you ever been stuck in a kerbside parking space because someone has parked far too close to you? Or perhaps you squeeze as close as possible into a parallel park because it’s the only one available. RELATED: ‘This is not a fine’: Can a private company enforce a parking fine?Or maybe you cannot get down a street because two cars have p
  • Donald Trump threatens to tax Chinese cars out of the US market

    If voted in this November, US presidential candidate Donald Trump says he will impose a large tariff on vehicles built in Mexico by Chinese car companies.Former US President and current presidential candidate Donald Trump has warned cars from Chinese brands will be hit with a 100 per cent tariff – even if those vehicles are made in Mexico – if he is elected back into office.While some media outlets have reported Mr Trump is threatening to stop all electric car sales in the US if vote
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  • 2024 Citroen C5 X Plug-in Hybrid price and specs: Hybrid added, but it won’t be in showrooms

    Rather than bring in a limited amount of cars, Citroen will offer the C5 X PHEV on a direct-order basis.The 2024 Citroen C5 X Plug-in Hybrid has arrived in Australia – but it can only be ordered directly and will not be available in showrooms.The price of the C5 X plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is up more than $16,000 before on-road costs over the regular version – costing $73,990 for the single spec Shine.Unlike other models, the C5 X PHEV will be exclusively available via customer order, wi
  • 2024 Kia Sorento Hybrid price and specs: New look, more expensive

    A facelift for the Kia Sorento Hybrid seven-seat SUV has arrived in showrooms, months after petrol and diesel models.2024 Kia Sorento Hybrid pricing and specificationsNew look and interior technologyChoice of front- or all-wheel drivePriced from $70,330 before on-road costsThe facelifted 2024 Kia Sorento Hybrid has arrived in Australian showrooms, five months after the regular petrol and diesel versions.The hybrid – due to be followed imminently by a plug-in hybrid – mirrors the upda
  • 2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI gets drive-away deal, near-$10k saving on offer

    The VW Golf GTI has received a drive-away offer, promising savings approaching $10,000 in some states.The 2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI hot hatch is being offered with a saving of up to $9713 as part of an end of financial year offer.Until 30 June, Volkswagen Australia is marketing the Golf GTI with both option packs as standard – the $2600 Sound and Style and $4000 Luxury packages – for $59,990 drive-away.It represents a saving of $6614 to $9713, depending on where the vehicle is registe
  • The Future of Driving: BMW i4 vs. 330i

    “Should I buy an electric vehicle?” is the biggest question for many Australian new car buyers today.
    Sponsored by BMWWith the range of models on the market broader than ever, your next EV purchase is likely to be your first. But what if you’re cross shopping an EV with a traditional internal combustion vehicle? What are the pros and cons?Today, we take a look at the BMW 3 Series (2024 BMW 330i M-Sport from $94,700 before options and on-road costs), the standard on which all ot
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  • Police crack e-tag fraud ring worth millions

    A criminal syndicate, alleged to have dealt in millions of dollars of e-tags linked to stolen bank details, has been broken up by police – with three men arrested.Three men have been charged following a NSW Police investigation into an alleged $2.2 million crime syndicate involving e-tags.Strike Force Artula – comprising detectives from the State Crime Command’s Financial Crimes Squad – was tasked with investigating the e-tags, which police say were linked to falsified pa
  • On this week’s episode of Drive Review: Suzuki Jimny XL, Hyundai Kona Hybrid, and the Ferrari Roma Spider

    Tune in to Nine Rush this weekend to catch another episode of Drive Review. Episode 7 of Season 2 airs this Saturday at 4pm!Tune in to Nine Rush on Saturday, 1 June2024, at 4pm to catch the seventh episode of Drive Review for Season 2.In this episode, Trent goes long in the five-door Suzuki Jimny XL, Sam explores the features of the new Hyundai Kona Hybrid, and James takes a spin in the Ferrari Roma Spider along the Sardinian coastline.The post On this week’s episo
  • The Lap: The EV adventure continues across Western Australia

    The fourth episode of The Lap airs this weekend. Tune in this Saturday to catch the team on their journey across Western Australia.Starting from Esperance, Western Australia, the team embarks on an exploration of the diverse landscapes and unique attractions of the region. Their journey takes them through the lush, green expanses of the southwest and up towards the pristine, sun-drenched beaches of the north.One of the highlights of this episode is the visit to the Esperance Stonehenge
  • 2024 Volkswagen Touareg R review: Australian first drive

    It’s been a long time coming, but Volkswagen R fans now have a new performance hero to worship – and it was worth the wait.
    Skip ahead:IntroductionRunning costsPrice and specificationEnergy useInterior space and comfortOn-road assessmentConnectivity and infotainmentSummarySafety Next steps
    2024 Volkswagen Touareg RIt’s been a long time in the making, but Volkswagen diehards now have a new performance hero to worship. The 2024 Volkswagen Touareg R brings plug-in hybrid power to
  • Jaguar F-Pace 90th Anniversary farewells car maker’s first SUV

    Australian order books have opened for the F-Pace SUV’s swansong with a plug-in hybrid added to the range ahead of its departure from showrooms.The Jaguar F-Pace 90th Anniversary Edition is now available to order in Australia and will be the last F-Pace SUV in showrooms as production winds up in 2024.The F-Pace was Jaguar’s first SUV – introduced in Australia in 2016 – as the brand evolved beyond sedans and sports cars.The 90th Anniversary Edition F-Pace swansong signals
  • Ferrari impounded after driver clocked at 76km/h over speed limit

    The alleged driver’s licence was suspended for a year after he was allegedly caught travelling at nearly double the legal speed limit.A 61-year-old South Australian man is without his Ferrari sports car for at least 28 days after a speed camera allegedly captured the vehicle travelling at 76km/h above the legal speed limit.According to South Australia Police, the alleged driver was speeding in his Ferrari 812 GTS at Paracombe – a town approximately 22km northeast of Adelaide –
  • Ford patents universal car platform

    The US car giant has filed a patent for a vehicle platform with changeable front and rear sections to suit all types of cars.Ford has filed a patent for a universal platform to fit a wide range of vehicle types, which may improve quality and lower costs to help fight off cheaper Chinese electric vehicles.The filing was discovered by US website CarBuzz and shows a patent application from Ford for a “vehicle chassis with interchangeable performance packages”.The chassis in the applicat
  • More Nismo electric cars on their way from Nissan as it commits to growing sub-brand

    Nissan will continue building Nismo-enhanced performance flagships even as it expands its electric car plans.Nissan’s Nismo performance sub-brand will not only survive in the age of electrification, but thrive, according to a senior brand executive.Speaking to Australian media, including Drive, at the Sunderland factory in the UK, Nissan’s Senior Vice-President and Chief Planning Officer for the AMIEO (Africa, Middle East, India, Europe, and Oceania) region, Francois Bailly, said the
  • Jensen Interceptor, the coolest name for a car ever? | Drive Flashback

    The world’s first 4WD performance car was a blend of V8 brutishness and British opulence along with innovation and a very, very cool name.Original story by Tony Davis published in Drive on 29 May, 1998By the time the Jensen Interceptor appeared in 1966, the practice of cramming large American engines into English sports cars was firmly established. When it came to large pieces of US iron, Jensen – a coach-building firm with a heritage going back to the 1920s – started with a 6.
  • 2025 BMW M3: All-wheel-drive models to get power increase

    BMW’s iconic M3 is set to be updated for the 2025 model year – but rear-wheel drive variants are set to miss out on performance upgrades.The 2025 BMW M3 Sedan and M3 Touring will launch in Australia in the latter part of 2024, the company has announced.BMW says the first local deliveries of the updated G80 M3 Sedan and its wagon sibling, the G81 M3 Touring, will begin in the fourth quarter of the year – October to December, inclusive – bringing several updates, including
  • Japanese car makers announce petrol engine pact

    Three of Japan’s car companies have confirmed they are continuing to develop combustion engines, despite a wider industry move towards electric vehicles.Toyota, Mazda, and Subaru have joined forces to develop a new generation of internal-combustion engines – utilising alternative fuels and hybrid technology in the pursuit of decarbonisation.In a joint media conference this week, the CEOs of Toyota, Mazda, and Subaru stood side-by-side as they showcased smaller, more efficient engines
  • Volkswagen teases budget-priced $32,000 electric cars due in 2027

    The most affordable dedicated electric vehicle yet from the VW Group is on the way – after a deal to co-develop it with Renault fell through.The Volkswagen Group has locked in plans for pint-sized electric vehicles (EV) priced from “around” €20,000 ($AU32,000), due to be unveiled in 2027 to fight an onslaught of new rivals from China.The German car giant announced overnight one or more marques from its ‘Brand Group Core’ – comprised of Volkswagen, Skoda,
  • Can you claim car insurance on tax?

    If you’re thinking about claiming your car insurance on tax this upcoming end of the financial year, here’s what you need to know.The end-of-financial-year season can be particularly stressful if you don’t know what car expenses can be included in your yearly tax return.RELATED: Is there a time limit on car insurance claims in Australia?
    One of the most common yearly expenses for drivers is car insurance, and depending on your policy, it can cause a big dent in your bank accoun
  • BMW 5 Series diesel returning to Australia with 2025 540d

    Diesel power is coming back to the BMW 5 Series sedan in Australia – and it is a natural replacement for the 530d used by police in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.The 2025 BMW 5 Series sedan will re-introduce diesel power in Australia later this year, about 12 months after the latest-generation model launched with petrol and electric power.While yet to be confirmed for police use, the just-unveiled 540d xDrive would be a natural replacement for the previous-generation BMW 530d used for highway
  • GWM Tank 300 to gain diesel power – report

    Diesel power is coming to the GWM Tank 300 4WD in China – but what about Australia?A turbo-diesel version of the 2024 GWM Tank 300 four-wheel drive is said to be in development to more closely rival the diesel-only Ford Everest and Isuzu MU-X.Chinese website Autohome reports the plans were confirmed in a live broadcast by Great Wall Motors (GWM) chairman Wei Jianjun.The engine of choice is said to be the 2.4-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder used in the new GWM Cannon Alpha ute, developing
  • 2025 BMW 3 Series revealed: Another update ahead of new models in 2027

    The BMW 3 Series has received another styling, technology and mechanical update to help this generation live longer than its predecessors.The 2025 BMW 3 Series sedan and wagon range has been given its second styling update since the latest-generation model arrived in Australia five years ago to help keep it fresh until it is replaced closer to the end of the decade.The second ‘facelift’ for the 3 Series unveiled today is not as major as the mid-life ‘LCI’ upgrade of 2022,
  • 2024 GWM Cannon Alpha Hybrid review: Australian first drive

    Australia’s first hybrid ute arrives as a plus-sized double-cab with plenty of space and some neat features, but is the GWM Cannon Alpha Ultra Hybrid enough of a workhorse to really shift the traditional diesel dial?
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    2024 GWM Cannon Alpha Ultra HybridBeing good at something is pretty nice. Double it up with a pair of skills,
  • Popular electric car to bring back petrol version

    One of Europe’s top-selling electric vehicles – the pint-sized Fiat 500e – is preparing to re-introduce petrol power amid cooling demand for battery-powered vehicles.The Fiat 500e electric car – priced from $52,500 in Australia – will be reworked to suit petrol power amid slowing sales and cooling demand for battery-powered vehicles.A petrol version of the Fiat 500 was previously sold alongside the new electric vehicle (EV), but it has just been axed in Europe after
  • 2025 Lancia Ypsilon HF electric hot hatch to spawn rally return

    The Italian car maker – best known for its dominance in rallying throughout the 1980s – is returning to the hot hatch market with the electric Ypsilon HF, with a rally car to follow.Weeks after unveiling the Lancia Ypsilon – the first all-new model from the Italian brand in 13 years – an all-electric high-performance version has been shown to the world.The Ypsilon HF is set to go on sale in Europe in May 2025, using a 54kWh battery to power a 177kW electric motor on the f
  • Jeep to build Wagoneer S EV in Mexico

    Jeep's first full EV in the U.S. and Canada will be built at the Toluca Assembly Plant alongside the Compass. It's expected to reach dealerships in the U.S. and Canada this fall.
  • New Dongfeng plug-in hybrid claims longer battery range than some electric cars

    A new plug-in hybrid SUV can travel a claimed 318km on electric power before needing to charge – longer than some fully-electric vehicles.A new SUV from China is claimed to have broken the record for the longest electric driving range of any plug-in hybrid (PHEV) – and can travel further on battery power than many fully-electric vehicles.The new Toyota Kluger-sized Voyah Free 318 from car maker Dongfeng is reportedly fitted with a 43kWh battery it claims can deliver an electric-only
  • Nissan’s e-Power hybrids will be as cheap as petrol in three years

    Production efficiency and maturing tech are key to bringing down the cost of e-Power hybrids and EVs, according to Nissan.Nissan is aiming for price parity between its petrol engines and e-Power hybrid system in the next three years, the brand has revealed.And the cost of electric cars is also expected to come down by the end of the decade, as production efficiency targets are realised.As part of Nissan’s overarching ‘EV36Zero’ initiative, the Sunderland, UK facility is current

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