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Lexus leads luxury players for after-sales service

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:14:40 +0000

Lexus has outdone its German rivals for after-sales service in the JD Power Customer Service Index. The Japanese luxury brand scored 869 out of a possible 1000 points, a handy 17 point jump over last year, and 27 points above the industry average. A total of 547 owners who had bought a car in the […]

Hyundai to ramp up electric program – report

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:12:07 +0000

Hyundai is preparing an electric vehicle (EV) onslaught for the next decade, with a senior executive admitting the company was late to the party. Speaking to European media, Lee Ki-sang, senior vice-president for Hyundai, said the brand is “late by around three years” to electric vehicles. “Hyundai should have been a first mover of EVs, […]

Geely to buy stake in Mercedes-Benz – report

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:28:15 +0000

Geely, the Chinese parent of Volvo Cars, is set to buy a significant stake in Daimler, the company behind Mercedes-Benz and Smart. According to The Global Times, the state-run China Central Television (CCTV) network is reporting Zhejiang Geely is about to buy three to five per cent of Daimler for 4.0 billion euros ($6.2 billion). […]

Video: Nissan uses shrunken carwash for paint testing

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:46:31 +0000

httpv:// The paint on your car leads a hard life. It’s constantly being blasted with road grime, baked in the sun, drenched by rain and defaced by thoughtless birds – not to mention the scratches and scrapes it picks up along the way. Cleaning the car at an automatic carwash is an easy way to […]

Mazda BT-50 recalled over fire risk

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:21:13 +0000

httpv:// The Mazda BT-50 ute has been recalled over concerns grass and other debris could accumulate in the underbody, potentially posing a fire hazard. Owners are warned that driving over high grass – particularly dried-out grass – can cause the buildup of debris, and come into contact with the vehicle’s exhaust system. If the condition occurs, there […]

2016 MG6 Plus recalled for rear seat fix

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:01:20 +0000

SAIC Motor Australia has issued a recall notice for the 2016 MG6 Plus, as the car is missing its central child restraint anchorage point. According to the company, Core-spec cars were delivered without a child restrain anchorage, falling foul of Australian Design Rule 34/02 in the process. Without the anchorage point, the top-tether of a […]

2018 BMW 420i Coupe review

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:01:18 +0000

We’ve had a few years now to get used to BMW 4 Series as the name for the sportier versions of the Bavarian brand’s signature 3 Series range. And four years after the 4 Series’ debut, it’s time for another update to keep it as fresh as possible against newer rival compatriots, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class […]

Toyota labelled ‘world’s greenest automotive company’

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:58:26 +0000

Toyota has been rated the ‘world’s greenest carmaker‘ in a global study from Newsweek.  Having topped the automotive rankings, the company ranked 16th among the 500 largest publicly traded companies in the world. L’Oreal topped the global charts, while Cisco Wireless was the ‘greenest’ company in the USA. Companies are rated against their industry rivals on […]

The car lover’s Christmas guide for 2017!

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:32:39 +0000

Christmas has come around fast this year, leaving many of us with lots of last-minute gifts to buy. If you have a car-loving family member or friend – or if you need to drop a few hints for yourself – I’ve canvassed the CarAdvice team for a list of affordable auto gifts to help you complete […]

CarAdvice podcast 83: Small hatch comparo! Jazz v Mazda2 v Swift

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:58:35 +0000

Mandy Turner is joined this week by Mike Stevens and Alborz Fallah. In car news, 2018 Holden Commodore pricing and specs have been released, a controversial Stinger EURO NCAP rating, and Jeep Compass and Jaguar F-Type four-cylinder pricing and specs have been announced. Plus, new rules will crack down on vehicle recalls and opens the door […]

2018 Ford EcoSport pricing and specs – UPDATE

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:38:42 +0000

UPDATE: Article now updated with pricing for the 2018 Ford EcoSport. The slow-selling Ford EcoSport small crossover SUV has finally received a much-need mid-life update to make it more competitive against the Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Kona and co. The MY18 upgrade brings revised drivetrains, a drastically made-over cabin, more equipment and new styling headlined by a […]

Renault buys media company in preparation for autonomy

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:33:14 +0000

Groupe Renault has purchased a 40 per cent stake in Challenges Group, a publisher with five magazines in its stable. It’s an interesting acquisition for the French manufacturer, motivated by the looming onset of autonomy. According to the company, European commuters spend two hours in the car every day. As the burden of driving is […]

2018 Nissan Terra: Navara SUV leaked in China

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:04:34 +0000

The Nissan Terra, a new SUV based on the Navara ute, has been photographed completely undisguised ahead of its debut. Although the photos show a Chinese-market vehicle, complete with simplified Chinese characters on the tailgate, we discovered them on a group of Russian and Ukranian sites, including Auto Centre. Undisguised pictures of the Navara-based SUV […]

Audi Sport launching electrified models from 2020 – report

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:33:34 +0000

Stephan Winkelmann, head of Audi Sport, has confirmed the company will offer electrified models from the year 2020, according to a new article out of the UK. According to a report from Autocar, Audi’s performance boss confirmed “this will start by the end of 2020, with the first car of Audi Sport, and then there will […]

Mercedes-Benz to debut new infotainment system at CES

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:11:23 +0000

Mercedes-Benz will use the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to unveil its next-generation infotainment system. Dubbed Mercedes-Benz User Experience, or ‘MBUX’ for short, the system makes use of artificial intelligence for a more intuitive user experience. Details about the system are hard to come by at this stage, but we know it will debut in […]

2018 Toyota Camry Ascent Hybrid review

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:01:32 +0000

We never thought we’d be saying this, but wow. The new 2018 Toyota Camry is seriously good. The popularity of SUVs has made also-rans of the medium and large car segments, but Toyota has refined and delivered its best Camry yet. Part of the Camry‘s success in Australia was due to a long history of local […]