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Kia ditches hybrid, straight to pure electric from 2021

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:58:32 +0000

Kia Australia is planning to skip importing existing hybrid models altogether as it seeks to bring at least two pure-electric vehicles to market by 2021. Speaking to CarAdvice in Brisbane this week, Kia Australia’s chief operating officer, Damien Meredith, said that the decision to skip hybrid vehicles in its entirety makes sense for the brand, […]

McLaren 570S Spider Design Edition revealed

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:47:49 +0000

The McLaren 570S Spider Design Edition has been revealed this week – well, one of them has – offering customers one of five new packages for “entirely harmonious” exterior and interior specification. Available to order now in overseas markets, each Design Edition features signature McLaren colour and trim options that have been “carefully curated” by the […]

Ford Focus: Through the generations

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:47:18 +0000

The all-new 2018 Ford Focus has just been revealed, and will be lobbing in Australian showrooms towards year’s end – but how did it get to where it is now? We thought we’d take a look back on the previous three generations of Ford’s popular small car, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, coinciding with […]

Brabham BT62 teased… again

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:22:27 +0000

Brabham Automotive has provided the clearest look at its upcoming BT62 supercar yet, offering a glimpse at the car’s ginormous rear wing and, finally, revealing some performance figures. According to the company – which pays homage to legendary Formula 1 driver, Sir Jack Brabham, with its name – the BT62 will be powered by a […]

Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept revealed ahead of schedule

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:23:09 +0000

The Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept has been unveiled ahead of its scheduled debut at next week’s 2018 Beijing motor show, with the manufacturer accidentally pushing the car’s microsite live briefly before taking it down. Contrary to expectations, the Ultimate Luxury concept isn’t just a gussied-up version of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLS crossover. Instead, it resembles […]

Ken Block puts his Escort through its paces – Video

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:01:24 +0000

httpv:// Ken Block, professional hoon and all-round internet sensation, raised a few eyebrows when he bought an old Ford Escort Cosworth last year. After all, it’s a significant departure from his usual diet of hotted-up Focus and Mustang models. A new video posted on his Hoonigan channel has given us the answer – it’s going to be a […]

2013-14 Subaru Forester manual diesel recalled

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:59:19 +0000

Subaru Australia has recalled 2013-2014 Foresters with a diesel engine and manual transmission, over concerns a wiring loom could rub against the clutch pipe, causing a short circuit. According to the company, if the wiring loom insulation wears out, there’s a risk of the engine stalling and not restarting. If the condition occurs, it increases […]

Mercedes-Benz Sport parts for A-Class revealed

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:33:41 +0000

The Mercedes-Benz Sport accessories range has been revealed for the new-generation A-Class hatchback due to arrive in Australia later this year. Not to be confused with the various AMG equipment packages currently available for the company’s wider range, the Mercedes-Benz Sport catalogue is much like the M Performance add-ons offered by arch-rival BMW – largely made up of […]

2019 Jaguar XE and XF unveiled, 300 Sport added to range

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:56:10 +0000

Jaguar has announced the 2019 model-year upgrades for its XE, XF and XF Sportbrake, headlined by the addition of new four-cylinder, all-wheel drive 300 Sport models. Although there are a number of minor tweaks to the base XE and XF package, the biggest news is the 300 Sport. Available in both compact and mid-size sedan […]

Kia Stinger attracting Commodore buyers

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:43:46 +0000

The Kia Stinger has attracted former Commodore owners as its primary target market based on research conducted by the company in Australia. Of the first 200 sales of the Kia Stinger in Australia, 18 per cent of the trade-ins were Commodores, making it the most popular trade-in model type of car for Stinger buyers. Of […]

Holden Spark axed in Australia

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:40:49 +0000

Holden has axed the Spark from its line-up, citing low segment volume as the reason for the micro car’s untimely demise. The smallest car currently offered in the Holden line-up was introduced as a 2016 model, complete with the lofty goal of setting a “new benchmark” in the micro car class. With a locally-developed suspension […]

Kia Australia considering 10-year warranty

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:15:42 +0000

Kia Australia says it’ll do what’s required to protect its unique selling point (USP) of offering the best warranty in the business, with consideration for a longer warranty already underway. Speaking to CarAdvice in Brisbane this week, Kia Motors Australia chief operating officer, Damien Meredith, said the company believes it already offers the most comprehensive […]

Volvos could soon have Mercedes-Benz engines – report

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:56:03 +0000

Swedish manufacturer Volvo could soon feature engines from the Mercedes-Benz range, according to a new report out of Germany. Manager Magazin claims the German marque’s parent, Daimler, is considering working closer with Volvo’s Chinese parent Geely – it’s also worth noting Geely’s boss and principal owner, Li Shufu, owns a 9.7 per cent share in Daimler. Areas for […]

Isuzu Ute Australia’s sales success tracked

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:03:57 +0000

Isuzu’s non-truck products have been on sale for decades in Australia, once wearing Holden badges. Remember the Jackaroo SUV and Rodeo ute, precursor to today’s Colorado? But the brand has only eponymously sold its wares here as Isuzu Ute for about a decade, over which time it has become a genuinely mainstream, successful player in […]

CarAdvice podcast 99: An insight into car wrapping

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:01:50 +0000

This week Mandy Turner, Mike Stevens, and Scott Collie are in the studio. In car news, pricing and specs have been released for the Kia Picanto GT-Line and the Toyota HiLux Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X. The Volkswagen Amarok is capable of 200kW thanks to a new V6, the BMW M2 Competition has been revealed, and the ACT […]

2018 Isuzu D-Max pricing and specs

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:58:48 +0000

Isuzu Ute Australia has given its enduringly popular D-Max and MU-X model range a series of mild updates for the 2018 model year. Headlining the D-Max changes is the addition of a new LS-T dual cab (crew cab) range-topper to get on ‘premium’ ute buyers’ short lists. The LS-Terrain version was previously a limited-run, but […]