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2017 Volkswagen Golf R review

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:58:11 +0000

It could have been the late Eighties (might have been the Nineties actually) but before GIFs and memes, there was a popular term – ‘blinding flash of the obvious’. BFO it would be now wouldn’t it? Well, I’ve got a BFO for you. The 2017 Volkswagen Golf R is excellent. Yeah I know, surprise, surprise. […]

2018 Hyundai ‘FE’ fuel-cell SUV revealed, hits Australian Alps for testing

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:58:00 +0000

The upcoming Hyundai ‘FE’ fuel-cell SUV has been revealed in near-production form in Seoul this week, ahead of its official launch “early next year”. Serving as the replacement for the current ix35 Fuel Cell, the ‘Next Generation FCEV’ (official name to be announced in January) will be the company’s second commercially-produced fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV), and will […]

2011-15 Ford Focus recalled for fuel tank fix

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:30:15 +0000

Ford has issued a recall for 42,988 examples of its Focus small car built between 2011 and 2015, over concerns the fuel tank could crack and leak. The Blue Oval reports that certain vehicles “under particular environmental conditions” may ingest excessive levels of dust, which may block the carbon canister during a purge cycle, causing the fuel tank […]

2018 Toyota Prius C pricing and specs

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:28:51 +0000

The updated 2018 Toyota Prius C has landed in Australia, bringing a revised look inside and out, along with extra equipment for marginal price increases across the range. Starting from $24,040 before on-road costs, the Prius C kicks off $590 more expensive than before, though it maintains its title as the most affordable hybrid vehicle available in […]

Left-hand drive supercars to be legal in Oz by 2019 – cheers Mr Turnbull

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:06:20 +0000

Buried in a Turnbull government announcement yesterday was a gem that’s set to greenlight the import of left-hand-drive hypercars into Australia, by 2019, for driving on public roads. The press release by the minister for urban infrastructure, Paul Fletcher MP, detailed a revised bill set to be submitted to parliament by the end of the […]

Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel and Mobileye’s autonomous car development program

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:14:00 +0000

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has signed a memorandum of understanding to join the autonomous vehicle development program led by the BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye. The Italian-American car company says it will contribute engineering and other technical resources to the development of the new self-driving car platform, as well as large sales volumes and a significant […]

German chancellor keen on petrol and diesel sales ban

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:34:33 +0000

German chancellor Angela Merkel is in favour of banning the sale of new petrol and diesel powered cars by 2030 or 2040, but her government isn’t yet willing to set a firm date for the issue. In an interview with SuperIllu, excerpts from which were released earlier this week, Merkel said, “I cannot name a […]

Genesis SUV pair arriving in Australia around 2020, G70 and G80 delayed until early 2018

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:58:35 +0000

Genesis, luxury subsidiary of Korean manufacturer Hyundai, plans to launch two SUVs locally by around 2020, while the G70 and G80 sedans will be the first cabs off the rank early next year. Following the launch of the standalone brand, along with the G70 and G80 (formerly Hyundai Genesis) at the beginning of 2018, Bill Thomas, general […]

2018 Peugeot 3008 review

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:01:32 +0000

Three hours and forty-two minutes. That’s a lot of time, enough to fly from the east coast of Australia to New Zealand, or listen to an entire debate in the Senate about how to waste $122m of tax payer’s money. The choices are endless. For us, though, that’s how long we sat back as our […]

Government changes direction on private ‘parallel’ import plan

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:51:23 +0000

Plans to loosen laws preventing ‘parallel’ vehicle imports have largely been shelved as part of the federal government’s re-jigged Road Vehicle Standards Bill, designed to take effect in 2019. As you may recall, representatives from the Turnbull Government early last year flagged changes to the extant Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1987, to allow parallel ‘grey’ importation of near-new cars […]

Holden ‘Dream Cruise’ to celebrate Australian manufacturing on October 15

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:31:41 +0000

Holden is calling on owners of all its Australian-built models to take part in its ‘Dream Cruise‘ – scheduled for Sunday, October 15 – to celebrate local automotive manufacturing. Announced this week, the Holden Dream Cruise is an opportunity for enthusiasts and the wider community to show off and experience the first and last cars […]

2018 Volkswagen T-Roc design teased ahead of August debut – video

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:21:58 +0000

httpv:// The upcoming Volkswagen T-Roc SUV has been teased again this week, following the release of a less revealing video earlier in the month. The look of the new T-Roc, set to be unveiled on August 23, will walk the line between the light Polo hatch and larger Tiguan SUV, showing more of Volkswagen’s new-generation styling […]

Audi S5 v BMW 440i v Infiniti Q60 Red Sport comparison

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:01:24 +0000

“Middleweight” mightn’t be the description a buyer might use for a prospective six-figure motoring purchase, but when shopping premium German brands that’s the hard reality, be it size or stature. You’ve skipped past ‘small’ straight to ‘medium’, hurdled the $50k-something base car tip-in point, bound up the model range ladder past bare essentials into indulgence […]

BMW roadster teased again ahead of August 17 reveal

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:04:25 +0000

The BMW roadster bound for this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has been teased again this week ahead of its official reveal on August 17. Believed to be a preview for the successor to the discontinued Z4 sports car, this latest image – shared on the company’s Facebook page – shows an aggressive-looking convertible complete with a low […]

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Edition 1 review

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:59:45 +0000

While there are truckloads of topics where you mightn’t utter Volkswagen Golf and Porsche 911 in the same breath, they’re kindred compatriots in an important area: both struck successful formulas long ago and have benefited from evolution at the hands of many since. In either case, the term ‘iconic’ is richly deserved and hard won, […]

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster and Shooting Brake revealed

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:56:57 +0000

The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato family has grown from two members to four, with the British marque announcing two new versions this week; the Speedster and Shooting Brake. Joining the already-revealed Zagato Coupe and Volante, the Speedster and Shooting Brake will see the total production run for the Vanquish Zagato increased to 325 units, with just 28 examples […]