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Tesla Exec Confirms Midsized Crossover Companion For Model 3 Sedan

Tesla’s coming Model X won’t be the all-electric brand’s only SUV, the company’s Chief Technical Officer has revealed. Reports of a smaller SUV model in the Tesla family reach back to at least 2012, but it wasn’t until last year’s announcement of the new midsized Model 3 sedan that the crystal ball began to clear. Show More Summary

Bored Young Drivers Veering Toward Risky Behaviour: QUT

Research by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has found young drivers, males especially, are taking risks on the road due to boredom. As more of our nation’s winding highways of yesteryear become seemingly endless dual carriageways...Show More Summary

Fuel Prices Set To Soar As Reprieve Comes To An End: NRMA

Fuel prices are set for their biggest quarterly jump in 25 years, as the temporary reprieve that arrived late last year comes to an end. Some service stations were selling regular unleaded and ethanol-blended fuels for around $1 per litre (pictured, above) as the price cut hit its most aggressive stage, but prices have risen steadily since then. Show More Summary

Prius V 7-Seater: 2015 Price And Features For Australia

The seven-seat Prius V has come in for a light makeover, gaining updated looks, new tech and - Toyota promises - improved ride and handling. Pricing remains unchanged for the new model year, meaning the range once more consists of the $34,490 V and the $44,490 V i-Tech. Show More Summary

Honda Accord Sport Hybrid Review: Green Serenity

What’s hot: New-gen hybrid technology, most fuel-efficient car in its class, comfortable interior and luxury ride. What’s not: Hybrid drivetrain comes with a steep price premium, petrol engine intrusive when accelerating. X-FACTOR: The...Show More Summary

Chris Evans To Front New Top Gear

UK radio host Chris Evans will replace Jeremy Clarkson as the frontman for British motoring show Top Gear, the BBC has confirmed. The host of radio shows TFI Friday and The Big Breakfast, Evans is also a past celebrity guest on Top Gear, and is well known as a big-spending Ferrari collector. Show More Summary

Honda Promises Faster Civic Type R If Nurburgring Record Beaten

Honda's chief engineer has pledged to build an even faster version of the Civic Type R if another brand manages to beat its 7m50.63s lap record around the fearsome Nurburgring Nordschliefe circuit. Nordschliefe lap times are something...Show More Summary

Tesla Launches ‘Destination Charging’ Program For Australia

Tesla has introduced a new way for Model S owners in Australia to charge their electric vehicles away from home, further combating the issue of ‘range anxiety’. We say ‘new’, but it’s the same way many Model S owners currently choose to charge their EVs while parked at home. Show More Summary

Bloodhound SSC World Land Speed Record Car Set For November Debut

The Bloodhound SSC (supersonic car) will turn a wheel in anger for the first time in November this year with a 200 MPH (320km/h) trial in the UK. The trial will take place at Newquay Aerohub in Cornwall, and will be followed by a series of high-speed desert tests in South Africa around this time next year. Show More Summary

Volkswagen Giant’s 12 Brands Splitting Into Four New Groups

The Volkswagen Group's 12 brands across the passenger, luxury, performance and commercial markets will soon split into four new holding companies, according to new reports out of Europe. The move is understood to be the result of a push for more productive development cycles and streamlined efficiences, masterminded by CEO Dr Martin Winterkorn. Show More Summary

Holden’s $54,990 Colorado Z71 Arrives To Tackle Ranger Wildtrak

Holden has borrowed a familiar badge from the Chevrolet portfolio to forge a new rival to Ford’s sporty Ranger Wildtrak, debuting the new $54,990 Colorado Z71 this week. Just as the Wildtrak sits atop the Ranger line-up as a style-focused hero, the new Coloraro Z71 adds a bundle of design tricks to create a sporty new halo model. Show More Summary

Honda Accord Hybrid: 2015 Australian Price And Features

Honda’s Accord Hybrid has landed in Australia, and will serve as the carmaker’s only hybrid offering in its local line-up for now. A new Jazz Hybrid was promised last year for Australian customers but has yet to arrive, and Honda quietly dropped the Civic Hybrid from its range, along with the Civic Diesel, when the updated model arrived last month. Show More Summary

Jaguar XJ Revealed: Updated $200k Limo In Australia From November

Jaguar has updated its big XJ limo for the coming 2016 model year, revealed today ahead of an Australian debut set for November. The XJ’s freshening marks the second major update since its 2009 debut, when it launched in London with Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson on hand to emphasise Jaguar’s focus on sleek lines and a curvaceous profile. Show More Summary

Peugeot Confirms New 308 GTi

Peugeot has confirmed today that, as expected, the secret new sports car it will unveil at this month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed is indeed the new 308 GTi. Goodwood founder Charles Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March, first let slip withShow More Summary

Hyundai Global Follows Aussie Lead With Suspension Shake-Up

Hyundai’s transition from purveyor of soulless econoboxes to manufacturer of desirable automobiles is gathering steam globally, and its latest push is borrowed right from the playbook of Hyundai Australia (HMCA). A report in industry...Show More Summary

Ford Everest: Price And Features For Australia

Ford’s big new off-roading Everest SUV has come a step closer to its local launch, with a $54,990 starting price and key equipment details revealed today. Designed and developed in principle by Ford Australia, the new Ranger-based Everest...Show More Summary

Recalls: Honda CR-V, Honda Accord, Volkswagen Amarok

Honda has issued a recall this week for various Accord and CR-V models in Australia, due to a potential problem with the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS). The Japanese carmaker says the CMBS may unexpectedly activate while the vehicle is underway, despite there being no risk of a collision. Show More Summary

Victoria: First-time 0.1 Drink-driving Offenders To Lose Cars For 30 Days

New laws to be introduced in Victoria from August 1 will enable police to impound or wheel-clamp the vehicles of first-time drink-driving offenders who blow 0.1 in roadside breath testing. Police will have the power to impound or immobilise the offender's vehicle for up to 30 days, even if it does not belong to them. Show More Summary

Ford Australia Planning Raptor Version Of Ranger Pickup?

Ford Australia has been busy with the paperwork at the trademark office, and the latest potential teasers concern its Ranger pickup. Following the carmaker’s application to reserve the ‘Sprint’ name once again, perhaps for a trio ofShow More Summary

Victorian Motorists Leading In Not Speeding: TAC

A new study has found that Victorian motorists, whether by common sense or a healthy fear of the state’s expansive safety-camera network, are less likely to speed than their counterparts in other states. The research, carried out byShow More Summary

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