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Maserati Quattroporte Recalled For Wiring Harness Hazard

Maserati has recalled its Quattroporte models in Australia due to a potential problem with a wiring harness. The harness serves the alternator and the starter motor, and the recall targets a protective sealing cover. In some models,Show More Summary

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES Review – Left Behind By Better Rivals

The skinny: The ‘micro’ class in which the Mitsubishi Mirage resides is where many first-time drivers shop. Around $15,000 on the road buys a new-car smell and new-car warranty (in this case, a five-year one), and almost always five-star safety. Show More Summary

2015 Holden VFII Calais V Sportwagon Review – The Power And The Glory

The skinny: Call it the strangest of bedfellows – the Holden Calais V Sportwagon mixes a 6.2-litre V8 and bi-modal exhaust with wagon practicality, comfort suspension and luxurious specification. Priced from $57,490 plus on-road costs,...Show More Summary

Class Action Seeks Full Refund For Australian Volkswagen And Audi Owners

The law firm handling the class action suits against Volkswagen Group Australia and Audi Australia has issued formal notice that the lead plaintiffs will be seeking a full refund of their vehicle purchase price under Australian consumer law. Show More Summary

Volvo Predicts Autonomous Vehicles On Aussie Roads Within 5 Years If Laws Keep Pace

The advent of autonomous vehicles in Australia could be closer than we think, according to the managing Director of Volvo Car Australia, Kevin McCann. But before Aussie freeways are filled with swarms of self-driving vehicles, Australian...Show More Summary

Audi Silver Arrow Auto Union Typ C Revived - Thanks To 3D Printing

Audi has taken a break from previewing future headlight and indicator stalk designs with its 3D printing facilities to ‘print’ a 1:2 scale model of one of its most famous racing cars. The Auto Union Grand Prix "Typ C" racer from 1936 goes by several names, as was the style at the time, but “Silver Arrow” is perhaps the most common. Show More Summary

Alfa Romeo Giulia And SUV Delayed By Up To Nine Months - Report

Two key models for Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s Alfa Romeo brand will be delayed by up to nine months, according to reports out or Europe. Industry paper Automotive News Europe quotes two unnamed supplier sources who have confirmed the move, but have not offered up reasons for the delays. Show More Summary

Honda PHEV To Arrive In 2017

Honda describes Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles as the “technical bridge to a zero emissions world”. It foresees a future in which they will be used for city driving, while FCVs like its compelling Clarity will be the long-distance cruisers. Show More Summary

Lexus Says No To Chinese Manufacturing On Quality Grounds

Despite huge import tariffs that put imported vehicles at a disadvantage in the Chinese market, Lexus has declared that it won’t be producing cars there any time soon, owing to questions over quality. Luxury competitors, Mercedes-Benz,...Show More Summary

2015 Hyundai Sonata Premium Review – A Turbo Chorus, A Better Sonata

The skinny: It wasn’t always this way. The Hyundai Sonata of ten or more years back was more porridge than chilli (that’s for sure). But this new Sonata, re-released here to replace the i45, is a much more enjoyable car than we might have expected. Show More Summary

BMW M2 - M Performance Parts On Display At SEMA

Around a month since BMW officially pulled the covers from its M2 pocket-rocket, the new model is set to appear at the SEMA show wearing its Sunday best. For BMW fans, that means a range of new M Performance accessories that will appear on the options list when the M2 arrives in showrooms. Show More Summary

Mazda Offers First Teaser Of All-New CX-9, To Debut At LA Auto Show

The first look at Mazda’s family-friendly CX-9 has appeared, and while it may be lifted fresh off its designer’s sketch pad, it offers a telling look at what to expect from the new three-row SUV. Signed by Mazda’s US exterior designShow More Summary

BMW X4 Range Gains New xDrive35d Performance Flagship

A new high-end variant of BMW’s fastback X4 SUV has arrived in Australia, standing in as the interim performance flagship until the X4 M40i arrives. Wearing the xDrive35d nametag, the new model features a 3.0 litre turbo diesel engine that out-grunts the existing xDrive35i petrol version. Show More Summary

Holden Captiva And Volkswagen Scirocco Recalled

Holden has recalled its CG Captiva 5 and CG Captiva 7 SUV models, built between May 2014 and September of this year. While there is no apparent problem with the vehicle itself, the factory-supplied jack has come into focus for wearing incorrect labelling. Show More Summary

We Drive Honda’s New 1.0-litre Turbo VTEC

Honda’s engineers really, really love naturally-aspirated engines that rev their rings off, and they love their VTEC cleverness too. When we asked them, at the unveiling of their downsized, turbocharged 1.5 and 1.0-litre powerplants,...Show More Summary

New Car Sales October - Hilux Jumps Into Top Spot In A Top Ten Filled With Familiar Faces

Official VFACTS sales figures for the month of October have been released, and will have Toyota smiling with glee, with the newly released Hilux taking pole position as October’s top selling model, followed closely by the Corolla range. Show More Summary

Hyundai Hits Second Place In October Sales Race

Strong sales of Hyundai’s range has seen the Korean company secure second place on the sales charts, according to official VFACTS figures. Hyundai recorded 9003 sales for October, representing an increase of 7.2 percent compared to last October, and giving the company a 9.5 percent market share. Show More Summary

2016 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell – We Drive It

Honda’s big announcement at the Tokyo Motor Show last week was its new hydrogen-powered, zero-emission car, the Clarity Fuel Cell. We were lucky enough to drive it before the covers came off. Off-the-line performance from the new, full-sized...Show More Summary

Volkswagen Dieselgate - Fuel Figures In Question, Petrol Models Also Affected

Volkswagen’s ‘dieselgate’ emissions scandal could soon be hit with a new ‘tag’, as reports out of Europe reveal that petrol-powered models are likely to be affected as well. Besides the millions of EA189 diesel-powered Volkswagen, Skoda,...Show More Summary

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS Makes Official Debut

Ever wondered what the Mercedes-Benz S-Class of the SUV kingdom might look like? Well, wonder no more, with the unveiling of the new GLS. The GLS however isn’t entirely all new - based on the GL that came before it, the GLS receivesShow More Summary

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