Automotive

19
Dec
Suzuki S-Cross: special offer cuts price to $23,990 driveaway

Suzuki Australia has announced an introductory driveaway pricing offer for the new Suzuki S-Cross ahead of its official on-sale date on January 1. The offer effectively caps government and dealer charges to $1000 for the month of January, with the driveaway prices set $1000 above the regular manufacturer’s list prices announced earlier this month. The offer should to save Suzuki S-Cross customers more than $2000 on their final purchase... [read news]

18
Dec
Holden Captiva: 14,000 diesel SUVs recalled for fire risk

More than 14,000 diesel-powered Holden Captiva models have been recalled due to a fault with the SUVs’ fuel feed hose that could lead to fire. The recall affects 14,230 Holden Captiva 5 and Captiva 7 models built in Korea between February 5, 2011 and November 2, 2012 fitted with the company’s 135kW/400Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel. According to the official recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer... [read news]

16
Dec
2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: next-gen premium mid-sizer revealed

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class can as standard automatically brake at up to 200km/h to avoid a collision, use just 3.9L/100km of fuel, and even show Google StreetView on its main display. These features headline the fourth-generation premium medium car from Mercedes-Benz, which has just been revealed and is due to arrive in Australian showrooms mid next year. Compared with the outgoing model, the new C-Class is 95mm longer (at 4686mm), 40... [read news]

13
Dec
2014 Ward’s 10 Best Engines revealed

Eight new powertrains have earned gongs in the 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Engines awards. The 20th annual winners’ list was dominated by powerplants with an emphasis on efficiency. Three diesels, a three-cylinder petrol and an electric motor earned top honours, while eight of the top 10 also featured direct fuel injection and six utilised forced induction. The two return winners were the 245kW/440Nm 3.0-litre supercharged V6 in the Audi S5... [read news]

12
Dec
Toyota in line for funding earmarked for departing Holden

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and senior government ministers are holding talks with Toyota in a bid to ensure the car maker remains in Australia following Holden’s decision to cease local manufacturing in 2017. Coming a day after Toyota released a statement saying Holden‘s decision would place “unprecedented pressure on the local supplier network and our ability to build cars in Australia”, it has been revealed that Abbott last... [read news]

11
Dec
Renault Clio RS200: pricing and specifications

The all-new Renault Clio RS200 has launched in Australia with its sights set on asserting its authority over a number of new challengers in the city-sized hot-hatch segment. The new Clio RS200 reaches our shores a few months earlier than originally anticipated thanks predominantly to Australia gaining production priority from Renault head office on the back of the popularity of the hotter Megane RS265 – with Australia the second-largest... [read news]

10
Dec
McLaren 12C-based concept revealed

A carbonfibre-clad concept car based on the McLaren MP4-12C has been revealed by the British marque’s in-house bespoke design service, McLaren Special Operations (MSO). Dubbed the MSO 12C concept, the car adds an extensive list of carbonfibre trim upgrades to the standard McLaren MP4-12C. These include a revised bonnet, front wing louvres, rear wing vents, a unique airbrake spoiler, and a roof-mounted air scoop that channels air... [read news]

09
Dec
Saleen to reveal first EV in early 2014

High-performance US car maker Saleen is developing its first electric vehicle, with plans to reveal scale models of the car in early 2014. In a statement, company founder Steve Saleen said the brand’s first EV will be “revolutionary” in both aesthetics and mechanics. “I’m not prepared to give all the details of our electric vehicle project yet, but I can tell you that it is unlike anything currently in the marketplace,” Saleen... [read news]

08
Dec
$300m a year to save Holden, Toyota and suppliers, says Carr: report

Shadow industry minister Kim Carr says the Federal Government has documents that reveal it would cost $300 million extra per year to secure the local manufacturing futures of Holden, Toyota and 160 parts makers to 2025, and less than half that to keep Holden’s manufacturing operations alive for the same length of time. Carr told Fairfax the information was prepared by senior members of the Department of Industry and Innovation under the... [read news]

07
Dec
Infiniti Q50 ‘Eau Rouge’: F1-inspired concept teased

A Formula One-inspired Infiniti Q50 concept car will make its world premiere at next month’s Detroit auto show. Dubbed the ‘Eau Rouge’, after a famous corner of the Belgian Spa-Francorchamps Formula One circuit, Infiniti claims the concept represents a design vision for a high-performance variant of the Q50 sedan – itself first unveiled at the 2013 Detroit show. Teased in a single image, the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge will combine road... [read news]


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