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BUYING A CAR IS RISKY BUSINESS

As quoted from the Weekend Australian Reader Jack from Queensland decided to buy a new car. He fell in love with the Audi S3 (starting price of $65,000). Despite being a follower of this column Jack is a smart guy and did his sums. He worked out the finance Audi was offering him was 16 per cent (and how good would the trailing commissions be on that). Jack says that on every step of the sales process, they tried to screw him and what should have been a pleasurable experience was quit...
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SHOULD I USE A CAR BROKER?

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 Should I Use A Car Broker?       The most common motivator for people or companies seeking a broker is the desire to get a better price. When you bought your last car, it would have been natural for doubts to linger after you took delivery as to whether you really did get a good price. You are probably very good at your career, and that career typically does not include negotiating with highly trained sales staff. Even if negotiation is an aspect of your career you are unlikely to know t...
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New Mazda CX-9 – Efficiency Plus

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  Up to 25% Superior Fuel Efficiency MAZDA's CX-9 large SUV has taken a significant improvement in fuel economy for its second-generation, with a weight reduction of up to 160kg and a smaller, more efficient engine accounting for as much as a 28 per cent cut to fuel use. With a downsizing of its 3.7-litre V6 petrol to a smaller turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder, the new CX-9 has the greatest gains when in front-wheel drive configuration, which now uses 8.4 litres per 100km on ...
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Final McLaren P1

Production of McLaren's most potent car to date ends with P1 number 375. AFTER nearly three years and 300,000 build hours, the final McLaren P1 has rolled off the United Kingdom production line, bringing to a close an era that created the company's fastest and most powerful road car to date. Dressed up in vivid Volcano pearlescent orange, the final car harks back to the even more exclusive F1, which also finished up in a vibrant orange hue for the limited run of just five F1 LMs plus one pro...
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Ford Mustang Price Hike

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Mustang prices rise by up to $2500 as Ford begins first Australian deliveries FORD Australia has raised the price of its super-successful Mustang by up to $2500, just as the first deliveries are being made to local customers. Currency exchange rates have been blamed for the hike that took effect from December 1. The company has assured existing customers with firm orders that the original price – announced back in March – will be honoured for their deliveries. This means that customers ...
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Volkswagen Emission Information

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Volkswagen Emission Information As you may be aware, there have been press reports about the emissions of a selection of Volkswagen vehicles. Volkswagen Australia deeply regrets these issues and wants to ensure that our owners are well-informed about our action plan and next steps regarding this topic. On this website you will find information, updates and answers to some of your key questions. We will post new information as it becomes available to us. Rest assured that we are working ti...
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Bosch Dragged into VW Dieselgate

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Volkswagen’s electronics supplier Bosch has been slapped with its first class-action lawsuits as a co-conspirator in the VW Dieselgate emissions-dodging scandal. While Volkswagen itself is facing dozens of class-action suits, a new suit filed in the US District Court in Detroit accuses Robert Bosch GmbH of aiding and abetting Volkswagen’s fraud. The lawsuit accuses both Volkswagen and Bosch of civil fraud and racketeering, covering half a million Volkswagen and Audi cars in the US and 11 m...
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CAR BRANDS IN AUSTRALIA

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How Many Car Brands Do We Need? Australia purchases over one million cars and trucks every year. We have one of the highest vehicle to population ratios in the world. In my opinion we have created a confusing marketplace as there is too much choice. The buyer can easily make a very expensive mistake as it is not unusual for models, and sometimes makes, to disappear from Australian showrooms. Australia offers more makes of cars than either the USA or Great Britain. Car makers around th...
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Kia Sorento wins 2015 Car of the Year

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Kia Sorento seven-seater stands out, setting a precedent in a singular field. The car star of 2015 is the Kia Sorento. It's the 19th winner of the CarsGuide Car of the Year contest, topping an 11-car shootout involving the best newcomers in every category from baby SUVs to the utes that are now selling so well. There are plenty of firsts in 2015, including the first unanimous win since the original COTY judging in 1997 gave the prize to the VT Holden Commodore, the first appearance by a ...
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Car Logos – The Stories Behind Them

The Stories Behind Car Logos Did you ever wonder what those curious pieces of metal adorned to the front your favorite cars mean? We are talking about the logos, the all-encompassing symbols of the brand. Sure some are easier than others to figure out. For example, if the Ford logo leaves you scratching your head then you probably have no business behind the wheel of a car anyway. Here is a bit of the history and evolution of some of the more interesting car logos.   coolmateri...
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How To Reverse Park

Reverse parking is a challenge for every learner driver. There are also many experienced drivers on Australian roads who have never been taught how to reverse park quickly and easily. This causes anxiety and or frustration for both the driver attempting to park, and motorists waiting behind them to get through. The following video link explains in simple terms the correct method. Practice is essential. Somewhere quiet like a little used cul de sac or dead end street, or a remote corner of a ...
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Volvo Self-driving Car

So, you thought it could never happen! Volvo has entered the next phase of its self-driving future. This is the latest update to Volvo's Drive Me project, which features 100 self-driving Volvos driving around the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden, in a trial of the company's autonomous driving tech. To locate the areas of road that are approved for autonomous driving, the driver must input a destination into the sat-nav system. Then when entering a road approved for such driving, lights on...
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Sinkhole Swallows Car Near Rainbow Beach

A major sinkhole has swallowed vehicles at a popular camping spot  The sinkhole, bigger than a football field and several metres deep, developed at Inskip Point near Queensland's Rainbow Beach around midnight on Saturday 26th September. A car, caravan, a camper trailer and tents were swallowed almost immediately. Around 140 people were evacuated from the beach side campsite Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services (QPWS) said 150-metre sinkhole is three metres deep and takes up a large part...
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Road Trains in the Outback

Only in Australia will you see this…   Road trains arrive at Helen Springs Cattle Station, north of Tennant Creek, Northern Territory.    The cattle are loaded onto the road train for their journey to Longreach. Interesting stats There are 17 trucks with 3 trailers and 2 decks per trailer; that’s 102 decks of cattle. Approximately 28 cattle per deck; A total of 2,856 head of cattle. The cattle will weigh approximately 500kg each (1102.3 lbs.) The sale price for c...
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Netherlands wants more Australian Bushmaster Military Vehicles

Thales wins new Bushmaster order from its best foreign customer, Dutch Light Brigade THALES’ defence vehicle plant in Bendigo, Victoria, has won another significant order for its well-established Bushmaster armored troop carrier. The Dutch defence forces want an extra 12 Bushmasters to add to the 86 they bought between 2006 and 2009. The Bushmaster has proven itself on operations with the Dutch military in Afghanistan and is a vital component of their Light Brigade. The Netherlands is the s...
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In-Car Technology

Car-makers are investing heavily into in-car tech that owners are simply not using GLOBAL car-makers are sinking billions of dollars into in-vehicle technology that many owners are simply not using, according to a new report from JD Power and Associates released this week. Analysing driver experiences with in-vehicle technology features during the first 90 days of ownership, the 2015 Drive report found that at least 20 per cent of new-vehicle owners had never used 16 of the 33 features measu...
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Car Brokers

  Are You Getting the Best Car Deal in Queensland? Buying a new or used vehicle can be a very exciting time. However, you should tread cautiously during the buying process as there are many pitfalls awaiting the unwary. A car is, for most of us, the 2nd most expensive purchase after real estate, so it makes a lot of sense to seek professional advice. Before you buy a new or used vehicle consider using the services of a COMPLETELY INDEPENDENT car buying agent like PETER LLOYD. ...
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SAMSUNG’S LIFE SAVING IDEA

Samsung have a new screen that could be life-saving on the road. The company said this technology on large trucks could help reduce accidents involving passing cars. The technology, which Samsung calls the Safety Truck, uses a wireless camera at the front of a tractor-trailer to relay images of the road ahead to an array of video screens on the rear of the truck. The screens appear to enable motorists traveling behind to "see through" the truck to view conditions on the road ahead. Sams...
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A FABULOUS FLYING CAR

  This vehicle is the practical realization of the dream of countless visions of the future; it is designed to be the flying car for all of us. Peter Lloyd and his team are not taking orders as yet, but watch this space. Operating a TF-X™ vehicle should be statistically safer than driving a modern automobile. TF-X™ vehicles will be capable of automatically avoiding other air traffic, bad weather, and restricted and tower-controlled airspace. TF-X™ will have a backup full-veh...
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Robbie Maddison – Motorbike Surfing?

Australian stunt motorbike rider Robbie Maddison has really done it this time! Famous for a multitude of dangerous stunts and movie parts around the world, Robbie has now got everyone’s attention …. surfing big waves in Tahiti on a motorbike, yes, a motorbike! The motorbike is fitted with customised skis, and the testing and trialing took 2 years. This stunt was created for the benefit of a very unusual shoe advertisement. Robbie broke the world motorcycle jumping record in 2007. Hai...
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Nepal Driving

 Not Recommended for the Faint Hearted! One of the most dangerous roads in the world is also one of the most spectacular. Nepal attracts travelers for many reasons, but I am not sure if travelling on this road is one of them. With all the recent activity from earthquakes in Nepal you have to wonder if this area was hit, if any vehicle on this road would be shaken off, and plunge all the occupants to certain death, . There is no doubt that this wondrous country, with Kathmandu as her capit...
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Luxury Car Tax price Cuts from Audi and BMW

The new Financial Year sees a re-indexation of Australia’s very dodgy Luxury Car Tax (LCT). We say ‘dodgy’ because if Australia is going to have a ‘Luxury Tax’ regime why is it restricted exclusively to new cars and doesn’t include the whole range of so-called ‘luxury goods’? Because as things stand, with no evidence to the contrary, it is very easy to form the point of view that this burdensome tax is yet another greedy Government sting for new car buyers already the most taxed species in A...
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Australian Snowboarder Torah Bright Talks About Cars

Torah Bright Likes Speed!  What do you enjoy most about your career?  I love that I have been able to carve out a career doing something that I love. What are you up to now and what is coming up for you?  I have spent the last few months between Australia, the States and Europe. I qualified for the Olympics, competed in the X-Games and then went to Sochi. Tell us about your first car.  I was spoilt … it was a Toyota Furvetta in the States, I was a 16 year old girl learning to dri...
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Ken Block’s Super Truck on Snow

Ken Block had a few rare days off. He was off to New Zealand, mostly because he loves that country’s roads. “They’re some of the best in the world,” he explained.) Block was at the wheel of his daily driver, a matte black Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, en route to Powder Mountain in Utah, the state in which Block lives; he’d agreed to spend a day there tearing up a closed ski resort in the world’s angriest snow vehicle, the Hoonigan Racing F-150 RaptorTRAX. Here’s Block’s version of how he came...
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Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge

The Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge returned as a feature of the 2014 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. The Rolex Australian Grand Prix  showcased the All-Mew Mazda3 powered by a SKYACTIV-G 2.5 litre petrol engine. https://youtu.be/_TjES7WGQrs Prior to racing around the world famous Albert Park street circuit, the celebrities underwent intense driver training by Mark Skaife and his team at Skaife Racing to obtain a CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motorsport) License at Sandown Raceway. The...
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Mazda Reveals BT-50 Upgrade

MAZDA has offered a first glimpse at the updated BT-50 ahead of its arrival in Australia in the second half of this year, revealing a mild aesthetic revision and more standard equipment for the one-tonne pickup. The Japanese car-maker confirmed production of the facelifted version started at the Thai plant yesterday, with first deliveries headed to showrooms in Thailand and Australia. Mazda released only a single view of the vehicle's front end, revealing its lightly restyled grille and head...
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Mercedes-Benz Pushes the “Tech” Barrier

Technology on expensive cars almost always tends to filter down into more mainstream cars as time goes by. This is why we always look with interest at the latest whiz bang advances presented by manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and their peers.   MERCEDES-BENZ’S E-Class will offer a higher degree of ability and safety technology than any commercial passenger car that has gone before it, when it launches in 2017. An array of on-board cameras and sensors, including a pair o...
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Park ‘n’ Play?

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Multi-story car parks are necessary, but almost always boring. Danish firm JAJA Architects hopes to do something about the latter with its Park 'N' Play project. Located in Copenhagen It's a multi-story car park that features plenty of parking space, but also some greenery and a kid's playground up on the roof. JAJA Architects was given the nod to go ahead with Park 'N' Play after the firm won a competition. The project is part of a wider scheme to redevelop the local harbor area and featu...
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Aston Martin – 80 Years Young

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Goldfinger and James Bond did wonders for the Aston Martin profile, but prior to James the marque was known for building some of the sportiest cars on the planet.   The DB5 is undoubtedly the iconic Aston Martin of the last half century or so. But in its sleek shape and soft springs it spoke for a very different kind of Aston to those made in the first half of the company’s 102-year history. If you were to select a car to represent the very best of that earlier era, it would surely ...
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Hitler’s Sketch – Car History

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Adolf Hitler ordered Ferdinand Porsche to manufacture a Volkswagen, which literally means 'People's Car' in German. This car went on to become the Volkswagen Beetle.  What's also interesting to know is that this surviving sketch from the 1930s - which was allegedly pencilled by Hitler himself - looks similar to the production version of the first Beetle. Rolls-Royce was essentially a car and airplane engine making company, established in 1906 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick H...
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