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Delays in Car Deliveries Continue

car deliveries are still delayed
The "Chips are Down" for Car Deliveries ELECTRONIC chips may be the size of a fingernail, but their miniscule dimensions belie their ability to bring the global car production to its knees. Global consulting firm AlixPartners estimated last month that car-makers will lose about $US110 billion ($A142b) of sales this year due to the shortage of semiconductors, almost double an earlier projection. Tesla boss Elon Musk this...
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Fuel Consumption Sticker – is it indicative?

Fuel consumption needs to be reviewed
A recent Mitsubishi court case has highlighted the issue! Snapshot Test lab to real world economy difference can be over 50 per cent ADR testing standards have remained unchanged since 2001 Manufacturers complying with regulations despite large gap If you've purchased a new car, you may have seen the label in the corner of the windscreen, showing the vehicle's fuel consumption and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions, both of which are designed to help inform prospective buy...
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4 X 4 Wagon Shootout: Everest Sport versus Prado GXL

Toyota’s ever-popular Prado gets loaded with more power, torque and accessories, so we line it up against Ford’s Everest Sport. LIKE its big brother, the LandCruiser 200 Series, the 150 Series LandCruiser Prado is getting long in tooth. Released in 2009 it was in fact more of a revision of the earlier (2002) 120 Series Prado rather than an entirely new-generation model, which makes it even older than it may first appear. Of course, Toyota hasn’t stood still in all that time, with the 1...
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Ranger FX4 MAX vs D-Max X-Terrain

Ranger FX4 MAX vs D-Max X-Terrain
Two Dual-Cab 4X4s face off Believe it or not, the grudge match between the Ford Ranger FX4 MAX and Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain – and is way more profound – than most folk realise. Nearly half a century ago, Holden began importing Isuzu’s preposterously-named Faster to fight Toyota’s (equally ironically badged) HiLux – first as the Chev LUV in 1973 and later the KB, before sticking its own branding on the butt of three subsequent (and highly successful) generations. That started ...
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2021 Camry Prices and Specs

2021 Camry pricelist and specs
Facelifted Toyota Camry range features four hybrid variants and one petrol, available from April 2021 Australian pricing and details for the updated 2021 Toyota Camry range have been announced, previewing a set of four hybrid variants and only one petrol offering ahead of an April 2021 on-sale date. Toyota says the line-up rationalisation reflects the strong appeal and sales of the previous-generation Camry Hybrid, which accounted for 70 per cent of the large sedan’s sales. A ...
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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite Review

Hyundai Santa Fe Elite Review
Testing Hyundai's mid-size SUV with petrol power Assumptions are fraught with danger. When presented with a one-or-the-other choice, often the option you think is a no-brainer could, in fact, garner the complete opposite response from someone else. Hence when the updated fourth generation Hyundai Santa Fe launched at the tail end of 2020 sans V6 petrol power, it didn’t present as an issue for some. That’s because, in terms of frugality and driveability at least, the 2.2-litre four-cyli...
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Subaru Forester 2.5i Sport Tested

Subaru Forester 2.5i Sport is being tested
A little dash of sportiness  What is the Subaru Forester 2.5i Sport? Introduced in October 2020, this latest variant of Subaru’s popular all-wheel-drive SUV bridges the gap between the mid-range 2.5i Premium and range-topping 2.5i-S spec. Priced at $41,490 before on-roads, it costs $1500 more than the Premium with the extra coin bringing athletic exterior embellishments including dark metallic 18-inch alloy wheels, LED front fog lights with black surrounds, under guard...
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Computer Chip Shortage Cripples Car Supplies

Chip makers favouring phone manufacturers
SUBARU has become the latest car-maker to be hit by shortages of computer chips, with part of its Yajima plant in Japan to idle output from April 10-27, reducing production to about 10,000 vehicles instead of around 30,000 units. As Subaru was warning that it was closing one of two lines in northern Japan for two weeks, Toyota Australia confirmed with GoAutoNews Premium that its hybrid models were being hit by delays in electronic parts and...
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Hyundai i30 Sedan N Line Premium

Hyundai i30 Sedan N Line premium review
The successor for the Elantra is the N Line configuration. How good is it? Hyundai is out to make small sedans sexy and the new i30 Sedan N Line Premium is the figurehead charged with pulling your heartstrings the hardest. With its ‘unfold macramé’ sheetmetal and achingly stylised cabin design, the regular i30 Sedan’s late-2020 arrival has already given its competent if dowdy Elantra predecessor a swift shove the way of obscurity. Foreign markets persist with old nomenclature for w...
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Navara ST-X

Navara ST-X
The new handsome exterior together with a respected and proven drive train, puts the Nissan Navara ST-X well in the frame for ute buyers. With an Australian legacy that reaches back to 1985 and the D21, Nissan’s Navara deserves recognition for its part in building the popularity of utes to the unprecedented levels you’ll find today. Go even further back though and you follow a long bloodline of pick-ups all the way to the Datsun 2225 that had its genesis in 1947. Unlike some relati...
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Lexus LS 500h – Luxury Travel

Lexus LS 500h - a taste of luxury
  Flagship Lexus does the brand proud. The Lexus LS500h Sports Luxury is the epitome of Lexus values. As the brand’s flagship, it signifies everything it knows about interior craftsmanship, engineering attention to detail and cutting-edge technology. In newly updated 2021 guise, Lexus’ engineers have left no stone unturned in their efforts to improve comfort and refinement, resulting in an interesting alternative to the German duo (Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series) that dominate the...
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Audi Q5 vs BMW X3

Audi Q5 v BMW X3 face off
German brand mid-size SUVs face off. Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, today’s luxury mid-sized SUVs like the Audi Q5 45 TFSI and BMW X3 30i are now as much a part of the story of us as any homegrown Holden or Ford. It just depends on where you are in life. Here, we have the Audi Q5 vs BMW X3. Thirty-odd years ago, with Ps in hand, maybe your choice – like mine – was between a Volkswagen Golf and Nissan Pulsar. A decade on, commitments might have meant a Mazda 6 or Toyota Camry (and a ...
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Hatch Comparisons

comparing hatches against Mazda 3
Mazda 3 Skyactiv X v Focus ST-Line v i30 N-Line v Corolla ZR Small warm hatchbacks for drivers pitched against the Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X. I can sense something about this Mazda 3 is different. First, the sound. A subtle whine creeps into the cabin under acceleration and overlays the engine's zingy thrum. Then there is the peculiar power delivery. For the upper half of the rev range, which eventually signs off at the 6600rpm redline, the Mazda 3 delivers an extra helping of torque while t...
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BMW 4 Series: Finalist

the G20 3 Series is a finalist
A great driving car...but that grille.... Plastered to the front of the new Bavarian two-door, the courageous, vertiginous, Bugs Bunny intakes scream that BMW is chasing a new customer with its 4 Series, and neither of them are likely for you nor me. Yet find yourself behind the wheel and you’ll discover the engineers haven’t forgotten us. Far from it. Attempting to nab what would only be BMW’s second COTY award (after the i3’s win in 2014), the three-tiered 4 Series range fronte...
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States Taxing Electric Vehicles

States may tax EV's
Victoria, South Australia and, it appears NSW, plan to introduce a type of road usage tax for EVs. Need to Know: EVs to be charged 2.5c/km PHEVs will be charged 2.0c/km Critics argue it is too soon to tax EVs Federal Liberal MP calls to scrap EV taxes UPDATE: March 17 2021 - The Victorian Government is pushing ahead with its contentious EV tax, announcing it is tabling legislation into Parliament to introduce the new charging framework. As announced in the 20...
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Testing the Lexus RX450hL Luxury

Lexus RX450hL with luxury you might expect
A luxury prestige hybrid SUV that delivers what you expect? Like most SUV categories on sale in Australia, there’s no shortage of choice in the large premium SUV segment. The Lexus RX trades in this space, and while not representing the traditional German brand of luxury that many flock to for high-riding grandeur, the Lexus RX still trades punches in the sales race amongst the BMW X5, 2019 Mercedes GLE-Class and Audi Q7. It finished 2020 as the third best-seller in its se...
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Mazda Wins the 2021 Wheels Car of the Year

Mazda wins Car Of The Year again
The 2021 COTY is a compact SUV of real depth and ability, and largely devoid of compromises. ‘Unanimity’ can be a tricky word to say; much harder to achieve. In an increasingly divided and opinionated world, getting a disparate group of individuals to form a unilateral consensus on anything can be near-impossible. The COTY judging process is often no exception, yet for 2021, in a rare moment of great(ish) minds thinking alike, all six members of the judging panel cast their vote for the ...
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Hyundai Kona for 2021

Hyundai Kona for 2021
Another new model, with more to offer, and new pricing The updated Hyundai Kona range has arrived in Australia boasting new styling, advanced safety features, extra technology and more choice, though prices have risen across the board. The line-up introduces two sporty N Line and N Line Premium variants to the range in anticipation of a Kona N model arriving in the second half of 2021. The Kona electric will also rejoin the range with a facelifted design in March. The...
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Porsche Taycan 4S

Porsche Taycan 4S
The much anticipated Porsche EV graces our shores. If you were taking bets on which manufacturer would not just dip a toe but dive headfirst into the world of electric vehicles then you would have got long odds with Porsche, but here we are with the first Australian drive of the Porsche Taycan 4S. It provides the first real competition to Tesla in the zero-emissions luxury performance market, claiming to offer rocketship acceleration, equally brisk charging times, a long battery ra...
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Semiconductor Shortage Crippling Car Supply

Chip makers favouring phone manufacturers
Chip makers favouring computer and smart phone manufacturers.   UPDATE 02/03/21: While many car manufacturers are struggling through a semiconductor chip shortage forcing long production delays, Hyundai has emerged unfazed by the global issue. Sources assert, according to Reuters, that the Hyundai Motor Group (including Kia) kept up its purchasing of semiconductor chips last year, while other manufacturers such as Volkswagen...
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Hyundai Palisade Review

2021 Hyundai Palisade 3.8L V6 review
We judge the base model for competence and value. What is the Hyundai Palisade 3.8L V6? This is the entry-level variant of Hyundai’s new large eight-seat SUV flagship that’s unashamedly big and brash, having been primarily designed for the US market. The Palisade almost stands alone amongst all the big SUVs in Australia. It’s bigger than other large seven-seaters, such as the Mazda CX-9, Kia Sorento and Toyota Kluger, which line up closer with its Santa Fe sibling, and it do...
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New Mazda MX-5 GT RS

New Mazda MX-5 GT RS. a great looking sports car
A favourite served with extra sauce....... Over their various lifecycles, cars, much like people, tend to get bigger, fatter and more ungainly. But just occasionally, a model will buck the trend as if it discovered the chalice of eternal youth. That’s why the ND-generation Mazda MX-5 is one of the most astonishingly good sportscars in recent memory. Instead of piling on the pounds and inches and following the lead of the NB and NC, the ND returned to first principles and, despite...
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New Mercedes-Benz A250e

Mercedes Benz A250e - compact hybrid
A compact hybrid from a quality stable, ... but Value?..... hmmm Depending on your point of view and intended usage, the new Mercedes-Benz A250e sedan plug-in hybrid is likely one of two things. Either a well-sorted daily EV providing the option of longer trips with zero range anxiety and the convenience of a quick petrol refill, or a well-sorted daily EV saddled with lugging around a few hundred kilos of internal combustion engine that...
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Sports Sedan Comparison: Audi A4 v BMW 330i v Lexus IS300

Audi BMW and Lexus sports comarisons
Not convinced of SUV wagons? Here are three great driving and comfort alternatives. Remember vinyl? The LP record? Maybe you don’t. But just as digital formats have taken over the music world, so have new-age packaging and technology alternatives (yes, the SUV and hybrids) colonised the motoring landscape almost to an equivalent extent, largely at the expense of the previously conventional. And yet, here we are, faced with three mid-sized sedans, vinyl throwbacks the lot of the...
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New Mazda CX-9 People Mover Large SUV

Mazda CX-9 luxury people mover
Luxury Plus in this segment of the market...... Mazda’s premium brand crusade seems relentless. A steady upward trajectory in quality, product diversity and refinement took a dramatic up-ramp with the introduction of the BP-generation Mazda 3, putting the company’s small hatchback at the top of the class and its rivals on notice. Ironic that one of the Japanese company’s most affordable models should be the one that elevated Mazda into new premium territory, but the limelight is turning to...
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2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - when is it coming?
Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be unveiled in Australia, but when? The next-generation 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will reportedly make its debut sooner than anticipated, with the German carmaker expected to whip the covers off later this month. The new model has surfaced in camouflage a number of times in recent months, and the speculative rendering above – produced for Russian website Kolesa – offers a glimpse of how its final styling could lo...
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Mercedes-AMG GLS 63

Has the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 too much power?
Is this much power in a very large SUV over the top? There are some cars that are alarmingly fast. The McLaren 720S is one; for very different reasons, the Volkswagen Amarok 580 is another. You can now add the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 to that list, for this new mega SUV is absurd. It also provides Australia’s first exposure to AMG’s new mild-hybrid V8. Need to Know: New 450kW mild-hybrid V8 Seven-seat functionality Incredible levels of techn...
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Vehicle Emission Taxes In France – Could Something Similar Come Here?

Are there more taxes coming?
       Could Australia adopt France’s crippling tax on performance cars? France has announced that its already severe emissions based taxation system will be revised for 2021, with duties more than doubling in certain cases. The result is that combustion-engined hot hatches could prove to be financial non-starters. The country that spawned greats like the Peugeot 205 GTI and the Renault Clio 182 has seen increases result in a new Megane RS costing its first owner as much as ...
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Opinion: A car’s cost is inversely proportional to fun factor

Lamborghini luxury
The concern of "what if I dent it" is sobering....   There’s something bittersweet about handing back the keys to an outrageous supercar or luxury limo. On the one hand, returning something that costs the same as a Toorak two-bed usually marks the end of a few days of motoring ecstasy and a lot of fun. And it also serves as a brooding reminder that, as long as I stay in this line of work, I’ll never call something of ...
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Semiconductor Shortage Creates Havoc

semiconductor shortages
Chip supply is impacting deliveries. Specifically, the world’s chipset manufacturers that ordinarily provide car factories with electronic components are allocating more production to consumer electronics like the popular Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X, personal computers and 5G smartphones. Cruelly, this switch to consumer electronics by chipset manufacturers is a direct reaction to the coronavirus-driven car-manufacturing slump in 2020. In ...
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