Australia Motoring
Rolls-Royce lifts the lid on what customers do to their cars
Detroit motor show: Xmotion prototype previews Nissan’s SUV future
Subaru WRX STI Spec R takes on Volkswagen Golf R
Volvo XC60 R-Design T8 2018 review - Dauer: 11 Minuten
Australian woman receives $221,000 petrol bill after filling up at Costco
Ford EcoSport given midlife nip and tuck
BP plan to buy Australian petrol pump network blocked
Rolls-Royce lifts the lid on what customers do to their cars
2018-01-17 05:44:08 THE ultimate luxury cruiser simply won’t do for Australian Rolls-Royce owners. The British-based carmaker has affirmed “virtually all” of the 45 local buyers last year ordered bespoke versions of their cars. The process involves flying to the Goodwood factory — or having a consultant fly out — and can be as simple as a specific paint colour or as complex as having a coach-built body handcrafted to really stand out from the crowd   Read More ...
Lexus unveils LF-1 Limitless concept at Detroit motor show
2018-01-16 01:35:03 Lexus has flagged it will follow BMW and Mercedes-Benz into the coupe SUV market by unveiling the LF-1 Limitless concept in Detroit. The brand has dubbed the concept a “flagship crossover”, which suggests it will line up against BMW’s X6 and Mercedes’ GLE coupe at the top of the Lexus SUV range. The concept also flags a retreat from the heavily sculpted styling of previous Lexuses, although the huge “spindle” grille is maintained   Read More ...
Detroit motor show: Xmotion prototype previews Nissan’s SUV future
2018-01-16 01:06:00 Nissan says the chunky concept revealed at the show is “a design exploration for a potentially groundbreaking compact SUV, building on the company’s long history of cutting-edge crossovers and SUVs”. The Xmotion (pronounced cross motion) uses a three-row layout with the seats separated by a wooden centre console inspired by traditional Japanese crafts that extends the length of the prototype. The “4+2” layout has the third row seats reserved for children or pets with a retractable rooftop box to carry cargo when all seats are in use   Read More ...
Scrap registration fees, taxes on electric cars, industry urges
2018-01-15 08:09:56 The federal government is "far behind the curve" on cutting dangerous vehicle pollution and should scrap registration fees and other upfront costs for electric vehicles, a national body representing some of the world's biggest car makers says. It comes amid calls for the Turnbull government to release a long overdue plan to cut vehicle emissions in Australia, two years after public consultation began   Read More ...
Australia’s best-selling vehicle grows to counter new rivals
2018-01-15 01:33:43 Toyota has responded to the imminent arrival of everything from the Ford Ranger Raptor to the Mercedes-Benz X-Class by launching the Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X variants. Four-wheel-drive utes are the fastest growing segment in the country and mum-and-dad buyers are increasingly wanting more luxury and/or more performance. The $54,440 SR5 heads the HiLux line-up for now and is the most popular version in the range as increasing numbers of private buyers enter the ute segment   Read More ...
Subaru’s suspension problem knocked for six
2018-01-14 00:04:30 Ron Dillon, email. You’re not alone but help is at hand ... HE JUST LINKED THE DOTS. Mark Poelczer, email. EXTEND AND UPSELL. What do you think of advertising new-car warranties of seven or eight years? Most people may know that the new-car warranty is three or five years, and the added term is a dealer warranty, which does not include the coverage of a true new-car warranty   Read More ...
How to drive fast in a Subaru WRX STI - Dauer: 14 Minuten
2018-01-12 15:07:38 Patience. That’s a concept Alborz doesn't explore too often, but being on a racetrack and in the driver’s seat of a Subaru WRX STI with a professional rally   Read More ...
Woman robbed at gunpoint walking home from Brisbane service station
2018-01-12 09:11:14 A young woman has been robbed at gunpoint by multiple men in a ute while walking home from an outer-Brisbane service station that had also been held up by bandits earlier in the day. The initial incident happened at a service station on Sumners Roads in Riverhills about 2.30am on Friday when two men, armed with a hammer and machete, forced their way into the business by smashing the glass doors   Read More ...
Men rob petrol station armed with machete and large rock
2018-01-12 00:15:49 A terrified petrol station worker has been held up by two men armed with a machete and a large rock in Melbourne's south-east. The men, who used T-shirts to cover their faces, stormed the United service station on Heatherton Road in Narre Warren North just after 4am on Friday. They threatened the male attendant and demanded cash before stealing the till containing $300 and running away   Read More ...
Men rob petrol station armed with machete and large rock
2018-01-12 00:11:38 A terrified petrol station worker has been held up by two men armed with a machete and a large rock in Melbourne's south-east. The men, who used T-shirts to cover their faces, stormed the United service station on Heatherton Road in Narre Warren North just after 4am on Friday. They threatened the male attendant and demanded cash before stealing the till containing $300 and running away   Read More ...
Alleged barefoot bandit charged over service station armed robbery in south-east
2018-01-11 13:14:45 An alleged barefoot armed robber has been charged by police over a service station hold-up in Melbourne's south-east that ended with a luxury car being smashed into other vehicles. Police were called to the intersection of Elizabeth Street and the South Gippsland Highway in Cranbourne North about 1.20pm on Sunday, following reports a man wielding a handgun had robbed a convenience store and fled with an undisclosed sum of cash   Read More ...
'Its time for them to start paying': New York City sues fossil fuel giants over climate change
2018-01-11 10:20:09 When Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing from the Paris climate change agreement in 2017, experts predicted that American cities and states would go it alone and continue to introduce policies to deal with the Earth’s rising temperatures, without federal leadership. Six months later, New York City is doing just that, in a big way. The New York City government has announced its plans to sue the world’s five biggest fossil fuel companies over their contribution to climate change, and the city will be divesting $5 billion from the fossil fuel industry   Read More ...
Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell SUV: CES walkaround - Dauer: 93 Sekunden
2018-01-11 10:07:57 The Hyundai Nexo fuel-cell SUV has been revealed this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), ahead of a launch in select markets later this year. Learn   Read More ...
TomTom announces mapping technology that will revolutionise how driverless cars operate on our streets
2018-01-10 12:12:07 While the once-revolutionary product might have faded into obscurity, the company has shifted its focus and has announced a game-changing map delivery service that enables vehicles to build a horizon for the road ahead by streaming the latest data from the TomTom cloud. So essentially the company is helping map the roads for autonomous vehicles in real-time. TomTom chief executive Harold Goddijin said navigation had also been the key to driving, its purpose is just evolving   Read More ...
E2 - Panel Beaters LIVE by CarAdvice - Dauer: 48 Minuten
2018-01-09 00:04:12 Panel Beaters, the live CarAdvice panel show is live on the first Wednesday of each month and we're back again for episode two. We’ll be calling on you to pr   Read More ...
Truck catches fire dangerously close to service station in Melbourne’s west
2018-01-09 00:03:56 Huge flames and plumes of smoke could be seen from the Western Freeway at Rockbank after a semi-trailer caught fire, dangerously close to a service station. “There is a truck on fire at a BP service station in the Rockbank area,” he said. “Luckily it was in the truck parking area which is a bit further down than the service station   Read More ...
How to drive on gravel - Dauer: 3 Minuten, 42 Sekunden
2018-01-08 12:30:52 Marcus Craft gives you the low-down on driving on gravel and dirt tracks. Find more advice here: Find an off-road SUV here: CarsGuide - Go beyond the test drive Check us out: www.carsguide.com.au Subscribe to our channel: Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook: See our Instagram: We're on Google+:   Read More ...
Fill up now: RACQ warns fuel prices to jump by 20 cents per litre in 'blink of an eye'
2018-01-08 11:10:07 The state's peak motoring body has urged south-east Queensland drivers to get in gear and fill up their fuel tanks as soon as possible, with prices expected to jump about 20¢ per litre. RACQ spokeswoman Renee Smith said the low point of the fuel cycle was expected this week, but then prices were predicted to increase to almost $1.50 "in the blink of an eye"   Read More ...
When to use low-range in your 4WD - Dauer: 3 Minuten, 34 Sekunden
2018-01-05 12:23:07 Marcus Craft explains when, and how, to engage low-range in your 4WD when you're off-roading. See more at the CarsGuide advice hub: Check out off-road 4WD drives here: CarsGuide - Go beyond the test drive Check us out: www.carsguide.com.au Subscribe to our channel: Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook: See our Instagram: We're on Google+:   Read More ...
Brisbane hit with most expensive petrol in three years
2018-01-04 21:14:31 Brisbane has been slugged with the most expensive unleaded petrol prices in more than three years. The latest data released by the state’s peak motoring body revealed the average unleaded petrol price for December in Brisbane was 141.9 cents per litre (cpl), making Brisbane the most expensive capital city in Australia to fill up. RACQ spokeswoman Renee Smith said Brisbane’s petrol price was outrageous   Read More ...
Subaru WRX STI Spec R takes on Volkswagen Golf R
2018-01-04 16:10:12 Value. . The flagship STI Spec R is $63,800 drive-away. In addition to the new model’s 19-inch wheels and six-piston Brembo front brakes, it gains a massive rear wing and heated Recaro front seats with power adjustment for the driver. Servicing costs are insanely high ($2295 over three years) and it requires a check-up every six months. Warranty is three years/unlimited km   Read More ...
Australia new vehicle sales end record 2017 with Dec bounce-industry
2018-01-04 00:40:42 SYDNEY, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Australian new vehicle sales hit a record for both December and all of 2017 as demand for sports utilities showed no sign of cooling, while strong sales of commercial vehicles pointed to solid business spending. The Australian Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries’ VFACTS report on Thursday showed 102,820 new vehicles were sold in December, up a healthy 4   Read More ...
Volvo XC60 R-Design T8 2018 review - Dauer: 11 Minuten
2018-01-03 12:23:03 Richard Berry road tests and reviews the Volvo XC60 R-Design T8 with specs, fuel consumption and verdict. Read Richard's full review here: See more at the CarsGuide XC60 hub: Check out other hybrid SUVs here: CarsGuide - Go beyond the test drive Check us out: www.carsguide.com.au Subscribe to our channel: Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook: See our Instagram: We're on Google+:   Read More ...
Porsche and Mercedes drivers caught drag racing in Melbourne’s south-east
2018-01-03 00:03:58 Drivers of two high-end cars have been caught drag racing more at more than 140km/h in Melbourne’s south-east overnight. Police say they saw a Mercedes C200 station wagon and a Porsche 911 convertible speed off from the lights at the intersection of North Road and the Princes Highway in Clayton, just before midnight. The pair took off east along Wellington Road, racing side-by-side allegedly reaching speeds of more than 140km/h in an 80 zone   Read More ...
Driverless cars could be better or worse for our health — it's up to you
2018-01-02 22:10:38 Driverless cars — autonomous vehicles — are coming. The topic is a constant presence in media; The New York Times Magazine recently devoted most of an issue to it. The technological imperative is strong: if we have the technology, we have to use it. The economic imperative is even stronger. Many industries see big dollar signs. Governments want to be somewhat cautious, but they don't want to be left behind   Read More ...
2018 Nissan Qashqai review - Dauer: 3 Minuten, 29 Sekunden
2018-01-02 20:02:22 The facelifted 2018 Qashqai gets a fresh look, more kit and new tech. It's a good thing, but is it a standout option in the small SUV segment?   Read More ...
Australian woman receives $221,000 petrol bill after filling up at Costco
2017-12-31 10:03:16 An Australian woman is shocked to discover she has been charged more than A$201,000 (NZ$221,000) to fill her car with petrol at Costco in the lead up to Christmas. It might be common to see a surge in fuel prices around the festive season as drivers hit the road, but not to levels this extreme. When Tina Tian went to the Costco service station in Majura Park, Canberra, on December 19 to fill up before driving to visit family in Queensland, she thought she was paying A$126 (NZ$138   Read More ...
Canberra woman receives $200K petrol bill after filling up at Costco
2017-12-30 14:07:09 A Gungahlin resident was shocked to discover she had been charged more than $200,000 to fill her car with petrol at Costco in the lead up to Christmas. It might be common to see a surge in fuel prices around the festive season as drivers hit the road, but not to levels this extreme. When Tina Tian went to the Costco service station in Majura Park on December 19 to fill up before driving to visit family in Queensland, she thought she was paying $126 for fuel using her credit card   Read More ...
Ford Rangers, Mazda BT-50s recalled as farmers report spot fires from new utes
2017-12-29 06:09:33 A farmer in western Victoria says a fire started by his new ute, a model recently recalled by the manufacturers, will cost him millions of dollars in damage. More than 70,000 current-model Ford Ranger PXIIs and are affected in the official safety recall, some of which are still being sold to customers. The recall began in late December due to a fire risk caused by a diesel particulate filter operating at very high temperatures in the undercarriage   Read More ...
Why is petrol so expensive? Global oil deals and the Reserve Bank's dilemma
2017-12-27 08:12:41 As the year draws to an end, it doesn't look like motorists will get much relief, with petrol prices around their highest levels since January. The most recent figures from the Australian Institute of Petroleum reveal unleaded petrol was retailing for 143.2 cents per litre in mid-December (on a national average weekly basis). That's about 12 per cent higher than the start of the year, when motorists were refuelling for 126   Read More ...
Ford Escape Trend FWD 2018 review: long term - Dauer: 6 Minuten, 4 Sekunden
2017-12-26 12:15:09 Malcolm Flynn road tests and reviews the Ford Escape Trend FWD with specs, fuel consumption and verdict after spending six months living with one. See more at the CarsGuide Escape hub: Check out other family SUVs here: CarsGuide - Go beyond the test drive Check us out: www.carsguide.com.au Subscribe to our channel: Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook: See our Instagram: We're on Google+:   Read More ...
2017 Audi Q7 v Velar v Discovery | Best Luxury SUV Over $80,000 - Dauer: 4 Minuten, 32 Sekunden
2017-12-25 12:20:01 2017 Drive Car of the Year: Best Luxury SUV Over $80,000 Which prestige offering will take out our new high-end SUV title?   Read More ...
2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition road and track drive - Dauer: 5 Minuten, 44 Sekunden
2017-12-24 00:01:32 The Ford Focus RS Limited Edition is an upgraded version of the Blue Oval hot-hatch we’ve loved since it was released in mid 2016. It lifts the price tag fro   Read More ...
Motorcycle crash risk link to older riders getting back on their bikes
2017-12-23 03:07:20 "You are a long time dead. You can't do much after so enjoy it while you can," said David Williams, 69, explaining why he returned to motorbike riding in his late 40s to relieve the stress of his high-powered job. Mr Williams, now secretary of the Sydney chapter of the Ulysses Club for motorbike riders older than 40, rides two to three times a week, enjoying the "wind in his face" and riding with others from different backgrounds   Read More ...
Canberra's petrol prices to remain high over Christmas despite drops around country
2017-12-22 14:12:38 Canberrans are the most likely to be stung with high petrol prices this Christmas, despite prices easing across the rest of the country. That's according to analysis by , which analysed the average cents per litre of unleaded petrol from September 17 to December 17 across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra. Canberra's average price over the last quarter the highest of the major capital cities at 137   Read More ...
Fuel for thought: Petrol prices reach three-year highs as businesses face Christmas crunch
2017-12-20 12:24:22 Just as retail and tourism trade heats up ahead of Christmas, along comes a spike in petrol prices to pour fuel on the flames. Commsec’s latest petrol price report shows the national average retail price now sits at 143.2 cents a litre, up seven cents on last week. And it’s metropolitan prices spiking the most, up 9.8 cents last week to reach 144   Read More ...
Cryptocurrency cars: Perth Bitcoin group invests in exotic rides
2017-12-20 07:09:17 A Perth Bitcoin start-up is seeking to redefine the way cryptocurrency investors park the value of their digital tokens by investing in exotic cars like Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Bugattis. As Bitcoin itself rides a surge in value with peaks and troughs and crashes coming fast and furious, BitCar is seeking to diversify the range of investments afforded by cryptocurrencies through offering exotic cars as an investment vehicle   Read More ...
2018 Ford Endura/Edge Sport review: On the Edge in LA - Dauer: 6 Minuten, 39 Sekunden
2017-12-20 05:08:13 Unlike Holden, which never managed to engineer and build an SUV locally, Ford hit the ground running with the Ford Territory. It was a sales success for the   Read More ...
Perth's petrol price pain set for Christmas reprieve
2017-12-20 03:58:50 Perth's petrol price pain could be over in time for Christmas. Petrol prices soared to a three-year high earlier this month with the Perth metropolitan average about 147.5 cents, but there is finally good news for local motorists looking to fill up for their Christmas road trip. According to Compare the Market, the Perth metropolitan average is expected to steady in the lead-up to Christmas and remain around 132   Read More ...
Ford EcoSport given midlife nip and tuck
2017-12-19 07:33:55 The spare is about to be plucked from the back of the EcoSport as part of a midlife update that brings some visual tweaks, more equipment and a $2000 higher entry price. The price increase results from Ford dropping the unpopular manual version of the car in favour of a conventional automatic. The troublesome dual-clutch transmission has also gone. A new 1   Read More ...