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Ford Mustang continues to dominate international sports car market - CarAdvice
The Ford Mustang remains the world’s most popular sports car, with 80,577 examples reported as sold during 2020. Despite the total number of sales shrinking year-on-year, the model – which is offer...
The Ford Mustang remains the world’s most popular sports car, with 80,577 examples reported as sold during 2020. Despite the total number of sales shrinking year-on-year, the model – which is offered in coupe and convertible guise – grew its overall market share by 0.3 per cent. In 2019 102,090 examples of the Mustang were sold, representing 14.8 per cent of the international sports car market. In 2020 the decline to 80,577 was still enough to corner 15.1 per cent of the market. In 2020 2923 examples of the Ford Mustang were reported as sold in Australia alone, according to figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. While this was 26 per cent fewer than sold locally in 2019 (3948), it was still enough to comfortably take out the top spot. For the reference, the Hyundai Veloster – which was the second best-selling sports car in Australia last year – found just 639 buyers over the same time period. The highly-regarded Mazda MX-5 convertible, meanwhile, found just 457 new owners.
2021 Toyota GR Yaris Rallye launch review - CarAdvice
The Toyota GR Yaris is the hot hatch of the moment, but there are two models – and we reckon this is the real one. Here’s why.
The Toyota GR Yaris is the hot hatch of the moment, but there are two models and we reckon this is the real one. Heres why. Pros and Cons Pros
- World's most powerful three-cylinder engine
- Epic grip and agility from the Michelin rubber
- Climbs out of corners thanks to the LSDs
- Rallye edition likely to be more collectible
- Close to $60,000 drive-away is a big ask
- High driver's seating position
- Cramped cabin for a car in this price range
- Exhaust could be a touch louder
|2021 Toyota GR Yaris Rallye|
|Engine||1.6-litre (1618cc) turbocharged three-cylinder|
|Power||200kW @ 6500rpm|
|Torque||370Nm @ 3000–4600rpm|
|Drive type||All-wheel drive|
|Fuel claim, combined (ADR)||7.6L/100km|
|Fuel use on test||9.2L/100km|
|Boot volume (rear seats up/down)||141L/737L|
|ANCAP safety rating||Not tested|
|Warranty||Five years/unlimited km|
|Main competitors||Honda Civic Type-R | Ford Fiesta ST | Mini Cooper JCW|
|Price (excluding on-road costs)||$54,500|
Rare 1974 Holden Torana L34 SL/R 5000 listed for sale, more than $750,000 expected - CarAdvice
A rare 1974 Holden Torana L34 SL/R 5000 has been listed for sale, with price expectations "in excess of $750,000." The high-performance L34 variant was a homologation special introduced by Holden t...
A rare 1974 Holden Torana L34 SL/R 5000 has been listed for sale, with price expectations "in excess of $750,000." The high-performance L34 variant was a homologation special introduced by Holden two years after scrapping the originally planned V8-powered Torana during the infamous "supercar scare" of 1972. It went on to win the Bathurst 1000 on two occasions. This example is one of just 263 built. Drive comes from a retrofitted 1979 Tate 308 motor with unknown outputs, however the car's original 5.0-litre V8 is also included in the listing. This sends a claimed 183kW/429Nm to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission. The cars factory-fitted front seats – which have been replaced with Momo racing bucket seats – are also supplied with the sale. MORE: Holden Torana SL/R 5000 A9X with low mileage sells for $425,000 The Torana is painted in a special order "Sebring Orange," reportedly created exclusively for Bob Jane’s Southern Motors dealership. Just five other cars are known to have been painted in the hue. A spokesperson for Lloyds Auctioneers – which is facilitating the sale – told CarAdvice: "As many Holden enthusiasts would know, the Torana L34 is special in its own right, but then for this particular car to be a special-order colour just adds to the rarity and significance." "We expect it to fetch an amount in the vicinity of $750,000, if not more," the spokesperson continued. At the time of publishing, the top bid sits at $205,000.
Federal government rules out electric vehicle subsidies for private buyers, industry reacts - CarAdvice
The federal government has ruled out subsidising private electric vehicle (EV) purchases – however, it may incentivise businesses to invest in zero-emission fleets. The 40-page Future Fuels Strateg...
Australias Electric Vehicle Council said the 40-page Future Fuels Strategy discussion paper was 'very disappointing.' The federal government has ruled out subsidising private electric vehicle (EV) purchases – however, it may incentivise businesses to invest in zero-emission fleets. The 40-page Future Fuels Strategy discussion paper – published today – outlines the Federal Government’s automotive policy platform, and suggests a focus will be placed on “enabling consumer choice, stimulating industry development, and reducing emissions in the road transport sector.” "Fleets are an effective pathway for early adoption of new vehicle technologies," the publication notes. "Uptake in fleet vehicles can help all Australians become more familiar with new technologies. For instance, many Australians’s first experience with a hybrid vehicle was in a taxi or company vehicle, and they are now becoming increasingly popular with private purchasers," it continues. "Fleet purchasing could also stimulate the second hand market for new vehicle technologies. Businesses generally replace vehicles on a more regular basis than private buyers, which in turn provides a supply of vehicles to the second hand market at lower prices." The document argues bolstering private electric-car uptake through taxpayer-funded subsidies would be an inefficient and ineffective way to reduce emissions. Instead, the report said, a primary focus will be placed on "expanding charging infrastructure, promoting adoption of commercial fleets, increasing battery integration, supporting manufacturing, and improving public education." Tony Weber – chief executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) – told CarAdvice he believed the discussion paper represented a "step in the right direction." In an official statement, the FCAI said: “The announcement presents a strong position with regards to the government desire to let the market determine the direction and uptake of new technology while supporting its growth through investment in infrastructure and the removal of any barriers that discourage vehicle technology development and adoption.” The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) – which represents more than 7 million motorists as the peak body for motoring clubs such as the NRMA, RACV and RACQ – said: “[the Future Fuels Strategy] outlines a sensible principles-based approach, and five priority areas of activity capable of driving uptake of electric and other zero and low emission vehicles in Australia.” However, Behyad Jafari – chief executive of Australia’s Electric Vehicle Council – told CarAdvice the proposal was "very disappointing." "This paper effectively says the government should just do nothing – as a result, that’s exactly what will happen ... nothing.” "Every other major country subsidises electric vehicles, so it’s pretty shocking the minister seems to think he knows better, and it's everyone else who is wrong." According to the most recent VFACTS report, sales of electric vehicles (not including Tesla, which does not supply figures) increased 146.6 per cent year-on-year in January 2021, with 296 cars reported as sold in the month compared to just 120 12 months earlier. This figure represents just 0.3 per cent of all new cars sold for January 2021, the same as last year. CarAdvice has approached a Federal Government spokesperson for further comment – this story will be updated with their response. You can read the full Future Fuels Strategy discussion paper here. To have your say on electric vehicle policy and uptake you can submit an offical response to the discussion paper here. MORE: Everything electric vehiclesMORE: Everything federal government
2021 Maserati Quattroporte price and specs - CarAdvice
Pricing and specifications for the 2021 Maserati Quattroporte have been revealed, with a spate of subtle styling and tech updates introduced for the new year.Up front, Maserati's flagship sedan pic...
Pricing and specifications for the 2021 Maserati Quattroporte have been revealed, with a spate of subtle styling and tech updates introduced for the new year.Up front, Maserati's flagship sedan picks up a new grille – this is finished in chrome on GranLusso vehicles or piano black on GranSport variants.At the rear end, the Quattroporte also incorporates the brand's new 'boomerang' taillight cluster, which draws inspiration from the 3200 GT of the 1990s. Moving inside the cabin, the central infotainment screen now measures 10.1 inches corner-to-corner (up from 8.4 inches on outgoing models) – this runs on Maserati's updated Android-based operating system, and features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A reworked instrument cluster now sits behind the steering wheel, and comprises an all-new 7.0-inch TFT display alongside an analog speedometer and tachometer. All updated Quattroporte models also now feature the brand's Active Driving Assist, which works with the adaptive cruise control system to centre the car in its lane and maintain a safe distance from the car in front, at speeds up to 145km/h. Two powertrain options – both derived from the same 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 – are presently on offer. The entry-level unit – available in base, GranLusso or GranSport trim – produces 257kW and 500Nm, sent to the road via an eight-speed automatic transmission. It permits acceleration from zero to 100km/h in a claimed 5.5 seconds. Meanwhile, the uptuned S variants (available only in GranLusso or GranSport form) develop 316kW and 580Nm – enough to launch the car from zero to 100km/h in a claimed 5.0 seconds.
'Last' Holden Commodore sells for $750,000, but final car to roll off the production line remains in museum - CarAdvice
The ‘last’ Holden Commodore has sold at auction today for a staggering $750,000 – as US giant General Motors clarifies the mystery behind two identical examples claiming to be the final Australian-...
The Holden Commodore with the last serial number has sold at auction for $750,000 today. The ‘last’ Holden Commodore has sold at auction today for a staggering $750,000 – as US giant General Motors clarifies the mystery behind two identical examples claiming to be the final Australian-made car. The red Commodore V8 sedan sold by Lloyds Auctions today was the last serial number to be allocated to an Australian-made Holden – and the final vehicle to go through the Adelaide factory’s body assembly and paint shop. After bidding started at $305,000 the hammer fell this afternoon at $750,000 after almost half an hour of offers received online and via the phone. The sale price is more than 10 times the car's $65,000 showroom cost in 2017. The car sold today was originally bought by a Holden factory worker after he learned the final car to roll off the assembly line in a ceremony for workers and the media was in fact not the last serial number. However, US giant General Motors says it owns the real last Australian-made car, an identical red Holden Commodore V8. The vehicle retained by General Motors – currently on display in the National Motor Museum in Birdwood, about 50km north-east of Adelaide – was the last Holden Commodore to ceremoniously roll off the production line on the final day, 20 October 2017 (pictured below). The red Holden Commodore V8 sold at auction today – and which was allocated the final serial number – was sent to a dealer in Melbourne to be sold as a regular customer car. However, the Holden factory worker traced the vehicle and placed an order over the phone, requesting the delivery stickers and other protective covers be left on the car. He had the vehicle trucked from Melbourne to Adelaide; it sold today with the number plates FINL-01 with just 102km on the odometer. A media statement issued by General Motors overnight said: “The Commodore on loan to the National Motor Museum in South Australia was the last car that ran down the General Assembly line and is not for sale.” General Motors said the Holden Commodore on display has the serial number ending in 333542, whereas the identical example sold at auction today has a serial number ending in 333644. On the final day of production – 19 October 2017 – it is understood Holden built a handful of identical red Commodore V8s, any of which could have become the last car. However, the one with the best panel fit and paint finish was selected as the last vehicle to roll off the line in front of the media and employees on 20 October 2017. General Motors says the red Holden Commodore V8 it retained as the last car (pictured below) was “the last body to enter the General Assembly plant and go down the assembly line receiving all of its components via the standard production process”. However, the car giant confirmed the red Holden Commodore V8 sold at auction today was “the last body to leave the bodyshop and enter/exit the paintshop – not to come off the general assembly line.” A statement by General Motors said: “Therefore, and very importantly from a heritage perspective, the vehicle in the National Motor Museum in Birdwood SA (serial number ending in 333542) is absolutely the last Holden.” Last year, the owner of the red Holden Commodore V8 sold at auction today, Alex Kyriakopoulos, told WhichCar magazine: “With my car the last to be framed up, last to be allocated a (serial number) and last through the paint shop – and the media car being the final vehicle to be completed and come off the line, both are the ‘Last Car’ in their own respects.” He added: “Some would argue the media car holds that title, some would say it’s mine. All I know is that together, both cars are for the workers, Holden fans, car lovers and anyone interested in Australian automotive history.” Which of the two red Commodores is the last of the 7,687,675 vehicles to be made locally by Holden is now a debate for the ages. MORE: All our Holden closure coverage in one clickMORE: The real last Holden Commodore built was bought by a factory worker