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Federal Govt Considers Blowing New Car Dealer And Manufacturer Import Sectors Apart
Federal Govt Considers Blowing New Car Dealer And Manufacturer Import Sectors Apart

Under its review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act (MVSA), the Federal Government has rolled a hand-grenade into the ne...

Apr 17, 2015 (1 year ago)
Open Wide: Competition Policy Review Opens Door To ‘Wide-Scale Grey Imports’
Open Wide: Competition Policy Review Opens Door To ‘Grey Imports’

New Zealand used-car ‘grey import’ model recommended for Australia. Among the 56 Recommendations of The F...

Apr 1, 2015 (1 year ago)
Nightmare On Car Street: The Uber-Effect
Nightmare On Car Street: The Uber-Effect

So, as of its latest capital raising, Uber is now valued at USD$41billion. According to The Wall Street Journal, that va...

Dec 28, 2014 (1 year ago)
FAIL: Roads Designed To Kill, Part 2
FAIL: Roads Designed To Kill, Part 2

Wire-rope Barriers Everywhere: Who Cares About Motorcyclists? (Also see Roads Designed to Kill, Part 1) Wire-ro...

Dec 16, 2014 (1 year ago)
FAIL: Roads Designed To Kill, Part 1
FAIL: Roads Designed To Kill, Part 1

There are three key elements to the ‘road-safety equation’: safer drivers, safer cars and safer roads. It is...

Dec 12, 2014 (1 year ago)

NEWS

What German Rail Company Deutsche Bahn's Plans For Autonomous Cars Tell Us About The Future

TUE, 24 MAY, 2016

The German Government-owned rail system, Deutsche Bahn, is planning to add autonomous cars to its transport service offering.

Fuel Consumption, Emissions Performance And Other Fairy Tales

MON, 23 MAY, 2016

First the Volkswagen Group, then Mitsubishi, and now most recently Suzuki (er… kind of), have admitted to fudging fuel consumption and/or em...

Petrol Prices: “Gouging” Perhaps, Just Don’t Talk About The Tax Cash Cow

WED, 17 FEB, 2016

As of February 1 2016, the excise levied on every litre of petrol we buy is 39.5 cents (cpl).

Ford GT: The Skunkworks Project Signalling A New Direction For ‘One Ford’

FRI, 15 MAY, 2015

There are more than 10 million lines of code sitting behind the complex electronics underpinning the performance and features of the new Ford GT.

Federal Govt Considers Blowing New Car Dealer And Manufacturer Import Sectors Apart

FRI, 17 APR, 2015

Under its review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act (MVSA), the Federal Government has rolled a hand-grenade into the new car dealer and vehicle ma...

Open Wide: Competition Policy Review Opens Door To ‘Wide-Scale Grey Imports’

WED, 1 APR, 2015

New Zealand used-car ‘grey import’ model recommended for Australia.

Hmmm... We Need Your Help

SAT, 24 JAN, 2015

You may have noticed that The Motor Report has been ‘down’, or loading slowly, for the past few days.  On Tuesday night, we cam...

Oil Price Collapse: I Can Buy A Gas-Guzzler, Right?

TUE, 20 JAN, 2015

When it comes to predictions on oil, nearly everyone is wrong most of the time.

Nightmare On Car Street: The Uber-Effect

SUN, 28 DEC, 2014

So, as of its latest capital raising, Uber is now valued at USD$41billion.

FAIL: Roads Designed To Kill, Part 2

TUE, 16 DEC, 2014

Wire-rope Barriers Everywhere: Who Cares About Motorcyclists? (Also see Roads Designed to Kill, Part 1) Wire-rope barriers are contentious.

REVIEWS

Subaru WRX RS40 Features And Specs Review

THU, 21 NOV, 2013

What’s hot: Still one of the best: a terrific hi-performance drive What’s not: A truly drab interior, and they're just about all g...

2014 Toyota Prado Review: GX, GXL, VX And Kakadu

SAT, 16 NOV, 2013

TOYOTA PRADO REVIEW What’s hot: Proven performance, comfortable on-road, brilliant off it.

2014 Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 Sedan Review

THU, 31 OCT, 2013

MERCEDES-BENZ C63 AMG REVIEW Vehicle style: Premium performance large sedan Price: $169,407 (plus on-road costs and charges) Engine/tra...

Nissan Juke Review: ST, ST-S Turbo And Ti-S AWD Turbo

THU, 24 OCT, 2013

NISSAN JUKE REVIEW What’s hot: ‘Out there’ styling, appealing prices, potent turbo models.

New Fiat Panda TwinAir Turbo Review: Diary Of An Italian Drive - Day 3

TUE, 22 OCT, 2013

FIAT PANDA TWINAIR TURBO REVIEW DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 Three days, the Panda TwinAir is fitting like a glove.

New Fiat Panda TwinAir Turbo Review: Diary Of An Italian Drive - Day 2

MON, 21 OCT, 2013

FIAT PANDA TWINAIR TURBO REVIEW DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 This is going to put the little Panda to the test: from Sulmona nestled at the base of ...

New Fiat Panda TwinAir Turbo Review: Diary Of An Italian Drive - Day 1

SAT, 19 OCT, 2013

FIAT PANDA TWINAIR TURBO REVIEW DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 Picked up the new Fiat Panda 0.9-litre TwinAir turbo from GianniniAutomobili ...

2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe Review: 420d, 428i And 435i

THU, 17 OCT, 2013

BMW 4 SERIES REVIEW What’s hot: Beautiful long wide styling; fabulous chassis and handling What’s not: Vague ‘Comfort’ ...

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Review

FRI, 11 OCT, 2013

2014 CLA45 AMG REVIEW What’s hot: Slippery body, riotous power, and grip to make your nose bleed What’s not: Exhaust has been &lsqu...

New Mazda3 First Drive Review

THU, 10 OCT, 2013

MAZDA3 REVIEW What’s hot: Great lines, on-road zest and classy interior.

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