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Month: January 2023

Superb Article About Auto Repair That Will Really Educate You

Superb Article About Auto Repair That Will Really Educate You

Dealing with auto repairs isn’t easy, but it can much easier with the tips and advice you’re about to read. No one wants to find out that their car needs work done. However, it doesn’t have to break your bank or make you want to rip your hair out in the moment.

Make sure you get quality parts to fix your car. You can usually get better prices if you get used parts from a junk yard but there is no way of knowing how long these parts will last. Do not hesitate to spend more on brand new parts that come with a guarantee.

Read your owner’s manual thoroughly if you want to save money on auto repair. In this manual, you can find a lot of tips and tricks that can get your car back into gear and save you a trip to the mechanic. Fixing issues on … Read more

This week in news: January 2-6 2023

This week in news: January 2-6 2023

Happy new year!

We publish a ton of car news stories during the working week (70-odd as a rule), and it can be tough to keep up with everything – which is the rationale behind this weekend list.

In short, here are some key articles from our news desk since Monday of this week summarised, just in case you missed them at the time.

Results are in!

New vehicle sales grew 3.0 per cent in 2022 despite widely publicised supply issues, finishing up at around 1.08 million units for the calendar year.

Annual sales data (VFACTS) shows that 1,081,429 new cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were delivered in 2022, making it the best result since 2018 when 1,153,111 vehicles were sold.

Industry-wide sales for December 2022 jumped 12.1 per cent, giving the market some momentum heading into the new calendar year.

MORE: Australia’s new car sales results for 2022


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Tesla cuts Model 3 and Model Y prices in Australia

Tesla cuts Model 3 and Model Y prices in Australia

Tesla has cut the pricing of its entire range of electric vehicles by up to $3400.

Pricing for the Model 3 sedan has fallen between $1600 and $3100, depending on the variant, with the range now starting at $63,900 before on-road costs for the RWD and extending to $89,900 before on-roads and Luxury Car Tax for the Performance.

Pricing for the Model Y SUV on the other hand has dropped between $1800 and $3400, depending on the variant, with the range now starting at $68,900 before on-road costs for the RWD and extending to $94,900 before on-roads and LCT for the Performance.

This comes around six months after Tesla last increased the asking pricing of the Model 3 and Model Y.

There are also a number of options that have had their prices slashed, including:

  • Red multi-coat paint: $2400 (-$500)
  • Model 3 19-inch Sport wheels: $1800
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The Best Advice About Repairing Your Car

The Best Advice About Repairing Your Car

You can feel an instant jolt and a loss of power when you’re stripped of your automobile. After all, it’s how you get to work and everywhere else you want to go. What are you going to do? You shouldn’t worry, and instead you should use the following information to help you along the way when making decisions regarding auto repairs.

If you hear a squealing sound when you step on your brakes, it is likely that you need new brake pads or rotors. Do not wait to have a mechanic check your brakes. There will be more damage to pay for and it is also dangerous to drive your car if your brakes are not functioning properly.

Checking and repairing the air conditioning in your car is quite complex. If you need to have it checked or fixed, find a mechanic with an air conditioning certification. The gas used … Read more

BYD reveals luxury electric SUV brand

BYD reveals luxury electric SUV brand

BYD’s promised premium sub-brand has launched its first vehicle, the Yangwang U8, a rugged-looking SUV in the mould of the Land Rover Defender – but with four electric motors.

Reports from the launch in China today show an upright design with a blingy grille, headlights rather like a Nissan Patrol, squared-off wheel arches with sheet metal blistering, aerodynamic flush door handles, and a chunky D-pillar ahead of the tailgate-mounted spare wheel.

But rather than being mechanically like a Defender it’s more akin to the upcoming all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQG, though at a reported 5300mm it’s longer even than a GLS.

The new Yangwang U8 will reportedly use an in-house four-motor EV system, using four (IP68 sealed) electric motors to drive each wheel directly and a central control unit.

Such a system theoretically gives you much quicker and more precise torque allocation, and even the ability to pull off a 360-degree

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20 coolest concept cars from 2022

20 coolest concept cars from 2022

Concept cars. We all love them, both for what they themselves offer and for what they promise.

Last year had some crackers, previewing the next generation of largely electrified and connected vehicles before they hit the road.

From near production-ready glimpses through to moonshot passion projects, here we check out 20 that grabbed our attention – with no more than one per brand.

Audi A6 Avant e-tron

Revealed March 2022

Audi has been rolling out a series of near-production concept cars, headlined by the A6 Avant e-tron concept, which previews the future of the four-ringed brand’s luxury wagons.

It foreshadows a road-going model with a 800V charging system and 700km driving range, and proves that while SUVs are all the rage, there’s a tomorrow for the humble estate.

MORE: Audi keeps the wagon alive with A6 Avant e-tron EV concept

BMW iX Flow featuring E Ink

Revealed January 2022


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10 cool cars we can’t buy in Australia

10 cool cars we can’t buy in Australia

Australia is one of the most cluttered car markets in the world, with more than 50 brands fighting for barely a million sales a year.

But even though we’re frankly spoiled for choice, that doesn’t mean we don’t miss out on things that would in all likelihood do great business here.

Often there are reasons why Australian dealers get overlooked: Maybe there’s no business case for right-hand drive production, maybe there’s excessive demand from other regions sucking up all the supply, perhaps local Design Rules throw a spanner in the works.

But hey, let’s have a little fun with it and suggest one vehicle that each of the market’s top 10 brands by sales should bring to Australia, which they presently don’t offer (nor plan to). Yes there are logical explanations, but let’s look past that!

The top 10 brands list is current to the time of writing, meaning January

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