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China is the world’s leading EV market, and has some impressive local models. For years now we’ve heard talk of electric vehicles changing the world, although Australia is significantly behind the curve with EV sales making up just 1.6 ...

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In an industry full of players old and new, car design is a critical step for a brand to take to set itself apart and establish its own identity. Exceptional ones even go on to become global icons. Today we ...

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Are you ready to plug in to the future? What does PHEV stand for?  ‘PHEV’ stands for ‘Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle’, a type of electrified vehicle that has both an internal-combustion engine (ICE) and a battery-powered electric motor, combining ...

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Do electric cars actually save you money? When debating the pros and cons of electric cars vs petrol cars, cost and how much money you can save is the thing most often discussed.  Due to electric vehicles (EVs) being ...

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If you don’t need a full 12 months’ of cover a short-term policy may be the best option. Find out more in our guide… Most standard car insurance policies run for 12 months, but not everyone requires long-term cover and ...

Best cars for three child car seats: the verdict

Fitting three child seats into a car can be a challenge, so we’ve put 16 SUVs and MPVs to the test to find out which ones are most suitable… What Car? says… Size doesn’t necessarilymatter when it comes to a ...

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Car insurance can be a big expense, so it’s important to find out up front which is the best type of cover for you… There are three types of long-term car insurance, offering different levels of cover – and varying ...

Best cars for three child car seats

Fitting three child seats into a car can be a challenge, so we’ve put 16 SUVs and MPVs to the test to find out which ones are most suitable… A recent survey revealed that having three children was the most ...

Best large SUVs for three child car seats

Fitting three child seats into a car can be a challenge, so we’ve put 16 SUVs and MPVs to the test to find out which ones are most suitable… Large SUVs have replaced MPVs as the favourite of family buyers, but ...

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Everything you need to know about driving licence penalty points, including how long they stay on your licence and how you can get them removed… If you commit a motoring offence in the UK, you’re likely to get points on ...

Drink driving laws in Australia: Everything you need to know

Drink driving laws and punishment varies from state-to-state. It’s been nearly 40 years since random breath testing and the famous ‘booze bus’ became a part of Australian driving. In that time road deaths from alcohol-related accidents have dropped dramatically, ...

The ten cheapest hybrid cars in Australia

The 10 most affordable hybrids in Australia. If you’re on the hunt for a cheap car, then a hybrid electric vehicle should be a strong contender when sizing up possibilities, since the savings continue well after you decide to ...

Motul Redefines Power and Performance with New Version of Flagship 300V Motor Oil

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Top five electric SUVs in Australia

The SUV for the EV generation In the car marketplace, three things are absolute truths: 1) People buy a whole lot of SUVs (over 50 per cent of the Australian market was claimed by SUVs in 2021); 2) Electric Vehicles (EVs) ...

Do Australia's lemon laws protect you?

Buying a lemon sucks: Getting a crook new car is as frustrating as the lack of legal recompense in Australia I know what you’re thinking; why should you care about lemon laws (essentially, laws designed to protect you if ...

12 best EVs available in Australia

As car manufacturers and countries around the world climb aboard the electric revolution, it is inevitable that Australia, too. Australia still lags behind the developed world when it comes to the number of electric vehicles on its roads, around ...

Is it illegal to ride an electric scooter in Australia?

Image credit: Marat Mazitov on Unsplash Yes and no—let’s break it down state by state. New South Wales  It’s currently illegal to use an electric scooter in NSW unless you’re on private land, as per the NSW Centre for ...

7 tips for improving fuel economy amid record high petrol prices

Roof boxes are a killer for efficiency With fuel prices hitting record highs thanks to the ongoing effects of Covid-19 and geopolitical strife, not least Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many motorists will be looking for ways to reduce their cars’ ...

Used car auctions - your complete guide

You can save hundreds by buying your next car at an auction. Our step-by-step guide tells you everything you need to know… We’re used to seeing antiques, artwork and even houses appear at auction houses across the country, and plenty ...

EV charging apps: The top 5 electric car apps for owners

Which apps are best for EV charging? One of the major advantages of driving a petrol-powered car is that unless you’re deep in the outback or have taken a serious wrong turn in the middle of nowhere, you can ...

Toyota hybrids in Australia: Everything you need to know

Toyota’s hugely successful hybrid play. While electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid cars might seem like relatively new technologies, you might be surprised to learn that Toyota – the world’s largest car company, and Australia’s top-selling brand – has been ...

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The BEV, PHEV or HEV/Hybrid debate is handled elsewhere this issue, but for those wanting to ease into electrified motoring without the hassles of plugs or charging stations, then a hybrid is the path of least resistance (electrical pun intended). ...

Car scams and frauds: a safety guide for buyers and sellers

While 99% of car transactions go off without a hitch, there are scammers and fraudsters looking to take advantage, so it pays to take a few sensible precautions. Selling a car privately is generally safe, but cars are valuable commodities ...

Driving Assists And How They Work: Part I

Have you ever wondered what those dashboard or console-mounted buttons labelled ESP or TCS represent? Or perhaps you’re confused by the various icons on said buttons? Fret not, as Motorist is here to explain exactly what they mean! Cars ...

Six Things You Need To Know About The Bridgestone Potenza Sport

Bridgestone’s Potenza Sport is already establishing itself as a strong choice in the premium tyre segment. Here’s why you should consider a set for your car As your only contact patch with the road, it’s vital you choose the best ...

Can I use E10 fuel in my car? What you need to know about Ethanol

If you drive a petrol car you are traditionally faced with four options when you pull up to the bowser to refill your tank. You can top up using Premium 98 or 95 unleaded, standard 91 unleaded, or the cheapest ...

Where Can I Park For Free In And Around The CBD?

Hoping across the causeway for a cheeky fill up isn’t the only way to save a few extra dollars – you can save even more if you know where to park! In the land-scarce country we call home, space ...

How much does an electric car actually cost?

How much does an electric car cost? (Nissan Leaf e+ pictured) In Australia, fully electric cars range in price from $44,990 (total drive away price) for the MG ZS EV, to an estimated $200,000 for the Mercedes-Benz EQS, which ...

10 Tips And Tricks When Driving To Malaysia

Finally! With the land borders now open, you might be itching for a chance to drive into Malaysia in the near future. Whether it’s to visit friends and family or to explore sights you can’t find in Singapore, it’s ...

AA BUYER’S GUIDE: Save money, save the environment

Photo / Supplied As petrol prices exceed the $3 per litre mark and possibly head towards $4, more people are now looking far more seriously at ways to reduce vehicle running costs. AA principal policy adviser Terry Collins previously ...

EV CHARGING: Up on chargers

Photo / Supplied If you own a plug-in vehicle, or are thinking about purchasing, recharging them becomes a very elementary and popular topic. There are various ways to charge a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle ...

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Charging ahead – the best EVs Aussies can buy. Just a decade ago, if you were after the best full electric car in Australia, you wouldn’t find yourself with a whole lot of options to choose from.  With the ...

Cheapest electric car in Australia

If you’re in a hurry to buy one now, the bargain choice EV is clearly to be found at your Hyundai dealer. Ever wondered how much electric cars cost? The good news is that as Electric Vehicles (EVs) slowly ...

What it's really like to drive an electric car EV long distances in Australia

All-electric vehicles face more challenges than petrol or diesel cars when it comes to travelling from state to state. Ever had one of those phone calls where just the tone of the phone makes you think it’s bad news? ...

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