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Volkswagen backbuy plan settled, record US$14.7 billion

Oct 26, 2016

After a marathon five-month trial in the US District Court, Volkswagen’s $14 billion proposed buyback for half a million of its vehicles has been officially approved. The verdict was handed down by Judge Charles R....

Mercedes-Benz X-Class concept

Mercedes-Benz pickup concept revealed, will become X-Class

Oct 26, 2016

As promised, Mercedes-Benz has previewed two concept variants of its upcoming X-Class ute, to showcase both the aesthetic and off-road potential of the new luxury pickup. The X-Class “stylish explorer” and X-Class “powerful adventurer” are...

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series Single Cab Chassis GXL

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 update now on sale in Australia

Oct 25, 2016

The king lives on. Toyota Australia has “significantly re-engineered” the LandCruiser 70 Series for 2017, bringing in a range of updates including some that have helped the single-cab ute version pass ANCAP’s five-star benchmark. Single-cab...


Audi might have to buy back 25,000 3.0TDI vehicles in the US – report

Oct 24, 2016

Audi is planning to buy back around 25,000 3.0 TDI diesel-powered Q7 SUVs in the US, according to a recent report. German publication Der Spiegel is reporting that Volkswagen subsidiary Audi could purchase back the...


SuperUtes announced as new ute racing series in Australia

Oct 21, 2016

Ever been trackside at a race and wondered why car racing isn’t more catered to tradies? Well, Australia’s Supercars today confirmed diesel dual-cab utes will be hitting the racetrack in 2017 in the form of...


Volkswagen Canada under investigation over dieselgate

Oct 19, 2016

Volkswagen’s legal woes continue. Its Canadian arm is being investigated by Canadian environment authorities in regards to violations of the countries’ environmental protection act. Environment and Climate Change Canada spokesperson Malanie Quesnel has confirmed that...


Volkswagen to pay $175 million in US class action

Oct 18, 2016

Volkswagen has agreed to another costly settlement in the aftermath of the dieselgate scandal, in the form of a US$175 million payout toward a class action lawsuit. According to an Automotive News report, Volkswagen’s legal...


2016 Hyundai iLoad Series II: 7-point inspection

Oct 14, 2016

Hyundai introduced the updated 2016 iLoad Series II earlier this year. And although there are no major powetrain upgrades, the iLoad still remains as one of the torqueist short wheelbase commercial vans on the market....


2017 BMW G30 5 Series revealed; 100kg lighter, M550i flagship

Oct 13, 2016

After a number of teasers and leaked images, BMW has now officially unveiled the 2017 ‘G30’ 5 Series luxury sedan. It packs impressive new technologies and sports a neat design makeover inside and out. We’ll...


2017 Holden Colorado LTZ Space Cab review (video)

Oct 13, 2016

The facelifted 2017 Holden Colorado LTZ aims to maintain a steady market position in the 4×4 ute segment and right some criticisms of the outgoing model. During the course of 2017, the Thai-built workhorse will...


2017 Volvo S90 spotted in Australia ahead official launch

Oct 04, 2016

The all-new 2017 Volvo S90 has touched down in Australia, spotted by a PerformanceDrive reader just ahead of its official local debut. An example was spotted on the back of a truck in Sydney, likely...


Diesel engine production to slow, more work on EVs

Oct 03, 2016

The production of diesel engines is set to decrease significantly in the next few years, particularly in small cars, according to executives from some of the world’s biggest manufacturers. Speaking with press shortly after the...

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