2021 Toyota HiAce: White paint now the only colour option, vehicle tracking standard – UPDATE
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    2021 Toyota HiAce: White paint now the only colour option, vehicle tracking standard – UPDATE

    Toyota Australia has confirmed running changes to the 2021 Toyota HiAce van range. The Toyota HiAce will soon be only available in white, with production from July 2021 ending the options of silver, gold or blue paint. Toyota dealers say the decision was made by the factory because most orders were for “vanilla white” HiAce vans. By removing the option of colour choice (such as silver, below), it makes it easier to swap vehicles among dealers trying to fill customer orders.

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    Video: Kia Rio v Suzuki Swift v Volkswagen Polo - Drive Car of the Year 2021 Best City Car
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      Video: Kia Rio v Suzuki Swift v Volkswagen Polo - Drive Car of the Year 2021 Best City Car

      The city-car segment took the second-biggest sales hit in 2020 – down nearly 40 per cent – though it remains the go-to vehicle type for buyers looking for some of Australia’s cheapest new cars – including many still priced below $20,000.

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      Configurator Challenge: 2022 Porsche 911 range
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        Configurator Challenge: 2022 Porsche 911 range

        Customisation is in vogue at the moment, but choice can be seriously confusing. In our configurator challenge, we let the CarAdvice and Drive team loose on a manufacturer’s website to create their ideal combination for a certain model. Few cars offer more customisation options than the subject of this week's challenge, the Porsche 911. With 21 different variants on offer as of publishing, there's an option for 'everyone' – including our team.

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        Around the Tracks: A whisky company using waste for a sustainable cause
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          Around the Tracks: A whisky company using waste for a sustainable cause

          When we’re not creating it ourselves, the CarAdvice team spends a lot of time finding and consuming motoring content from all over the world. Here’s a handful of the photos, articles, videos or social media posts that most caught our eye last week. Some of them are brand new, others have been online for a while. Enjoy them – just not too much, okay?

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          The Drive Five: Nissan GT-R R37 to go electric, and the unique stories you might've missed – 30 July 2021
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            The Drive Five: Nissan GT-R R37 to go electric, and the unique stories you might've missed – 30 July 2021

            As we continue toward a single publishing platform, some great news stories are being published on both CarAdvice and Drive. If you're a keen reader of CarAdvice, you might be missing out on some of the unique content we're publishing over on Drive. Here are our favourite stories published on Drive today – but there are plenty more over on the website to enjoy. Head to Drive.com.au to read them for yourself!

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            2021 Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix: Race preview
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              2021 Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix: Race preview

              It's the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix and before Formula One heads into the summer break, there's sure to be some fireworks around the Hungaroring circuit this weekend. It was a showstopper last time out at Silverstone with a heated battle between the two championship contenders from the moment the lights went out. The intense contest came to a premature end with Lewis Hamilton forcing Max Verstappen off the track, ending his race.

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              New Toyota GR 86 due in Australia in 2022
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                New Toyota GR 86 due in Australia in 2022

                The 2022 Toyota GR 86 will arrive in Australia no earlier than late 2021 or early 2022, new details confirmed today by Toyota Australia indicate. Toyota Australia has confirmed launch timing for the new GR 86 will be announced in the fourth quarter of 2021 (October to December inclusive) – meaning it's highly unlikely the new sports coupe will hit Australian showrooms before 2022.

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                Mercedes-Benz EQE, hybrid and electric AMGs confirmed for Munich motor show in September
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                  Mercedes-Benz EQE, hybrid and electric AMGs confirmed for Munich motor show in September

                  Mercedes-Benz has confirmed it will showcase as many as five new all-electric production or concept vehicles at the 2021 Munich motor show in September, alongside a slew of plug-in hybrids. Leading Mercedes-Benz’s Munich line-up will be the new EQE electric sedan, the smaller companion to the flagship EQS, and the Mercedes-EQ sub-brand’s equivalent of the large E-Class.

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                  Mitsubishi Outlander Evolution plug-in hybrid to lead Ralliart revival – report
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                    Mitsubishi Outlander Evolution plug-in hybrid to lead Ralliart revival – report

                    Mitsubishi will revive the fabled Evolution name with a high-performance version of the Outlander plug-in hybrid (PHEV) mid-size SUV, according to new reports. Japanese website Best Car claims Mitsubishi will spearhead its revival of its Ralliart performance brand – announced in May, illustrated using a modified Triton ute – with the return of the hallowed Evolution moniker on the Outlander PHEV family SUV.

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                    2022 Isuzu MU-X: Our wish list of extra features for the first update, or sooner
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                      2022 Isuzu MU-X: Our wish list of extra features for the first update, or sooner

                      The 2022 Isuzu MU-X is due in showrooms next month and the first all-new model in eight years has had a major makeover. However as with all new cars, there is always room for improvement to keep pace with the competition. Here is our wish list for the first update, or as running changes. Favourites button As with the new Isuzu D-Max, the new Isuzu MU-X has a full suite of advanced safety aids.

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                      Isuzu D-Max ute and MU-X 4WD could get hybrid option, more power
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                        Isuzu D-Max ute and MU-X 4WD could get hybrid option, more power

                        Isuzu Ute Australia says it is considering a more powerful Isuzu D-Max ute and Isuzu MU-X four-wheel-drive – as well as the option of hybrid technology in the future. Executives for the company said while it was too soon to disclose any technical details or likely arrival timing, they indicated Isuzu is investigating the addition of a more powerful flagship in the D-Max ute range – and hybrid tech for the MU-X four-wheel-drive.

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                        2022 Isuzu MU-X price and specs: Drive-away prices rise by between $9000 and $15,000
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                          2022 Isuzu MU-X price and specs: Drive-away prices rise by between $9000 and $15,000

                          Drive-away prices for the 2022 Isuzu MU-X are poised to rise by between $9000 and $15,000, marking the single biggest round of price increases in the 10-year history of the brand in Australia.

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                          2022 Isuzu MU-X: Four-wheel-drive technology in detail
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                            2022 Isuzu MU-X: Four-wheel-drive technology in detail

                            The 2022 Isuzu MU-X promises to be more capable off-road than its predecessor, with plenty of technology – and extra mechanical ability – that will likely give it a leg-up in the four-wheel-drive world. As with the previous generation Isuzu MU-X, this new model is destined to be a favourite for those who want to do some four-wheel driving, camping, and caravanning. Off-road traction aids

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                            The Drive Five: The unique stories you might've missed – 29 July 2021
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                              The Drive Five: The unique stories you might've missed – 29 July 2021

                              As we continue toward a single publishing platform, some great news stories are being published on both CarAdvice and Drive. If you're a keen reader of CarAdvice, you might be missing out on some of the unique content we're publishing over on Drive. Here are our favourite stories published on Drive today – but there are plenty more over on the website to enjoy. Head to Drive.com.au to read them for yourself!

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                              2022 Volkswagen Taigo revealed: Coupe-styled T-Cross not bound for Australia
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                                2022 Volkswagen Taigo revealed: Coupe-styled T-Cross not bound for Australia

                                The 2022 Volkswagen Taigo small SUV has been revealed in Europe – though an Australian launch isn't planned. The 'coupe'-styled twin to the T-Cross 'light' SUV – and a relative under the skin to the Polo city car – the new Taigo is the European-market, Spanish-built equivalent of the Nivus, a near-identical coupe SUV sold by Volkswagen in South America.

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                                Tesla posts record $US1.14 billion profit in best quarter-year result to date
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                                  Tesla posts record $US1.14 billion profit in best quarter-year result to date

                                  US electric-car start-up Tesla has posted a record quarter-year profit of $US1.14 billion – after costs but before taxes – from a turnover of $US11.96 billion in the three months from April to June 2021. It is the first time Tesla has eclipsed the $1 billion profit milestone in quarterly earnings and is more than 10 times the profit for the same period the prior year, which analysts have reported is “a sign of increasing financial health” for the company.

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