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End of the Financial Year – What do Car Makers Look At?

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One of the best times to buy a car is when it’s the end of the financial year. The reason is simple – most car manufacturers are looking at increasing sales and meeting sales targets and cars can be bought at some great prices. This year, offers worth more than $15,000 on savings and competitive finance up for grabs. There seems to be a good competition going on between car makers as they hope to boost sales. Deals are being offered by more than a dozen car makers now. This comes amidst strong auto sales in the last few years in the Australian market. June is the strongest month for new car sales and is when most of the deals will finish.  2012 and 2013 saw more than 1.1 million new cars being sold and were Australia’s record-breaking sales periods. Both these years saw excellent mid-year sales. In 2013, the …
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Taxtime Gains – The Time to Buy a New Car

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The best time to buy a car is before the financial year ends. With the year end in sight,  you get hold of some of the best of the deals by car manufacturers. The time to get good deals on cars this year is now. With the Aussie dollar dropping to a two-and-a-half year low against the American Dollar, it is just the time to grab the perfect car bargain. Rob Rennie, Westpac’s Chief Currency Strategist believes that after watching the Australian Dollar fall 12 percent this week which is 92 cents now from $1.05 last year, it should settle near the 88 cents mark. An exchange rate as this one is sure to make alarm bells ring. This is especially because vehicle importers gained a lot due to the considerable growth over the last 2 years with sharper prices and added levels of specifications with the high Aussie Dollar …
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Mitsubishi’s 2016 Outlander Review – As Good As It Gets?

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Australian consumers can soon expect to get a real glimpse of the 2016 Mitsubish Outlander.The Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi has announced that the fresh 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander on its way. Though the model remains firmly established in Australia’s top 10 sellers, the 2016 model Outlander hopes to give Mitsubishi a better future at the hands of its customers. With drastic changes being made under the skin, the car has also received a brand new ‘dynamic shield’ which is just what this model needed to be competitive in the market. The entry-level prices have increased a bit while the mid-range stays the same and a decrease in price can be seen in the top-shelf variants.Comfort Better ride quality, less cabin noise and improved materials are what this model has to offer along with upmarket base cloth and better side bolstering on the seats. The new headlining, instrument panel’s stitching highlights and a …
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2015 Skoda Octavia Scout 4×4 review

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Scout by name, scout by nature, today’s review car is prepared for any journey you wish to venture upon. The newly revamped Skoda Scout is the latest evolution in a long line of well-equipped and affordable family haulers, with the strength of the Volkswagen group backing the brand. Well engineered, comfortable, and suitable for long trips, the new Skoda Scout is ready to hit the trail when you are. Thanks to simplification of the Skoda lineup, the Scout range has three specification levels to choose from, today’s offering is the middle of range model 132TSI. Featuring the 132kw turbo petrol engine, matched with a 6 speed DSG transmission, the power is put into the ground through the all wheel drive system. This will ensure you have a steady grip on whatever road surface you want to venture upon. This spec model is fitted with Skoda’s GreenTec technology, with automatic engine …
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Autonomous driving and gesture control tech showcased at CES

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Driving is an activity to be enjoyed but at times it becomes a tiresome job for the driver. Present day technology is now going to change this tedious task of driving for the motorists into a fun game and an effortless job. At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, 2015 Mercedes-Benz came up with this news. The Consumer Electronics Show held recently served as the platform for the automobile manufacturers to express their views regarding their future planning about the ease of controlling and driving cars, in particular for the car owners. Gesture controlled driving Controlling a car with gestures is gradually taking over the conventional controlling of a car, these gestures being the smartest means of operating the built-in systems in a car. In addition, improved and faster access to the internet is going to allow tech fans to drive their cars easily offering them sufficient time to do …
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Car-controlling wearables showcased at CES

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For making the vehicles more user-friendly for the drivers of the present day, the car manufacturers across the world are incorporating lifestyle hardware while manufacturing the automobiles. Various types of latest car apps were introduced at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show by the leading international automobile manufacturers, which include Hyundai, Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. These apps allow the car owners to get connected with their vehicles and control those even from a considerable distance. Controlling a car with a wearable While car manufacturers have been working on creating different types of user-friendly apps for the last few years, 2015 has seen these apps connected to ‘wearables’ for the first time. Effectively, it means car owners will wear a watch or a band rather than carrying a smartphone. The concept of wearables is exciting – you have those smart watches touted as wearables all along, but that’s not what defines …
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Make Petrol Cheaper – Says the campaign Big Cost of Living Switch

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Drivers in Australia are eagerly waiting to grab the opportunity of obtaining lowered rates for petrol. Around 100,000 citizens of Australia have participated in the movement to demand for drop in fuel prices, which has been lessening since the month of October 2014 with the reduction of fuel prices in the international market and decreasing demand. With the oil prices falling below $50 a barrel, it should be a merry time for Australian drivers – unfortunately, it may not be as good as it sounds. It’s time to get cheaper fuel The campaign Big Cost of Living Switch has proved to be a successful step towards getting hold of one more opportunity for availing discounted price for fuels by the drivers, which began just recently. This offer is going to offer the customers a 5% discount on fuel cards, which have the validity of one year. Joel Gibson, the director …
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Jeep Renegade baby SUV poses ‘no risk’ to brand’s ‘tough’ reputation

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The small SUV Renegade, about to be launched by Jeep, is not going to affect the reputation and brand image of the company, which Jeep has succeeded to earn over the years by manufacturing a diverse range of massive and sturdy automobiles. The statement has been made by Mike Manly, the global head of the American automobile brand Jeep, regarding the launch of Jeep Renegade in Australia in the second half of 2015. At the 2015 Detroit Motor Show, he spoke to the Australian media persons as the Global President and CEO of Jeep, a prestigious automobile brand of the United States. Jeep Renegade, which Jeep is going to present shortly to the Australian customers, will be the smallest car ever manufactured by Jeep. It will be included in the existing line of small SUVs, which presently comprise of the Peugeot 2008, Ford EcoSport, Holden Trax and the Honda HR-V, …
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Improving Customer Satisfaction – Priority on Jeep’s Mind

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The American automobile brand Jeep is taking care of its operations and looking at improving customer satisfaction in the Australian market. Recent reports point to an increasing rate of dissatisfaction from Australian customers, and Jeep is striving hard to counter it. Concerns for Jeep to address Jeep’s customer dissatisfaction in Australia perhaps started with the 2014 model of the SUV Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee, launched by Jeep in 2014, came in a number of attractive colour options and featured a number of exclusive elements like broad aluminum wheels with satin shine, leather-covered temperature-controlled seats, noise control system, high quality cargo mat and other unique features. The only problem was that Jeep had to recall around 11 of them last year, something that raised customer dissatisfaction. There were a total of 14 voluntary recalls by the company in 2014 and while Fiat Chrysler Australia issued 16 recalls last year, it …
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Do you Drug and Drive? The New Menace That Needs to Be Taken Care Of

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Are you worried about reckless drivers who do not worry about Road Safety and love to drink and drive? Well, there’s a new threat that you want to be aware of – the threat of drivers getting drugged and driving. Driving on roads after consuming drugs has turned out to be a grave issue in Newcastle after police found out that 15% of the people driving on the roads of the state had taken drugs. As a part of the Operational Safe Arrival that was carried out in Newcastle during the Christmas vacation, which extended up to the New Year celebration, 46 drivers out of a total of 311 showed signs of drug consumption, the drugs consumed being mostly methamphetamine and marijuana. The police operation succeeded the one, which was carried out last year in and around the Hunter Valley of New South Wales in the month of August. During …
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