Car News Wrap: Updated Pathfinder, ix35 popular and Prado milestone

Car News Wrap: Updated Pathfinder, ix35 popular and Prado milestone

Young drivers should buy these cars…

The best cars for novice drivers have the simplest controls and features.

That’s the opinion of US News and World Report as they named their best cars for teen drivers.

Those best cars are all easy to drive and include a number of models available in Australia, including the Honda Jazz and Civic, Toyota Kluger, Mazda3, Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata.

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More of 2017 Nissan Pathfinder revealed…

There’s a more efficient version of the Nissan Pathfinder destined for Australia.

The seven-seat SUV is built in the US, primarily for North America, however a new 2017 model has just been launched.

Featuring new styling and a more efficient 212kW V6 engine, expect to see the new Pathfinder in Australian Nissan dealerships early next year.

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Seat fault recall for Fiat/Abarth 500…

All Fiat 500 and Abarth 500 vehicles sold in Australia are being recalled after a possible issue with the front seat tracks was identified.

The ACCC is overseeing the recall, amid concerns the seats could shift backwards or forwards suddenly in the event of an accident.

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Car sales going online soon…

The future of traditional car dealerships is bleak, according to a UK car industry video company.

CitNOW says video has and will continue to change the automotive industry and the process of buying and selling cars will soon be done almost entirely remotely using video technology.

The company saying its research has found that within five years the entire process of buying a new car will be done remotely.

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Everyone loves Hyundai ix35…

The Hyundai ix35 is the most sought-after used car in the UK, primarily on the back of Hyundai’s generous five-year warranty.

AutoTrader found the Hyundai model is selling in as little as an average of just 19 days.

The five-year warranty, which also features on Australian Hyundai models, being named the primary reason why there is so much demand for the Hyundai SUV.

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Seatbelt issue for Mercedes SUVs…

Mercedes-Benz ML-Class and GL-Class SUVs are being recalled after a problem with the rear seatbelts was identified.

The affected vehicles were sold in Australia between May and July 2015 and could see the mounting for one of the rear seatbelts fail.

The ACCC is overseeing the recall and Mercedes-Benz is contacting affected owners directly.

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SCA trolley jack recalled…

Owners of a vehicle jack sold by Super Cheap Auto are being urged to stop using the product immediately.

The Super Cheap Auto 1200kg Trolley Jack was sold between July 2014 and June 2016 and has been found to not meet Australian and New Zealand standards.

The ACCC warning vehicles supported by the trolley jack can fall onto a person, creating risk of injury or death.

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Car buyers going black in 2016…

Black is the new white when it comes to new cars.

Sales data out of the UK has found black is the most common colour being chosen on new cars there in 2016.

The dark colour said to be popular among British car buyers for a couple of reasons, namely the belief that the colour will be sought after when it comes time to sell the vehicle.

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Toyota Prado hits Aussie milestone…

Congratulation to Toyota after the brand sold its 250,000th Prado in Australia.

One of Australia’s favourite 4×4’s and family cars, the Prado has been on the Australian market for 20 years with sales accelerating over the past two decades.

In fact, of the 250,000 sales, 50,000 Prado sales have come in just the past three years.

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Used Toyota Prius popular…

US used car buyers have a real hunger for hybrids and EVs. has found that five of the top 10 fastest selling used cars this year are hybrids or EVs, with the Toyota Prius being the model that leaves used car sales yards fastest.

The Nissan LEAF and Tesla Model S are also extremely popular.

The publication believes the EVs and hybrids are popular primarily because supplies of these models are short.

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Great websites sell cars…

Research has found that a slick car manufacturer website is more likely to entice people to test drive one of the brands cars.

The US study found nearly all new-vehicle buyers spend time on manufacturer websites and 57% of those surveyed said they were more likely to test drive a vehicle after visiting an easy to use and interesting site.

Land Rover in the US was judged by the participants as having the best website.

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Fuel tank problem for Mazda2…

Mazda2 Hatchbacks sold in Australia are being recalled to have their fuel tanks replaced.

The recall was launched after it was found that an issue with the welding between the fuel tank and a valve could lead to a fuel leak.

Mazda2 hatchback vehicles sold between January 2015 and February 2016 are affected.

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Hyundai Sonata scores 2017 refresh…

Hyundai has given the Sonata an update for 2017.

The changes being introduced to the mid-size Sonata include the addition of steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters across all grades.

There are also new paint colours available, as well as extra standard features on the mid-spec Sonata Elite.

And the Sonata range also gets upgraded Continental and Michelin tyres.

Check out the full story here.

About Chris Miller 500 Articles
Chris is a writer, co-host of the Behind the Wheel podcast and a self declared car tragic . He is a radio broadcaster by trade and reports traffic for 774 ABC Melbourne, FOX FM and Smooth FM. He also presents a national traffic report on ABC News Radio.

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