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Here's What Happens If Melbourne Ditches Cars

Over half of the world’s population live in cities, and rapid urbanisation is only expected to increase in the coming years. By 2050, large cities in the USA, China and India are predicted to see their populations increase by 33 per cent, 38 per cent and 96 per cent respectively. Population growth in cities means increasing demands on transport systems.

What health gains could be achieved if cities shifted from private car use to cycling and walking? What if a “compact city” model was promoted, where distances to shops and facilities, including public transport, are shorter and within walking distance?


The New Holden Astra Is Packed Full Of Tech

On a new car costing less than $22,000, you wouldn’t expect the world in terms of in-car entertainment and safety tech. Holden’s new Astra, though, has one of the most comprehensive driver assistance safety packages and luxury features of any car in its price bracket that we’ve seen. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard in the cheapest model, and there’s a clear progression in what you get when you step up to the premium RS and RS-V.


2017 Ford Focus RS: Australian Review

There aren’t that many cars that you can buy brand new that feel fun. There are even fewer that feel fun for every single second that you’re driving them. Even fewer again aren’t purpose-built sports cars and can be bought by normal people with normal car-buying budgets. The Ford Focus RS, based on that humble Focus hatch, is the hottest hot hatch that you can spend your money on, and it’s a masterpiece.


The 10 Most Enjoyable Cars You Can Buy In Australia For $10,000

Let’s say you have $10,000 to spend on a new (new for you, not new-new) car. But you want something fun — a car that, while it isn’t necessarily built just for all-out circuit racing or the drags, is a little more enjoyable to drive than your average A-to-B city econobox. With that criteria in mind, we’ve rounded up the 10 most enjoyable cars that you can find in decent condition in Australia for around about $10,000.


The New Tesla Model S Has A Software-Locked Battery

Tesla Motors’ recently face-lifted Model S is an expensive vehicle, even considering its ridiculous performance and zero carbon emissions. The Model S started life in Australia as a $100,000 car, but feature additions and exchange rate fluctuations meant that until today, you’d be paying around $130,000 for the entry-level 70kWh battery pack. Today, Tesla is driving the price back down to its starting point with a new 60kWh variant — with a battery pack that can be unlocked to 75kWh capacity with a software code.


How To Fix A Flat Tire When You're Stranded In The Middle Of Nowhere

Video: If you’re going to go off-road in your car or on your motorcycle, you need to know how to fix a flat tire. You’ll often be a long ways from help and likely without mobile reception. Luckily, it’s easy to do. We just made a video showing you how.


Tesla's First Australian Inter-City Supercharger Is Open In Goulburn

As part of its Australian launch for the $100,000-plus Model S sedan, Tesla Motors committed to building a dozen different Supercharger stations by the end of 2015. The first station outside metropolitan Sydney and Melbourne is now open, in Goulburn near Canberra. It’s now possible to drive Tesla’s electric cars between Sydney and Melbourne, for free, without having to stop overnight to charge.


The New Tesla Model X: Everything We Didn't Already Know

Tease much? We’ve known Tesla’s SUV was coming since 2012, back before the Mayan apocalypse. Today, though, it has finally arrived, and I’m at the grand unveiling outside of the Tesla factory in Fremont, CA. A lot of information has already been released in the lead-up, but I am here to find out the things we don’t already know and to attempt to rub my face on this sweet-looking vehicle.


Watch Elon Musk Unveil The New Tesla Model X

Three years after the introduction of the all-electric, record-breaking, 103-out-of-100 Model S, Tesla Motors has a new car. The Model X is a larger version of the same technological underpinnings of the Model S, but adds rear ‘falcon-wing’ doors and some serious cargo space — transporting seven adults and their luggage in comfort. You can watch Tesla founder Elon Musk introduce it right here, right now.


110-Year-Old Electric Car Sells For $135,000

Teslas might be ‘practical’ and ‘fast’ and other useful things, but they’re also a little nouveau riche. If you want real electric-car class, you’ve got to hark back to 1905, and this very expensive vintage golf cart.


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