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Automotive news: the top stories of the week, July 17-23, 2022

Automotive news: the top stories of the week, July 17-23, 2022

Want to keep up to date with the world of automotive news? These are the biggest stories of the past week.


Every week we’ll keep you updated and bring you the ‘water cooler’ information about what’s been happening in the world of cars and driving with the five biggest stories we’ve covered. Here’s what you need to know…

Some respite for motorists now that fuel prices are finally falling

Fuel prices have fallen to the lowest we’ve seen in four weeks, with 91RON venturing below $2.00 for 10 days.

The national capital average is currently at $2.16 per liter of unleaded 95RON – a consistent $0.18 over the lower octane option. Meanwhile, diesel continues to rise higher than the rest. Click here to view the details.



Russia restarts Lada Niva production

After numerous sanctions and shortages, Russia has resumed production of the Lada Niva.

Amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, production ground to a halt in March, and lasted until May when the government eased conditions for systems requiring microchips. This meant that cars without special safety features could be sold. View the full story here.

Legal firm examines Isuzu for structural cracks in the bottom and defective diesel filters

Vehicle manufacturer Isuzu may face a class action lawsuit amid reports of structural cracks in the bottom and faulty diesel filters.



There are concerns that approximately 90,000 Isuzu D-Max utes and MU-X four-wheel drive wagons sold between 2017 and 2019 could have these defects. To see the details, click here.

Production Opel Insignia stops

The car that once wore the Holden Commodore decal is discontinued. Opel, formerly a division of US giant General Motors before being sold to the French Peugeot-Citroen group, will end production of its mid-sized car in Europe by the end of 2022.

The confirmation comes less than three months after Opel subsidiary Vauxhall dumped its version of the Insignia in the UK. Read the full story here.



ACT bans petrol and diesel cars from 2035

ACT will enforce a ban on petrol and diesel vehicles from 2035 – the first Australian jurisdiction to set a firm end date for sales of internal combustion engine vehicles.

Based on official details, the target is that by 2030, 80 to 90 percent of new light vehicles sold will be electrically or hydrogen-powered. Owners of petrol or diesel cars are still allowed to drive, buy and/or sell their current car. More details here.

2023 Civic Type R unveiled

Expected in Australia next year, the new Honda Civic Type R features a more powerful 2.0-litre turbo engine, sharper chassis, more understated styling and more technology in the interior. Click here for the full story.



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