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Automotive news: the top stories of the week, July 24-31, 2022

Automotive news: the top stories of the week, July 24-31, 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…

Brand new Jeep Wagoneer clips bridge – and lose

Ah, the dangers of a big jeep are on a car transporter truck.

A brand new 2023 Jeep Wagoneer, possibly on its way to its excited owner, had a somewhat tragic collision with a highway bridge in the US state of Detroit.



The dire outcome was, of course, recorded on social media for all to see. Check it out here.

2022 Ford Ranger Raptor: First shipment arrives in Australia, but there’s a snag

Spotted: a truckload of new generation Ford Ranger Raptors on the streets of Melbourne.

While this week’s sighting – courtesy of an avid enthusiast – caused much excitement among Ranger supporters, Motive‘s investigation revealed that we will have to wait a while before we see the car in showrooms.



To find out what the first batch of the Ranger Raptors is actually doing Down Under, read our full story here – and a later story here.

Hyundai and Kia cars in Australia under investigation for fires and engine failure

Thousands of Australians who own certain petrol-powered Hyundai and Kia vehicles produced since 2009 have been encouraged to register their details online for a potential class action lawsuit.

The vehicles – which could run into the hundreds of thousands – are in the spotlight in Australia as they may have major engine failures that could lead to fires.



Read our full story here for all the details.

2022 Ford Ranger owners report tail shaft vibration

The first deliveries of the new Ford Ranger have been hit by customer complaints.

A number of new Ranger owners have already posted on social media, claiming they have experienced excessive tail shaft vibration in both the four-cylinder bi-turbo diesel and V6 turbo diesel Ford Ranger variants.



For more information about the issue, click here.

Mercedes-Benz G400d discontinued in Australia months after launch

Less than a year after its launch, Mercedes-Benz’s first G-Class in three years, the G400d, has been withdrawn from Australian showrooms.

The move isn’t surprising given recent sales figures have suggested Australian shoppers prefer the flagship AMG G63 variant.



Read our coverage to learn more about the rationale behind the decision.

Susannah Guthrie

A journalist since she was 18, Susannah Guthrie has spent the past two years writing about cars for Drive, CarAdvice, CarSales and as a car columnist for several in-flight and hotel magazines. Susannah’s background is news journalism, followed by several years in celebrity journalism, entertainment journalism and fashion magazines and a brief stint as host of a travel TV show for Channel Ten. She joined Drive in 2020 after a year and a half at the helm of Harper’s BAZAAR and ELLE’s online platforms. Susannah has a BA in Media and Communications from the University of Melbourne and broke her teeth as an intern for Time Inc in New York City. She also completed a television presenting course at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and her one-year-old son who, despite her best efforts, is not yet enjoying a proper road trip.

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