The Drive Five: The week’s most interesting stories

As you might be aware, 2021 marks the year CarAdvice and Drive become one – bringing together both sites’ top-shelf automotive content under the one banner. For you, dear reader, not much will change. We’re still the same team, with the same familiar faces and high standards for our new-car content and love of all things automotive. The only difference is you’ll eventually be able to meet all your new-car needs in one place, Drive.

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Jeep Grand Wagoneer ruled out for Australia

The 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer won’t be coming to Australia, as the new large luxury SUV will be only produced in left-hand-drive. While going on the record as ‘very committed’ to expanding the range of right-hand drive vehicles coming to markets like Australia, global Jeep head Christian Meunier broke the news about the brand’s forthcoming large luxury SUV in a recent interview with CarAdvice.

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Jeep remains committed to right-hand-drive markets, including Australia

Jeep has reaffirmed its commitment to right-hand drive markets around the world – including Australia – and has ambitious plans to become a top-10 brand. This comes as Jeep is embarks on a major line-up overhaul – including new models and electrified powertrains – many of which are coming to Australia. Compared to a string of successful years between 2010 and 2015, Jeep has since been navigating the treacherous waters of falling sales and plummeting consumer sentiment in Australia.

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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo spied undisguised

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo has been spied undisguised, ahead of its expected reveal in the coming months. The black example spotted in the US by Instagram user @t1dso – and subsequently reposted on Spanish forum Cochespias – provides a better glimpse at the production-spec Taycan Cross Turismo, the Georgia-registered prototype lacking the vinyl wrap camouflage over the D-pillar, tail-lights, and wheel arches worn by previous development cars spotted testing with Porsche engineers.

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VFACTS 2020: Headline models from Peugeot and Renault have big wins

2020 will always be known as a year like no other – and Australia’s new-car sales results are in to back that up. The last two months of the year showed signs of recovery, but for many brands supply remains an issue. To the end of the 2020 calendar 916,968 new cars were reported as sold – down by 13.7 per cent compared to the prior year. With the Federal Government’s instant asset write-off scheme, demand for utes, SUVs, and four-wheel-drives surged.

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2021 Kia Stonic GT-Line launch review

We can debate whether the 2021 Kia Stonic is a high-riding hatchback or a city SUV, but what we do know is that buyers can’t get enough of this type of car. The Kia Stonic is part of the growing trend of hatchbacks with SUV styling themes. As is the case with most city SUVs, the Kia Stonic is based on a city hatch, in this case the Kia Rio. However, every body panel is new, and the interior is also unique.

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Toyota to pay $232 million settlement in US emissions investigation – report

Toyota will pay a US$180 million (AU$232 million) settlement to the US government, following a five-year investigation into the company. According to news agency Reuters, the US Department of Justice publicly disclosed the outcome of the civil lawsuit last week – the first time government officials have confirmed the probe, despite Toyota announcing an investigation by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2016.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz EQA unveiled, Australian launch mid-2021

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQA has been officially unveiled tonight, the first of six new EQ-branded Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles to lob before the end of 2022. Essentially an all-electric version of Mercedes-Benz’s GLA small SUV, the EQA slots into the line-up as the brand’s entry-level electric vehicle and, if the €47,540.50 (AU$75,000) starting price in Germany is any guide, should be priced from around $85,000-$90,000 when it arrives in Australian showrooms in mid-2021.

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