Car news: The week’s top stories, 24-31 July 2022


Want to stay up to date in the world of automotive news? These are the biggest stories from the past week.

Susannah Guthrie

Each week we’ll keep you up to speed and bring you the ‘watercooler’ information of what has happened in the world of cars and motoring with the five biggest stories we’ve covered. Here’s what you need to know…

Brand-new Jeep Wagoneer clips bridge – and loses


Ah, the perils of being a big Jeep on a car transport truck.

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

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

2022 Ford Ranger Raptor: first shipment arrives in Australia, but there’s a catch


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

While this week’s sighting – courtesy of an eagle-eyed enthusiast – sparked plenty of excitement amongst Ranger devotees, Drive‘s investigations revealed there’s still a little while to wait 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 failures


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 possible class action lawsuit.

The vehicles – which could number in the hundreds of thousands – are under the spotlight in Australia for possibly having major engine faults that could result in a fire.

Read our full story here to get all the details.

2022 Ford Ranger owners report tailshaft vibrations


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

A number of new Ranger owners have already posted to social media, claiming they’ve experienced excessive tailshaft vibrations in both the four-cylinder bi-turbo diesel and V6 turbo-diesel Ford Ranger variants.

To find out more about the issue, click here.

Mercedes-Benz G400d axed in Australia months after launch


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

The move is somewhat unsurprising given recent sales figures suggested Australian shoppers far prefer the flagship AMG G63 variant.

To find out more about the reasoning behind the decision, read our coverage.

Susannah Guthrie

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

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