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2018 Audi A7 embodies 'quintessence of Prologue', ends cookie-cutter era

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2018 Audi A7 embodies 'quintessence of Prologue', ends cookie-cutter era

The new Audi A7 is the second model developed fully under design boss Marc Lichte, and is said to be the best indication yet of the company's future design direction...

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2018 Audi A8 review
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2018 Audi A8 review

It may be conservative on the outside, but the 2018 Audi A8's interior has been completely rethought. It's a shame, though, the most cutting edge elements won't be available in Australia.


2018 Audi A7 Sportback revealed
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2018 Audi A7 Sportback revealed

The second-generation 2018 Audi A7 has been revealed on the roof of the company's new design studios in Ingolstadt, Germany. Two engine variants were on display at the car's launch today, a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel (50 TDI) and a 3.0-litre turbo V6 petrol (55 TFSI). Only the petrol V6 has been detailed so far, with the 3...


2018 Audi A8: Australian details
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2018 Audi A8: Australian details

The 2018 Audi A8 will begin filtering into Australian showrooms and garages from the middle of 2018, and the company has announced some preliminary details about local specifications. Australian drivetrain options for this new fifth-generation A8 have yet to be locked in and confirmed, but Shaun Cleary, head of corporate communications for Audi Australia, says the two most likely engines to be offered will be the 3...


GM CEO shares concerns about China's planned petrol and diesel car ban
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GM CEO shares concerns about China's planned petrol and diesel car ban

Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, has voiced concerns about China's plan to ban cars powered by petrol and diesel engines. Speaking at an event to mark her inclusion in Most Powerful Women list by Fortune in Washington DC last week, she clarified earlier comments about plans to accelerate the adoption of electric and partially electric cars in China...


New Lexus styling is 'deep simplicity', but no cookie-cutter
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New Lexus styling is 'deep simplicity', but no cookie-cutter

Speaking at the international launch of the fifth-generation Lexus LS sedan, Koichi Suga, the car's chief designer, laid out the design philosophy that will be seen on the next crop of vehicles from Toyota's luxury marque. In addition to being in charge of the LS's exterior design, Suga oversees the chief designers working on upcoming Lexus vehicles...


Ford Focus RS and ST concepts unveiled ahead of SEMA 2017
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Ford Focus RS and ST concepts unveiled ahead of SEMA 2017

Four cars based on the Focus RS and ST will be among the 50 vehicles on the Ford stand at this year's SEMA show. The Rally Revival Ford Focus RS (top) looks as though it's ready for a bit of dirt-track racing, thanks to its vinyl graphics pack and white 19-inch OZ Racing Superturismo GT wheels...


2018 Infiniti QX80 teased ahead of Dubai debut
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2018 Infiniti QX80 teased ahead of Dubai debut

The updated Infiniti QX80 has been teased in a series of photos, ahead of its full debut at the Dubai motor show. Based on the QX80 Monograph concept, which debuted at this year's New York motor show, the updated QX80 is reportedly based on the same underpinnings as the current model. The same platform also provides a base for the Nissan Patrol...


2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS spied almost free of disguise
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2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS spied almost free of disguise

The third-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS has been spied without a trace of the disguise tape usually seen on pre-production prototypes, although there is a sheet covering part of the boot lid and all of the tail-lights. Given the car's parking spot next to a wall, our spy photographer was unable to snap any pictures of the car's front end...


Kobe Steel falsification scandal may impact Toyota, Honda, Nissan, other Japanese marques
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Kobe Steel falsification scandal may impact Toyota, Honda, Nissan, other Japanese marques

Kobe Steel, a key supplier to the automakers and other heavy industries, has admitted it shipped products with falsified inspection certificates for at least a year. The certificates are meant to confirm the product in question meets specifications agreed to by both Kobe Steel and the customer...


Porsche Passport subscription service to be trialled in the USA - UPDATE
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Porsche Passport subscription service to be trialled in the USA - UPDATE

Porsche has launched a new subscription service in the USA, granting members on-demand access to a selection of models from the company's sports and crossover car ranges. Dubbed Porsche Passport, the service is a partnership between Porsche Cars North America and Clutch Technologies, and begins operation in November 2017...


Daihatsu DN Compagno, DN Pro Cargo concepts unveiled
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Daihatsu DN Compagno, DN Pro Cargo concepts unveiled

The Daihatsu DN Compagno and the Daihatsu DN Pro Cargo concept cars will make their debuts at the 2017 Tokyo motor show. The Daihatsu DN Compagno concept is billed as a "compact four-door coupe for active seniors".  Although the car features four doors, the aggressive coupe-like roof line places "priority on the front seat" passengers...


Renault to launch 21 new models by 2022
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Renault to launch 21 new models by 2022

The Renault Group has announced an ambitious five year plan to increase its electric vehicle offerings, reduce its reliance on diesel engines, and dramatically grow sales and profits. At the core of the company's new Drive The Future strategy are 21 new cars, including three "add-ons", due before the end of 2022...


New material can turn seawater into hydrogen for fuel cell cars
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New material can turn seawater into hydrogen for fuel cell cars

Researchers from University of Central Florida claim to have created a new substance that can extract hydrogen from seawater much more efficiently than current methods, potentially making hydrogen fuel cell technology a viable alternative to existing fossil fuels. In a new paper published in Energy & Environmental Science, the new nanomaterial is said to be an ultrathin film of titanium dioxide with nanocavities etched into it...


2018 Toyota Century unveiled
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2018 Toyota Century unveiled

The next-generation Toyota Century has been unveiled ahead of its in-the-flesh debut at the 2017 Tokyo motor show. The new model is powered by a hybrid drivetrain with a direct injection 5.0-litre V8 at its core, and a nickel-metal hydride battery powering the electric motor...