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Volkswagen eyeing hot R-badged SUVs - report

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Volkswagen eyeing hot R-badged SUVs - report

The boss of Volkswagen is said to have confirmed the company is working on high-performance 'R' versions of its SUV models, according to a new report out of the UK this week...

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BMW M8 teased, Le Mans comeback confirmed
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BMW M8 teased, Le Mans comeback confirmed

A flagship BMW M8 will headline the upcoming BMW 8 Series range, the company has confirmed, revealing a camouflaged example today - just hours after revealing the new Concept 8 Series show car. Described by the company as the "icing on the cake" of the new 8 Series line-up, the the new BMW M8 also marks BMW Motorsport's return to Le Mans, with a race-spec M8 GTE currently under development, and scheduled to make its racing debut at the Daytona 24 Hours in January 2018...


Mercedes-Benz 'EQA' hatch heading to Frankfurt - report
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Mercedes-Benz 'EQA' hatch heading to Frankfurt - report

German marque Mercedes-Benz is planning to reveal the next member of its EQ electric sub-brand at this year's Frankfurt motor show in September, according to a new report out of the UK. Autocar claims the vehicle will preview the company's entry-level EV, dubbed 'EQA', which will go on sale around the year 2020...


2011-2016 Audi A4, A5, A6 recalled for fire risk
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2011-2016 Audi A4, A5, A6 recalled for fire risk

Audi has recalled 2252 vehicles across its 2011 to 2016 A4, A5 and A6 lines over concerns a faulty coolant pump could pose a fire risk. The German luxury marque reports foreign particles in the coolant could lead to a blockage in the additional coolant pump, causing the pump to overheat. If the condition occurs, this could pose a fire risk...


Jaguar XE SV Project 8 teased ahead of June 28 reveal - UPDATE
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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 teased ahead of June 28 reveal - UPDATE

Jaguar has teased its upcoming limited-run XE SV Project 8 sports sedan in a quick online video, ahead of the new model's reveal on June 28. Based on the XE sedan, the SV Project 8 follows the F-Type Project 7 from 2014, and will become the most powerful road-legal Jaguar ever, thanks to its 441kW 5...


2017 Audi TT RS pricing and specs: Sports car flagship arrives from $137,900
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2017 Audi TT RS pricing and specs: Sports car flagship arrives from $137,900

Australian pricing and specifications for the 2017 Audi TT RS range have been released this week, with the new two-door hero starting from $137,900 before on-road costs. For the first time, both the TT RS coupe and roadster will be offered locally, powered by a 294kW/480Nm 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine - and both capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in under 4...


Volkswagen Golf GTE Performance concept: 200kW PHEV debuts at Wörthersee
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Volkswagen Golf GTE Performance concept: 200kW PHEV debuts at Wörthersee

The Volkswagen Golf GTE Performance concept has been revealed this week at the company's annual Wörthersee gathering, packing 200kW of power from its upgraded plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain...


2018 Maserati Levante S initial details revealed, here later this year
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2018 Maserati Levante S initial details revealed, here later this year

First details of the 2018 Maserati Levante S have been announced this week ahead of its Australian introduction in the second half of 2017, finally bringing petrol power to the Italian SUV's range. The company claims the Levante - its first-ever SUV model - has been responsible for Maserati's 50 per cent growth in sales so far this year, and hopes the new petrol model will build on that...


Holden Astra sedan, Subaru XV score five-star ANCAP rating
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Holden Astra sedan, Subaru XV score five-star ANCAP rating

The new Holden Astra sedan and Subaru XV have been awarded five-star safety ratings this week by independent crash-testing body ANCAP. Despite not offering autonomous emergency braking (AEB) anywhere in the range, the Astra sedan still managed 34.94 points out of 37, including a perfect 16 out of 16 for the side impact test...


NSW Police add Chrysler 300 SRT to promo fleet
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NSW Police add Chrysler 300 SRT to promo fleet

The New South Wales (NSW) Police have taken delivery of a new Chrysler 300 SRT, with the large sports sedan tipped to take over duties from the locally-produced Holden Commodore when Australian manufacturing concludes in October. While it's been decked out with 'Highway Patrol' branding, the sole 300 SRT police car (at least, for now) is only being used as a show vehicle, making appearances at shows, sporting events and public displays...


Kia Sorento Si Limited joins Australian range
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Kia Sorento Si Limited joins Australian range

The 2017 Kia Sorento range has been bolstered this week with the addition of a new Si Limited variant, which adds around $3000 of extra value for no price increase over the entry-level model on which it's based. Available in both petrol and diesel guises, the Sorento Si Limited follows in similar fashion to the recently announced value-focused Cerato Sport and Sportage Si Premium models...


Mercedes-Benz building $747m battery facility for EQ brand - report
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Mercedes-Benz building $747m battery facility for EQ brand - report

German luxury powerhouse Mercedes-Benz has broken ground on an upcoming 500 million euro ($747 million) manufacturing facility that will produce the lithium-ion battery packs for its upcoming range of electric vehicles (EVs) branded under the EQ banner, along with numerous other future models...


2018 Volkswagen Arteon: Australian details confirmed
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2018 Volkswagen Arteon: Australian details confirmed

Australian specifications for the upcoming 2018 Volkswagen Arteon have been announced this week ahead of its launch in October. Replacing the ageing Volkswagen CC, the Arteon is essentially, like its predecessor, a four-door coupe version of the Passat. Despite this, the Arteon will introduce an array of technology not currently seen in the Passat range, or Volkswagen's current local line-up for that matter...


2018 Renault Megane RS to debut at Monaco Grand Prix on May 26
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2018 Renault Megane RS to debut at Monaco Grand Prix on May 26

The all-new 2018 Renault Megane RS will make its first public appearance at this year's Monaco Formula One Grand Prix on May 26 ahead of its official reveal at the Frankfurt motor show in September, the company has confirmed...


2017 BMW M3 Pure: Cut-price Competition joins updated range from July
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2017 BMW M3 Pure: Cut-price Competition joins updated range from July

The updated 2017 BMW M3 range has been bolstered by the addition of a new entry-level M3 Pure variant, which will start from $129,900 when it arrives locally in July. Despite being the 'base model', the M3 Pure - like the M4 Pure - gets the more powerful 331kW/550Nm tune of the flagship M3 Competition variant, though it has a lower level of standard specification...