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Toyota advanced headlight system aims to save lives

Toyota is developing an intelligent headlight system that is designed to help reduce pedestrian fatalities at night. The Advanced Headlight System [AHS] allows motorists to remain on high beam at all times while driving on dark roads...

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BMW supercar stopped in its tracks
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BMW supercar stopped in its tracks

BMW has decided not to build a successor to its fabled M1 mid-engined supercar of the late '70s and early '80s, according to the M-division product manager of the company’s North American operations. High-performance BMWs such as the M3 and M5 will be the German car maker’s only “ultimate driving machines”, at least for now, the car maker’s Matt Russell told motoring website EgmCartech this week...


Saab D-day countdown: new administrator named
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Saab D-day countdown: new administrator named

The farcical Saab saga has taken another twist days before a crucial court ruling on its future after the brand was snubbed by its choice of new administrator. Saab has been forced to select Lars Soderqvist of law firm Hokerbert & Soderqvist as the person to oversee its reorganisation and protection from creditors after another lawyer, Lars-Henrik Andersson, turned down the offer of the post...


Subaru BRZ coming to Australia
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Subaru BRZ coming to Australia

  Subaru Australia will abandon its long-standing all-wheel-drive-only brand strategy and import the new rear-wheel-drive BRZ sports car in 2012. One of Subaru's biggest dealerships has told CarAdvice the BRZ will arrive in May in limited numbers – potentially pipping its well-publicised twin, the Toyota 86, to the local market...


Audi A4 Allroad U-turns for Australia
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Audi A4 Allroad U-turns for Australia

The Audi A4 Allroad, the German car maker's higher-riding mid-sized wagon, will belatedly head to Australian showrooms in 2012. Audi’s answer to the Subaru Outback was originally turned down for the local market when it was launch in 2009, but the recent addition of an automatic gearbox for the entry-level diesel engine has led to a change of mind...


Updated: 2012 Holden Volt makes early debut
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Updated: 2012 Holden Volt makes early debut

The 2012 Holden Volt electric car has made its debut in Australia a year ahead of its showroom launch as the local car maker begins the hype for a vehicle it calls an industry ‘game changer’. Holden unveiled the Volt to the Australian media in Sydney today, though the vehicles were actually rebadged left-hand-drive Chevrolet versions of the car...


Mazda2 EV Review: 'Zoom-zoom' electrified

Mazda2 EV Review: 'Zoom-zoom' electrified

Electric Mazda city car on sale by 2018

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Toyota Australia wants BMW diesel power for Corolla and Camry
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Toyota Australia wants BMW diesel power for Corolla and Camry

Toyota Australia says it will import models such as the Corolla and Camry featuring BMW diesel engines if they become available for the local market. BMW and Toyota last week announced a new collaboration that would see the German car maker exchange its small-capacity diesel engines for access to the Japansese manufacturer’s hybrid knowledge...


2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 set for Australia
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2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 set for Australia

BMW is set to launch its first ever hybrid vehicle in Australia, the petrol-electric ActiveHybrid 5. The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is the German car maker’s first petrol-electric vehicle developed for right-hand drive, following the ActiveHybrid 7 and ActiveHybrid X6 models sold in some left-hand-drive markets such as North America...


2012 Ford EcoSport: Fiesta-based SUV for Australia leaked
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2012 Ford EcoSport: Fiesta-based SUV for Australia leaked

The Fiesta-based baby SUV that will be built in India and also sold in Australia has been partly revealed on the internet. Indian motoring websites have published images of a teaser banner (second image down) for the new EcoSport model after they were discovered by an Autocar India reader on a Ford India website page still under construction...


Mazda CX-5 GT Diesel pricing revealed
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Mazda CX-5 GT Diesel pricing revealed

The flagship model of the new 2012 Mazda CX-5 range will cost more than $50,000 driveaway, according to a new competition being run by the Japanese brand. Mazda Australia is offering a Mazda CX-5 GT Diesel automatic as an online prize, and in the terms and conditions the company lists the vehicle’s value as $55,000 including all dealer and on-road costs...


Toyota and BMW confirm alliance: diesels for Japan, hybrid tech for Germany
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Toyota and BMW confirm alliance: diesels for Japan, hybrid tech for Germany

Toyota passenger cars in Europe will be powered by BMW turbo diesel engines from 2014 after the Japanese and German car makers yesterday confirmed a new alliance recently rumoured. The two manufacturers will also co-operate on the development of lithium-ion batteries for next-generation electric cars as part of what Toyota refers to as a “mid- to long-term research collaboration”...


Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series: fastest C-Class sold out
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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series: fastest C-Class sold out

The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series may ask buyers to stump up an extra $90,200 over the ‘regular’ C63 two-door but that hasn’t stopped the $245,000 high-performance model from selling out before it arrives. The German car maker today announced that all 32 units of the latest Black Series model allocated for Australia had been accounted for before the fastest C-Class available lands in April 2012...


Mazda CX-5 to kill off CX-7
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Mazda CX-5 to kill off CX-7

The 2012 Mazda CX-5 is set to become a full replacement for the Japanese brand’s CX-7 SUV in Australia when it goes on sale around March. Mazda’s CX-7 (below) has had only a relatively short lifespan, having launched in Australia in 2006, but the company’s incumbent Subaru Forester rival is all but officially confirmed to be usurped by the slightly smaller but better packaged and more technically advanced CX-5...


Toyotas will be fun to drive again, says boss
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Toyotas will be fun to drive again, says boss

Toyota has used the 2011 Tokyo motor show and the debut of its 2012 Toyota 86 sports car to promise that its cars will become more enjoyable to drive. The company’s boss, Akio Toyoda, also said in his speech that Toyota, the world’s leading maker of hybrid vehicles, wanted to preserve the future of conventional internal combustion engines...