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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...

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2013 Mazda6: Popular hatch faces axe
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2013 Mazda6: Popular hatch faces axe

The Mazda6 hatch, the best-selling variant of the medium car in Australia, faces the axe for the next-generation model expected in 2013. Mazda Australia says it is still in discussions with Japan about the full line-up of the new Mazda6, though the chief designer of the Takeri concept (pictured below) that previews the car revealed at the 2011 Tokyo motor show says that only sedan and wagon versions of the mid-sizer have been created...


Mazda rotary shock: MX-5 and RX-8 could merge
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Mazda rotary shock: MX-5 and RX-8 could merge

The global boss of Mazda has made a stunning revelation at the 2011 Tokyo motor show that the company could merge its MX-5 roadster and RX-8 replacement into one single sports car. Takashi Yamanouchi told a small group of Australian journalists at the show that a rotary-powered MX-5 is also a possibility for the future as Mazda considered its options for its trademark piston-less powerplant...


MINI to produce WRC car for the road?
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MINI to produce WRC car for the road?

MINI is contemplating a high-performance version of its World Rally Championship Countryman racer that would wear a WRC badge in showrooms, according to a CarAdvice source. The road-going variant would be more powerful than the Countryman John Cooper Works model that is yet to be confirmed but has been spied testing in recent months...


Subaru BRZ: Will it come to Australia?
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Subaru BRZ: Will it come to Australia?

The Subaru BRZ sports car has been unveiled in production form at the 2011 Tokyo motor show, though the Japanese brand’s local subsidiary has still to decide whether it will import the coupe to Australia. Subaru’s new BRZ is part two of the so-called ‘Toyobaru’ compact sports car project shared with Toyota, and its reveal follows just a couple of days after the virtually identical Toyota 86 made its public debut at Japan’s Fuji Speedway...


Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept hybrid unveiled
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Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept hybrid unveiled

The Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept – or ATC – points to the technology expected to be seen in the Japanese car maker’s first hybrid model, as well as a potential new styling direction for the brand.   The ATC is Subaru’s second concept to preview an upcoming petrol-electric model, another “sports tourer” wagon that follows the Hybrid Tourer Concept also show in Tokyo, two years ago...


Mazda: Turbocharged petrol engines under consideration
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Mazda: Turbocharged petrol engines under consideration

Mazda says turbocharging could be a part of its future engine strategy but will first target optimum fuel efficiency with normal aspiration. The Japanese car maker is in the process of rolling out its new suite of efficiency-focus technologies it has dubbed ‘SkyActiv’, starting partially with the Mazda3 SP20 that went on sale in Australia recently and going deeper with the new CX-5 compact SUV in 2012...


2013 Mazda MX-5 promises bigger fun factor
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2013 Mazda MX-5 promises bigger fun factor

The 2013 Mazda MX-5 should be the most thrilling version yet after the company said it was targeting the best power-to-weight ratio yet since the world’s most popular two-seater sports car went on sale in 1989. Mazda revealed its aim for the fourth-generation MX-5 roadster on the eve of the 2011 Tokyo motor show as the company reiterated its intention to reduce the roadster’s kerb weight to below one tonne...


Subaru BRZ revealed: part two of the “Toyobaru”
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Subaru BRZ revealed: part two of the “Toyobaru”

The 2012 Subaru BRZ has been revealed on the eve of its 2011 Tokyo motor show debut. Pictures of the new Subaru BRZ rear-wheel-drive sports car show the company’s joint venture project with Toyota is more than just a twin under the skin to the Toyota 86 unveiled on Sunday. The two coupes share virtually identical suspension - front struts and double-A-arm rear - and engine, a 2...


Maybach axed: Daimler kills off its Rolls-Royce rival
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Maybach axed: Daimler kills off its Rolls-Royce rival

Mercedes-Benz’s parent company Daimler has pulled the deep-pile rug from under its loss-making Maybach brand, its rival for Rolls-Royce. The German luxury car maker will discontinue the Maybach brand in 2013, which has failed to match Daimler’s sales expectations and been the subject of persistent rumours since being revived 11 years ago...


Toyota 86 sports car revealed: official pictures & details
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Toyota 86 sports car revealed: official pictures & details

The Toyota 86 coupe that returns the Japanese car maker to the sports car fold has been officially revealed in production form after months of spy photos and concept previews. The anticipated 86 nameplate is a nod to the company's sporty AE86 Corolla of the mid 1980s and is one half of the joint venture rear-wheel-drive sports car shared with Subaru and dubbed the 'Toyobaru'...


2012 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack: VW's off-road wagon
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2012 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack: VW's off-road wagon

Volkswagen has unveiled the Passat Alltrack, an off-road-oriented wagon that will become a rival for the Subaru Outback and Skoda Octavia Scout. The 2012 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack will be imported to Australia next year, likely in the second half, to follow model variants such as the Outback, Scout as well as the Audi A6 Allroad – introducing increased ride height and extra body protection over the regular models on which it is based...


2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet revealed
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2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet revealed

The first pictures and details of the 2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet – the drop-top version of the German sports car maker’s latest-generation sports car icon – have been revealed. Porsche is spruiking an all-new fabric roof that it says is lighter than before with a cleaner-looking design that helps to retain more of the 911’s classic roofline when in place...


Citroen DS3 Racing hot-hatch ruled out
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Citroen DS3 Racing hot-hatch ruled out

The Citroen DS3 Racing, the fastest version of the French brand’s C3-based hot-hatch, has been ruled out of Australia owing to local vehicle regulations. Citroen’s Australian importer, Ateco Automotive, had been looking to import the sportiest version of its Mini-rivalling DS3, which launched here in the latter part of 2010...


Ferrari plans super-exclusive collectors' club
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Ferrari plans super-exclusive collectors' club

They say money can’t buy you happiness, and it certainly seems even those who can afford a Ferrari have been upset by the world’s most recognisable automotive brand. Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo has told industry journal Automotive News Europe that the Italian marque is looking to establish a new collectors’ club after a number of Ferrari owners complained about missing out on the limited edition 2010 Ferrari SA Aperta...