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2018 Holden Astra Sportwagon pricing and specs

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2018 Holden Astra Sportwagon pricing and specs

The Holden Astra Sportwagon hits dealers in October, once again giving the Lion brand a presence in the diminished small wagon class that it exited last year when it discontinued the Cruze...

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Subaru WRX concept bound for Tokyo, alongside BRZ STI Sport
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Subaru WRX concept bound for Tokyo, alongside BRZ STI Sport

Subaru looks set to preview the next-generation WRX hero car at the Tokyo motor show in late October, in the form of another concept car from its VIZIV series. The as-yet unrevealed Subaru VIZIV Performance Concept is billed as "a sports sedan that embodies the brand’s vision for the future of making cars"...


Greenpeace protestors board ship delivering VW diesels, more break into holding yard
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Greenpeace protestors board ship delivering VW diesels, more break into holding yard

Activists from Greenpeace in the UK have conducted a publicity stunt against Volkswagen as the group attempts to turn people away from diesel cars in the wake of the company’s ongoing emissions cheating scandal. A claimed 25 volunteers in kayaks and boats surrounded the 23,000-tonne cargo ship Elbe Highway, delivering German-made Euro 6-compliant VW diesels (and plug-in hybrid petrol-electric cars) into the UK...


2017 Ford Escape range review
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2017 Ford Escape range review

One of the Australian car market's great mysteries is why Ford Australia has been so bad at convincing people to buy its Escape mid-sized SUV. Or, for that matter, its Kuga predecessor. Despite being a relatively well-rounded offering, Ford's market share at the time of writing was/is  just three per cent, miles behind the Mazda CX-5 (15...


2017 Audi S5 Sportback quattro review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Audi S5 Sportback quattro review

The Audi S5 Sportback tries to blend S4 Avant practicality with S5 coupe style. This car plays to the four-ringed brand's strengths: brimming with cutting-edge tech, quattro surety and austere design.

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$105,800

Volkswagen 'truly respects' EV pioneer Tesla
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Volkswagen 'truly respects' EV pioneer Tesla

Volkswagen, which as a group aspires to be the world leader in electric cars, says it has nothing but respect and admiration for industry agitator Tesla, Inc. The German brand’s board member who oversees global sales and marketing, Jurgen Stackmann, told us recently in Frankfurt that the Silicon Valley titan had “come from nothing, from an interesting angle” and earned a spot at the big table as an industry leader...


Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce v BMW 330i M Sport v Jaguar XE 25t R-Sport comparison
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Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce v BMW 330i M Sport v Jaguar XE 25t R-Sport comparison

Compact luxury sedans remain a vital part of the business case for any serious player in the premium car market. While luxury car-makers seek to diversify and future-proof by making small entry cars and more crossover SUVs, sedans still sit at the heart of what their makers represent. Brand loyalty aside, the BMW 3 Series is the definitive luxury compact sports sedan...


Volkswagen boss discusses I.D. electric car family
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Volkswagen boss discusses I.D. electric car family

Volkswagen’s I.D. family of various mass-market electric cars - to enter production in 2020 at market-defining prices - will continue to grow, and run parallel to existing nameplates such as Golf, Tiguan and Passat. The company has so far previewed three EVs, headlined by the eponymous I.D...


2017 Ford Transit Custom auto review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Ford Transit Custom auto review

The Ford Transit Custom mid-sized van now has an automatic transmission to broaden its appeal. It remains a premium contender against rivals, but its market positioning is still flawed.

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$42,440

Volkswagen Australia's hot hatch onslaught
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Volkswagen Australia's hot hatch onslaught

Australian buyers purchase more Volkswagen hot hatches per capita than almost every other market worldwide, giving the company's local arm an excuse to roll out new models and special editions over the next year or so. Around 25 per cent of all Golfs sold here, for instance, wear GTI or R badges...


2018 Volkswagen T-Roc production tripled, yet Australian timing still unclear
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2018 Volkswagen T-Roc production tripled, yet Australian timing still unclear

Volkswagen's Australian division desperately needs a small crossover to rival the Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Qashqai, and it has the perfect new model waiting in the wings - potentially. The chic little Volkswagen T-Roc made its official premiere this week at the Frankfurt motor show ahead of a rollout across Europe beginning from November...


Volkswagen Arteon to cost $65,490
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Volkswagen Arteon to cost $65,490

The Volkswagen Arteon luxury car will arrive in Australia this November - shortly after its world premiere - as the company's new flagship passenger car, part of its push into the premium part of the market. The spiritual successor to the CC takes the MQB architecture of the Passat but replaces the safe sedan/wagon design with a more daring, lean look that bears more than a passing resemblance (from some angles) to the Audi A5...


Renault Megane RS about track times, not engine power, says boss
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Renault Megane RS about track times, not engine power, says boss

The just-revealed 2018 Renault Megane RS hot hatch concedes a horsepower advantage to rivals such as the Honda Civic Type-R, Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R, but having segment-leading power is not relevant to the company’s goals. This is the line we received from Renault Sport managing director Patrice Ratti at the world premiere this week in Frankfurt, where he reiterated that the number one goal remained track-times, not straight-line speed...


2018 Volkswagen Golf R wagon quick drive
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2018 Volkswagen Golf R wagon quick drive

The Volkswagen Golf R wagon becomes a fully-fledged offering in Australia from early 2018. But we're in Germany for the Frankfurt motor show, so we may as well have an early steer.

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$57,490

2018 Renault Megane RS breaks cover
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2018 Renault Megane RS breaks cover

The brand new five-door-only 2018 Renault Megane RS has made its high-profile world premiere at the Frankfurt motor show today, and damn it if the company hasn't knocked the design out of the park... The third-generation, painted in lurid orange, gets a new turbocharged 1.8-litre engine with 205kW at 6000rpm and 390Nm of torque - not exactly Ford Focus RS or Honda Civic Type R numbers...