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New car ownership costs: Suzuki Alto cheapest, Nissan Patrol priciest and depreciation the silent wallet killer

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New car ownership costs: Suzuki Alto cheapest, Nissan Patrol priciest and depreciation the silent wallet killer

The Suzuki Alto may no longer be Australia’s cheapest car to buy — that title belongs to the Proton S16 — but it remains the cheapest to run, according to the latest study from the RAA, RACQ, RACV and RACT state-specific automobile clubs for South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania respectively...

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Audi A4 quattro range: Ambition and S line to boost already booming A4 quattro sales
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Audi A4 quattro range: Ambition and S line to boost already booming A4 quattro sales

Audi A4 quattro sales are already booming, but the German car-maker's local arm this week furthered its goal of getting even more AWD versions of its A4 sedan and Avant into Australian driveways by adding a range of Ambition and S line variants that cut the price of entry by some $8700...


Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations readies first car for Goodwood
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Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations readies first car for Goodwood

Jaguar Land Rover’s newly-minted Special Operations bespoke and performance arm will show-off its first model at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK between June 26 and 29. Announced earlier this month, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations is a new division within the company tasked with designing and engineering halo versions of the group’s road cars, plus bespoke commissions from customers and limited-run heritage ‘re-creations’...


Chevrolet Volt owners want more space, sharper pricing
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Chevrolet Volt owners want more space, sharper pricing

General Motors is busy working on the second-generation Volt plug-in hybrid due around 2015/16, a car its US customers are reportedly hoping will have five seats (rather than four), a longer electric range and a sharper starting price. The customer wish list, reported by US industry journal Automotive News, was revealed around the same time as GM released findings from a 30-month study into the performance of 300 Volts in the real world...


Porsche's MY15 updates increase prices and spec
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Porsche's MY15 updates increase prices and spec

Porsche Cars Australia has announced a range of spec upgrades — and price increases — across its Boxster, Cayman, 911 and Panamera ranges as part of their respective model year 2015 updates, production of which will commence in Germany this month...


Volvo Australia pondering Chinese-made cars
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Volvo Australia pondering Chinese-made cars

Volvo would be “mad not to have a look at” sourcing some Australian-market vehicles from China down the track, according to managing director of its local arm Matt Braid. While Braid did not say which models Volvo Cars Australia could source from China, he told CarAdvice that a car’s source of production was perhaps less important in the globalised present than it was in the past...


2015 Renault Espace spied ahead of Paris premiere
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2015 Renault Espace spied ahead of Paris premiere

Renault does not compete in Australia’s small (but growing) people-mover market, but if it did, this fifth-generation Espace caught testing by our spy snappers in Europe would be poised to serve as a range headliner. Set to premiere at the Paris motor show in October this year, the full-sized French family hauler will take inspiration from the purple-hued Initiale Paris concept that premiered last September in Frankfurt, albeit in toned-down form...


Ford Fiesta Zetec S Red and Black Edition: 102kW three-cylinder
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Ford Fiesta Zetec S Red and Black Edition: 102kW three-cylinder

Ford of Europe has revealed a highly strung special edition version of the three-cylinder Fiesta that forms a rather neat bridge between the regular Fiesta EcoBoost and the ST.  Called the Ford Fiesta Zetec S Red and Black Edition, the two-tone, three-door city slicker gets a tweaked version of Ford’s 1...


Mahindra and Mahindra emerges as potential Saab saviour
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Mahindra and Mahindra emerges as potential Saab saviour

Mahindra and Mahindra is keeping quiet on speculation that it is considering buying a stake in perennially embattled car-maker Saab.  The Indian commercial vehicle and tractor manufacturer this week surfaced as a potential saviour for the recently revived Swedish brand, as its Hong Kong-based majority owner continues to search for additional cash to keep the fledgling company afloat...


Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid for Australia by end of 2015
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Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid for Australia by end of 2015

With the V60 diesel-electric plug-in hybrid wagon now off the local radar due to production constraints, Volvo Cars Australia will instead turn to a petrol-electric version of its next-generation XC90 SUV to become its first PHEV offering here, ideally before the end of 2015...


Staggering GM North America recall list now tops 20 million vehicles
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Staggering GM North America recall list now tops 20 million vehicles

Beleaguered US car-making giant General Motors has now recalled more than 20 million vehicles across North America since the beginning of 2014, with 17.8 million in the United States alone. The company last night announced a further six separate recall campaigns on a vast range of models sold almost entirely in the US, Canada and Mexico, bringing the total number of separate campaigns to 44 since January 13 this year...


Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo teases company’s supercar future
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Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo teases company’s supercar future

Nissan says a version of its outlandish Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo supercar could make the bold step from virtual to reality.  Revealed overnight, the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo has the appearance of a wild 2+2 supercar with an advanced aerodynamic body...


Volvo S60 sales boosted by V8 Supercars entry, says company
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Volvo S60 sales boosted by V8 Supercars entry, says company

Volvo Cars Australia says its successful foray into V8 Supercars is starting to give its S60 mid-sized sedan the kind of “cut through”it has lacked since launching in 2011.  The Swedish brand joined the local touring car series this season in collaboration with Garry Rogers Motorsport...