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2017 Hyundai i30 spied in new detail, inside and out

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2017 Hyundai i30 spied in new detail, inside and out

The all-new 2017 Hyundai i30 has been spied in a new state of undress this week, offering a clearer look at its outside and the best look yet at its cabin. These new shots reveal the upcoming 2017 i30 with a dramatically reduced covering, swapping most of its heavy camouflage panels for a light vinyl wrap...

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Melbourne's Punt Rd to become permanent clearway, more roads under consideration
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Melbourne's Punt Rd to become permanent clearway, more roads under consideration

One of Melbourne's most dreaded stretches of road will permanently punt parking spaces in a bid to improve traffic flow around the clock. Reaching along most of Punt Road, the clearways will extend from Alexandra Avenue at the Yarra River and down to St Kilda, where it will operate from Union Street on the west side and Gladstone Street on the east side...


Mitsubishi teases 'crossover MPV' concept ahead of August debut
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Mitsubishi teases 'crossover MPV' concept ahead of August debut

Mitsubishi will unveil yet another SUV concept next month, inspired again by the new styling language that first appeared with the GR-HEV concept in 2013. Apart from its recently facelifted Outlander and an even milder refresh for the compact ASX in overseas markets, Mitsubishi has yet to bring its new look to market...


2016 BMW M5 Competition Edition revealed
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2016 BMW M5 Competition Edition revealed

A new BMW M5 Competition Edition special has been revealed this week, likely representing the last offering in the powerful sedan's current generation. Spy photos published in recent months have confirmed that we can expect to see an all-new M5 very soon, alongside the new-generation 5 Series sedan expected to debut later this year...


Meet Graham, the brick outhouse designed to survive collision with a vehicle
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Meet Graham, the brick outhouse designed to survive collision with a vehicle

Victoria's Transport Accident Commission has been getting more creative with its safety awareness campaigns in recent years, but Graham here takes the cake. The entire cake. He might look like that cousin you don't talk about, but Graham here is science's best guess at the sort of evolutionary street we'd need to turn down if we're going to keep getting hit by cars...


2017 Hyundai Sonata pricing and specifications: Better rubber, more kit, higher prices
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2017 Hyundai Sonata pricing and specifications: Better rubber, more kit, higher prices

Australian pricing and details for the newly updated 2017 Hyundai Sonata have been released today, with the new range in showrooms right now. Although too early in the Sonata's lifetime for a styling update, Hyundai's mid-sizer picks up a number of enhancements for the new model year, including improved tech and a higher grade of rubber at each corner...


BMW M3 30 Years Edition: pricing and details for small-batch birthday special
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BMW M3 30 Years Edition: pricing and details for small-batch birthday special

Although a fitting number, just 30 buyers in Australia will be able to take home the new BMW M3 30 Years special-edition model, the company has confirmed today. BMW Australia notes that this is the same number of vehicles allocated to the UK market, out of a total worldwide number of 500 units...


Hyundai i30 N crackles and growls in new sound bite
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Hyundai i30 N crackles and growls in new sound bite

If there's not too much audio fakery in this short new video - and you just know there'll be a little - the Hyundai i30 N hot hatch is going to deliver some serious aural delight when it launches in the year ahead...


Peugeot 208 gets Apple CarPlay in new special: Drive-away deals on 208, 308, 2008, 4008
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Peugeot 208 gets Apple CarPlay in new special: Drive-away deals on 208, 308, 2008, 4008

A new sales campaign for a handful of Peugeot models in Australia has brought the popular Apple CarPlay connectivity platform to the French brand's local range for the first time. Announced with the limited-run 208 Active Special Edition, CarPlay is joined by other upgrades that include MirrorLink connectivity and a reversing camera...


2012-2013 Infiniti M35 hybrid sedan recalled
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2012-2013 Infiniti M35 hybrid sedan recalled

A small batch of Infiniti's 2012-2013 M35 hybrid sedan, later renamed Q70, has been recalled in Australia over concerns a water pump could fail. The car maker reports that a fault in the electric pump, which forms part of the hybrid drive powertrain's cooling system, could lead the device to fail...


2017 BMW 1 Series sedan revealed
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2017 BMW 1 Series sedan revealed

The highly-anticipated 2017 BMW 1 Series sedan has been revealed today, entering the German car maker's range as a clear rival to Audi's A3 sedan and the Mercedes-Benz CLA. The 1 Series sedan has been spied a number of times over the past two years, and last year's 'Concept Compact Sedan' show car - revealed at the Auto Guangzhou event in China - offered the first clear look at what was to come...


2016 Renault Koleos: Australian price and launch timing confirmed for all-new SUV
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2016 Renault Koleos: Australian price and launch timing confirmed for all-new SUV

Australian details for the all-new 2016 Renault Koleos, which will make its global sales debut here, have been announced today. Revealed in April, the new Koleos is billed as Renault's first-ever 'D-Segment' SUV. Thanks to its shared platform with Nissan's new X-Trail, the 2016 Koleos is 150mm longer than its predecessor...


Holden Cruze production to end October 7, ahead of new Astra debut
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Holden Cruze production to end October 7, ahead of new Astra debut

Australian production of the Holden Cruze will come to an end on Friday, October 7, the company has confirmed. Details of the plan were first made official in February this year, although the knowledge that Holden would be ending all Australian production by 2017 meant that was little doubt that the end was nearing for the Elizabeth-built small car...


Bentley Bentayga v Bentley EXP 9F Concept: styling face-off
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Bentley Bentayga v Bentley EXP 9F Concept: styling face-off

As any model does, the all-new Bentley Bentayga has found its share of detractors when it comes to styling. But, the thing is, so did the bold and vaguely retro-futuristic EXP 9F concept that came before it. Indeed, back in 2012, reports out of Europe suggested that sources within Bentley had conceded that the EXP 9F's styling was "a little heavy-handed", moving the marque's designers to return to the drawing board...


Toyota Mirai hydrogen trio moves to Australia
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Toyota Mirai hydrogen trio moves to Australia

The hydrogen-fuelled Toyota Mirai is back in Australia once again, but even if its polarising styling sings to you, you won't be buying one. Just three examples of the Mirai have come to Australia - this time for a few years - with a focus both on exposing the company's local offices to the technology expected to power its future, and also to promote that same concept in the local market...