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BMW M2 supply for Australia grows

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BMW M2 supply for Australia grows

It will surprise few to learn that the 2016 allocation of just 300 BMW M2 coupes for Australia was quickly exhausted. Orders flew out the door so quickly, BMW says, that many who missed out were spending up for an M3 or M4 rather than wait around for next year's deliveries...

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2017 Porsche Panamera interior revealed in leaked image?
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2017 Porsche Panamera interior revealed in leaked image?

The first clear look at the upcoming 2017 Porsche Panamera may now be online, thanks to an image that surfaced today on social media network Instagram. The new 2017 Panamera has been spied a number of times in the past year, with the regular 'sedan' body and its new wagon sibling both caught in varying states of undress at the Nurburgring and elsewhere...


2018 Nissan Navara SUV spied testing
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2018 Nissan Navara SUV spied testing

A prototype of what could be the anticipated SUV spin-off of Nissan's new NP300 Navara ute has been spied testing this week, revealing more than a little of the now retired R51 Pathfinder in its shape. Although the front and centre sections of this camouflaged mule are clearly Navara, the rear half is almost identical to the old Pathfinder's design - right down to the donated glass hatch, angled-top tail lamps and high-set rear door handles...


2017 Kia GT a strong chance for Australia, Stinger on the wish list
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2017 Kia GT a strong chance for Australia, Stinger on the wish list

The chief operating officer of Kia's Australian arm, Damien Meredith, has confirmed that the upcoming 2017 Kia GT is a strong chance for a local launch. The rear-wheel-drive GT has been a long time coming. Revealed first as a concept in 2011, the big four-door coupe has remained a hot topic in the rumour mill in the years since...


2017 Peugeot 3008 revealed, Australian launch due next year
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2017 Peugeot 3008 revealed, Australian launch due next year

The all-new, larger, and now distinctly more SUV-styled 2017 Peugeot 3008 has been revealed tonight ahead of an Australian debut set for next year. The model's transformation from a small and quirky high-riding hatch into a 'proper' mid-sized SUV has been anticipated for sometime, with spy photos over the past year and leaked imagery in recent weeks offering a clear look at what buyers should expect...


2016 Subaru Forester tS: $54,990 STI special in Australia from June
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2016 Subaru Forester tS: $54,990 STI special in Australia from June

The new limited-edition 2016 Subaru Forester tS special will be priced in Australia from $54,990 plus on-road costs, the company's local arm has confirmed. Revealed in late 2014 for the Japanese market, the special STI-tuned Forester tS was confirmed for an Australian launch during last year's international first drive of the new Levorg wagon...


2017 Peugeot 3008 revealed in teaser image, unveiling due tonight
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2017 Peugeot 3008 revealed in teaser image, unveiling due tonight

The all-new 2017 Peugeot 3008 has surfaced again, this time in a shadowy teaser image posted to the Facebook page of one of the car maker's suppliers. The new 3008 was last seen in a short, low-quality video covertly snapped in a Peugeot facility, while spy photos published in the past year have also given buyers an idea of what to expect from the new model...


Victorian UberX driver's court win paves way for legalisation
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Victorian UberX driver's court win paves way for legalisation

Nathan Brenner, a 'driver-partner' with the disruptive ride-sharing company Uber, has won a landmark case that effectively legalises the service in Victoria. Brenner was fined $900 last year by the Victorian Taxi Services Commission for "operating without accreditation"...


2018 Volvo XC40 previewed alongside jacked-up 'V40.2' concept
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2018 Volvo XC40 previewed alongside jacked-up 'V40.2' concept

Shoppers in the compact SUV market have been given a first look at what could be their next buy, with the unveiling today of a concept that is sure to preview the new 2018 Volvo XC40. For now, the show car is known as the XC40.1, one of two new '40 Series' concepts, following in the footsteps of the current V40 and 40-badged models of generations past...


Class action filed over Ford PowerShift transmissions
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Class action filed over Ford PowerShift transmissions

A law firm has launched a class action lawsuit against Ford Australia, claiming that the car maker's PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmissions are unsafe. Although a specific number of owners involved with the class action is still to be confirmed, a spokesperson for the firm told CarAdvice today that around 70,000 examples of the 1...


2017 Kia GT sports sedan spied testing
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2017 Kia GT sports sedan spied testing

The production version of the well-received Kia GT concept, first revealed way back in 2011, has been caught testing in California this week. This prototype had first been spied on the back of a truck in April, with a pair of tightly-cropped images offering a first look at the big four-door coupe...


2017 BMW M140i, M240i lines revealed: Power boost for hatch, coupe, convertible
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2017 BMW M140i, M240i lines revealed: Power boost for hatch, coupe, convertible

The newly powered-up 2017 BMW M140i and 2017 M240i models have been announced today, debuting with the same new powertrain featured in the new 340i, 440i and X4 M40i. Headlining the changes to the small M140i hatch and M240i coupe and convertible models is the same all-new 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine that features in their larger mid-sized stablemates...


New Toyota Supra coming in 2018 - report
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New Toyota Supra coming in 2018 - report

The long-awaited successor to Toyota's iconic Supra may now be locked in, with a new report out of Austria this week claiming a 2018 production schedule is planned. Talk of a new Supra has been doing the rounds for sometime, and confirmation in 2013 that Toyota would work with BMW to develop a new sports platform has only served to motivate the rumour mill further...


2010 Holden Cruze diesel recalled over wiring corrosion risk
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2010 Holden Cruze diesel recalled over wiring corrosion risk

Holden has this week announced a recall of vehicles in its 2010 'JG' Cruze small car range, affecting those fitted with the company's 2.0-litre diesel engine. The car maker reports that in some vehicles, and over "an extended period of time", a wiring connector for the Engine Control Module may fret and become corroded...


Subaru Corporation: Fuji Heavy Industries renamed after 62 years
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Subaru Corporation: Fuji Heavy Industries renamed after 62 years

Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), the parent company of Japanese car maker Subaru, will be known as Subaru Corporation from April 1, next year. Announcing the decision this week, the corporation's board of directors said that the change is part of a plan to fully integrate FHI's Industrial Products Company with the Subaru automotive business...


2017 Volvo V40, XC40 concepts teased ahead of big unveiling next week
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2017 Volvo V40, XC40 concepts teased ahead of big unveiling next week

Sweden's biggest auto brand has handed down a trio of (not so) mysterious teaser images overnight via social media platform Snapchat, offering a first look at the new 2017 Volvo V40 - and likely also its long-anticipated XC40 sibling. Although the company did not reveal the identity of the new vehicle/s, it did confirm that the teasers pointed to its new '40 Series' - described as "not your daddy's Volvo" - leaving little room for doubt...


Nissan to buy controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors: confirmed
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Nissan to buy controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors: confirmed

Reports today of an anticipated tie-up between Japan's second-largest car maker Nissan and the recently scandalised Mitsubishi were confirmed at a joint conference this afternoon. As reported by Japanese broadcaster NHK early this morning, Nissan will invest 237 billion yen ($2.9 billion) to take a 34 per cent stake in Mitsubishi Motors...


2017 Holden Captiva spied testing in Chevrolet guise
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2017 Holden Captiva spied testing in Chevrolet guise

The now long-anticipated replacement for the Holden Captiva may have surfaced this week, with a new mid-sized Chevrolet SUV prototype hitting the road overseas. The new SUV is likely to be the new-generation Chevrolet Captiva, which could also make its way to the US as the downsized new Equinox reported last year...


2017 Abarth 595 revealed: tiny hot hatch gets power bump, tweaked looks
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2017 Abarth 595 revealed: tiny hot hatch gets power bump, tweaked looks

Fiat Chrysler Australia may have only just recently launched its revised entry-level $27,500 Abarth 595 into the Australian market, but now there’s an even newer one: the 2017 Abarth 595. That’s no surprise, either. With the wider Fiat 500 range given a facelift earlier this year, the arrival of the 2016 Abarth 595 in the little hatch’s older skin made it something of a placeholder for an anticipated makeover...


2016 Ford Kuga: Australian update adds Sync 2, larger screen at entry level
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2016 Ford Kuga: Australian update adds Sync 2, larger screen at entry level

The 2016 Ford Kuga has been given another update for Australia and, while it’s not the recently revealed styling and technology update, buyers at the entry level may be pleased - depending on their priorities, and how soon they buy. When the Kuga was last updated for Australia, in November last year, the company added its newer Sync 2 infotainment system and a larger 8...


2017 World Car of the Year will include ‘urban car’ category
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2017 World Car of the Year will include ‘urban car’ category

The World Car Awards organisation, which in March declared the Mazda MX-5 the all-round finest offering the market had to offer in 2016, has now added a new vehicle class to its growing list of judging categories. The World Car of the Year awards, which already include categories for overall winner, performance cars, luxury cars, green cars and automotive design, will next year include a new ‘urban car’ category...


Haval HB-02, HR-02 SUV concepts preview future styling
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Haval HB-02, HR-02 SUV concepts preview future styling

Chinese SUV brand Haval has unveiled a pair of new concepts, intended to preview the company’s future styling direction. The show cars, dubbed HB-02 and HR-02, appear to feature different stages of production readiness, with the white HR-02 wearing a look more in-line with the brand’s current styling...


Toyota 86 Shooting Brake concept revealed in Australia
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Toyota 86 Shooting Brake concept revealed in Australia

The big T is the latest to get on the super-sleek two-door band wagon, with the unveiling today of a special new Toyota 86 Shooting Brake concept. Developed right here in Australia with a mission to “explore the ways to expand its appeal while retaining the purity of the coupe”, the 86 Shooting Brake is a fully-functional and driveable vehicle...


Volvo won’t feature on 2017 Australian Supercar Championship grid
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Volvo won’t feature on 2017 Australian Supercar Championship grid

The familiar cyan blue of Volvo’s Polestar performance division won’t be seen on the starting grid of the 2017 Australian Supercar Championship, with the Swedish company confirming it will not renew its current commitment when it expires at the end of this year...


2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited spied: All-new 4WD comes out to play
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2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited spied: All-new 4WD comes out to play

Will the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler look the way a Wrangler should? If this first-ever look at the new model is anything to go by, the answer is a clear ‘yes’. These new spy photos, of what looks to be the Unlimited variant, reveal that we can expect the all-new Wrangler to maintain the proportions and boxy look that have contributed to the badge’s success...


Toyota C-HR may get Nismo Juke-rivalling boost - report
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Toyota C-HR may get Nismo Juke-rivalling boost - report

The all-new 2017 Toyota C-HR, due here early next year, could soon welcome a flagship performance variant to the family. Unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March this year, the C-HR debuted an edgy and sporting new evolution of Toyota’s SUV styling. But, with 98kW hybrid and 85kW 1...


Car makers line up for Good Design Australia awards
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Car makers line up for Good Design Australia awards

A number of car makers have deemed their latest offerings appealing enough to be a chance for a prize at this year’s Good Design Australia awards. Last year’s prize, in both the main Good Design Award and the Overall Product Design in the Automotive and Transport category, went to the Tesla Model S. BMW’s i3 was also successful, taking the top award in the Sustainability class...


2017 BMW i3 revealed with bigger battery, greater range
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2017 BMW i3 revealed with bigger battery, greater range

New i3 variant gets extended driving range with meatier battery Faster charging available with three-phase upgrade Australian debut due late 2016 A new variant in BMW’s electric vehicle family has been revealed this week, in the form of the 2017 BMW i3 (94 Ah). The parentheses aren’t our doing, either: the model’s official name in Europe is indeed “i3 (94 Ah)”...


2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe on sale in Australia
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2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe on sale in Australia

The all-new 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe is now on sale in Australia, joining the sedan and wagon variants that landed locally in 2014. The new 2016 C-Class coupe was first revealed in August last year, with the hero Mercedes-AMG C63 model debuting a week later. The months since have also seen the new C-Class Cabriolet revealed, making its first appearance at the Geneva motor show earlier this year...


2017 Volkswagen GTI Clubsport S in, Golf R400 reportedly out
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2017 Volkswagen GTI Clubsport S in, Golf R400 reportedly out

The powered-up Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport, which is on its way to Australia as the GTI 40 Years Edition, will soon be outclassed by an even more powerful special. The new limited-edition model will be known as the GTI Clubsport S, and fans will get their first look at the annual Wörthersee GTI-Treffen (“meeting”) in Austria next month...