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Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet revealed

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Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet revealed

Mercedes-Maybach, the extra-luxurious marque of Mercedes-Benz, has revealed a follow-up this weekend to its bold and mighty Vision 6 concept. The new concept, imaginatively named Vision 6 Cabriolet, was revealed at this week's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance a year since the hardtop debuted at the same location...

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Volkswagen Golf GTI Original, Golf R Grid to sharpen Australian prices
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Original, Golf R Grid to sharpen Australian prices

New Volkswagen Golf GTI Original and Golf R Grid models will touch down in Australia soon, the German car maker has revealed. Both models will join their respective lines as new price leaders, opening the GTI and R badges up to buyers shopping on a tighter budget...


Victoria kicks off driverless vehicle technology trials
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Victoria kicks off driverless vehicle technology trials

The Victorian government has started its autonomous driving technology trials, first announced in December last year. Launched to "help Victoria prepare for the future of driverless vehicles", the trial is being carried out in cooperation with roads company Transurban, along with VicRoads and RACV. Manufacturers BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Volvo are also involved...


Volkswagen Golf GTE in Australia for evaluation and training
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Volkswagen Golf GTE in Australia for evaluation and training

Volkswagen has brought an electrified Golf GTE to Australia for evaluation and technical training, the company has confirmed with CarAdvice. These photos, although showing no local registration plates, were snapped in Queensland this week by CarAdvice reader Patrick Ingvorsen, showing the plug-in hybrid EV hatch parked up between trips away from the company's New South Wales headquarters...


That's no driverless car, it's just a dude inside a seat... for science!
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That's no driverless car, it's just a dude inside a seat... for science!

"That's no moon…", Obi-Wan said as his motley band of rebels neared the Death Star. And, it turns out, this is no driverless car. Instead, it seems some inspiration has been taken from the many memes of people hiding inside seats, or even more elaborately dressed as a seat. The story, as unravelled by NBCWashington...


VACC warns of number-plate cloning scam, motorists left to prove innocence
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VACC warns of number-plate cloning scam, motorists left to prove innocence

Guilty until proven innocent? The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) is this week shining a light on the most heinous practice of number-plate cloning, which it claims has left "numerous" car dealers fighting traffic infringement penalties. In one case, the VACC says, a Licensed Motor Car Trader was fined over $16,000 "for a single incidence of number plate cloning"...


2018 Nissan Leaf: Is this our first official look at its final specs?
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2018 Nissan Leaf: Is this our first official look at its final specs?

We've seen the car in revealing spy photos and shadowy teasers, but this could be our first clear look at what the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf will offer buyers. According to American automotive listing and sales website Autobytel, the details here are what buyers in that market can expect when the new electric Leaf launches in the year ahead...


Porsche Cayenne to be recalled in Australia for diesel software fix
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Porsche Cayenne to be recalled in Australia for diesel software fix

Porsche Cars Australia will undertake a voluntary recall of the 3.0-litre V6 diesel Cayenne SUV, following confirmation of similar action in Europe. Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority, Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), last week ordered a ban on registrations for the Cayenne Diesel, with Porsche agreeing to recall around 21,500 vehicles...


Ford spots roadside assist charge that shouldn't be, promises refunds
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Ford spots roadside assist charge that shouldn't be, promises refunds

As Ford's local arm works through its case against court action brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the company says it has identified an error that saw customers charged for roadside assistance it had advertised as free...


2018 Lexus ES spied testing, could replace GS in future line-up
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2018 Lexus ES spied testing, could replace GS in future line-up

A new prototype, draped in the usual camouflage but unmistakable in identity, has been spied testing in the US this week. These photos are very likely our first look at the next-generation 2018 Lexus ES in its final body. Clearly inspired by the big new LS limo unveiled in Detroit earlier this year, the new ES will wear the same expansive 'spindle' grille that has famously polarised punters for years now...


New Cars: 2017 New Car Calendar, the August update
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New Cars: 2017 New Car Calendar, the August update

Last year was a huge one for new-model launches in Australia, with 2016 seeing the heroic new Ford Mustang land in January, before rolling through to the impressive new Subaru Impreza that made its media debut in late December. Of course, many, many more new offerings appeared between...


2018 Mercedes-AMG GT pricing: Roadster joins local line-up
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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT pricing: Roadster joins local line-up

Australian pricing for the new 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster, unveiled in September last year and driven by CarAdvice in March just gone, has now been revealed. The newest soft-top AMG, which Mercedes reckons will attract "a very different" type of buyer to those drawn by the legendary SL badge, had initially been expected to land with a price tag below $350,000...


2018 Renault Clio RS pricing and specs: New looks, more kit
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2018 Renault Clio RS pricing and specs: New looks, more kit

The facelifted 2018 Renault Clio RS is now on sale in Australia, almost a year on from its European-market unveiling. Arriving on the heels of its recently launched regular siblings, the revised RS is again offered in just Sport and Cup forms, but the Trophy model - with its new Akrapovic exhaust system and lower suspension - is out of sight...


2018 Peugeot 3008 pricing and specs: New-gen SUV touches down
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2018 Peugeot 3008 pricing and specs: New-gen SUV touches down

Full details for the all-new 2018 Peugeot 3008, now properly 'SUVified' (that'll never take off) to compete in Australia's most popular market segment, have been handed down today. Declared European Car of the Year in March, the new 2018 3008 arrives as a dramatically restyled replacement for the dowdy first-generation model that was never popular here...


BMW sketches new roadster for Pebble Beach Concours
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BMW sketches new roadster for Pebble Beach Concours

An early preview sketch for what could be our first look at the new 2018 BMW Z4 roadster has been handed down this week. The company has offered little else in the way of detail, and it remains to be seen if the topless Bimmer bound for August's Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance will serve any greater purpose than highlighting the company's styling chops...