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Bentley Mulsanne Speed revealed with 1100Nm twin-turbo V8

A more powerful engine and sportier looks mark out the new range-topping Bentley Mulsanne Speed, which will debut at the Paris motor show. Bentley's 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8 has been reworked to deliver 395kW of power and 1100Nm of torque, up from the standard car's 377kW and 1020Nm...

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2016 Renault Koleos spied for the first time

These are the first images of the new-generation 2016 Renault Koleos, which was caught by our spy photographers undergoing hot-weather testing in Europe. The all-new Koleos is set to be based upon the same underpinnings as the recently released Nissan Qashqai, as part of the longstanding Renault-Nissan Alliance and its buddy-up toolkit known as the Common Module Family...


Nissan Micra : Next-generation city car confirmed for 2016
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Nissan Micra : Next-generation city car confirmed for 2016

The next-generation Nissan Micra will launch in late 2016, the Renault Nissan Alliance has announced. The alliance confirmed timing for the release of the fifth-generation Micra today, revealing that Renault’s Flins plant near Paris will begin production of the new model in about two years’ time at an estimated annual rate of 132,000 vehicles...


Renault RS Monitor: quick look
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Renault RS Monitor: quick look

The Renault RS Monitor 2.0 data logging system made its global debut back in 2013 on the all-new fourth-generation Clio RS. Expanding on the brand’s earlier RS Monitor 1.0 – with features limited to acceleration and lap timing and tyre pressure monitoring – the more advanced Renault RS Monitor 2...


Nissan may scale back or cancel EV battery production - report
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Nissan may scale back or cancel EV battery production - report

Thanks to poor sales and high costs, Nissan is considering scaling back or, in an extreme case, eliminating its electric vehicle battery production capability. When Nissan launched the Leaf electric hatchback back in 2010, the company wasn't just taking a punt on the usual development, marketing and manufacturing costs associated with a new car, it was making a big bet on battery technology — it's own battery tech, engineered and built in-house...


Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X : Brand's most capable model ever launches from $52,000
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Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X : Brand's most capable model ever launches from $52,000

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X special edition has become the most capable off-road vehicle ever offered by the American brand in Australia. The Wrangler Rubicon X is available in limited numbers exclusively in four-door Unlimited specification with a five-speed automatic transmission. At $52,000, it is $3000 more expensive than the regular Rubicon on which it’s based...


Mini Rocketman back on the table, says design boss - report
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Mini Rocketman back on the table, says design boss - report

A micro-sized city car inspired by the Mini Rocketman concept is reportedly back on the table, according to the British brand’s styling chief. Mini head of design Anders Warming told Auto Express an even smaller Mini model made sense for the brand, and revealed it is working through the issues that currently make such a car unviable...


Speed limit on busy Adelaide street cut to 10km/h after council blunder
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Speed limit on busy Adelaide street cut to 10km/h after council blunder

The speed limit on one of Adelaide’s busiest streets has been cut to little more than walking pace because its new $4 million surface is dangerously slippery when wet. The Advertiser reports speed limits on the western end of Hindley St will remain at just 10km/h indefinitely after vehicles failed skid resistant safety tests on the freshly paved surface...


2015 Ford Focus ST arriving earlier than expected
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2015 Ford Focus ST arriving earlier than expected

The 2015 Ford Focus ST will reach our shores earlier than expected. Ford Australia’s original forecast had the updated hot-hatch arriving in local showrooms in the second or third quarter of next year, but it now expects the refreshed model to be available as early as March...


The Australian new vehicle market is a massive melting pot
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The Australian new vehicle market is a massive melting pot

New vehicle sales have fallen moderately in 2014 after two record years in a row, but perhaps even more interesting is the slowly changing face of exactly where these cars are made.   Here are the basics. There have been just shy of 740,000 cars and trucks registered in Australia to date in 2014, made in about 30 countries across every continent except Antarctica (lazy penguins)...


Fiat 500X spotted camouflage free on an Italian street
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Fiat 500X spotted camouflage free on an Italian street

A forum user has posted a photo of an undisguised Fiat 500X on an Italian street around half-a-month ahead of its scheduled public debut. The photo was shared by a user on the message boards run by Italian motoring website Quattroruote (Four Wheels). Given the recent video teaser released by Fiat, earlier spy photos and images of the 500X's naked body shell, there are few reasons to doubt the authenticity and accuracy of this photo...


2015 Audi Q7 plug-in hybrid spied testing
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2015 Audi Q7 plug-in hybrid spied testing

Our spy photographers have spotted the plug-in hybrid version of the next generation Q7, which will be known as the Audi Q7 e-tron, on public roads in Nurburg, as well as at the famed Nurburgring track. Aside from a slew of electric warning stickers and filling caps on both rear quarter panels, the plug-in hybrid Q7 doesn't look too different to the conventionally powered version of the next Q7 that we spotted back in April...


2015 Peugeot 308 : Australian technical specifications revealed
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2015 Peugeot 308 : Australian technical specifications revealed

Technical specifications of the all-new Peugeot 308 have been revealed more than a month ahead of the compact French car’s arrival in Australian showrooms. CarAdvice understands Peugeot Australia will launch both hatchback and ‘SW’ wagon body styles of the new-generation 308 at the end of next month...


Mercedes-Benz plans plug-in hybrid assault : 10 new models by 2017
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Mercedes-Benz plans plug-in hybrid assault : 10 new models by 2017

Mercedes-Benz has revealed a plan to bring 10 plug-in hybrid models to market by 2017. The rapid product offensive was announced by the man responsible for group research and development at Mercedes-Benz, and member of the board of Daimler AG, Dr Thomas Weber at the international launch of the S500 plug-in hybrid this week...


2015 Ford S-Max people-mover revealed
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2015 Ford S-Max people-mover revealed

The second-generation Ford S-Max people-mover has been revealed ahead of the seven-seat mini-van's public debut at the 2014 Paris motor show in October. The new Ford S-Max - which was presaged by the S-Max Concept at the 2013 Geneva motor show - adopts the brand's Aston Martin-esque design language, with a broad, slatted grille, sculpted bumper and sleek headlights...


Peugeot RCZ unlikely to see a second generation
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Peugeot RCZ unlikely to see a second generation

The Peugeot RCZ sports car is not expected to be renewed for a second generation, reports out of Europe suggest. According to AutoExpress, the Peugeot RCZ is not expected to be replaced when the current version finishes up its model life, as PSA Peugeot Citroen boss Carlos Tavares hinted that derivative hot models will be more important than standalone performance vehicles in the future...


Ferrari planning $3.6m US-only supercar
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Ferrari planning $3.6m US-only supercar

Outgoing Ferrari CEO Luca di Montezemolo’s last public act in charge of the Italian sports car company will be to unveil a super-exclusive new model with an estimated price tag of 2.5 million euros ($3.6 million). Speaking with Automotive News Europe, the Ferrari chief confirmed a limited run of 10 special supercars for the US market only, adding that all are already accounted for...


Toyota C-HR concept previews compact crossover
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Toyota C-HR concept previews compact crossover

Toyota will preview its vision for a new compact crossover next month when it unveils the C-HR concept at the 2014 Paris motor show. Teased in a single shadowy silhouette image, the Toyota C-HR concept is said to blend a “bold new design language with an agile, engaging driving experience and a hybrid powertrain”...


How the heck did I just get my motorbike licence?
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How the heck did I just get my motorbike licence?

"Where did you get your licence, a cereal box?" So goes the famous aphorism, a line directed at line cutters, lane hogs and non-indicators on a daily basis. Yes, it's a jest, albeit an exercise in anomie and derision. The thing is though, if you were to shout that at a passing motorcyclist, you might just be closer to the truth than you might think...


Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Veloster axing rumours rejected
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Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Veloster axing rumours rejected

The head of public relations for Hyundai Australia has rejected recent rumours that both the upcoming second-generation Genesis Coupe and the brand's uniquely styled Veloster are at risk of being axed...


DS to drop Citroen badging in Europe from 2015, will be Audi rival by 2020
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DS to drop Citroen badging in Europe from 2015, will be Audi rival by 2020

PSA Peugeot Citroen chief Carlos Tavares has confirmed that the DS brand will be divorced from Citroen in Europe from 2015. The desire to have DS standalone has been hinted at, speculated on and openly talked about for over a year now. While China began the separation of DS from Citroen this year with a raft of new China-specific models, such as the 6WR SUV and 5LS sedan, it wasn't entirely clear when similar moves would begin across developed markets...


2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class facelift revealed
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2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class facelift revealed

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class has been given a blink-and-you'll-miss-it facelift, which will debut at the Paris motor show in October. External changes have been limited primarily to the B-Class' bumpers. At the front there are reshaped air intakes and the driving lights have moved to within the reworked headlight clusters...


2015 Toyota HiLux : first images of new-generation ute testing in Europe
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2015 Toyota HiLux : first images of new-generation ute testing in Europe

The new-generation 2015 Toyota HiLux has been caught during hot weather testing in Europe. The new, larger Toyota HiLux dual-cab seen in these images was caught in Southern Europe along with a benchmarking car, the Volkswagen Amarok...


2015 Ford Transit pricing and specifications
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2015 Ford Transit pricing and specifications

There's a new large van on the Australian scene, with a larger Ford Transit set to take on established players such as the Renault Master, Volkswagen Crafter and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The Ford Transit will slot in at the top of the blue oval brand's commercial vehicle range, above the recently added Ford Transit Custom that won CarAdvice's mid-size van test...


Jaguar targeting higher use of recycled materials
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Jaguar targeting higher use of recycled materials

Jaguar says it aims to use 75 per cent recycled material in its cars by 2020. The news comes following the British brand announcing its new XE luxury sedan will be the first car in the world to use a new aluminium alloy known as RC 5754 that is made predominantly of recycled material...


HSV GTS Maloo : world’s fastest ute in waiting revealed
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HSV GTS Maloo : world’s fastest ute in waiting revealed

The new HSV GTS Maloo will send an iconic Australian vehicle out in style by becoming the world’s fastest ute. Holden Special Vehicles is building a limited run of 250 GTS Maloos, with a price tag somewhere between $85,000 and $90,000 that will also make it Australia’s most expensive ute until local manufacturing ceases in 2017...


Ferrari to boost production volume under new leadership
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Ferrari to boost production volume under new leadership

Ferrari will become a little bit less exclusive following a management shakeup that has seen long-serving chief Luca di Montezemolo move aside for parent company boss Sergio Marchionne. Bloomberg reports that Fiat SpA chief executive officer Marchionne will become Ferrari chairman on October 13, and that under his guidance the brand will look to increase its yearly sales volumes from the current 7000 per annum to 10,000 units globally...


Mercedes-Benz AMG boss backflips on Erebus V8 Supercars team
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Mercedes-Benz AMG boss backflips on Erebus V8 Supercars team

Mercedes-Benz AMG's head of overall vehicle development and board member Tobias Moers insists he is viewing Erebus in a new more positive light, despite a scathing attack last year on the third-party V8 Supercars team that uses E63 AMG bodies. CarAdvice spoke with Moers last September at the international launch of the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG in Austria, where he said the racing team run independently by Betty Klimenko must start to win races...


Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition unveiled
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Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition unveiled

The Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon is gearing up for sale as the British brand seeks to further revitalise its GT lineup with the introduction of an eight-speed automatic transmission back in August. The Carbon edition, which has previously been applied to Vantage, DB9 and DBS will now take hold of the British brand’s latest GT, offering black and white Vanquish models with an array of special features...


Holden Craig Lowndes SS V Commodore confirmed
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Holden Craig Lowndes SS V Commodore confirmed

Holden has confirmed it will build a new special edition Craig Lowndes SS V model as a tribute to the driver's impending 20-year anniversary in V8 Supercars. News of the new model - which is based upon the Holden SS V Redline Commodore - was rumoured earlier this year, but Holden has now offered up some details on what makes the Craig Lowndes SS V Special Edition different to the the standard car...


Ford Mustang-curious Australians bombarding the brand
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Ford Mustang-curious Australians bombarding the brand

The newly internationalised 2015 Ford Mustang is still 10 months away from arriving on local shores, but the blue oval brand says it has received a veritable stampede of customer enquiries.  According to Ford, 13,000 people have expressed interest and requested to be kept up to date online...


Mazda boss says cars in Australia not overpriced, discusses perceived dangers of grey imports
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Mazda boss says cars in Australia not overpriced, discusses perceived dangers of grey imports

Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders says the notion that new cars are universally sold cheaper elsewhere is “rubbish”, and that a proposal to open up the market to late-model used imports would have a dire affect on the new vehicle market as a whole...


Ssangyong XIV-Air, XIV-Adventure concepts preview X100
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Ssangyong XIV-Air, XIV-Adventure concepts preview X100

Saangyong will unveil two concept cars, the Ssangyong XIV-Air and Ssangyong XIV-Adventure, at next month's Paris motor show. The two vehicles, which have just been unveiled via moodily lit renders, point the way to a new model, dubbed the X100, which will slot in underneath the Korando. Both the XIV-Air (in silver) and XIV-Adventure (in khaki green) sit on a 2...


Toyota U2 Urban Utility concept mashes up ute and van
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Toyota U2 Urban Utility concept mashes up ute and van

Toyota's American Catly design studio has mixed together the best parts of ute and van to create the Toyota U-squared Urban Utility concept, which we'll call U2 for short. Although, at first glance, the U2 seems to be nothing more than a funkily-styled small van that escaped from Japan's bubble economy era, the Urban Utility concept is more much innovative than that...


2014 Ford Falcon Ute revealed
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2014 Ford Falcon Ute revealed

Here is the final Ford Falcon Ute, and confirmation the company will give its locally-made load-lugging icon a fitting swansong with revisions largely in-line with its sedan sibling.  We reported on the FG X Falcon’s revisions yesterday — see the full list here — but have since come across the first official image of the Ute...


2015 Ford Falcon specifications detailed : NEW PICS ADDED
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2015 Ford Falcon specifications detailed : NEW PICS ADDED

The 2015 Ford Falcon will get a number of equipment upgrades beyond the already confirmed SYNC2 multimedia system when it arrives in mid-November this year. Ford’s final iteration of one the oldest nameplates in its arsenal — the name will be retired with the current-generation car when the company’s Australian factories close in October 2016 — will pick up a pretty impressive list of standard equipment to go with its new looks but unchanged mechanicals...


Holden to look at Vauxhall Viva city car
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Holden to look at Vauxhall Viva city car

The Holden Viva nameplate may be on the verge of a comeback, with the local brand confirming it will take at look at Vauxhall’s all-new entry-level model. General Motors’ British arm has released a teaser image of the Viva, which will join the Adam and Corsa city cars in Vauxhall’s line-up in mid-2015...


Joss enters negotiations with local investor : Australian supercar firms for 2015 launch
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Joss enters negotiations with local investor : Australian supercar firms for 2015 launch

Aspiring Australian supercar maker Joss is on the verge of partnering with a significant local investor in a deal that could make its 16-year dream of building a Ferrari-beater and exporting it to the world a reality. Joss founder Matt Thomas told CarAdvice today he could not reveal much about the negotiation process, but said he was feeling “pretty optimistic”...


2015 Mitsubishi Pajero pricing and specifications
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2015 Mitsubishi Pajero pricing and specifications

An $8000 price reduction for the flagship Exceed variant headlines the changes for the updated 2015 Mitsubishi Pajero, which is now on sale in Australia. Mitsubishi Australia has trimmed the 2015 model year Pajero line-up from six variants to four, retaining the entry-level GLX manual and automatic and high-grade Exceed, while replacing the GLX-R and VRX models with a single GLS auto...


Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition : V8 supercharger pack boosts HSV to 550kW, Holden to 500kW
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Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition : V8 supercharger pack boosts HSV to 550kW, Holden to 500kW

Walkinshaw Performance has released its most powerful V8 package ever, boosting 6.0-litre Holden Commodore models to 500kW and 6.2-litre HSVs to a whopping 550kW. The Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition Supercharger Package is an enhanced version of the WPP230 Supercharger pack, and is limited to just 50 units...


Local Motors Strati mounts 3D printed body, chassis on Twizy drivetrain
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Local Motors Strati mounts 3D printed body, chassis on Twizy drivetrain

Arizona-based Local Motors has begun 3D printing and assembling an electric car, dubbed the Strati, at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. The majority of the car's structure is printed as large block by a Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine...


Luca di Montezemolo resigns as Ferrari chairman; Marchionne to take over
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Luca di Montezemolo resigns as Ferrari chairman; Marchionne to take over

Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo will step down from his role on October 13 and will be replaced by Sergio Marchionne, CEO of parent company Fiat Chrysler. In a statement Di Montezemolo said: "Ferrari will have an important role to play within the FCA Group in the upcoming flotation on Wall Street...