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Mercedes-AMG buys quarter share in Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta

Mercedes-AMG has paid an undisclosed amount to purchase a 25 per cent stake in MV Agusta, with the partnership confirmed to focus on a sales and marketing push targeting buyers of both high performance cars and motorcycles...

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Kia to launch dedicated hybrid crossover in 2016 - report
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Kia to launch dedicated hybrid crossover in 2016 - report

Kia will launch a dedicated hybrid crossover vehicle before the end of 2016, according to officials from the South Korean car maker. Autocar reports the new model, known internally as ‘DE’, will be based on a unique platform. It will be powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor, and feature a new-generation automatic transmission...


Nurburgring sold to Russian pharmaceutical billionaire - report
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Nurburgring sold to Russian pharmaceutical billionaire - report

Russian billionaire Viktor Kharitonin has purchased two-thirds of the Nurburgring race track, which fell into bankruptcy in 2012. Bloomberg reports that the chairman of Russian pharmaceutical company Pharmstandard has purchased a majority share in the famed German track...


Next-generation Audi A4 confirmed for 2015
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Next-generation Audi A4 confirmed for 2015

Audi has confirmed that the mainstay of its range, the Audi A4, will enter a fifth generation in 2015. During celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the A4 badge, Audi announced that its Ingolstadt plant in Germany is preparing for the launch of the next-generation A4 in 2015...


Renault Australia held in higher regard than it thought, strong growth still left in it
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Renault Australia held in higher regard than it thought, strong growth still left in it

Against the backdrop of continued record sales in Australia, Renault’s ambitious local arm has conducted a wide-ranging focus group study into what local buyers know and think about its brand — and the results have come as something of a surprise...


Mini 5 Door to end decade-long sales plateau for brand in Australia, says local boss
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Mini 5 Door to end decade-long sales plateau for brand in Australia, says local boss

The new Mini 5 Door will end a decade-long sales plateau and take the brand to record heights in Australia, the company’s local boss says. The new 5 Door body style adds rear doors, a fifth seat and more rear legroom and boot space over the regular three-door hatch for an $1100 premium, giving it an initial starting price of $27,750 for the Cooper before the $25,600 Cooper One slots in beneath it early next year...


Ferrari Q3 profit falls below Maserati because of payout to ex-chairman
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Ferrari Q3 profit falls below Maserati because of payout to ex-chairman

In a shake-up of the status quo, Maserati posted a higher operating profit in the third quarter of 2014 than Ferrari, thanks in part to the Maranello-based brand’s golden handshake with now-former chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo.  Fuelled by strong growth of its Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans, Maserati made 90 million euros ($128m) between July and September, more than doubling its profits over the same period in 2013...


Mini 5 Door Cooper One : $25,600 base model here in early 2015
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Mini 5 Door Cooper One : $25,600 base model here in early 2015

Mini will seek to bring more young families to the brand by introducing the entry-level Mini 5 Door Cooper One to Australia early next year. Mini Australia national manager Kai Bruesewitz confirmed plans for the addition of the base variant at the launch of the new 5 Door hatch range in Adelaide this week...


Audi and Porsche the Volkswagen Group's biggest profit centres
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Audi and Porsche the Volkswagen Group's biggest profit centres

The Volkswagen Group posted an operating profit of 3.2 billion euros ($A4.6b) in Q3, up 16 per cent on 2013, and remains on track for record full-year sales in excess of 10 million vehicles — a figure it previously told shareholders it would likely not reach until 2018.  The German company delivered just under 7.1 million passenger vehicles (up 5...


Citroen C3 Aircross Lunar concept touches down in Sao Paulo
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Citroen C3 Aircross Lunar concept touches down in Sao Paulo

The Citroen C3 Aircross Lunar concept car will be on display at the Citroen stand at this year's Sao Paulo auto show. The Aircross is an off-road-style derivative of the C3 Picasso MPV. Manufactured by Citroen's Brazilian arm, it's sold in select South American markets...


Toyota FCV to be zero car at final Japanese Rally Championship race
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Toyota FCV to be zero car at final Japanese Rally Championship race

The Toyota FCV hydrogen fuel cell hybrid will act as the zero car at the final race in this year's Japanese Rally Championship. As a zero car, the Toyota FCV will race out on the course of the 285km Shinshiro Rally, held at the beginning of November, prior to other competitors, warning bystanders about the upcoming rally cars and spotting any potential hazards on the track...


Scion FR-S T1: Toyota 86 targa heading to SEMA
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Scion FR-S T1: Toyota 86 targa heading to SEMA

A targa top Toyota 86, dubbed the Scion FR-S T1, will be one of the Japanese brand's main attractions at this year's SEMA show in Las Vegas. Will Toyota bring an open-top 86 to the market? Jeremy Lookofsky from Cartel Customs isn't hanging around to find out. He and his team have come up with a targa top version of the Scion FR-S — in the US, the 86 is sold exclusively by Toyota's youth brand...


Fiat Chrysler Australia announces new boss
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Fiat Chrysler Australia announces new boss

Fiat Chrysler has appointed Pat Dougherty (pictured) as the new boss of its Australian division, completing a busy week of executive movements after the resignations of the local operation’s CEO and public relations chief. Dougherty is currently the vice president of FCA’s parts and service division, Mopar, following a dual role of head of Fiat sales, network and operations and head of fleet sales for the North America...


Safety shouldn’t be an optional extra
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Safety shouldn’t be an optional extra

News this week that the all-new 2015 Mazda 2 will not come with some potentially life saving safety equipment as standard has sparked a conversation that needs to be had: should safety cost you more? My opinion is that no, it most certainly shouldn't – for the most part...


2015 Mini 5 Door: pricing and specifications
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2015 Mini 5 Door: pricing and specifications

The first-ever Mini 5 Door hatchback will steal sales from the Volkswagen Golf and Mazda 3, according to British-based brand's local chief. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the Cooper 5 Door, Mini Australia national manager Kai Bruesewitz said he expects Australians will “absolutely” shop the larger and more practical Mini variant against more traditional and conservative small cars...


Mini John Cooper Works : New $48K hot-hatch arriving mid-2015
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Mini John Cooper Works : New $48K hot-hatch arriving mid-2015

The new Mini Cooper JCW will undercut the $49,900 Audi S1 when it goes on sale in Australia around the middle of next year. Mini Australia national manager Kai Bruesewitz told CarAdvice the new John Cooper Works hot-hatch would be priced from “around $48,000” in three-door six-speed manual form, very deliberately slotting about $2000 beneath key rival Audi’s recently released pocket rocket...


Renault Australia disappointed that LHD-only Espace is off the table, for now
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Renault Australia disappointed that LHD-only Espace is off the table, for now

Renault Australia managing director Justin Hocevar has admitted to being a little frustrated by the company’s decision to limit production of the stylish new Espace MPV to left-hand drive at launch. While previous iterations of the Espace have not been sold here given Australia’s small people-mover market, the company’s local arm believes the new version, which is more stylish crossover than stodgy minivan, would find a niche here...


Renault Australia pondering Dacia launch, led by 2017 Duster
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Renault Australia pondering Dacia launch, led by 2017 Duster

Renault Australia is giving renewed thought to launching the Dacia budget sub-brand in Australia in a few years time, potentially led by a next-generation version of the rugged Duster SUV due in 2016/17.  Should such an idea materialise, it could see a new brand name join the fray in Australia’s hugely competitive new car market...


BMW X5 M and X6 M revealed, due in Australia around May 2015
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BMW X5 M and X6 M revealed, due in Australia around May 2015

The hardcore second-generation 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M high-performance SUVs are set to storm into Australian showrooms around May 2015 after making their world premiere this morning.  Once again a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine sits beneath the bonnet of both, but this version has 423kW on tap between 6000 and 6500rpm, up four per cent...


Infotainment systems, in-car electronics most common source of new car complaints - report
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Infotainment systems, in-car electronics most common source of new car complaints - report

According to an extensive American car owner survey, entertainment and navigation systems are the most likely source of complaints in new cars. Consumer Reports' 2014 Annual Auto Reliability Survey, which tracked car issues reported by the magazine's subscribers over the past 12 months, was released earlier this week, with the category that encompasses in-car electronics generating the most complaints...


Detroit Electric SP:01 design updated prior to production with fastback rear
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Detroit Electric SP:01 design updated prior to production with fastback rear

Ahead of its move into production in 2015, the Detroit Electric SP:01 has been given a visual and aerodynamics makeover. Like current electric car darling, Tesla Motors, Detroit Electric's first production model is based on the Lotus Elise. The company initially revealed the SP:01 to the world last year, but it has since made a number of alterations to the vehicle...


Fiat Chrysler to spin off Ferrari, float 10 per cent on sharemarket
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Fiat Chrysler to spin off Ferrari, float 10 per cent on sharemarket

Fiat Chrysler has announced that it will spin off Ferrari, with 10 per cent of the Italian luxury sports car maker to be floated on the open sharemarket. The remainder of Ferrari will be distributed amongst shareholders in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). Money raised by this move will help fund the company's 48 billion euro ($69 billion) five-year business plan announced earlier this year...


Volkswagen Beetle recalled
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Volkswagen Beetle recalled

The Volkswagen Beetle has been recalled over a potential problem if the car is involved in a rear-end impact accident. The recall affects examples the current-shape Volkswagen Beetle fitted with torsion beam rear suspension. According to Volkswagen Australia, only model year 2013 vehicles are affected, as 2014 models (sold locally from September last year) adopted a multi-link rear suspension...


Fiat FCC4 coupe/ute/SUV mashup premieres in Brazil
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Fiat FCC4 coupe/ute/SUV mashup premieres in Brazil

Coupe-style SUVs are in vogue, and the radical Fiat FCC4 concept premiered today at the Sao Paulo motor show in Brazil shows the company is putting a big toe into the proverbial waters.  Part dual-cab ute, part sedan and part crossover, the FFC4 Franken-car features radical lines and exaggerated proportions that belong nowhere else but on a motor show stand...


2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake spied and rendered
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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake spied and rendered

The Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake is now months away from its world premiere, and our spy photographers have caught a late-stage test vehicle out in public with next to no camouflage.  Using these shots, and others caught previously, as a basis, we are also able to provide you with a pair of computer-generated images of what the car is likely to look like...


GM details cleaner 2015 Chevrolet Volt
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GM details cleaner 2015 Chevrolet Volt

General Motors has shed some light on the lighter, sprightlier and more efficient plug-in hybrid drivetrain that will underpin its second-generation 2015 Chevrolet Volt. As we know, the new and improved Volt will make its world premiere at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit this coming January before hitting US roads by the second half of 2015...


Traditional Lexus buyers "love" the company's bold new design, says chief
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Traditional Lexus buyers "love" the company's bold new design, says chief

Existing customers love Lexus’ polarising new styling direction with the distinctive ‘spindle’ grille, says the Japanese company’s local chief executive Sean Hanley.  Traditionally a more conservative offering than price-point rivals such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz, the company has for a few years been hell-bent on sexing up its image and luring younger buyers with edgy styling...


Lexus NX's Toyota RAV4 foundations are a non-issue, says local chief
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Lexus NX's Toyota RAV4 foundations are a non-issue, says local chief

The new Lexus NX compact luxury may use a few bits from the humble Toyota RAV4, but so what? That was the question posed by Lexus Australia chief executive Sean Hanley at the NX launch in Adelaide this week.  This week’s launch of the NX300h hybrid ahead of the brand-first NX200t 2.0-litre turbo-petrol around February marks an important step for Lexus into a booming segment where it has lacked a presence...


Renault Duster Oroch crew cab ute concept to debut in Sao Paulo
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Renault Duster Oroch crew cab ute concept to debut in Sao Paulo

The Renault Duster Oroch, a crew cab ute based on the Dacia Duster SUV, will debut at this year's Sao Paulo auto show. Unlike the Duster ute that's being produced in limited numbers for Petrom, a Romanian oil and gas company, the Oroch features four doors and seating for five. Renault doesn't specify what drivetrain the Oroch uses, but top-spec Dusters in Brazil feature all-wheel drive and a 2...


Mazda Australia stands by optional safety stance
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Mazda Australia stands by optional safety stance

The all-new 2015 Mazda 2 misses out on some safety items fitted as standard to rival cars, but the Japanese brand’s local arm says customers may not want to pay for them. In no specification does the 2015 Mazda 2 come as standard with a reverse-view camera or front/rear parking sensors...


Audi R8 Competition to debut in LA with 425kW V10
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Audi R8 Competition to debut in LA with 425kW V10

The Audi R8 Competition is the most powerful R8 variant to-date and will make its official debut at this year's Los Angeles auto show. Behind the passenger cell, the R8 Competition features an uprated version of Audi's 5.2-litre V10 engine. With 425kW of power on hand, it has a 6kW advantage over the limited edition LMX and 21kW more power than the V10 Plus...


Nissan Kicks concept previews potential small SUV for Brazil
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Nissan Kicks concept previews potential small SUV for Brazil

The Nissan Kicks concept car will debut at the Sao Paulo auto show, previewing a new SUV for Brazil, South America and, possibly, beyond. Measuring 4.3 metres from nose to tail, the Kicks is significantly larger than the 4,125mm Juke, but not that much smaller than the 4,370mm Qashqai. The Kicks' 2,620mm wheelbase is just 26mm shy of the Qashqai's, while both cars are 1...


Mazda CX-3 won’t be “half-baked”, says Australian boss
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Mazda CX-3 won’t be “half-baked”, says Australian boss

The all-new Mazda CX-3 baby SUV that has been confirmed to debut at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show in November won’t be like any of the other offerings currently on sale, according to Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders...


2015 Mazda 2: pricing and specifications
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2015 Mazda 2: pricing and specifications

The new-generation Mazda 2 will get a price cut when it goes on sale on November 1, with the new model range starting from $14,990 – down from the $15,790 list price of the current model. That price puts it $800 lower than the list price of the existing Neo, though that car has been seen on dealer lots from $15,990 driveaway for months...


Fiat Chrysler Australia CEO and head of PR resign
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Fiat Chrysler Australia CEO and head of PR resign

It has been a somewhat tumultuous day in the Australian car industry, with a second chief executive of a major car-maker’s local operations officially resigning their post.  Hours after news broke that Holden chief Gerry Dorizas had departed with immediate effect, Fiat Chrysler Australia announced that its CEO Veronica Johns would depart at year’s end, citing “personal reasons”...


Holden boss resigns after just seven months
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Holden boss resigns after just seven months

The boss of Holden has resigned a little over seven months after taking the reins and declaring the company would target overtaking Toyota as Australia's No.1 car brand by 2020. Gerry Dorizas joined Holden as chairman and managing director on 1st March 2014, only months after the company announced it would end local manufacturing in 2017...


Toyota Yaris DUB Edition, Sienna:Remix, Baja 1000 support trucks heading to SEMA
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Toyota Yaris DUB Edition, Sienna:Remix, Baja 1000 support trucks heading to SEMA

Toyota will be bringing six new modified vehicles to this year's SEMA show in Las Vegas, including a wide-body Yaris, DJ-friendly Sienna and three support trucks for the Baja 1000. DUB Magazine has waved its wand over both the five-door Yaris hatchback and the Sienna people minivan. The key visual ingredients for both these cars are lowered suspension and significantly flared wheelarches housing thick tyres...


Government sidesteps Senate to impose fuel excise increase
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Government sidesteps Senate to impose fuel excise increase

The federal government today bypassed Senate opposition and implemented the revenue-raising increase in Australia’s fuel excise it proposed in its May Budget.  Announced by finance minister Mathias Cormann, the decision gives “practical effect” to the proposed excise hike to all fuels par aviation, by way of tariff proposals to be validated by parliament inside 12 months...


Toyota Camry upgraded with new infotainment systems; reverse-view camera now standard
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Toyota Camry upgraded with new infotainment systems; reverse-view camera now standard

The Toyota Camry has been upgraded with new infotainment systems for no extra cost. The update adds a reverse-view camera to the entry-level Altise, meaning all Camry variants are now equipped with the important safety technology. Every Toyota Camry now gets a touchscreen display with tap, drag and flick functions similar to those of a smartphone or tablet...


Mazda CX-3 baby SUV confirmed at last
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Mazda CX-3 baby SUV confirmed at last

The Mazda CX-3 will make its debut at November’s 2014 Los Angeles auto show, two and a half years after CarAdvice revealed the plan for the baby SUV in a world exclusive. Mazda hasn’t yet released any details on the CX-3, which is expected in Australia in the second half of 2015. It will be based heavily on the Mazda 2 city car – sharing its Skyactiv platform, engines and more...


Porsche Cayman GT4 inadvertently revealed on car maker's website
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Porsche Cayman GT4 inadvertently revealed on car maker's website

One of the automotive world’s worst kept secrets, the Porsche Cayman GT4, has been inadvertently revealed on one of the German manufacturer’s websites. The Cayman GT4 is listed on the global Porsche Driving website as one of the vehicles punters can select for the brand’s Driving Experience dynamic program, despite not yet being officially confirmed for production by the car maker...


2015 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar pricing and specifications
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2015 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar pricing and specifications

The headline is correct, the previously limited edition Volvo S60 Polestar performance sedan has been joined by a wagon sibling, the Volvo V60 Polestar. Following on from the popularity of the previous two limited edition models, Volvo has announced there will be no cap on the amount of Polestar cars that come into Australia...


Teasers of STI-modified Subaru Forester model leaked online
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Teasers of STI-modified Subaru Forester model leaked online

Teaser photos believed to be of a new STI-fettled Subaru Forester have appeared online ahead of the car's full reveal on November 25. The photos, which were published on multiple sites, including Top Gear and World Car Fans, bear a striking similarity to the Forester tS concept, which made its debut in August during Round 6 of the Super GT racing series at Suzuka...


Audi to join F1 in 2016, will quit DTM, Le Mans - report
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Audi to join F1 in 2016, will quit DTM, Le Mans - report

If reports prove to be true, Audi will rejoin the Formula One grand prix circuit in 2016 and, in the process, retire its endurance racing and DTM touring car teams. Unnamed insiders at both Audi and Volkswagen have told AutoExpress that the German luxury marque will re-enter the Formula One fray in 2016...


2015 Lexus NX300h pricing and specifications
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2015 Lexus NX300h pricing and specifications

The 2015 Lexus NX300h compact SUV arrives this week priced from $55,000, giving the ambitious Japanese luxury player a long-overdue presence in a market segment up 20 per cent this year alone and predicted to continue an upward march...


Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class sports variant spied
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Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class sports variant spied

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped a sporty version of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class outside the Nurburgring in Germany. The latest shots come just weeks after our spies spotted a suspected entry-level GLC emerging from a Mercedes-Benz research and development facility...


Tesla Model 3 : SUV, wagon under consideration for mid-sized family - report
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Tesla Model 3 : SUV, wagon under consideration for mid-sized family - report

Tesla is considering a family of mid-sized vehicles, including a wagon and an SUV, based on the upcoming Model 3 sedan. Tesla engineering vice president Chris Porritt told AutoExpress the Californian EV manufacturer needed to appeal to a significantly wider range of customers with its smallest and most affordable model that’s expected to be revealed in 2016 and launch globally in 2017...


Audi A6 Hybrid axed due to poor sales
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Audi A6 Hybrid axed due to poor sales

The Audi A6 Hybrid has been axed from the German luxury car maker’s line-up due to low global demand. Audi sold just 4000 A6 Hybrid models in three years since its introduction in 2011, and subsequently made the decision to discontinue production for the updated 2015 A6 range that launched in Germany last week...


Porsche planning luxury EV to rival Tesla Model S - report
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Porsche planning luxury EV to rival Tesla Model S - report

Early development work has begun on an electric Porsche to rival the Tesla Model S, according to reports out of Europe. German media is reporting that Porsche chairman Matthias Muller made comments suggesting that its first-ever pure-electric production model will form part of an upcoming five-door mid-sized family...


AWD Honda CR-V acts like a FWD car during low grip test
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AWD Honda CR-V acts like a FWD car during low grip test

The all-wheel drive version of the Honda CR-V performs much like a front-wheel drive car when the front wheels have little or no grip. Using rollers to simulate a low grip situation, Teknikens Varld tested the latest pre-facelift version of the all-wheel drive CR-V...


2015 BMW X4 M40i : Flagship performance crossover spied undisguised
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2015 BMW X4 M40i : Flagship performance crossover spied undisguised

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped a seemingly production-ready BMW X4 M40i undergoing high-speed testing at the Nurburgring in Germany. Spotted covered with camouflage in August, these images uncover every exterior detail of the forthcoming X4 flagship, which boasts an M-enhanced sports body kit, large brakes, and, most significantly, tailpipes on either side of its rear diffuser, making it distinct from all other X4s...


Mercedes-AMG GT : Hardcore variant to rival Porsche 911 GT3 - report
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Mercedes-AMG GT : Hardcore variant to rival Porsche 911 GT3 - report

As revealed by CarAdvice earlier this month, work is well underway on a higher-performance version of the Mercedes-AMG GT to go head to head with the Porsche 911 GT3. Confirming plans to expand the GT portfolio when speaking with CarAdvice at the Paris motor show, Mercedes-AMG chief Tobias Moers has shed more light on the Affalterbach-based manufacturer’s vision for the halo model of the GT range...


Honda Legend to feature world-first emergency steering system to avoid pedestrians
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Honda Legend to feature world-first emergency steering system to avoid pedestrians

The next-generation Honda Legend will introduce a number of new advanced driver-assist safety features, including one claimed world first, when it goes on sale in Japan later this year. Dubbed ‘Honda Sensing’, the system consists of two different types of sensors: a millimetre-wave radar located inside the front grille, and a monocular camera mounted on the upper inside section of the windscreen...


Audi A4 airbag recall affects 850,000 vehicles
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Audi A4 airbag recall affects 850,000 vehicles

About 850,000 Audi A4 models have been recalled around the world to fix faulty software that may prevent the front airbags from deploying in a crash. The recall affects current-generation Audi A4 sedan and Avant and Allroad wagon variants produced between November 2011 and this month. The issue is unrelated to the multi-million-vehicle Takata airbag recall that has impacted several car makers around the world...