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Mercedes-Benz Ute : German HiLux rival to launch in Australia around 2018

Mercedes-Benz has dropped a bombshell today by announcing plans to launch a mid-sized pick-up well before the end of the decade. This translates to their being a Mercedes-Benz-badged one-tonne capacity rival for the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux, plus the Volkswagen Amarok, in Australian showrooms from about early 2018 — probably in single-, king- and dual-cab guises...

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Mercedes-Benz Australia to have three plug-in hybrids on sale this year
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Mercedes-Benz Australia to have three plug-in hybrids on sale this year

Mercedes-Benz Australia has confirmed plans to add three plug-in hybrid models to its showroom in 2015. The German luxury car brand will offer plug-in hybrid versions of the C-Class, GLE-Class and flagship S-Class, all of which are expected to launch at the same time, and ahead of schedule, around November this year...


2015 BMW 5 Series gains new options packages; 550i variant discontinued
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2015 BMW 5 Series gains new options packages; 550i variant discontinued

BMW Australia has introduced two new options packages for the 2015 BMW 5 Series range. Available from March production, the new Professional and Exclusive packages bundle together a host of comfort and driver assist systems to enhance the BMW 5 Series sedan, Touring and Gran Turismo models...


2016 Mitsubishi Challenger spied
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2016 Mitsubishi Challenger spied

The 2016 Mitsubishi Challenger SUV has been caught on the road undergoing testing ahead of its potential debut later this year. The new-generation Challenger remains based upon the Triton ute, and like the new version of that pick-up, the SUV spin-off appears to have grown in length while also taking on a different design...


Toyota reveals new modular TNGA vehicle architecture
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Toyota reveals new modular TNGA vehicle architecture

Toyota has unveiled a new modular global vehicle architecture that will underpin approximately half of all the vehicles it sells by 2020. Toyota says the new structure, dubbed Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), will be versatile enough to form the basis for compact and large vehicles and all sizes in between, along with supporting both front- and rear-wheel-drive layouts...


2016 Opel Astra spied on the road in Europe
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2016 Opel Astra spied on the road in Europe

Our spy photographers have snapped photos of the next-generation Opel Astra on public roads in Europe, giving us our clearest look yet at the next-generation hatchback. Compared to earlier prototypes, the latest pre-production versions of the Astra are clothed with production body work, bumpers and lighting...


Holden Sandman name returns
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Holden Sandman name returns

Holden has dusted off the legendary Sandman badge in a bid to evoke some nostalgia 40 years after the nameplate premiered. The company, alas, has not brought back the famed panel van. But what it has done is deck out the SV6 and SS-V VF Commodore Sportwagon and Ute with some groovy ‘70s-style accoutrements...


Mahindra in talks to buy Pininfarina - report
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Mahindra in talks to buy Pininfarina - report

A report claims that Mahindra & Mahindra is currently in confidential talks with Pininfarina, which could lead to the Italian design and engineering firm becoming part of the Indian conglomerate. Unnamed sources have told Bloomberg that the two companies have been in discussions about a possible takeover for several weeks...


Mercedes-AMG GT: Hardcore, possible Black Series prototype spied testing
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Mercedes-AMG GT: Hardcore, possible Black Series prototype spied testing

An aggressive looking Mercedes-AMG GT prototype has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring, hinting at a possible Black Series edition of the sports coupe. This supports comments made by Mercedes-Benz at the Detroit Motor show in January this year, that the new AMG-GT range will spawn multiple models...


2015 Skoda Rapid : Specification upgrade to bring touchscreen and satellite navigation
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2015 Skoda Rapid : Specification upgrade to bring touchscreen and satellite navigation

The boss of Skoda Australia is confident a specification upgrade due in the third quarter of this year will give the compact Skoda Rapid a boost in local showrooms. Skoda Australia director Michael Irmer confirmed the update would bring a touchscreen infotainment unit and satellite navigation – features that the current Rapid Spaceback has sorely missed...


2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class revealed
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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class revealed

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class replaces the current-generation M-Class, but there's more to the new model than a name change and a facelift. The new-look Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class - which will be revealed at next week's 2015 New York motor show - sees plenty of changes compared with its M-Class predecessor, including a heavily revised front-end with reshaped lights, bumper and grille, while the rear also sees new LED lights and a restyled bumper with reshaped exhausts...


Ford Ranger equipment charge driven by demand for high-spec utes
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Ford Ranger equipment charge driven by demand for high-spec utes

Unveiled to the world at this week's Bangkok motor show in Thailand, the 2015 Ford Ranger brings an unprecedented level of equipment to the pick-up category. With technology that, until recently, was only available in premium brand vehicles, the new Ranger's specification boost is driven largely by demand for the higher trim level vehicles in all markets...


2016 Kia Optima revealed in first official image
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2016 Kia Optima revealed in first official image

The 2016 Kia Optima has shown its face for the first time just days out from its official unveiling at next week’s 2015 New York auto show. The new-generation Optima represents a design evolution, building on the styling of the current model that kicked off Kia’s uprising in 2010...


Skoda Octavia RS 230 confirmed for Australia in 2016
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Skoda Octavia RS 230 confirmed for Australia in 2016

The Skoda Octavia RS 230 will take the Czech brand to new heights in Australia when it reaches our shores next year. Skoda Australia director Michael Irmer this week confirmed the fastest ever Octavia, the flagship RS 230 that debuted at the Geneva motor show earlier this month, is locked in for our market for 2016...


2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid detailed
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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid detailed

The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu range will include a conventional hybrid version using bits of technology from the new Volt plug-in. As we know, Chevrolet’s all-new mid-sized staple premieres in regular petrol form in New York next week. The petrol-electric version will be the US market’s efficiency leader. Under the bonnet is a new direct-injection 1...


2016 Citroen C4 here in Q3
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2016 Citroen C4 here in Q3

The 2016 Citroen C4 is scheduled for an Australian launch in the third quarter of this year, sporting a revised look as well as a new transmission and engine choices. The update to the Citroen C4 includes the introduction of the Peugeot-Citroen group’s 1.2-litre petrol turbo that delivers 96kW of power and 230Nm of torque...


Skoda Octavia RS production doubled to cut nine-month local lead times
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Skoda Octavia RS production doubled to cut nine-month local lead times

Production of the Skoda Octavia RS has been doubled to meet unexpectedly high demand for the performance model and to help ease local lead times that have blown out to nine months. Skoda Australia director Michael Irmer confirmed Octavia RS production at the car’s Mlada Boleslav plant in the Czech Republic has been boosted from 350 to 700 vehicles per week to attempt to satisfy global hunger for the sporty mid-sized sedan and wagon models...


Fiat dual-cab ute spied: Italian brand's rival to Toyota HiLux spotted for the first time
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Fiat dual-cab ute spied: Italian brand's rival to Toyota HiLux spotted for the first time

An all-new Fiat pick-up has been spotted for the first time ever by CarAdvice's spy photographers in northern Europe. The new Fiat ute may appear more like an SUV than a pick-up truck to rival the likes of the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger, but the bulky camouflage at the rear of the vehicle is simply a ruse...


Ford S-Max debuts automatic speed limiting technology that reads road signs
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Ford S-Max debuts automatic speed limiting technology that reads road signs

The Europe-only Ford S-Max people mover will be offered with a new system dubbed Intelligent Speed Limiter. In the S-Max, the Intelligent Speed Limiter effectively marries together two existing technologies: the driver adjustable speed limiter and road sign recognition...


Jeremy Clarkson sacked by BBC, Top Gear to be retooled for 2016, full report published - UPDATED
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Jeremy Clarkson sacked by BBC, Top Gear to be retooled for 2016, full report published - UPDATED

The BBC has just announced that it has let go of Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson after a "fracas" with a producer earlier this month. Director general of the BBC, Tony Hall, announced the news overnight and published the full findings of the corporation's internal investigation into the incident...


Isuzu D-Max X-Runner limited edition launches in Australia, limited to 360 units
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Isuzu D-Max X-Runner limited edition launches in Australia, limited to 360 units

Isuzu Ute Australia has announced the launch the limited edition Isuzu D-Max X-Runner, which is subject to a 360-unit production cap. Priced at $51,990 driveaway, the Isuzu D-Max X-Runner is based on the D-Max 4x4 LS-Terrain...


Isuzu Ute launches the I-Venture Club
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Isuzu Ute launches the I-Venture Club

Isuzu Ute Australia has announced the launch of the I-Venture Club, a customer oriented four-wheel drive club designed to help customers get the most out of their Isuzu vehicles. The I-Venture Club has been announced following interest from customers wanting the opportunity to push their Isuzu four-wheel drives to the limits in a safe environment under professional tutelage...


Range Rover Evoque Convertible spied in Sweden, on Nurburgring
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Range Rover Evoque Convertible spied in Sweden, on Nurburgring

The upcoming Range Rover Evoque convertible has been spotted by our spy photographers on the Nurburgring and undergoing cold weather testing in Sweden. Just prior to the Geneva motor show, at the beginning of this month, Range Rover confirmed that the Evoque Convertible will enter production soon and go on sale across the world from 2016...


Hyperloop Technolgies Inc gears up in LA’s Arts District
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Hyperloop Technolgies Inc gears up in LA’s Arts District

The company behind the conceptual high-speed transportation system known as Hyperloop is setting up shop in LA’s Arts District after agreeing to lease up to 38,000 square-feet of industrial space in the area. The hyperloop system works by pushing specifically designed capsules or pods through a steel tube maintained at a partial vacuum...


2015 Nissan Navara spotted in Melbourne ahead of local launch
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2015 Nissan Navara spotted in Melbourne ahead of local launch

CarAdvice has spotted the 2015 Nissan Navara in Melbourne ahead of its local launch in May. The orange Nissan Navara NP300 will be the first all-new version of the ute to launch in Australia since the the D40 debuted locally a decade ago. The ute seen in these pictures is believed to be an engineering assessment vehicle...


De Tomaso bought by Swiss company - report
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De Tomaso bought by Swiss company - report

Swiss company L3 Holdings is now, reportedly, the new owner of Italian car maker De Tomaso. With a bid of around 2 million euros ($2.8 million), Switzerland's L3 holdings edged out rivals, the Eos Group from Italy and China's Consolidated Ideal Team Venture, for a chance at reviving the Italian marque...


Jeremy Clarkson to be sacked, Top Gear to remain - report
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Jeremy Clarkson to be sacked, Top Gear to remain - report

The UK's The Daily Telegraph newspaper is reporting that the controversy-plagued Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson will be sacked by the BBC this week, but the British motoring series will remain on television after he finishes up. Clarkson is reportedly set to be stood down after an internal investigation found the host assaulted the show's producer, Oisin Tymon...


Skoda Australia announces Skoda Choice guaranteed future value program
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Skoda Australia announces Skoda Choice guaranteed future value program

Skoda Australia has announced the impending introduction of the Skoda Choice guaranteed future value program, which is designed to give customers peace of mind about the value of their vehicle at the end of their financing period. Set to launch officially around May, Skoda Choice will be available across all model lines in the local range through the company’s in-house finance division...


Renault Twizy now permitted to be driven by 14-year-olds across European Union
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Renault Twizy now permitted to be driven by 14-year-olds across European Union

Fourteen-year-olds in France and across the European Union are now legally able to drive the all-electric Renault Twizy, thanks to newly introduced legislation regarding piloting light quadricycles...


2016 Jaguar XF revealed - UPDATE
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2016 Jaguar XF revealed - UPDATE

The second-generation Jaguar XF has been unveiled ahead of its public debut at next week's New York auto show. Jaguar is keeping back many of the details about the new XF until its New York launch event. We do know, though, that the second-generation XF will be equipped with the company's new Ingenium turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines...


Honda S660 photographed undisguised in production trim in Japan
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Honda S660 photographed undisguised in production trim in Japan

The Honda S660 has been photographed completely undisguised and in final production form on a Japanese dock. These photos were initially posted Japanese website Minkara and show production vehicles fresh from the factory awaiting transport. On the outside, apart from the addition of door handles, very little seems to have changed in the transition from the 2013 concept car to production vehicle...


Telsa Model X filmed almost camouflage free in Silicon Valley
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Telsa Model X filmed almost camouflage free in Silicon Valley

The upcoming Tesla Model X has been filmed out on a highway in Palo Alto, California, and the video gives us our best look yet at the upcoming crossover. Footage posted by YouTube user nbkagzw13 (above) shows a prototype version of the Model X, wearing minimal camouflage, while on a public road in Silicon Valley...


2015 Skoda Octavia Scout 4x4 pricing and specifications
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2015 Skoda Octavia Scout 4x4 pricing and specifications

The 2015 Skoda Octavia Scout 4x4 has arrived in Australia with a sharp $32,990 plus on-road costs starting price, lowering the rough-and-tumble wagon’s entry point by $7000. The 110TDI manual diesel kicks off the second-generation Octavia Scout 4x4 range with its sights set on tempting buyers out of low- to mid-grade medium SUVs, as well as stealing sales from the new Subaru Outback, which starts $2500 higher...


2015 Ford Everest revealed
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2015 Ford Everest revealed

Ford has taken the wraps off the 2015 Ford Everest at the 2015 Bangkok motor show in Thailand, ahead of the vehicle's local launch. The Australian designed and engineered Everest, which will be built in Rayong, Thailand, debuts with a number of class-leading safety and entertainment features, and will come with the option of two diesel engines at launch...


New Fiat sedan spied, likely heading to developed world markets
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New Fiat sedan spied, likely heading to developed world markets

Our spy photographers have captured an under-development Fiat sedan during cold weather testing in Sweden. The vehicle pictured here will be one of a three-strong family of vehicles that will come in sedan, hatch and wagon forms. In essence, these cars will be the spiritual replacements for the Punto and Linea model ranges...


Lotus Exige S Club Racer:: road racer sheds 15kg but can't better performance claims
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Lotus Exige S Club Racer: road racer sheds 15kg but can't better performance claims

The already lightweight Lotus Exige S has shed kilos and gained unique equipment with the arrival of the new Lotus Exige S Club Racer. Based on the already spritely Exige S coupe (pictured below), the Lotus Exige S Club Racer teams a 257.5kW/400Nm supercharged 3.5-litre V6 engine with a six-speed manual transmission...


Range Rover Sport HST will headline revised 2016 lineup
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Range Rover Sport HST will headline revised 2016 lineup

The new Range Rover Sport HST is the headline act of the revised 2016 model year Range Rover Sport lineup, which will make its public debut at the 2015 New York auto show. Powered by a more powerful 280kW version of the company's 3.0-litre supercharged V6, the new Sport HST has been designed to sit between the existing 250kW iteration of the 3...


Lotus Elise:: 20th Anniversary special edition celebrates long-standing sports car icon
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Lotus Elise: 20th Anniversary special edition celebrates long-standing sports car icon

The Lotus Elise 20th Anniversary special edition has been revealed, celebrating two decades since the British sports car made its debut at the 1995 Frankfurt motor show. Based on the Lotus Elise S Club Racer, the 20th Anniversary special edition is powered by a 1.8-litre supercharged four-cylinder engine developing 162kW and 250Nm...


Mitsubishi Outlander facelift teased front and rear before NY reveal
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Mitsubishi Outlander facelift teased front and rear before NY reveal

The facelifted Mitsubishi Outlander has been teased via a set of officially sanctioned photos of the SUV's front and rear. Although Mitsubishi's official teaser of the Outlander's updated front doesn't reveal anything that we haven't seen before in previous leaks, it does confirm that the company's family-friendly SUV is endowed with a completely redesigned, chrome-heavy front-end modelled on last year's PHEV S-Concept...


Aston Martin Vantage GT3 renamed to GT12 after dispute with Porsche - report
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Aston Martin Vantage GT3 renamed to GT12 after dispute with Porsche - report

The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 race and road vehicles will henceforth be referred to as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12, due to intervention from Porsche's lawyers. According to a report on the Goodwood Road and Racing website, lawyers from Porsche contacted Aston Martin around the time that the English company launched the Vantage GT3 road car at the recent Geneva motor show...


Pirelli subject of $9.8 billion takeover bid by ChemChina
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Pirelli subject of $9.8 billion takeover bid by ChemChina

Italian tyre maker Pirelli is subject to a takeover bid which, if successful, will see it majority owned by the Chinese company ChemChina. Overnight it was announced that a consortium led by state-run ChemChina would launch a 7.1 billion euro ($9.8 billion) bid for Pirelli...


2015 Ford Ranger revealed ahead of Q3 local launch
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2015 Ford Ranger revealed ahead of Q3 local launch

The 2015 Ford Ranger has been unveiled at the Bangkok motor show, revealing a raft of class-leading features, revised engines and changes to the exterior and interior. Ford Australia has also confirmed that Ranger will launch locally in quarter three of this year...


2016 Chevrolet Malibu to debut Teen Driver safety system
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2016 Chevrolet Malibu to debut Teen Driver safety system

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will debut a new Teen Driver safety system when it makes its world premiere at next week’s New York motor show. Similar to rival Ford’s MyKey technology that we checked out late last year, Chevy’s Teen Driver system allows parents to automatically configure the Malibu to its safest settings when a young driver gets behind the wheel...


2016 Citroen C4 Cactus here early next year
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2016 Citroen C4 Cactus here early next year

The Citroen C4 Cactus is set to launch in Australia in the first quarter of 2016. The uniquely styled and named C4 Cactus has been on the cards for a local release since it was revealed last year and was a chance to reach our shores at the end of this year, though has now firmed for a 2016 arrival...


Toyota Corolla Nurburgring edition celebrates seventh-place finish in 24-hour race
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Toyota Corolla Nurburgring edition celebrates seventh-place finish in 24-hour race

The Toyota Corolla Nurburgring special edition has been released in Thailand to celebrate the company’s seventh-place finish in its class at last year’s Nurburgring 24-hour race...


2016 Mitsubishi Outlander front end revealed in new spy image
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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander front end revealed in new spy image

A new spy image from a shipping yard in Japan has uncovered the fresh face of the updated Mitsubishi Outlander for the firs time. Posted on Japanese blog Live Door, the photograph gives us an undisguised look at the mid-sized SUV’s overhauled front end, which features the brand’s new X-shaped design theme similar to that previewed by last year’s Outlander PHEV Concept S...


Diesel on the nose for car buyers
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Diesel on the nose for car buyers

Sales of diesel-powered passenger cars are down substantially so far this year, just as they were in 2014. Looking at the data, it appears that buyers looking at a new car that isn’t an SUV or a light commercial are abandoning the once in-vogue idea of going for a diesel. According to VFACTS industry sales figures, private buyers have purchased 1459 diesel-powered passenger vehicles this year, down 35 per cent...


Seven mean Jeep concepts revealed
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Seven mean Jeep concepts revealed

Jeep has shown off seven concept vehicles based on its regular road-going range but given a dose of extra flair, designed partially to market various Mopar and Jeep Performance parts. The septuplet has been created for the 49th annual Easter Jeep Safari on the trails of Moab, Utah, attended by thousands of off-road and Jeep enthusiasts...


Tesla Model S update 7 to enable auto steering mode on highways
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Tesla Model S update 7 to enable auto steering mode on highways

Due later this year, software update 7.0 will allow the Tesla Model S electric sedan to steer itself on the highway. In a press call yesterday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk detailed software update 6.2, which will be delivered over-the-air to the Model S in the coming weeks...


Lexus RX teased ahead of New York debut
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Lexus RX teased ahead of New York debut

The next-generation Lexus RX SUV has been previewed via a teaser image prior to its official unveiling at the New York motor show at the beginning of April. In the shadowy image of the car's flanks (above) it seems as though Lexus has given its crucial SUV its most radical redesign yet, with an interesting roof design, a new side window interpretation and the heavy use of contrasting surfaces...


Ford Falcon XR8 demand surges, production increased
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Ford Falcon XR8 demand surges, production increased

Ford Australia says it will more than double its planned production run for the brutal new Falcon XR8. Initially expecting to produce about 1200 units, Ford now says its Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne is on track to crank out 2800 of these “future classics” before its local factory is slated to close in late 2016...