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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will have optional Hellcat engine - report

Reports suggest that the current SRT model will be rebranded as the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and may have the option of the supercharged Hellcat engine. Late last year, Allpar reported that Fiat Chrysler (FCA) had trademarked the Trackhawk name...

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Mitsubishi Pajero to be updated in 2016 with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto technology
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Mitsubishi Pajero to be updated in 2016 with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto technology

Ed's note: the original version of this story has been amended courtesy of new information from Mitsubishi Australia. The 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero is set to be updated in 2016 as the Japanese brand adds new infotainment technology to its flagship model...


Tesla Model S claims top prize at 2015 Good Design Awards
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Tesla Model S claims top prize at 2015 Good Design Awards

The all-electric Tesla Model S has made a clean sweep at the 2015 Good Design Awards in Sydney overnight, taking out the Good Design Award of the Year, as well as Best Overall Product Design in the Automotive and Transport category. Tesla’s success was all the more significant given the level of competition in the category, which included innovative designs like the BMW i3 and Alfa Romeo 4C...


Fiat Chrysler chairman confirms email from CEO requesting GM merger
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Fiat Chrysler chairman confirms email from CEO requesting GM merger

The chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, John Elkann, confirmed that his company's CEO, Sergio Marchionne, had sent an email to his counterpart at General Motors, Mary Barra, requesting for a merger between the two automakers. Earlier this week Automotive News reported that Marchionne approached Barra via email in March this year...


2016 Toyota Prius spotted in Thailand
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2016 Toyota Prius spotted in Thailand

Ahead of a possible launch later this year, the fourth-generation Toyota Prius has been spotted in Thailand. The car above was spotted by Watcharapong Ch on the streets of the Thai capital, Bangkok; the photo was published first on Indian Autos Blog. Underneath the copious amounts of camouflage, it's clear that the new Prius will retain the familiar Kamm-back body style employed on both the second- and third-generation cars...


Hyundai Santa Cruz production model could be based on new Tucson - report
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Hyundai Santa Cruz production model could be based on new Tucson - report

A production version of the Hyundai Santa Cruz pick-up truck is still yet to be given the green light, but US reports suggest the lifestyle-focused ute will be built upon the underpinnings of the new-generation Hyundai Tucson. Edmunds.com reports that the production model of the Hyundai Santa Cruz ute will be a quicker turnaround than a ground-up development, as it will share its architecture and parts with the new Tucson (which replaces the ix35)...


Next BMW 2 Series could retain rear-wheel drive, add Gran Coupe model - report
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Next BMW 2 Series could retain rear-wheel drive, add Gran Coupe model - report

A faction within BMW's engineering division is reportedly pushing for the next-generation of BMW 2 Series models to be rear-wheel drive, including a new four-door Gran Coupe variant. According to Auto Motor und Sport, the engineering team lead by Klaus Froehlich, BMW's chief development officer, is advocating for the next iteration of the 2 Series sports models to be built on the company's next-generation rear-wheel drive architecture...


Subaru looking at six new names for its new seven-seat SUV - report
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Subaru looking at six new names for its new seven-seat SUV - report

A potential all-new seven-seat SUV from Subaru is on the cards, and the brand is asking its fans what name the company should choose if it builds such a vehicle. Overseas reports indicate a customer survey is questioning the brand's supporters over what their preferences would be, and there are six names under consideration for the new car, which will be a replacement for the Tribeca model that ceased production in January 2014...


Weekend deals on wheels for May 30
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Weekend deals on wheels for May 30

It’s time for the latest Weekend Deals on Wheels, which looks at four factory-backed special offers for all you weekend shoppers. Fiat Panda Pop - $14,500 drive-away Ok, it’s not powered by the great little TwinAir two-cylinder turbo engine that sounds vaguely like a hornets nest, but a Fiat Panda Pop for $14,500 drive-away looks like an interesting deal to consider...


Hyundai Santa Fe facelift photographed completely undisguised
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Hyundai Santa Fe facelift photographed completely undisguised

Photographs of a fleet of completely undisguised facelifted short-wheelbase Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs have been posted online. The photos, which seem like they were taken at a factory or holding yard, were first posted on the forums of the Korean motoring website Bobaedream and later reposted by Carscoops...


Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation and search will be available offline from late 2015
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Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation and search will be available offline from late 2015

Turn-by-turn navigation and point-of-interest lookup be available in Google Maps' offline mode from later this year. Currently, users of the Google Maps app on iOS and Android are able to save maps for offline use. These maps contain streets (including names and route numbers), geographical features (parks, rivers, lakes and so forth), saved locations, and some large or important points of interest...


Chevrolet adds Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility to its 2016 model range - UPDATE
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Chevrolet adds Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility to its 2016 model range - UPDATE

Chevrolet will begin adding Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality to its North American vehicles from the middle of 2015. All up, the company claims that 14 models in its 2016 model year range will be available with headunits that support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto...


Ford opens up its EV patent library
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Ford opens up its EV patent library

Ford has opened up its library of electrified vehicle patents to all and sundry, but those interested in using its technology will need to pay a fee. The company says that it has 650 patents related to electric vehicles and around 1000 EV patents pending approval. According to Ford, in 2014 around 20 percent of its 2000 patent applications were related to electrified vehicle technology...


Suzuki Australia requests two all-new models
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Suzuki Australia requests two all-new models

The Suzuki iK-2 turbo hatch iM-4 small crossover hybrid concepts revealed at the Geneva motor show in March this year look set for Australian shores once they enter production as early as 2016. The company’s local factory distributor said today that it had requested its Japanese head office to “make these cars available for Australia”, as further ammunition in its quest to be the market-leader in both compact passenger and compact SUV sales to private buyers...


2015 BMW 6 Series pricing and specifications
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2015 BMW 6 Series pricing and specifications

The updated BMW 6 Series range arrives in Australia next month, seven months after its world premiere, with a long list of extra standard equipment accompanied by some minor price rises. Once again, BMW will offer the 6 Series in three body-styles: coupe, convertible and sedan, the latter of which it calls the Gran Coupe and markets as a racier alternative to the 5 Series...


2016 Seat SUV spy photos
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2016 Seat SUV spy photos

The upcoming Seat SUV has been spied by our photography team during on-the-road development testing in Europe. Wearing heavy camouflage all over and using centrally mounted temporary headlights, it's hard to make many details about Seat's first ever crossover. Peering out of slits at the rear, though, we can part of the tail-lights and their angular graphics...


Australia's road fatality rates worse than Germany's
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Australia's road fatality rates worse than Germany's

Australia’s road fatality rates are about half those of the US and South Korea, but almost twice as bad as Sweden and the UK. Latest figures released this week show that our rate sits 15th among 32 member countries contributing to the International Road Traffic and Accident Database (IRTAD)...


Australia's road toll reduction since 2000 fourth-lowest among 32 sample countries
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Australia's road toll reduction since 2000 fourth-lowest among 32 sample countries

Road fatalities among the 32 member countries of the International Road Traffic and Accident Database (IRTAD) fell a remarkable 42.0 per cent between 2000 and 2013, latest figures show. But Australia’s reduction — a still commendable 35.0 per cent over the 14-year period — was fourth-lowest among the IRTAD Group, higher only than Canada, the US and Chile...


Volkswagen Tiguan update brings more powerful engines, new infotainment systems - UPDATED
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Volkswagen Tiguan update brings more powerful engines, new infotainment systems - UPDATED

An updated Volkswagen Tiguan, featuring revised engine options and new infotainment units, has been detailed in Europe. Under the bonnet, the revised Tiguan will be available with two upgraded diesel engines. A 110kW version of the company's 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel replaces the current 103kW edition...


Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG facelift spy photos
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Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG facelift spy photos

A facelifted version of the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG hatchback has been spotted by our spy photographers near Daimler's engineering headquarters. If this car and earlier spy photos are on the money, the upcoming A-Class facelift will be a relatively minor affair, at least visually...


Lamborghini SUV officially confirmed for 2018 launch
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Lamborghini SUV officially confirmed for 2018 launch

It's official: Lamborghini will be begin producing its own SUV model from around 2018. Overnight, the supercar maker confirmed that the company will begin production of a new SUV model at its Sant’Agata Bolognese plant in northern Italy. The company says the new crossover will be introduced in 2018...


2015 Suzuki Vitara in Melbourne ahead of August launch
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2015 Suzuki Vitara in Melbourne ahead of August launch

The reborn Suzuki Vitara has been caught on local shores ahead of its official launch in August this year. Snapped in Melbourne, the 2015 Vitara you see here in hero blue is likely an early evaluation vehicle, and as such has arrived from a few months before proper local deliveries from Suzuki’s plant in Hungary commence...


Infiniti Australia wants to double sales in 2016
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Infiniti Australia wants to double sales in 2016

Infiniti Cars Australia is not only still committed to its local market rollout, but excited by the impending rollout of five new or updated models well inside the next two years. With the three-year mark of its local launch almost here, questions continue to be asked about the Nissan-owned brand’s position — even though the company has always said its decision to come here was not motivated by volume alone, but was also part of its plan to become properly global...


Hyundai Sonata becomes first production car with Android Auto
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Hyundai Sonata becomes first production car with Android Auto

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata has become the first production car in the world available with Android Auto smartphone integration. Existing owners of 2015 Sonata sedans with the satellite navigation media system can now get the Android Auto software update installed free of charge at their local dealership...


Fiat Chrysler boss asked GM for a merger, was rebuffed - report
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Fiat Chrysler boss asked GM for a merger, was rebuffed - report

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler, reportedly asked his counterpart at General Motors, Mary Barra, about the possibility of merger earlier this year, but was turned down. A report in The New York Times claims that in March of this year, Marchionne sent Barra an email requesting a meeting to talk about a potential merger between the two automakers...


Audi R8 e-tron Piloted Driving concept debuts at CES Asia
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Audi R8 e-tron Piloted Driving concept debuts at CES Asia

The Audi R8 e-tron Pilot Driving concept car has made its official debut at the first ever CES Asia in Shanghai, China. According to Audi, the Pilot Driving version of the second-generation R8 e-tron is equipped with a laser scanner, front and rear radars, a number of video cameras and a slew of ultrasonic sensors...


2016 Audi TT RS spy photos
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2016 Audi TT RS spy photos

A mule for the next Audi TT RS has been spotted by our eagle-eyed spy photographers near Germany's Nurburgring. The black coupe seen here looks almost indistinguishable from the third-generation TT S coupe. Were it not for the previous-generation TT RS coupe (grey, bottom) tagging along close behind, our spies may not have twigged about this coupe's true nature...


2015 Toyota Aurion pricing and specifications
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2015 Toyota Aurion pricing and specifications

The 2015 Toyota Aurion is now on sale in Australia with subtly revised styling, a tighter three-variant range, and updated pricing and specifications. In complete contrast to the massive exterior given to its sister car, the 2015 Toyota Camry, the updated Aurion gets only very minor design tweaks – less significant even than the updates received by the car in overseas markets such as Russia and Asia...


Ford Australia posts $190.7 million loss in 2014
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Ford Australia posts $190.7 million loss in 2014

Ford Australia has recorded a $190.7 million loss for 2014 on the back of sliding sales and continued costs associated with the impending closure of its production facilities. The negative financial result is the fourth consecutive loss for Ford Australia, leaving the company approximately $890 million in the red since 2010...


2016 Skoda Superb Combi wagon revealed
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2016 Skoda Superb Combi wagon revealed

The first images and details of the all-new Skoda Superb Combi have been revealed ahead of the large Czech wagon’s public debut at September’s Frankfurt motor show. The new Superb wagon shares its Volkswagen Group MQB architecture, major mechanicals, sharp styling and new technology with the Superb liftback sedan that was unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March, and adds an expansive rear load-lugging area...


Lamborghini SUV gets production green light - report
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Lamborghini SUV gets production green light - report

Lamborghini SpA will confirm its plans to produce a new SUV model in its native Italy this Wednesday, according to industry sources in Europe. Company president Stephan Winkelmann and the CEO of parent company Audi, Rupert Stadler, are reportedly scheduled to co-chair a press conference in Rome this week with Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi...


Mahindra Genio facelift to be "a lot more pleasing to the eye"
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Mahindra Genio facelift to be "a lot more pleasing to the eye"

The Mahindra Genio will get a facelift in the coming weeks that the brand’s local spokesman says will make it “a lot more pleasing to the eye”. Mahindra Australia marketing manager James Halliwell told CarAdvice the Indian car maker was preparing to launch an updated version of its low-cost, HiLux-rivalling ute, revealing an announcement about the refreshed model was expected in about eight weeks, ahead of its Australian introduction in the final quarter of this year...


Mahindra XUV500 facelift here in Q4, auto coming in 2016
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Mahindra XUV500 facelift here in Q4, auto coming in 2016

The 2016 Mahindra XUV500 has been revealed in India, sporting updated exterior styling, a refreshed interior, and a host of new technology and convenience features. The facelifted XUV500 seven-seater gets a revised grille with chrome inserts, new foglights with chrome surrounds, a redesigned bonnet with hydraulic assistance, new 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome window lining and chrome tailgate garnish...


Volkswagen Golf update to bring gesture control technology - report
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Volkswagen Golf update to bring gesture control technology - report

The facelifted Volkswagen Golf due in 2016 will reportedly feature segment-first gesture control technology that will replace many of the car’s physical buttons and dials with touch-sensitive surfaces. Speaking with Auto Express, Volkswagen head of powertrain development Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser revealed some of the gesture control technology previewed earlier this year in the Volkswagen Golf R Touch concept would make its way into the popular small car within 18 months...


Nissan IDx not happening, according to executive
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Nissan IDx not happening, according to executive

Enthusiasts around the world were excited when the small, rear-wheel drive Nissan IDx concepts made their debut at the 2013 Tokyo motor show, but its chances of entering production seem to be pretty much dead. Pierre Loing, Nissan North America's vice president in charge of product planning, spoke at length about the car's prospects to The Truth About Cars...


2016 Toyota HiLux interior, additional variants revealed in official images
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2016 Toyota HiLux interior, additional variants revealed in official images

Official interior images of the 2016 Toyota HiLux have been released along with shots of the single- and space-cab body styles following the all-new ute’s unveiling in Thailand. The images of Thai-spec models come a few days after Toyota Australia took the wraps off a flagship HiLux SR5 dual-cab in Sydney late last week, but revealed only the eighth-generation ute’s exterior...


2015 Ford Mustang: Australian deposits top 2000, six months from launch
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2015 Ford Mustang: Australian deposits top 2000, six months from launch

Ford Australia says it has now taken more than 2000 deposits from prospective buyers for the new Mustang, about six months out from the car’s local launch late in 2015. The Blue Oval brand has been fielding interest since late 2013, when it confirmed it would import the new model for the first time in years...


Audi Q8 coupe-inspired SUV due in 2019
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Audi Q8 coupe-inspired SUV due in 2019

The first-ever coupe-inspired Audi Q8 SUV will be released in 2019. Audi confirmed launch timing for its new BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe rival at its annual general meeting over the weekend. The confirmation comes a little over two months after the German luxury car maker first announced plans to build the Q8, which will mix the mechanics of the seven-seat new Q7 SUV with a sportier body with a swoopy, coupe-style roof...


2015 Audi A1 and Q3 pricing and performance details revealed
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2015 Audi A1 and Q3 pricing and performance details revealed

Pricing and performance details for the updated Audi A1 and Audi Q3 have been revealed ahead of the cars’ Australian release at the beginning of next month. The 2015 Audi A1 range kicks off with a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine from $26,900 before on-road costs – up $400 on its predecessor...