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Ford confirms new 2.0-litre diesel engine for passenger cars following $350m investment

Ford will build a family of new low-carbon 2.0-litre diesel engines for its future passenger cars in London from 2017 following the announcement of a £190 million ($350 million) investment into its Dagenham plant...

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2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class : Next-gen spied, set to debut advanced engine tech
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2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class : Next-gen spied, set to debut advanced engine tech

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have captured the next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class up close, providing our best look yet at the upcoming large luxury car. As these images reveal, the new E-Class will be a natural fit between the C-Class and S-Class from a design perspective...


Isuzu MU-X joins Colorado 7 in third-row seatbelt recall
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Isuzu MU-X joins Colorado 7 in third-row seatbelt recall

The Isuzu MU-X has been recalled to correct a defect with its third-row seatbelts. The recall affects 4703 Isuzu MU-X SUVs in Australia, and follows a notice issued by Holden last week calling back 3116 of its related Colorado 7 models to address the same problem...


Peugeot 308 GT Line offers warm-hatch styling on a budget
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Peugeot 308 GT Line offers warm-hatch styling on a budget

Those keen on the look of the new Peugeot 308 GT but with only the budget for something cheaper can now get the best of both worlds thanks to the introduction of the Peugeot 308 GT Line. The GT Line makes many of the sporty styling elements previously unique to the 308 warm-hatch and -wagon available to five different petrol and diesel engine variants...


Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet : Spy shots reveal S-Class Coupe-inspired tail-lights
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet : Spy shots reveal S-Class Coupe-inspired tail-lights

The first-ever Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet will feature styling inspired by the super-luxurious S-Class Coupe, as these spy shots reveal. Captured by CarAdvice’s snappers in Germany, the images uncover the upcoming C-Class Cabriolet’s rear end, exposing for the first time its slim, horizontal tail-lights that mirror those of the two-door S-Class...


Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept Car completes autonomous lap of Hockenheimring
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Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept Car completes autonomous lap of Hockenheimring

The Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept Car has successfully navigated its way around Germany’s Hockenheimring at racing speed in a demonstration of the brand’s advancements in autonomous driving technology. As anticipated, the driverless RS7 Sportback took a little over two minutes to complete a lap of the 4...


Volkswagen recalls 1.1m vehicles globally : Beetle affected in Australia
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Volkswagen recalls 1.1m vehicles globally : Beetle affected in Australia

Volkswagen has recalled more than 1.1 million vehicles around the world over an issue with their rear suspension systems. The recall affects about 581,000 cars in China, 442,000 in the US and 126,000 in Canada, as well as a small number in other markets, including Australia and Germany...


2015 Ford Falcon and Territory production gets underway, new Falcon interior shots released
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2015 Ford Falcon and Territory production gets underway, new Falcon interior shots released

The 2015 Ford Falcon FG X and Territory SZ II have now entered production in earnest at the company’s Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne ahead of their on-sale date of December 1.  The long-awaited swansong models will see Ford out to its flagged factory closure in late 2016, and bring to the table a more advanced SYNC 2 infotainment system and, in the case of the Falcon, a redesigned nose and tail...


A jaunt through WRC's heartland
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A jaunt through WRC's heartland

The asphalt is clear. The buzz of insects intersperses the idle chatter of a crowd patiently awaiting the main event. They, and I, have gone to great lengths to see what we are about to see. A drive of hours through past vineyards and corn fields followed by a hike up a hill bordering on mountain-esque, with people flanking us carrying step-ladders, camping chairs and most importantly, slabs of Kronenbourg...


2015 Range Rover Sport : New entry model, hybrids join updated line-up
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2015 Range Rover Sport : New entry model, hybrids join updated line-up

The 2015 Range Rover Sport line-up has been expanded with the introduction of a new entry variant and two new hybrids. Land Rover Australia has also boosted the specification of the SE, HSE and HSE Dynamic variants, claiming to add more than $6000 of equipment to each with no price changes...


Australia's love affair with SUVs is stronger than ever
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Australia's love affair with SUVs is stronger than ever

September was the first positive sales month for Australia’s new vehicle market in all of 2014, but more marked was the even greater increase in SUV sales. It’s no secret that these high-riding vehicles, no matter the size or capability, are increasingly the new default family cars. But SUV deliveries last month across various segments were particularly notable...


2015 Skoda Octavia gains reverse-view camera, new option packs
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2015 Skoda Octavia gains reverse-view camera, new option packs

The introduction of a reverse-view camera and a small price hike headlines the changes to the 2015 Skoda Octavia, which is now on sale in Australia. Previously only available as part of the optional Tech Pack in the sporty Octavia RS, a reverse-view camera is now standard on all Octavia Ambition Plus, Elegance and RS variants...


2016 Ford Focus RS : 240kW hot-hatch takes shape
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2016 Ford Focus RS : 240kW hot-hatch takes shape

The third-generation Ford Focus RS has moved into the next development stage, with CarAdvice’s spy photographers spotting the new high-performance hatchback testing at Germany’s Nurburgring. The fresh images – which come about four months after our spies snapped an early prototype of the new RS on public roads in Michigan – give us our best look yet at the blue oval’s upcoming flagship hot-hatch that’s set to launch in 2016...


Haval headed to Australia with H2, H8, H9 SUVs
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Haval headed to Australia with H2, H8, H9 SUVs

China’s number one SUV brand, Haval, has confirmed its entry into the Australian market. Haval today invited media to a launch event in the Yarra Valley at the beginning of December, where it’s expected to introduce its range, announce its dealer network, and outline its targets and ambitions...


Declining drop-top demand hurting convertible roof suppliers - report
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Declining drop-top demand hurting convertible roof suppliers - report

Declining demand for drop-tops across the globe is hurting the world’s three largest suppliers of convertible roof systems. Automotive News Europe reports that production of convertibles in Europe and North America has almost halved in the past seven years, plummeting from 827,000 in 2007 to 444,000 in 2013. Convertibles’ share of those two key markets has fallen from 5...


Suzuki Grand Vitara replacement unlikely
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Suzuki Grand Vitara replacement unlikely

A larger SUV to sit above the newly unveiled Suzuki Vitara appears an unlikely prospect, according to the Japanese company’s executive vice president, Toshihiro Suzuki. Speaking exclusively with CarAdvice earlier this month at the Paris motor show, Suzuki suggested the company is still thinking about the concept of a larger SUV to replace the current Grand Vitara...


Holden badge to take centre stage with Chevrolet at SEMA show
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Holden badge to take centre stage with Chevrolet at SEMA show

The iconic Holden badge will take centre stage at next month’s SEMA aftermarket and accessories show in Las Vegas, appearing on the star of the Chevrolet stand. The Chevrolet SS Sport concept will feature a host of styling enhancements, including familiar high-gloss black 20-inch wheels, floor mats and boot cargo tray all adorned with Holden’s lion logo...


Volvo XC90 : Car maker adds 1300 workers, third shift to meet SUV demand
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Volvo XC90 : Car maker adds 1300 workers, third shift to meet SUV demand

Strong demand for the all-new Volvo XC90 has prompted the Swedish car maker to add a third shift and 1300 extra jobs to its Torslanda plant in Gothenburg. The new working agreement will be introduced in the first quarter of 2015 to align with the start of production of the second-generation XC90 luxury SUV, which debuted in August and goes on sale in Australia in May...


BMW i3 acceleration problems will be sorted out in 2015
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BMW i3 acceleration problems will be sorted out in 2015

Testing has revealed that in certain circumstances the range extended version of the BMW i3 may experience a sudden decrease in acceleration ability; BMW says that it is currently working on a fix. The BMW i3 hatch is available as either a pure electric vehicle or with an optional range extender petrol engine...


New Audi RS3 will sport more powerful five-cylinder turbo, RS1 ruled out
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New Audi RS3 will sport more powerful five-cylinder turbo, RS1 ruled out

The new Audi RS3 will retain its turbocharged five-cylinder, while there are no plans for an Audi RS1 to fill out the A1 range. Stephan Reil, technical director at Audi's Quattro division, has told Top Gear that the next-generation Audi RS3 will be powered by an updated version of the company's turbocharged five-cylinder engine...


Mysterious Mercedes-Benz concept spied
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Mysterious Mercedes-Benz concept spied

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have captured a mysterious vehicle inside a Mercedes-Benz facility in Germany. Though covered from nose to tail in grey plastic, the car’s swoopy, low-slung, spaceship-style lines are impossible to miss, being unlike anything we’ve ever seen from the luxury car maker...


Audi S3 Cabriolet: pricing and specifications
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Audi S3 Cabriolet: pricing and specifications

Audi's new small hot drop-top - the Audi S3 Cabriolet - is arriving in Australian showrooms priced from $69,300 plus on-road costs. The S3 Cabriolet is the first-ever S-badged version of the A3 drop-top and it tops the hot model range, priced above its S3 sedan ($62,200) and S3 Sportback hatch ($59,990) stablemates...


Porsche Macan locks up, skids during moose test
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Porsche Macan locks up, skids during moose test

The Porsche Macan hasn't performed as well as expected through the Swedish moose avoidance test, locking up its outside front wheel, understeering and spending too much time facing oncoming traffic...


Toyota recalls 1.75m vehicles around the world : 10,800 Lexus IS, GS, LS models affected in Australia
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Toyota recalls 1.75m vehicles around the world : 10,800 Lexus IS, GS, LS models affected in Australia

Toyota Motor Corporation has recalled 1.75 million vehicles around the world over three separate defects, including more than one million cars in Japan. The first recall relates to the fuel pipes of 759,000 Toyota Crown, Crown Majesta and Mark X models and Lexus IS, GS and LS vehicles produced between January 2005 and September 2010...


Carbonfibre manufacturer Quickstep awarded $1.76m to set up automotive division in Geelong
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Carbonfibre manufacturer Quickstep awarded $1.76m to set up automotive division in Geelong

Australian carbonfibre manufacturer Quickstep will set up a dedicated automotive division in Geelong after being awarded a $1.76 million grant from the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund (GRIIF) that is partially funded by Ford Australia. Quickstep’s automotive division will be based at a new facility located at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus in Geelong...


Toyota sells seven millionth hybrid vehicle in September
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Toyota sells seven millionth hybrid vehicle in September

Toyota sold its seven millionth hybrid vehicle in September, just nine months after it crossed the six million mark. These numbers include hybrid vehicles sold under the company's luxury marque, Lexus, which has contributed 770,400 electrified cars to the company's total...


Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept Car technology detailed
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Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept Car technology detailed

The Audi RS7 Sportback that will attempt to drive itself around the Hockenheimring at racing speeds this weekend will debut a number of new technologies for the German luxury car maker. The RS7 Piloted Driving Concept Car features “specially corrected GPS signals” for orientation around the track that are accurate down to one centimetre...


2015 Opel Corsa OPC Line models revealed
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2015 Opel Corsa OPC Line models revealed

The 2015 Opel Corsa OPC Line is not the full-blown hot-hatch range expected from the German arm of General Motors, but the new styling packs hint at future faster models bearing Opel Performance Centre badging. The newly unveiled Corsa OPC Line receives a range of styling changes including a new lower lip spoiler at the front, side skirts, and a tailgate-mounted rear spoiler...


Hyundai Australia says $50K is no longer a barrier for buyers
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Hyundai Australia says $50K is no longer a barrier for buyers

Hyundai Australia claims buyers are no longer concerned about spending more than $50,000 on their cars. The company's local chief operating officer John Elsworth said at the launch of the updated 2015 Santa Fe that the sales figures show that customers are no longer pensive about purchasing a Hyundai vehicle with a price tag starting above $50,000, and the company claims that is good news ahead of the Genesis luxury sedan launching in November...


Jeep launches Blackhawk special editions in Australia
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Jeep launches Blackhawk special editions in Australia

Jeep has added to the appeal of its range with introduction of the distinctive, special edition Blackhawk trim package. The Blackhawk variants are based on Jeep's Wrangler Overland, Grand Chrokee Laredo 4x4 and the Compass and Patriot Sport CVT models. Jeep Australia told CarAdvice the recently released Cherokee diesel and its petrol sibling missed the cut-off point for Blackhawk editions...


Nissan teases sub-compact crossover concept
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Nissan teases sub-compact crossover concept

Nissan has teased a new sub-compact crossover concept in the lead up to its world premiere at the Sao Paulo motor show in Brazil later this month. The shadowy teaser image reveals few details of Nissan’s latest show car, though hints at its adventurous nature by revealing its roof rails, muscular rear wheel arches, and high ride height...


ANCAP praises improved Honda Accord, criticises five-star Nissan X-Trail
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ANCAP praises improved Honda Accord, criticises five-star Nissan X-Trail

The latest round of ANCAP safety testing has delivered a full house of five-star results, with the Honda Accord and City, Nissan X-Trail, Peugeot 308 and Toyota Prius C all netting top scores. ANCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh said the highlight of the latest round of testing was the Honda Accord, which bettered its four-star rating from 2013...


Apple CarPlay by Pioneer: first test
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Apple CarPlay by Pioneer: first test

In our increasingly connected world, the desire to be 'always on' has driven many advances in personal communication - but what about in the car? For many drivers, the capabilities and functionality of a vehicle's infotainment system are as important as the drivetrain. Earlier this year, Apple announced its next-generation automotive product, CarPlay...


Gunther Holtorf completes 884,000km world tour in a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen
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Gunther Holtorf completes 884,000km world tour in a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen

Last week Gunther Holtorf and his 1988 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen returned to Germany to ceremonially complete an incredible 884,000km journey through most of the countries on Earth. Out of the 195 nations and entities recognised by the UN, Holtorf and his 1988 Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagen — a 300GD, if you're absolutely dying to know — have visited 179...


Vertu for Bentley smartphone priced from $18K
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Vertu for Bentley smartphone priced from $18K

Produced in association with the British luxury car maker, the new Vertu for Bentley smartphone costs an eye-watering 12,500 euros ($18,000) and is now available for order. Based on the Vertu's existing Signature Touch phone, the limited edition Vertu for Bentley features a 4.7-inch 1080p touchscreen housed in a diamond knurled titanium body...


Audi A9 concept car teased ahead of LA debut
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Audi A9 concept car teased ahead of LA debut

The Audi A9 concept car has broken cover ahead of its official unveiling next month at the Los Angeles auto show. Italian magazine Auto & Design has published a photo, which it claims is the first official picture of the A9 concept...