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Tesla, Panasonic join forces to make battery Gigafactory a reality - report

Panasonic and Tesla have signed a partnership agreement to jointly build a massive new factory for lithium-ion batteries, dubbed the Gigafactory, in the US...

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2015 Ford Falcon Ute uncovered
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2015 Ford Falcon Ute uncovered

The new 2015 Ford Falcon Ute and 2015 Ford Falcon XR8 have been caught together alongside the new-look G6E model. These images, sent in by a CarAdvice reader, show for the first time how the new-look Falcon Ute (above) will appear when it makes its debut towards the end of this year...


Geely MK becomes Australia's cheapest car at $8999 driveaway
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Geely MK becomes Australia's cheapest car at $8999 driveaway

The Geely MK is currently available from $8999 driveaway, making it the cheapest new car on the market. John Hughes Geely in Perth is advertising the discounted pricing on the small Chinese sedan as part of a driveaway campaign offer that has been running through July and is expected to continue into August, according to a member of the dealership’s sales team...


Nissan Navara-based SUV firms for possible 2015 debut
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Nissan Navara-based SUV firms for possible 2015 debut

The likelihood of an SUV spin-off of the new Nissan Navara ute appears to have stepped up a notch. Earlier this year at the New York auto show, Nissan chief Andy Palmer hinted at the possibility of a rugged off-road SUV, likely with seven seats, to take on the likes of the Isuzu MU-X, Holden Colorado 7, Mitsubishi Challenger and upcoming Ford Everest...


Range Rover Sport SVR claims production SUV Nurburgring record
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Range Rover Sport SVR claims production SUV Nurburgring record

The Range Rover Sport SVR has become the fastest production SUV around the Nurburgring in Germany. The new Sport SVR lapped the 20.8km Nordschleife circuit in 8 minutes and 14 seconds. The time puts the new flagship performance SUV in quick company, narrowly behind sports car such as the Alfa Romeo 4C (8:04) and Renault Megane RS265 (8:07...


Nissan Pulsar Nismo hot-hatch likely to take on FWD Nurburgring record
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Nissan Pulsar Nismo hot-hatch likely to take on FWD Nurburgring record

The record-setting Renault Megane RS275 hot-hatch could soon be targeted from an enemy within, with a new Nissan Pulsar Nismo model expected to tackle the recent Nurburgring record. Just a few weeks ago a specially developed, road-legal Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R set a new front-wheel-drive record time of 7:54...


Ferrari working on new powertrain with supercharged engine and electric turbo - report
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Ferrari working on new powertrain with supercharged engine and electric turbo - report

Ferrari is reportedly working on a supercharged engine with an electric turbocharger in an attempt to eliminate turbo lag from its future sports cars. 4WheelsNews quotes a source in Italy that claims the new engine technology will deliver more immediate power delivery than the brand’s new twin-turbocharged V8, as well as offer more power and greater fuel efficiency...


Jaguar XE S: new sports variant revealed
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Jaguar XE S: new sports variant revealed

The face of the sporty Jaguar XE S has been quietly revealed in the latest teaser for the new premium mid-size model. Identified by the ‘S’ badge in the lower left-hand corner of the car’s grille, the XE S also features large lower front-side air intakes with vertical black louvres on their outer edges...


Toyota Mirai: source outs fuel cell vehicle name - report
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Toyota Mirai: source outs fuel cell vehicle name - report

Toyota’s first-ever hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will be badged ‘Mirai’, according to a source familiar with the decision. The unnamed source revealed the name of the all-new model, which means ‘future’ in Japanese, to Bloomberg, though asked not to be identified as the decision has not yet been made public...


Six-cylinder BMW i9 to be built for 100th anniversary - report
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Six-cylinder BMW i9 to be built for 100th anniversary - report

A BMW i9 plug-in hybrid supercar will reportedly be built to celebrate the Bavarian company's centenary in 2016. According to Auto Motor und Sport, the company will make an "über-i8" that will be dubbed the i9; any hopes that BMW might have had for the i10 badge are nixed by the fact Hyundai already uses that nameplate for its entry-level hatch...


Land Rover Discovery Sport confirmed to feature seven-seat option
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Land Rover Discovery Sport confirmed to feature seven-seat option

The new Land Rover Discovery Sport, which will replace the Freelander, will be offered with a third row of seats. To accompany this tidbit of information, Land Rover has issued official "spy" photos and video of the new Discovery Sport undergoing testing on public roads clad in camouflage...


2015 Honda Jazz launches from $14,990
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2015 Honda Jazz launches from $14,990

The third-generation Honda Jazz launches in Australia with a starting price of $14,990 for the base model manual. The new city car is expected to charge Honda’s resurgences in Australia, despite a horror first half of 2014, with the brand’s sales down by 34 percent. The 2015 Honda Jazz is powered by a 1...


2015 Ford Falcon rear end revealed in FB post
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2015 Ford Falcon rear end revealed in FB post

A spy shot that offers the first look at the rear end of the new 2015 Ford Falcon has been posted anonymously on Facebook. The photograph appears genuine and captures a Falcon G6E, revealing a back end as dramatically changed as the large car's front (pictured below) and matched in terms of the much cleaner look...


BMW i DC Fast Charger revealed : First-ever wall unit smaller, cheaper than rival systems
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BMW i DC Fast Charger revealed : First-ever wall unit smaller, cheaper than rival systems

BMW has introduced a new fast-charging system for plug-in and electric vehicles that is significantly smaller, cheaper and more versatile than existing products. Developed in collaboration with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, the new BMW i DC Fast Charger claims to be the first of its kind that is small enough and light enough to be mounted to a wall...


2014 European Car of the Year candidates announced
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2014 European Car of the Year candidates announced

Thirty-four new vehicles have been announced as candidates for the 2014 European Car of the Year award. The initial list includes cars from 23 different manufacturers. BMW heads the list with four vehicles in the running (2 Series Active Tourer and Coupe, i8, and X4)...


2015 Mercedes-Benz Vito revealed
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2015 Mercedes-Benz Vito revealed

The all-new Mercedes-Benz Vito will be larger, more versatile and more efficient than ever when it hits delivery rounds in October. Revealed overnight, the mid-sized Vito is the light-commercial version of the V-Class people-mover that was unveiled in January...


2015 Kia Sorento previewed in official sketches
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2015 Kia Sorento previewed in official sketches

Official design sketches of the 2015 Kia Sorento have been released, previewing its exterior styling for the first time. The sketches are similar to unofficial renderings of the third-generation large SUV that surfaced online last week, though look to suggest the new model will feature an even bolder and more upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille, a more muscular stance, and more heavily swept styling than expected...


2015 Jaguar XE to deliver sub-4.0L/100km fuel consumption
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2015 Jaguar XE to deliver sub-4.0L/100km fuel consumption

The all-new Jaguar XE will be at least as fuel efficient as the Toyota Prius when its debuts in September. Jaguar says diesel versions of its forthcoming mid-sized premium model are projected to deliver combined cycle fuel consumption of less than 4.0 litres per 100km. That figure will see the Jaguar XE at least match the famous Japanese hybrid (3...


Bentley Mulsanne coupe and convertible back on the agenda - report
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Bentley Mulsanne coupe and convertible back on the agenda - report

Volkswagen's high-end luxury brand has changed tack, and is once again considering a coupe and convertible based on the Bentley Mulsanne. In an interview with Auto Express, Bentley CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, said, "I’m truly convinced that we have a lot of opportunities with our existing model lines. In Crewe [Bentley's headquarters] you used to see a very nice convertible called Azure...


McLaren P1 GTR previewed prior to August debut
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McLaren P1 GTR previewed prior to August debut

The track-only McLaren P1 GTR has been previewed via a conceptual sketch ahead of its unveiling at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the middle of August. Based on the road-going P1, McLaren's engineers are targeting power output of 736kW from the P1 GTR's petrol-electric drivetrain. By way of comparison, the road-legal P1 generates a total of 673kW of power and 900Nm of torque from its 3...


Jaguar purchases 543 classic cars from dentist James Hull
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Jaguar purchases 543 classic cars from dentist James Hull

Jaguar Land Rover has purchased one of the world's largest classic car collections, totalling 543 automobiles, from British dentist James Hull. The collection naturally contains a large number of Jaguar models, including an XKSS, eight E-Types, numerous C- and D-Types, seven XK 120s, pre-war SS models, 19 XJS models and 20 XJ sedans...


2015 Nissan Navara: Two new diesels but V6 dropped
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2015 Nissan Navara: Two new diesels but V6 dropped

The all-new 2015 Nissan Navara will be less powerful than the model it replaces, despite gaining two all-new high-tech turbo diesel engines. The new Navara – which will be launched in Australia early in 2015 – will be offered with a pair of newly developed 2.3-litre turbo diesel engines, both of which debut in the global pick-up truck...


2015 Nissan Navara: Electric model possible, hybrid less likely
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2015 Nissan Navara: Electric model possible, hybrid less likely

The all-new Nissan Navara brings with it a pair of downsized turbo diesel engines, though the brand is already looking at a possible electric version of the popular ute. Takashi Fukui, Nissan Navara chief vehicle engineer, said the company is "not yet" working on any hybrid version of the car...


2015 Ford Falcon G6E revealed
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2015 Ford Falcon G6E revealed

The drip-feed of the 2015 Ford Falcon is continuing, with the first reveal of the Ford Falcon G6E following the XR8 and XR6 models last week. Ford Australia's single image of the G6E shows the subtle front-end differences between the executive-style G-series model and the sportier XR6...


2015 Ford Territory revealed
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2015 Ford Territory revealed

  The last ever version of Australia's only locally built SUV, the 2015 Ford Territory, has been revealed officially. Ford Australia's single image of the updated Territory confirms the design CarAdvice published earlier in July, showing far fewer visual changes compared with the new Ford Falcon revealed last week...


Suzuki Grand Vitara replacement still a few years away
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Suzuki Grand Vitara replacement still a few years away

A replacement for the nine-year-old Suzuki Grand Vitara remains several years away from launch, according to the general manager of the company’s local operations.  The company remains confident, however, that the model’s renowned off-road prowess — widely regarded among the best in segment — and loyal clientele should see it continue to pick up sales into its 10th year on sale and well beyond...


Fiat 500L : SUV'd city car gets Vans design treatment
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Fiat 500L : SUV'd city car gets Vans design treatment

The funky little Fiat 500L-Vans design concept has debuted at the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach in California, sporting a unique look and styling cues taken from the US-based shoe brand. Based on the five-seat 500L but equipped with four ringed LED driving lights, a two-tone paint scheme, roof racks and a double-decker surfboard carrier, the Fiat 500L-Vans takes inspiration from the company’s original hi-top shoe...


Golf balls could change the future of car aerodynamics
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Golf balls could change the future of car aerodynamics

A new material could help make sports cars even more aerodynamic in the future. Smorph was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and its surface texture can be changed from smooth to dimpled...


2015 Nissan Navara: Japanese brand open to sharing new ute with Renault
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2015 Nissan Navara: Japanese brand open to sharing new ute with Renault

A Renault-badged spinoff of the all-new 2015 Nissan Navara could become a reality. Keno Kato, Nissan corporate vice president product planning, told CarAdvice at the launch of the all-new Navara that building another version of the new ute under the Renault-Nissan Alliance is possible if the situation would prove to be a "win-win"...


Nissan iDX: No answer this year, but coupe remains 'under study'
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Nissan iDX: No answer this year, but coupe remains 'under study'

The Nissan iDX affordable coupe remains a "50/50" chance of making it to production, but we likely won't know the sports car's fate until 2015.Keno Kato, Nissan corporate vice president product planning, told CarAdvice at the launch of the new Navara ute in Thailand that previous reports of the possible demise of the project were premature...


Market fragmentation and brands that fall through the cracks
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Market fragmentation and brands that fall through the cracks

You’ve quite probably read this tidbit somewhere before, but it is worth repeating: Australia is among the most remarkably competitive new vehicle markets in the world.  Statistics confirming as much are bandied about with some regularity, but the only ones that really matter when you bore down to the crux of it are that 60-odd car and truck brands fight tooth and nail to get their cut of Australia’s relatively minute 1...


Subaru WRX S4 teased prior to August reveal
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Subaru WRX S4 teased prior to August reveal

Subaru has given us a first glimpse of the new Subaru WRX S4 that will be revealed in Japan on August 25. Few concrete details are known about the new car, but we do know that the WRX S4 will be equipped with the latest version of EyeSight, which uses colour stereo cameras to detect pedestrians and vehicles. The WRX and WRX STI available in Australia isn't available with EyeSight...


Mercedes-AMG 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine detailed in full
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Mercedes-AMG 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine detailed in full

Mercedes-Benz has revealed full information about its new 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that will power the forthcoming 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT and next-generation C63 AMG. Codenamed the AMG M178, the 3982cc bi-turbo eight-cylinder will produce peak outputs of 375kW (at 6250rpm) and 650Nm (between 1750 and 4750rpm) in its application in the GT — similar to the Porsche 911 Turbo’s 383kW/660Nm six-cylinder...


New Falcon big news but other Fords more critical
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New Falcon big news but other Fords more critical

So after the now commonplace drip-feed of teasers, we’ve finally seen the first images of last ever Ford Falcon. Ford Australia insiders told me recently that key people within Dearborn, US, and Broadmeadows, Victoria, were so delighted with the look of the 2015 Falcon that the model was one of the quickest design sign-offs ever...


MG 6 sedan and hatch recalled
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MG 6 sedan and hatch recalled

Every MG 6 sold in Australia has been recalled over a child seat anchor fault. However, the slow start for the Chinese-owned British marque in Australia means that just 12 cars are affected - as many as are believed to have been sold since the company launched locally in April 2013...


Audi laser headlights explained and tested
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Audi laser headlights explained and tested

Audi will introduce laserlight technology to more production models next year, with the Audi R8 LMX shown as a glimpse of the future potential of the system. Audi head of lighting innovations and functions Stephan Berlitz spoke with CarAdvice on the attractions and limitations of laser headlight technology, before talking about its ongoing development...


Suzuki eyes small SUV boom from mid-2015
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Suzuki eyes small SUV boom from mid-2015

Suzuki Australia is hopeful of returning to somewhere approaching market leadership in the booming small SUV market from the middle of 2015 when it launches the production Suzuki iV-4...


2014 JD Power APEAL study finds owners aren't turned on by in-car tech
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2014 JD Power APEAL study finds owners aren't turned on by in-car tech

The 2014 JD Power APEAL study has found that buyers aren't as satisfied with in-car technology as car companies may expect them to be. The JD Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study is designed to measure new-car appeal - in their words, it "examines how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive"...


Aston Martin Lagonda luxury sedan revealed
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Aston Martin Lagonda luxury sedan revealed

The new Aston Martin Lagonda sedan will be made available to select buyers in the Middle East by invitation only in 2015. Just a few days ago we brought you news of the luxury brand's intent to put aside its long-standing plans for a Lagonda SUV model. Now Aston Martin has revealed images and details of its exclusive new sedan model bearing the same name...


2015 Ford Falcon XR8, XR6 revealed : V8-powered sedan and ute on sale come fourth quarter
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2015 Ford Falcon XR8, XR6 revealed : V8-powered sedan and ute on sale come fourth quarter

The new-look 2015 Ford Falcon XR8 and XR6 performance twins have been revealed ahead of their on-sale date late this year. Claimed by Ford to be "the best Falcon ever", the new Ford Falcon XR8 is said to have been designed to blend the iconic high-performance sedan's past with Ford’s new global design DNA into a refreshed premium look...


Honda NSX prototype burns to the ground at the Nurburgring
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Honda NSX prototype burns to the ground at the Nurburgring

That hasn't gone well. The Honda NSX prototype our spy photographers caught running laps of the Nurburgring earlier this week has burned to the ground. The high-tech hybrid Honda NSX- which features a midship twin-turbocharged V6 that is teamed to a trio of electric motors, with power sent to all four wheels - was reportedly taking the track at full speed when flames started appearing from the rear of the car...


2016 Audi SQ7 to debut electric turbocharger - report
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2016 Audi SQ7 to debut electric turbocharger - report

The high performance Audi SQ7 will be the first production implementation of the company's electric turbocharger technology. Ulrich Hackenberg, board member for technical development, spoke to Autocar and said, "The new Q7 will be available in the market next year but the electric turbo will come a bit later in the Audi SQ7 available in 2016...