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Joss JP1 : $600K Australian supercar to launch in 2015

Aspiring Australian supercar maker Joss has breathed new life into its dream of building a Ferrari-beater and exporting it to the world. The Melbourne-based automotive company is hoping to raise $480,000 through crowd-funding portal Kickstarter to build the first JP1 supercar by late-2015...

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Volkswagen Golf Alltrack wagon confirmed for mid-2015
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Volkswagen Golf Alltrack wagon confirmed for mid-2015

A rugged new Volkswagen Golf Alltrack wagon that hasn’t even been revealed yet is confirmed to be coming to Australia. CarAdvice has previously reported that the new, off-road-styled Golf Alltrack wagon was under consideration, but at this week’s launch of the new Polo light car, Volkswagen Australia managing director John White confirmed the vehicle will be sold in Australia...


Ford to rival Toyota Prius with dedicated hybrid from 2018 - report
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Ford to rival Toyota Prius with dedicated hybrid from 2018 - report

Ford will introduce its first dedicated hybrid model by the end of 2018, according to a report out of Detroit. Quoting two sources with knowledge of the car maker’s future product plans, Reuters says the hybrid model will be a compact car designed to go head to head with the Toyota Prius...


Volkswagen Jetta update due in 2015, price changes expected
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Volkswagen Jetta update due in 2015, price changes expected

The slow-selling Volkswagen Jetta could soon receive a much-needed jab in the arm. The Jetta – which is essentially a mid-size sedan that sits separately to the Golf hatchback with higher pricing and varied equipment levels – has floundered this year, with sales dipping 35 per cent to the end of July...


Lotus planning an SUV, large sedan to broaden range - report
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Lotus planning an SUV, large sedan to broaden range - report

Lotus has presented a product plan that involves a drastic expansion of its current range to its owner Proton. According to the government controlled newspaper Utusan Malaysia, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has presented a product plan includes an SUV and a D-segment sedan to the board of Proton...


CarPlay roll out delayed by Mercedes-Benz, Volvo
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CarPlay roll out delayed by Mercedes-Benz, Volvo

Both Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are delaying their US roll out of Apple CarPlay, although it’s unclear whether there will be flow on effects for Australian customers. Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are two out of the five automotive brands that were initially scheduled to offer CarPlay compatible entertainment systems, at least in the US, by the end of 2014...


Infiniti details expansion plan, takes teaser campaigns to new heights
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Infiniti details expansion plan, takes teaser campaigns to new heights

Infiniti will apparently grow its line-up to include at least 13 models — eight sedans/coupes and five SUVs — within the next five years as it continues to grow its global footprint.  The expansion, which represents growth of 60 per cent over its current eight-member global range, will see the company follow through with the plan partially laid down by recently-departed CEO Johan de Nysschen, who left last month to become president of Cadillac...


2015 Volkswagen Polo : Pricing and specifications - UPDATED with driveaway prices
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2015 Volkswagen Polo : Pricing and specifications - UPDATED with driveaway prices

The updated 2015 Volkswagen Polo has arrived in Australia, bringing lower pricing, revised styling, and new engines. The facelifted Volkswagen Polo will go on sale this weekend with pricing kicking off from just $15,990 driveaway for the entry-level 66TSI Trendline manual model, putting it close to sharply priced Japanese rivals such as the Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris and runout Mazda 2...


Land Rover Discovery Sport: seven-seat cabin revealed in sneak peek video
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Land Rover Discovery Sport: seven-seat cabin revealed in sneak peek video

The 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport medium SUV’s plush seven-seat cabin has been previewed by a short video ahead of the car’s world premiere on September 3 and Australian arrival in May next year.  Inspired by the Discovery Vision Concept from the New York motor show last April, the Discovery Sport will serve as a much more versatile replacement for the 17-year old Freelander nameplate...


Volkswagen Tiguan replacement due in two years
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Volkswagen Tiguan replacement due in two years

The next-generation Volkswagen Tiguan SUV is still two years away, but the new version will be worth the wait. That’s according to Volkswagen Australia’s managing director, John White, who told CarAdvice that the all-new Tiguan – which will be built off the same modular architecture as the seventh-generation Golf – will be a game-changer for the brand...


Lexus to roll out more safety tech
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Lexus to roll out more safety tech

Lexus is seeking to bolster its safety credentials with the rollout of several “visibility technologies” on its sedan and SUV lines by early 2015.  The Japanese premium brand will make both blind-spot monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) — a sensor-based system that alerts the driver of oncoming traffic when backing out of a parking space — either standard or optional on its exiting and future models...


Honda CR-Z future “under evaluation” in Australia
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Honda CR-Z future “under evaluation” in Australia

The future of Honda Australia’s hybrid range appears to be in doubt, and its hero performance-focused hybrid model – the Honda CR-Z – could be on the chopping block. The CR-Z was dropped in Europe and the UK earlier this year, but the company stated it would continue building the CR-Z despite it sharing platform components and hybrid bits with the defunct Insight...


Jaguar XE SVR to chase after BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG - report
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Jaguar XE SVR to chase after BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG - report

Jaguar will take on the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG with a high performance version of the XE, which will likely be dubbed the Jaguar XE SVR. According to Auto Express, the car will be powered by a version of the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 seen in the F-Type. For the Jaguar XE SVR, the engine will be tuned to deliver 365kW of power and will be tied to an eight-speed automatic transmission...


Saab narrowly avoids bankruptcy proceedings, still seeking a partner
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Saab narrowly avoids bankruptcy proceedings, still seeking a partner

NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden), owner of Saab, has narrowly avoided bankruptcy proceedings and has confirmed that it is still seeking a partner to ensure its long-term future. Last week NEVS confirmed that one of its suppliers, Labo Test, agreed to withdraw a bankruptcy petition lodged with the Swedish government...


2015 Mazda 2 production to shift from Japan to Thailand
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2015 Mazda 2 production to shift from Japan to Thailand

Production of Australia’s Mazda 2 will relocate from Japan to Thailand for the introduction of the third-generation model in November. Mazda Australia public relations senior manager Steve Maciver confirmed the shift was part of the company’s global strategy to more evenly distribute production across Japan and other countries...


2015 Skoda Fabia exterior revealed
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2015 Skoda Fabia exterior revealed

After a protracted teaser campaign, the 2015 Skoda Fabia light-car has been officially revealed ahead of its world premiere in-the-metal at this October’s Paris motor show.  The new Fabia, which is expected to borrow bits from the newly-updated Volkswagen Polo rather than the VW Group’s much publicised MQB architecture, is wider and lower than before as part of a bid to boost its sporting credentials, and is also said to offer best-in-class cargo space...


2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class made in South Africa
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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class made in South Africa

A number of Australian-delivered models of the W205 (2015) Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan are being sourced from the German company’s South African plant in East London. The previous-generation W204 C-Class was sourced from Germany, but the new C-Class range will include sedan models sourced from the African nation...


Renault Koleos Sport Way limited edition announced
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Renault Koleos Sport Way limited edition announced

The limited edition Renault Koleos Sport Way has this week launched in Australia, offering a range of additional features that the company hopes will help its largely unheralded offering better stand out in the crowded medium SUV market. The Sport Way edition builds on the existing BOSE specification, and is exclusively a front-wheel-drive proposition...


2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class avoids Luxury Car Tax across the board
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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class avoids Luxury Car Tax across the board

  All non-optioned versions of what looks set to be Australia’s most popular luxury car, the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, will avoid the federal government’s controversial luxury car tax when it goes on sale later this week. The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class range starts from $60,900 for the C200 and tops out at $74,900 for the C300 hybrid...


2015 Mazda 2 sacrifices space for style, executives admit
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2015 Mazda 2 sacrifices space for style, executives admit

A key player in the development of the all-new Mazda 2 admits the car’s styling is partly to blame for its interior being smaller than that of the old model. Despite being 160mm longer from nose to tail (4060mm), 20mm taller (1495mm) and riding on an 80mm-longer wheelbase (2570mm), the third-generation city car is actually smaller than its predecessor in a number of key interior dimensions...


Volkswagen R-Line range to expand in Australia
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Volkswagen R-Line range to expand in Australia

The sporty Volkswagen R-Line option pack will be available to order on more models in Australia in the coming months. Volkswagen Australia has confirmed it will soon be selling an R-Line package for the Golf Wagon and a revised version of the Tiguan SUV, joining the current R-Line-equipped models that consists of the Touareg, Beetle and Golf hatch...


2015 Jaguar XE interior sketched out: Will feature remote smartphone control, laser head-up display
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2015 Jaguar XE interior sketched out: Will feature remote smartphone control, laser head-up display

The new Jaguar XE will feature an 8-inch touchscreen and a laser head-up display, as well as a smartphone app which can remotely control a host of car functions. Prior to today, Jaguar has given the world a sneak peak of the XE's front end, as well as its overall shape. The Tata-owned luxury brand has also detailed the car's lightweight aluminium construction and its new family of Ingenium engines...


Mazda 2 MPS : Baby hot-hatch a chance later in model lifecycle, says sales boss
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Mazda 2 MPS : Baby hot-hatch a chance later in model lifecycle, says sales boss

A Mazda 2 MPS hot-hatch is under consideration and could emerge later in the third-generation city car’s lifecycle, according to the brand’s international sales boss. Mazda Motor Corporation global sales and marketing general manager Yasuhiro Aoyama told CarAdvice a sports variant of the all-new Mazda 2 could be introduced down the track to maintain interest in the model as it ages...


Tesla Model S gains unlimited kilometre drivetrain warranty
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Tesla Model S gains unlimited kilometre drivetrain warranty

The luxury electric car maker has announced that the Tesla Model S sedan's drivetrain will now feature a warranty in line with that already in place for the car's battery pack. This means that the 85kWh version of all-electric sedan now has an eight-year unlimited kilometre warranty for both its lithium-ion battery pack, as well as its electric drivetrain...


McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept revealed at Pebble Beach
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McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept revealed at Pebble Beach

A design concept pointing the way to the look of the track-only McLaren P1 GTR was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance over the weekend. It seems that today even highly exclusive track-only supercars have teaser campaigns, so the car unveiled at Pebble Beach isn't the final vehicle, but a production preview of the real deal...


ANCAP says entry models should get same active safety gear as high-spec versions
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ANCAP says entry models should get same active safety gear as high-spec versions

ANCAP has this week awarded five stars to a trio of vehicles, but criticised their makers, as well as a host of other brands, for offering higher levels of safety equipment on flagship versions of various models than on the corresponding entry-level versions...


2015 Mazda 2 : New details of third-generation city car
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2015 Mazda 2 : New details of third-generation city car

Fresh details of the all-new Mazda 2 have been released ahead of its introduction to Australian showrooms on November 1. The third-generation city car will be available in our market with two tunes of a new 1.5-litre direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine...


FPV GT-F : Fundraising auction accelerates quickly
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FPV GT-F : Fundraising auction accelerates quickly

Ford Australia is auctioning off two FPV GT-F sedans to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The auction, which launched last night, has already included bids of more than $100,000 each for car number 1 and car number 500 in the limited 550-unit production run...


2015 Volkswagen Tiguan: R-Line added, reverse-view camera to be made standard
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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan: R-Line added, reverse-view camera to be made standard

The Volkswagen Tiguan line-up is set to see some shuffling in the latter part of 2014, including the addition of a standard reverse-view camera on all models, and a new sporty R-Line model...


2015 Volkswagen Scirocco R confirmed for Australia
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2015 Volkswagen Scirocco R confirmed for Australia

The Volkswagen Scirocco R isn't dead in Australia, after all. Earlier this year Volkswagen Australia confirmed it was reassessing the need for the Scirocco R sports hatch as part of its line-up, particularly given the brand had models such as the Polo GTI, Golf GTI and GTI Performance and Golf R as part of its range...


2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class convertible : Ultra high-end soft-top spied ahead of forthcoming reveal
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2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class convertible : Ultra high-end soft-top spied ahead of forthcoming reveal

The forthcoming Grand Daddy of German soft-tops, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class convertible, has been snapped undergoing testing ahead of its expected world premiere next year. We have known for some time that Benz is planning an S-Class convertible — see our exclusive report from back in 2012 — but these images from our snappers in Europe give us the best look yet...


2015 Ford Mustang spotted in right-hand-drive guise for the first time
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2015 Ford Mustang spotted in right-hand-drive guise for the first time

This could be the first ever Ford Mustang built in right-hand-drive from the factory floor. The image - posted by SVT Performance, courtesy of Ford Motor Company - shows an apparent 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible prototype. Never before has the blue oval brand sent a right-hand-drive Mustang from the line at its production plant, though many conversion companies have made money switching the US muscle car's left-twirler to suit markets such as Australia...


2015 Skoda Fabia teaser campaign continues; two new images released
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2015 Skoda Fabia teaser campaign continues; two new images released

The drawn-out, puzzle-like reveal of the 2015 Skoda Fabia continues, with two new images of the Czech brand's city car released over the weekend. The latest images - the fourth and fifth teasers, respectively, for the new Skoda Fabia that will debut at the 2014 Paris motor show in October - give a little more away about how the cars side panels will look...


Volkswagen XL1 four-seat model planned - report
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Volkswagen XL1 four-seat model planned - report

A new, more practical four-seat version of the ultra-efficient Volkswagen XL1 is expected to become a reality, according overseas reports. UK publication Autocar states a new four-seater model based on the Volkswagen XL1 plug-in hybrid diesel is in the works, as the brand looks to expand its eco-conscious range of vehicles in anticipation of a number of high-tech rivals - namely the production Honda FCEV and Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell models...


Renovo unveils US$529,000 electric coupe
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Renovo unveils US$529,000 electric coupe

Startup car company Renovo has unveiled its electric coupe ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The Renovo coupe is based on a modified Shelby American CSX9000 chassis and body, which has been fitted with Renovo's own electric drivetrain...


2015 Opel Astra interior spied at Nurburgring
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2015 Opel Astra interior spied at Nurburgring

Our wily spy photographers have snapped the first photos of the 2015 Opel Astra's interior whilst the car was undergoing testing at the Nurburgring. Although it's covered in plenty of shrouding and tape, the interior of the next-generation Astra will feature a clearly delineated two-tier dashboard, with controls for the entertainment and navigation systems on the top level, while the climate control buttons and knobs reside on the lower level...


Holden increases prices across almost all model lines
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Holden increases prices across almost all model lines

Almost the entire range of Holden models has seen a price hike. A yearly price realignment for the Australian arm of General Motors has seen the brand's manufacturers' list prices rise by between $400 and $1000. "Our retail price has increased approximately one per cent across the range to bring it in line with business costs," said Mark Flintoft, Holden product communications manager...


PinkZones concept aims to protect UK women from dangerous male drivers
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PinkZones concept aims to protect UK women from dangerous male drivers

Imagine a world where our roads have special pink lanes and pink overpasses to help skip over busy traffic, designed exclusively for the use of women. A UK female-oriented insurance company has put forward a proposal suggesting (and even attempting to justify) the concept...


Cash-strapped motorists hit by higher fuel excise could scrimp on vehicle servicing, claims peak body
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Cash-strapped motorists hit by higher fuel excise could scrimp on vehicle servicing, claims peak body

Victoria’s peak automotive industry body today made the interesting claim that the Federal Government’s proposed increases to the fuel excise could render low-income car owners less able to keep their vehicles adequately serviced, thereby leading to more unsafe cars on the road.  As part of its 2014 Federal Budget, the Abbott Government announced plans to raise $2...


Proton Savvy replacement to feature six airbags and ESC as standard
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Proton Savvy replacement to feature six airbags and ESC as standard

The next-generation Proton global city car - which will be the replacement to the Proton Savvy - will boast the full gamut of safety equipment when it launches in late 2014 or early 2015. Proton's all-new city car - which is currently referred to as P2-30A, though it is expected to revive the Savvy name - has international exports high on its agenda, and as such, safety is a high priority...


Tesla Roadster to offer more than 640 kilometres of range - report
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Tesla Roadster to offer more than 640 kilometres of range - report

An updated version of the Tesla Roadster will see the introduction of a new battery pack that will see its range be extended to 400 miles (643 kilometres). The existing, pure electric Tesla Roadster had an EV range of 245 miles (394km) when it launched in 2008, which is still better than many of its contemporaries...


2015 Skoda Fabia: fresh details of new city car
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2015 Skoda Fabia: fresh details of new city car

Another day, another 2015 Skoda Fabia teaser. The Czech brand continued the drip-feed unveiling of its third-generation city car overnight, this time releasing two fresh angles of the production model that’s set to debut at October’s Paris motor show. The new images highlight the compact Skoda’s new grille and provide a bird’s-eye view of its headlight and bonnet...


Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid : Pricing and specifications
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Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid : Pricing and specifications

The supercharged, petrol-electric Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid will be priced from $42,990 when it launches here later this month. Official pricing and details have not been made available by the company, but leaked documents suggest the Pathfinder Hybrid will be offered in three trim levels, much like the standard model range...


Toyota FT-1 concept car sports new grey exterior, classier interior
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Toyota FT-1 concept car sports new grey exterior, classier interior

The Toyota FT-1 concept car has been reworked with a new paint job and a new feel for the interior. Toyota whipped up a second version of the FT-1 concept car for this year's Gordon McCall's Motorworks Revival gala in California. And this second take on the FT-1 highlights just how much the choice of colours can affect the perception of a vehicle...


Mazda to offer diesel-electric hybrid from 2016 - report
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Mazda to offer diesel-electric hybrid from 2016 - report

Mazda is planning to launch a diesel-electric hybrid in the Japanese and European markets from 2016. According to a report in The Yomiuri Shimbun, Mazda is currently developing a diesel-electric hybrid drivetrain. The scheduled launch date is during the 2016 Japanese financial year, which runs from the beginning of April 2016 through to end of March 2017...