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Mercedes-AMG Sport models teased ahead of 2015 Detroit auto show

Just when you thought the new Mercedes-Benz naming structure couldn't get more confusing, the German luxury brand has announced a new line of models that will be known as the Mercedes-AMG Sport range, and the first examples will debut at the 2015 Detroit auto show in January...

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2015 Mazda MX-5 to have "keener" pricing
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2015 Mazda MX-5 to have "keener" pricing

The upcoming Mazda MX-5 will have to be keener on pricing to better compete with the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ twins, according to the boss of Mazda Australia. Speaking to CarAdvice at last week’s Los Angeles auto show, the man in charge of Mazda Australia, Martin Benders, admitted there’s opportunity for sharper pricing on the new MX-5 to temp younger buyers back to the model...


Federal Government moves to harmonise ADRs with international standards
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Federal Government moves to harmonise ADRs with international standards

The Federal Government has updated another two Australian Design Rules (ADR) in a move intended to bring our regulations more into line with international vehicle standards. Assistant minister for infrastructure and regional development Jamie Briggs says the latest ADR reforms are a step towards ensuring that every time a UN regulation is updated the relevant ADR can be updated automatically, allowing the latest technology to be made available to Australian consumers as quickly as possible...


Suzuki Vitara here around mid-2015 with Juke and Trax in its sights
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Suzuki Vitara here around mid-2015 with Juke and Trax in its sights

The reborn European-made Suzuki Vitara will arrive in Australia just after the middle of 2015 priced aggressively from as little as $23,000, and will lure younger buyers with its interesting cabin personalisation and brand-leading technologies such as Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink...


2015 Ford Ranger facelift teased in new video
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2015 Ford Ranger facelift teased in new video

The 2015 Ford Ranger has been teased in a new video released by Ford Asia Pacific. The 19-second clip shows snapshots of the updated Ranger taking on water, gravel and sand before revealing a computer-generated front three-quarter image of the new ute, giving us our first undisguised look at the popular model’s mid-life facelift...


Ford Focus, Fiesta, EcoSport warranties extended over dual-clutch transmission shudder
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Ford Focus, Fiesta, EcoSport warranties extended over dual-clutch transmission shudder

Ford Australia has extended the warranties of almost 50,000 Fiesta, Focus and EcoSport vehicles equipped with the brand’s six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Dubbed a customer satisfaction program rather than a product recall, the action addresses a defect that may cause the ‘Powershift’ auto gearbox to exhibit “excessive transmission clutch shudder during light acceleration”...


Holden Cruze : Elizabeth plant celebrates production of 100,000th small car
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Holden Cruze : Elizabeth plant celebrates production of 100,000th small car

The 100,000th locally produced Holden Cruze has rolled off the car maker’s assembly line in Elizabeth, South Australia. The milestone vehicle, a Cruze SRi Z-Series hatch in Red Hot paint, was completed on Tuesday and is destined for Commonwealth Motors in Canberra...


Renault Clio: fourth-gen city car recalled over potential braking faults
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Renault Clio: fourth-gen city car recalled over potential braking faults

The fourth-generation Renault Clio has been recalled in Australia due to two possible faults with the city car's braking system. Affecting 318 Renault Clio IVs in total, the recall relates to incorrectly fitted front brake hoses and incorrect rear brake retaining clips...


BMW Australia rules out 2 Series Active Tourer seven-seat and xDrive variants
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BMW Australia rules out 2 Series Active Tourer seven-seat and xDrive variants

BMW Australia says it will likely steer clear of expanding its front-drive 2 Series Active Tourer range with Euro-focused seven-seat or xDrive all-wheel-drive derivatives for the foreseeable future. The seven-seat baby MPV 'Gran Tourer' has been spotted out and about in disguise overseas, and is tipped to launch in Europe by the middle of 2015...


2015 Kia Picanto spied undergoing testing
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2015 Kia Picanto spied undergoing testing

The soon-to-be-updated Kia Picanto city car has been caught testing outside of Hyundai Motor Europe's headquarters in Germany ahead of its potential launch in Australia by the end of next year. The heavily camouflaged light hatch bears black plastic and cladding over its front and rear ends, as well as on its doors...


Alfa Romeo's RWD sports sedan to debut in June - reports
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Alfa Romeo's RWD sports sedan to debut in June - reports

If reports are correct, the first rear-wheel drive sedan from Alfa Romeo in 23 years is pencilled in for a debut in June 2015. Sources who spoke to Autocar claim that Alfa's new RWD sedan will make its global debut in June at Expo 2015, which is being held in Milan between the beginning of May and the end of October...


Bentley SUV may be christened Bentayga
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Bentley SUV may be christened Bentayga

The British brand's first ever SUV may be badged as the Bentley Bentayga when it goes on sale in the early part of 2016. Autovisie is reporting that the much teased and sometimes spied Bentley SUV will be named Bentayga, after a peak on the island of Gran Canaria, part of Spain's Cayman Islands off the coast of Morocco...


Suzuki to launch up to six new models, almost double sales by 2017
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Suzuki to launch up to six new models, almost double sales by 2017

After a bit of a lean trot in new product development, Suzuki is now gearing up for a significant range expansion that it projects will help it almost double Australian sales within three years.  Over the next three years to 2017 the company intends to launch as many as six new models to its range — not replacements for current models, mind, but rather incremental increases to its product portfolio...


Australian motorists rank ninth in global road rage survey
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Australian motorists rank ninth in global road rage survey

Australian drivers have ranked ninth in a global survey of the prevalence of road rage. The survey of 3000 motorists from 20 countries conducted by LeasePlan UK placed agitated Australian drivers just one rung below angry Americans on the list. Both were nations of automotive saints compared with aggressive Brits, however, which by far reported the highest rates of road rage in the world...


Mazda looking at increasing fleet sales
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Mazda looking at increasing fleet sales

Despite a traditional reluctance to play in the fleet market, if Mazda is to expand its market share in certain segments, fleet buyers are a necessity, according to Mazda Australia’s boss. Speaking to CarAdvice at last week’s Los Angeles auto show, the man in charge of Mazda Australia, Martin Benders, confirmed the Mazda 3 remains the best selling car in Australia among private buyers, despite the Toyota Corolla doing more volume overall...


2014 Customer Service study : Mazda first, Holden jumps, Volkswagen still last
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2014 Customer Service study : Mazda first, Holden jumps, Volkswagen still last

Mazda has been rated the best automotive brand in Australia for aftersales and service experience for the second consecutive year. Mazda topped JD Power’s 2014 Australia Customer Service Index Study, which measures overall customer satisfaction with vehicle service experience at authorised service centres by rating service quality, vehicle pick-up, the service advisor, service initiation, and service facility...


Subaru Forester tS : 300 STI-tuned special edition SUVs for Japan only
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Subaru Forester tS : 300 STI-tuned special edition SUVs for Japan only

Japanese customers have been treated to the Subaru Forester tS – an STI-tuned special edition with sporty styling and mechanical enhancements. Distinguishing the Forester tS from the outside are STI and tS badges, cherry red pinstripes on the black front grille and rear bumper, unique front and rear lower spoilers, metallic silver fog light surrounds and lower door mouldings, and black side skirts, mirror caps and roof spoiler...


Renault Twingo RS: possible performance variant spied, Australian head "keen"
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Renault Twingo RS: possible performance variant spied, Australian head "keen"

A tricked up version of the all-new Renault Twingo has been spied while out testing, hinting towards a possible RS variant of the city car – a model the local division has its eye on. Snapped by CarAdvice's spy photographers in Spain, the suped up Renault Twingo has all the hallmarks of an upcoming sports derivative of the rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive super mini...


Lexus confirms interest in V8 Supercars, "high level" talks underway
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Lexus confirms interest in V8 Supercars, "high level" talks underway

Lexus Australia has confirmed it has approached V8 Supercars and has participated in “high level” discussions to join the local racing series. Following the international launch of the Lexus RC F in the US in September, Lexus Australia chief executive Sean Hanley said the introduction of a brand new 5...


Ssangyong Tivoli name to be used on new X100 baby SUV
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Ssangyong Tivoli name to be used on new X100 baby SUV

Indian-owned South Korean car maker Ssangyong has announced that its new baby SUV, codenamed X100, will be badged the Ssangyong Tivoli. Set for a January launch in Korea, the new Tivoli is due to hit showrooms in other markets, including Australia, from the second quarter of 2015. Previewed by the XIV-Air and XVI-Adventure concepts at this year's Paris motor show, the Tivoli is expected to measure just 4...


2015 Nissan GT-R upgrades focus on comfort, Track Edition not coming to Australia
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2015 Nissan GT-R upgrades focus on comfort, Track Edition not coming to Australia

The Nissan GT-R has been upgraded for the 2015 model year, with most of the changes aimed at improving the car's day-to-day comfort. To paraphrase Nissan, much of the evolution of the R35 GT-R has been focused on the R or racing aspect of the car. This year's modifications are more about GT or grand touring component of the car's personality, which will hopefully broaden the uber-Nissan's appeal...


Tesla and BMW in talks over co-operation on batteries, charging stations, carbonfibre
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Tesla and BMW in talks over co-operation on batteries, charging stations, carbonfibre

Tesla CEO and chairman, Elon Musk, has confirmed that Tesla and BMW have discussed working together on a number of different items. The outspoken CEO sat down for a long interview with Germany's Der Spiegel magazine. In the wide-ranging discussion he mentions, amongst other things, discussions that Tesla has had with BMW regarding possible future collaborations...


Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake revealed
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Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake revealed

The Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake, the fifth member of the Stuttgart brand’s growing family of front- and all-wheel-drive small cars, has broken cover.  As the name suggests, the CLA Shooting Brake is a conceptual shoot-off from the CLS Shooting Brake and a sleek wagon version of the already familiar CLA four-door sedan...


Lexus RC350 coupe lands from a sharp $66K
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Lexus RC350 coupe lands from a sharp $66K

Japan’s answer to premium German coupes has arrived locally, with the Lexus RC350 landing priced from $66,000 plus on-road costs, barely $600 more than the IS350 sedan. As with other Lexus models, three grade levels will be available – the $66K Luxury, climbing to the $74,000 F Sport and $86,000 Sports Luxury...


Cadillac wants 911 fighter after 2020, diesel-powered models by 2019
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Cadillac wants 911 fighter after 2020, diesel-powered models by 2019

As part of plans by Cadillac to reassert itself to "a pre-eminent position among global luxury brands", the brand will add diesel engines to its lineup and would like to have a Porsche 911 competitor in the medium term. At the recent Los Angeles auto show, Johan de Nysschen, president of Cadillac, spoke to Car and Driver about his plans for GM's luxury marque...


Ford “underestimated” Falcon XR8 demand
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Ford “underestimated” Falcon XR8 demand

Ford Australia admits it underestimated demand for the revived Falcon XR8 and says it needs to build more. The XR8 is playing the hero car role in the new-look Falcon range, dubbed FG-X, which has launched this week in Australia. The badge returns after a four-year hiatus, effectively compensating for the loss of the disbanded Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) division...


Chrysler Grand Voyager replacement will be "sexy"
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Chrysler Grand Voyager replacement will be "sexy"

The Chrysler Grand Voyager will be replaced in 2015, and the brand's design boss, Ralph Gilles, told CarAdvice at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show that buyers can expect the new-generation minivan to be "sexy". Gilles said the new model due in 2015 - as part of Fiat Chrysler's open-book five-year plan - has been a fun project to be a part of...


Interiors the new battleground for luxury makers, say Audi design chief
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Interiors the new battleground for luxury makers, say Audi design chief

A lot can be said of the exterior design trends of luxury car makers, but it's inside that could be the new battleground for premium marques, according to recently appointed Audi design chief, Marc Lichte. Speaking with CarAdvice at the recent 2014 Los Angeles auto show, Lichte said that in the coming years he expects interior design to be the dominant topic of conversation among the German luxury car brands, not to mention prestige rivals from abroad...


Chrysler 300: next-generation model may lose gangster look
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Chrysler 300: next-generation model may lose gangster look

The Chrysler 300 has always looked like one of the toughest kids on the block, but as emissions regulations continue to tighten, the bluff-faced large sedan may lose its trademark style. Speaking with CarAdvice at the recent 2014 Los Angeles auto show, Chrysler head of design, Ralph Gilles, said the current model is already quite efficient – but he didn’t deny there could be changes in the pipeline for the styling of the brand's most iconic model...


Ford Falcon won’t be replaced; new Mondeo to straddle medium/large
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Ford Falcon won’t be replaced; new Mondeo to straddle medium/large

Ford Australia has confirmed it will use the forthcoming new Mondeo to straddle the medium and large car segments beyond the demise of the Falcon in 2016, meaning a supplementary offering such as the US-market Taurus is off the local radar. The company this week launched its final version of the Ford Falcon – the FG X that will be built only until Ford ceases Australian manufacturing in October 2016...


Feeling pooped? Catch the number two bus.
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Feeling pooped? Catch the number two bus.

Bristol airport in the UK has started a four-week trial of a bus that runs on bio-methane, generated by sewerage treatment. So yep, it runs on poo (and processed food waste, but there's nothing funny about that). The 40-seat airport transfer service has a range of 300km on a single tank of the (endlessly) renewable fuel...


Toyota 86 convertible, turbocharged variants not happening, says Scion
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Toyota 86 convertible, turbocharged variants not happening, says Scion

Both turbocharged and convertible variants of the Toyota 86 are off the table, according to an executive at Toyota's North American youth brand, Scion. Doug Murtha, Scion's senior vice president, told WardsAuto at the recent Los Angeles auto show that the division, which sells the 86 as the Scion FR-S, "went down swinging" with its proposals for an 86/FR-S convertible...


Mini drifted into world's tightest parallel parking spot, 8cm longer than hatchback
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Mini drifted into world's tightest parallel parking spot, 8cm longer than hatchback

Han Yue from China has drifted himself into Guinness Book of World Records by sliding a Mini hatchback into a parallel parking spot that was just eight centimetres longer than his car. The feat, seen in the video above, took place during the China Drift Championship, which was hosted the other week at the Olympic Park in Chongqing...


BMW M7 not needed, Alpina B7 covers that niche, according to BMW exec
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BMW M7 not needed, Alpina B7 covers that niche, according to BMW exec

A senior North American BMW executive has ruled out the possibility of a BMW M7 joining the model lineup in the near term. Paul Ferraiolo, BMW North America's manager of product planning and strategy, spoke to Motor Trend at the recent LA auto show about the company's new model pipeline...


2014 Los Angeles auto show highlights
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2014 Los Angeles auto show highlights

CarAdvice’s 2014 Los Angeles auto show production and concept car highlights:   Audi A7 h-tron quattro concept The hydrogen-powered Audi A7 h-tron quattro is designed to showcase how a fuel-cell vehicle could form part of the German luxury car maker’s line-up...


Ignoring public transport is hurting road safety
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Ignoring public transport is hurting road safety

On the one hand our state governments in Australia are quick to take personal responsibility away from the taxpayer. On our roads otherwise normal and sane adults are treated like school children once were, whacked with a ruler every time they exceed an arbitrary number with a red circle around it...


Toyota Corolla RZ special edition launches from $22,290
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Toyota Corolla RZ special edition launches from $22,290

The Toyota Corolla RZ special edition has launched in Australia, injecting a dose of sporting flair into the top-selling small hatch range. Priced from $22,290 before on-road costs with the standard six-speed manual transmission and $24,540 with the optional automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT), Toyota says the Corolla RZ adds $2000 in features for just $1000 over the Ascent Sport on which it’s based...


Australian supercar maker Joss secures backing, set to list publicly early 2015
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Australian supercar maker Joss secures backing, set to list publicly early 2015

Aspiring Australian manufacturer Joss has secured funding to build its locally made supercars with the company set to list publicly from early next year. Speaking to CarAdvice today, Joss founder Matt Thomas said the 17-year old privately-owned company will list publicly in 2015 after securing backing from the Hatzimihail Group – a family-run business heavily invested in lighting technology...


Land Rover to complain about copycat Land Wind X7: report
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Land Rover to complain about copycat Land Wind X7: report

The boss of Land Rover says his company will complain to Chinese officials about the Land Wind X7 SUV, which he has accused of “copying” the design of the Range Rover Evoque. Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth says the Chinese-made Land Wind X7 – which bears more than a striking resemblance to the British Evoque – represents a breach of intellectual property laws...


Fiat Punto replacement a "headache" for the Italian brand
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Fiat Punto replacement a "headache" for the Italian brand

Italian mass market car producer Fiat is struggling to decide whether the replacement for its ageing Fiat Punto light hatch should be a retro-style spin-off of the 500 range, or a more practical, less stylish car that will sit separate to the cutesy Fiat 500 family...


Clawsome? Kia Sorento X-Men edition to feature at 2015 Australian Open
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Clawsome? Kia Sorento X-Men edition to feature at 2015 Australian Open

Movie car tie-ins are an interesting beast. Sometimes the car is featured in the film and there is sufficient demand from the public to encourage the manufacturer to continue the celluloid experience with a special edition. Other times, the car has no relevance to the movie and is just created for curious marketing purposes...


Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo is powered by lasers
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Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo is powered by lasers

Chevrolet has whipped the covers off the Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept car, which emphasises fantasy and thinking outside the box over being production-ready. The Chaparral concept is powered by a laser setup that's similar to the one that's been envisioned for various types of spacecraft...


Mercedes-AMG confirms ‘green monster’ for production
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Mercedes-AMG confirms ‘green monster’ for production

If you remember the manic Mercedes-AMG G63 6x6, you probably thought to yourself: ‘I wonder if they’ll make a more hardcore four-wheel version of the standard G63 AMG G-Wagen?’. According to Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers, who spoke exclusively with CarAdvice at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show, there will be a four-wheel-drive version of the Mercedes-AMG G63 6x6 in the near future...


Audi Q8 'coupe' SUV confirmed
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Audi Q8 'coupe' SUV confirmed

Audi's management team has given the go-ahead for a new "coupe" SUV, which will be known as the Audi Q8. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi's technical chief, told Autocar at the Los Angeles auto show: "The Q8 will come. It will be something new, following designs established on the Prologue concept...


Ford Australia to turn around decade of spiralling sales soon, says region boss
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Ford Australia to turn around decade of spiralling sales soon, says region boss

The boss of Ford Asia Pacific says the company is on the verge of turning around a decade of spiralling sales in Australia. Ford’s Australian sales have declined every year since peaking at 135,172 in 2004. They dropped to 87,236 last year and are down a further 6.2 per cent so far this year, tallying 67,924 to the end of October...


Mitsuoka Orochi Evangelion Edition will be the car's swansong
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Mitsuoka Orochi Evangelion Edition will be the car's swansong

The Orochi will end its production run with 11 distinctively painted Mitsuoka Orochi Evangelion Edition models. It's unlikely that the Orochi has ever had the shrinking violet sobriquet thrown at it, but for its final hurrah it's going all out to capture the attention of all and sundry...


2015 Audi A4 shapes up for C-Class battle
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2015 Audi A4 shapes up for C-Class battle

Pictured: Artist's impression of the 2015 Audi A4 The next-generation Audi A4 will take some design cues from the TT, add more technology and shed up to 100kg as it aims to lift its game against the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. CarAdvice spies have spotted Audi’s fifth-generation mid-size sedan testing in Europe ahead of an expected unveiling at October 2015’s Frankfurt motor show...


Geely New Vision debuts with fewer Peter Horbury design flourishes
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Geely New Vision debuts with fewer Peter Horbury design flourishes

At the Guangzhou auto show, Geely unveiled its Geely New Vision sedan, but despite its name, the new car shares few of the design cues used on the larger Peter Horbury-designed GC9. Measuring 4.59 metres long, 1.47m tall and 1734mm wide, and sitting on a 2.6m wheelbase, the New Vision will duke it out in the Corolla class...


Mini Citysurfer concept takes the Brit brand into two-wheeler territory
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Mini Citysurfer concept takes the Brit brand into two-wheeler territory

Meet the Mini with two wheels: this is the Mini Citysurfer concept, unveiled this week at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show. The two-wheeler looks like one of those Razor kick scooters that were popular in the early 2000s, but this new mobility device from Mini features an electric drive motor that allows it to hit 25km/h...


Mercedes-AMG confirms GT racer with or without turbocharging
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Mercedes-AMG confirms GT racer with or without turbocharging

Hot on the heels of the international launch of the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT sports car, AMG chairman Tobias Moers has officially confirmed a GT3 racing version, though it may not be turbocharged. In an exclusive interview at the Laguna Seca Raceway in California, AMG engine designer, Thomas Ramsteiner, told CarAdvice that new FIA regulations for 2016 might force the car company to further develop its existing 6...


Mercedes-AMG GT designer says similarities with Porsche 911 unavoidable
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Mercedes-AMG GT designer says similarities with Porsche 911 unavoidable

In an exclusive interview with CarAdvice at the global launch of the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT, Mark Fetherston, exterior designer for Mercedes-Benz, said he makes no apologies for any similarities that some might see between the GT and Porsche 911. “There are classic sports car proportions that you kind of want in your car and you end up having similarities with other brands – you can’t help that," said Fetherston...