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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...

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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...


Mazda expands lifetime capped-price servicing to all models; existing owners covered as well
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Mazda expands lifetime capped-price servicing to all models; existing owners covered as well

Mazda has expanded its retroactive lifetime capped-price service plan beyond just the Mazda3 and onto the entire passenger and commercial vehicle line-up.  Called Mazda Service Select, the plan covers the entire life of every Mazda vehicle, and also changes the increments of services from a rigid six-months/10,000km to as much as 12-months/10,000km, meaning low-mileage drivers aren’t necessarily forced into visiting their dealers twice a year...


Ford Fiesta becomes UK's highest selling model ever
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Ford Fiesta becomes UK's highest selling model ever

Forget the monarchy - there's a new ruler of the United Kingdom, and it's the Ford Fiesta. Ford has confirmed that the Fiesta has become the highest-selling model nameplate in the UK of all time, with 4,115,000 vehicles having been sold since 1976. The record betters a fellow Ford small car, the Escort, which got 4,105,961 registrations during its 14-year reign...


Renault Australia increases warranty to five years on RS and GT models
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Renault Australia increases warranty to five years on RS and GT models

Renault Australia has increased its warranty coverage to five years/unlimited kilometres on all Renault Sport RS and GT models. Up until now, Renault's go-fast models - the Megane RS and Clio RS - had been offered with a three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, but these models, along with the updated Megane GT 220 wagon and newly added GT220 hatchback, not to mention the Clio GT, have now been increased with an extra 24 months of coverage...


2014 Renault Megane pricing and specifications
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2014 Renault Megane pricing and specifications

The 2014 Renault Megane has received a nose job, but there’s a lot more to the updated French car than meets the eye. That’s because Renault has switched from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in the majority of the Megane range to a downsized 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol mill...


2014 Renault Megane GT 220: New hot-hatch added to small car range
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2014 Renault Megane GT 220: New hot-hatch added to small car range

The updated Renault Megane range has seen the addition of a new warm- to hot-hatch variant, the GT 220. Previously offered as a limited edition five-door GT 220 station wagon, Renault has now added a five-door hatchback version alongside the wagon model as part of the standard Megane model range. The GT 220 variants are both designed with performance in mind, with the models using the same 2...


BMW Australia to become even more SUV-focused
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BMW Australia to become even more SUV-focused

BMW Australia says it is entirely possible that a day could soon come when it sells more SUVs from its growing X range — which will expand to at least six models including the new X7 seven-seater from 2017 — than lower-riding passenger cars...


2015 Porsche Cayenne update: New plug-in hybrid added to revised range
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2015 Porsche Cayenne update: New plug-in hybrid added to revised range

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne has been revealed, with the performance SUV sporting revised styling, improved efficiency and more equipment - not to mention the first plug-in hybrid SUV in the luxury high-rider class. The new-look Cayenne will be offered in five variants initially - Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S Diesel and - as reported by CarAdvice - the newly added Cayenne S E-Hybrid petrol-electric plug-in model...


Toyota Driver Awareness Research Vehicle tracks how safely you're driving
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Toyota Driver Awareness Research Vehicle tracks how safely you're driving

The latest Toyota Driver Awareness Research Vehicle has made its debut at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. Dubbed DARV 1.5, the car uses Microsoft tech gear and InfoSys biometrics software. It was developed by the Toyota's research safety centre and based on the latest Avalon, which forms the basis for the current generation Lexus ES...


Opel not planning Dacia rival, will make sub-Adam vehicle
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Opel not planning Dacia rival, will make sub-Adam vehicle

A day after General Motors announced that it was consolidating its European operations under Opel, its boss has clarified the company's position on producing a rival to low cost brands, such as Dacia and Datsun. After GM's announcement that it had moved all of its European operations, including Chevrolet in Russia, to the recently created Opel Group, rumours began to swirl that Opel was planning a low-cost rival to the Dacia range...


Audi R8 LMX priced at $440,000 for December arrival
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Audi R8 LMX priced at $440,000 for December arrival

It will (briefly) be the fastest and most expensive Audi ever sold in Australia, with only three of the 99 Audi R8 LMX models built coming to our shores priced at $440,000. A last hurrah for the seven-year-old supercar set to be replaced by an entirely new-generation model next year, the headline act for the Audi R8 LMX – which stands for Le Mans exclusive edition – is its laser headlights, which illuminate the road twice as far as regular LED headlights and are a first for a production car in Australia...


Holden VF Commodore, WN Caprice recalled: More than 25,000 cars affected by seat issue
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Holden VF Commodore, WN Caprice recalled: More than 25,000 cars affected by seat issue

The Holden VF Commodore and Holden WN Caprice have been recalled for a fifth time in less than three months. The most recent recall affects 25,055 vehicles in Australia, and according to Holden has been discovered as part of an internal investigation...


Toyota 86: Revised suspension, enhanced interior for updated sports car
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Toyota 86: Revised suspension, enhanced interior for updated sports car

The 2015 Toyota 86 has gone on sale in Australia complete with suspension tweaks, interior enhancements and a small price increase for the flagship GTS variant. Announced globally in April, Toyota’s upgraded two-seat rear-wheel-drive 86 sports car features a revised suspension set-up that claims to deliver “better handling response and steering feel while also enhancing ride quality”...


Smart Fortwo Brabus: New pocket-rocket spied
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Smart Fortwo Brabus: New pocket-rocket spied

A prototype of the new Smart Fortwo Brabus has been spied testing on public roads in Europe. The camouflaged pocket-rocket, captured by CarAdvice’s spy photographers, appears less than a week after Daimler’s city-car division officially unveiled its pint-sized third-generation Fortwo and larger second-gen Forfour...


LDV range to expand with people-mover, one-tonne van, buses under Ateco Automotive
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LDV range to expand with people-mover, one-tonne van, buses under Ateco Automotive

The new Australian distributor of Chinese light-commercial vehicle manufacturer LDV plans to introduce a number of new models following the relaunch of the brand later this year. Ateco Automotive, Australia’s largest independent vehicle importer, has taken over responsibility for the importation and distribution of LDV vehicles from White Motor Corporation (WMC), which began selling the LDV V80 van out of 30 dealerships across the country at the beginning of 2013...


Renault to build light-commerical vehicle for Fiat from 2016
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Renault to build light-commerical vehicle for Fiat from 2016

Renault and Fiat have agreed to a partnership that will see the French manufacturer supply the Italian brand with a light-commercial vehicle within two years. In a short statement, Renault confirmed the vehicle would be produced in France from the second quarter of 2016 based on one of its existing platforms...


Why the manual transmission needs to die
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Why the manual transmission needs to die

Fewer cars should be available with a manual transmission. The public have spoken, and they want to use their left hand and leg less frequently. The rise of automatic transmissions that relay code quicker than humans can send directives from brain to limb – and ones that know their engine partner more intimately than you or I ever could and can therefore be more efficient – means having a third pedal is simply redundant...


LG Chem to supply 320km-plus EV batteries in 2016 - report
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LG Chem to supply 320km-plus EV batteries in 2016 - report

South Korean energy specialist LG Chem will begin supplying car makers with batteries capable of powering electric vehicles for at least 200 miles (322km) in 2016. LG Chem chief financial officer Cho Suk-jeh told Reuters EVs powered by the advanced, ‘second-generation’ batteries would be available in around two years’ time, though would not elaborate on exactly when and where they would appear first...


Audi RS5 TDI Concept : 750Nm diesel-electric drivetrain ready for production
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Audi RS5 TDI Concept : 750Nm diesel-electric drivetrain ready for production

The powertrain in the Audi RS5 TDI Concept will be produced, with its diesel-electric “mild hybrid” production-ready to challenge petrol Audi RS models for response and performance. The RS5 TDI Concept utilises a 3.0-litre diesel V6 engine, which in addition to two turbochargers also uses a third, electrically driven compressor that mimics a turbo to compress air and send immediate boost to the engine off idle...


Audi aiming for 200kW 2.0-litre turbo-diesel
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Audi aiming for 200kW 2.0-litre turbo-diesel

Audi is targeting high-performance diesel engines with a specific output of 100kW per litre, challenging the power dominance of petrol engines relative to the same capacity. That could mean a future Audi 2.0-litre turbo-diesel that produces 200kW of power, or roughly identical to the same-capacity petrol turbo engine currently used in the Audi S3...


Skoda to launch three-row, seven-seat SUV in new model offensive
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Skoda to launch three-row, seven-seat SUV in new model offensive

Skoda will launch a large SUV by the end of 2016 as part of a blitz of new models. Internal sources have told both Autocar and Auto Express that Skoda is a developing a new large SUV based on the Volkswagen group's MQB architecture. The as-yet-unnamed SUV (which is rumoured to be known as the Skoda Snowman) will be available in both two-row five-seat and three-row seven-seat configurations...


Volvo XC90 to feature auto braking at intersections, run off road protection
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Volvo XC90 to feature auto braking at intersections, run off road protection

The new Volvo XC90 will feature two world first technologies: automatic braking at intersections and run off road protection. As the name "auto brake at intersections" suggests, the safety systems in the second-generation XC90 keep an electronic eye peeled for cars that might run into it at an intersection...


Honda NSX spied at Nurburgring
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Honda NSX spied at Nurburgring

Our spy photographers have snapped the new Honda NSX undergoing evaluation at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany. Despite the car's black-and-white camouflage, we can clearly see the shape of the new Honda NSX, as well as much of its detailing. It's clear that the production version of the NSX won't be too different from the concept models that have been gracing the motor show circuit over the past few years...


General Motors broadens Opel role, puts it in charge of all European operations
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General Motors broadens Opel role, puts it in charge of all European operations

General Motors has restructured its loss-making operations in Europe by creating a new organisation called the Opel Group, which takes over full economic responsibility not just for Opel/Vauxhall products but all of GM’s operations in Europe and Russia. To be based in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the Opel Group will operate as an umbrella for the Opel and Vauxhall brands, as well as GM in Russia...


BMW 2 Series Active Tourer to be pricier but better-equipped than Mercedes B-Class
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer to be pricier but better-equipped than Mercedes B-Class

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will launch in Australia later this year with a higher price of entry than its Mercedes-Benz B-Class arch rival, but the Bavarian brand’s local arm says it will more than even the ledger with a substantial list of standard equipment from entry level...


Renault Koleos : All-new SUV confirmed, likely to debut in 2016
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Renault Koleos : All-new SUV confirmed, likely to debut in 2016

There will be an all-new version of the Renault Koleos SUV by 2016, CarAdvice can reveal. Renault Australia managing director Justin Hocevar confirmed the French brand will offer an entirely new mid-size SUV during this week’s launch of the updated Megane range. “The Koleos is getting a little old,” Hocevar said...


Subaru XV Black limited edition expands local SUV line-up
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Subaru XV Black limited edition expands local SUV line-up

The limited edition Subaru XV Black has been added to the compact SUVs range, priced from $29,740. Limited to 300 cars and spread across all three existing Subaru XV variants – equipped with both six-speed manual and continuously variable transmissions – the limited edition Black comes at a $1250 premium but adds a claimed $2500 worth of value...


2015 Kia Sorento renderings revealed
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2015 Kia Sorento renderings revealed

The unveiling of the 2015 Kia Sorento may still be more than two months away, but these sketches are believed to give an accurate impression of the next-generation SUV’s exterior styling. The renderings, first published by enthusiast blog Kia World, are an artist’s impression of the new Kia Sorento based on spy shots of a heavily camouflaged prototype captured earlier this month...


2014 Ford Falcon XR8 teased in new video
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2014 Ford Falcon XR8 teased in new video

The 2014 Ford Falcon XR8 has been teased yet again, this time via an official video released by the local manufacturer. Coming just four days after the new performance Ford Falcon had its 'XR8' badge teased, the clip highlights the facelifted car's bonnet scoop, grille, tail-lights, XR-stamped headlights and various badges...


Renault Australia defends Megane safety following three-star Euro NCAP rating
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Renault Australia defends Megane safety following three-star Euro NCAP rating

The facelifted Renault Megane range is being launched in Australia this week, and the company's local chief has responded to the car's recent Euro NCAP crash test score of three stars. When the Renault Megane launched in 2008 it garnered a five-star Euro NCAP crash score...


2015 Mitsubishi Pajero : Mild updates for ageing SUV ahead of all-new model
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2015 Mitsubishi Pajero : Mild updates for ageing SUV ahead of all-new model

A mildly updated version of the Mitsubishi Pajero has been released in Japan, bringing subtle styling revisions to the ageing full-size SUV. The facelifted Pajero wears a new chrome grille with vertical borders that continue down into the bumper around the central air intake. Horizontal LED daytime running light strips sit alongside the fog-lights in reshaped housings beneath the headlights...


Audi Q7 e-tron : Diesel-electric SUV confirmed with 700Nm and sub-4.0L/100km
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Audi Q7 e-tron : Diesel-electric SUV confirmed with 700Nm and sub-4.0L/100km

An Audi Q7 e-tron is confirmed to debut later this year featuring a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine and an electric motor producing 275kW and 700Nm, teamed with sub-4.0L/100km economy. Audi has announced that the next-generation Q7 (spied here) will be its next e-tron model, which is also its first diesel-electric plug-in hybrid and only the second production e-tron model following the Audi A3 e-tron that launched this year...


Audi kills off multitronic CVT automatic
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Audi kills off multitronic CVT automatic

Audi has confirmed the continuously variable transmission (CVT) is now dead, despite the German brand having been one of the first to utilise this type of automatic gearbox more than a decade ago. Speaking at a future technology briefing in Sweden, head of V6 TDI development Ralph Rigger said that development of the multitronic – the brand’s name for CVT – has stopped at Audi and it will eventually be superseded across all model lines...


Final Gear website removes Top Gear, Fifth Gear BitTorrent links after take-down notice
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Final Gear website removes Top Gear, Fifth Gear BitTorrent links after take-down notice

Popular website Final Gear has taken down BitTorrent links to episodes of the popular motoring shows Top Gear and Fifth Gear as well as the former's regional variants. The site was handed a take-down notice at the beginning of July by lawyers representing BBC Worldwide. The letter demanded that the site remove links to episodes of Top Gear, Top Gear America and Top Gear Australia...


Special one-off Jaguar F-Type R Tour de France support vehicle created
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Special one-off Jaguar F-Type R Tour de France support vehicle created

A special one-off Jaguar F-Type support vehicle has been created for this year's Tour de France. This unique Jaguar F-Type was created specifically for stage 20 of this year's Tour de France. Being an individual time trial stage, where riders set off one-by-one to attack a 55km course, this modified coupe is capable of carrying all the necessary spare parts and support equipment...


Lexus LF-LC production car to spawn 447kW twin-turbo V8 F variant - report
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Lexus LF-LC production car to spawn 447kW twin-turbo V8 F variant - report

The production version of the Lexus LF-LC is said to include a twin-turbocharged V8 variant with around 447kW of power. Last week, Lexus' European chief confirmed that a production car based on the Lexus LF-LC concept would go on sale in 2016. Now Motor Trend is reporting that the LF-LC range will be spearheaded by a high performance F model...


Toyota coy about Corolla sales targets
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Toyota coy about Corolla sales targets

The Toyota Corolla is fast gaining ground on the leading Mazda 3 in the battle to be Australia’s top-selling car in 2014, but the company’s Australian arm says it is not particularly concerned with ending the year on top of the charts. The carry-over champ currently sits fewer than 400 units behind the newer Mazda3, which launched earlier this year...


Aston Martin cans Lagonda SUV plans; targets large, luxury four-door - report
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Aston Martin cans Lagonda SUV plans; targets large, luxury four-door - report

Aston Martin’s 21st century Lagonda won’t be an SUV, according to the man charged with the task of creating the new luxury model. Aston Martin design director Marek Reichman told PistonHeads the long-rumoured Lagonda SUV – a pet project of former CEO Ulrich Bez that was previewed in concept form in 2009 – was no longer part of the brand’s future plans...


Toyota FJ Cruiser safe in Australia
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Toyota FJ Cruiser safe in Australia

The Toyota FJ Cruiser may be approaching the end of the line in the United States, but the future of the cult vehicle is safe in Australia for the next few years at least.  As reported, Toyota USA announced in November last year that the retro off-roader would get the chop from 2014 in that market...


BMW 2 Series Active Tourer : Three in four buyers will be new to the brand, says car maker
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer : Three in four buyers will be new to the brand, says car maker

Three out of four buyers of the all-new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will first-time BMW customers, according to the brand’s projections. Head of product management for BMW’s lower model range Frank Niederlander told Automotive News Europe the 2 Series Active Tourer compact MPV would predominantly attract people that had never owned a BMW before...


Skoda adds Black Edition models to UK range
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Skoda adds Black Edition models to UK range

Skoda has introduced a stealthily styled Black Edition variant to every model in its UK line-up. Available on the Citigo, Fabia, Roomster, Rapid, Octavia, Superb and Yeti, the special Black Edition treatment adds between £1200 and £3200 ($2180 and $5820) in options, depending on the model, with customers benefitting from up to £1720 ($3130) in added value...


Tesla Model S: Chinese hackers unlock moving car to win competition
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Tesla Model S: Chinese hackers unlock moving car to win competition

A team of computer hackers from China’s Zhejiang University has successfully broken into the software of a Tesla Model S to win a competition at the SyScan360 security conference. The South China Morning Post reports the hackers exposed a “flow design flaw” that allowed them to remotely unlock a moving Model S, sound its horn, flash its headlights and open its sunroof...


Japan to offer $20k subsidy on hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles
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Japan to offer $20k subsidy on hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his government will support the proliferation of series-production hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles by offering 2 million yen ($21,000) subsidies to get the green technology onto the public radar.  The announcement comes as domestic car-makers such as Toyota and Honda gear up to launch their next-generation zero emissions hydrogen vehicles (called the Fuel Cell Vehicle and FCEV Concept respectively) from 2015...


Chevrolet SS confirmed to gain manual option, magnetic ride suspension and new colours
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Chevrolet SS confirmed to gain manual option, magnetic ride suspension and new colours

The Australian-made Holden Commodore model that is exported to the US as the Chevrolet SS is about to get a number of new options. Sections of a fleet order sheet published on US site Jalopnik confirms CarAdvice's previous report that the Chevrolet SS will gain a manual transmission option, as well as HSV's magnetic ride control system...


2015 Volkswagen Touran spied
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2015 Volkswagen Touran spied

The all-new 2015 Volkswagen Touran MPV has been spied undergoing testing in Germany ahead of a possible debut at the 2014 Paris auto show in October. The boxy-bodied small car is designed to give buyers an alternative to the SUV crowd in much the same vein as the Mercedes-Benz B-Class and upcoming BMW 2 Series Active Tourer...


Ssangyong Rexton pricing and specifications : New diesel engine, fresh styling for flagship seven-seat SUV
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Ssangyong Rexton pricing and specifications : New diesel engine, fresh styling for flagship seven-seat SUV

The upgraded Ssangyong Rexton has launched in Australia with a new engine and refreshed interior and exterior styling. Ssangyong’s flagship seven-seat SUV line-up now features just one variant, the Rexton SX, from $39,990 driveaway, replacing the previous three-tier range that was priced from $36,990-$47,990 driveaway...


Audi set to offer in-car wireless charging for devices
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Audi set to offer in-car wireless charging for devices

Audi could be the next brand to include wireless device charging in its cars. Following recent news that the all-new Lexus NX SUV will become the first car sold in Australia offering a wireless charging platform for smartphones, Audi has confirmed it will join the race to clear in-car clutter with forthcoming models to adopt inductive charging for devices...


Lexus considering smaller models, including sub-NX SUV - report
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Lexus considering smaller models, including sub-NX SUV - report

Lexus is open to developing models below the CT200h hatch and the just-launched NX SUV. Speaking to Autocar magazine, Alain Uyttenhoven, head of Lexus Europe, hinted that a smaller-than-NX SUV both "made sense" and was "not impossible", although he declined to confirm or deny whether such a model was on the drawing board...