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BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage unveiled

At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the Bavarian company has revealed its BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage. As its name implies, this concept car is a tribute to the 3.0 CSL coupe from the 1970s. The car unveiled on the shores of Lake Como in Italy features wide wheel arches and a tall rear spoiler...

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Subaru Impreza recalled: 33,548 cars in Australia affected by Takata campaign
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Subaru Impreza recalled: 33,548 cars in Australia affected by Takata campaign

The Subaru Impreza has become the latest vehicle in Australia affected by the massive global recall of cars fitted with potentially faulty Takata airbags. Subaru has recalled 33,548 Impreza models produced between 2004 and 2007. The year models and VIN ranges are as follows: MY2004: 021344 to 045216. MY2005: 024602 to 058988. MY2006: 024801 to 057412...


Volvo V40 Carbon debuts Polestar optimisation in very limited numbers
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Volvo V40 Carbon debuts Polestar optimisation in very limited numbers

The Polestar-tuned Volvo V40 Carbon was unveiled overnight, but the chances of ever seeing the car down under are next to zero. At the beginning of the month, the companies announced that it would soon be offering Polestar Performance Optimisation packages for models powered by Volvo's Drive-E engine lineup...


Zagato Mostro powered by a Maserati V8 unveiled
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Zagato Mostro powered by a Maserati V8 unveiled

The Zagato Mostro has been unveiled a day before its public debut at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, which takes place over the weekend on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. Only five Mostro coupes will be built to celebrate Maserati's centenary. All of the small build run has already been allocated to long-time Zagato owners and all Mostros will be delivered by December 2015...


Five-cylinder Audi R8, Lamborghini Huracan a possibility - report
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Five-cylinder Audi R8, Lamborghini Huracan a possibility - report

Thanks to tax laws in China, the German car maker has considered engineering a five-cylinder version of its Audi R8 and Lamborghini Huracan supercars. Stephan Reil, head of engineering at Quattro, told Car and Driver that although no approval has been given for such a car and no engineering is currently under way, the possibility "has been talked about"...


That time I built the Mad Max Interceptor
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That time I built the Mad Max Interceptor

Mad Max: Fury Road is seeing tremendous success at box offices around the world. And one particular element has hugely excited fans of the franchise - the return of the XB. I would have been about 10 when I first saw Mad Max. It was the cinematic choice of an older brother of a school friend, the grainy VHS providing both fear and excitement in spades...


2016 Toyota HiLux global reveal image gallery
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2016 Toyota HiLux global reveal image gallery

Toyota took the wraps off the 2016 Toyota HiLux yesterday in a simultaneous global reveal in Sydney and Bangkok, Thailand. It's one of the company's best selling cars and continuously tops the leaderboard for commercial vehicle sales in Australia. As you could imagine, the reveal was quite an important one for Toyota both locally and globally...


Thieves in San Francisco targeting Toyota Prius batteries
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Thieves in San Francisco targeting Toyota Prius batteries

Thieves in the city of San Francisco are now targeting the battery packs of Toyota Prius hybrids. According to the KGO-TV, the local ABC television affiliate in San Francisco, there has been a recent spate of robberies involving battery packs from Prius hatches...


Toyota Tundra subject of "enormous" Australian demand
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Toyota Tundra subject of "enormous" Australian demand

There is “enormous demand” for the Toyota Tundra full-size pickup in Australia, says the company’s local arm, but it’s not feasible to factory-import it here in its current generation. Toyota Australia executive director of sales and marketing Tony Cramb said at this week’s world debut of the all-new HiLux in Sydney that there was room in our market for an even bigger load-lugger...


Holden issues forced redundancies at Elizabeth plant
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Holden issues forced redundancies at Elizabeth plant

Holden has been forced to issue involuntary redundancies at its Elizabeth assembly plant in South Australia for the first time in 28 years after it failed to convince enough workers to voluntarily accept redundancy packages announced in April. Last month, Holden confirmed plans to cut 270 full-time workers from its production line by May 25 and had hoped the majority of redundancies would be voluntary rather than forced...


2016 Kia Soul: Manual dropped, price up $500, two-tone paint now standard
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2016 Kia Soul: Manual dropped, price up $500, two-tone paint now standard

The Kia Soul is now an automatic-only prospect following the local division’s decision to drop the manual variant. The discontinuation of the six-speed manual transmission coincides with the introduction of the 2016 model year range, which now includes just one variant, the Soul Si six-speed automatic...


2016 Renault Megane to premiere at Frankfurt motor show in September
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2016 Renault Megane to premiere at Frankfurt motor show in September

The 2016 Renault Megane hatch will make its world premiere at the Frankfurt motor show in September, the company has confirmed. The new-from-the-ground-up small hatch will, in the words of Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker, be “very sexy” and “very sensual”, and as such should make a tres chic counterpoint to the Volkswagen Golf...


Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet gets cleaner engines and new media systems
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Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet gets cleaner engines and new media systems

The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet has been updated overseas with a range of new, cleaner-emitting engines and a trio of the latest-generation infotainment systems. Three new Euro 6-compliant four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines have joined the Golf Cabriolet range: a 77kW 1.2-litre, and 92kW and 110kW 1.4-litre units...


Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV spy photos
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Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV spy photos

The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is being readied for a reveal later this year, and our photographers have caught it out and about during testing. As part of the brand's new, more logical naming structure, the Mercedes-Benz GL will be rebadged as the GLS when this facelift debuts towards the end of the year...


Fiat Aegea compact sedan unveiled - UPDATED
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Fiat Aegea compact sedan unveiled - UPDATED

The Fiat Aegea sedan made its global debut overnight at the Istanbul auto show. Developed under the name Project Aegea, the new sedan measures around 4.5 metres in length, 1780mm wide, 1480mm tall and rides on a wheelbase that's 2640mm in length. Fiat claims a capacity of 510 litres for the car's boot, as well as seating for five passengers...


Why Uber is killing the Taxi business
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Why Uber is killing the Taxi business

I liken taxi companies to pure print publications in that they have both failed to advance with the times and are now paying the price of stiff, sophisticated and modern-age digital competition. But unlike print publications, which will always have their intrinsic physical virtues, there’s really nothing saving the classic taxi and its driver from complete and utter extinction...


2016 Toyota HiLux versus Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara
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2016 Toyota HiLux versus Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara

Today’s global unveiling of the 2016 Toyota HiLux already has us excited about throwing the all-new iteration of the country’s favourite ute into a comparison with its key rivals. The new-generation Mitsubishi Triton has just launched in Australia, while the new Nissan Navara launches next week and the updated Ford Ranger arrives in the third quarter of this year, just weeks before the launch of the eighth-gen HiLux in October...


2016 Toyota HiLux suspension developed in Australia for the world's toughest terrain
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2016 Toyota HiLux suspension developed in Australia for the world's toughest terrain

New-generation Toyota HiLux pick-ups sold in some of the world's toughest environments such as Russia, South Africa and South America will feature rugged suspension setups developed by Toyota Australia engineers in our own backyard...


2016 Toyota HiLux details, October launch in Australia
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2016 Toyota HiLux details, October launch in Australia

The 2016 Toyota HiLux has been revealed at last, ahead of its arrival in Australian showrooms in early October. The new generation of Australia's top-selling commercial vehicle was unveiled simultaneously at a special event in Sydney as well as in Bangkok, Thailand — where the reveal was also broadcast across several public television networks...


Takata airbag recall in Australia : Everything you need to know
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Takata airbag recall in Australia : Everything you need to know

The Takata airbag recall has become the largest automotive recall in history, affecting more than 53 million vehicles and more than a dozen car makers around the world. Among those are more than half a million vehicles in Australia, including more than 410,000 recalled by Honda, Nissan and Toyota over the past week...


2016 Toyota HiLux global reveal — LIVE
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2016 Toyota HiLux global reveal — LIVE

CarAdvice is attending the global reveal of the 2016 Toyota HiLux in Sydney today. The car will be shown both in Sydney and Bangkok with an international embargo lifting at 2:30pm AEST. Join Paul Maric at 2:30pm AEST for a live Periscope session. Simply monitor the feed below for the link to the Periscope stream as it happens...


Next-generation Jeep Wrangler will not have an all aluminium body
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Next-generation Jeep Wrangler will not have an all aluminium body

The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will not have an all aluminium body as had previously been speculated. In comments to Automotive News, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler, said: "A large portion of that vehicle [the new Wrangler] will be aluminium. It will not be all aluminium...


Maserati Levante design revealed via patent drawings
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Maserati Levante design revealed via patent drawings

Drawings, claimed to be from a patent filing, for the Maserati Levante have been leaked and published online. The patent drawings seen here were obtained by AutoGuide. The American website claims that these design drawings were submitted to the Australian patent office on April 8 and were recently granted registered status...


Renault Kwid sub-compact hatch launched in India
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Renault Kwid sub-compact hatch launched in India

The high-riding, SUV-like Renault Kwid sub-compact hatchback was officially launched in India overnight. Measuring just 3.68 metres long and 1.58 metres wide, the Kwid has seating for five people. By way of comparison, the Kwid is around 90mm longer than the rear-engine, rear-wheel drive Euro-focussed Renault Twingo...


Ford Transit recalled for faulty fuel injectors
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Ford Transit recalled for faulty fuel injectors

Ford has recalled 138 Ford Transit and Ford Transit Custom vans in Australia over potential fuel injector faults. Some injectors may have a defective valve which, if it fails, could result in a loss of fuel pressure causing the engine to stall. The recall affects vans fitted with the 114kW/385Nm 2.2-litre Duratorq diesel engine...


Tesla Model S prices rise due to Australian currency struggles
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Tesla Model S prices rise due to Australian currency struggles

Prices for the Tesla Model S have risen for the second time this year - and the US-based company claims it all comes down to the weak Australian dollar. According to the Australian arm of Tesla, the new higher pricing for the Model S has been driven by a "change in the exchange rates between Australian Dollar and US Dollar", and there have been increases across the four models currently available...


2016 Toyota HiLux to be unveiled globally on May 21, 2:30pm AEST — follow it live
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2016 Toyota HiLux to be unveiled globally on May 21, 2:30pm AEST — follow it live

Toyota is set to officially take the wraps off the 2016 Toyota HiLux tomorrow during two simultaneous global unveilings in Sydney and Bangkok, Thailand. While the media will be let in to see the car earlier, the official embargo lifts at 2:30pm AEST on May 21. As reported yesterday, images of the HiLux have been leaked ahead of the reveal, but we expect Australia-specific information and more technical details to be revealed...


Tesla opens new showroom and service centre in Richmond
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Tesla opens new showroom and service centre in Richmond

Tesla Motors has officially taken the wraps off a new showroom in Richmond, Victoria. The huge site was unveiled in front of a strong crowd of owners, prospective customers, members of parliament and VIPs, heralding a big step forward for the all-electric US car company. The site, located on Church Street in Richmond, includes a showroom, customer lounge, pre-delivery area and a service centre...


Takata admits airbag inflators are defective; recall now one of the biggest in history
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Takata admits airbag inflators are defective; recall now one of the biggest in history

Japanese component manufacturer Takata has acknowledged that its airbag inflators fitted to millions of vehicles around the world are defective – an announcement that has forced one of the largest product recalls in history. Takata has almost doubled the number of vehicles recalled in the US over a defect with the passenger-side airbag inflators to 33...


Bentley goal to be seen as standalone luxury brand rather than luxury car maker
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Bentley goal to be seen as standalone luxury brand rather than luxury car maker

Iconic British manufacturer, Bentley Motors, is seeking to draw from its near one hundred year history building luxury vehicles, to be seen as a standalone luxury brand in its own right. This positioning would see Bentley mentioned in the same breath as names like Bottega Veneta and Hermes, where in the eyes of the buyer, the aspiration of ownership is second only to actual ownership...


2016 Porsche 911 facelift spy photos from the Nurburgring
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2016 Porsche 911 facelift spy photos from the Nurburgring

Car Advice's spy photographers have snapped pictures of what, we believe, is a prototype of the facelifted Porsche 911. The current-generation Porsche 911 was unveiled in 2011, so the timing is about right for us to be seeing developmental versions of a facelifted model running around on public roads and on the Nurburgring...


Aston Martin DB11 spied at the Nurburgring
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Aston Martin DB11 spied at the Nurburgring

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped the most revealing shots to date of the successor to the DB9, believed to be called the Aston Martin DB11. The camouflaged black prototype is seen here circling the streets outside the Nurburgring in Germany, where much of the car’s dynamic and high-speed development testing is being completed...


Tata Nano Gen X unveiled with automated transmission, opening rear hatch
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Tata Nano Gen X unveiled with automated transmission, opening rear hatch

Overnight, the Indian conglomerate unveiled the facelifted and upgraded Tata Nano Gen X hatchback. Externally, the updated Nano sports revised headlight innards, a new black highlight running along the bottom edge of the bonnet and a redesigned front and rear bumpers with a smiley face motif. With the Gen X update, the Nano is now available with an automated transmission for the first time...


Volkswagen Golf R400 spy photos
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Volkswagen Golf R400 spy photos

Our eagle-eyed spy photographers have snapped photos of a prototype of the upcoming Volkswagen Golf R400 in the town of Nurburg, Germany. Outwardly, the prototype looks like a regular seventh-generation Golf R hatchback, but a closer inspection reveals a few telltale signs, including some external and internal diagnostic equipment...


Chevrolet Camaro not coming to Australia, Holden confirms no RHD for now
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Chevrolet Camaro not coming to Australia, Holden confirms no RHD for now

Hopes of a Holden-badged version of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro revealed over the weekend have been snuffed out for now, with a right-hand-drive version not in the current pipeline. General Motors’ decision to ignore RHD production for the Camaro mirrors its strategy with the new-generation Volt plug-in hybrid, announced last month...


2015 Hyundai Veloster Series II pricing and specifications
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2015 Hyundai Veloster Series II pricing and specifications

As expected, Hyundai this week officially cut the opening price of the Veloster SR Turbo to $29,990 plus on-road costs — $3000 less than before. The new Toyota 86-matching opening gambit is among the headline changes that come as part of the Veloster Series II mid-life update on sale now...


2016 Toyota HiLux interior and exterior leaked again, days ahead of official reveal
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2016 Toyota HiLux interior and exterior leaked again, days ahead of official reveal

The 2016 Toyota HiLux (or HiLux Revo as it's known in Thailand) has been leaked in images from a car yard in Thailand ahead of the car's official global unveiling on Thursday May 21. The images, which appear on the HiLux Revo Thailand fan page, show what appears to be an upper-specification Toyota HiLux in red with a beige leather interior...


Porsche trademarks GT5 name - report
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Porsche trademarks GT5 name - report

Porsche has trademarked the name GT5, sparking speculation the German manufacturer is planning a new motorsports-inspired version of one or more of its luxury sports cars. Autocar reports Porsche submitted its application for the GT5 trademark with the German trademark office in August last year, and was granted approval for the name – along with the GT4 moniker that’s already in use – in October...


Hyundai Genesis coupe still some way off for Australia
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Hyundai Genesis coupe still some way off for Australia

There are still few signs of the overdue latest-generation Hyundai Genesis coupe, with the company’s Australian arm saying there’s nothing tangible in its short-term pipeline.  Hyundai has been saying since 2011 that it would produce a global Genesis coupe flagship in left- and right-hand-drive configurations...


Hyundai Santa Cruz ute a "speculative product"
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Hyundai Santa Cruz ute a "speculative product"

The Hyundai Santa Cruz ute concept shown at the Detroit motor show in January this year remains a “speculative product” that isn’t in the company’s mid-term Australian launch plans. That’s the line from Hyundai Australia COO John Elsworth, who told us this week that any prospect of a much-needed utility vehicle of any stripe remained up in the air at best...


2016 Mazda MX-5 priced from $31,990
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2016 Mazda MX-5 priced from $31,990

The all-new Mazda MX-5 will cost from $31,990 plus on-road costs when it goes on sale in August. The pricing makes Mazda’s fourth-generation ‘ND’ roadster more than $15,000 cheaper than its predecessor, which was priced from $47,280. It also makes the 2016 Mazda MX-5 just $2000 more expensive than the original MX-5 that launched in Australia 26 years ago...


BMW M3 Touring in the works for 2015 Frankfurt motor show
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BMW M3 Touring in the works for 2015 Frankfurt motor show

BMW is reportedly developing a wagon/estate variant of the M3 sedan to be revealed at this year's Frankfurt Motorshow in September. According to Slovenian publication, Avto Magazin, the M3 Touring is on track to be unveiled in near production-ready form - similar to the way the F10 M5 Concept and F82 M4 Concept models were...


Bentley Bentayga spied practically production ready
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Bentley Bentayga spied practically production ready

As the Bentley Bentayga enters the home stretch and nears its official public debut, it has been spotted once again by our spy photographers, giving us our best look yet at the British brand's first SUV. Like the development vehicle that was spotted back at the beginning of March, this car is wearing stickers with fake, oversized headlights and tail-light designs...


Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce's sub-seven minute lap of Nurburgring released on video
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Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce's sub-seven minute lap of Nurburgring released on video

A sub-seven minute lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife has been recorded by the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce, and a video of the entire lap has been released online. The Lamborghini Aventador SV managed its 6:59.73 lap of the world famous track whilst doing development testing for Pirelli's P Zero Corsa tyres...


Kia sub-compact SUV spy photos
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Kia sub-compact SUV spy photos

The upcoming Kia sub-compact SUV has been spotted and snapped by our spy photographers whilst undergoing testing on the streets of Europe. We believe that the vehicle seen here is a close relation to Kia KX3 concept, which made its debut at the Guangzhou auto show in November 2014. Last year's KX3 concept looked practically production ready, except for maybe its headlight internals...


Hyundai Tucson to chase Mazda CX-5
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Hyundai Tucson to chase Mazda CX-5

Hyundai Australia is confident of making a big splash in the medium SUV segment when it launches the new Tucson around July 2015, seeking to outsell all rivals with the possible exception of the dominant Mazda CX-5.  The Korean brand appears to be pulling out all the stops to ensure its new SUV staple capitalises on Australia’s obsession with high-riding soft-roaders...


Ford Kuga facelift spied with Edge-inspired grille
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Ford Kuga facelift spied with Edge-inspired grille

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped the first images of the facelifted Ford Kuga, revealing early details of the upcoming update for the mid-sized SUV. The most striking change lies beneath the thin film of camouflage at the front, where the updated Kuga gets a bold hexagonal grille with two strong horizontal crossbars...


BMW X2 prototypes ready to hit the road - report
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BMW X2 prototypes ready to hit the road - report

Top-secret BMW X2 test cars will hit the road within days, according to a company insider, as the German brand works towards plugging the last hole in its SUV line-up. According to Autocar, engineers at BMW’s prototype workshop have revealed test versions of the sporty X1-based compact SUV are just days away from hitting the road...


2016 Toyota Prado revealed in compliance images
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2016 Toyota Prado revealed in compliance images

Images of the 2016 Toyota Prado have appeared on a government compliance website along with details about the SUV's new and revised engines, and a new gearbox option. While the updated LandCruiser Prado's design remains generally unchanged from what we can tell, the range is expected to receive specification upgrades in the form of satellite navigation for the GXL and extra kit across the range...


Bugatti Chiron prototype spotted in Europe
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Bugatti Chiron prototype spotted in Europe

The first prototypes of the Bugatti Chiron, successor to the iconic Veyron, have been spotted testing in Europe. Filmed by a reader of German magazine, Auto Bild, a pair of heavily disguised Chiron prototypes were seen in convoy with a Bugatti Veyron Supersport, BMW i8 and Lamborghini Huracan...


Honda Australia recalls 130,000 vehicles - UPDATE
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Honda Australia recalls 130,000 vehicles - UPDATE

Honda has become the third car maker to recall more than 100,000 vehicles in Australia in the past week, with the local division today joining Toyota and Nissan in confirming it needs to replace faulty Takata airbag components in its cars...


Porsche Australia introduces 2016 pricing and specification updates
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Porsche Australia introduces 2016 pricing and specification updates

Porsche Cars Australia has announced specification upgrades and some pricing revisions for its 2016 model year line-up. The Boxster, Cayman, Panamera and Macan models all benefit from additional standard equipment, while Boxster, Macan and Cayenne pricing has increased by between $1400 and $3800 across most variants in those model lines...


Porsche Boxster and 911 ranges add feature-packed Black Edition variants
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Porsche Boxster and 911 ranges add feature-packed Black Edition variants

The Porsche Boxster and 911 Carrera sports car ranges have been expanded with the introduction of feature-packed Black Edition variants. The Porsche Boxster Black Edition adds a claimed $15,000 in additional equipment to the entry-level Boxster on which it’s based, yet costs just $5700 more with the manual transmission ($110,800 plus on-road costs) and $6100 more with the dual-clutch PDK automatic ($116,190 plus on-roads)...


DS teases 1955 limited edition range
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DS teases 1955 limited edition range

Citroen’s style-centric DS division is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the original DS with the introduction of the 1955 limited edition range. The DS 1955 special edition cars will debut at DS Week, which kicks off in Paris tomorrow. The special editions will be available across the DS line-up, with the French car maker building 1955 DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio city cars, 955 DS 4 hatchbacks, and 955 DS 5 saloons...


Google self-driving pod vehicle ready for public roads
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Google self-driving pod vehicle ready for public roads

The next-phase of Google's self-driving car project will kick off soon, with the company's in-house designed autonomous vehicle set to hit public roads. So far, Google has only been using its 20-or-so strong fleet of specifically modified, autonomous Lexus RX crossovers on public roads...