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Infiniti to counter German rivals with more provocative designs and tech, says chairman

Design and technology will be at the forefront of Infiniti’s push to reposition itself against its premium German rivals. Infiniti chairman Andy Palmer told Automotive News Europe those two pillars would give the Japanese luxury car maker a point of difference to Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz...

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Ferrari planning twin-turbo V6 for 458 replacement - report
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Ferrari planning twin-turbo V6 for 458 replacement - report

It's almost certain the Ferrari 458 facelift, due next year, will bring turbocharged V8 power to the table, but the next generation model could feature twin-turbo V6 motivation as well. Thanks to ever tighter emission regulations, downsized and turbocharged engines are all the rage among Europe's car makers...


DIY: back to basics (warning, shock tactics)
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DIY: back to basics (warning, shock tactics)

What do you do when you get in the driver's seat of a new car for the first time? Make sure you’re comfortable, right? Wrong. There’s a process you need to follow to ensure you’re in the best position to control the car, and stay as safe as you can in the event of a crash. Have a chat to any crash investigator, emergency response person, doctors or nurses...


Ford F-250 on sale in Australia from $105,000
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Ford F-250 on sale in Australia from $105,000

Performax International has announced its right-hand-drive-converted Ford F-250s will hit the Aussie market starting from $105,000. The Gympie-based independent importer was recently approved as Australia’s newest full-volume manufacturer, which means there is no theoretical limit to the number of vehicles it can convert to right-hand drive and sell...


2015 Mini Countryman and Mini Paceman pricing announced
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2015 Mini Countryman and Mini Paceman pricing announced

Mini Australia has announced revised pricing and specifications for the updated Countryman and Paceman crossover models. The updated Mini Countryman and Mini Paceman models bring visual changes including revised front bumpers and LED daytime running lights with front foglights, not to mention new colour options, exterior styling packs and new wheel designs...


2015 Mitsubishi Lancer pricing and specifications : New $18,990 starting price, Evo cut by $7000
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2015 Mitsubishi Lancer pricing and specifications : New $18,990 starting price, Evo cut by $7000

The Mitsubishi Lancer has been updated for the 2015 model year with lower prices and new features across the restructured range. A $1400 price reduction at the bottom of the range means the 2015 Lancer ES Sport five-speed manual kicks off at $18,990, while at the other end Mitsubishi has axed a whopping $7000 from the high-performance Lancer Evolution models, cutting them to $52,990 for the manual and $58,990 for the six-speed dual-clutch SST...


ANCAP adds date stamps to dispel confusion over crash test scores
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ANCAP adds date stamps to dispel confusion over crash test scores

The Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has added a new feature to its star ratings, with the introduction of date stamps that are said to make it easier for consumers. ANCAP says the date stamps allow potential new-car buyers to "identify the requirements against which each car has been tested", meaning those same people won't need to have a working knowledge of the "road map" which sees the authority increase its safety requirements on a year-on-year basis...


2015 BMW X6 M : New performance SUV drops camouflage
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2015 BMW X6 M : New performance SUV drops camouflage

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped the most revealing images of the new BMW X6 M to date ahead of its anticipated unveiling later this year. The shots show the red X6 M prototype in seemingly production-ready form on public roads in Germany with only small sections of camouflage wrap disguising its front and rear bumpers, wing mirrors and side blades behind the front wheels...


Lexus LFA: no plans for next-generation supercar
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Lexus LFA: no plans for next-generation supercar

A replacement for the extremely limited-edition Lexus LFA is but a dot on the horizon, as the Japanese brand has stated there are no plans currently underway for a second-generation supercar. There were only 500 examples of the Lexus LFA ever built, and the car was an exercise in brand-building for the Toyota-owned luxury manufacturer...


Renault TraficRider concept teased
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Renault TraficRider concept teased

The all-new Renault Trafic van is set to get the KnightRider treatment, as the brand prepares to show what is expected to be a new technologically-advanced version of the load lugger on September 2...


Lexus says no to high-performance SUVs
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Lexus says no to high-performance SUVs

Japanese luxury manufacturer Lexus says it has no intention to create high-performance F models of its SUVs to go up against its German rivals. Speaking to the media at the launch of the new Lexus RC F in New York last week, the chief engineer of the F program, Yukihiko Yaguchi, confirmed there are no plans to make pure F models of the company’s RX and soon-to-launch NX SUV...


Infiniti Q50 to ditch new steering system for old one from G37 - report
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Infiniti Q50 to ditch new steering system for old one from G37 - report

The Infiniti Q50 is set to ditch its new steering system in favour of the old one from its predecessor. Speaking with Car and Driver, Infiniti head of product planning Keith St. Clair admitted the Japanese car maker was planning to scrap the Q50’s base electric power steering system and replace it with the rack from the old G37...


Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 priced $27,000 below outgoing Gallardo
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Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 priced $27,000 below outgoing Gallardo

Following its official unveiling at the 2014 Geneva motor show, the all-new Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 has arrived in Australian showrooms wearing a $428,000 price tag. The Huracan is the successor to the $455,000 Lamborghini Gallardo, which, with 14,022 units produced over its 10-year run, was the most successful Lamborghini model to date, accounting for half of all vehicles sold since the company opened its doors in 1963...


The car enthusiast is dying
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The car enthusiast is dying

As someone who is just about to turn 30, I am not exactly in the age bracket to reminisce on cars of the 1970s and 80s. But even back in my day, being a car enthusiast was ‘cool’. It was a badge of honour amongst those of us that loved cars indiscriminately. So it saddens me to say this, but I believe those days are coming to an end...


Lexus to focus on "step-up" market
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Lexus to focus on "step-up" market

Lexus Australia says it can see plenty of opportunity to conquest customers away from mainstream brands as it aims to grow by five to ten percent year on year for the next five years. While Lexus is expanding its model lineup with the likes of the new medium-sized Lexus NX SUV and Lexus RC coupe, it’s looking to lure potential first-time luxury buyers to ditch mainstream brands in its favour...


Lamborghini Huracan LP620-2 Super Trofeo to race at Japan’s historic Fuji Speedway from 2015
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Lamborghini Huracan LP620-2 Super Trofeo to race at Japan’s historic Fuji Speedway from 2015

  Next season’s Blancpain Super Trofeo one-make racing series will see the all-new Lamborghini Huracan LP620-2 compete in Europe, Asia and North America - including at the legendary Fuji Speedway, in Japan. The celebrated Fuji race circuit was built in the early 1960s and sits at the foot of the photogenic Mount Fuji...


NEVS enters administration, loses rights to Saab name
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NEVS enters administration, loses rights to Saab name

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has been granted creditor protection by a Swedish court, as negotiations with other car makers drag on. On Thursday, Swedish time, NEVS had its initial application for bankruptcy protection rejected. According to Reuters, NEVS’ plans to secure funding were dismissed because they were "vague and completely undocumented"...


Volkswagen Lamando: Jetta-size four-door "coupe" revealed in China
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Volkswagen Lamando: Jetta-size four-door "coupe" revealed in China

The Jetta-sized Volkswagen Lamando four-door "coupe" has been unveiled at the Chengdu auto show in China. Although it's aesthetically similar to the Jetta sedan, the new Lamando "coupe" rides on the more modern and flexible MQB architecture, meaning that the new car has more is common with the latest generation Golf...


Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo Activity debuts
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Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo Activity debuts

The new Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo camper van line has a new, budget-focused addition, the new Marco Polo Activity. The adventure-oriented model is based on the new-generation Mercedes-Benz Vito van, and features a pop-top roof with a bed, while it also has a second bed that is housed in the rear bench seat, which can slide forwards...


Aston Martin Lagonda : Fresh images reveal front and rear of exclusive luxury sedan
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Aston Martin Lagonda : Fresh images reveal front and rear of exclusive luxury sedan

Fresh images of an Aston Martin Lagonda prototype have revealed the front and rear styling of the exclusive new luxury sedan. The black prototype was produced at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters in the UK and was transported by Oman Air to Muscat for hot-weather testing as part of its early engineering program...


Jeep Cherokee Limited diesel arrives priced at $49,000
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Jeep Cherokee Limited diesel arrives priced at $49,000

The Jeep Cherokee SUV range has introduced a sole diesel model, the all-wheel-drive Limited, which is priced at $49,000 plus on-road costs. That price puts the Cherokee Limited diesel as the most expensive model in the range, above the previous flagship $47,500 Trailhawk V6 petrol and a full $5000 over the equivalent Limited with the 3...


Hyundai Australia announces lifetime capped-pricing servicing program for old and new cars
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Hyundai Australia announces lifetime capped-pricing servicing program for old and new cars

Hyundai Australia has announced a new lifetime capped-price servicing program covering every vehicle sold in Australia since the brand’s launch in 1986. The South Korean company has also extended its roadside assist service from seven to 10 years. Effective from September 1, the lifetime capped-price servicing program applies to all Hyundai passenger cars, SUVs and light-commercial vehicles sold over the past 28 years...


Mercedes-AMG GT to debut on September 9
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Mercedes-AMG GT to debut on September 9

After 32 months of road testing and an almost equally lengthy drip-feed campaign, the Mercedes-AMG GT will make its international debut in Affalterbach, Germany, on September 9. The confirmation comes in the latest teaser video for the German manufacturer’s new-generation sports car, which is set to reach Australian showrooms around the second quarter of 2015...


Volvo to restructure its line-up with 40, 60 and 90 series model ranges
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Volvo to restructure its line-up with 40, 60 and 90 series model ranges

Volvo will solidify its model lines into three distinct series, according to overseas reports, as the brand aims to replace every model in its range by 2019. The Chinese-owned Swedish company is set to offer a small car range (ending in 40), a mid-size model (ending in 60) and a flagship large car range (ending in 90)...


2015 Kia Sorento : Interior images and additional specifications revealed
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2015 Kia Sorento : Interior images and additional specifications revealed

Interior images and additional specifications of the 2015 Kia Sorento have been released at its official public unveiling in South Korea. The third-generation Sorento’s cabin takes big steps forward from its predecessor, with an entirely new design and a more spacious seven-seat layout...


Brabus Business Lounge : Mercedes-Benz Sprinter kitted out for work and play
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Brabus Business Lounge : Mercedes-Benz Sprinter kitted out for work and play

German tuning company Brabus took the wraps off its Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based Business Lounge at the 2014 Moscow motor show. While Brabus is best known for turning the performance knob to 11 on various Mercedes-Benz models, the Business Lounge is very much focused on comfort, practicality and interconnectivity...


Lexus NX to start from $55,000
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Lexus NX to start from $55,000

The Lexus NX, the Japanese luxury brand's much-anticipated SUV, will start from $55,000 when it goes on sale in Australia on 27th October. Lexus Australia boss Shaun Hanley confirmed the Lexus NX300h pricing at the RC launch in New York today, ahead of the turbocharged models (NX200t) arrival in around February next year...


2015 Volvo XC90 First Edition to cost $120,000
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2015 Volvo XC90 First Edition to cost $120,000

The all-new 2015 Volvo XC90 First Edition will be priced at $120,000 plus on-road costs when it becomes available to Australian buyers via the volvocars.com site at midnight on September 4, 2014. The $120,000 price tag will make the XC90 First Edition the most expensive Volvo ever sold in Australia, and represents a significant increase over the pricing of the first-generation model...


2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee recalled over turn signal problem
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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee recalled over turn signal problem

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee has been recalled over a possible fault with the rear blinkers. According to an official notice posted to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's recalls website, the defect of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is that "the rear turn lamp outage detection system may not work in some vehicles"...


Lada Vesta, X-Ray concepts preview new compact Russian family
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Lada Vesta, X-Ray concepts preview new compact Russian family

Budget Russian car maker Lada has previewed its new family of compact cars, unveiling a trio of concepts at the Moscow motor show overnight. Front and centre on Lada’s stand is the sub-compact X-Ray SUV, compact Vesta sedan, and a World Touring Car Championship version of the Vesta...


2015 Volvo XC90 shrugs off trio of crash tests
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2015 Volvo XC90 shrugs off trio of crash tests

The Volvo XC90 is billed as one of the safest cars in the world, and the Swedish manufacturer has now released an impressive crash test video to back up its claims. The clip shows the second-generation XC90 SUV undergoing three unique tests at the Volvo Cars Safety Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden: a frontal offset crash test at 64km/h, a side impact crash test at 55km/h, and a rollover crash test at 48km/h...


Audi Australia recalls multiple models over potential brake problem: A4, A5, A6, A7 and Q5 involved
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Audi Australia recalls multiple models over potential brake problem: A4, A5, A6, A7 and Q5 involved

Audi Australia has announced a recall on a number of vehicles fitted with a 3.0-litre TDI turbo diesel engine over a possible brake issue. The recall affects Audi A4, A5, A5 Cabriolet, A6 and A7 models built between March and December 2012, and only affects cars with the larger-capacity diesel engine...


Datsun Mi-Do city car revealed
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Datsun Mi-Do city car revealed

The Datsun Mi-Do is the newest addition to the born-again budget brand’s line-up, with the city car making its international debut at the Moscow motor show overnight. The five-door Mi-Do hatchback is based on the compact On-Do sedan that was revealed in April. The pair shares the same 2476mm wheelbase and front-wheel-drive layout...


Former Porsche CEO, CFO to stand trial over failed Volkswagen takeover
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Former Porsche CEO, CFO to stand trial over failed Volkswagen takeover

Both former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking and CFO Holger Haerter have been ordered to stand trial over the company's failed takeover bid of Volkswagen. Bloomberg is reporting that a Stuttgart appeals court has overturned a lower court's decision in April that stated that there wasn't enough evidence to proceed with the case brought against the two by prosecutors in December 2012...


Renault R.S. 01 race car packs a Nissan GT-R punch
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Renault R.S. 01 race car packs a Nissan GT-R punch

The Renault R.S. 01 has debuted at the Moscow motor show and will compete in the single-spec racing series next year. Named in honour of Renault's first Formula One car, the RS01, the new Renault R.S. 01 features eye-catching body work wrapped around a carbon monocoque chassis and a steel roll cage, both from Dallara. All up the R.S...


Suzuki Vitara revealed ahead of Paris debut
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Suzuki Vitara revealed ahead of Paris debut

The new Suzuki Vitara has been revealed a full month ahead of its public debut at the 2014 Paris motor show. Suzuki is holding back most of the details about the new Vitara until closer to its in-the-flesh unveiling. We do know, though, that the new car will feature all-wheel drive as an option, and will be powered by both petrol and diesel motors...


2015 Ferrari 458 M : turbocharged supercar spotted undergoing testing
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2015 Ferrari 458 M : turbocharged supercar spotted undergoing testing

A new turbocharged Ferrari 458 - reportedly known as the Ferrari 458 M - has been spied ahead of a possible debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show in March. The new model is said to use a heavily modified 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which has already been employed in the California T...


Bugatti Veyron lake crash driver faces 20 years in prison
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Bugatti Veyron lake crash driver faces 20 years in prison

It may have been the most infamous car crash of its time, but the man who deliberately ploughed his Bugatti Veyron into a lake may soon be facing some serious jail time. Andy House bought the ultra-exotic Bugatti Veyron for US$1 million in 2009, and insured the car at US$2.2 million...


Ford's virtual reality: We strap on Blue Oval's headset and sit inside a digital Mustang
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Ford's virtual reality: We strap on Blue Oval's headset and sit inside a digital Mustang

Ford Australia’s healthy Australian design and engineering division has invested in an upgrade of its immersive virtual reality studio that lets you ‘sit’ inside a car’s cabin before it’s actually built — and it was kind enough to give CarAdvice a go...


Productivity Commission paints bleak picture for automotive manufacturing industry workers
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Productivity Commission paints bleak picture for automotive manufacturing industry workers

The Productivity Commission has painted a bleak picture for workers in Australia’s automotive manufacturing industry. In its final report on the industry, released yesterday, the Productivity Commission says up to 40,000 Australians will lose their jobs when local automotive manufacturing ends in 2017...


Chevrolet Niva : Russian SUV's Australian connection revived
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Chevrolet Niva : Russian SUV's Australian connection revived

The new Chevrolet Niva SUV revealed today ahead of its world debut at the Moscow motor show this week represents the reincarnation of a Russian icon — one that also revives an extant Australian connection.  Pitched as the patriotic choice for Russian buyers with a keen sense of adventure, the Chevrolet Niva is the second-generation of the vehicle produced under a joint venture between General Motors and AvtoVAZ, parent company of the Niva’s original maker Lada...


Toyota Camry V6 unveiled, but won't become Australia's 2015 Aurion
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Toyota Camry V6 unveiled, but won't become Australia's 2015 Aurion

An overhauled Russian-market Toyota Camry has been unveiled at the Moscow motor show, replacing the V6-engined model that previously looked near-identical to the Toyota Aurion sold here. However the new Russian Camry marks a departure from the Australian Aurion, with Toyota Australia product public relations manager Steve Coughlan confirming the sedan revealed overnight was not representative of the model that would be built and sold on our shores...


2015 Volvo XC90 details revealed
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2015 Volvo XC90 details revealed

It has been a staggering 12 years since the world has witnessed the introduction of a new Volvo XC90 and that, apparently, was just slightly too long for some to wait. A mere 10 hours before the global embargo was set to expire—at midnight, local time, in the Swedish capital where the new model was to be launched—images of the much teased, second-generation Volvo XC90 were let loose after an earlier wave of journalists visited the top-secret location at Artipelag, an artistic centre on the Stockholm Archipelago...


Infiniti ESQ revealed: luxury Juke for China uncovered
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Infiniti ESQ revealed: luxury Juke for China uncovered

The Infiniti ESQ is a new China-only model that is, put simply, a rebadged Nissan Juke. The ESQ was teased months ago by the Japanese luxury car brand, and now a batch of official images show just what Infiniti has done to make its version of the Juke appear more luxury-focused...


2015 Volvo XC90 First Edition: 1927 vehicles available via online purchase only
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2015 Volvo XC90 First Edition: 1927 vehicles available via online purchase only

In a nod to Volvo's year of inception, the first 1927 examples of the new 2015 Volvo XC90 will be sold as First Edition models, and can only be purchased using the company's website. The 2015 Volvo XC90 First Edition will be offered with a choice of all-new four-cylinder drivetrains - a new twin-turbo diesel D5 engine producing 168kW of power and 470Nm of torque, or a supercharged and turbocharged T6 petrol unit with 238kW and 400Nm...


Mercedes-Benz M-Class to be renamed GLE-Class at 2015 facelift - reports
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class to be renamed GLE-Class at 2015 facelift - reports

By renaming the Mercedes-Benz M-Class to the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, the three-pointed star is taking another step towards rationalising its naming scheme. The following letter combinations are currently or have recently been used on various Mercedes-Benz models: A, B, C, CL, CLA, CLK, CLS, E, G, GL, GLA, GLK, M or ML, R, S, SL, SLS, SLK and V...


2015 Skoda Fabia interior unveiled
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2015 Skoda Fabia interior unveiled

A week after the exterior was revealed, the Czech car maker has revealed the interior of the next-generation Skoda Fabia. The image released by Skoda shows the interior of, what we believe to be, a high-spec Fabia. A broad swathe of body coloured plastic on the leather wrapped wheel, as well as running practically the entire width of the dashboard, sets the new car apart from the related Volkswagen Polo...