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It’s the end of January — a particularly good time for buying a new car, given a number of brands are clearing out 2014-plated stock.  Okay, buying an MY14 model will obviously affect your resale later, and you should keep that in mind...

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Toyota Yaris WRC car marks return to rallying in 2017
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Toyota Yaris WRC car marks return to rallying in 2017

Toyota has announced it will return to the FIA World Rally Championship in 2017 with a new dirt-spec Toyota Yaris set to take the stage. Under the guidance of Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda - the man behind the push to make cars that are more exciting, and one of the fathers of the Toyota 86 sports coupe - the Japanese company will compete in the rally championship for the first time since 1999...


2016 Porsche Panamera : Sleeker second-gen sedan spied in the snow
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2016 Porsche Panamera : Sleeker second-gen sedan spied in the snow

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have captured the most revealing images to date of the 2016 Porsche Panamera. Seen here undergoing cold-weather testing in icy Sweden, the lightly camouflaged Panamera prototype shows off the sleeker lines of the second-generation luxury five-door grand tourer, which is expected to launch towards the end of next year...


2015 Hyundai Sonata pricing and specifications
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2015 Hyundai Sonata pricing and specifications

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata mid-sized sedan has returned to Australian shores with a starting price of $29,990 plus on-road costs and rivals such as the Mazda 6 and new Subaru Liberty firmly in its proverbial crosshairs...


Tesla Model S : Software update to make P85D even quicker; Turnbull tours factory
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Tesla Model S : Software update to make P85D even quicker; Turnbull tours factory

An over-the-air software update is about to make the Tesla Model S even quicker off the mark than it already is. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted just a few hours ago that the 0-60mph (0-96.6km/h) acceleration of the flagship Model S P85D will “improve by ~0.1 second” thanks to an update to the inverter algorithm that is coming “soon”...


2015 Lexus NX200t pricing and specifications
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2015 Lexus NX200t pricing and specifications

Pricing for the 2015 Lexus NX200t has been announced, with the Japanese brand's first turbocharged model coming in cheaper than the NX300h hybrid. CarAdvice brought you the news that the Lexus NX200t - which is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine - could be positioned as the most affordable model in the range back in July 2014...


Kia Soul concept to gain electric AWD system, off-road styling at Chicago show
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Kia Soul concept to gain electric AWD system, off-road styling at Chicago show

The Korean company will unveil an off-road concept,based on the Kia Soul, at the upcoming Chicago motor show in early February. Kia isn't saying too much about the concept car at this stage, except that it will sport an "advanced and capable electric all-wheel drive" system...


Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow fitted with tracks to tackle Lapland
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Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow fitted with tracks to tackle Lapland

Some may cast aspersions as to the Juke's off-road ability, but the just unveiled Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow has been designed to tackle some of the harshest driving conditions that winter can dish up. Car Advice spoke to Joshua Clifton, a spokesman for Nissan USA, who told us that the Juke Nismo RSnow was created as a support vehicle for an ice driving event that will be held in Lapland, Finland...


Spyker rescued from bankruptcy, plans to merge with electric aircraft maker
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Spyker rescued from bankruptcy, plans to merge with electric aircraft maker

Spyker, Dutch speciality car maker and one-time owner of Saab, has been handed a lifeline out of bankruptcy and is now looking forward to a mooted merger with an aircraft manufacturer. Back on December 18, 2014, Spyker, in its current form, looked dead and buried when the company officially filed to have its status changed from bankruptcy protection to bankrupt, as the "committed bridge funding did...


Ford Fiesta RS a possibility; petrol Focus ST automatic problematic - reports
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Ford Fiesta RS a possibility; petrol Focus ST automatic problematic - reports

A senior engineer has given hope to those hanging out for a Ford Fiesta RS, but cautioned that a self-shifting petrol Focus ST was a technical challenge. Tyrone Johnson, senior vehicle engineer at the newly merged Ford Performance division, spoke to members of the British press about the company's plans to grow its performance portfolio...


Volkswagen Golf GTD wagon to debut in Geneva
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Volkswagen Golf GTD wagon to debut in Geneva

The latest hot Golf variant, the Volkswagen Golf GTD wagon, will make its debut at the Geneva motor show in March. Although the GTD nameplate has been used by the company since 1982, this is the first time it's been affixed to a Golf wagon. Like the GTD hatch, the wagon is powered by a 2...


Volkswagen lifts Polo, Golf, Beetle, CC prices
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Volkswagen lifts Polo, Golf, Beetle, CC prices

Volkswagen Australia says exchange rate and inflationary pressures have forced it to increase the price of a number of models across its passenger car range. The increases, which range from $200 to $1000, apply to the majority of variants in the Polo, Golf hatch and wagon, Beetle and CC model lines...


Chrysler 300 SRT Core Satin Vapour special edition launches from $60,000
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Chrysler 300 SRT Core Satin Vapour special edition launches from $60,000

The special edition Chrysler 300 SRT Core Satin Vapour has joined the American brand’s muscle car line-up in Australia. Limited to 130 units, the Satin Vapour is based on the stripped-out 300 SRT Core variant and, at $60,000 before on-road costs, is positioned midway between the base Core ($56,000) and the fully equipped 300 SRT8 ($66,000)...


Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Polestar added to ACT Police fleet
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Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Polestar added to ACT Police fleet

A new Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Polestar sedan has been added to the ACT Police fleet for evaluation purposes. The high-performance Volvo S60 T6 R-Design isn't the full-blown Volvo S60 Polestar model, but still boasts a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder producing 242kW of power and 480Nm of torque...


Mitsubishi, Renault-Nissan model-sharing deal foundered on currency, sales projections - report
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Mitsubishi, Renault-Nissan model-sharing deal foundered on currency, sales projections - report

Earlier this week we reported that an agreed model-sharing plan between Mitsubishi and Renault-Nissan had faltered. Now, thanks to sources on both sides, we're beginning to find out why. Over the weekend, Mitsubishi North America executive vice president Don Swearingen told a dealers' conference that plans to base two future Mitsubishi models on platforms from the Renault-Nissan alliance had stalled, but refused to elaborate on the reasons...


McLaren 675LT to debut in Geneva with 496kW V8
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McLaren 675LT to debut in Geneva with 496kW V8

Woking-based supercar maker McLaren will take the covers off the McLaren 675LT at the 2015 Geneva motor show in March. Adhering to McLaren's current naming convention, the new 675LT will feature a 496kW (675PS) version of the company's 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine...


Alpine Vision Gran Turismo previews some styling cues of 2016 Renault sports car
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Alpine Vision Gran Turismo previews some styling cues of 2016 Renault sports car

Renault has unveiled the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo, which not only celebrates the brand's 60th anniversary, but also bares some hallmarks of the upcoming Alpine production car. According to the car's designer, Victor Sfiazof, the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo has a front end that's inspired by the A110 (bottom image, foreground), which is arguably Alpine's most famous model to date...


2015 Mini Clubman spied, rendered
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2015 Mini Clubman spied, rendered

The imminent six-doored 2015 Mini Clubman has been captured wearing less camouflage - and illustrated in a new computer-generated image -  by our European spy photographers, as the countdown to the new wagon's premiere later this year approaches its climax...


2016 Kia Sportage spied : New-look SUV set to debut new engine tech
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2016 Kia Sportage spied : New-look SUV set to debut new engine tech

Our European spies have spotted the next-generation 2016 Kia Sportage outside the Hyundai Kia Technical Centre in Russelsheim, Germany, ahead of the new model hitting the market next year. At first glance the shape of the new Kia Sportage appears similar to the model it replaces, though there are subtle changes all over the body of the car that indicate this is indeed an entirely new model...


Lotus Elise S Club Racer gains comfort pack standard
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Lotus Elise S Club Racer gains comfort pack standard

The hardcore, track-focused Lotus Elise S Club Racer has just become a little less hardcore thanks to the addition of the previously optional comfort pack. Lotus Australia general manager Glen Sealy said the decision to make the comfort pack standard in the supercharged S model is a reflection of buyer preferences, with the majority of Elise S Club Racer customers opting to add the extra equipment...


2015 BMW M135i revealed
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2015 BMW M135i revealed

Images of the 2015 BMW M135i have been released, revealing the updated styling of the Bavarian brand’s flagship hot-hatch. BMW announced the specifications of its upgraded 1 Series range earlier this month but has kept images of the M135i under wraps until now...


Aston Martin shareholder Investindustrial promises cash for brand's future plans - report
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Aston Martin shareholder Investindustrial promises cash for brand's future plans - report

Aston Martin shareholder Investindustrial says it will provide the resources required to facilitate the company’s growth push that could as much as double its global sales. Investindustrial chairman Andrea Bonomi told Bloomberg his company was committed to the biggest investment plan in the British luxury sports car maker’s history...


Mitsubishi compact SUV concept previews next ASX
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Mitsubishi compact SUV concept previews next ASX

Mitsubishi will take the wraps off a new compact SUV concept at the 2015 Geneva motor show in March, and the car could offer some clues to the design of the next-generation Mitsubishi ASX. Described as “a declaration of intent for Mitsubishi Motor Corporation’s future direction”, the compact, five-door crossover appears to be an evolution of the XR-PHEV concept that debuted more than 12 months ago at the 2013 Tokyo motor show...


US government tracking cars in real time via licence plates - report
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US government tracking cars in real time via licence plates - report

A report claims that the US government is using a network of cameras and licence plate readers to track cars in real time. According to the Wall Street Journal, the surveillance programme was initiated by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 2008 in states near the US-Mexico border, such as Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas...


Mitsubishi, Renault-Nissan car sharing plan falters - report
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Mitsubishi, Renault-Nissan car sharing plan falters - report

A deal between Mitsubishi and Renault-Nissan, which would have resulted in replacements for the Galant and Lancer sedans, has apparently hit a snag. In November 2013 Mitsubishi Motors and the Renault-Nissan Alliance announced a deal that would result in two new Mitsubishi sedans based on Renault-Nissan architectures...


2015 Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV : Pricing and specifications - UPDATE
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2015 Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV : Pricing and specifications - UPDATE

The 2015 Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV has arrived in Australian showrooms with a host of new features and the first-time option of an automatic transmission. The updated Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde six-speed manual is priced at $39,000 before on-road costs, $150 less than before, while the six-speed dual-clutch (TCT) automatic version costs $3000 more at $42,000...


Honda Australia overhauls hybrid range : Accord Hybrid in; CR-Z, Civic and Jazz Hybrids out
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Honda Australia overhauls hybrid range : Accord Hybrid in; CR-Z, Civic and Jazz Hybrids out

Honda Australia is overhauling its hybrid car line-up, confirming plans to introduce the Accord Hybrid before the middle of the year and axing ageing petrol-electric models such as the CR-Z and Civic Hybrid. Honda Australia public relations manager Melissa Cross confirmed the local division is currently running out its hybrid range ahead of the introduction of new “Hybrid Sport” models from its ‘Earth Dreams Technology’ portfolio...


2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible : Pricing and specifications
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2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible : Pricing and specifications

The first-ever BMW 2 Series Convertible range will launch locally in February, with pricing kicking off below $55K. The new entry-level BMW drop-top will be offered in three model lines - the 220i Convertible (priced at $54,900 plus on-road costs), the 228i Convertible ($68,900 plus costs) and the M235i Convertible ($85,800 plus costs)...


Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge, Nissan IDx and Nissan BladeGlider projects on hold - report
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Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge, Nissan IDx and Nissan BladeGlider projects on hold - report

Flagship projects such as the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge, Nissan IDx and Nissan BladeGlider are reportedly on hold, according to a report from Automotive News. According to the report, the Japanese brands have "mellowed in their message" when it comes to introducing new products, instead aiming to improve sales of volume models...


Holden Commodore SV6 Lightning special edition here in March
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Holden Commodore SV6 Lightning special edition here in March

Holden has confirmed its new special edition Commodore will be named SV6 Lightning when it goes on sale in about two months’ time. The Lightning name was selected from more than 4000 entries and amid vigorous online debate as part of Holden’s ‘Name that Commodore’ Facebook competition earlier this month...


Nissan to focus on females in Japan
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Nissan to focus on females in Japan

In a move aimed at attracting more female car buyers in Japan, Nissan has revealed plans to hire more female salespeople and establish a greater number of dealerships tailored for women. Nissan already has what they term 'ladies first' dealerships and that number is set to triple. The Japanese carmaker aims to have 300 female friendly dealerships by the end of this financial year, and 700 by 2018...


Peugeot RCZ R Bimota boasts 224kW 1.6-litre turbo engine
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Peugeot RCZ R Bimota boasts 224kW 1.6-litre turbo engine

Developed in conjunction with Italian motorcycle maker Bimota, the Peugeot RCZ R Bimota has been unveiled at the Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy. Changes under the bonnet include a new ECU and a new bypass valve for the turbocharger. In concert with a new exhaust system, the RCZ R Bimota manages to squeeze 224kW out of its 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine...


Audi restores one of two remaining DKW Schnellaster electric vans
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Audi restores one of two remaining DKW Schnellaster electric vans

Only around 100 or so electric versions of the DKW Schnellaster vans were ever produced, and Audi has restored one of the two remaining vehicles. Between 1955 and 1962 DKW produced roughly 100 EV versions of its front-wheel drive Schnellaster van, primarily for electric companies, utilities and battery makers...


Renault Kadjar name confirmed for new SUV
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Renault Kadjar name confirmed for new SUV

Renault Kadjar will be the name used for the French brand's first C-segment SUV, which will be unveiled in full on February 2, 2015. Believed to be a spin-off model of the Nissan Qashqai, the new Renault Kadjar has been spied in disguise by CarAdvice's overseas snappers from the outside, while we've also see interior images of the new small SUV...


Holden-badged Opel Cascada spotted in Melbourne
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Holden-badged Opel Cascada spotted in Melbourne

Following on from Holden's announcement in May 2014 that the Opel Cascada, the Opel Astra GTC three-door, Opel Astra OPC hot-hatch and Opel Insignia OPC would find their way into Australia in 2015, CarAdvice has spotted a Holden badge wearing Opel Cascada in Melbourne. Holden's Cascada will be the first convertible to grace the Holden lineup in almost 8 years, since the demise of the Holden Astra Twin Top in 2009...


Kia Australia would like 'K' model naming structure
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Kia Australia would like 'K' model naming structure

Kia Australia believes renaming its model line-up would be a logical step to help reduce confusion in the market. Speaking in Melbourne this week, Kia Australia chief operating officer Damien Meredith confessed Kia’s model names were largely unknown to the average car buyer, particularly the Cerato small car that competes in the most popular segment in the country against the likes of the Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla...


Aston Martin DB10 and Jaguar C-X75 available to buy...from Scalextric
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Aston Martin DB10 and Jaguar C-X75 available to buy...from Scalextric

To coincide with upcoming release of the new James Bond film, Spectre, perennial slot car maker Scalextric has announced an official licenced set. Gone are the days of generic coloured sports cars on track though, the Spectre set includes detailed versions of the not-for-sale Aston Martin DB10 and stillborn Jaguar C-X75 supercar...


Sleep in a Tesla for just $100 per night
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Sleep in a Tesla for just $100 per night

From the USA, the great land of opportunity where no idea seems too stupid to try, comes the self-proclaimed "World's Fastest Hotel" - a mattress in the back of a Tesla Model S. Australians are no strangers to a mattress in the back of a car, or panel van for that matter, but renting the space out on crowd-sourced accommodation portal AirBnB is a new one...


Kia Australia set to improve brand perception
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Kia Australia set to improve brand perception

Kia Australia is set to focus on brand building and lifting its profile as it seeks to become a more mainstream brand with consistency in its consumer-facing communication. Speaking in Melbourne this week, Kia Australia chief operating officer Damien Meredith admitted that Kia "had been on sale for too long in Australia" and it was now time to fix its struggling brand perception...


Lamborghini Huracan gets wider and wilder
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Lamborghini Huracan gets wider and wilder

No one ever said the Japanese were subtle. Exotic car tuner Liberty Walk - or LB Performance - based just outside of Nagoya in Japan hit the supercar scene like Godzilla in 2009 with a modified, white Ferrari F40. They became a household name in the world of vehicle customisation by taking a brushed metal, widebody Lamborghini Murcielago to the 2012 SEMA show in Las Vegas...


Volkswagen, BMW partner to install around 100 US fast charging stations
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Volkswagen, BMW partner to install around 100 US fast charging stations

Volkswagen and BMW will install a set of almost 100 fast charging stations across the US by the end of 2015. The concerted effort by the two German automakers will expand the existing charging station network operated by Chargepoint. The new charging facilities will be located along the west coast and in the heavily populated north-eastern corner...


Audi to introduce virtual reality system for dealers from late 2015
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Audi to introduce virtual reality system for dealers from late 2015

Audi will begin rolling out virtual reality headsets to its dealers in the dying embers of 2015. The virtual reality set is placed over the eyes and strapped to the head. Capable of displaying a 3D image, the Oculus Rift headset is fitted with a camera that tracks the customer’s head movements, while a hand held controller allows for movement through the virtual space...


BMW, Toyota working together on a smaller, cheaper Mini model - report
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BMW, Toyota working together on a smaller, cheaper Mini model - report

According to a report, BMW and Toyota have begun investigating how they might produce a smaller and cheaper model to serve as a new entry point for the Mini range. One source within Mini told Automobile magazine, “It's still early days as far as the baby Mini goes, but when our new R&D board member Klaus Froehlich traveled to America early in the new year, this was one of the subjects on his agenda"...