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Toyota sells part of its Tesla stake - report

Two days after Daimler sold its entire Tesla shareholding, Toyota has reportedly sold part of its stake in the Silicon Valley-based electric car maker...

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BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition sports eye-catching highlights
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BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition sports eye-catching highlights

The limited run BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition has been created to celebrate the fact that an M4 lookalike has run away with this year's DTM championship. Unless you've been following the DTM championship closely, last weekend's season ending race at the Hockenheimring was all about the Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept...


Lotus Exige S automatic here in 2015
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Lotus Exige S automatic here in 2015

The beginning of the end? An automatic version of the hardcore Lotus Exige S road racer will be offered for the first time ever, the Malaysian-owned British car maker has announced. Said to be completing its final stages of testing, the new six-speed automatic Lotus Exige S is set to go on sale globally from January...


Honda CEO and executives take pay cuts over recent recalls
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Honda CEO and executives take pay cuts over recent recalls

The president of Honda Motor Co. and 12 other top executives will take unprecedented pay cuts after the company announced the fifth recall for its new Jazz Hybrid in just 12 months. Reuters reports the latest recall affects 425,000 Honda Jazz Hybrids (badged Fit Hybrid in other markets) and other models in Japan, and relates to two noise-related defects...


McLaren P1 GTR interior unveiled, driver programme detailed
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McLaren P1 GTR interior unveiled, driver programme detailed

The interior of the McLaren P1 GTR has been revealed, along with new details about the track-only vehicle and its ownership programme. Being a track-only device, the GTR's interior is naturally a stripped out affair, with the only nod comfort being the air conditioning system. The dashboard, door trims and centre tunnel are fashioned out of lightweight carbon fibre...


Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe makes Australian premiere
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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe makes Australian premiere

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe made its Australian premiere this week at Melbourne’s Motorclassica, known as the Australian International Concours d’Elegance.  As such, the stunning grand tourer that replaces the CL makes its first local public appearance one year after the four-door S-Class sedan likewise made its debut at the 2013 Motorclassica...


Mazda performance car revival in the works
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Mazda performance car revival in the works

It’s not often we get a chance to drive a sports car from the 1990s at the request of a manufacturer. But that was exactly the case when we found ourselves behind the wheel of a race-winning 13B twin-turbo rotary Mazda RX-7 at Eastern Creek raceway at the recent World Time Attack challenge...


Holden Sandman : Red Bull Racing reveals 525kW V8 Supercar-based classic
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Holden Sandman : Red Bull Racing reveals 525kW V8 Supercar-based classic

Red Bull Racing Australia and GM Holden’s Design Department have joined forces for a one-off creation that is part V8 Supercar and all Aussie icon: the Holden Sandman Tribute Edition. Set to debut at this weekend’s round of the V8 Supercar Championship on the Gold Coast, the silver Sandman special edition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the original homegrown Holden panel van...


Mercedes-Benz AMG extends market dominance
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Mercedes-Benz AMG extends market dominance

The smash success of its four-cylinder turbo compact range is driving Mercedes-Benz AMG to a record total of about 2500 sales in Australia in 2014 despite its traditional biggest-seller being depleted and between generations.  The projected figure will easily outstrip last year’s record total of 1649. In fact, Mercedes-AMG has already moved more than 2000 units out the door this year...


New Volkswagen Passat will spawn CC, Alltrack variants
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New Volkswagen Passat will spawn CC, Alltrack variants

It's been confirmed that new versions of the CC four-door "coupe" and Alltrack all-wheel drive wagon will be spun off from the just launched next-generation Volkswagen Passat. Klaus Bischoff, head of Volkswagen's design department, dropped this little nugget of information during an interview with Autogramm, Volkswagen's employee magazine...


Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG price and specifications
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Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG price and specifications

The Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG launches in Australia this week and, like its fellow compact AMG-tuned siblings the A45 and CLA45, red-hot demand is already outstripping supply.  With cars just now rolling into showrooms, Mercedes-Benz already holds about 300 firm orders on the car...


Next Audi RS4 could ditch V8
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Next Audi RS4 could ditch V8

The next generation Audi RS4 might follow in the footsteps of the recently launched BMW M3/M4 and swap its V8 heart for a six-cylinder engine as the German company seeks to reduce its CO2 emissions across the board. Whilst admitting that the RS4 in its current V8 form has been a great success story for Audi’s performance arm, Quattro GmbH, the company’s boss, Heinz Hollerwerger, told the Australian media in Germany this week that the next generation “need not” be a V8...


Aston Martin V12 Vantage S : Hardcore track special spied
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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S : Hardcore track special spied

A mysterious Aston Martin prototype has been spotted undergoing high-speed testing at the Nurburgring in Germany, sending the automotive rumour-mill into overdrive over just what the British sports car maker is up to...


Audi RS electrification inevitable, says Quattro boss
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Audi RS electrification inevitable, says Quattro boss

The head of Audi’s RS performance division admits that electrification of it cars in the future is inevitable. Asked by CarAdvice if Audi’s RS-producing division Quattro GmbH could continue to make naturally aspirated or turbocharged models without electrification in the future, Heinz Hollerwerger said it was unlikely...


Audi RS3 sedan and hatch gearing up for production
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Audi RS3 sedan and hatch gearing up for production

The next-generation Audi RS3 hatch and sedan performance models are all but confirmed for production as Quattro GmbH seeks to get official confirmation from Audi’s board in the coming weeks. Speaking with Australian media at the company’s facility in Neuburg, Germany, the high-performance arm’s boss, Heinz Hollerwerger, said there was more than a 50 per cent chance the RS3 would go into production...


Audi RS expansion to boost global appeal
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Audi RS expansion to boost global appeal

Audi’s RS division is set to expand its global appeal with new models and a better understanding of its customers' needs internationally. Speaking with Australian media at Audi’s Quattro headquarters in Neuburg, Germany, the man in charge of RS vehicles Heinz Hollerweger admitted that the division was initially started for European markets...


Trion Nemesis RR : 1500kW, 435km/h supercar confirmed for 2016
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Trion Nemesis RR : 1500kW, 435km/h supercar confirmed for 2016

Californian start-up Trion SuperCars will begin production of its 1500kW Nemesis RR in a little over 12 months’ time. Targeting the likes of the Bugatti Veyron and the Koenigsegg One:1, Trion projects the Nemesis RR will launch from 0-60mph (0-96.6km/h) in just 2.8 seconds on its way to a top speed in excess of 435km/h...


Nissan Juke Midnight special edition styling pack released
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Nissan Juke Midnight special edition styling pack released

Nissan Australia has released a special edition styling pack for its funky sub-compact crossover dubbed the Nissan Juke Midnight. Nissan says the Midnight package adds up to $3300 in extra equipment to either the Juke ST or ST-S, with black 17-inch alloy wheels and matching roof spoiler, headlight finishers and mirror caps included for no extra cost, along with premium paint, floor mats and Midnight badging...


BMW i8S with 370kW coming in 2017 - report
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BMW i8S with 370kW coming in 2017 - report

A fresh report has shed new light on BMW’s alleged plans for a higher-performance version of its i8 plug-in hybrid supercar. Following a report in July by German publication Auto Motor und Sport that a hotter BMW i9 was on the way, US magazine Automobile is reporting that the new model has been internally codenamed ‘M100’ and is “almost certain” to be badged BMW i8S...


Hyundai Genesis breaks ANCAP record
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Hyundai Genesis breaks ANCAP record

The new 2015 Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan has scored the highest ANCAP rating since testing began 21 years ago.  Announced this morning, the Korean company’s much-hyped flagship managed to score an almost-perfect 36.88 points out of 37 against ANCAP’s regimen, ousting the 36.78 achieved by the Mercedes-Benz B-Class in 2012. Naturally this equates to five stars...


Range Rover LWB SVR : High-performance flagship SUV spied
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Range Rover LWB SVR : High-performance flagship SUV spied

Land Rover appears to be working on an even more powerful and exclusive version of its luxury Range Rover SUV, as these images reveal. Captured by CarAdvice’s spy photographers entering Jaguar Land Rover’s test facility at the Nurburgring in Germany, the test vehicle wears plastic camouflage on its bonnet, door, side, tailgate and rear bumper panels...


New Audi A8's autonomous driving 'better than most drivers'
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New Audi A8's autonomous driving 'better than most drivers'

The next-generation Audi A8 will feature a fully autonomous driving system that the German company claims will be better than the majority of drivers. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the new Audi A6 in Dresden, Germany, the company’s head of product communications, Stefan Moser, confirmed plans for the system’s unveiling at next year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January...


Daimler sells its stake in Tesla but will keep collaborating
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Daimler sells its stake in Tesla but will keep collaborating

Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG has unexpectedly sold its four per cent stake in “bold partner” Tesla for about US$780 million ($890m), but will retain its collaboration with the Silicon Valley brand.  The cash injection will be pumped into Daimler’s operational business...


Nissan sub-compact crossover concept comes into focus
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Nissan sub-compact crossover concept comes into focus

Nissan has released a second teaser image of its new sub-compact crossover concept seven days out from its debut at Brazil’s Sao Paulo motor show. The Japanese car maker followed up last week’s shadowy image with another equally veiled shot today, though digitally brightening it brings much of the car’s design into focus...


Honda Accord Euro to be axed in 2015
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Honda Accord Euro to be axed in 2015

The Honda Accord Euro will be axed from the car maker’s line-up next year and will not be replaced. Honda Australia director Stephen Collins told CarAdvice today that he was made aware of the Japanese manufacturer’s decision to discontinue the once-popular mid-sized Accord Euro overnight following a notice from head office...


Hyundai Genesis Steel Phoenix : 447kW twin-turbo V8 sedan headed for SEMA
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Hyundai Genesis Steel Phoenix : 447kW twin-turbo V8 sedan headed for SEMA

A twin-turbo V8 Hyundai Genesis with 447kW will seek to push the limits of aftermarket modification when it is unveiled at next month’s SEMA show. The result of collaboration between Hyundai and Chicago’s Toca Marketing Group, the Toca Signature Edition Hyundai Genesis Steel Phoenix features 69 modifications across its exterior, interior, and engine and chassis...


2015 Volkswagen Tiguan pricing and specifications
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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan pricing and specifications

The updated 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan is hitting showrooms now, with all models gaining vital new equipment. As CarAdvice has previously reported, all 2015 Tiguan models gain a reverse-view camera, rear parking sensors and touchscreen media system, and the additional gear has attracted a price increase of between $500 and $1500, depending on the model...


Volkswagen R-Line expands to Golf Wagon and Tiguan ranges
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Volkswagen R-Line expands to Golf Wagon and Tiguan ranges

Volkswagen R-Line versions of the Golf Wagon and Tiguan compact SUV are now available, bringing the total number of sportily styled variants to five. As CarAdvice has previously reported, the move to add more R-Line packages is a conscious one to offer consumers "tougher looking" cars with more equipment...


Audi Australia drops A6 Avant
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Audi Australia drops A6 Avant

Audi Australia will drop the A6 Avant range when it launches the updated 2015 Audi A6 in March or April next year. The decision comes amid lacklustre sales of the standard station wagon, with buyers opting for the ever-popular Audi A6 Allroad and the Audi RS6 superwagon instead...


2015 Audi A6 and S6 update here in March-April
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2015 Audi A6 and S6 update here in March-April

The 2015 Audi A6 and S6 range will launch in March or April, bringing a host of engine, active safety and technological improvements while also simplifying the current range. The front and rear of the luxury German model gains evolutionary design changes, bringing the A6 more in line with the modernised company look while increasing its length by about 17mm...


Holden Barina Trio : Bonus features for base city car
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Holden Barina Trio : Bonus features for base city car

The special edition Holden Barina Trio has joined the brand’s city car line-up, adding three new features to the base model for just $1000. Based on the entry-level Holden Barina CD hatch, the Trio gets an electric sunroof, front fog lights, and the brand’s MyLink infotainment system – features that Holden claims have a combined value of more than $2000...


Ford confirms new 2.0-litre diesel engine for passenger cars following $350m investment
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Ford confirms new 2.0-litre diesel engine for passenger cars following $350m investment

Ford will build a family of new low-carbon 2.0-litre diesel engines for its future passenger cars in London from 2017 following the announcement of a £190 million ($350 million) investment into its Dagenham plant. The announcement confirms the second phase of investment in the new engine program, following the original investment of £287m ($528m) for the development of new 2...


2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class : Next-gen spied, set to debut advanced engine tech
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2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class : Next-gen spied, set to debut advanced engine tech

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have captured the next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class up close, providing our best look yet at the upcoming large luxury car. As these images reveal, the new E-Class will be a natural fit between the C-Class and S-Class from a design perspective...


Isuzu MU-X joins Colorado 7 in third-row seatbelt recall
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Isuzu MU-X joins Colorado 7 in third-row seatbelt recall

The Isuzu MU-X has been recalled to correct a defect with its third-row seatbelts. The recall affects 4703 Isuzu MU-X SUVs in Australia, and follows a notice issued by Holden last week calling back 3116 of its related Colorado 7 models to address the same problem...


Peugeot 308 GT Line offers warm-hatch styling on a budget
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Peugeot 308 GT Line offers warm-hatch styling on a budget

Those keen on the look of the new Peugeot 308 GT but with only the budget for something cheaper can now get the best of both worlds thanks to the introduction of the Peugeot 308 GT Line. The GT Line makes many of the sporty styling elements previously unique to the 308 warm-hatch and -wagon available to five different petrol and diesel engine variants...


Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet : Spy shots reveal S-Class Coupe-inspired tail-lights
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet : Spy shots reveal S-Class Coupe-inspired tail-lights

The first-ever Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet will feature styling inspired by the super-luxurious S-Class Coupe, as these spy shots reveal. Captured by CarAdvice’s snappers in Germany, the images uncover the upcoming C-Class Cabriolet’s rear end, exposing for the first time its slim, horizontal tail-lights that mirror those of the two-door S-Class...


Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept Car completes autonomous lap of Hockenheimring
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Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept Car completes autonomous lap of Hockenheimring

The Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept Car has successfully navigated its way around Germany’s Hockenheimring at racing speed in a demonstration of the brand’s advancements in autonomous driving technology. As anticipated, the driverless RS7 Sportback took a little over two minutes to complete a lap of the 4...


Volkswagen recalls 1.1m vehicles globally : Beetle affected in Australia
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Volkswagen recalls 1.1m vehicles globally : Beetle affected in Australia

Volkswagen has recalled more than 1.1 million vehicles around the world over an issue with their rear suspension systems. The recall affects about 581,000 cars in China, 442,000 in the US and 126,000 in Canada, as well as a small number in other markets, including Australia and Germany...


2015 Ford Falcon and Territory production gets underway, new Falcon interior shots released
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2015 Ford Falcon and Territory production gets underway, new Falcon interior shots released

The 2015 Ford Falcon FG X and Territory SZ II have now entered production in earnest at the company’s Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne ahead of their on-sale date of December 1.  The long-awaited swansong models will see Ford out to its flagged factory closure in late 2016, and bring to the table a more advanced SYNC 2 infotainment system and, in the case of the Falcon, a redesigned nose and tail...


A jaunt through WRC's heartland
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A jaunt through WRC's heartland

The asphalt is clear. The buzz of insects intersperses the idle chatter of a crowd patiently awaiting the main event. They, and I, have gone to great lengths to see what we are about to see. A drive of hours through past vineyards and corn fields followed by a hike up a hill bordering on mountain-esque, with people flanking us carrying step-ladders, camping chairs and most importantly, slabs of Kronenbourg...


2015 Range Rover Sport : New entry model, hybrids join updated line-up
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2015 Range Rover Sport : New entry model, hybrids join updated line-up

The 2015 Range Rover Sport line-up has been expanded with the introduction of a new entry variant and two new hybrids. Land Rover Australia has also boosted the specification of the SE, HSE and HSE Dynamic variants, claiming to add more than $6000 of equipment to each with no price changes...


Australia's love affair with SUVs is stronger than ever
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Australia's love affair with SUVs is stronger than ever

September was the first positive sales month for Australia’s new vehicle market in all of 2014, but more marked was the even greater increase in SUV sales. It’s no secret that these high-riding vehicles, no matter the size or capability, are increasingly the new default family cars. But SUV deliveries last month across various segments were particularly notable...


2015 Skoda Octavia gains reverse-view camera, new option packs
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2015 Skoda Octavia gains reverse-view camera, new option packs

The introduction of a reverse-view camera and a small price hike headlines the changes to the 2015 Skoda Octavia, which is now on sale in Australia. Previously only available as part of the optional Tech Pack in the sporty Octavia RS, a reverse-view camera is now standard on all Octavia Ambition Plus, Elegance and RS variants...


2016 Ford Focus RS : 240kW hot-hatch takes shape
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2016 Ford Focus RS : 240kW hot-hatch takes shape

The third-generation Ford Focus RS has moved into the next development stage, with CarAdvice’s spy photographers spotting the new high-performance hatchback testing at Germany’s Nurburgring. The fresh images – which come about four months after our spies snapped an early prototype of the new RS on public roads in Michigan – give us our best look yet at the blue oval’s upcoming flagship hot-hatch that’s set to launch in 2016...