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Audi Q8 'coupe' SUV confirmed

Audi's management team has given the go-ahead for a new "coupe" SUV, which will be known as the Audi Q8. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi's technical chief, told Autocar at the Los Angeles auto show: "The Q8 will come...

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Ford Australia to turn around decade of spiralling sales soon, says region boss
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Ford Australia to turn around decade of spiralling sales soon, says region boss

The boss of Ford Asia Pacific says the company is on the verge of turning around a decade of spiralling sales in Australia. Ford’s Australian sales have declined every year since peaking at 135,172 in 2004. They dropped to 87,236 last year and are down a further 6.2 per cent so far this year, tallying 67,924 to the end of October...


Mitsuoka Orochi Evangelion Edition will be the car's swansong
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Mitsuoka Orochi Evangelion Edition will be the car's swansong

The Orochi will end its production run with 11 distinctively painted Mitsuoka Orochi Evangelion Edition models. It's unlikely that the Orochi has ever had the shrinking violet sobriquet thrown at it, but for its final hurrah it's going all out to capture the attention of all and sundry...


2015 Audi A4 shapes up for C-Class battle
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2015 Audi A4 shapes up for C-Class battle

Pictured: Artist's impression of the 2015 Audi A4 The next-generation Audi A4 will take some design cues from the TT, add more technology and shed up to 100kg as it aims to lift its game against the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. CarAdvice spies have spotted Audi’s fifth-generation mid-size sedan testing in Europe ahead of an expected unveiling at October 2015’s Frankfurt motor show...


Geely New Vision debuts with fewer Peter Horbury design flourishes
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Geely New Vision debuts with fewer Peter Horbury design flourishes

At the Guangzhou auto show, Geely unveiled its Geely New Vision sedan, but despite its name, the new car shares few of the design cues used on the larger Peter Horbury-designed GC9. Measuring 4.59 metres long, 1.47m tall and 1734mm wide, and sitting on a 2.6m wheelbase, the New Vision will duke it out in the Corolla class...


Mini Citysurfer concept takes the Brit brand into two-wheeler territory
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Mini Citysurfer concept takes the Brit brand into two-wheeler territory

Meet the Mini with two wheels: this is the Mini Citysurfer concept, unveiled this week at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show. The two-wheeler looks like one of those Razor kick scooters that were popular in the early 2000s, but this new mobility device from Mini features an electric drive motor that allows it to hit 25km/h...


Mercedes-AMG confirms GT racer with or without turbocharging
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Mercedes-AMG confirms GT racer with or without turbocharging

Hot on the heels of the international launch of the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT sports car, AMG chairman Tobias Moers has officially confirmed a GT3 racing version, though it may not be turbocharged. In an exclusive interview at the Laguna Seca Raceway in California, AMG engine designer, Thomas Ramsteiner, told CarAdvice that new FIA regulations for 2016 might force the car company to further develop its existing 6...


Mercedes-AMG GT designer says similarities with Porsche 911 unavoidable
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Mercedes-AMG GT designer says similarities with Porsche 911 unavoidable

In an exclusive interview with CarAdvice at the global launch of the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT, Mark Fetherston, exterior designer for Mercedes-Benz, said he makes no apologies for any similarities that some might see between the GT and Porsche 911. “There are classic sports car proportions that you kind of want in your car and you end up having similarities with other brands – you can’t help that," said Fetherston...


Mazda 2 sedan revealed, no sure thing for Australia
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Mazda 2 sedan revealed, no sure thing for Australia

The new-generation Mazda 2 sedan was unveiled today ahead of its formal premiere at the Thailand motor show on November 28. The three-box version of Mazda’s entry model carries over the hatchback's signature curves, and on first impressions avoids the pitfalls many ill-proportioned light-sized sedans fall into...


Mercedes-AMG C63 all-wheel drive ruled out
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Mercedes-AMG C63 all-wheel drive ruled out

There will be no all-wheel drive version of the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63. Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers told CarAdvice at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show that all-wheel drive has been definitively ruled out for the performance version of the new-generation C-Class. “No,” he said of the potential for an all-wheel drive version of the high-performance model...


Holden in line for German-built flagship SUV due by 2018
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Holden in line for German-built flagship SUV due by 2018

Holden could get a new German-built flagship SUV before the end of the decade after the boss of parent company General Motors confirmed Opel would begin production of the model by 2018. GM CEO Mary Barra (below) announced the new SUV would be built at Holden sister brand Opel’s headquarters in Russelsheim, Germany, and would be “the brand’s second flagship alongside the Insignia”...


Lexus LF-C2 convertible “purely a concept”, says chief designer
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Lexus LF-C2 convertible “purely a concept”, says chief designer

The stunning Lexus LF-C2 convertible concept is believed to offer up plenty of hints about a new drop-top from the Japanese luxury brand – but the man who designed the car, Yasuo Kajino, told CarAdvice there are no plans to push it to production. Well, not yet...


Dig this: JCB GT sets land-speed record, with a twist
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Dig this: JCB GT sets land-speed record, with a twist

We've all heard about the AMG GT, but what about the JCB GT? Setting a precedent for big yellow machinery the world over, the JCB backhoe has set a world record of 116.82km/h in Bathurst, NSW. Remember that next time you are stuck behind one on a country road. Originally built to perform wheelies and other stunts, the JCB GT is powered by a supercharged 7...


Scion iM concept previews new Corolla-based sports hatch
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Scion iM concept previews new Corolla-based sports hatch

Toyota’s North American performance arm Scion has unveiled the Corolla-based iM concept at the Los Angeles auto show. The Scion iM concept offers a thinly veiled look at a new sporty hatchback based on Toyota’s top-selling small car that will debut in production form at April’s New York auto show...


Ford Mustang turned into 540kW Rocket by Galpin Auto Sports
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Ford Mustang turned into 540kW Rocket by Galpin Auto Sports

Californian Ford tuner Galpin Auto Sports and leading automotive designer Henrik Fisker have joined forced to create what they have labelled “the ultimate American muscle car” – a carbonfibre-bodied super-Mustang called the Rocket. The Galpin Rocket’s design takes inspiration from specialty pony cars of the 1960s and 1970s, including the 1968 Shelby GT500...


Chevrolet Volt pokes its head out at owners event
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Chevrolet Volt pokes its head out at owners event

The next-generation Chevrolet Volt has poked its head out from beneath a white veil at an exclusive owners event in Hollywood, revealing its front-end design for the first time. The teaser image confirms the Volt will be at home in General Motors’ global line-up, with a face reminiscent of both North America’s Chevrolet Impala and Australia’s own Holden Commodore...


Mercedes-AMG chief looks to hybrid petrol models for future performance, rules out diesel
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Mercedes-AMG chief looks to hybrid petrol models for future performance, rules out diesel

Mercedes-AMG won’t offer any diesel performance models – instead, the German performance brand will focus on petrol and hybridised models for its future go-fast cars. Speaking with CarAdvice at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show, Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers said electrification is a way of the future that hardcore brands can’t ignore...


Audi to offer four-wheel steer, advanced quattro systems
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Audi to offer four-wheel steer, advanced quattro systems

German luxury maker Audi will soon offer a range of new high-tech driving technologies including four-wheel steering and possibly a new electric iteration of its quattro all-wheel drive system...


2015 Chrysler 300 SRT confirmed for Australia, but not for America
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2015 Chrysler 300 SRT confirmed for Australia, but not for America

The high-powered 6.4-litre V8 Chrysler 300 SRT will be sold in Australia, but it won't make it to showrooms in America. Chrysler brand president and CEO, Al Gardner, told CarAdvice at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show that the brand is in a strong position given that its US rivals won't have rear-drive large sedans to fall back on in the coming years, as Chevrolet will lose the Australian-made SS (based on the Holden Commodore) when the Australian maker shuts its doors in 2017...


Jaguar F-Type updated: Electric power steering standard; manual, AWD optional
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Jaguar F-Type updated: Electric power steering standard; manual, AWD optional

A manual transmission and all-wheel drive have been added to the options list for the revised Jaguar F-type coupe and convertible. For the update, Jaguar has swapped out the current car's hydraulic power steering setup for one that utilises electric assistance. As elsewhere, this change is aimed at improving the car's fuel consumption...


Kia KX3 baby SUV outed in China
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Kia KX3 baby SUV outed in China

Kia has previewed a brand new sub-compact SUV similar in size to the Mazda CX-3, though for our Australian readers there is a catch — this isn’t the version Kia will sell in the West.  Called the Kia KX3, the baby SUV concept premiered today in Guangzhou may be a concept in name, though it looks every bit the production car and even incorporates existing Kia powertrain technology...


2016 Ford Explorer : New look, new technology for updated large SUV
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2016 Ford Explorer : New look, new technology for updated large SUV

The 2016 Ford Explorer has made a big statement at the Los Angeles auto show, introducing a tough new exterior, loads of technology, a new four-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine, and a new luxury flagship variant. The Explorer becomes the third large seven-seat SUV premiered by Ford in less than a week, following the Ranger-based Everest and the three-row Edge that both bowed in China...


Volkswagen Golf Wagon HyMotion concept previews hydrogen-powered small car
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Volkswagen Golf Wagon HyMotion concept previews hydrogen-powered small car

The Volkswagen Golf Wagon HyMotion has been revealed at today’s Los Angeles auto show, debuting a near-production-ready hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system in the German manufacturer’s top-selling small car...


Volvo S60 and V40 Sprint Editions released
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Volvo S60 and V40 Sprint Editions released

Volvo Cars Australia is capitalising on its strong V8 Supercars season by releasing a pair of special edition versions of its entry S60 sedan and V40 models, each of which is called Sprint Edition. The limited-edition models, each limited to 100 units, bring more than $4000 worth of sporty extras to the party and sharp drive-away pricing...


2015 Toyota Prius C facelift revealed
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2015 Toyota Prius C facelift revealed

The 2015 Toyota Prius C was revealed at today’s Los Angeles auto show, premiering a fresh look and a revised interior. The first update for the city-sized Prius C introduces a new exterior design comprising an expansive black hexagonal grille that dominates the front end, reshaped headlights with standard LED headlamps, a restyled front bumper with new fog lights and indicators, shark-fin roof antenna and redesigned ‘light pipe’ LED tail-lights...


Lexus LF-C2 concept emerges, previews RC convertible
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Lexus LF-C2 concept emerges, previews RC convertible

The topless Lexus LF-C2 concept made its public premiere in the suitable surrounds of Los Angeles today after a drawn-out teaser campaign, previewing a road-going 2+2 roadster version of the dashing RC coupe.  Fitting Lexus’ brief to add some stylistic edge to its range, the LF-C2 “Grand Tourer” is proof positive that Lexus wants to return to the fold against the BMW 4 Series convertible sooner rather than later...


Mercedes-Maybach S-Class unveiled in LA: Stretched sedan due in Australia from late 2015
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Mercedes-Maybach S-Class unveiled in LA: Stretched sedan due in Australia from late 2015

The ultra-long-wheelbase Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has been unveiled simultaneously on the opening days of the Los Angeles and Guangzhou motor shows. The Maybach version of the popular S-Class features a 3365mm wheelbase and an overall length of 5453mm — that's up 200mm and 207mm, respectively, on than the regular long-wheelbase S-Class...


Audi A7 h-tron quattro concept revealed at 2014 Los Angeles auto show
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Audi A7 h-tron quattro concept revealed at 2014 Los Angeles auto show

German luxury brand Audi has revealed a new technological concept vehicle at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show – the Audi A7 h-tron quattro. The Audi A7 h-tron quattro is a hydrogen-driven electric vehicle that the company says showcases how a fuel-cell vehicle could form part of its line-up...


Mazda:: turbochargers a 'costly' solution to efficiency
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Mazda: turbochargers a 'costly' solution to efficiency

Mazda says its future range of Skyactiv engines are better suited to the company’s needs as naturally aspirated variants, rather than seeking turbochargers for efficiency and additional power output. Mazda has claimed that its next-generation of Skyactiv engines will deliver a further 30 percent fuel efficiency gain without the need for turbocharging as the company seeks to find the ‘perfect’ and leanest naturally aspirated engine...


Seven-seat Ford Edge unveiled in China
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Seven-seat Ford Edge unveiled in China

A seven-seat version of the Ford Edge SUV has been revealed at an event in Guangzhou, China. With a full launch set down for 2015, Ford is keeping back many details about the new seven-seat Edge, including just how much bigger overall the three-row Edge is than the regular five-seat version. From the images it appears as though all the major changes occur aft of the rear axle...


2015 Mazda CX-5 details revealed
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2015 Mazda CX-5 details revealed

Australia’s best selling SUV has been given an update for 2015 both inside and out with the Mazda CX-5 making its debut at the Los Angeles auto show today. The 2015 Mazda CX-5 update introduces moderate changes to the exterior while the interior benefits from improvements throughout the cabin...


2015 Mazda 6 details revealed
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2015 Mazda 6 details revealed

Mazda has updated its popular Mazda 6 range with a series of exterior, interior, technological and mechanical changes for 2015. As the second-best selling medium car in Australia (after the Toyota Camry), the Mazda 6 remains popular with private buyers seeking a sophisticated car with plenty of in-car technology...


Mazda MPS not an "official project" yet
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Mazda MPS not an "official project" yet

Despite consistent rumours of a Mazda performance series (MPS) return, Mazda’s global boss has confirmed there are no current plans for the go-fast badge's revival. Speaking with the Australian motoring media at the Los Angeles auto show today, Mazda’s managing executive officer of global sales and marketing, Masahiro Moro, said the revival of MPS is not an official project internally...


Mazda RX revival plans are just 'dreams'
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Mazda RX revival plans are just 'dreams'

Mazda has no plans for a rotary sports car program, with the company’s boss confirming that talk of an RX-7 or RX-8 revival are currently just dreams. Asked why the rotary sports car program has seen an up and down rumour cycle of being established and then denied, Mazda’s managing executive officer in charge of global sales and marketing, Masahiro Moro, told the Australian motoring media at today’s Los Angeles auto show that the sports car program has always been off...


Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo concept will be available on GT6 soon
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Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo concept will be available on GT6 soon

Subaru is the latest in the latest in a long line of car makers to release a concept car in the virtual world, with the Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo soon to make its debut in the PlayStation game Gran Turismo 6. At first glance, especially at the front, the Subaru Viziv GT bears a passing resemblance to another bewinged all-wheel drive Japanese supercar: the Nissan GT-R...


Audi pilot plant produces synthetic diesel using only water, CO2 and green electricity
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Audi pilot plant produces synthetic diesel using only water, CO2 and green electricity

Overnight Audi opened a new pilot plant in Dresden, Germany, that produces synthetic diesel using only water and carbon dioxide. The new experimental factory is partly funded by the German government, and is a collaboration between Audi, Climeworks and Sunfire. In the test plant, an electrolysis machine uses green electricity to split water into its constituent elements: hydrogen and oxygen...


2015 Chrysler 300 revealed: Large sedan facelifted
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2015 Chrysler 300 revealed: Large sedan facelifted

The updated 2015 Chrysler 300 has been revealed at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show. The first facelift for this generation of the US-made large sedan that went on sale in 2012 introduces a range of changes, the most dramatic being the front-end styling which adopts a smoother look, new grille with broad winged Chrysler badge and bumper finish and lower air intake, as well as new LED lights...


2015 Mazda MX-5: 1.5-, 2.0-litre engines confirmed for Australia
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2015 Mazda MX-5: 1.5-, 2.0-litre engines confirmed for Australia

Mazda has officially confirmed the engine lineup for the 2015 Mazda MX-5 along with releasing several new images of the upcoming sports car. As reported by CarAdvice in early October (but now officially confirmed), there will be a choice of 1.5- and 2...


Audi Prologue concept previews new design language and upcoming A9 flagship
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Audi Prologue concept previews new design language and upcoming A9 flagship

The Audi Prologue concept has been revealed on the eve of the Los Angeles auto show, giving the automotive world its first glimpse at the car maker’s new design language. The large, low-slung coupe is also believed to preview a new flagship luxury model from the brand, speculatively dubbed the Audi A9, to sit above the A8 limousine...


2015 Mazda CX-3 unveiled
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2015 Mazda CX-3 unveiled

The long-awaited Mazda CX-3 has been unveiled ahead of tomorrow’s Los Angles auto show and in the lead up to its anticipated Australian debut in March. Arriving two and a half years after CarAdvice first revealed plans for the baby SUV in a world exclusive, the CX-3 will sit below the successful mid-sized Mazda CX-5 - which continues as Australia’s best selling SUV - both in terms of size and pricing...


Nissan Micra: 12,859 hatchbacks join Takata airbag recall in Australia
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Nissan Micra: 12,859 hatchbacks join Takata airbag recall in Australia

Almost 13,000 Nissan Micra hatchbacks in Australia have joined the Takata airbag recall that has affected millions of vehicles from multiple manufacturers around the world. The official recall notice published on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s website states 12,859 current-generation (K13) Nissan Micra models built between September 2010 and October 2011 have been recalled to correct the airbag defect...


Mazda CX-3 images surface
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Mazda CX-3 images surface

Images of the highly anticipated Mazda CX-3 have leaked online ahead of today's official unveiling in California. Mazda is set to unveil the all-new compact SUV in a few hours' time at an event in Los Angeles that CarAdvice is attending, but images of the CX-3 have already surfaced online prior to the embargo lifting at 3pm AEST...


Renault Megane CC Floride special edition launches from $45,990
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Renault Megane CC Floride special edition launches from $45,990

The Renault Megane CC Floride special edition has joined the French car maker’s line-up just days out from summer. Priced from $45,990 before on-road costs, the Floride sits at the top of the Megane Coupe-Cabriolet range above the entry-level Dynamique ($38,490) and sporty GT-Line ($43,990). Just 33 Renault Megane CC Floride special edition convertibles will make their way to Australia...


2015 Holden Colorado and Colorado 7: pricing and specifications
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2015 Holden Colorado and Colorado 7: pricing and specifications

Holden has announced a series of upgrades for its Colorado ute and Colorado 7 SUV models aimed at improving their urban drive comfort and increasing their overall appeal. Chief among the changes is a new comfort suspension package that has been added to the LTZ variants of the Colorado. Crucially, the suspension enhancements don’t affect the Colorado's 3500kg towing capacity...


BMW 2 Series Active Tourer set to stir the pot
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer set to stir the pot

BMW is confident the 2 Series Active Tourer (AT) will give it incremental growth as it draws from a fast-growing pool of entry-level 'premium' buyers, and snatches sales from rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz B-Class. Pitched as a rival for the B-Class, as well as compact SUVs, the 2 Series AT is perhaps best identified as the first front-drive car from the Bavarian car maker...


Tesla retools manufacturing plant ahead of Model X SUV production
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Tesla retools manufacturing plant ahead of Model X SUV production

The Tesla plant in Fremont, California has been retooled in anticipation of the company's new all-electric Tesla Model X SUV hitting the assembly line floor. A blog post from the company's communications team states the "temporary pause" of production was a means of increasing production capacity, which is slated to sit at 35,000 units in 2014 and jump by 50 per cent - to 52,500 units - by the end of 2015...


Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle detailed in full
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Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle detailed in full

After a considerable period of teasing, Japan's largest automaker has revealed all the details about its new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, the Toyota Mirai. At the Mirai's heart is the latest iteration of Toyota's fuel-cell stack, which generates water vapour and up to 114kW of power by combining hydrogen stored on-board with oxygen extracted from the atmosphere...


Volkswagen Golf R wagon: 221kW/380Nm load carrier to debut in LA
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Volkswagen Golf R wagon: 221kW/380Nm load carrier to debut in LA

The high-performance Volkswagen Golf R wagon will have its global unveiling at this week's Los Angeles auto show. Debuting eight months after our spy photographers spotted the car undergoing testing in Germany, the new wagon features the familiar Golf R mechanical package wrapped up in a more practical, load-lugging body...


Lexus LF-C2 convertible concept teased for a second time
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Lexus LF-C2 convertible concept teased for a second time

The Lexus LF-C2 convertible concept car that is due to be revealed at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show has been teased for a second time. The new image posted to a teaser reveal site gives a glimpse at the sharply-styled front-end of the new showcar, which is tipped to be the precursor to a production drop-top based on the RC coupe...


Bentley Grand Convertible matches 395kW/1100Nm V8 with droptop body
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Bentley Grand Convertible matches 395kW/1100Nm V8 with droptop body

The Bentley Grand Convertible has been unveiled ahead of its public debut at the Los Angeles auto show later this week. Underneath the Grand Convertible's, at the moment, unique body are the mechanicals used in the company's top-of-the-line Mulsanne Speed sedan. Lurking below the liquid metal bonnet is the brand's 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8...


All-new Ford Mondeo aimed at top-selling Toyota Camry
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All-new Ford Mondeo aimed at top-selling Toyota Camry

The overdue new-generation Ford Mondeo mid-sizer is due in early 2015, and the company has used the lead up to the launch to take a few cheeky swipes at the rival Australian-made Toyota Camry.  Ford today confirmed its Mondeo will come in a six-model line-up encompassing Ambiente, Trend and Titanium specification levels, once again in both (edit) hatch and wagon body styles...


2015 Subaru Liberty specifications revealed
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2015 Subaru Liberty specifications revealed

Specification details of the 2015 Subaru Liberty sedan have been revealed on the company's website weeks ahead of its scheduled debut. The all-new Liberty sedan (it's only available as a sedan, this time around, with the new Outback filling the role of mid-size wagon for the Japanese brand) is expected to go on sale from 1 January 2015, and Subaru has published full detailed specifications for the three-model range ahead of time...


2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 revealed: 5.2-litre flat-plane V8 to generate more than 370kW
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2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 revealed: 5.2-litre flat-plane V8 to generate more than 370kW

Ford has revealed the look of, and select details about, the next-generation Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 ahead of its global debut. Underneath the striped bonnet lies a high-revving 5.2-litre V8 engine with a flat-plane crankshaft. Generating over 370kW (500hp) of power and more than 540Nm of torque, Ford claims that it will be the company's most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever...


2015 Mitsubishi Triton makes world premiere
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2015 Mitsubishi Triton makes world premiere

The substantially updated 2015 Mitsubishi Triton ute made its world premiere today in Thailand, bringing what the company claims are big improvements in efficiency, safety and driving dynamics, and SUV-matching levels of refinement...


Tesla Model S P85D confirmed for Australia
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Tesla Model S P85D confirmed for Australia

The supercar-slaying all-wheel drive Tesla Model S P85D will be sold in Australia from June 2015, with pricing to start at $133,500 plus on-road costs. The Tesla Model S P85D uses two electric motors rather than just one, and sends 165kW of power to the front wheels in addition to a 365kW motor that powers the rears. Combined, it churns 515kW and 930Nm of torque...


Tycoons treating themselves as uber-luxury sedan sales thrive
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Tycoons treating themselves as uber-luxury sedan sales thrive

The upper echelons of the Australian passenger car segment appear to be undergoing a quiet renaissance, with sales of luxury 'upper large' sedans more than doubling this year...


Ken Block lights up LA in 630kW all-paw Ford Mustang in Gymkhana Seven
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Ken Block lights up LA in 630kW all-paw Ford Mustang in Gymkhana Seven

The latest tyre-frying epic from Ken Block has been released, featuring a 1965 Ford Mustang tearing up the street of Los Angeles. Gymkhana Seven is the latest instalment from Hoonigan Racing's head man, and follows on from his efforts in a 485kW/880Nm four-wheel-drive Ford Fiesta ST in Gymkhana Six...


Mazda CX-3 spied on the cusp of global premiere
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Mazda CX-3 spied on the cusp of global premiere

The Mazda CX-3 baby SUV will premiere at the LA motor show starting this week, but we have a few spy images from our overseas snappers to tide you over.  Based heavily on the Mazda 2 city car – sharing its Skyactiv platform, engines and more — the city car on stilts will give the ‘zoom zoom’ brand ammunition to fire at the Nissan Qashqai, Holden Trax, Honda HR-V and Ford EcoSport, among many others...


BMW working on hydrogen fuel-cell-powered 'i5' with Toyota - report
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BMW working on hydrogen fuel-cell-powered 'i5' with Toyota - report

The hydrogen fuel-cell drivetrain powering the new Toyota Mirai could, if reports are correct, end up underneath a third BMW i model, possibly named the BMW i5. Unnamed sources within BMW have told Autocar that the Bavarian car company is working with Toyota to develop a new hydrogen fuel-cell car...


Honda FCV Concept previews new hydrogen fuel-cell car due in 2016
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Honda FCV Concept previews new hydrogen fuel-cell car due in 2016

The just revealed Honda FCV Concept is said to preview a new production fuel-cell powered vehicle, which will replace the Honda FCX Clarity from 2016. Unveiled overnight, the new FCV Concept debuts Honda's next-generation fuel-cell drivetrain. At its heart is a new hydrogen fuel-cell stack that's claimed to be 33 per cent smaller than the unit used in the FCX Clarity...


Toyota global president Akio pedals a turbo 86 rally car before waving goodbye to Australia
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Toyota global president Akio pedals a turbo 86 rally car before waving goodbye to Australia

Akio Toyoda, president of the world’s biggest car maker Toyota, has flown home after his whirlwind visit to Australia, a place he labelled the “perfect testing ground” for vehicle development.  News broke last week of Toyoda’s mystery visit to local shores, the first since February when he personally informed staff at the Altona factory in Melbourne’s west that the plant would shut from the end of 2017...


Waiting list out to six months for Nissan Qashqai Ti
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Waiting list out to six months for Nissan Qashqai Ti

Hot demand for flagship versions of the UK-built Nissan Qashqai crossover SUV has pushed the waiting list out as far as six months. As we noted at launch, the new model that premiered here in July as a replacement for the Dualis comes particularly well-specified in Ti petrol and TL diesel forms, a fact that Australian buyers seem to be noticing...


Why Car Dash Video Cameras make perfect sense
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Why Car Dash Video Cameras make perfect sense

With the high levels of safety and built-in collision systems that form part of most modern cars, a minor accident can cost thousands of dollars in repairs. Worse still, when there is a dispute about who is at fault, it can at times become problematic for the victim. But there appears to be an easy solution - having a dashcam installed that records everything that happens while you’re driving...


Toyota Mirai fuel-cell car to be launched in Japan this week
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Toyota Mirai fuel-cell car to be launched in Japan this week

The world’s biggest car maker Toyota has made a bold statement about what it sees as a bright future for hydrogen-powered cars by calling its new fuel-cell vehicle the Mirai.  Mirai, for those of us who do not speak a Japanese dialect, roughly translates as “the future”...


Diversity and development efficiency the keys to Ford Australia’s design and engineering future
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Diversity and development efficiency the keys to Ford Australia’s design and engineering future

One of Ford Asia Pacific’s leading executives believes diversity and development efficiency are keys to Australia’s success as a design and engineering hub once local vehicle production comes to an end in late 2016...


Fiat Doblo small van arrives from $22K
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Fiat Doblo small van arrives from $22K

The Fiat Doblo small-sized van is on sale in Australia, giving the Italian brand’s commercial arm a new entry model as it seeks to bolster its market share across the board.  Joining the Scudo and newly updated Ducato, the Doblo becomes the third pillar in Fiat Professional’s brand expansion in Australia. Rivals include the popular Volkswagen Caddy and Renault Kangoo...