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A facelift for the American Ford Fusion sedan, known in the rest of the world as Ford Mondeo, has been spotted by our spy photographers on the streets of Detroit...

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Honda named UK's most reliable vehicle brand
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Honda named UK's most reliable vehicle brand

Honda has been named the UK’s most reliable vehicle manufacturer for the ninth consecutive year according to research conducted by What Car? and Warranty Direct. Honda topped 36 other brands in the 2015 edition of the annual Reliability Index, which analysed 50,000 live Warranty Direct policies on three- to eight-year-old vehicles...


Holden Captiva recalled
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Holden Captiva recalled

The popular Holden Captiva 5 and 7 family SUV range was subject to a recall this week involving 2951 units made between 2007 and 2010, because each has the potential to turn on its ignition without driver input.  The Holden recall campaign affects Series 1 CG Captiva models produced between February 22, 2007 and November 25, 2010, within the VIN range KL3CG26RJ7B075395 to KL3DF26FJAB116292...


Jeep Grand Cherokee recalled
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Jeep Grand Cherokee recalled

A number of current-generation Jeep Grand Cherokees were recalled this week over a potential issue with the fuel pump relay. The recall campaign affects 14,527 Grand Cherokees — 2011 model-year diesel versions, and 2012-13 petrol models. The issue is down to the potential for a failure in the fuel pump relay within the Totally Integrated Power Module - 7 (TIPM-7) electronic control unit...


Bentley Mulsanne Speed Blue Train by Mulliner revealed
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Bentley Mulsanne Speed Blue Train by Mulliner revealed

The Bentley Mulsanne Speed Blue Train by Mulliner has been unveiled at the Techno-Classica show in Essen, Germany, commemorating the 85th anniversary of the Bentley Speed Six’s famous race victory over the Calais-Mediterrainée Express in 1930...


Volkswagen Choice guaranteed future value financing program introduced
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Volkswagen Choice guaranteed future value financing program introduced

Volkswagen Australia has introduced the Volkswagen Choice guaranteed future value program, designed to give customers peace of mind about the value of their vehicle at the end of their financing period. Volkswagen Choice works identically the Skoda Choice program announced by the German car maker’s Czech sister brand last month, allowing VW customers to know the minimum value of their car at the end of their term and being free to either retain, return or trade it in...


Audi Q7 2.0 e-tron TFSI quattro plug-in petrol-electric hybrid unveiled
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Audi Q7 2.0 e-tron TFSI quattro plug-in petrol-electric hybrid unveiled

In a few days, the Audi Q7 2.0 e-tron TFSI quattro will officially step into the limelight at the 2015 Shanghai motor show. The new variant's name is less than elegant, but it's there to distinguish this model from the other e-tron in the second-generation Q7 range. That model, known simply as the Q7 e-tron, features a diesel-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain...


Volkswagen Scirocco GTS detailed ahead of Shanghai show
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Volkswagen Scirocco GTS detailed ahead of Shanghai show

The Volkswagen Scirocco GTS will make its official debut at the 2015 Shanghai motor show, which kicks off next week. Like the original Scirocco GTS, which was introduced way back in 1982, the new iteration features a drivetrain shared with the contemporary Golf GTI. That means that under the striped bonnet lives a 162kW version of Volkswagen's 2...


Peugeot 308 R HYbrid concept unveiled
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Peugeot 308 R HYbrid concept unveiled

The Peugeot 308 R HYbrid concept has been outed and detailed ahead of its public debut at the 2015 Shanghai motor show next week. Powering the potential flagship of the 308 range is a hybrid drivetrain. Driving the front wheels is a 201kW 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and an 85kW electric motor allied to a six-speed automated transmission...


Audi Prologue Allroad concept revealed
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Audi Prologue Allroad concept revealed

The Audi Prologue Allroad concept has been revealed days ahead of its public unveiling at the 2015 Shanghai motor show. Based on the Prologue Avant concept wagon that made its debut at last month's Geneva show, the Allroad features subtle light brown wheel arch extensions, new front and rear bumpers, and a ride height that's been raised by 77mm over its forebear...


2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV set to adopt a different look to the regular range
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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV set to adopt a different look to the regular range

The big news for buyers around the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander facelift is mainly around the way it looks - but the PHEV plug-in hybrid version is set to adopt a different appearance to the regular models. Mitsubishi Motors manager of C & D-segment product development project, Takao Matsui, told CarAdvice at the launch of the 2016 Outlander this week that there is an internal desire to make the PHEV model stand out from the heavily revamped range...


Subaru Exiga Crossover 7 not for Australia
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Subaru Exiga Crossover 7 not for Australia

The Subaru Exiga Crossover 7 has been released in Japan, adding rough and tumble design enhancements to the seven-seat tallboy wagon. The Exiga Crossover 7 appears almost identical to the Crossover 7 concept that debuted around 18 months ago at the 2013 Tokyo motor show, blending the styling of the high-riding, hard-wearing Outback wagon with the three-row Liberty Exiga people-mover...


Government considers lifting import restrictions on new cars; industry furious
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Government considers lifting import restrictions on new cars; industry furious

The federal government today advanced its position on relaxing restrictions on the personal importation of new vehicles  — that is, buying a new car from dealers overseas if they will sell you one. In an announcement from the office of assistant minister for infrastructure Jamie Briggs, the government outlined its plan for what it called “getting on with delivering safer roads and better vehicles for motorists as part of our detailed review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act (MVSA)”...


2015 Nissan Navara pricing and specifications
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2015 Nissan Navara pricing and specifications

The 2015 Nissan Navara range will feature 27 unique variants when the new-generation ute hits Australian showrooms from next month. Nissan Australia today announced full specifications for the ‘NP300’ Navara line-up that replaces the D22 and D40 models, as well as pricing for the dual-cab variants, which will be the first to arrive...


"Extremely confusing" four-star ANCAP score for BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
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"Extremely confusing" four-star ANCAP score for BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

Safety testing organisation ANCAP has awarded the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer a sub-par four stars out of five, a result BMW Australia has described as "extremely confusing".  Sister organisation Euro NCAP awarded the same car the full five stars in 2014. It was one of a pair of four-star results for the Bavarian BMW Group announced overnight, given the Mini Cooper also netted only four out of five...


2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI pricing and specifications
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2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI pricing and specifications

The 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI has landed in Australia with its long-awaited manual transmission alternative from $27,490 plus on-road costs. The six-speed manual’s price makes it the cheapest current-generation Polo GTI ever offered in Australia, undercutting even the discontinued three-door variant, and makes it just $500 more than the previous-generation Polo GTI manual that was last sold here in 2010...


Startech Pickup reimagines Range Rover as a luxury ute
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Startech Pickup reimagines Range Rover as a luxury ute

The Startech Pickup, which is a Range Rover wagon that's been transformed into a luxury ute, will debut at the 2015 Shanghai auto show that starts next week. Startech, Brabus' tuning arm for Jaguar and Land Rover models, has taken the Range Rover luxury SUV and turned it into a ute. The conversion includes at least 100 new components crafted from aluminium, carbonfibre and steel...


Volkswagen T6 Transporter unveiled
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Volkswagen T6 Transporter unveiled

The sixth-generation Volkswagen Transporter has been unveiled with, what can be best described as, an evolutionary design philosophy. Volkswagen describes the Transporter line as "a classic in design", therefore the company has decided that it should be "modernised cautiously". Motivation, at least in Europe, will primarily come via Volkswagen's EA288 Nutz turbo-diesel engine...


Mitsubishi Triton gets five-star ANCAP result
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Mitsubishi Triton gets five-star ANCAP result

The new Mitsubishi Triton has scored a much-needed five-star result in the latest round of ANCAP safety testing. By attaining the top score against the latest - and toughest - criteria, the Triton is now available to a number of large-scale fleets that make five-star cars a prerequisite...


Renault Captur gets five-star ANCAP safety rating despite lacking rear airbag protection
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Renault Captur gets five-star ANCAP safety rating despite lacking rear airbag protection

Australian safety body ANCAP has announced a five-star safety rating for the just-launched Renault Captur crossover, even though the Clio-based vehicle misses out on airbags for the second row. Recent changes to the way ANCAP awards ratings means that despite missing airbags for rear seat passengers, the Captur still gets a five-star rating...


Global Citroen and DS separation to reach Australia 'in time'
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Global Citroen and DS separation to reach Australia 'in time'

The separation of Citroen and DS brands will take place in the near future for the Australian market, but for now, Citroen Australia is concentrating on growing the brands as a whole. Speaking to the media at the launch of the Citroen DS3 in Brisbane yesterday, the company’s head of marketing, Dimitri Andreatidis, said the separation of the two brands will happen, but not for the moment...


Premium sales to keep booming, but we can't go too far downmarket - BMW Australia boss
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Premium sales to keep booming, but we can't go too far downmarket - BMW Australia boss

BMW Australia managing director Marc-Heinrich Werner believes that sales of premium vehicles will continue to grow at a rate that outpaces the rest of the market. However, he also believes his brand must retain balance and avoid moving too far downmarket. This would happen by focusing too heavily on the growth areas at the lower ‘conquest’ end of its range, embodied by the likes of the 1 Series and 2 Series Active Tourer...


Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition available for order in Japan
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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition available for order in Japan

The three-diamond brand has begun taking orders, in Japan, for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition. Based on the Evolution GSR, the Final Edition features a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, which has been upgraded with sodium-filled exhaust valves. Power is delivered to the ground via a five-speed manual transmission and an all-wheel drive system...


BMW iDrive to make way for touchscreens, says design boss
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BMW iDrive to make way for touchscreens, says design boss

The head of design at BMW has admitted the company’s trademark iDrive infotainment system controller will make way for touchscreen technology in the future. BMW Group design director Adrian van Hooydonk told Autocar recently that touchscreens were one of a number of technology formats the car maker will use to allow drivers and passengers to interact with its next-generation vehicles...


More details on Ford patent for eleven-speed automatic transmission
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More details on Ford patent for eleven-speed automatic transmission

As was revealed recently, the Ford Motor Company has filed a patent in the United States that documents the development of an eleven-speed automatic gearbox in several configurations — a cool reference to Spinal Tap? But to understand it better we decided to take a look at the actual gear ratios to determine just what makes this 'box different to existing Ford units...


2016 Mitsubishi Outlander pricing & specifications
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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander pricing & specifications

The updated MY16 Mitsubishi Outlander has arrived in Australia just a fortnight after making its global debut at the 2015 New York auto show. The heavily updated mid-size SUV sports an entirely new look, with the brand’s bold ‘dynamic shield’ styling language the most noticeable change for the updated Outlander...


Hyundai writes message large enough to be seen from International Space Station
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Hyundai writes message large enough to be seen from International Space Station

A fleet of 11 Hyundai Genesis sedans has etched out the world's largest tyre track image: a message from a daughter to her astronaut father aboard the International Space Station. To make the simple message "Steph [hearts] you" visible from space, Hyundai assembled a multinational team from the US, Europe and Korea comprising cinematographers, drivers, surveyors, technicians, and support staff...


Volkswagen GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo debuts online
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Volkswagen GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo debuts online

The Volkswagen GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo is latest in a series of online sports cars designed to celebrate Gran Turismo's 15th anniversary on the PlayStation gaming platform. Under the hood lies a turbocharged iteration of Volkswagen's narrow-angle VR6 engine. For the GTI Supersport, this motor is said to develop 375kW of power and 665Nm of torque...


Volvo XC90 Excellence to debut in Shanghai
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Volvo XC90 Excellence to debut in Shanghai

The new range-topping Volvo XC90 Excellence will make its global debut at the 2015 Shanghai auto show, which begins in a few days time. With many among China's newly moneyed class preferring to lounge in the back seat of their automobiles, luxury car makers have rushed to fill this need with long wheelbase versions of many of their models...


Citroen Australia to drop entry-price vehicles
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Citroen Australia to drop entry-price vehicles

Citroen Australia says that going forward it will not follow the industry practice of offering an entry price-point vehicle just for an attractive sticker price. The French brand says its customers are those who have thoroughly considered their options and want a Citroen and to date the brand sells far more optioned-up vehicles than base grade versions...


2015 Citroen DS3 pricing and specifications
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2015 Citroen DS3 pricing and specifications

The 2015 Citroen DS3 has gone on sale sporting an updated, more powerful, more efficient engine, more safety features and a refined range that packs higher level of standard specification but at an increased cost. The updated new-look Citroen DS3 gets the new-generation Euro-6 compliant turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine, now with 121kW of power and 240Nm of torque...


2015 Mini One 5 Door pricing and specifications
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2015 Mini One 5 Door pricing and specifications

The entry-level Mini One 5 Door will arrive in Australian showrooms in the coming weeks with a $26,050 before on-road costs price tag. Available from April production, the One 5 Door is a larger and more practical version of the three-door Mini One that’s available from $24,500. The $26,050 price applies to the six-speed manual One 5 Door, while a six-speed automatic version is available from $28,400...


Jaguar XF R-Sport variant sees out current-generation model
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Jaguar XF R-Sport variant sees out current-generation model

The 2015 Jaguar XF R-Sport model will see out the current-generation British mid-size luxury sedan in style - and with a sharp price to boot. The limited edition Jaguar XF model is offered as standard with an Aerodynamic Pack including revised front and rear bumpers and side skirts, a black grille and black window surrounds, and 18-inch Lyra wheels as standard...


Fiat 500C Vintage '57 Edition revealed
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Fiat 500C Vintage '57 Edition revealed

The retro-inspired Fiat 500 Vintage '57 Edition now has a drop-top equivalent - the Fiat 500C Vintage '57 Edition. The rag-top model has been uncovered by the company's US arm - where it's set to be known as the 1957 Edition - and the 500C model harks back to the roll-back roof top of the original Cinquecento...


Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan priced from $26,990, headlines Series II upgrades and range changes
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Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan priced from $26,990, headlines Series II upgrades and range changes

The first Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan is on its way to showrooms as the headline story in a Series II range update due at the end of April. It's the second bit of activity within Nissan's passenger range this week, with details on the updated Micra light car revealed yesterday...


Mazda introduces Bike by Kodo and Sofa by Kodo
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Mazda introduces Bike by Kodo and Sofa by Kodo

Mazda has unveiled a new two-wheeler and a comfy looking couch ahead of a design event being held in Milan. The Mazda Bike by Kodo concept and Sofa by Kodo concept "artworks" will debut at the Mazda Design: The Car as Art event in Milan, with both named after the brand's design philosophy...


Shelby Baja 700 takes the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor to the max
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Shelby Baja 700 takes the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor to the max

The Shelby Baja 700 takes the standard issue previous-generation Ford F-150 SVT Raptor and turns the craziness factor up to 11. Thanks to an engine makeover that includes a Whipple supercharger and a Borla exhaust kit, as well as a new throttle body, injectors and heat exchanger, the Shelby Baja 700 is said to produce over 522kW (700hp) of power...


Mini previews augmented reality glasses ahead of Shanghai show
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Mini previews augmented reality glasses ahead of Shanghai show

The British brand will debut its Mini Augmented Vision glasses concept at the upcoming Shanghai auto show, which starts later this month. Developed by Mini's parent, BMW, and automotive and electronics supplier Qualcomm, the thick-rimmed Augmented Vision glasses were styled by BMW's creative consultancy, Designworks...


BMW X5 M and X6 M launched: Pricing, specifications and sales
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BMW X5 M and X6 M launched: Pricing, specifications and sales

The equal most powerful and single most torque-rich regular production BMWs that money can buy launched in Australia this week. The second-generation X5 M and X6 M have touched down, priced from (a few grand higher than before) $185,900 and $194,700 plus on-road costs starting prices respectively...


Porsche 918 Spyder hits 350km/h on Northern Territory Highway
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Porsche 918 Spyder hits 350km/h on Northern Territory Highway

Not content with setting a production car lap record at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, the $1.5 million Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid supercar has recorded another first - this time on a public road. Using just its pair of electric motors, the 918 Spyder cruised from Alice Springs at a leisurely 60km/h, before unleashing the 4...


Where are our new cars coming from?
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Where are our new cars coming from?

It’s hardly a secret at this point that the overwhelming majority of the cars, SUVs and commercials we buy or lease every month are imported. But every so often it’s interesting to take a look at precisely where these vehicles are actually coming from. Industry figures list 25 foreign nations as sources for our vehicles, as well as Australia...


Will a hybrid car save me money in the long run?
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Will a hybrid car save me money in the long run?

When you think hybrid, you think fuel lefficiency and green motoring. But, hybrid vehicles often cost more from the outset to purchase. Is the extra cost going to save you money in the long run? That's the question CarAdvice reader Esther wanted an answer to. Q: Which car would save me more money in the long run? A Toyota Yaris ZR or a Toyota Prius C i-Tech...


Uber Safe Breathalyser aims to prevent drink-driving
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Uber Safe Breathalyser aims to prevent drink-driving

"You drink, we drive." That's the slogan Uber is using to promote a campaign around its car sharing business, with an aim to curb the number of drink-driving accidents...


2015 Nissan Micra pricing and specifications
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2015 Nissan Micra pricing and specifications

New prices and revised equipment headline the changes for the 2015 Nissan Micra, which also sees a sharp new look. The revised 2015 Nissan Micra adds the brand's 'V-Motion' front grille, as well as a new front bumper, headlights, bonnet, front guards and revised wheel options. Inside, the Micra gains a new centre cluster, revamped instrumentation for the driver, and new seat upholstery...


Tesla Motors confirms Supercharger in Goulburn, allowing electric travel between Sydney and Canberra
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Tesla Motors confirms Supercharger in Goulburn, allowing electric travel between Sydney and Canberra

Tesla Motors Australia has announced it will build a Supercharger Station in Goulburn, between Sydney and Canberra, which it says will allow "free long-distance travel" between Australia's most populated city and the country's capital...


Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet Exclusive:: New model adds extra equipment
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Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet Exclusive: New model adds extra equipment

The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet has been upgraded with a new Exclusive model now the sole variant for buyers to choose. The upgraded model sees the addition of plenty of standard equipment, including new 18-inch alloy wheels, and an updated media system with a 6.5-inch screen that includes satellite navigation and acts as a display for the standard reverse-view camera...


Qoros 2 SUV teased ahead of 2015 Shanghai motor show debut
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Qoros 2 SUV teased ahead of 2015 Shanghai motor show debut

The Qoros 2 SUV has been teased ahead of its debut at the 2015 Shanghai motor show later this month. The all-new Qoros 2 is likely to be larger than the Qoros 3 City SUV, with the teaser image showing the new model boasting enormous, arch-filling wheels. What's also clear from the teaser is that it will boast a small glasshouse with a Kia Sportage-like window line, as well as boomerang-style tail-lights...


Autonomous vehicles set to increase instances of motion sickness - study
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Autonomous vehicles set to increase instances of motion sickness - study

Autonomous cars will undoubtedly change the way people live, but they could also make for a queasy future, a study by the University of Michigan has found. The U-M Transportation Research Institute ran a survey of more than 3200 people - across the US, India, China, Japan, Great Britain and Australia - which aimed to see what people would do while they were in an autonomous car...