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Autonomous car trials to begin in the UK from 2015

Vince Cable, the UK's business secretary, has launched a review into Britain's road laws, which currently ban autonomous vehicles from the country's roads...

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Toyota GT86 CS-R3 rally car unveiled
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Toyota GT86 CS-R3 rally car unveiled

A rally version of the Toyota 86, the Toyota GT86 CS-R3, will make its public debut at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland that starts on August 21. The new Toyota GT86 CS-R3 has been under development for the last year by Toyota Motorsport (TMG), but isn't quite ready yet for competitive racing...


BMW 2 Series Active Tourer front-drive MPV priced from $44,400
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer front-drive MPV priced from $44,400

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer MPV will kick off from $44,400 plus on-road costs when it arrives in Australian showrooms from November this year.  The local starting price, which reflects our report last week, means the first front-wheel-drive BMW sits $3500 over and above its Mercedes-Benz B-Class B180 arch rival, though the Bavarian brand makes up for it with specification and what it boldly claims to be a sportier drive...


BMW could in time offer as many as 12 front-drive cars, and Mini a further 10
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BMW could in time offer as many as 12 front-drive cars, and Mini a further 10

BMW says its front-wheel-drive UKL platform could underpin as many as 12 new compact models in coming years, including the next 1 Series and X1, as well as up to 10 spinoffs for its Mini sub-brand.  In time, the company claims front-wheel or all-wheel-drive models based on the UKL — BMW’s version of the Mercedes-Benz MFA or Volkswagen MQB modular architecture — will comprise as much as 40 per cent of the Group’s total global sales, though rear-drive remains its pillar...


Rear-drive made "no sense" for 2 Series Active Tourer, says once-skeptical BMW engineer
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Rear-drive made "no sense" for 2 Series Active Tourer, says once-skeptical BMW engineer

One of the chief chassis development managers for the controversial BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, Martin Schuster, admits he felt a sense of skepticism at the prospect of pulling off a front-wheel drive BMW when he joined the project about five years ago.  But while a traditional (for BMW) rear-drive layout was considered for the car in 2009, it was swiftly binned because it “made no sense” in a family-friendly MPV, says Schuster...


Nissan admits quality problems with existing Navara, promises new model will improve
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Nissan admits quality problems with existing Navara, promises new model will improve

The current-generation Nissan Navara has something of a bad reputation in terms of its reliability and quality, but the Japanese brand promises the new-generation model will be better. Nissan global chief of product planning, Keno Kato, says the company has made quality at the forefront for the new D23 Navara. “Quality is a highest priority...


Audi A2Q coming in 2018 - report
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Audi A2Q coming in 2018 - report

The ever-expanding Audi range will see the addition of a new Audi AQ2 model in 2018 according to a new report that also posits a new Audi Q6 coupe-style SUV by 2017. German magazine Autobild claims the new Audi AQ2 will give the brand a rival to the BMW i3, and will be built upon the flexible MQB underpinnings of the Volkswagen Group, specifically upon the Audi A3/Volkswagen Golf architecture...


Renault Sport R.S. 01 : Nismo-powered racer to get supercar styling
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Renault Sport R.S. 01 : Nismo-powered racer to get supercar styling

Renault’s replacement for its Megane Trophy racecar - the new Renault Sport R.S. 01 - will boast genuine supercar styling when it debuts at next month’s 2014 Moscow motor show. The French manufacturer has teased fresh design elements of its new racer, which will compete in the 2015 World Series by Renault championship...


Tesla, Panasonic join forces to make battery Gigafactory a reality - report
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Tesla, Panasonic join forces to make battery Gigafactory a reality - report

Panasonic and Tesla have signed a partnership agreement to jointly build a massive new factory for lithium-ion batteries, dubbed the Gigafactory, in the US. Japanese newspaper Nikkei is reporting that the two have agreed in principle to an arrangement where Tesla will be responsible for the land and buildings, while Panasonic will provide the machinery required to produce lithium-ion battery cells en masse...


2015 Ford Falcon Ute uncovered
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2015 Ford Falcon Ute uncovered

The new 2015 Ford Falcon Ute and 2015 Ford Falcon XR8 have been caught together alongside the new-look G6E model. These images, sent in by a CarAdvice reader, show for the first time how the new-look Falcon Ute (above) will appear when it makes its debut towards the end of this year...


Geely MK becomes Australia's cheapest car at $8999 driveaway
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Geely MK becomes Australia's cheapest car at $8999 driveaway

The Geely MK is currently available from $8999 driveaway, making it the cheapest new car on the market. John Hughes Geely in Perth is advertising the discounted pricing on the small Chinese sedan as part of a driveaway campaign offer that has been running through July and is expected to continue into August, according to a member of the dealership’s sales team...


Nissan Navara-based SUV firms for possible 2015 debut
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Nissan Navara-based SUV firms for possible 2015 debut

The likelihood of an SUV spin-off of the new Nissan Navara ute appears to have stepped up a notch. Earlier this year at the New York auto show, Nissan chief Andy Palmer hinted at the possibility of a rugged off-road SUV, likely with seven seats, to take on the likes of the Isuzu MU-X, Holden Colorado 7, Mitsubishi Challenger and upcoming Ford Everest...


Range Rover Sport SVR claims production SUV Nurburgring record
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Range Rover Sport SVR claims production SUV Nurburgring record

The Range Rover Sport SVR has become the fastest production SUV around the Nurburgring in Germany. The new Sport SVR lapped the 20.8km Nordschleife circuit in 8 minutes and 14 seconds. The time puts the new flagship performance SUV in quick company, narrowly behind sports car such as the Alfa Romeo 4C (8:04) and Renault Megane RS265 (8:07...


Nissan Pulsar Nismo hot-hatch likely to take on FWD Nurburgring record
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Nissan Pulsar Nismo hot-hatch likely to take on FWD Nurburgring record

The record-setting Renault Megane RS275 hot-hatch could soon be targeted from an enemy within, with a new Nissan Pulsar Nismo model expected to tackle the recent Nurburgring record. Just a few weeks ago a specially developed, road-legal Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R set a new front-wheel-drive record time of 7:54...


Ferrari working on new powertrain with supercharged engine and electric turbo - report
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Ferrari working on new powertrain with supercharged engine and electric turbo - report

Ferrari is reportedly working on a supercharged engine with an electric turbocharger in an attempt to eliminate turbo lag from its future sports cars. 4WheelsNews quotes a source in Italy that claims the new engine technology will deliver more immediate power delivery than the brand’s new twin-turbocharged V8, as well as offer more power and greater fuel efficiency...


Jaguar XE S: new sports variant revealed
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Jaguar XE S: new sports variant revealed

The face of the sporty Jaguar XE S has been quietly revealed in the latest teaser for the new premium mid-size model. Identified by the ‘S’ badge in the lower left-hand corner of the car’s grille, the XE S also features large lower front-side air intakes with vertical black louvres on their outer edges...


Toyota Mirai: source outs fuel cell vehicle name - report
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Toyota Mirai: source outs fuel cell vehicle name - report

Toyota’s first-ever hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will be badged ‘Mirai’, according to a source familiar with the decision. The unnamed source revealed the name of the all-new model, which means ‘future’ in Japanese, to Bloomberg, though asked not to be identified as the decision has not yet been made public...


Six-cylinder BMW i9 to be built for 100th anniversary - report
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Six-cylinder BMW i9 to be built for 100th anniversary - report

A BMW i9 plug-in hybrid supercar will reportedly be built to celebrate the Bavarian company's centenary in 2016. According to Auto Motor und Sport, the company will make an "über-i8" that will be dubbed the i9; any hopes that BMW might have had for the i10 badge are nixed by the fact Hyundai already uses that nameplate for its entry-level hatch...


Land Rover Discovery Sport confirmed to feature seven-seat option
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Land Rover Discovery Sport confirmed to feature seven-seat option

The new Land Rover Discovery Sport, which will replace the Freelander, will be offered with a third row of seats. To accompany this tidbit of information, Land Rover has issued official "spy" photos and video of the new Discovery Sport undergoing testing on public roads clad in camouflage...


2015 Honda Jazz launches from $14,990
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2015 Honda Jazz launches from $14,990

The third-generation Honda Jazz launches in Australia with a starting price of $14,990 for the base model manual. The new city car is expected to charge Honda’s resurgences in Australia, despite a horror first half of 2014, with the brand’s sales down by 34 percent. The 2015 Honda Jazz is powered by a 1...


2015 Ford Falcon rear end revealed in FB post
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2015 Ford Falcon rear end revealed in FB post

A spy shot that offers the first look at the rear end of the new 2015 Ford Falcon has been posted anonymously on Facebook. The photograph appears genuine and captures a Falcon G6E, revealing a back end as dramatically changed as the large car's front (pictured below) and matched in terms of the much cleaner look...


BMW i DC Fast Charger revealed : First-ever wall unit smaller, cheaper than rival systems
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BMW i DC Fast Charger revealed : First-ever wall unit smaller, cheaper than rival systems

BMW has introduced a new fast-charging system for plug-in and electric vehicles that is significantly smaller, cheaper and more versatile than existing products. Developed in collaboration with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, the new BMW i DC Fast Charger claims to be the first of its kind that is small enough and light enough to be mounted to a wall...


2014 European Car of the Year candidates announced
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2014 European Car of the Year candidates announced

Thirty-four new vehicles have been announced as candidates for the 2014 European Car of the Year award. The initial list includes cars from 23 different manufacturers. BMW heads the list with four vehicles in the running (2 Series Active Tourer and Coupe, i8, and X4)...


2015 Mercedes-Benz Vito revealed
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2015 Mercedes-Benz Vito revealed

The all-new Mercedes-Benz Vito will be larger, more versatile and more efficient than ever when it hits delivery rounds in October. Revealed overnight, the mid-sized Vito is the light-commercial version of the V-Class people-mover that was unveiled in January...


2015 Kia Sorento previewed in official sketches
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2015 Kia Sorento previewed in official sketches

Official design sketches of the 2015 Kia Sorento have been released, previewing its exterior styling for the first time. The sketches are similar to unofficial renderings of the third-generation large SUV that surfaced online last week, though look to suggest the new model will feature an even bolder and more upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille, a more muscular stance, and more heavily swept styling than expected...


2015 Jaguar XE to deliver sub-4.0L/100km fuel consumption
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2015 Jaguar XE to deliver sub-4.0L/100km fuel consumption

The all-new Jaguar XE will be at least as fuel efficient as the Toyota Prius when its debuts in September. Jaguar says diesel versions of its forthcoming mid-sized premium model are projected to deliver combined cycle fuel consumption of less than 4.0 litres per 100km. That figure will see the Jaguar XE at least match the famous Japanese hybrid (3...


Bentley Mulsanne coupe and convertible back on the agenda - report
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Bentley Mulsanne coupe and convertible back on the agenda - report

Volkswagen's high-end luxury brand has changed tack, and is once again considering a coupe and convertible based on the Bentley Mulsanne. In an interview with Auto Express, Bentley CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, said, "I’m truly convinced that we have a lot of opportunities with our existing model lines. In Crewe [Bentley's headquarters] you used to see a very nice convertible called Azure...


McLaren P1 GTR previewed prior to August debut
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McLaren P1 GTR previewed prior to August debut

The track-only McLaren P1 GTR has been previewed via a conceptual sketch ahead of its unveiling at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the middle of August. Based on the road-going P1, McLaren's engineers are targeting power output of 736kW from the P1 GTR's petrol-electric drivetrain. By way of comparison, the road-legal P1 generates a total of 673kW of power and 900Nm of torque from its 3...


Jaguar purchases 543 classic cars from dentist James Hull
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Jaguar purchases 543 classic cars from dentist James Hull

Jaguar Land Rover has purchased one of the world's largest classic car collections, totalling 543 automobiles, from British dentist James Hull. The collection naturally contains a large number of Jaguar models, including an XKSS, eight E-Types, numerous C- and D-Types, seven XK 120s, pre-war SS models, 19 XJS models and 20 XJ sedans...


2015 Nissan Navara: Two new diesels but V6 dropped
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2015 Nissan Navara: Two new diesels but V6 dropped

The all-new 2015 Nissan Navara will be less powerful than the model it replaces, despite gaining two all-new high-tech turbo diesel engines. The new Navara – which will be launched in Australia early in 2015 – will be offered with a pair of newly developed 2.3-litre turbo diesel engines, both of which debut in the global pick-up truck...


2015 Nissan Navara: Electric model possible, hybrid less likely
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2015 Nissan Navara: Electric model possible, hybrid less likely

The all-new Nissan Navara brings with it a pair of downsized turbo diesel engines, though the brand is already looking at a possible electric version of the popular ute. Takashi Fukui, Nissan Navara chief vehicle engineer, said the company is "not yet" working on any hybrid version of the car...


2015 Ford Falcon G6E revealed
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2015 Ford Falcon G6E revealed

The drip-feed of the 2015 Ford Falcon is continuing, with the first reveal of the Ford Falcon G6E following the XR8 and XR6 models last week. Ford Australia's single image of the G6E shows the subtle front-end differences between the executive-style G-series model and the sportier XR6...


2015 Ford Territory revealed
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2015 Ford Territory revealed

  The last ever version of Australia's only locally built SUV, the 2015 Ford Territory, has been revealed officially. Ford Australia's single image of the updated Territory confirms the design CarAdvice published earlier in July, showing far fewer visual changes compared with the new Ford Falcon revealed last week...


Suzuki Grand Vitara replacement still a few years away
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Suzuki Grand Vitara replacement still a few years away

A replacement for the nine-year-old Suzuki Grand Vitara remains several years away from launch, according to the general manager of the company’s local operations.  The company remains confident, however, that the model’s renowned off-road prowess — widely regarded among the best in segment — and loyal clientele should see it continue to pick up sales into its 10th year on sale and well beyond...


Fiat 500L : SUV'd city car gets Vans design treatment
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Fiat 500L : SUV'd city car gets Vans design treatment

The funky little Fiat 500L-Vans design concept has debuted at the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach in California, sporting a unique look and styling cues taken from the US-based shoe brand. Based on the five-seat 500L but equipped with four ringed LED driving lights, a two-tone paint scheme, roof racks and a double-decker surfboard carrier, the Fiat 500L-Vans takes inspiration from the company’s original hi-top shoe...


Golf balls could change the future of car aerodynamics
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Golf balls could change the future of car aerodynamics

A new material could help make sports cars even more aerodynamic in the future. Smorph was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and its surface texture can be changed from smooth to dimpled...


2015 Nissan Navara: Japanese brand open to sharing new ute with Renault
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2015 Nissan Navara: Japanese brand open to sharing new ute with Renault

A Renault-badged spinoff of the all-new 2015 Nissan Navara could become a reality. Keno Kato, Nissan corporate vice president product planning, told CarAdvice at the launch of the all-new Navara that building another version of the new ute under the Renault-Nissan Alliance is possible if the situation would prove to be a "win-win"...


Nissan iDX: No answer this year, but coupe remains 'under study'
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Nissan iDX: No answer this year, but coupe remains 'under study'

The Nissan iDX affordable coupe remains a "50/50" chance of making it to production, but we likely won't know the sports car's fate until 2015.Keno Kato, Nissan corporate vice president product planning, told CarAdvice at the launch of the new Navara ute in Thailand that previous reports of the possible demise of the project were premature...


Market fragmentation and brands that fall through the cracks
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Market fragmentation and brands that fall through the cracks

You’ve quite probably read this tidbit somewhere before, but it is worth repeating: Australia is among the most remarkably competitive new vehicle markets in the world.  Statistics confirming as much are bandied about with some regularity, but the only ones that really matter when you bore down to the crux of it are that 60-odd car and truck brands fight tooth and nail to get their cut of Australia’s relatively minute 1...


Subaru WRX S4 teased prior to August reveal
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Subaru WRX S4 teased prior to August reveal

Subaru has given us a first glimpse of the new Subaru WRX S4 that will be revealed in Japan on August 25. Few concrete details are known about the new car, but we do know that the WRX S4 will be equipped with the latest version of EyeSight, which uses colour stereo cameras to detect pedestrians and vehicles. The WRX and WRX STI available in Australia isn't available with EyeSight...