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Hyundai and Kia designs : "Enough space for the two to be different"

The head of design for Korean brands Kia and Hyundai says there’s room for both brands to grow in different design directions and remain unique despite their close bond...

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Honda HR-V name confirmed for US market compact SUV
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Honda HR-V name confirmed for US market compact SUV

Honda North America will turn its back on the Vezel name for the brand's new baby SUV, instead reviving the Honda HR-V badge. The announcement came at the 2014 New York auto show where Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of automobiles for American Honda, said the new HR-V and all-new Fit (Jazz) city car will be key to the company's success in the coming years...


Subaru Liberty :: sedan only for new-generation mid-size model
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Subaru Liberty : sedan only for new-generation mid-size model

The new-generation Subaru Liberty will only come as a sedan, a senior engineer from the Japanese company has indicated to CarAdvice at the 2014 New York auto show. Masayuki Uchida, senior project general manager of the Subaru Legacy concept, spoke with CarAdvice at the reveal of the new Subaru Outback at the New York show, where he stated the brand’s medium car range will be offered only as a sedan, with wagon duties being taken care of by the new Outback and smaller Levorg model...


2015 Subaru Outback revealed
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2015 Subaru Outback revealed

The all-new 2015 Subaru Outback has been revealed at the 2014 New York auto show, 20 years after the first ever Outback model was revealed in the Big Apple. The new Subaru crossover wagon carries more of the XV-style body cladding that we've come to expect, with new dark plastic protection plastics on the body sills and front and rear bumper bars...


Nissan Maxima : new-generation large car to be a global model
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Nissan Maxima : new-generation large car to be a global model

The large car class may be waning in Australia, but a new-generation Nissan Maxima could be offered locally if the brand's chief gets his way. The Japanese brand's next Maxima has been presaged by the Sport Sedan concept car, and is expected to be revealed in production trim at the Los Angeles motor show in November...


Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet axed
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Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet axed

It seems the drop-top two-door Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet was a niche too far for the Japanese brand - it is finished. Nissan global chief planning officer Andy Palmer confirmed to CarAdvice at the 2014 New York auto show that the odd-bod Murano Crosscabriolet is done and dusted...


2015 Ford Mustang Convertible tops Empire State Building to mark 50th anniversary
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2015 Ford Mustang Convertible tops Empire State Building to mark 50th anniversary

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXDYO9xJzdI A 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible is now on display 305m (1000 feet) into the Manhattan sky, atop the 86th floor observation deck of New York's Empire State Building...


2015 Kia Carnival : "Considerable changes" from KV7 concept
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2015 Kia Carnival : "Considerable changes" from KV7 concept

Kia’s head of design says the production version of the new Kia Carnival had to be modified substantially from the concept car in order to accommodate the additional seating capacity required. Admitting the Carnival’s look was majorly changed midway through the design process, Peter Schreyer says the changes were necessary for the people mover’s requirements...


Infiniti Q70L :: long-wheelbase variant headlines updated range
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Infiniti Q70L : long-wheelbase variant headlines updated range

A new long-wheelbase variant dubbed the Infiniti Q70L headlines the latest range of updates to the Japanese luxury car maker’s large sedan. The Q70L has been developed primarily for the rear legroom-loving Chinese market where rivals Audi and BMW also offer stretched versions of their cars, though unlike the German duo Infiniti will also sell the LWB Q70 in North America...


Volkswagen Touareg facelift brings fresh looks, new technology
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Volkswagen Touareg facelift brings fresh looks, new technology

The updated Volkswagen Touareg will show off its refreshed styling and new technology when it debuts in Beijing this weekend. Bi-xenon headlights feature as standard inside the Touareg’s reshaped headlamp clusters, which now connect from top to bottom with the edges of the new four-slat radiator grille...


2015 Toyota 86 gains suspension, aero, interior upgrades
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2015 Toyota 86 gains suspension, aero, interior upgrades

The first upgrade for the Toyota 86 will be released in the coming months with enhancements to the rear-wheel-drive sports car’s suspension, aerodynamics and interior. The 2015 Toyota 86 gains a more rigid fixation of the front suspension and the rear shock absorbers, which the Japanese car maker says aims to provide more stable damping and improved friction control in the pursuit of smoother and more communicative handling...


BMW X range set to expand even further
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BMW X range set to expand even further

BMW is looking to expand its X range of SUVs even further. BMW revealed the new X4 coupe-style SUV at the 2014 New York auto show overnight, bringing the brand's high-rider range to a total of five (X1, X3, X4, X5, X6), while a new X7 has also been confirmed to take on the likes of the Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz's GL-Class from 2017...


Nissan Pulsar range may be challenged by new C-segment hatch for Europe
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Nissan Pulsar range may be challenged by new C-segment hatch for Europe

Nissan will reveal an all-new C-segment hatchback for Europe later in 2014, and it could cause a headache for the brand's Australian arm and its revived Pulsar line. Nissan global chief planning officer Andy Palmer suggested to CarAdvice at the 2014 New York auto show that the as-yet-unnamed C-segment model could lead to a strategic rethink of the Aussie arm's small car range...


Land Rover Defender : new-generation model set to include ute variant
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Land Rover Defender : new-generation model set to include ute variant

The next-generation Land Rover Defender has plenty of roles to fill when it finally makes it to production, and one of them could well be a ute or pickup variant. Jaguar Land Rover global operations director Phil Popham told CarAdvice that the new-generation Defender model - which was previewed in 2011 by the DC100 concept and is expected to be revealed in 2015 in production form - has its work cut out for it...


Victoria Police targeting irresponsible drivers with new long-lens camera
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Victoria Police targeting irresponsible drivers with new long-lens camera

Victorian motorists using mobile phones and not wearing seatbelts now risk being spotted up to 700 metres away thanks to a new long-lens portable camera dubbed the Ranger. Being trialled over a 13-day campaign across Melbourne and country Victoria, Victoria Police says Australia’s first Ranger camera will be used to boost its arsenal over the Easter and Anzac Day holiday period in an effort to target irresponsible drivers...


2015 Nissan Navara : New-generation ute expected to spawn rugged SUV
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2015 Nissan Navara : New-generation ute expected to spawn rugged SUV

The next-generation 2015 Nissan Navara may spawn a rough-and-tumble off-road SUV. Nissan global chief planning officer Andy Palmer indicated to CarAdvice at the New York auto show that there's potential for a rugged seven-seat SUV in the vain of the Holden Colorado 7, Isuzu MU-X, Mitsubishi Challenger and upcoming Ford Everest and similar to the existing Navara-based Pathfinder which has been replaced by a softer, family-focused SUV...


Land Rover Discovery Sport confirmed to replace Freelander in 2015
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Land Rover Discovery Sport confirmed to replace Freelander in 2015

The Land Rover Discovery Sport name has been confirmed to adorn the brand’s next-generation compact SUV. Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern made the announcement at the New York auto show where the British SUV maker is currently showcasing the Land Rover Discovery Vision concept (pictured bottom), which previews the design of the new Discovery ‘family’...


Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept – 295kW, 0-100 in 3.9 seconds
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Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept – 295kW, 0-100 in 3.9 seconds

The Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept has been designed to show off the full performance capability of the latest-generation German hatchback. Sketches of the mega-hatch have been released ahead of its debut later this month at the 2014 Beijing motor show, where it will present with a supercar-rivalling acceleration time of 3.9 seconds. That shaves 1...


Kia sub-compact SUV under consideration
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Kia sub-compact SUV under consideration

With the unveiling of the sub-compact Hyundai Ix25 SUV only days away, it appears that sister brand Kia is also working on a small city-sized SUV to compete in the fast growing segment. The company’s design boss, Peter Schreyer, told media at today’s New York Auto Show that the sub-compact SUV (B-SUV) segment is something Kia is certainly interested in...


Peter Schreyer on Kia design : "We will keep going in the same direction"
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Peter Schreyer on Kia design : "We will keep going in the same direction"

With the unveiling of the 2015 Kia Carnival, the Peter Schreyer design revolution at Kia has been completed. What started in 2006 with the former Audi designer stepping in to the main design role at Kia has been one of the fastest and most successful brand transformations in automotive history...


2014 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Sport revealed : new turbocharged sedan on the radar for Australia
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2014 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Sport revealed : new turbocharged sedan on the radar for Australia

The all-new 2014 Hyundai Sonata has been revealed at the New York auto show in sporty 2.0T Sport guise. The new Sonata features a 2.0-litre direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 183kW and 352Nm, considerably more than the 2.4-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder (142kW/247Nm)...


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Ford's future of mobility : "We can't be locked into our current definition"

Ford motor company executive chairman, Bill Ford, says Ford needs to diversify and embrace the future of mobility in order to grow with the changing market. Speaking to journalists at the Ford stand at today’s New York auto show, Ford conceded that Ford motors is currently a traditional car company but that it needs to embrace the changes in mobility...


Ford Mustang supercharged V8 not ruled out
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Ford Mustang supercharged V8 not ruled out

Bill Ford, Ford motor company’s executive chairman and the great grandson of the Henry Ford, says he’d like to see a supercharged V8 in the new Ford Mustang. Speaking to the press at the unveiling of the 50th anniversary edition model in New York today, Mr Ford said he’s always looking forward to putting new technology in vehicles and responded with a certain “sure” when asked if a supercharged V8 Mustang would be on the cards...


2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition
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2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition

The new Ford Mustang has been made that little bit more special with the introduction of a very limited edition Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition. With just 1964 units built (to give significance to the date of the original Mustang), the 50th anniversary model pays homage to the original car with unique exterior and interior modifications...


2015 Toyota Camry facelift revealed
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2015 Toyota Camry facelift revealed

The heavily revised 2015 Toyota Camry has been revealed, stunning the assembled media at the 2014 New York auto show. Dubbed the “big minor change”, the updated Camry brings significant exterior and interior styling modifications over the current car, which went on sale just over two years ago in March 2012...


2015 Subaru WRX STI : stuns with $49,990 price tag
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2015 Subaru WRX STI : stuns with $49,990 price tag

The 2015 Subaru WRX STI has been priced at a scarcely believable $49,990, a full $10,000 under the starting price of the model it replaces. It’s the most surprising price tag for a performance model since Toyota launched the 86 at $29,990 in 2012. There’s an $11,000 reduction for the Subaru WRX STI Premium model, which now starts from $54,990 and adds a number of creature comforts...


Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition revealed
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Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition revealed

It was like a birth at a funeral as the Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition model was revealed at the 2014 New York auto show alongside the chassis of the next-generation model. While the skeletal chassis of the new-generation MX-5 is the main attraction, the full-bodied celebratory 25th Anniversary Edition model features a range of changes and alterations to the existing MX-5, which originally went on sale in 2005...


Mazda MX-5 : new-generation sports car
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Mazda MX-5 : new-generation sports car's chassis unveiled

The 2015 Mazda MX-5’s lightweight chassis has been uncovered at the 2014 New York auto show. The fourth-generation drop-top Mazda’s “bare chassis” is still undergoing development prior to the all-new model entering production, but in showcasing the new car’s platform the Japanese brand has illustrated that there will be some change to the formula that has seen the MX-5 become the highest-selling convertible ever, with almost one million units sold in its quarter-century history...


US state takes extreme measures to combat work-zone speeding
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US state takes extreme measures to combat work-zone speeding

A wolf whistle will be the furthest thing from the minds of residents in the US state of Missouri as they pass through a work zone in future. The state has determined that the threat of hefty fines hasn't been enough to slow motorists down to the desired work zone speed. Now, they have a new weapon at their disposal, one that was designed for use in war zones and to break up violent protests and street demonstrations...


Nissan Qashqai video hints at local division
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Nissan Qashqai video hints at local division's re-naming nerves

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PjWarNG_pQ   Nissan Australia has released an interesting video on the all-new Nissan Qashqai intended to make light of its tough-to-spell name but inadvertently hinting at the local division's possible hesitation towards the upcoming Dualis replacement...


Land Rover develops secret off-road technology
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Land Rover develops secret off-road technology

Land Rover has developed groundbreaking new technology that could mean the end of vehicles becoming bogged off road, CarAdvice can reveal. The heavily patented system uses a highly complex algorithm that marries the anti-lock brakes (ABS) with the traction control to carefully regulate the amount of torque to each individual wheel...


Mini Countryman :: updated SUV gains styling, performance tweaks
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Mini Countryman : updated SUV gains styling, performance tweaks

The Mini Countryman has been updated four years after its debut, bringing with it more power, improved efficiency and subtle aesthetic changes. Due to go on sale locally in the fourth quarter of this year, the updated Mini Countryman now boasts EU6-compliant engines – again tied to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission – and a revised exterior and interior...


Mercedes-AMG GT : interior revealed, Benz name dropped
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Mercedes-AMG GT : interior revealed, Benz name dropped

These two images provide the first look at the interior of the Mercedes-AMG GT ahead of the German sports car's unveiling in the second half of 2014.  The Stuttgart manufacturer has also dropped the Benz part of its name for the model that will replace the SLS as the brand's hero car...


Child Safety in Cars: Volvo celebrates half a century of innovation
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Child Safety in Cars: Volvo celebrates half a century of innovation

When there’s a baby on the way, after the initial excitement (or surprise) discussions will inevitably turn to child restraints. Legal requirements and opinions regarding child safety in cars have changed over the years and Volvo has played quite a role in its history – from being involved in the development of the first child seat prototype 50 years ago, to the recent unveiling of an inflatable car seat concept...


New Car Sales Figures March 2014
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New Car Sales Figures March 2014

Below are the statistics for new car sales for the month of March 2014. You can read CarAdvice's analysis of the winners and losers for March 2014 here...


Citroen DS 6WR SUV revealed ahead of 2014 Beijing auto show
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Citroen DS 6WR SUV revealed ahead of 2014 Beijing auto show

The stylish French DS brand now has its first SUV offering in the form of the Citroen DS 6WR. The new Citroen DS 6WR SUV was uncovered overnight ahead of its official debut at the 2014 Beijing auto show later this month, and for now at least the new high-riding model is expected to be sold solely in the Chinese market...


2015 Mazda 2 spied during testing
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2015 Mazda 2 spied during testing

This is the all-new Mazda 2 city car, which will be revealed at the Paris motor show in September prior to going on sale in Australia late in 2014. The new model - presaged by the heavily-styled Hazumi concept car shown at the Geneva motor show in March - has been caught by CarAdvice's spy photographers testing in Germany, and its design appears to have stayed quite true to the dramatic show car's swooping lines...


2015 Land Rover Discovery previewed by Vision Concept
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2015 Land Rover Discovery previewed by Vision Concept

The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept previews the first all-new Discovery in more than a decade, showing a softer-styled, more luxurious fifth-generation that is also expected to be dramatically lighter and more dynamic than the outgoing car...


2015 Nissan Murano revealed
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2015 Nissan Murano revealed

The 2015 Nissan Murano completes a hectic period of new-generation activity for the Japanese brand’s SUV line-up. Revealed on the eve of its public debut at the 2014 New York motor show, the Murano follows recently released versions of the Qashqai/Dualis, X-Trail, Pathfinder, Patrol...


Collingwood Edition Holden Commodore released
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Collingwood Edition Holden Commodore released

They’ve long been the butt of offensive and often unfair jokes, but Collingwood fans are now being spoilt rotten - first discounted dental, and now with the chance to make a mark with a limited edition Holden Commodore. The Holden VF Commodore can now be enhanced with an option package, to commemorate the car maker's sponsorship of the Collingwood Football Club...


Holden, Ford, Toyota plant closures to cost $29 billion and 200,000 jobs : report
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Holden, Ford, Toyota plant closures to cost $29 billion and 200,000 jobs : report

The economic cost of Holden, Ford and Toyota ending local manufacturing will be $29 billion and 200,000 jobs, predicts a new report. Commissioned by the Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre and conducted by the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIER), the report also forecasts that it could cost the  economy 2 per cent of national GDP by the end of 2017...


Storing energy for hybrids and EVs: Batteries v Capacitors v Flywheel accumulators v Compressed air
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Storing energy for hybrids and EVs: Batteries v Capacitors v Flywheel accumulators v Compressed air

One of the great challenges facing auto makers when they’re designing hybrid and electric cars is how to store energy for their combustion-free engines. Lead acid batteries Invented way back in 1886 and consisting of lead-based electrodes in a sulfuric acid solution, lead acid batteries were the first rechargeable batteries made by man...


2014 Mini Cooper pricing and specifications
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2014 Mini Cooper pricing and specifications

While at first glance it may look much like every new-age Mini before it, the third-generation Mini Cooper hatch that launches in Australia this week is new in almost every way. The new Cooper’s platform, engines, transmissions, suspension, technology, safety features and packaging have been completely overhauled, while Mini Australia has also bucked a global trend by cutting rather than increasing prices...


2015 Kia Carnival unveiled
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2015 Kia Carnival unveiled

The 2015 Kia Carnival people mover has been unveiled in New York as the Korean brand finalises its design transformation across its model range. The new Kia Carnival, which has dropped the “Grand” from the previous model’s badge and is referred to as the Kia Sedona in other markets, will launch in Australia late this year or very early in 2015...


Volvo unveils inflatable child seat concept
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Volvo unveils inflatable child seat concept

It’s something every parent will experience, lugging a bulky, awkward child seat in and out of a vehicle. What if you could simply inflate and deflate a child seat, taking much of the hassle out of the equation? Enter Volvo, and it’s inflatable child seat. Though still in the development phase, the Swedish carmaker has released details, images and a video of its prototype...


Hyundai ix25 :: baby SUV leaked ahead of Beijing reveal
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Hyundai ix25 : baby SUV leaked ahead of Beijing reveal

An official image of the Hyundai ix25 has allegedly been leaked ahead of the sub-compact SUV's debut at next week's 2014 Beijing motor show. Published by Italian site jokeforblog, the Hyundai ix25 – its name is still to be officially confirmed – takes styling cues from its larger SUV siblings, the full-size Sante Fe and compact ix35, appearing more conservative than the aggressively styled hydrogen fuel cell-powered Hyundai Intrado concept revealed in Geneva last month...


Mercedes-Benz to hunt luxury rivals with expanded SUV range
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Mercedes-Benz to hunt luxury rivals with expanded SUV range

Mercedes-Benz Australia says its days as an SUV minnow are coming to an end. Last week’s launch of the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class (pictured above) marked the beginning of a strong SUV product offensive from the German luxury marque in which it will double its SUV line-up in the space of two years...


Mercedes-Benz MLC-Class confirmed for Australia in 2016
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Mercedes-Benz MLC-Class confirmed for Australia in 2016

There will be pent-up demand for the all-new Mercedes-Benz MLC-Class when the swoopy large SUV arrives in Australian showrooms in 2016, according to one of the brand’s leading executives. Mercedes-Benz Australia corporate communications senior manager David McCarthy admitted the production version of the Concept Coupe SUV (pictured above) answered calls from customers for a BMW X6-style vehicle from the three-pointed star brand...


2015 Nissan Almera facelift revealed
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2015 Nissan Almera facelift revealed

The updated Nissan Almera will show off its fresh face and overhauled interior when it makes its public debut at this week’s New York auto show. Nissan’s Micra-based city-sized Almera (badged Versa in the US) embraces the Japanese car maker’s corporate sedan face, with its reshaped headlights and a restyled grille and front bumper taking cues with the mid-sized Altima...


2015 Holden Cruze facelift revealed in Chevrolet guise
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2015 Holden Cruze facelift revealed in Chevrolet guise

The Holden Cruze is set for a new look, with a revised version of the US market Chevrolet small car scheduled to debut at the 2014 New York auto show. While a far cry from the all-new Cruze that will be revealed in Chinese-market specification at the Beijing auto show next week, the facelifted 2015 Chevrolet Cruze - which is built and sold as a Holden in Australia in sedan and hatchback form - sees the integration of some exterior styling cues from the bow-tie brand's Impala large sedan and Malibu mid-sizer...