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July 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales down, winners and losers detailed
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July 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales down, winners and losers detailed

Australian new vehicle sales went slightly backwards in July, but not enough to stop 2016 from remaining on track for an all-time annual record. According to VFACTS industry figures released this morning, 91,331 new vehicles were sold last month, which is down 1.1 per cent over July last year. Annual sales sit at 689,471, up 2.8 per cent over last year’s record...


80 Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley models banned in South Korea
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80 Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley models banned in South Korea

South Korean authorities have revoked the certification of, and recalled, 80 Volkswagen, Audi and Bentley models currently or previously on-sale due to falsified emissions and noise test data. An executive of Audi Volkswagen South Korea has already been charged with falsifying 140 documents related to emissions and noise certification...


China's giant "transit elevated bus" just went real
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China's giant "transit elevated bus" just went real

China's Transit Explore Bus (TEB) has launched the pilot project of its road-straddling ‘Transit Elevated Bus’ in Qinhuangdao this week. After revealing the ambitious ‘Land Airbus’ concept as a scale model back in May, TEB has produced a full-scale prototype which has begun its pilot run in the coastal Chinese city about 300 kilometres east of Beijing...


New Maserati MC12 under consideration, GranTurismo and GranCabrio in the mix - UPDATE
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New Maserati MC12 under consideration, GranTurismo and GranCabrio in the mix - UPDATE

This post has been updated since it was first published, see article for details. The former boss of Maserati has come out saying the company could release another ultra-exclusive model in the near future, according to a new report. Harald Wester, now the chief technology officer of Maserati parent Fiat Chrysler, told Britain's Autocar this week that the Italian performance brand “could do a limited edition, but not yet”...


Honda NSX-R and Roadster strong possibilities
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Honda NSX-R and Roadster strong possibilities

Additional variants and body styles of the recently launched Honda NSX are very likely, as the Japanese brand looks to expand its supercar offering in the coming years. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the Honda NSX in Portugal this week, the model's chief engineer, Jason Bilotta, confirmed that the platform was always intended for more than just one purpose...


2016 Toyota Tarago pricing and features: Updated interior, Euro 5 engines, sharpened pricing
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2016 Toyota Tarago pricing and features: Updated interior, Euro 5 engines, sharpened pricing

Toyota has breathed life into the ageing Tarago for Australia this week, although not to the extent that had been hinted at - but not confirmed - by photos last month of the updated Japanese-market Estima on which the local people-mover is based. But, while exterior styling for the 2016 Toyota Tarago remains largely unchanged, it now comes with the lowest-ever prices on a V6 variant and "last-century pricing on four-cylinder variants"...


Ford Everest to get five-seat option
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Ford Everest to get five-seat option

The Australian-engineered and designed Ford Everest range will expand even further in the second quarter of 2017 with the launch of a new price-leading five-seat version. The five-seater option will only be available on the base Ford Everest Ambiente, in both four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive configurations, pointing to a focus on big fleets as well as “value conscious” buyers...


Ford Edge large SUV confirmed for Australia, but not until 2018
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Ford Edge large SUV confirmed for Australia, but not until 2018

Ford Australia has provided clarity around its post-Territory future by confirming it will launch a new large SUV “based on” the global Ford Edge. However, the transition between the Australian-made Territory, production of which ends on October 7, and the arrival of the (likely) Canadian-made Edge will not be as smooth as many would have guessed...


Godzilla gets golden armour: This glittery GT-R makeover took 2000 hours
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Godzilla gets golden armour: This glittery GT-R makeover took 2000 hours

It may not be real gold (sorry to get your hopes up), but this glittering customised 2016 Nissan GT-R is surely one of the wildest examples in the line's entire history. No surface has been left untouched or modified, with deep and detailed engraving on every panel, matched to hugely flared guards and a unique samurai helmet-like look to the front end...


2017 Tesla Model X: full Australian pricing revealed
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2017 Tesla Model X: full Australian pricing revealed

Full Australian pricing for the 2017 Tesla Model X range has been revealed today, ahead of its arrival later this year. A fortnight ago the company released the launch pricing of the base 60D variant, which will start at $111,900 plus on-road costs. Now, pricing for the 75D, 90D and P90D have been announced for the Australian range, though local equipment and features are still yet to be confirmed...


2016 Honda HR-V LE, City LE on sale in Australia: Tweaked styling and more kit for new limited editions
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2016 Honda HR-V LE, City LE on sale in Australia: Tweaked styling and more kit for new limited editions

Honda has added two limited-edition ‘LE’ models to its 2016 line-up, the HR-V LE and City LE. The company says both models add over $3000 worth of equipment for a nominal price increase over their base cars. Honda’s top-selling model, the HR-V, has once again received the Limited Edition treatment with $3200 worth of additional features over the base VTi variant for a $1500 premium...


Jeep Renegade prices cut - again!
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Jeep Renegade prices cut - again!

The Jeep Renegade range has seen its prices cut for a second time, bringing the US brand's smallest SUV more into line with its mainstream competitors. The entry-point to the Jeep range remains the Renegade Sport, which is now priced from $26,000 plus on-road costs for the 1.6-litre petrol four-cylinder, five-speed manual model, while the 1...


Kia Sportage GT, light hot-hatch on the cards - report
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Kia Sportage GT, light hot-hatch on the cards - report

Kia is considering a go-fast GT-badged version of its Sportage SUV, according to reports overseas, along with at least one new hot hatch. Albert Biermann, Kia and Hyundai's performance development boss, told press in Korea this week company hopes to add performance variants for most of its core models...


Volkswagen Golf GTI and R sales fly in down July
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Volkswagen Golf GTI and R sales fly in down July

Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R hot hatch sales in July were a bright spot in a less-than-stellar month for the German brand’s Australian arm. Almost a quarter of the 1622 Golf models sold last month were the GTI (251) and the R (117), which is one of — if not the — highest proportional results in the world...


Ford Ecosport Shadow on sale in Australia: New special joins blackout styling trend
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Ford Ecosport Shadow on sale in Australia: New special joins blackout styling trend

Ford has released the Ecosport Shadow special vehicle pack (SVP), giving the brand’s smallest SUV a stealthy black-pack look. Based on the top-spec Titanium automatic variant, the Ford Ecosport Shadow SVP adds a number of black-themed exterior enhancements, and is limited to just 100 units for 2016...