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BMW M2 adds new M Performance track exhaust system for Australia
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BMW M2 adds new M Performance track exhaust system for Australia

The BMW M2 is now available with a dual-mode M Performance exhaust system that brings track-inspired sound to the company's smallest M model. Now homologated for the Australian market, the M Performance exhaust upgrade comes with a valve silencer system and two modes - 'Sport' for the street and 'Track' for the circuit...


2018 Jeep Compass unveiled at LA motor show, here next year
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2018 Jeep Compass unveiled at LA motor show, here next year

The 2018 Jeep Compass has been given its official unveiling at the Los Angeles motor show, with an Australian debut due in late 2017. The all-new Jeep Compass launches with four trim grades and 17 powertrain options, offering customers a vehicle built on the 'small-wide' platform, sized between the Renegade and Cherokee...


Jaguar XKSS: First of ten $1.65m revived classics debuts in LA
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Jaguar XKSS: First of ten $1.65m revived classics debuts in LA

The Jaguar XKSS first rolled off the production line nearly 60 years ago, but this week the company has revealed a 'new original' example at the Los Angeles motor show. A road-going version of the Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-Type from the mid-1950s, just 16 examples of the XKSS were built after nine were lost in a fire at Jaguar's Browns Lane factory in the British Midlands back in 1957...


Mazda engines to go bigger for better real-world fuel economy and emissions
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Mazda engines to go bigger for better real-world fuel economy and emissions

Mazda says that the trend of downsizing with turbochargers is coming to an end, with real-world emissions and fuel economy favouring larger-capacity engines with more cylinders. The Japanese company believes that it was right to invest heavily in naturally aspirated internal combustion engines (ICE) as part of its SkyActiv technologies, helping bring fuel economy gains and better emissions from a technology that many other manufacturers thought had hit its peak...


Mini John Cooper Works Rally features BMW straight-six
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Mini John Cooper Works Rally features BMW straight-six

The Mini John Cooper Works Rally race car was unveiled overnight, and will make its competitive debut at the 2017 Dakar Rally. Built in conjunction with X-raid, the JCW Rally's body is designed to look like the just unveiled second-generation Countryman SUV, although the panels and underlying structure are made from carbon-fibre and Kevlar...


Mazda working on 'fundamental and structure issues of rotary engine', no electrified RX model
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Mazda working on 'fundamental and structure issues of rotary engine', no electrified RX model

Mazda has confirmed that work is continuing on the resurrection of a rotary-powered sports car, which will not be hybridised, however the fundamental issues of that type of engine remain a challenge. Having introduced the Mazda RX Vision at the Tokyo motor show last year, the company has made it one of its internal missions to bring back a rotary sports car of some sort...


McLaren F1 successor confirmed: Bespoke 'Hyper-GT' to feature three-seat layout
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McLaren F1 successor confirmed: Bespoke 'Hyper-GT' to feature three-seat layout

McLaren's bespoke vehicles division, McLaren Special Operations, has confirmed an upcoming project that could see the legendary F1 supercar of the 1990s revived with a modern twist. Touted as the world's first 'Hyper-GT', the special McLaren is codenamed 'BP23', which stands for 'Bespoke Project 2' and three seats...


Mazda to introduce electric vehicles by 2019
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Mazda to introduce electric vehicles by 2019

Mazda has confirmed that it will introduce an electric vehicle by 2019, as it sees the sales of electric cars comprising around 10 per cent of the global car sales by 2020. Speaking to Australian media at today’s Los Angeles motor show, the company’s head of research and development, Kiyoshi Fujiwara, said that as the cost of battery technology comes down, the potential for EVs grows...


Renault rewards top apprentices and technicians with Megane Trophy V6 hot laps
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Renault rewards top apprentices and technicians with Megane Trophy V6 hot laps

How does Renault Australia reward its top technicians and apprentices? Simple. It throws them in a Renault Megane Trophy V6 racer for a few hot laps around the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit...


2017 Porsche 911 RSR endurance race car revealed
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2017 Porsche 911 RSR endurance race car revealed

The Porsche 911 RSR, which is engineered for endurance racing, was unveiled overnight. According to Porsche, the suspension, engine, transmission, body structure, and aerodynamic aids have been "designed from scratch". The RSR is powered by a naturally-aspirated direct-injection 4...


2017 Lamborghini Huracan Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder revealed, on sale in Australia
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2017 Lamborghini Huracan Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder revealed, on sale in Australia

The Lamborghini Huracan Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder has been unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show a year after the LP580-2 coupe sibling made its debut. As with the LP580-2 coupe, the Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder is powered by a slightly detuned version of the company's naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10...


Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio revealed: Wraps come off 285km/h Italian SUV in LA
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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio revealed: Wraps come off 285km/h Italian SUV in LA

The covers have been taken off the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio at the Los Angeles motor show this week, unveiling the brand's first SUV - including, as expected, a high-performance QV model. Launching with three models and two engines, the Stelvio is set to usher in a new era for the Italian brand with class-leading performance options...


Jaguar I-Pace concept: More than just a concept
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Jaguar I-Pace concept: More than just a concept

When British luxury carmaker Jaguar took the covers off its stunning all-electric I-Pace SUV, it was quick to point out that this wasn’t just a concept, but rather “a preview of a production vehicle – a Jaguar electric performance SUV”. Globally, Jaguar is riding a wave of success led by the company’s entry-level XE sedan, as well as strong sales from the F-Pace – the brand’s first-ever SUV...


Autonomous cars have 'a long way to go', local Mazda chief says
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Autonomous cars have 'a long way to go', local Mazda chief says

Mazda says that autonomous vehicles are still in the hype stage, with the actual reality of fully self-driving cars still a long way away. Speaking to the media at the launch of the new CX-5 in Los Angeles today, Mazda Australia boss Martin Benders, said the Japanese brand’s philosophy is to always put the driver at the forefront of the car’s operations...


Mazda says conventional engines still the way forward, electrification not yet viable
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Mazda says conventional engines still the way forward, electrification not yet viable

Mazda says that it is still focused on improving the internal combustion engine as part of its SkyActiv technologies, without the need to rush into hybrid or electric vehicles on mass. Speaking to CarAdvice at the premiere of the new CX-5, the boss of Mazda Australia, Martin Benders, said that the Japanese brand still sees a lot of potential in the internal combustion engine (ICE)...