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Mazda MX-5 RF finally enters production, Australia launch early 2017
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Mazda MX-5 RF finally enters production, Australia launch early 2017

The Mazda MX-5 RF folding hardtop has finally entered production, at the company’s Ujina Plant No. 1 near Hiroshima, ahead of its global sales rollout at the end of 2016. The first market to get the slick new MX-5 derivative will be Mazda’s home, Japan, with Europe, North America and us here in Australia set to get the car by March 2017...


Fisker is back, planning world-changing EVs
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Fisker is back, planning world-changing EVs

A lapsed electric vehicle pioneer is back, and potentially in a big way. Henrik Fisker, whose eponymous electric car the Fisker Karma range-extender (pictured) sedan made waves a few years ago, has announced a decision to relaunch. Fisker Inc. has announced the brand rebirth will kick off with the development of a mystery all-electric premium vehicle featuring battery technology claimed to deliver a longer driving range than any existing EV...


BMW X1, Jeep Renegade, Volkswagen Tiguan awarded five-star ANCAP ratings
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BMW X1, Jeep Renegade, Volkswagen Tiguan awarded five-star ANCAP ratings

A trio of new SUV offerings have been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) - the BMW X1, Jeep Renegade and Volkswagen Tiguan. While all three models achieved good scores in each of the physical crash tests, the two Germans were praised by the firm for their inclusion of active safety systems as standard, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard...


Geely to launch Lynk & Co car brand later this month
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Geely to launch Lynk & Co car brand later this month

Lynk & Co, a new automotive brand from Geely, owner of both Volvo and the London Taxi Company, will be launched on October 20. The Chinese car maker has begun sending invites to members of the media. The invitation, republished by Jalopnik, promises more than just "a new car brand and a model line-up", but "some radical, new thinking — different from anything you’ve seen before from the car industry" and that "might well change the world’s idea of mobility"...


Hennessey VelociRaptor: 6x6 Ford F-150 Raptor unveiled
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Hennessey VelociRaptor: 6x6 Ford F-150 Raptor unveiled

The Hennessey VelociRaptor is a new 6x6 off-roading pickup truck that's based on the Ford F-150 Raptor. The VelociRaptor is available to order now and is priced from US$295,000 ($387,000). Although that price includes the base vehicle, it's a steep step up from the four-door Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew that begins at US$52,505 ($68,800)...


Porsche Panamera performance hybrid coming, four-cylinder ruled out
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Porsche Panamera performance hybrid coming, four-cylinder ruled out

The Porsche Panamera range is set to see the addition of a more performance-focused hybrid model. The brand has already detailed four models in the four-door sedan range, including the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, a plug-in hybrid all-wheel-drive setup that offers claimed acceleration of 4.6 seconds from 0-100km/h thanks to its 340kW/700Nm drivetrain...


Toyota Kirobo Mini: cupholder-friendly companion robot launched in Japan
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Toyota Kirobo Mini: cupholder-friendly companion robot launched in Japan

Toyota has launched in the palm-sized Kirobo Mini companion robot at the CEATEC electronics show currently under way in Tokyo. Based on an earlier design for an anthropomorphic space robot, the Kirobo Mini features cute anime-style design, and has a mouth and eyes that light up when it's interacting with humans...


Victoria throws support behind autonomous vehicle testing: Bosch, TAC, VicRoads partner up on 'Towards Zero' goal
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Victoria throws support behind autonomous vehicle testing: Bosch, TAC, VicRoads partner up on 'Towards Zero' goal

Competition for the status of leader in autonomous driving technology between Australia's state governments is heating up, with Victoria this week declaring it is "leading the way" on advanced driverless systems. The announcement, part of a $1...


September 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales numbers, winners and losers detailed
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September 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales numbers, winners and losers detailed

New vehicle sales in Australia grew 1.3 per cent in September to 102,696 units, keeping the market bubbling along at record pace with only a quarter of the year left. Nine months into 2016, and a remarkable 887,076 new cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles have been counted as ‘sold’ by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries...


New car sales figures September 2016
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New car sales figures September 2016

The following data are new car sales figures for the month of September 2016. For a detailed market analysis, click here...


Mazda beats Toyota in September SUV sales
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Mazda beats Toyota in September SUV sales

In a remarkable result, Mazda sold more SUV models in Australia during September than annual market leader Toyota. This is despite the fact that Mazda only has three SUV models to sell, compared to Toyota with six different offerings across its larger dealer network. Pictured: Mazda CX-3 On the back of its annual M Day sale, Mazda sold 5181 SUVs, up 27 per cent...


Mercedes-EQ electric SUV will launch in Australia by 2020
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Mercedes-EQ electric SUV will launch in Australia by 2020

Australia always seems to be late to the electric vehicle party, mainly due to most being built exclusively in left-hand drive. No such problem with the new Mercedes-EQ SUV, though, with both a right-hand drive plan and an Australian launch on the cards. Speaking with CarAdvice at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Prof. Dr...


2017 Ford Fiesta ST to get three-cylinder turbo - report
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2017 Ford Fiesta ST to get three-cylinder turbo - report

The next-generation Ford Fiesta ST is likely to be fitted with a powered-up version of the company's turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder, according to a new report out of the UK. Speaking to Auto Express, Ford Europe’s head of small cars, Darren Palmer, said the company is exploring the potential of the three-cylinder Ecoboost engine...


2018 Audi S8 spied testing
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2018 Audi S8 spied testing

The next-generation Audi S8 has been spied outside the Nurburgring. Compared to the Audi A8 that was spied on the Nurburgring Nordschleife in the middle of June, the S8 features four exhaust tips out the back, different headlight internals, and a beefier braking package. The S8 prototype seen here has drilled brakes at both ends, with S-branded callipers up front...


Porsche Mission E could spawn electric vehicle range, including an SUV
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Porsche Mission E could spawn electric vehicle range, including an SUV

It is possible that the first ever fully-electric Porsche model, the upcoming production version of the Porsche Mission E concept shown at last year’s Frankfurt motor show, will spawn a range of EV models. The production version of the Porsche Mission E – its real name as yet unknown – is still some time away, perhaps as much as two years...