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Mitsubishi: PHEV tech not yet cost-effective in small vehicles
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Mitsubishi: PHEV tech not yet cost-effective in small vehicles

Mitsubishi Motors says it does not yet have a viable business case for developing plug-in hybrid vehicles to sit below its highly successful Outlander PHEV crossover. This means that PHEV derivatives of vehicles such as the just-released Eclipse Cross have been shelved — though the company insists it is still investing significant resources in developing the technology more generally...


2018 Bentley Continental GT coupe spied with less camouflage
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2018 Bentley Continental GT coupe spied with less camouflage

The next-generation Bentley Continental GT coupe has been spied again, but this latest prototype has shed most of its false body panels. Spied doing a bit of cold weather testing in Europe, we can now see clearly the overall design of the new Continental, as well as its front fenders, doors, boot, exhaust tips, and rear bumper and diffuser...


Swiss outfit Elextra claims 2.3-second run to 60mph for new supercar
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Swiss outfit Elextra claims 2.3-second run to 60mph for new supercar

Swiss company Elextra claims it has the world's fastest-accelerating car, reaching 60mph (97km/h) in less than 2.3 seconds. If true, this would see the Tesla Model S P100D's official time of 2.4 seconds knocked off top spot. Power for the new unnamed supercar will be to all four wheels, with an electric motor on each axle...


2018 Infiniti QX50 spied testing
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2018 Infiniti QX50 spied testing

The upcoming new 2018 Infiniti QX50 have been spied testing this week. We saw the concept at this year's Detroit Motor Show and, going by the spy photos, it seems the Japanese company has kept the design of the production car very close to the concept. Although much of the new SUV's finer details remain heavily wrapped, it is clear the lighting at both ends will be almost identical to those of the concept...


Porsche SUV sales doubled sports cars in 2016
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Porsche SUV sales doubled sports cars in 2016

If Apple is now a phone company, the past year has seen Porsche become an SUV brand. Together, the Macan and Cayenne duo have outsold the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman twins, along with the 911 and Panamera - by more than double - in 2016. The company is unlikely to fazed by this new image, however...


Lexus LX450d diesel launches in India, still off the cards for Australia
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Lexus LX450d diesel launches in India, still off the cards for Australia

Availability of the diesel-powered Lexus LX450d has expanded to the Indian market this week, but, despite being offered in New Zealand, it remains off the cards for Australia. Powered by the same 200kW/650Nm 4.5-litre twin-turbo V8 diesel engine offered in the related Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series, the 2.5+ tonne LX450d is capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in a respectable 8...


Ssangyong Y400 SUV to be revealed in Seoul
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Ssangyong Y400 SUV to be revealed in Seoul

The SsangYong Y400 SUV will be revealed in production form at the upcoming Seoul motor show, the company announced this week. Set to become the new flagship in the Korean brand's line-up, the Y400 - which is still to be given a showroom name - will sport styling elements inspired by the LIV-2 concept revealed at last year's Paris motor show...


Volvo XC90 recalled for missing airbag warning label
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Volvo XC90 recalled for missing airbag warning label

Volvo Australia has issued a recall for its 2017 XC90 Excellence and XC90 models with the seven-seat leather upholstery trim, for a missing airbag label on the passenger side sun visor. This means that, when the visor is folded down, the airbag warning label is not visible...


Skoda Vision E sketch may preview Kodiaq Coupe
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Skoda Vision E sketch may preview Kodiaq Coupe

A shadowy sketch of the upcoming Skoda Vision E concept car has been revealed. According to Skoda, the Vision E has "an emotive design, full of character and with features inspired by crystal glass art". Christian Strube, Skoda's head of research and development, recently confirmed to Autocar and others that the company was working on a "really emotional" electric vehicle concept based on the Volkswagen Group's upcoming MEB platform...


2018 Aston Martin Vantage will be "effectively all-new", design chief promises
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2018 Aston Martin Vantage will be "effectively all-new", design chief promises

The next-generation 2018 Aston Martin Vantage will differentiate itself further from the DB11 when it makes its debut later this year or early next, according to the company's head of design. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the new Zagame Aston Martin dealership in Richmond, Melbourne, design director and chief creative officer for the British marque, Marek Reichman, said we can expect a "huge difference" in design between the new models...


Mercedes-Benz testing autonomous system in ‘unique’ Australian conditions
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Mercedes-Benz testing autonomous system in ‘unique’ Australian conditions

You might assume that driving conditions in our country are different to those around the world, and you’d be right - but you might not have thought about exactly what is different and, more importantly, how that impacts what happens on the road. Mercedes-Benz is spending a lot of time considering and testing exactly that though, in a concerted effort to make its autonomous driving technology as safe and as capable as possible...


World's greatest driving roads: Glendora Mountain Road, California, USA
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World's greatest driving roads: Glendora Mountain Road, California, USA

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be sucked into glimpses of Keeping up with the Kardashians and Housewives of Beverly Hills while your other half has command of the television remote. Or am I the only one? I’m going to sound like a bit of a downer here, but don’t be fooled by all the glitz and glamour of these reality TV shows...


Chelsea Truck Company open for business in Sydney
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Chelsea Truck Company open for business in Sydney

Aftermarket modifier the Chelsea Truck Company has landed in Australia and is open for business, with a showroom and workshop located in Sydney. The renowned British brand is part of a group of companies, including Kahn Design and Project Kahn, founded by automotive designer Afzal Kahn...


Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and Land Rover Discovery Sport recalled for front seat belt fix - UPDATE
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Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and Land Rover Discovery Sport recalled for front seat belt fix - UPDATE

Jaguar Land Rover's Australian arm has issued a recall for its MY 2016-2017 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, along with the MY 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport, affecting models manufactured August 1, 2016, and November 30, 2016. The recall concerns seatbelt pretensioners that may not meet specification, due to the chemical mix ratio during manufacturing...


Fiat Chrysler Australia, government deny report of local emissions investigation
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Fiat Chrysler Australia, government deny report of local emissions investigation

The Australian arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), with government support, has hit back at a report today that an investigation has been started in relation to the emissions figures claimed for its diesel models. The report, published by News Corp website news.com...