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Five fastest-growing vehicle segments in 2016
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Five fastest-growing vehicle segments in 2016

The Australian new vehicle market is running at an all-time high five months into the 2016 calendar year, up 3.8 per cent over last year, to a tick under 470,000 units. But which vehicle segments (as classified by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries’ VFACTS data) are the engine room of this growth? Looking at the segments that have grown the most is intriguing for no other reason than the diversity therein...


CarAdvice Podcast episode 7: F-Type SVR and Audi S4, Toyota tops brand charts, and more
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CarAdvice Podcast episode 7: F-Type SVR and Audi S4, Toyota tops brand charts, and more

Welcome to episode 6 of the CarAdvice.com podcast! If you missed last week's episode, or you'd like to know more about the show, catch our earlier articles here. This week, Paul Maric and Mandy Turner are joined again by Mike Costello to explore the news and reviews of the past week. As usual, there's also a fair bit of foolin' around...


Mercedes-Benz: internal-combustion engine still has a long way to go
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Mercedes-Benz: internal-combustion engine still has a long way to go

Mercedes-Benz expects internal-combustion engines to stick around for many decades to come, despite a heavy push into both full-electric and fuel-cell vehicles. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Mercedes-Benz Technology day in Stuttgart last week, Bernhard Heil, the head of Powertrains at Daimler (Mercedes-Benz parent company) said there is still a lot of potential to improve the internal combustion engines (ICE)...


Mercedes-Benz to outperform Tesla battery improvements by 280 per cent
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Mercedes-Benz to outperform Tesla battery improvements by 280 per cent

Mercedes-Benz says that it expects to achieve a 14 per-cent increase in electric vehicle battery capacity each year, almost three times that of Tesla estimations. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Mercedes-Benz technology day in Stuttgart last week, the head of the company’s electric-drive system integration, Jurgen Schenk, confirmed his company’s plans for battery improvement technology, which should see a nearly doubling of both battery energy density and consequent electric vehicle (EV) range every five years...


2016 Proton Suprima and Exora get pricing changes, equipment revisions
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2016 Proton Suprima and Exora get pricing changes, equipment revisions

The 2016 Proton Suprima S hatchback and Exora MPV ranges have been given minor refreshes, with prices of Suprima S models slashed and the Exora gaining new equipment. For this update, the base Suprima S GXA now starts at $17,990 drive away, well down on the previous $21,790 drive away price. The upper-spec GXRA can now be had for $20,990 drive away, almost $6,000 less than the 2014/15 figure...


2017 Fiat 500S detailed
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2017 Fiat 500S detailed

With the new Fiat 500S is about to go on sale in Europe, the Italian-American car maker has provided more details about the latest addition to the 500 range. Fiat is positioning the 500S as a sportier-looking alternative to the rest of the 500 range. Externally the 500S is distinguished by unique front and rear bumpers, a honeycomb grille, and a chrome-plated exhaust tip...


Mazda details new G-Vectoring chassis control system
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Mazda details new G-Vectoring chassis control system

Japanese car maker Mazda has this week revealed details - although no images - of its new electronic chassis system, designed to shift focus towards long-distance comfort and stability in its passenger cars, rather than outright handling. Dubbed the ‘G-Vectoring Control’ (GVC) system, the technology is part of the company’s wider plan to reduce driver fatigue and stress in its future models...


2016 spy photos: the year so far...
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2016 spy photos: the year so far...

Whether it’s for an entirely new model, a complete styling overhaul or a minor facelift, it’s always exciting to get a fresh batch of spy photos. Thanks to the work of spy photographers across the globe, we’re constantly updated with sneaky shots of upcoming cars in their all-important development phase...


Deals On Wheels for June 11: Five sharp deals for weekend shoppers
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Deals On Wheels for June 11: Five sharp deals for weekend shoppers

It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, which this week looks at five factory-backed special offers for all you weekend shoppers. This isn’t a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you’re in the market for some new wheels...


Mercedes-Benz to launch all-new electric vehicle before 2020
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Mercedes-Benz to launch all-new electric vehicle before 2020

Mercedes-Benz has showcased its plans for a completely new electric vehicle (EV) architecture that will underpin its upcoming range of pure EVs set to go on sale before the of this decade...


Mercedes-Benz: naturally-aspirated engines are a ‘done thing’
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Mercedes-Benz: naturally-aspirated engines are a ‘done thing’

Mercedes-Benz says that the days of naturally-aspirated engines are over with no further investment or product planned around the use of non-turbo petrol or diesel engines. The once mighty naturally-aspirated units such as the 6.2-litre V8 in AMG products or the 5...


Tesla: reports of restrictive repair agreements "preposterous", US govt not investigating
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Tesla: reports of restrictive repair agreements "preposterous", US govt not investigating

Reports this week that the US' National Highway Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) is leaning towards an investigation into restrictive non-disclosure agreements forced onto Tesla Model S owners have been quashed by the car maker today. Earlier this week, automotive news website Daily Kanban detailed stories from a number of Tesla owners who experienced suspension problems with their Model S sedans...


2016 Honda CR-V VTi Limited Edition on sale in Australia
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2016 Honda CR-V VTi Limited Edition on sale in Australia

A new limited-edition variant has been added to the 2016 Honda CR-V line-up this week, adding new features at the lower end of the range. This new limited edition follows the diesel-powered DTi-L Limited Edition and the petrol VTi Limited Edition, both of which were unveiled last year and joined the 2015 CR-V range...


Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate to gain off-roading Audi Allroad rival - report
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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate to gain off-roading Audi Allroad rival - report

Mercedes-Benz is planning to add a jacked-up variant to its recently-revealed 2017 E-Class Estate range, according to a new report. Just days after the German car maker unveiled its refreshed E-Class wagon range, UK website Auto Express now claims Mercedes is looking to add a more rugged version of the wagon to rival the likes of the Audi A6 Allroad...


Mini Clubman ALL4 Scrambler concept revealed
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Mini Clubman ALL4 Scrambler concept revealed

British car maker Mini has this week unveiled a motorcycle-inspired concept of its Clubman wagon. Dubbed the Clubman ALL4 Scrambler, the one-off concept features a number of interior and exterior design elements drawing heavily from BMW’s R Motorrad nineT Scrambler motorcycle...