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Skoda reviewing potential for expanded RS range - UPDATE
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Skoda reviewing potential for expanded RS range - UPDATE

Update - This article initially read that Skoda is reviewing the RS sub-brand on its profitability based on the report by Autocar. However, Maier's interview doesn't indicate that the RS models aren't profitable. See article for details Skoda’s sporty RS-branded models are top sellers for the Czech marque in Australia, and the company’s new boss has put a review of the range's further potential at the top of his agenda, according to a new report out of the UK...


Holden Cruze Australian production ended
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Holden Cruze Australian production ended

The final locally made Holden Cruze rolled off the production line near Adelaide today — the same day as rival Ford closes its own production facilities in Melbourne. The final iteration Australia’s small car is a blue SRI Z-Series hatch, which is fitting since this body-style was also locally designed...


Ford Australia manufacturing ends, but 160 staff deployed to R&D operations
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Ford Australia manufacturing ends, but 160 staff deployed to R&D operations

Ford Australia says it is in the midst of redeploying 160 manufacturing staff to new roles within its vehicle development operations in Victoria, where they will help develop global products such as the next Ranger. As the shutters sadly close on Ford Australia’s Falcon and Territory production line in northern Melbourne today, the company has reminded us that it still plans to invest more than any other car-maker into local research and development...


2017 Volkswagen Atlas: production CrossBlue SUV to debut end of October
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2017 Volkswagen Atlas: production CrossBlue SUV to debut end of October

The Volkswagen Atlas is reportedly what the company's new three-row, seven-seat SUV will be branded as in the United States. Automobilwoche understands that the the production version of the CrossBlue concept will be known as the Volkswagen Atlas in the US, and will make its official debut on October 27, US time...


BMW M8 to join new 8 Series range in 2019 - report
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BMW M8 to join new 8 Series range in 2019 - report

A high performance BMW M8 will reportedly join the highly rumoured 8 Series range, which could debut as soon as 2018. Sources have told Autocar that the company is planning on topping off the upcoming 8 Series range with a sports model to tackle the Mercedes-AMG S63 coupe and Bentley Continental GT. Under the bonnet, the M8 will be powered by a new generation 4...


Mercedes-Benz spending big on electric future
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Mercedes-Benz spending big on electric future

There are four key pillars to Mercedes-Benz’s future mobility strategy, and cars are just one part of the puzzle. Under its CASE strategy - that's Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electrification - the move to electric-drive is fundamental. By 2025, Mercedes-Benz expect to see 15 to 25 percent of its sales volume as electric vehicles, and that is with just ten models projected to be available...


Ford's last Falcon, Territory roll down the line: Final four to be auctioned for charity
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Ford's last Falcon, Territory roll down the line: Final four to be auctioned for charity

The last two locally produced Fords, a Falcon and Territory, have rolled down the assembly line in Broadmeadows, marking an end to over 90 years of production in Australia...


2017 Lamborghini Aventador coupe facelift spied at the Nurburgring
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2017 Lamborghini Aventador coupe facelift spied at the Nurburgring

The facelifted Lamborghini Aventador coupe has been spied during testing at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. This latest prototype is an Aventador coupe, and the changes we see on this car mirror those that were applied to the facelifted roadster spotted in July. Up front, the bumper has been subtly redesigned with a wider central air intake and smaller side apertures...


2014-16 Jeep Cherokee recalled for seat fix: 61 vehicles affected
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2014-16 Jeep Cherokee recalled for seat fix: 61 vehicles affected

Jeep has issued a recall for 61 of its 2014 to 2016 model-year ‘KL’ Cherokee SUVs over concerns one of the seat fasteners may not have been tightened properly. Due to a manufacturing fault, the company reports the seat fastener may not have been tightened to proper torque specification. A loose seat fastener could increase the risk of injury to occupants in the event of a collision...


Peugeot 308 Active gets rear-view camera, navigation as standard: $27,990 starting price
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Peugeot 308 Active gets rear-view camera, navigation as standard: $27,990 starting price

The Peugeot 308 Active now comes standard with a rear-view camera and satellite navigation as standard, although not as a free upgrade. At $27,990 plus on-road costs, the 308 Active is $1100 than the model it replaces, though the upgrade also includes complimentary map updates for the vehicle warranty period - valued at $450 over three years...


Mercedes-AMG hypercar power not merely ‘inspired’ by F1 engine: it very much is one
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Mercedes-AMG hypercar power not merely ‘inspired’ by F1 engine: it very much is one

With the Mercedes-AMG hypercar announcement at the 2016 Paris Motor Show came plenty of subjective thought about how much Mercedes would leverage their Formula One technology into a road car. But the facts were much simpler, and when CarAdvice spoke with Tobias Moers, Chief Executive of Mercedes-AMG, he summed it up very succinctly...


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV update won't hit Australia until next year
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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV update won't hit Australia until next year

The facelifted Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV won't land in Australia until sometime in 2017, according to the company’s local arm. Speaking to CarAdvice, John Taylor, product communications manager at Mitsubishi Australia, said: “We don’t have any announcements about Outlander PHEV at this stage, [but] we are expecting an updated model sometime next year”...


Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid to get Prime position: If the Toyota Prius Prime ever comes here...
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Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid to get Prime position: If the Toyota Prius Prime ever comes here...

An Australian launch for the Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid hatch would see it priced in the space that Toyota's plug-in Prius Prime would likely occupy - if the market-leading Japanese brand ever sees fit to bring it here. Revealed earlier this year in a trio of hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and full-electric forms, the Ioniq range represents Hyundai's first true step into a market dominated by Toyota for decades...


2017 Volkswagen Passat 206TSI R-Line pricing and specs: available October 17 - UPDATE
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2017 Volkswagen Passat 206TSI R-Line pricing and specs: available October 17 - UPDATE

Update - Volkswagen has announced the Passat 206TSI R-Line will be available to buy from October 17, almost a month earlier than expected. The upgraded 2017 model-year Passat range is also now on sale. See bottom of article for details A new 2017 Volkswagen Passat 206TSI R-Line model has been announced for Australia, combining the company's sporty styling package with more power and an all-wheel-drive layout...


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...