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Kia Stinger: Australian arm "determined" to get the sound right
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Kia Stinger: Australian arm "determined" to get the sound right

On track for a late 2017 Australian launch, Kia Australia says local tuning and development of the much-anticipated Kia Stinger is progressing well, with the next major challenge being to ensure the rear-wheel-drive, four-door sports sedan sounds as good as it can...


2018 Mercedes-AMG 'A40' hatch spied, debut set for next year - UPDATE
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2018 Mercedes-AMG 'A40' hatch spied, debut set for next year - UPDATE

UPDATE: Mercedes-Benz has now confirmed the new A-Class will not be revealed until early 2018, ruling out a Frankfurt motor show premiere. The Mercedes-AMG 'A40' hatchback has been spied undergoing hot weather testing in southern Europe. Compared to the A-Class hatch spied in February in the Arctic, this latest vehicle has a different front bumper treatment...


Pininfarina brand could be used by Mahindra for new electric supercar
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Pininfarina brand could be used by Mahindra for new electric supercar

Pininfarina could expand beyond its current work as a design contractor, and become a supercar marque in its own right. Anand Mahindra, the Mahindra Group's chairman, told MarketWatch, "We're exploring right now the potential of building an electric supercar, which will be branded Pininfarina"...


Lexus sedans must evolve to survive, says executive
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Lexus sedans must evolve to survive, says executive

A senior Toyota executive says sedans in the Lexus range will need to evolve to become sportier in order to fight back against the ever-growing consumer preference for crossovers. Tokuo Fukuichi, Toyota's global branding chief and head of advanced design, told Automotive News, "Unless we can really offer a sedan experience you cannot have with an SUV or crossover, I think the sedan may not be able to survive if it does not evolve"...


Kia Cerato Koup reportedly dead, poor sales to blame
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Kia Cerato Koup reportedly dead, poor sales to blame

Although sales of the Kia Cerato Koup may never have numbered particularly high, reported confirmation of the model's global discontinuation is still sad news for fans of the sporty-at-heart South Korean two-door. According to a report from CarsDirect, a Kia spokesperson has confirmed the Kia Cerato Koup - known as the Kia Forte Koup in the US - has been dropped from the global line-up...


2018 Holden Commodore SS/VXR unveiled in Buick form
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2018 Holden Commodore SS/VXR unveiled in Buick form

Here it is, folks. In line with our computer generated images, images of the Buick Regal GS, which is based on the Opel Insignia, have been leaked on a Chinese automotive website. The Regal GS body design will mimic the Insignia VXR, which is the car that will wear a badge signifying its sporty presence in the Commodore line-up...


Nitro Thunder hits Sydney this week: WIN 2 tickets thanks to Mariani Motorsport
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Nitro Thunder hits Sydney this week: WIN 2 tickets thanks to Mariani Motorsport

It's that time of year again. The smell of burning fuel and sticky tyres will take over Western Sydney International Dragway as the Nitro Thunder event takes hold. This year, Mark Mariani will defend his event title as winner of the 2016 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series. Mariani drives a 10,000hp dragster that moves from a standing start over a quarter-mile drag race in just 4...


New Cars: 2017 New Car Calendar, the May update
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New Cars: 2017 New Car Calendar, the May update

Last year was a huge one for new-model launches in Australia, with 2016 seeing the heroic new Ford Mustang land in January, before rolling through to the impressive new Subaru Impreza that made its media debut in late December. Of course, many, many more new offerings appeared between...


Programming sat-nav more dangerous than texting, UK study finds
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Programming sat-nav more dangerous than texting, UK study finds

A small UK-based study has found programming a satellite navigation app to be more distracting for drivers than texting. Undertaken by UK road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) RoadSmart and UK publication Auto Express, the experiment focussed on determining which common ‘behind-the-wheel distractions’ have the most potential for disaster...


Mazda CX-3 updated with new tech and equipment
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Mazda CX-3 updated with new tech and equipment

The Mazda CX-3 is set to be updated within weeks, with the Japanese brand's small SUV set to receive a raft of changes. There's no visual update to the baby Mazda SUV, and while exact details for Australia are still to be confirmed, the line-up is set to see the across-the-board adoption of Mazda's G-Vectoring system, which changes the engine's torque output to different wheels to make it handle more precisely...


2017 Citroen C5 Aircross revealed - UPDATE: Australian launch under consideration
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2017 Citroen C5 Aircross revealed - UPDATE: Australian launch under consideration

April 25: The all-new Citroen C5 Aircross has gone official at this week's Shanghai motor show after first surfacing online in a series of leaked images. Inspired by the muscular Aircross concept revealed two years ago at the last Shanghai motor show, the market-ready C5 Aircross will play in the same arena as Mazda CX-5 and other mid-sized SUVs...


2019 Volkswagen T-Roc teased in new video - UPDATE: Australian debut over a year away
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2019 Volkswagen T-Roc teased in new video - UPDATE: Australian debut over a year away

The new Volkswagen T-Roc crossover has been teased in an official video from the German automaker, ahead of an Australian debut now unlikely to occur before 2019. Although the pre-production model shown in the video is wearing a camouflage wrap, it actually gives us a good look at the shape and design of the T-Roc's headlights, grille and tail-lights...


Mercedes-Benz to knuckle down on hybrid EVs, autonomous tech
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Mercedes-Benz to knuckle down on hybrid EVs, autonomous tech

At this year's New York motor show, Britta Seeger, head of Sales and Marketing for Mercedes-Benz, reinforced the brand’s commitment to working harder on new hybrid technology and to better positioning the public’s understanding of autonomous driving technology. “We have a very clear plan to work even more on hybrid,” Seeger told Australian media...


2017 Isuzu MU-X pricing and specs
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2017 Isuzu MU-X pricing and specs

The MY17 Isuzu MU-X update has arrived in Australia - before any other export market, and fewer than three months after the rugged seven-seat SUV's last running change, which brought a new Euro 5 diesel engine. The quickness of the local model launch reflects Australia's importance to Isuzu Ute...


Isuzu Ute Australia tops worldwide sales chart
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Isuzu Ute Australia tops worldwide sales chart

Australia is now the world’s largest export market for Isuzu’s light commercial and SUV range, comprising the D-Max ute and MU-X wagon. Isuzu Ute Australia’s 23,377 sales last year — the eighth consecutive year in which it posted double-digit growth — allowed it to overtake Saudi Arabia, and best a further 120-odd nations...