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Buick Avenir confirmed, but only as a trim line
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Buick Avenir confirmed, but only as a trim line

GM has confirmed that Buick Avenir-branded vehicles will go on sale in 2017 for the 2018 model year. Instead of being a distinct model, Avenir will be established as a sub-brand, with the name used for a new top-of-the-range trim line. According to Duncan Aldred, Buick's sales and marketing vice president: “Avenir will be Buick’s signature...


Infiniti Australia MD happy with momentum: "It all depends on what you define as success"
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Infiniti Australia MD happy with momentum: "It all depends on what you define as success"

The man heading up Infiniti in Australia says he's happy with the brand's momentum locally, and is confident the premium Japanese marque is "on track" for further growth and success. Speaking to CarAdvice at the local launch of the new 298kW twin-turbocharged Infiniti Q50 3...


PHEVs an illogical end point, says Volkswagen
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PHEVs an illogical end point, says Volkswagen

Plug-in hybrid technology may seem a perfect solution for those with range anxiety, but it’s a concept with a limited shelf life, according to aspiring electric vehicle leader Volkswagen. The German car-maker, which wants to be the world’s top EV brand by 2025 by selling more than a million units annually, says that as battery technology improves and charging infrastructure grows to support demand, PHEVs will be phased out...


2010-14 Subaru Liberty, Outback recalled for windscreen wiper fix: 37,000 vehicles affected - UPDATE
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2010-14 Subaru Liberty, Outback recalled for windscreen wiper fix: 37,000 vehicles affected - UPDATE

Update - Subaru has confirmed numbers and further details relating to this recall. See bottom of article for details. Subaru has issued a recall for 37,492 of its 2010 to 2014 model-year Liberty and Outback vehicles over concerns the bottom of the front windscreen wiper motor could melt. The manufacturer reports the fault could pose a fire risk...


Subaru Australia boss promoted to senior regional role
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Subaru Australia boss promoted to senior regional role

Subaru Australia managing director, Nick Senior, has been promoted this week to a new role within the brand's local distributor, Inchcape. He is succeeded at Subaru Australia by sales and marketing director, Colin Christie. London-based Inchcape is the Australian importer and distributor for the Subaru brand, owning 90 per cent of the local business...


2016 Paris motor show: Hits and misses
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2016 Paris motor show: Hits and misses

When a major European motor show rolls around, a bunch of members of the CarAdvice team get to fly over and have a stickybeak for themselves at the new production cars and show stoppers. And because we’re all highly opinionated, here’s what each of the guys on the ground – myself, Alborz, James, Mike, Paul and Rob – thought were the highlights and lowlights of the Mondial de l’Automobile...


Mercedes-Benz utility details to be revealed in October
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Mercedes-Benz utility details to be revealed in October

Details on the first ever Mercedes-Benz pick-up utility vehicle are set to be revealed later this month, according to a release from the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The release focused on the intra-brand co-operative deal between Renault, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz in the joint development of a new pick-up truck...


Porsche manual models still relevant, brand claims
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Porsche manual models still relevant, brand claims

There have been some brilliant drivers’ cars out of Porsche headquarters over the years, but the fact is that more buyers are shifting away from manual-transmission models. Porsche wanted to generate some desire for a manual model by releasing the Porsche 911 R, the first version in the current-generation range to be fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox (all manual 911 models had instead been fitted with a seven-speed stick)...


No Australian tuning for Hyundai's new N performance cars
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No Australian tuning for Hyundai's new N performance cars

Hyundai's global N Performance engineering boss has said no to local ride and handling tuning for any of the brand's future N Performance products, which goes against the current trend with Hyundai Australia's range. Speaking exclusively to Australian journalists at the Paris motor show, head of vehicle test and high performance development, Albert Biermann, told CarAdvice that N Performance products will exclusively be tuned at the Nurburgring...


EV demand will force infrastructure improvement, says Volkswagen
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EV demand will force infrastructure improvement, says Volkswagen

Setting up charging infrastructure is widely considered a major hurdle to the rollout of mainstream electric cars, but aspiring industry leader Volkswagen considers it a problem that will take care of itself as supply grows to meet demand...


Hyundai Santa Fe: RWD crossover heading to SEMA 2016 with 775kW V6
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Hyundai Santa Fe: RWD crossover heading to SEMA 2016 with 775kW V6

Dubbed the Santa Fast, this Hyundai Santa Fe will be one of the officially sanctioned, highly modified Hyundais on display at SEMA 2016 in Las Vegas. Developed by tuner Bisimoto, the Santa Fast is based on the seven-seat long-wheelbase Santa Fe that's sold in the US. The four-cylinder or 3.3-litre V6 engines found in the production crossover have been junked in favour of the 3...


Jeep keen on sub-Renegade SUV - report
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Jeep keen on sub-Renegade SUV - report

A small crossover that will slot in beneath the Jeep Renegade is reportedly on the radar. Mike Manley, head of the Jeep brand, told Autocar that he was "pretty confident that [the sub-Renegade market] is going to be a viable segment for us in the future"...


Renault Clio RS.16 tipped for production, Australian launch has potential
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Renault Clio RS.16 tipped for production, Australian launch has potential

Renault’s hot hatch on steroids, the Renault Clio RS.16, could soon be headed for the production line. And, in potentially good news for Aussie fans of the Reggie, a limited number could be built in right-hand drive - with a small allocation set for our shores. While recent rumours hinted at Renault making an official announcement at the Paris motor show, no confirmation was forthcoming...


Infiniti super sedan to take on M5? "I'd love to see that," says local PR head
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Infiniti super sedan to take on M5? "I'd love to see that," says local PR head

Cars such as the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63 have long held positions at the top of the super-sedan table. But what if Infiniti laid down the law to these European powerhouses? Speaking to CarAdvice at the local launch of the new twin-turbo V6-powered 2016 Infiniti Q50 3...


Hyundai N Performance cars 'must be track going', two variants to launch with i30
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Hyundai N Performance cars 'must be track going', two variants to launch with i30

Hyundai's new performance engineering boss says N Performance cars must be track going, with the brand confirming two levels of Hyundai i30N performance vehicles for buyers. Speaking exclusively with members of the Australian media, Hyundai head of vehicle test and high performance development, Albert Biermann said that the brand would release two versions of the i30N and that both would have a track requirement...