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Volkswagen Australia still cold on Golf GTD
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Volkswagen Australia still cold on Golf GTD

The Volkswagen Golf GTD diesel-powered hot hatch partner to the GTI petrol remains no chance of returning to Australia after a five-year absence, nor does the slinky Skoda Octavia-rivalling wagon derivative bearing the same badge. We put the question to VW this week on the global launch of the updated 2017 Golf 'Mk7...


BMW M140i Performance Edition confirmed
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BMW M140i Performance Edition confirmed

The ultra-exclusive BMW M140i Performance Edition hot hatch will be offered here in the second-quarter of the year. Only 60 units — 45 with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and 15 with a purist-friendly six-speed manual — will come, priced at $71,900 plus on-road costs, or $7000 more than the regular M140i...


Volkswagen Australia rejects lower CO2 engine
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Volkswagen Australia rejects lower CO2 engine

Volkswagen Australia will not offer the company's new low-emission 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine when the updated 2017 Golf arrives on July 3, having opted instead to retain the familiar 1.4-litre 110 TSI in its place The German brand's local arm cites the higher cost of the newly developed engine, which it says would require it to pass on an unsatisfactory price hike to its buyers here...


2017 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet officially revealed
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2017 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet officially revealed

The ultra-luxurious and ultra-wacky Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet has officially been revealed, following leaked images posted online last week, packing a twin-turbo V12 and a retractable roof for those hot summer desert days. Based on the old-school G-Class or 'G-Wagen', the Maybach G650 Landaulet is somewhat of a final send-off for the current-generation off-roader, which dates back to 1979...


2017 BMW 5 Series Touring revealed, confirmed for Australia - UPDATE
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2017 BMW 5 Series Touring revealed, confirmed for Australia - UPDATE

Update - BMW Australia has confirmed the 5 Series Touring will be offered locally in the second half of 2017. See bottom of article for details The 2017 BMW 5 Series Touring has been revealed, adding a more practical option to the 5er line-up when it arrives in European showrooms this June...


BMW demands Australian government end 'embarrassing silence' on EV support
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BMW demands Australian government end 'embarrassing silence' on EV support

BMW Australia managing director Marc-Heinrich Werner says the time for talk is over, and has demanded the federal government come to the table and create some policies to support the rollout of greener vehicles here, including a publicly-funded charging network to cover all brands...


2017 Mini Countryman pricing and specs
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2017 Mini Countryman pricing and specs

The second-generation Mini Countryman crossover will be priced from $39,900 plus on-road costs when it arrives in Australia at the end of March, an increase offset by significant specification increases. Mini’s new small SUV is a significant step forward on its predecessor in every area, and will fight in a more congested segment, principally against the imminent Audi Q2 (from $41,100), as well as the Mercedes-Benz GLA (priced from $43,600)...


Volkswagen Golf GTI three-door may return
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Volkswagen Golf GTI three-door may return

The Volkswagen Golf GTI three-door derivative is on the cusp of an Australian comeback, to fill the void created by the discontinuation of the Scirocco. Volkswagen Australia told us it was actively exploring the idea of bringing back the three-door hot hatch derivative after a five-year absence, potentially as a special edition...


Audi RS Q8: 457kW SUV concept bound for Geneva – report
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Audi RS Q8: 457kW SUV concept bound for Geneva – report

The recently-revealed Audi Q8 concept will be transformed into an all-out performance model next month, with an RS Q8 expected to make its debut at this year's Geneva motor show – according to a new report out of the UK. Autocar reports sources from the company's performance division, Audi Sport, are hinting at a twin-turbo V8-powered RS version of the Q8...


Volkswagen Golf update, Australian details
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Volkswagen Golf update, Australian details

The updated Volkswagen Golf ‘7.5’ will launch in Australia on July 3, about five months after its European market premiere, and like the new Tiguan before it, will be pushed slightly upmarket. We don't know all the specifics, but German brand’s Australian division says it will axe the current base 92TSI engine option, and instead kick off the range with the 110TSI turbo-petrol powertrain, alongside the familiar 110TDI diesel and high-performance GTI and R derivatives...


Nissan Qashqai has emissions testing defeat device says South Korean court
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Nissan Qashqai has emissions testing defeat device says South Korean court

A South Korean court has upheld a government investigation finding that the Nissan Qashqai used a defeat device to pass its oxides of nitrogen (NOx) tests. Earlier this week, the Seoul Administrative Court ruled against Nissan in a case brought by the car maker against the South Korean government...


2016-17 Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Evoque recalled for airbag fix
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2016-17 Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Evoque recalled for airbag fix

Range Rover has issued a recall for 42 of its 2016 and 2017 model-year Range Rover, Sport and Evoque model lines over concerns the airbags may not deploy properly. The British manufacturer reports that the mixture of chemicals used in the front passenger airbags on "certain vehicles" may not meet correct specification, which could result in the inflator not functioning correctly in the event of a collision...


Isuzu looked to Aussie owners for guidance on new engine upgrades
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Isuzu looked to Aussie owners for guidance on new engine upgrades

Isuzu Ute Australia and its growing customer base have the brand's Japanese headquarters sitting up and taking notice. Australia is the biggest global export market for Isuzu, leading Saudi Arabia, Philippines, UK and Italy. Sales have been growing strong over the past eight years, since the introduction of the D-Max to the local market in 2008, followed by the arrival of the MU-X in 2013...


Cayman GT4 RS: Did a Porsche dealer just leak the brand's next big thing?
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Cayman GT4 RS: Did a Porsche dealer just leak the brand's next big thing?

Oh social media, you can be such a fickle mistress. Once again the line between customer information and spoiled surprises has been blurred, this time by Porsche Centre Brisbane asking on Instagram for expressions of interest for the 2018 Porsche Cayman GT4 RS 4.0 - though the post has since been removed...


2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio: Australian launch confirmed for early next year
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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio: Australian launch confirmed for early next year

The muscly new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV will make its Australian debut early next year, the Italian brand's local arm has confirmed. Speaking with press at the launch of the Giulia Quadrifoglio performance sedan, new Fiat Chrysler Australia chief Steve Zanlunghi said buyers can expect full Stelvio details to lob in late 2017, ahead of its market debut...