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Toyota FJ Cruiser production to end in August
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Toyota FJ Cruiser production to end in August

The rugged and retro-inspired Toyota FJ Cruiser off-roader is being discontinued over the next few months, as Japanese production ceases in August after a decade-plus run. Launched late in Australia in 2011, the body-on-frame FJ Cruiser has become something of a cult car, with more than 11,000 sold so far at a rate of 180 units per month — much higher than first expected...


2017 Abarth 595 revealed: tiny hot hatch gets power bump, tweaked looks
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2017 Abarth 595 revealed: tiny hot hatch gets power bump, tweaked looks

Fiat Chrysler Australia may have only just recently launched its revised entry-level $27,500 Abarth 595 into the Australian market, but now there’s an even newer one: the 2017 Abarth 595. That’s no surprise, either. With the wider Fiat 500 range given a facelift earlier this year, the arrival of the 2016 Abarth 595 in the little hatch’s older skin made it something of a placeholder for an anticipated makeover...


Mini Seven special edition revealed, Australian debut under consideration
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Mini Seven special edition revealed, Australian debut under consideration

Mini has revealed a special-edition variant of its Cooper and Cooper S hatches, dubbed ‘Mini Seven’. The new special pays homage to the original Austin Seven, which, along with the Morris Mini, ushered in production of the iconic small car over 50 years ago - well before BMW took over the Mini marque...


PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Dongfeng will co-develop EV platform due 2019
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PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Dongfeng will co-develop EV platform due 2019

Groupe PSA, the parent company of Peugeot, Citroen and DS, has signed an agreement with Chinese automaker Dongfeng to co-develop an electric vehicle platform. The initiative, announced overnight, is an extension of the deal the two car makers signed in April 2015...


Mitsubishi admits fuel economy numbers doctored for nine Japanese models
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Mitsubishi admits fuel economy numbers doctored for nine Japanese models

Nine Mitsubishi models currently on sale in Japan have incorrect fuel economy ratings, the automaker admitted in an update to Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). In a statement released overnight, Mitsubishi Motors stated "running resistance was improperly calculated in nine other models currently sold in Japan, as well as in other models no longer sold in Japan"...


2017 Jaguar F-Type coupe facelift spied
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2017 Jaguar F-Type coupe facelift spied

The updated Jaguar F-Type coupe has been spied on the Nurburgring by our spy photographers. If this prototype is anything to go by, the F-Type facelift won't feature a radical restyling of the sports car that went into production in 2013. At the front end, this F-Type S prototype features LED headlights, as well as a restyled grille with a more three-dimensional frame, as well as a Jaguar badge with a red backing...


2016 Mazda CX-9 attracts record pre-launch interest
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2016 Mazda CX-9 attracts record pre-launch interest

The new-generation 2016 Mazda CX-9 has received greater pre-launch interest than any other product in the company’s Australian history. The more refined and efficient new CX-9 seven-seater, which premieres Mazda’s new SkyActiv turbocharged petrol engine, is shaping up as a much more aggressive rival to the Toyota Kluger and Hyundai Santa Fe than the outgoing car...


Dodge Ram, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra recalled by Performax
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Dodge Ram, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra recalled by Performax

Queensland-based specialist vehicle importer and converter Performax International has issued a number of recalls on several vehicles in its range of American heavy-duty pick-ups. The company reports that models in the Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 ranges, as well as the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra lines, are all affected by varying faults...


Subaru marks 50 years of the boxer engine
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Subaru marks 50 years of the boxer engine

Japanese manufacturer Subaru has celebrated the 50th anniversary of its horizontally-opposed ‘boxer’ engine this week. A signature feature of its vehicles, the company’s boxer engine design first debuted in the Subaru 1000 on May 16, 1966. Half a century on, every car Subaru sells outside Japan today is fitted with a boxer engine...


Toyota 86 modifiers and customisers acknowledged, embraced by local division
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Toyota 86 modifiers and customisers acknowledged, embraced by local division

Since launching locally in mid-2012, more than 16,000 Toyota 86 models have been sold and, Toyota Australia admits, a large part of the sports cars' success has come through the model's association with the aftermarket world of modifiers and customisation...


Jaguar XE recalled for seat belt fix
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Jaguar XE recalled for seat belt fix

Jaguar has issued a recall for 66 examples of the 2017 XE sedan over a faulty seat belt pre-tensioner. The British manufacturer reports that the driver’s seat belt pre-tensioner may not operate correctly due to incorrect wiring of the vehicle’s restraints control module. In the event of an accident, the pre-tensioner may not operate as required, which increases the potential of injury to the driver...


2016 Subaru WRX Special Edition celebrates 50,000 sales
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2016 Subaru WRX Special Edition celebrates 50,000 sales

Subaru is celebrating 50,000 Australian sales of its road-going rally car, the WRX, with a special edition appropriately named the WRX Special Edition. Based on the WRX Premium variant, the special edition model gains 18-inch black BBS alloy wheels, along with red accents to the partial leather seats, door trims, air-conditioning dials and on top of the driver’s display...


Genesis will offer plug-in hybrid drivetrain options
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Genesis will offer plug-in hybrid drivetrain options

Genesis, Hyundai's new luxury brand, will offer plug-in hybrid drivetrain options in some of its future models. In an interview with Automotive News, Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai USA, said that the Korean automaker is working on multiple plug-in hybrid options...


2016 Ford Kuga: Australian update adds Sync 2, larger screen at entry level
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2016 Ford Kuga: Australian update adds Sync 2, larger screen at entry level

The 2016 Ford Kuga has been given another update for Australia and, while it’s not the recently revealed styling and technology update, buyers at the entry level may be pleased - depending on their priorities, and how soon they buy. When the Kuga was last updated for Australia, in November last year, the company added its newer Sync 2 infotainment system and a larger 8...


2017 Chevrolet Camaro 'Z/28' spied
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro 'Z/28' spied

Our photographers have spotted the hottest version yet of the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro on and around the Nurburgring. At the front, this Camaro prototype sports a refashioned front apron with massive lower air intake complete with a large honeycomb pattern. This is flanked by canards, while underneath there's an aggressive front splitter...