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2009 Mazda MX-5 first official image
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2009 Mazda MX-5 first official image

Update: Official image released by Mazda Following the release of renderings destined for the patent office onto the internet, a Spanish website has now published the first official images of the face lifted 2009 Mazda MX-5 roadster.   The majority of the changes seem to focus around the front end, converting the MX-5 over to Mazda's new design philosophy...


Luxury car tax increase defeated in the Senate
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Luxury car tax increase defeated in the Senate

Rejoice luxury car fans. The proposed increase in the Luxury Car Tax from 25% to 33% has been scrapped, when it was defeated in the Senate today. The Opposition, and Family First Senator Steve Fielding, voted against the bill today, which sees the LCT rate remain at 25% for vehicles over $57,000...


Ferrari to make Scuderia Spyder?
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Ferrari to make Scuderia Spyder?

Rumours are coming out of Italy today, about Ferrari's plans to lop the top off the 430 Scuderia, to create a Scuderia Spyder. The biggest impediment would surely be the weight increase, which is what (apart from extra power) sets the Scuderia apart from the standard F430...


2009 Kia Soul engines
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2009 Kia Soul engines

Kia has today confirmed a new model will join its lineup early next year. The car in question is the new Kia Soul, an urban crossover passenger car that is expected in Kia dealerships around the world by early 2009. The Korean giant will offer it's latest vehicles with a choice of two petrol engines and one diesel engine in both manual or automatic transmission...


Hyundai set to turn up the heat in Paris
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Hyundai set to turn up the heat in Paris

“Fast rising automotive star Hyundai wants to be the number one carmaker in the world. Don’t laugh, I’m betting it will happen sooner rather than later” - Anthony Crawford I haven’t met a motoring journo who doesn’t rate Hyundai’s i30, at least one with all his or her faculties in perfect working order. It’s a brilliant package, especially the 1...


Porsche goes hi-tech with virtual test drive
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Porsche goes hi-tech with virtual test drive

Porsche Cars North America has added a nifty little gadget to its official web site to showcase its new 2009 Porsche 911 sports car.   Potential buyers and dreamers alike can now build their own virtual course and view the new model in all its digital glory. All they have to do simply sketch out a path on screen which is then instantly rendered into a unique interactive film of a stunning computer-generated silver 911...


SUVs strong despite August sales slump
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SUVs strong despite August sales slump

Overall vehicle sales are down significantly for the second month in a row according to official figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).   The report shows that 77,324 cars, trucks and buses were sold in August - down 10,882 vehicles (12.3 percent) compared to the same month last year...


Top Gear Live!
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Top Gear Live!

“If you happen to be in London on business late October/early November or are one of the thousands of Aussies who work there, you might want to pull another shift and grab yourself a ticket to this Top Gear Live gig” -Anthony Crawford Jezza, Hamster and Captain slow, will host this outrageous event at the MPH The Prestige and Performance Motor Show at London’s Earl’s Court and Birmingham’s NEC (National Exhibition Centre)...


2008 HSV ClubSport R8 Tourer specs & pricing
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2008 HSV ClubSport R8 Tourer specs & pricing

Holden Special Vehicles has today launched its latest addition to the flagship performance VE range with the new ClubSport R8 Tourer.   Peculiarly however, it seems for the moment this is as far as the touring line-up will progress, with no official mention of a Senator based model as previously speculated...


Holden offers fuel at 99 cents per litre
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Holden offers fuel at 99 cents per litre

The economics might not make all that much sense on the surface, but given the amount of money and research that goes into developing more fuel efficient cars, perhaps it's more practical to simply offer cheap fuel instead of making fuel efficient cars? Plus it makes more marketing sense! Right? No doubt that idea was brought up at one of GM Holden's marketing seminars...


Honda FCX Clarity & Home Energy Station
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Honda FCX Clarity & Home Energy Station

Wouldn't it be nice if the car company that sold you the car also sold you its fuel? Or the means by which to produce the fuel? It sounds good for the car companies and it sounds even better for the consumer. The only obvious loser will be the fuel companies..


WALD Sportsline Nissan GT-R renderings
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WALD Sportsline Nissan GT-R renderings

In the Japanese instruction manual for the GT-R, Nissan actually specifies that customers should not try to 'improve' their cars with bodykits or oversized spoilers.   However in this case we will make an exception, with Japanese styling company WALD International having today released its first preliminary renderings of its own take on the GT-R...


Aston Martin to revive Lagonda marque
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Aston Martin to revive Lagonda marque

Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez has today confirmed his intention to revive the Lagonda marque just in time for its centenary celebrations.   The reincarnated Lagonda brand will use a unique design language as Aston Martin does, focussing on modernising design elements from its past...


Subaru parade honours McRae legend
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Subaru parade honours McRae legend

Update: Aerial image added. In honour of the late great Colin McRae, a convoy of almost 1,100 Subaru's stretching for more than 30kms has completed a landmark drive from McRae's home town Lanarkshire to Prodrive in Banbury.   The convoy was led by Jimmy McRae driving one of Colin's original 1996 Impreza 555 rally cars; with the event raising over $50,000 for the McRae family’s officially nominated charities...


2008 Lotus Exige S Review
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2008 Lotus Exige S Review

2008 Lotus Exige S Review “Bell & Ross make precision watches for professionals operating in extreme conditions. Similarly, the Lotus Exige S Performance Pack, is a precision instrument capable of extreme speeds across any paved terrain" Model tested: 2008 Lotus Exige S Performance Pack - $125,990 (RRP) Options: Touring Pack: $8000 Sport Pack: $6000 Note: 2008 Exige S with no Upgrade Option Packs: $114,990 Supercar looks, Supercar performance and Japanese reliability for a bargain price The Upgrade Option Packs are still too expensive...