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2016 BMW X5 adds 'Innovations' equipment pack as standard
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2016 BMW X5 adds 'Innovations' equipment pack as standard

BMW has announced that the 'Innovations' package will now be available as a no-cost option on all X5 models. This brings the top-selling luxury SUV in-line with the updated Mercedes-Benz GLE range in offering more safety- and technology-centric equipment as standard...


Volvo XC90 Excellence under consideration for Australia
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Volvo XC90 Excellence under consideration for Australia

A high-end, even more luxurious version of the Volvo XC90 appears to be on the cards for Australia. The local arm of the Chinese-owned Swedish brand has confirmed it is considering adding the Volvo XC90 Excellence to its ranks as a flagship model for the range, which currently tops out with the XC90 T8 R-Design plug-in hybrid model at $122,950 plus on-road costs...


2016 Mazda CX-9: initial Australian details revealed
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2016 Mazda CX-9: initial Australian details revealed

The all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9 seven-seat SUV will be offered in four grades when it launches later this year. The Japanese brand has confirmed that the new CX-9 will be offered in Sport, Touring, GT and Azami model lines, with all four variants to be offered with front- or on-demand all-wheel drive...


2017 Audi A3 revealed ahead of Australian launch: New engines, upgraded tech on-board
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2017 Audi A3 revealed ahead of Australian launch: New engines, upgraded tech on-board

The refreshed 2017 Audi A3 has been revealed today ahead of an Australian launch confirmed for later this year. First launched in 2012, the third-generation Audi A3 has been given a midlife makeover, with refreshed looks at both ends, upgraded technology in the cabin and new engines under the bonnet...


Lada Kalina NFR revealed as company’s fastest production car
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Lada Kalina NFR revealed as company’s fastest production car

Lada has revealed details of its latest creation, the Kalina NFR, heralded as the Russian manufacturer’s fastest-ever production vehicle. While Lada currently flexes its performance muscles in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) with a racing version of the Lada Vesta, the car maker is not exactly renowned for producing road cars with impressive performance...


Ford Australia the fast riser in 2016 sales race
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Ford Australia the fast riser in 2016 sales race

Ford Australia grew its sales over the first quarter of 2016 more than any other brand, March VFACTS industry sales figures have revealed. The Blue Oval brand’s local arm sold 18,641 units between January and March, up 13.7 per cent. This is also 2239 more vehicles than it sold over the same period in 2015, a differential matched by no other brand...


Tesla Model X production hampered by ‘hubris', admits company
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Tesla Model X production hampered by ‘hubris', admits company

Production of the Tesla Model X has been hampered by what the company claims is “hubris” and cramming “far too much new technology” into a new vehicle. Despite the hype and apparent enthusiasm of Tesla loyalists, there aren’t many Model X crossovers on the road today. In the last four months of 2015 just 208 Model X crossovers were delivered to customers...


Faraday Future zooms in on new EV model teaser
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Faraday Future zooms in on new EV model teaser

Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future has handed down a new teaser image for the first of its upcoming production models, offering a closer look at a vehicle previewed in November last year. At the time, Faraday Future had been shrouded in mystery, with little to no official word on the company’s management or backing...


Abarth 124 Spider confirmed for Australia, Fiat version ruled out
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Abarth 124 Spider confirmed for Australia, Fiat version ruled out

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia (FCA) has confirmed it will bring only the Abarth 124 Spider flagship roadster to our market, leaving the regular Fiat model off the local schedule. Unveiled at March’s Geneva motor show, the top-shelf Abarth-enhanced version of the new 124 Spider, itself based on Mazda’s new MX-5, is powered by a turbocharged 1...


PSA Peugeot Citroen ‘Push to Pass’ plan revealed: Pick-up ute confirmed, 34 new models by 2021
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PSA Peugeot Citroen ‘Push to Pass’ plan revealed: Pick-up ute confirmed, 34 new models by 2021

French car maker PSA Peugeot Citroen has announced a new “Push to Pass” business plan that will see it launch “one new car, per region, per brand and per year” between now and 2021. The plan, built on 34 models across the Peugeot, Citroen and DS brands, will include 26 passenger cars and eight light commercial vehicles - the latter group including a new one-tonne pick-up ute, first reported in the European press...


2017 BMW 5 Series M Sport sedan exterior and interior spy photos
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2017 BMW 5 Series M Sport sedan exterior and interior spy photos

Our spy photographers have landed yet another cache of photos of the next-generation BMW 5 Series. This time our team has come upon the new 5 Series sedan in M Sport trim. Compared to earlier sedan and wagon prototypes, this M Sport sedan is wearing different front and rear bumpers. Up front, as you'd expect, there are larger, and more aggressively styled lower air intakes...


Land Rover Australia sales overtake Jeep
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Land Rover Australia sales overtake Jeep

In an interesting convergence of two diametrically-opposed line graphs, Land Rover is currently selling more vehicles in Australia than Jeep, while it's also selling more SUVs than Mercedes-Benz and BMW in the luxury market. Between January and March, Land Rover sold 4093 units in Australia, up 49.8 per cent. Jeep, meanwhile, sold 3787, down 50...


January-March 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, ups and downs of the first quarter
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January-March 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, ups and downs of the first quarter

We’re now into the second quarter of 2016, meaning we are able to deduce some Australian car industry trends for the year-to-date (YTD). Leading the pack in the sales race is the Mazda 3, which is a nose ahead of the Toyota Corolla, though sales of both of these small cars are down. Rounding out the top five were the Toyota HiLux, Hyundai i30 and Ford Ranger...


BAIC electric supercar leaked, details emerge
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BAIC electric supercar leaked, details emerge

Chinese manufacturer Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC) is understood to be working on a new electric supercar to take on the world’s elite, after images were leaked online this week. Although no official details have been released, reports claim that the Chinese automotive giant’s zero-emissions supercar will be capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in under three seconds and hit a top speed of 260km/h...


March 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, winners and losers
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March 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, winners and losers

Australian new vehicle sales were down slightly in March 2016 over last year’s mammoth tally, with 104,512 units registered meaning a drop of 0.5 per cent. March sales are usually high because it’s the end of the Japanese financial year. However, the top-selling car in March was Korean — the Hyundai i30, skating to first thanks to strong factory drive-away deals...