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Subaru BRZ STI Sport concept revealed
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Subaru BRZ STI Sport concept revealed

It isn't perhaps the STI version of the Subaru BRZ that we've all longed for - instead, or more correctly again, the automotive world will be treated to another stylised concept version of the two-door coupe: the Subaru BRZ STI Sport concept...


Facelift fails: The worst styling updates of 2016
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Facelift fails: The worst styling updates of 2016

When brands update their cars, sometimes the stylists get it wrong. Facelifted models are supposed to add some flair to an existing model - to bring it up to speed with its competitors, or harden up some edges that may been looking a little limp on the original model. They can be massive, major overhauls, or nips and tucks and tweaks to minor aspects of the car's design...


First Maserati Levante already in Australia: Local distributor confirms 200 orders
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First Maserati Levante already in Australia: Local distributor confirms 200 orders

Don’t be surprised if you spot a 2017 Maserati Levante SUV on local roads this week, ahead of its scheduled on-sale early next year. A Maserati Australia spokesperson confirmed that some customers have air-freighted their Levante luxury SUVs to Australia ahead of the major shipment due locally early next year...


Volvo adds Skype calling to S90, V90, XC90
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Volvo adds Skype calling to S90, V90, XC90

Volvo has announced it will add Skype connectivity to its S90, V90 and XC90 models, making the Swedish brand the first car company to add the connectivity software to its cars. The system is Skype for Business, which is designed for conference calling, not video calls - so safety anoraks needn't be too concerned...


Volkswagen to recruit 1000 IT professionals: German giant investing big in future tech
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Volkswagen to recruit 1000 IT professionals: German giant investing big in future tech

The Volkswagen Group is set to hire over 1000 IT professionals over the next three years as it seeks to shore up its technological and autonomous future. IT experts from industries as diverse as gaming and big data research will be hired to expand and develop the Group’s push into artificial intelligence, big data, virtual reality, smart production and connectivity...


Opel GT RWD coupe not dead yet - report
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Opel GT RWD coupe not dead yet - report

Vauxhall-Opel’s spectacular Opel GT concept that debuted at the Geneva motor show earlier this year could yet become a reality, despite General Motors currently having no platform on which to base the RWD coupe. Reports out of Europe continue to suggest Opel is looking at ways to turn the concept into a production based rear-wheel-drive coupe...


Hyundai to showcase high-tech house, wearable robot tech at CES
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Hyundai to showcase high-tech house, wearable robot tech at CES

Hyundai is set to show off some intriguing ideas at CES 2017, including a smart house and wearable robot body parts, while fully autonomous Hyundai Ioniq models will be seen on The Strip in Las Vegas. The company says it is showcasing a vision for future mobility at the tech show early in January, with a focus on "intelligent autonomous driving and advanced, hyper-connectivity solutions that will link cars to customer’s lives"...


Most searched car brands of 2016
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Most searched car brands of 2016

Google has revealed its most searched automotive brands of 2016 - and the most popular car make may surprise you. Honda topped the 2016 most searched brands list, followed by German luxury brand Mercedes-Benz and electric car powerhouse Tesla. Teenage daydreamers looked up Lamborghini, while Swedish premium maker Volvo's new design language has clearly had an effect on potential customers, with it ranking fifth...


McLaren adds new personalisation options
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McLaren adds new personalisation options

McLaren buyers are already spoilt for choice - hey, if you can spend half-a-mill or more on a car, there are lots of options open to you in life! - but now the British sports car brand is adding a range of aftermarket personalisation packs to its ranks. The new range of McLaren Special Operations (MSO) Defined accessories allows owners to "refresh the design of their cars", be they old or new...


Manual sales on the nose, even in the most price-sensitive segments
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Manual sales on the nose, even in the most price-sensitive segments

Manual transmission sales are dipping away across most segments when it comes to new car sales, and the effects are even being felt in the most price-sensitive parts of the market. The light car or city car segment has traditionally been important for manufacturers to offer cheap manual versions of their most affordable models to get buyers through their showroom doors...


Hyundai cuts costs as SUV boom looms: report
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Hyundai cuts costs as SUV boom looms: report

Hyundai may appear to be one of the world's most successful automotive brands, but a lack of SUV and commercial vehicle models has actually seen the brand's sales drop, along with its share prices. A report from Reuters states the Korean automotive brand is working to cut costs, going as far as taking away benefits such as annual flights home to expatriate Hyundai executives for holidays...


Tesla's new Supercharger stations will offer better than 350kW of power
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Tesla's new Supercharger stations will offer better than 350kW of power

Famously outspoken Tesla boss Elon Musk has again taken to his favourite platform, Twitter, to hint at a powerful new upgrade. Responding to a query from Electrek.com writer Fred Lambert about solar installations at existing Supercharger stations, Musk said that while some are solar-powered already, it would be 'Supercharger V3' that would see the greatest benefit...


Daihatsu to dominate Tokyo Auto Salon with 11 diminutive concepts
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Daihatsu to dominate Tokyo Auto Salon with 11 diminutive concepts

  For a relatively small car company, Daihatsu is planning to put on a big show at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon. The Toyota-owned small car specialist will showcase 11 custom concepts all based on current production models that have been neatly modified. The 11 concepts fall under four overarching themes; Grand Custom, Sporza, Beach Cruising or Cross Field...


Ford Australia's designers and engineers aren't pigeonholed, says product chief
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Ford Australia's designers and engineers aren't pigeonholed, says product chief

Ford's growing research and development facilities in Victoria — home of the Ranger and Everest — are not pigeonholed into developing certain vehicle types, insists head of product development for the region Trevor Worthington...


Australia's 10 most dangerous sections of highway named
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Australia's 10 most dangerous sections of highway named

The Australian Automotive Association (AAA) has revealed the top 10 worst sections of highway along the National Land Transport Network. AAA's Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) examines the 247 sections of highway across the country that make up the 20,664km National Land Transport Network, and ranks them based on risk determined from the length of road section, traffic volume and casualty crash rates...