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Suzuki raided in Japan over fuel economy irregularities
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Suzuki raided in Japan over fuel economy irregularities

The headquarters of Suzuki have been raided by the Japanese authorities as part of on-going investigations into the company's irregular fuel economy calculation processes. On May 18, Suzuki admitted that it had used an improper and illegal testing procedure to calculate its fuel economy numbers for models sold in Japan...


Subaru Australia sets May sales record
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Subaru Australia sets May sales record

Subaru Australia's strong SUV range led it it to a record May sales tally of 4002 units, placing it ninth overall. Its range growth was 6 per cent for the month, taking annual growth to 10.3 per cent. Leading the way was the Subaru Forester with 1336 units, up 28 per cent, edging it closer to the class-leading Mazda CX-5 (2117), Toyota RAV4 (1695), Hyundai Tucson (1643) and Nissan X-Trail (1537)...


Volvo Trucks concept claims 30 per-cent fuel saving
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Volvo Trucks concept claims 30 per-cent fuel saving

Volvo Trucks has revealed a concept vehicle that it claims cuts fuel consumption by ‘more than 30 per cent’. Dubbed the Volvo Concept Truck and built with support from the Swedish Energy Agency, the vehicle is part of a project that aims to reduce fuel consumption in long-haul trucks by 50 per cent. "We continuously work on developing more energy-efficient vehicles...


Volkswagen Up! GTI in the works - report
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Volkswagen Up! GTI in the works - report

Volkswagen is rumoured to be developing a range-topping GTI variant of its small Up! hatch, according to a new report. British car magazine AutoCar claims officials at the firm’s headquarters in Germany are planning the new GTI model as a rival to the Abarth 595...


Genesis planning an electric vehicle: "full electric cars are the future"
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Genesis planning an electric vehicle: "full electric cars are the future"

Genesis, Hyundai's new luxury marque, is planning an electric vehicle, although launch timing has yet to be announced. Manfred Fitzgerald, once brand director for Lamborghini and now head of the Genesis brand, told Reuters and other news organisations, "We will definitely go, as [the] Genesis brand, down the road of alternative propulsions and it is very, very obvious that EV is definitely on the map"...


Top-selling utes and vans: Deep-dive into Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and beyond
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Top-selling utes and vans: Deep-dive into Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and beyond

Light commercial vehicles nailed it in May, recording 10.6 per cent growth year-on-year and managing overall market share of exactly 20 per cent. That means one in every five new vehicles purchases last month was a ute, van or light bus of some variety...


Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio performance flagship coming - report
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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio performance flagship coming - report

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio - the company's first foray into the expanding SUV segment - will reportedly debut with a high-performance Quadrifoglio model aimed squarely at the premium market's flagships. Reports claims the firm’s bosses have given the green light to focus on challenging the best-in-class vehicles in terms of ride, handling and straight-line speed...


Ford Fiesta and Focus ST-Line sports packs revealed
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Ford Fiesta and Focus ST-Line sports packs revealed

Ford has added a new sports-inspired styling pack to its Focus and Fiesta models, but Australian availability has yet to be confirmed. Revealed for the European market this week, the new ST-Line follows in the footsteps of similar packages offered locally by the likes of Renault and Kia - which both offer packs dubbed GT-Line - among others...


2016 Mini Cooper and Cooper S hatch pricing and specifications
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2016 Mini Cooper and Cooper S hatch pricing and specifications

Australian pricing and details for the 2016 Mini Cooper and Cooper S hatch range have been revealed today, bringing a revised equipment spread for the new model year. Both variants of the Cooper and Cooper S remain unchanged in terms of performance, but have gained a number of upgrades to both standard and optional features lists...


Tesla Model 3 owners will have to pay to use Superchargers
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Tesla Model 3 owners will have to pay to use Superchargers

Buyers who are in line to receive the new Tesla Model 3 will have to pay to use the company's Supercharger charging network. During a conference call with shareholders earlier this week, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, was asked how the company would cope with a wave of new vehicles at its Supercharger stations once deliveries of the Model 3 begin...


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

The Australian new vehicle market grew again in May, up 3.6 per cent year-on-year with 96,672 sales, and thereby stayed on all-time record pace. However, with private sales going backwards, it was larger-scale business and fleet sales that kept things flying. Familiar patterns remained largely that in May. Passenger car sales sank and SUVs were up across the board (nabbing 37...


2017 Genesis G80 unveiled, due here next year: 3.3 turbo Sport model revealed
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2017 Genesis G80 unveiled, due here next year: 3.3 turbo Sport model revealed

Hyundai has unveiled its 'new' 2017 Genesis G80 sedan in South Korea this week, ahead of an Australian debut set for sometime next year. Debuting as an update and renamed version of the model known here as the Hyundai Genesis, the G80 will be the first model to be marketed specifically under the Genesis brand in Australia...


Lexus IS models join Takata airbag recall in Australia
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Lexus IS models join Takata airbag recall in Australia

A number of Lexus models have this week joined the the enormous ongoing Takata airbag recall. The company's local arm has been forced to issue a recall notice this week over fears the affected cars have been fitted with defective Takata airbag inflators. According to the car maker, the recall affects approximately 21,750 vehicles in Australia, built between 2005 and 2011...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for June 3
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for June 3

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


New car sales figures May 2016
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New car sales figures May 2016

The following data are new car sales figures for the month of May 2016. For a detailed market analysis, click here...