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Ferrari's new flexible platform will bring major weight savings
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Ferrari's new flexible platform will bring major weight savings

Ferrari has confirmed that it is working on a new lightweight platform to underpin its next generation of vehicles. Dubbed the 'Next Generation' platform, it will be used in "several new flagship vehicle derivatives". The new architecture is said to be 15 per cent lighter than today's equivalents, but will also improve "performance of crash, NVH [noise, vibration and harshness] and other critical attributes by over 20 per cent"...


BMW M4 GT4 will go racing in 2018
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BMW M4 GT4 will go racing in 2018

The BMW M4 GT4 race car is scheduled to hit the track for the 2018 racing season. A direct replacement for the M3 GT4 that's still in use by privateer teams today, the M4 GT4 is currently being developed by BMW Motorsport, with the first tests scheduled to take place near the end of 2016...


2015 Tesla ‘Allterrain’ speculative rendering could hint at confirmed ute
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2015 Tesla ‘Allterrain’ speculative rendering could hint at confirmed ute

Earlier this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk released part two of his ‘masterplan’ for the all-electric company, which included mention of ‘a new kind of pick-up truck’. The ‘Tesla Allterrain’ concept above - a speculative rendering crafted by a former Tesla design intern - could give clues as to what this new ute may look like...


2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 could hit 300kW, lower-spec twin reported
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2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 could hit 300kW, lower-spec twin reported

The current Mercedes-AMG A45 is already the most powerful four-cylinder production car in the world, however the next-generation model will be even wilder, according to a new report. Believed to be scheduled for a 2019 release, the next-generation Mercedes-AMG hyper-hatch will again sit atop the new 2018 A-Class range, which is also reported to include a new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant...


Mazda Australia excited by Isuzu Ute deal
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Mazda Australia excited by Isuzu Ute deal

Mazda Australia says news that its parent company will develop the next BT-50 pickup ute with Isuzu, instead of Ford, has been met with universally strong support from its dealer network and other key stakeholders. As we reported a few weeks ago, the two Japanese companies announced a basic agreement that will see Isuzu produce the next generation Mazda ute, based on Isuzu’s D-Max, with input from both...


Peugeot 308 recalled for fuel leak risk
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Peugeot 308 recalled for fuel leak risk

Peugeot has issued a recall for 24 of its current-generation ‘T9’ 308 hatchbacks, over concerns a fuel leak could pose a fire risk. The company reports the rails supplying the fuel injectors could pose a leak risk over the long-term. If the fuel rail leaks it could cause spray fuel over hot areas in the engine bay, which could result in a fire hazard - posing a risk of damage to the vehicle and injury to the occupants or a third party...


CarAdvice Podcast episode 14: Old mate Graham, Driver training, new E-Class, and much more
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CarAdvice Podcast episode 14: Old mate Graham, Driver training, new E-Class, and much more

Welcome to episode 14 of the CarAdvice.com podcast! If you missed last week's episode, or you'd like to know more about the show, catch our earlier articles here. This week, it's Mandy Turner at the helm, joined by specialist sidekick Mike Stevens to discuss the latest CarAdvice news and reviews from across the automotive landscape and Australia's new-car market...


Mazda and Driver Dynamics take North Melbourne Kangaroos to school
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Mazda and Driver Dynamics take North Melbourne Kangaroos to school

Mazda Australia and the North Melbourne Football Club have teamed up with Driver Dynamics to teach some of the AFL's youngest players how to stay safe behind the wheel. Attending a Level 1 Driver Dynamics defensive driving course at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway – as part of the AFL’s player welfare initiative – a handful of first- and second-year North Melbourne Football Club players tackled a day of theory and practical learning...


Ford Falcon Ute production ended today
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Ford Falcon Ute production ended today

Production of the iconic Ford Falcon Ute ended today, marking the official beginning of the end for Australian car manufacturing. The final Ford Falcon Ute is a white XR6, and it rolled off the Broadmeadows production line just before 3pm. The vehicle will be retained by Ford Australia...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 29
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 29

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...


2017 Volkswagen Crafter unveiled, arrives in Australia late next year
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2017 Volkswagen Crafter unveiled, arrives in Australia late next year

The next-generation Volkswagen Crafter has been unveiled ahead of its debut in Australia late next year. Available in three different lengths and with the choice of three roof heights, the new van uses a new platform and, unlike the current van, is unrelated to the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Under the bonnet, the next-generation Crafter uses a new 2...


Lotus Elise Race 250 revealed: track-only special could come to Aus
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Lotus Elise Race 250 revealed: track-only special could come to Aus

Lotus has revealed the Elise Race 250, a track-only version of its entry-level sports car, and it could be coming to Australia. Billed as the fastest and most focused Elise the company has produced, the Elise Race 250 was specifically developed by the Lotus Motorsport division. Powering the track-special Elise is a supercharged 1...


Bristol Bullet revealed to celebrate 70-year anniversary
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Bristol Bullet revealed to celebrate 70-year anniversary

The anticipated new Bristol Bullet speedster, the British luxury car maker’s first new model since 2003, has been revealed this week to mark the company’s 70th anniversary. Known for its hand-built luxury cars, Bristol Cars is the last remaining descendent of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, which was a major aircraft manufacturer founded in the early 1900s...


Bugatti Chiron roadster ruled out
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Bugatti Chiron roadster ruled out

Unlike the Chiron, which was officially unveiled earlier this year. Brungs did not mention why Bugatti isn't pressing ahead with an al fresco variant, but it might have to do with belt tightening in the wake of the Dieselgate affair. The automaker is pivoting away from diesel engines to electric drivetrains, and recently agreed to a US$14...


Subaru XV Hybrid tS gets STI tweaks and a homeland launch schedule
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Subaru XV Hybrid tS gets STI tweaks and a homeland launch schedule

Subaru Technica International (STI) has opened order books for the Subaru XV Hybrid tS in Japan, but, fellow Aussies, don’t get excited - it won't be coming here. Revealed earlier this year, the XV Hybrid tS gains a host of STI enhancements over its XV Hybrid donor car - which also won’t make it to Australia...