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2017 Porsche Panamera and Panamera 4 on sale in Australia: New entry option hits local range
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2017 Porsche Panamera and Panamera 4 on sale in Australia: New entry option hits local range

The 2017 Porsche Panamera range has been bolstered by the addition of two new variants, the V6-powered Panamera and Panamera 4, providing a new entry point into the range. Joining the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, 4S, 4S Diesel and Turbo models, the new rear-wheel drive Panamera brings the entry point to $210,000 plus on-road costs, while the all-wheel-driven Panamera 4 starts from $220,400...


Skoda keen for more big-selling RS models, including SUVs
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Skoda keen for more big-selling RS models, including SUVs

Skoda Australia says it will put its hands up for any and all new RS models that might be in the pipeline, including any potential performance derivatives of its next-generation SUVs. The Skoda Octavia RS is the best-selling model from the Czech brand, signifying the importance of performance models that are in general far more popular in Australia as a percentage of overall sales than most other markets...


Audi CO2 emissions testing cheat device found in some transmissions - report
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Audi CO2 emissions testing cheat device found in some transmissions - report

Some popular Audi vehicles sold in the US feature a newly discovered emissions testing defeat device, a report in the German media claims. According to Bild am Sonntag, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has found software lurking with the automatic transmissions bearing the internal code AL55 and used with the company's V6 engines...


Skoda Kodiaq SUV could steal best-seller crown from Octavia
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Skoda Kodiaq SUV could steal best-seller crown from Octavia

The upcoming 2017 Skoda Kodiaq SUV has the potential to be the brand’s best-selling model, according to the European brand’s boss in Australia. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new Octavia RS230 in Sydney yesterday (review), the head of Skoda Australia, Michael Irmer, confirmed his high sales expectations for the new seven-seater SUV...


Skoda brand image rising, claims Australian boss
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Skoda brand image rising, claims Australian boss

Europe’s quirkiest brand, Skoda, has kept its sales steady this year in the shrinking passenger segment with a range of brand-building exercises that has seen it differentiate itself from parent company Volkswagen and offer an alternative to those seeking an aspirational Japanese brand...


Peugeot Australia offers 8-year warranty on MY15 models for limited time
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Peugeot Australia offers 8-year warranty on MY15 models for limited time

Peugeot has rolled out a big eight-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty and roadside assistance deal across its entire range for private buyers, besting the already impressive seven years offered by Kia. There's a catch, however: while Kia's seven-year offer is a permanent program for all models, Peugeot's new warranty is strictly limited to existing stocks of model-year 2015 vehicles that have not yet been sold...


Holden Colorado 4x4 sales on the up
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Holden Colorado 4x4 sales on the up

The recently refreshed 2017 Holden Colorado is a much better thing than it used to be, and sales of the ute are starting to reflect that. The numbers are going up in the more expensive four-wheel-drive segment – to the end of October 2016, sales of the Holden Colorado have increased 7.2 per cent year-on-year...


Volkswagen MQB platform to soldier on through two more generations - report
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Volkswagen MQB platform to soldier on through two more generations - report

The Volkswagen group's widely used 'MQB' modular architecture will reportedly soldier on for at least another two generations of the group's models. Speaking to German newspaper Boersen-Zeitung, Herbert Diess, the company's brand chief, said the component set can still be used for a long time. "In the past months we have worked on the cost side of MQB and made significant progress," he said...


2018 Porsche 911 development mule spied again
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2018 Porsche 911 development mule spied again

A developmental version of the next-generation Porsche 911 has been spotted on and around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Unlike an earlier mule that was spotted at around this time last year, the latest 911 development vehicle uses a new body, albeit one that's still based on the current-generation car...


2017 Skoda Octavia RS230 pricing and specs: Powered-up special edition hits Australia
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2017 Skoda Octavia RS230 pricing and specs: Powered-up special edition hits Australia

The 2017 Skoda Octavia RS230, touted as the fastest Octavia ever, is now on sale in Australia. After being confirmed for our market over a year ago, the limited-edition Octavia RS230 is now available - in limited numbers - to Australian customers, starting at $41,490 plus on-road costs for the 'liftback' sedan and $43,190 plus ORCs for the wagon...


Volkswagen Gol GT concept revealed in Sao Paulo
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Volkswagen Gol GT concept revealed in Sao Paulo

The Volkswagen Gol GT concept has been revealed at the Sao Paulo motor show in Brazil this week. Built in Brazil, the Volkswagen Gol is the South American relative to the Polo and Skoda Fabia. The three-door GT concept looks similar to a Polo GTI, featuring an even more aggressive bodykit, full-LED headlights, integrated LED daytime-running lights in the front bumper, and 18-inch 'Serron' alloy wheels...


BMW i3 successor a question of when, not if - report
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BMW i3 successor a question of when, not if - report

The BMW i3 hasn't been much of a sales success globally, but the electric vehicle's project manager strongly believes a second generation will launch. He would not confirm a launch window, however. Speaking with industry journal Automotive News, Heinrich Schwackhoefer said despite slow sales compared to rivals like Tesla, he expects the BMW i-range will live on...


Subaru announces pop-up shop upgrades in Victoria, more to come in 2017
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Subaru announces pop-up shop upgrades in Victoria, more to come in 2017

Japanese manufacturer Subaru has announced it will be upgrading its pop-up shops to permanent stores in Victoria, with more to come nationally over the next year. The brand's pop-up shop at Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre will be transitioning into a permanent store before the end of the year, while the pop-up in Northland Mall is also a candidate...


Android Auto skips the in-car display with new update
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Android Auto skips the in-car display with new update

If you've been agonising over your car's lack of compatibility with Android Auto or Apple Carplay, maybe you've gone so far as to consider a new car, or - where possible - replacing your car's existing infotainment system with a compatible aftermarket option. For Android users, there's now another option: stick your phone in a cradle and fire up the full Android Auto experience right there on the device itself...


2018 Holden Commodore teased as Opel details new LED matrix headlights
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2018 Holden Commodore teased as Opel details new LED matrix headlights

The new Opel Insignia, and in all likelihood the Holden Commodore too, will feature a second-generation version of GM's IntelliLux matrix LED headlights. While the first-generation unit, which is available in the new Holden Astra, features 16 LED segments all up, the new version will have 32 LED segments, with 16 on each side...