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The Holden Commodore and three things we'll miss: The V8 ute!
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The Holden Commodore and three things we'll miss: The V8 ute!

As the sun sets on Australian manufacturing, we look back on three things we'll miss about the Australian creation: the Holden Commodore. The Commodore Ute was uniquely Australian, in the sense that Australia invented the ute. Of course, while the ute was Ford's creation, Holden made it fast and go around corners...


Hyundai Elantra BTR Edition revealed for SEMA
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Hyundai Elantra BTR Edition revealed for SEMA

Hyundai has wheeled out another hotted-up show car ahead of the SEMA show later this month - the BTR Edition Elantra Sport concept. Designed in conjunction with Blood Type Racing, the BTR Edition builds on the standard Elantra Sport – known as the SR Turbo in Australia – platform with some fairly serious performance upgrades...


Toyota reveals fuel-cell concepts for Tokyo
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Toyota reveals fuel-cell concepts for Tokyo

Toyota has revealed a pair of hydrogen fuel-cell concepts for the Tokyo motor show - the aptly-named Fine-Comfort Ride concept and the Sora bus concept. Following the announcement of the Concept-i family of autonomous electric vehicles earlier this week, these two new vehicles focus more on Toyota's expertise in fuel-cell technology...


2018 Audi A8: Australian details
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2018 Audi A8: Australian details

The 2018 Audi A8 will begin filtering into Australian showrooms and garages from the middle of 2018, and the company has announced some preliminary details about local specifications. Australian drivetrain options for this new fifth-generation A8 have yet to be locked in and confirmed, but Shaun Cleary, head of corporate communications for Audi Australia, says the two most likely engines to be offered will be the 3...


2018 Nissan X-Trail TL diesel pricing and specs
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2018 Nissan X-Trail TL diesel pricing and specs

The facelifted Nissan X-Trail range has been completed this week with the arrival of the flagship TL diesel variant, kicking off from $47,790 plus on-road costs. Now the second diesel variant in the refreshed line-up, the TL complements the entry-level TS diesel ($35,990), with both fitted as standard with a continuously-variable transmission (CVT) and an on-demand all-wheel drive system...


Waymo's driverless cars make thousands of decisions every second to keep you alive
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Waymo's driverless cars make thousands of decisions every second to keep you alive

Google’s self-driving project, Waymo, has shared a safety report with the US Transport Department, shining a light on how it operates its autonomous test fleet. The detailed report looks at how the systems in Waymo cars operate, the type of data they record, what happens when something goes wrong and how the car deals with an accident...


Mitsubishi to release six new models by 2020
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Mitsubishi to release six new models by 2020

Mitsubishi has announced its Drive For Growth three-year plan, which will include the release of six all-new vehicles. The plan targets a 30 per cent increase in annual sales to 1.3 million vehicles per annum, along with an operating profit margin of 6.0 per cent or more by the end of 2019...


McLaren previews track-focussed Ultimate Series supercar
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McLaren previews track-focussed Ultimate Series supercar

McLaren Automotive has today confirmed the upcoming BP23 'Hyper GT' will be joined by a track-focussed supercar in the company's Ultimate Series line-up. Sitting alongside the three-seat BP23 in the ultra-exclusive Ultimate Series range, the as-yet unnamed car will be unveiled early in 2018...


2018 Alpina XD3 spied in Germany
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2018 Alpina XD3 spied in Germany

A BMW X3 prototype believed to be the upcoming Alpina XD3 has been spied this week in its home of Germany. Spotted near another camouflaged X3, the Alpina is distinguished by its front bumper design (below), which is closely related to those on other models across the tuning company's range...


2018 Kia Sorento pricing and specs
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2018 Kia Sorento pricing and specs

Local pricing and specifications for the updated 2018 Kia Sorento range have been announced this week, bringing a range of technology and equipment additions to the company's flagship SUV. Headlining the changes are a refreshed look and a new eight-speed automatic transmission across the range, along with technology and driver assistance upgrades...


Aussie students win miniature F1 contest in Malaysia
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Aussie students win miniature F1 contest in Malaysia

A team of Australian high school students has beaten teams from 27 countries in a competition to create a miniature Formula 1 car. The competition is part of the F1 in Schools program, and involved 50 teams. The team, dubbed ‘Hyperdrive’, was made up of four students from Melbourne's Trinity Grammar, and received support from Swinburne University...


Tesla completes Supercharger network between Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane
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Tesla completes Supercharger network between Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane

Tesla has continued the expansion of its charging network in Australia, with five new Superchargers in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. A charge station in Horsham means the Supercharger link between Melbourne and Adelaide is now complete, while stations in Keith, Clare Valley and the Adelaide city centre are designed to allow Model S and Model X owners to travel between Adelaide and Brisbane without running flat...


Nissan Intelligent Mobility concept teased ahead of Tokyo debut
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Nissan Intelligent Mobility concept teased ahead of Tokyo debut

Nissan has teased a new concept ahead of the Tokyo motor show on October 25 that "embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility". There are no other details about the car other than the reveal date, though a short video hints at autonomous driving systems, connected vehicle technology and electrification - all key pillars of Nissan's Intelligent Mobility philosophy...


2018 Porsche 718 GTS pricing and specs
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2018 Porsche 718 GTS pricing and specs

The 2018 Porsche 718 GTS range has been revealed and priced for Australia, with the new sports cars set to arrive in March 2018 from $173,100 plus on-road costs. Headlining the upgrades over lesser models is an uprated version of the 718 S's 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine, developing 269kW of power and 430Nm of torque – up 11kW and 10Nm over the 718 S – the latter of which is available between 1900 and 5000rpm...


2016-17 Fiat Ducato recalled for exhaust fix
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2016-17 Fiat Ducato recalled for exhaust fix

The 2016-17 Fiat Ducato van has been recalled this week over concerns the exhaust recirculation system could break and cause a loss of drivability. According to the manufacturer, affected vehicles may be fitted with an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) pipe that breaks due to "potential non-conformity"...