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McLaren 570GT 'XP Green' by MSO revealed
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McLaren 570GT 'XP Green' by MSO revealed

Update: McLaren's local division has confirmed that the 570GT XP Green won't be offered locally, and is reserved for Europe and the UK. See bottom of article for details. McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has created a limited-run collection of six special 570GT sports cars, finished in traditional British automotive colours...


Mini design ‘needs to progress’, no larger models planned
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Mini design ‘needs to progress’, no larger models planned

Mini says that it has stepped out of the ‘retro’ design philosophy and is embarking on a new era of design that will see the brand progress with a new distinct flavour that still maintains the core DNA of the brand’s iconic styling...


Ford Fiesta axed in the US, Australian prospects still unclear
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Ford Fiesta axed in the US, Australian prospects still unclear

American fans of the Ford Fiesta will have to keep their current-generation vehicles, as the company's North American arm has announced that the US won't be getting any versions of its little hatchback - not even the hot ST model. Speaking with CarBuzz at the Frankfurt motor show, Leo Roeks, Ford Performance of Europe director, said low demand in the US is to blame for the Fiesta's demise...


Toyota 86: Plans for next-gen car still secret, but local arm keen as ever
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Toyota 86: Plans for next-gen car still secret, but local arm keen as ever

Go back to December 2015 – just before the Ford Mustang launched in Australia – and the top-selling sports car in the segment was the Toyota 86. These days, sales of the rear-drive two-door are down almost 22 per cent on 2016, and down more than 41 per cent on 2015. Despite this, Toyota Australia says it's still as keen as ever to have the model in the local line-up...


Toyota Australia confident of future success, “whichever direction” things go
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Toyota Australia confident of future success, “whichever direction” things go

Those inside the local division of the world's largest car manufacturer, Toyota, say while other brands might be focussing attention on a single future powertrain technology, they're confident the Japanese marque's broader approach will prove successful in the long run...


Renault Kangoo dCi EDC here by year's end - UPDATE
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Renault Kangoo dCi EDC here by year's end - UPDATE

Update: Renault Australia has confirmed the launch of the Kangoo dCi EDC for our market "before the end of 2017. See bottom of article for details. The Renault Kangoo diesel is now available with the company's Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic transmission in Europe, after previously being a manual-only affair...


Mazda confirms new rotary concept for 2017 Tokyo motor show
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Mazda confirms new rotary concept for 2017 Tokyo motor show

A new Mazda concept car featuring a rotary engine is destined for the 2017 Tokyo motor show, which starts in late October. At the Frankfurt motor show, Matsuhiro Tanaka, Mazda's head of research and development in Europe, told AutoExpress, "With the Tokyo Motor Show we will be introducing a new design concept — you can think of it as an evolution of theme of the RX Vision"...


Volkswagen 'truly respects' EV pioneer Tesla
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Volkswagen 'truly respects' EV pioneer Tesla

Volkswagen, which as a group aspires to be the world leader in electric cars, says it has nothing but respect and admiration for industry agitator Tesla, Inc. The German brand’s board member who oversees global sales and marketing, Jurgen Stackmann, told us recently in Frankfurt that the Silicon Valley titan had “come from nothing, from an interesting angle” and earned a spot at the big table as an industry leader...


2018 Holden Astra 'GSi' spied
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2018 Holden Astra 'GSi' spied

A hotter version of the Holden Astra hatch has been spied undergoing testing with almost no disguise on. The development prototype wears new front and rear bumpers with new styling that's sportier, but not overly aggressive. The car's sporty intent is signalled by splashes of red piping at both ends...


Electric cars are nowhere
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Electric cars are nowhere

The Frankfurt motor show is big. It’s like if they took Sydney’s international and domestic airports, tripled it in size, took away any form of cohesive internal transport and put lots of cars in it. Even then, I think the Frankfurt show is bigger. Every two years when I attend the show I always vow that next time, I will actually see things...


Mini committed to diesel 'long term'
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Mini committed to diesel 'long term'

Mini says that it looks forward to selling many diesel-powered vehicles in the year to come, defending the engine type against its current political and environmental issues following 'Dieselgate' and committing to the technology for the long term...


Mini envisions autonomous driving for race tracks
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Mini envisions autonomous driving for race tracks

Mini admits that autonomous driving technology in its traditional sense does not make a whole lot of sense for the young and sporty brand, however, it foresees a future where the artificial intelligence in its cars can be used to showcase the full sporty potential of its vehicles...


Genesis SUVs ‘critical’ for the brand’s success
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Genesis SUVs ‘critical’ for the brand’s success

All mainstream and luxury car brands seemingly need SUVs to survive, and new premium Korean offering Genesis is no different in that regard. The company has already announced it will have two SUVs globally in 2019, and locally in Australia by 2020. There’s been a glimpse of what to expect with the GV80 concept, a model name structure that is expected to carry over to the first new-generation SUV from Genesis...


Toyota HiLux upgrades and improvements coming: local arm 'not resting on laurels'
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Toyota HiLux upgrades and improvements coming: local arm 'not resting on laurels'

Despite the Toyota HiLux dominating local sales figures for the last sixth months consecutively – and taking out top honours in 2016 – the Japanese car maker's local division says it's taking the market and the segment seriously, with more upgrades and improvements to the hard-working model well and truly in the pipeline...


Mini and electric propulsion fit like 'a hand in glove'
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Mini and electric propulsion fit like 'a hand in glove'

Mini says its existing urban and younger demographic appeal make its transition to electric propulsion a much easier task than for some other brands. Speaking to the Australian media at last week's 2017 Frankfurt motor show, Mini senior vice president Sebastian Mackensen confirmed his brand’s intentions for electrification but also admitted that it will take time, with the transitioning period particularly important to avoid disfranchising existing owners...