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2017 Mini JCW Countryman on sale in Australia
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2017 Mini JCW Countryman on sale in Australia

The 2017 Mini JCW Countryman not only brings the highest power outputs for any vehicle in the Mini stable - it also brings the highest asking price. The flagship Mini JCW Countryman model arrives priced at $57,900 plus on-road costs, with the choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic with paddles at no cost...


Mini Cooper Ice Blue and Clubman Masterpiece special editions coming
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Mini Cooper Ice Blue and Clubman Masterpiece special editions coming

There'll be two new special edition versions of the Mini Cooper Hatch and Mini Clubman launching in the coming months. First up will be an October launch for the Mini Clubman Masterpiece, a limited edition model of 30 examples based on the Cooper S Clubman model...


2018 Mazda CX-9 pricing and specs
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2018 Mazda CX-9 pricing and specs

The Mazda CX-9 has received a 2018 model-year update just over a year since its initial release, bringing new technologies like the company's G-Vectoring control system, along with a new colour. Announced this week, the entire CX-9 range gets G-Vectoring Control (GVC), which adjusts engine torque in response to steering inputs, which the company claims helps to deliver "unified control of lateral and longitudinal acceleration g-forces, enhancing the vertical load on each wheel"...


2018 Hyundai 'FE' fuel-cell SUV revealed, hits Australian Alps for testing
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2018 Hyundai 'FE' fuel-cell SUV revealed, hits Australian Alps for testing

The upcoming Hyundai 'FE' fuel-cell SUV has been revealed in near-production form in Seoul this week, ahead of its official launch "early next year". Serving as the replacement for the current ix35 Fuel Cell, the 'Next Generation FCEV' (official name to be announced in January) will be the company's second commercially-produced fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV), and will be powered by Hyundai's fourth-generation hydrogen fuel-cell technology...


2011-15 Ford Focus recalled for fuel tank fix
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2011-15 Ford Focus recalled for fuel tank fix

Ford has issued a recall for 42,988 examples of its Focus small car built between 2011 and 2015, over concerns the fuel tank could crack and leak. The Blue Oval reports that certain vehicles "under particular environmental conditions" may ingest excessive levels of dust, which may block the carbon canister during a purge cycle, causing the fuel tank to reach vacuum levels that exceed design limits...


2018 Toyota Prius C pricing and specs
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2018 Toyota Prius C pricing and specs

The updated 2018 Toyota Prius C has landed in Australia, bringing a revised look inside and out, along with extra equipment for marginal price increases across the range. Starting from $24,040 before on-road costs, the Prius C kicks off $590 more expensive than before, though it maintains its title as the most affordable hybrid vehicle available in the Australian market...


Left-hand drive supercars to be legal in Oz by 2019 - cheers Mr Turnbull
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Left-hand drive supercars to be legal in Oz by 2019 - cheers Mr Turnbull

Buried in a Turnbull government announcement yesterday was a gem that's set to greenlight the import of left-hand-drive hypercars into Australia, by 2019, for driving on public roads. The press release by the minister for urban infrastructure, Paul Fletcher MP, detailed a revised bill set to be submitted to parliament by the end of the year...


Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel and Mobileye's autonomous car development program
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Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel and Mobileye's autonomous car development program

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has signed a memorandum of understanding to join the autonomous vehicle development program led by the BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye. The Italian-American car company says it will contribute engineering and other technical resources to the development of the new self-driving car platform, as well as large sales volumes and a significant presence in the North American market...


German chancellor keen on petrol and diesel sales ban
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German chancellor keen on petrol and diesel sales ban

German chancellor Angela Merkel is in favour of banning the sale of new petrol and diesel powered cars by 2030 or 2040, but her government isn't yet willing to set a firm date for the issue. In an interview with SuperIllu, excerpts from which were released earlier this week, Merkel said, "I cannot name a precise year yet [for the petrol and diesel sales ban], but the approach is correct"...


Genesis SUV pair arriving in Australia around 2020, G70 and G80 delayed until early 2018
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Genesis SUV pair arriving in Australia around 2020, G70 and G80 delayed until early 2018

Genesis, luxury subsidiary of Korean manufacturer Hyundai, plans to launch two SUVs locally by around 2020, while the G70 and G80 sedans will be the first cabs off the rank early next year. Following the launch of the standalone brand, along with the G70 and G80 (formerly Hyundai Genesis) at the beginning of 2018, Bill Thomas, general manager for external affairs at Hyundai Australia, told CarAdvice that Genesis is looking to bring two SUVs Down Under - though they're still "at least two years away"...


Government changes direction on private 'parallel' import plan
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Government changes direction on private 'parallel' import plan

Plans to loosen laws preventing 'parallel' vehicle imports have largely been shelved as part of the federal government's re-jigged Road Vehicle Standards Bill, designed to take effect in 2019. As you may recall, representatives from the Turnbull Government early last year flagged changes to the extant Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1987, to allow parallel ‘grey’ importation of near-new cars from 2018...


Holden 'Dream Cruise' to celebrate Australian manufacturing on October 15
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Holden 'Dream Cruise' to celebrate Australian manufacturing on October 15

Holden is calling on owners of all its Australian-built models to take part in its 'Dream Cruise' - scheduled for Sunday, October 15 - to celebrate local automotive manufacturing. Announced this week, the Holden Dream Cruise is an opportunity for enthusiasts and the wider community to show off and experience the first and last cars built in Australia by Holden, led by the 1948 48/215 and 2017 VF II Commodore (pictured)...


2018 Volkswagen T-Roc design teased ahead of August debut - video
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2018 Volkswagen T-Roc design teased ahead of August debut - video

The upcoming Volkswagen T-Roc SUV has been teased again this week, following the release of a less revealing video earlier in the month. The look of the new T-Roc, set to be unveiled on August 23, will walk the line between the light Polo hatch and larger Tiguan SUV, showing more of Volkswagen's new-generation styling themes...


BMW roadster teased again ahead of August 17 reveal
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BMW roadster teased again ahead of August 17 reveal

The BMW roadster bound for this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance has been teased again this week ahead of its official reveal on August 17. Believed to be a preview for the successor to the discontinued Z4 sports car, this latest image - shared on the company's Facebook page - shows an aggressive-looking convertible complete with a low and wide nose, sharp character lines through the sides, and large alloy wheels in a star-spoke design...


Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster and Shooting Brake revealed
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Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster and Shooting Brake revealed

The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato family has grown from two members to four, with the British marque announcing two new versions this week; the Speedster and Shooting Brake. Joining the already-revealed Zagato Coupe and Volante, the Speedster and Shooting Brake will see the total production run for the Vanquish Zagato increased to 325 units, with just 28 examples of the Speedster and a further 99 Shooting Brakes to be built...