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2017 Skoda Rapid facelift confirmed
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2017 Skoda Rapid facelift confirmed

The Skoda Rapid small hatchback is set to get a revamp imminently, with the Czech brand's Australian arm confirming the revised model is due here by September. We haven't yet seen images of the updated version of the Rapid hatch, which has been on sale in Australia since May 2014, but it would be reasonable to think that this mid-life refresh will bring with it some cosmetic changes inside and out...


Skoda Kodiaq SUV fast-tracked for Australia, mid-$40K start point expected
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Skoda Kodiaq SUV fast-tracked for Australia, mid-$40K start point expected

The all-new Skoda Kodiaq SUV is being fast-tracked for its Australian launch, with the Czech brand confirming the seven-seat, all-wheel-drive high-rider will now arrive here in June. That is about six weeks earlier than the company had initially planned to launch the first-ever Skoda seven-seater, and there are a few reasons for Aussies earning early access to the Kodiaq...


Renault Trafic automatic confirmed at last
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Renault Trafic automatic confirmed at last

Better late than never. The Renault Trafic mid-sized van will get a much-needed automatic transmission in current-generation guise, the company has confirmed. A firm timeline is not clear because it’s a bit of a moving feast internally, but Renault Australia light commercial line manager Lyndon Healey says the self-shifter has at least been green lit...


2018 BMW Z5 spied top down alongside Toyota Supra coupe
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2018 BMW Z5 spied top down alongside Toyota Supra coupe

The BMW Z5 and the Toyota Supra have been spied together going through cold weather testing in northern Europe. Despite the fact that it was -14 degrees Celcius, the BMW's test driver decided to take the new convertible out for a spin with its top down. While both cars have been spied several times already, this is the first time that they've been photographed together...


2018 Ford Fiesta ST teased ahead of debut later this week
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2018 Ford Fiesta ST teased ahead of debut later this week

The next-generation Ford Fiesta ST has been teased via a video on social media ahead of its launch on February 24, European time. The video, first released on Instagram overnight, features a lightly disguised pre-production Fiesta ST racing a BMX rider through the company's factory in Cologne, Germany...


2017 Aston Martin V8, V12 Vantage S get wings thanks to F1 tie-up
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2017 Aston Martin V8, V12 Vantage S get wings thanks to F1 tie-up

Two brand-new special edition Red Bull Racing models have been revealed ahead of their official unveiling, planned for this year's opening round of the 2017 Formula One season in Melbourne. This time, though, thanks to a new relationship, they're not Renaults but Aston Martins...


2017 Skoda Superb Sportline pricing and specs
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2017 Skoda Superb Sportline pricing and specs

The 2017 Skoda Superb Sportline is now officially on sale, and the brand has added the comprehensive styling pack – including interior and exterior features – for just $1000 over the regular Superb 206TSI upon which it's based...


Geely, PSA to bid for Proton and Lotus takeover this week - report
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Geely, PSA to bid for Proton and Lotus takeover this week - report

Malaysian car maker Proton and its subsidiary Lotus were reported last year to be up for sale, with a number of car makers said to be keen on a purchase. In September, business paper Reuters reported Peugeot and Citroen parent PSA Group as one suitor, while Renault and Suzuki were also believed to be considering bids of their own...


CSIRO cracks the carbon-fibre code: Cheaper, stronger and mass-produced
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CSIRO cracks the carbon-fibre code: Cheaper, stronger and mass-produced

Australia’s CSIRO has cracked the carbon-fibre code, and in doing so has opened the floodgates to mass-production of the composite material in Australia. Currently only a handful of companies around the world are able to manufacture carbon-fibre, each with their own closely-guarded secret recipe...


SsangYong XAVL seven-seat concept teased
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SsangYong XAVL seven-seat concept teased

Korean car maker SsangYong will use next month's Geneva motor show to reveal yet another new concept, this one dubbed XAVL. Challenging Mitsubishi for some sort of "how many concepts can you reveal between new production models" award, SsangYong's latest show car will be a mid-sized SUV on the large end of the segment...


Toyota to reveal driverless tech in Geneva
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Toyota to reveal driverless tech in Geneva

The Toyota i-TRIL concept, destined for next month's Geneva motor show, will preview the company's step into the autonomous driving landscape. Described as an alternative to city cars, motorcycles, and "and other electric vehicles", the i-TRIL is said to be Toyota's view of an engaging and environmentally friendly mobility solution...


Mazda 2, 3, 6 recalled for seat fix
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Mazda 2, 3, 6 recalled for seat fix

Mazda has recalled thousands of its previous-generation passenger cars this week, over concerns for faulty seat lifters. The recall centres on the seat height adjustment mechanism, which could see either the adjustment lifter link crack, or the lifter link retaining nuts separate...


GM, Lyft to test thousands of autonomous Chevrolet Bolts in 2018 - report
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GM, Lyft to test thousands of autonomous Chevrolet Bolts in 2018 - report

General Motors is planning to deploy a fleet of autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EVs with its ride-sharing partner Lyft next year, according to a new report. Reuters cites "two sources familiar with the automaker's plans", saying the American automotive giant is looking to send thousands of autonomous-capable Bolts into testing from next year, which would mark the largest test of fully-driverless vehicles by any major manufacturer...


BMW voted world's most admired car company, pips Toyota
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BMW voted world's most admired car company, pips Toyota

BMW has been named the world's most admired automotive company by business magazine Fortune, one of only two car makers to make the top 50. Topping the rankings were Apple, Amazon.com and Starbucks, while BMW managed 21st, and Toyota came in at number 34. Other companies making the top 50 included Facebook and Microsoft (joint 9th), Coca-Cola (16th), Boeing (30th), Intel (46th), and McDonald's (48th)...


Ford Kuga recall still not confirmed, despite numerous reports of engine fires
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Ford Kuga recall still not confirmed, despite numerous reports of engine fires

Ford Australia has still not committed to recalling Kuga 1.6 models — unlike in South Africa, where it has done so — despite several engine fires being reported locally. Instead, Ford Australia says it is still speaking with affected owners (several of whom we have referred to higher levels of the company) and "investigating" whether it needs to call-in all Kugas with this engine for a fix...