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Audi R&D budget increased since 'dieselgate', technology chief says
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Audi R&D budget increased since 'dieselgate', technology chief says

The recent Audi global press conference at the company's Ingolstadt headquarters marked the first time CarAdvice has heard a member of the VW Group's senior team use the term 'dieselgate'. It was at the same time, however, that Dr Stefan Knirsch, the man responsible for Audi technical development and a member of the Board Of Management for Audi AG, said that the company's research and development budget had in fact increased since the emissions scandal broke...


2017 Peugeot 5008 people-moving SUV spied testing
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2017 Peugeot 5008 people-moving SUV spied testing

The taller and more SUV-like 2017 Peugeot 5008 has been spied testing in snowy Sweden, ahead of a debut that will likely occur either late this year or early next. Although heavily camouflaged, it is clear from these new spy photos that the 2017 5008 will wear Peugeot’s familiar new headlight and grille design up front, matched to a long and tall glasshouse...


Nissan D40 Navara joins Takata airbag recall in Australia
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Nissan D40 Navara joins Takata airbag recall in Australia

The now retired D40 Navara has joined the growing list of vehicles recalled in Australia due to the faulty Takata airbag scandal. Joining examples of the D22 Navara that were recalled last year, this new recall of the D40 variant includes 41,373 Thailand-sourced vehicles in Australia, built between 2008 and 2014...


Audi CEO says 20 new or updated models to roll out in 2016
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Audi CEO says 20 new or updated models to roll out in 2016

After a challenging 2015 (to put it lightly), Audi says it is nevertheless committed to growth for 2016, including the launch of 20 new or revised models worldwide. This ambitious rollout is designed to push the brand beyond the record sales the Ingolstadt brand achieved last year, despite its obvious challenges in dealing with the diesel emissions scandal...


2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Australian launch line-up confirmed
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2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Australian launch line-up confirmed

Australian details for the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class range have been handed down today, ahead of a local launch now confirmed for July. Revealed in January, the new ‘W213’ E-Class comes as a successor to the W212 generation that debuted in 2009 and last received a major makeover in 2013...


Aston Martin plans to launch seven cars in seven years
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Aston Martin plans to launch seven cars in seven years

Aston Martin is planning on following up on the just launched DB11 with a further six new vehicles over the next six years. At the 2016 Geneva motor show, Andy Palmer, Aston Martin's CEO, told Auto Express about the company's 'Second Century Plan' in which the Gaydon-based marque will "reveal seven separate model lines over seven years under the two brands, Aston Martin and Lagonda"...


Volkswagen Group chief Matthias Muller looks forward to "new beginnings"
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Volkswagen Group chief Matthias Muller looks forward to "new beginnings"

At a much more low-key group night than usual on the eve of the 2016 Geneva motor show, every senior figure within the Volkswagen Group reiterated the bright future the brands are looking forward to, once the diesel emissions scandal is behind them. That message was reiterated by Volkswagen Group chairman of the board of management, Matthias Muller, with some measure of humility...


Holden VF Commodore and WN Caprice recalled for airbag sensor fix
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Holden VF Commodore and WN Caprice recalled for airbag sensor fix

Holden has announced a recall on the VF Series II Commodore and WN Caprice models, over concerns that a circuit board may not have been secured correctly in the casing of the airbag control model. Holden reports that the defect can lead to a slight delay in the deployment of side thorax and side curtain airbags, along with a risk that the airbags may otherwise deploy unexpectedly...


Audi SQ7 debuts with world-first electric turbocharging
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Audi SQ7 debuts with world-first electric turbocharging

Just days after the multiple reveals at the Geneva motor show there has been another global debut - the high-performance Audi SQ7 luxury SUV. It features numerous firsts for Audi, but also a world first - it’s the first ever S model in the Q7 lineup, and it features the first electric powered compressor to be used in a production vehicle...


Subaru Outback sales pass 100,000 in Australia
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Subaru Outback sales pass 100,000 in Australia

The iconic Subaru Outback model passed 100,000 lifetime sales in Australia over the course of February. Last month's monthly figure of 869 sales took the cumulative Outback tally to 100,012 here since 1996. That’s a sizeable ‘car park’, to use industry vernacular. Subaru Outback sales have hit sixth gear since the end of 2014 in particular, when the latest-generation model launched...


February 2016 VFACTS new vehicle sales
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February 2016 VFACTS new vehicle sales

The Australian new vehicle market underwent strong growth in February this year over the same (albeit one-day shorter) month in 2015 with 96,443 registrations recorded, up 6.7 per cent. The VFACTS figures released this morning by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show that last month was Australia’s highest February on record...


Peugeot Australia discounts 308, 2008 and 4008 for March
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Peugeot Australia discounts 308, 2008 and 4008 for March

Peugeot Australia’s distributor has announced a sharp pricing and aftersales campaign for the month of March to stimulate sales. Headlining the campaign is the Peugeot 308 Access hatch which will go for $22,990 drive-away with a free automatic transmission thrown in — which is the gearbox everyone buys anyway. This is a saving of about $2500...


Rugged SUV sales: MU-X beating Pajero Sport, Everest, Fortuner and Colorado 7
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Rugged SUV sales: MU-X beating Pajero Sport, Everest, Fortuner and Colorado 7

We get asked a lot of questions about the sales performance each month of Australia’s fleet of rugged, ute-based family off-roaders. We speak for the Ford Everest, Holden Colorado 7, Isuzu MU-X, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Toyota Fortuner, based respectively on the Ranger, Colorado, D-Max, Triton and HiLux...


2016 Geneva motor show: Hits and misses
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2016 Geneva motor show: Hits and misses

Salon international de l'auto, better known to many as the Geneva International Motor Show, has come and gone once again. This year's show brought a number of important unveilings, from the monumentally pricey and strictly limited-production Bugatti Chiron, Koenigsegg Regera and Lamborghini Centenario to the more accessible new Audi Q2, Toyota C-HR and Renault Megane wagon...


2016 Geneva motor show gallery — UPDATED
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2016 Geneva motor show gallery — UPDATED

With hundreds of new models revealed at the 2016 Geneva motor show, our team has been busy bringing you the latest news and information from the show. While our words do all the talking, there's nothing like a huge image gallery, so we've put together one of the most comprehensive image sets you'll find on the internet...