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BMW Australia favours GT Championship over Supercars series
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BMW Australia favours GT Championship over Supercars series

BMW Australia says it was approached by numerous V8 supercar teams to enter the new-regulation 2017 Supercar championship season, but the German brand ultimately decided that GT racing was the better option. BMW Australia boss, Marc Werner, confirmed that his brand was approached by numerous V8 supercar teams to provide the foundations for a new entry in the 2017 season but the decision was instead made in favour of entering the GT championship from next year...


BMW Australia to enter GT Championship with M6 GT3
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BMW Australia to enter GT Championship with M6 GT3

BMW Australia has confirmed that it will enter the GT championship next year with the soon-to-arrive BMW M6 GT3. Speaking to the media at a special event in Melbourne today, BMW Australia boss, Marc Werner, said the manufacturer-backed BMW team would be a unique entry into the championship and an ideal fit for the BMW brand...


Volkswagen Australia confirms no local models exceed claimed CO2 emissions
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Volkswagen Australia confirms no local models exceed claimed CO2 emissions

Volkswagen has concluded that none of its vehicles sold in Australia produce more carbon dioxide (CO2) than claimed, following a thorough internal investigation into a number of models in its line-up. The beleaguered car maker today announced that the majority of the models under investigation did correspond with the CO2 figures originally determined, but confirmed nine variants sold overseas showed slightly heightened levels of CO2 emissions...


EU, American states push for 2050 ban on petrol and diesel cars
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EU, American states push for 2050 ban on petrol and diesel cars

The European Commission’s push to have conventional petrol and diesel vehicles banned from dense city areas is building steam, with news this week that more regions will work towards the same goal. In 2011, the European Commission proposed a commitment to massively transform Europe’s transport networks and needs, in a bid to cut overall carbon emissions by around 60 per cent...


Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman names confirmed for 2016 overhaul
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Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman names confirmed for 2016 overhaul

Porsche’s compact sports car duo will be rebranded the Porsche 718 Boxster and Porsche 718 Cayman as part of a significant overhaul in 2016. The new 718 model series nomenclature pays homage to Porsche’s four-cylinder 718 racer of the same name that won a number of iconic races in Europe in the late 1950s and early 1960s...


Lotus Exige Sport 350 revealed: Plaid seats, exposed shifter, 51kg weight loss, 0-100km/h in 3.8s
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Lotus Exige Sport 350 revealed: Plaid seats, exposed shifter, 51kg weight loss, 0-100km/h in 3.8s

The Lotus Exige Sport 350 made its premiere this week. The stripped-back supercar is being dubbed “the ultimate incarnation” of the famous nameplate. Lotus’ headline figures make for impressive reading. At 1125kg, the coupe weighs 51kg than the Exige S, while its 0-100km/h sprint time is as low as 3.8 seconds (down one-tenth)...


2016 Jaguar F-Pace pricing and specifications: $74,340 opener for new SUV range
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2016 Jaguar F-Pace pricing and specifications: $74,340 opener for new SUV range

The all-new 2016 Jaguar F-Pace SUV will kick off from $74,340 plus on-road costs when it hits Australia in the third quarter of next year. Revealed in September after months of revealing spy photos and barely disguised preview cars, the F-Pace enters the Jaguar range as the British brand’s first-ever SUV...


Ford Everest Titanium pricing defended, flagship making up 25 per cent of sales
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Ford Everest Titanium pricing defended, flagship making up 25 per cent of sales

Ford Australia president and CEO Graeme Whickman has defended the company’s controversial $76,990 (plus on-roads) asking price for the flagship Ford Everest Titanium. The Australian-developed Everest — an SUV based on the same T6 architecture as the Ranger ute — has been generally well received since it launched a few months ago...


Genesis G90 revealed in Korea: Hyundai unveils new flagship sedan
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Genesis G90 revealed in Korea: Hyundai unveils new flagship sedan

Hyundai has unveiled its big new Genesis G90 sedan, ahead of an early 2016 launch into the Korean market - where it will be known as the EQ900. The new model’s world premiere comes just one month after the carmaker announced it would transform its Genesis marque into a new standalone luxury brand, just as Lexus, Infiniti and the new DS brand represent the premium efforts of Toyota, Nissan and Citroen...


Ford Mustang Australia: Extra cars sought, sustained success expected
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Ford Mustang Australia: Extra cars sought, sustained success expected

Ford Australia says it wants more supply of its hugely popular Mustang and “has the attention of Detroit” in its search for opportunities, but has made clear that the company can only make so many. The company announced last week that its stock of all-new Ford Mustang coupe and convertibles for 2016 were spoken for — 4000 units in total, with most being 303kW/525Nm 5...


Fiat 124 Spider Abarth on its way: Hot roadster spied testing
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Fiat 124 Spider Abarth on its way: Hot roadster spied testing

Plans are underway for the production of a performance-orientated Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, with the Italian company set to expand the sub-brand’s offerings. CarAdvice believes that the launch of the Mazda MX-5-based Fiat 124 Spider next year will be followed by a performance version of the two-seat roadster with a more powerful engine, retuned suspension and other assorted Abarth enhancements...


Ford Everest one-off fire no cause for buyer concern, says Australian CEO
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Ford Everest one-off fire no cause for buyer concern, says Australian CEO

Ford Australia president and CEO Graeme Whickman has encouraged buyers not to lose trust in the brand following the one-off fire that destroyed a new Ford Everest on test with a News Limited journalist last week. The Blue Oval's inquest yesterday found that the Ford Everest fire, which made global waves last week, was an isolated incident stemming from the incorrect fitment of a battery, and has thereby deemed any recall unnecessary...


Volkswagen brand chairman to talk electric future, reveal concept at CES
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Volkswagen brand chairman to talk electric future, reveal concept at CES

The head of Volkswagen’s passenger car brand will use January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to offer new insight into the company’s vision for an electrified future. Earlier this year, it was confirmed that former BMW executive Dr. Herbert Diess, now chairman of the board of management for Volkswagen Passenger Cars, would present a keynote address at CES, but the details of his speech had not yet been revealed...


Japanese brands dominate 2016 North American Car and Utility/Truck of the Year finals
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Japanese brands dominate 2016 North American Car and Utility/Truck of the Year finals

Four vehicles from Japanese manufacturers are among the six finalists in the 2016 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year awards. Honda has contenders in both categories, with the all-new Civic small sedan and coupe in the running for the Car of the Year prize and the large Pilot SUV a chance for the Truck/Utility of the Year gong...


2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior revealed
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2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior revealed

The interior of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been revealed today, marking the first official preview of the German carmaker’s new-generation large car. A glance at the new E-Class dash reveals few surprises, with the car’s interior designers following the lead of its exterior stylists in taking their cues from the popular new C-Class and big S-Class limousine...