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Volvo CEO believes hybrids will replace diesels
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Volvo CEO believes hybrids will replace diesels

The head of Volvo believes that by the next decade hybrid drivetrains will supplant diesel engines throughout much of the world, including Europe. Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson, recently spoke to Car and Driver, and other American publications, about the company's three-cylinder plug-in-hybrid T5 drivetrain that will be offered for the first time in the next-generation 40-Series vehicles...


2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso to attract first-time customers, says local chief
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2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso to attract first-time customers, says local chief

Ferrari is confident that it’s newly released GTC4 Lusso offers a unique blend of super sport performance, tailored luxury and a level of practicality that will be enough to lure buyers away from other brands. Ferrari competes in the super-sport luxury segment, along with brands such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, Porsche (with its 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S) and McLaren, and according to Herbert Appleroth, CEO, Ferrari Australia, the market is stronger than ever...


Possible Porsche Panamera coupe spied
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Possible Porsche Panamera coupe spied

A shortened Porsche Panamera mule has been spotted by spy photographers and it hints at a possible new front-engined, rear-wheel-drive coupe for Porsche. This isn't the first time an engineering mule has been spotted wearing a modified body from the next-generation Panamera and sporting a shorter wheelbase...


2017 Opel Zafira facelift unveiled
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2017 Opel Zafira facelift unveiled

The updated 2017 Opel Zafira has been revealed this week, with a refreshed face that brings the MPV in line with the new Astra hatchback and other upcoming Opel and Vauxhall models. With GM’s local arm Holden looking to European-sourced models for at least one third of its line-up by 2020, the new Zafira could be a starter in Australia in the coming years to take on the likes of the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and Kia Rondo...


Volkswagen core brand's profit plunges in wake of diesel emissions issue
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Volkswagen core brand's profit plunges in wake of diesel emissions issue

Volkswagen Passenger Cars’ operating profit plunged 86 per cent in the first quarter of 2016 (year-on-year) in the wake of the diesel emissions cheating scandal, though the wider VW Group posted far more robust figures. Volkswagen Group’s core brand suffered a 1.3 per cent dip in worldwide deliveries to 1...


Ferrari designer says ‘no way’ to Ferrari SUV
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Ferrari designer says ‘no way’ to Ferrari SUV

On his first visit to Australia to launch the new Ferrari GTC4 Lusso, Flavio Manzoni, Ferrari’s senior vice president of design, has also said there is no chance that Ferrari will produce an SUV...


Mercedes-Benz GLB badge trademarked - report
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Mercedes-Benz GLB badge trademarked - report

German car maker Mercedes-Benz has reportedly trademarked the name GLB, which could hint at the introduction of a new SUV to sit between the GLA and GLC crossovers. According to British website Auto Express, the new SUV would be based on the small B-Class MPV, debuting as an additional and more spacious rival to models like the BMW X1 and Audi Q3...


Ferrari 458 MM Speciale one-off revealed
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Ferrari 458 MM Speciale one-off revealed

The Ferrari 458 MM Speciale, a one-off special vehicle created for an unnamed "enthusiastic British" client, was revealed overnight with a redesigned body wrapped around the mechanicals of the 458 Speciale. The buyer requested a "visor effect for the glasshouse", which lead to Ferrari making extensive changes to the car's aluminium body...


Haval says diesel has 'reached its zenith', has no plans to offer it
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Haval says diesel has 'reached its zenith', has no plans to offer it

Haval has ruled out adopting diesel engines in the future, saying the technology has already “reached its zenith” and that petrol and electrification has all the upside. Instead, all future models from the Chinese SUV brand will use turbocharged petrol engines. Additionally, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric offerings are claimed to be due in the “very near future”...


2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo revealed ahead of Australian debut
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2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo revealed ahead of Australian debut

The newly refreshed 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo has been revealed today, ahead of an Australian launch likely to occur in late 2016 or early next year. Due to enter the European market after July, the revised 3 Series GT makes its debut some three years after first joining the 3 Series range...


Mazda MX-5 takes top prize at Good Design Australia awards
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Mazda MX-5 takes top prize at Good Design Australia awards

It's already World Car of the Year's best car overall and best-designed car, and now the new ND MX-5 has added another styling trophy to its cabinet with a win in Australia's annual Good Design awards. Nominees for the prize were announced in April, with aesthetically adventurous rivals like the Citroen C4 Cactus and Kia Sportage throwing down with the MX-5 and more classically styled contenders in the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7...


Hyundai i30 N prototype puts on 2300km test for 24 hours of Nurburgring
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Hyundai i30 N prototype puts on 2300km test for 24 hours of Nurburgring

The Hyundai i30 N development car has completed the Nurburgring 24 hours endurance race in Germany this week, completing 91 laps and 2309.39 kilometres. Finishing 90th in the overall rankings out of 159 competitors, the i30 N hot hatch's endurance effort marks another stage in its development ahead of a 2017 debut in the next-generation i30's skin...


2017 Mercedes-Benz G350d Professional unveiled - UPDATED
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2017 Mercedes-Benz G350d Professional unveiled - UPDATED

With the new Mercedes-Benz G350d Professional, the automaker has updated its "highly purist" off-roader with a few more modern amenities, and extra lashings of power and torque. Under the bonnet, the G350d Professional has a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 engine that produces 180kW of power at 3600rpm, and 600Nm of torque between 1600 and 2400rpm...


2017 Skoda Kodiaq spied
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2017 Skoda Kodiaq spied

The Skoda Kodiaq large crossover has been spied with a light disguise ahead of its debut later this year. Earlier this year, Skoda unveiled its Vision S concept, hinting that it provides a pretty accurate preview of a new seven-seat three-row SUV that will sit above the existing Yeti...


Volkswagen considering 10 billion euro battery factory - report
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Volkswagen considering 10 billion euro battery factory - report

Volkswagen is reportedly considering building a dedicated factory to churn out batteries for electric vehicles (EVs). According to Deutsche Welle, executives within the car maker have anonymously told the German Press Agency (DPA) that Volkswagen Group is considering constructing a battery factory in its home state of Lower Saxony...