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BMW M2 to "substantially grow" M brand, says local CEO
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BMW M2 to "substantially grow" M brand, says local CEO

The BMW M2 is expected to substantially grow the volume of the M performance brand locally, with wait times for the high-end performance coupe already pushing towards the end of the year. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new BMW M2 at Targa Tasmania this week, BMW Australia CEO Mark Werner said that being able to plug the hole in the M model line-up with the M2, will provide considerable growth...


BMW M2 v M235i: a technical look
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BMW M2 v M235i: a technical look

The new BMW M2 has a starting price of $89,900 plus on-road costs, which puts it just $12,400 above the M235i, the smallest price gap between a top-spec standard range variant and its M derivative. The BMW M2 is the first modern-day M to sit below $100,000, undercutting the four-door M3 by $50,000 and the M4 coupe by $60,000 in M2 Pure manual form...


Aston Martin Vulcan: Southern Hemisphere's first delivery hits New Zealand
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Aston Martin Vulcan: Southern Hemisphere's first delivery hits New Zealand

The first Aston Martin Vulcan to be delivered in the southern hemisphere has taken residence at New Zealand’s Highlands Motorsport Park. One of only 24 Vulcans sold worldwide, the track-only hypercar is the only one of its kind south of the equator. Aston says it is the highest-value production car to be sold in New Zealand, at a cool $4...


2016 DS 4 Crossback: $46,990 high-rider hits Australia as brand's first SUV
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2016 DS 4 Crossback: $46,990 high-rider hits Australia as brand's first SUV

Citroen’s luxury arm DS has released a limited-run of the new DS 4 Crossback in Australia, making it the French brand’s first SUV model locally. First unveiled just before last year’s Frankfurt motor show, the 2016 DS 4 Crossback takes the place of the regular DS 4 hatchback in the Australian lineup, although in other markets the two models will be sold side-by-side...


Volkswagen Australia looks to bolster thin SUV stocks with range of new models
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Volkswagen Australia looks to bolster thin SUV stocks with range of new models

Volkswagen Australia admits its coverage of the booming SUV market lags behind key rivals, but is planning to make up lost ground in a hurry. SUV sales are quite literally driving the Australian vehicle market to record growth, up 13.8 per cent and comprising 38 per cent of the market in 2016 — almost the same percentage as passenger vehicles, which are down 8 per cent...


Volkswagen Tiguan XL seven-seater coming to Australia
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Volkswagen Tiguan XL seven-seater coming to Australia

The forthcoming seven-seat Volkswagen Tiguan ‘XL’ derivative due to launch globally in early 2017 looks certain for an eventual Australian launch. The stretched Tiguan variant is expected to be about 110mm longer than the regular five-seat second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan we recently drove ahead of its launch here this September, and will greatly increase the breadth of the company’s SUV family...


Market analysis: the precipitous fall of light cars
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Market analysis: the precipitous fall of light cars

No new-vehicle market segment shed more sales over the first quarter of 2016 against the same period last year than Light Cars, home to the Mazda 2, Hyundai Accent and Toyota Yaris. In what constitutes a sharp decline, light car sales over the period of January 1 to March 31 dipped 13.9 per cent, from 29,399 units over the period last year to 25,316 units in 2016...


Mercedes-Benz boss says Elon Musk is a 'Mastermind'
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Mercedes-Benz boss says Elon Musk is a 'Mastermind'

"Elon Musk, and Tesla, in fact, is a mastermind, as far as publicity is concerned," says Mercedes-Benz global boss, Dr. Dieter Zetsche in a frank discussion with journalists from Australia at the launch of the new SLC range in Southern France. "Tesla has promised a lot, but has also delivered most of it. It remains to be seen how that will continue...


Next Mercedes-Benz SLC could go front-wheel-drive
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Next Mercedes-Benz SLC could go front-wheel-drive

Along with the streamlined new naming conventions that fans are still coming to terms with, there's been a much more sensible and obvious platform-sharing arrangement of late within Mercedes-Benz. With more models moving onto a shared architecture, it is logical to consider that the next generation of Mercedes' renamed SLC range (previously SLK) might be underpinned by a front-wheel-drive platform in the future...


2017 Honda Civic spotted in Melbourne ahead of Australian launch
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2017 Honda Civic spotted in Melbourne ahead of Australian launch

The 2017 Honda Civic sedan has been spotted in Melbourne ahead of the Australian launch next month. An all-new fastback-style shape gives the Civic sedan a very modern look, even when parked next to a 2016 Honda Jazz - arguably a modern looking car itself. Despite having all its badges covered in tape, we know this is the RS specification as we saw the exact car at the media unveiling last month...


2016 Tesla Model S facelift to feature new seats, styling revisions - report
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2016 Tesla Model S facelift to feature new seats, styling revisions - report

The Tesla Model S electric sedan will reportedly receive an update that includes lightly refreshed styling and upgrades for the interior. Unnamed sources within the electric car maker have told CNET that a facelift for the Model S is in the pipeline. The company is reportedly in the process of clearing out soon-to-be-replaced parts, and the revised Model S could debut as early as this week...


Ford unveils ‘no profile’ light bar for Police Interceptor vehicles
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Ford unveils ‘no profile’ light bar for Police Interceptor vehicles

Law-breakers in the US will have an even harder time spotting Ford’s 2017 Police Interceptor, thanks to the addition of a super-low-profile light bar - meaning its Explorer-based patroller can stalk wrongdoers almost completely incognito. The new light bar is mounted on the interior of the car inside the visor, leading to Ford describing it as having ‘no profile’...


Skoda teases new apprentice-built coupe concept
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Skoda teases new apprentice-built coupe concept

Skoda has released a teaser photo of a compact coupe created by trainees at the Czech car maker’s Vocational School. The concept is the third in a line of apprentice-made cars and is set to be unveiled in May. Operating under the working title of ‘Skoda Apprentice Car III’, the coupe has been in the works for around seven months and was brought to life by 27 young men and women with support offered by instructors at Skoda headquarters in Mlada Boleslav...


2017 Volkswagen Amarok spied testing in Sweden
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2017 Volkswagen Amarok spied testing in Sweden

The 2017 Volkswagen Amarok, spied in cold-weather testing back in February, has been snapped once more on the snow-covered roads of Sweden, pointing again at the coming facelift. Unlike those previous spy photos, these new images show both the single- and dual-cab versions of the Amarok being put through their paces...


2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC: circa $70,000 starting price for Australia
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2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC: circa $70,000 starting price for Australia

The SLK moniker might be gone after two decades in the Mercedes-Benz portfolio, but the spirit of the model will live on in the newly-named and freshly facelifted SLC range. Revealed in December, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC range introduced the latest step in the German car maker's new brand-wide naming structure, along with a styling makeover, new technologies, and the introduction of the new AMG SLC43...