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Toyota agrees to make Daihatsu a fully owned subsidiary
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Toyota agrees to make Daihatsu a fully owned subsidiary

At a press conference today, Toyota has confirmed that it will purchasing the remaining portion of Daihatsu that it doesn't already own. Toyota will acquire the remainder of Daihatsu for around $4.6 billion in an all-stock transaction, with Toyota offering 0.26 of its shares for every share of Daihatsu...


Skoda Octavia RS all-wheel-drive model ruled out for Australia
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Skoda Octavia RS all-wheel-drive model ruled out for Australia

There will be no all-wheel-drive Skoda Octavia RS offered in Australia. The Czech brand's new AWD version of its diesel-powered Octavia RS has launched in Europe, but local showrooms won't see the new version, which adds rear propulsion over the standard front-drive model. The AWD model weighs more than the FWD version, but it's quicker from 0-100km/h, too, at a claimed 7...


Suzuki S-Cross sales halted
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Suzuki S-Cross sales halted

Sales of the Suzuki S-Cross small SUV are currently on hold in Australia at the request of its Japanese head office, due to an officially unspecified issue. However, we understand the issue relates to the airbags of the S-Cross, though the precise nature of the problem is unclear. Suzuki Australia has pledged to sort the issue within days...


Nissan not in V8 Supercars to sell Altima, racing fans favouring SUVs and utes
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Nissan not in V8 Supercars to sell Altima, racing fans favouring SUVs and utes

Nissan Australia says while it may have initially had Nissan Altima sales in mind when it decided to use the mid-sized sedan for its return to top-level local motorsport, that focus has now shifted, with the brand's V8 Supercars involvement delivering greater benefits for SUV and dual-cab ute sales...


Aston Martin DB11 spied in Australia: supercar testing in Melbourne and Geelong
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Aston Martin DB11 spied in Australia: supercar testing in Melbourne and Geelong

It looks as though James Bond has a penchant for a snag and some warmer weather, with the yet to be released Aston Martin DB11 spied this week in Australia. According to sources, the DB11 development prototype entered Australia via Melbourne on Tuesday and was transported to the VicRoads office in South Geelong for scrutineering and registration...


2016 Citroen Cactus colour choices captivate customers
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2016 Citroen Cactus colour choices captivate customers

The Citroen Cactus is proving to be extremely popular for the French manufacturer, with the quirky SUV tipped to spark a renaissance for the brand. Tyson Bowen, PR and Communications Manager for Citroen Australia, said the new compact SUV has attracted the strongest pre-order interest for Citroen in Australia in a very long time...


First Volkswagen dieselgate fix approved in the EU
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First Volkswagen dieselgate fix approved in the EU

Germany's Federal Transport Authority (KBA) has approved the first dieselgate related fix from Volkswagen. In a simple statement the KBA (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt) announced that it had approved the fixes planned by Volkswagen for Amarok utes fitted with the 2.0-litre EA189 turbo-diesel engine...


Toyota claims global sales crown for 2015, Volkswagen second, GM third
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Toyota claims global sales crown for 2015, Volkswagen second, GM third

Toyota finished 2015 as the world's top selling automaker, with Volkswagen and GM taking out the podium places. The company sold a total of 10,151,000 vehicles worldwide during 2015, down 0.8 percent on last year's figure of 10.23 million. Sales for the Toyota and Lexus brands rose 0.5 percent to 9.19 million, while Hino trucks sold 168,000 vehicles (up 0...


Nissan Australia CEO "frustrated" by ongoing Nismo launch delay
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Nissan Australia CEO "frustrated" by ongoing Nismo launch delay

The head of Nissan Australia says he – like many fans of the Japanese car maker's motorsport and performance arm – is "frustrated" by the continued delay in Nismo being confirmed for our market...


Chrysler 300 SRT recalled over daytime running light problem
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Chrysler 300 SRT recalled over daytime running light problem

The current-generation Chrysler 300 SRT sedan has been recalled due to an apparent problem with the car's daytime running lights. A recall notice posted to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's website recalls.gov.au states that owners of the 2015 and 2016 model versions of the Chrysler 300 SRT with its 6...


Toyota contemplating Daihatsu buy out, link with Suzuki rumoured - report
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Toyota contemplating Daihatsu buy out, link with Suzuki rumoured - report

Toyota is reportedly mulling over plans to purchase the remainder of Daihatsu, and is also said to be thinking of a tie-up with Suzuki. The Nikkei is reporting that Toyota is actively considering purchasing the 48.8 percent of Daihatsu that it doesn't currently own during the first half of this year...


BMW 7 Series four-cylinder not for Australia
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BMW 7 Series four-cylinder not for Australia

Would you buy a four-cylinder BMW 7 Series? If you’re in Australia, it seems exceedingly unlikely, at least according to the brand’s local boss. Confirmation of a four-pot BMW 7 Series came this week when the company quietly added a new 730i variant to its Chinese and Turkish regions, assumedly with more to follow...


2016 Citroen C3 Picasso spy photos
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2016 Citroen C3 Picasso spy photos

The second-generation Citroen C3 Picasso people mover has been spotted in a part of Europe that's not frozen over. If these photos trigger a slight sense of deja vu, don't be worried, because the new Citroen C3 Picasso will be one of a small number of products born out of GM's short-lived investment in PSA Peugeot Citroen...


Opel GT Concept: an Aussie-built Geneva motor show star - UPDATED
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Opel GT Concept: an Aussie-built Geneva motor show star - UPDATED

Updated: Opel's manager of international product and brand communications, Jean-Philippe Kempf, told CarAdvice that the Opel GT concept was proudly built here in Australia alongside the Australian design department. "As a matter of fact, our Design studio in Melbourne has built the car, as they have already done for a few other GM concept cars," he said...


Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart to be axed
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Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart to be axed

The Chrysler 200 and the Dodge Dart are set to be killed off by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as the brand refocuses its intentions in the US market. The two sedans - which were designed to appeal to budget-conscious buyers - haven't seen the success the company reportedly expected, with chief Sergio Marchionne stating that decreasing fuel prices are seeing sales of larger utility models strengthen...