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Opel alleged to be secretly fixing cars with illegal NOx emissions
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Opel alleged to be secretly fixing cars with illegal NOx emissions

One of Belgium's national TV networks is claiming that Opel is secretly performing upgrades on some of its diesel-powered vehicles, to reduce harmful emissions. The news report aired this week on VRT, Belgium's Flemish-language national broadcaster, claiming that Opel is secretly upgrading the software in its 2014 Zafira people movers when they're brought in for service...


2016 Mini Convertible: Australian debut set for second quarter
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2016 Mini Convertible: Australian debut set for second quarter

The new 2016 Mini Convertible will go on sale in Europe from early March, the company has confirmed, after having first appeared late last year. Premiering on the stands of the 2015 Tokyo motor show, the new Cooper Convertible (formerly Cabrio) was initially pencilled in for a mid-2016 debut...


2016 Holden Cruze pricing and specifications: Updated Z-Series and SRi-Z variants join Equipe
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2016 Holden Cruze pricing and specifications: Updated Z-Series and SRi-Z variants join Equipe

An updated and trimmed-back 2016 Holden Cruze sedan and hatch range is rolling into showrooms from today. The new Holden Cruze line-up comprises just three trim variants in each body style, with the base Equipe containing, and joined by revised Z-Series and SRi-Z variants...


Audi A2 replacement: new e-tron city car in the works - report
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Audi A2 replacement: new e-tron city car in the works - report

A successor to the little Audi A2 city car, discontinued in 2005, is reportedly being developed as a new entry model even smaller than the light A1. The A2 was never offered in Australia, but a former local offering - the Volkswagen Up! - is expected to form the basis of Audi’s littlest new offering...


Aston Martin DB10: One James Bond special heading to auction
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Aston Martin DB10: One James Bond special heading to auction

One of the 10 Aston Martin DB10 coupes created especially for the 24th James Bond movie, Spectre, will go on sale via auction. According to Aston Martin, this is the only DB10 that will be offered for sale to the general public. The DB10 is the first Aston Martin designed specifically for the spy movie franchise...


2017 Volvo S90 R-Design spied without disguise
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2017 Volvo S90 R-Design spied without disguise

The sporting 2017 Volvo S90 R-Design has been spied out-and-about this week, just days after the new premium sedan was unveiled in its everyday getup at the Detroit auto show. As with other R-Design variants in the Volvo line, this trim level will enter as the S90’s answer to the M Sport and S-line styling packages offered in the BMW and Audi ranges...


Volvo Polestar performance PHEVs coming
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Volvo Polestar performance PHEVs coming

Volvo Cars is in the midst of dramatically expanding the influence of its now in-house Polestar performance division, with an array of new road cars driven by high-performance plug-in hybrid powertrains and all-wheel drive on the way.  We spoke recently with Volvo Cars CEO and board representative Hakan Samuelsson in Detroit, and the news for fans of hottedup Swedish sports cars was entirely positive...


Opel GT revealed further in new preview video, teaser image
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Opel GT revealed further in new preview video, teaser image

The European arm of General Motors has handed down a first genuine look at its coming Opel GT coupe concept, following last week’s lightweight teaser clip. Due to be unveiled at the 2016 Geneva motor show in March, Opel’s latest concept is expected to preview a future production coupe that will form a key part in the car maker’s plan to “reinvent itself”...


2016 Kia Sportage pricing and specifications
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2016 Kia Sportage pricing and specifications

The new 2016 Kia Sportage has been launched today with a more refined package across the board, but, most specifically, an increase in cabin refinement and passenger comfort. This is also the safest Sportage yet, thanks to a stronger body structure and new active safety technology...


Mercedes-Benz ute development mule spy photos
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Mercedes-Benz ute development mule spy photos

The upcoming Mercedes-Benz ute has been spotted by our spy photography team in southern Europe, although it only provides one clue about the final vehicle. First announced at the end of March 2015, Mercedes-Benz has since confirmed that its first dedicated one-tonne ute will be based on the platform of the Nissan Navara NP300...


2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 v 2015 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG: What has changed?
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2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 v 2015 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG: What has changed?

Above: 2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 (left) versus 2015 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG (right) The 2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 AMG officially launches this week, bringing with it a range of relatively small but important updates to keep it vital against new rivals such as the Audi RS3 and even the forthcoming Ford Focus RS...


Next BMW X5 spotted in northern Europe
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Next BMW X5 spotted in northern Europe

Spy photographers have run across a fleet of BMW prototypes this week, including the Z4 replacement and the 3 Series sedan, undergoing winter testing in northern Europe. The last in the flotilla is this SUV, which our photography connection believes could be an early development mule for the next-generation X5, but we're not so sure...


Audi Q6 e-tron: electric SUV draws near with production shuffle
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Audi Q6 e-tron: electric SUV draws near with production shuffle

Audi has revealed new details in its next-generation production plan this week, as the German luxury marque turns its attention to electric power. In a manufacturing shuffle, the company has confirmed that its plant in Brussels, Belgium, will from 2018 focus exclusively on production of its new electric SUV, along with the batteries that will provide the new model’s energy...


Morgan to add hybrid, electric drivetrains to its range from 2019
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Morgan to add hybrid, electric drivetrains to its range from 2019

This week speciality British car maker Morgan announced that it has secured funding to develop hybrid and electric drivetrains, which will end up in its cars before the end of the decade. Morgan says that that all up around 6 million pounds ($12.4 million) has been earmarked for the project, with some, or possibly all, of that coming from a grants and advocacy body funded by the British government and industry contributors...


Minister Pyne supports bid to save Holden plant
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Minister Pyne supports bid to save Holden plant

The federal government will actively support talks between General Motors and the Belgian entrepreneur who wants to save GM Holden’s South Australian car plant from closure. Industry minister Christopher Pyne has written a letter of support for Guido Dumarey, of Punch International, to use in negotiations with GM to buy the Elizabeth plant and thereby secure its operational future beyond the end of 2017...