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The car of the future will be like your loungeroom on wheels, according to Renault-Nissan
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The car of the future will be like your loungeroom on wheels, according to Renault-Nissan

Your next car could be more like a loungeroom or home office on wheels - if Nissan gets its way, that is. Carlos Ghosn, the CEO and chairman of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, spoke with media this week at the 2015 Tokyo motor show about his hopes for his car of 2020. One of the brands Ghosn oversees, Nissan, unveiled a new concept called the IDS, which could be a hint at what to expect from the next-generation Leaf...


Aftermarket slams FCAI's exposé of dodgy wheels
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Aftermarket slams FCAI's exposé of dodgy wheels

The head of Australia’s automotive aftermarket peak body has attacked last week’s ‘fake wheel’ exposé conducted by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries with the backing of Mercedes-Benz and Holden. As we reported earlier this week, the FCAI filmed an imitation wheel imported via an online distributor, which failed to meet Australian standards, undergoing tests at Holden’s proving ground...


Tokyo motor show 2015 : Hits and misses
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Tokyo motor show 2015 : Hits and misses

The media days for the 2015 Tokyo motor show are over, and our reporters on the ground have given us their verdict on what was hot and what might be better off dining on fugu liver. The Tokyo show is known for its whacky concepts, such as the Daihatsu Tempo concept, the Toyota Kikai and the Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo...


Daihatsu Nori Ori concept created for ease of access
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Daihatsu Nori Ori concept created for ease of access

Unveiled at the Tokyo motor show, the Daihatsu Nori Ori concept not only extracts the maximum amount of passenger space from its small footprint, but makes it easy for passengers to exit and enter. Daihatsu says that the Nori Ori concept previews what a "multi-use commuter [car] of the near future" might look like...


Audi RS4 Avant mule spy photos
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Audi RS4 Avant mule spy photos

An early engineering mule of the next-generation Audi RS4 Avant has been spotted by spy photographers in Germany. The wheel arch extensions seen on this car look as though they might do service on the upcoming A4 Allroad, but this prototype's S4 base, fat rear wheels and low profile tyres hint at something altogether more sporting...


Daihatsu Tempo mobile shop concept unveiled
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Daihatsu Tempo mobile shop concept unveiled

The pint-size Daihatsu Tempo concept made its debut the 2015 Tokyo motor show. The Tempo isn't the first concept car that can operate as a food truck — remember the Peugeot Foodtruck concept that debuted earlier this year at the Milan Design Fair? — but it's probably the first that fits into the kei car category...


DS 5 pricing and specifications : DS Automobile marque arrives, brings price hike
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DS 5 pricing and specifications : DS Automobile marque arrives, brings price hike

The 15-month old DS Automobile marque has arrived in Australia, with the launch of the rebadged DS 5 sans Citroen nameplate billed as a first step in “reviving the tradition of French premium vehicles”. That’s the mission of PSA — parent of Peugeot and Citroen — with DS Automobiles, established as a standalone brand within the empire...


Toyota S-FR and Toyota Supra to sandwich 86 in sports car triumvirate
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Toyota S-FR and Toyota Supra to sandwich 86 in sports car triumvirate

The Toyota 86 isn’t the sort of car that could be consider a Jan Brady type, but it will soon be the middle child in the Toyota sports car family. Tetsuya Tada, Toyota chief engineer of sport vehicle management division – and the man behind the Toyota 86 – told Australian media at an event in Tokyo this week that he stands by his previous plan for three sports cars in the brand’s model mix...


US government will allow owners to modify their car's software
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US government will allow owners to modify their car's software

The US government has granted car owners and security researchers the right to look into and modify the software that's running their cars. The change has occurred thanks to the latest review of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which is conducted every three years by the Librarian of Congress...


Mazda sedans must come before SUVs in order to make ‘great driving cars’
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Mazda sedans must come before SUVs in order to make ‘great driving cars’

Creating traditional sedans, wagons and hatchbacks - rather than focusing exclusively on SUVs - is an essential requirement when it comes to engineering dynamically capable vehicles, according to Mazda. So far this year, the small car segment - which the Mazda 3 competes in - has declined by seven percent, while the medium car segment (Mazda 6) is also weakening...


New Subaru Impreza sedan, hatch confirmed for 2017: "Fun, sporty" design promised
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New Subaru Impreza sedan, hatch confirmed for 2017: "Fun, sporty" design promised

Subaru is adamant that the styling of Tokyo’s Impreza 5-Door Concept is faithful to the next-generation small car and that the design will also translate to sedan form. When asked if the markedly more stylish design direction of this week's new concept is indicative of future production form, Subaru's design and advanced product planning manager Manoru Ishii replied with an emphatic “yes”...


Uber Australia: 10 million rides can't be wrong
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Uber Australia: 10 million rides can't be wrong

Uber Australia has announced a local milestone with the company celebrating its 10 millionth UberX passenger ride since launching less than two years ago, despite a huge cloud of controversy locally over its operation. Although the company's rapid acceptance with the commuting public over such a short period is impressive, the milestone is made even more notable by the fact that legislation in most regions makes it illegal to drive for for the UberX program...


2016 Porsche 911 'R' spy photos
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2016 Porsche 911 'R' spy photos

Our spy photographers have spotted what could well be the rumoured Porsche 911 'R', which has natural aspiration, a manual gearbox, and concentrates on driver feedback and involvement. Reports surfaced around the middle of the year that Porsche was working on a new "hardcore" model that would focus more on driving purity than lap times or outright speed...


Mazda’s smaller global size helps its success in Australia
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Mazda’s smaller global size helps its success in Australia

The global CEO of Mazda says that his company’s smaller global size helps its aim of focusing on markets such as Australia, which, per capita, remains the brand’s best-performing country. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Tokyo Motor Show yesterday, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai, confirmed the brand’s current maximum capacity is 1.5 million cars per year...


Subaru's new seven-seat SUV is "no chance" for Australia
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Subaru's new seven-seat SUV is "no chance" for Australia

The official word from Subaru is that the company has no future plans to offer a seven-seat SUV in Australia, despite developing a yet-to-be-revealed larger and more family-friendly alternative to Forester for the USA market...