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Shell unveils ultra-efficient city car concept
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Shell unveils ultra-efficient city car concept

Fuel company Shell has unveiled an ultra-efficient city car concept. Yes, that is as counterintuitive as it sounds. The inventively named Shell Concept Car is said to potentially deliver "material reductions in energy use in the road transport sector", with the micro-sized three-seater claimed to be "tangible proof of energy efficiency improvements that can be achieved by using cutting-edge technology available today through a process of 'co-engineering' whereby vehicle body, engine design and lubricants are all created together"...


Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept unveiled, previews new QX50
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Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept unveiled, previews new QX50

The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has been unveiled ahead of its in-the-flesh debut at next week's Beijing auto show. According to Roland Krueger, president of Infiniti, the QX Sport Inspiration showcases the brand's "daring design philosophy" and its "capabilities in the mid-size SUV segment". At present that space is occupied by the QX50 SUV...


Fiat Chrysler announces 1.1-million car recall over gear selector: Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge models affected
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Fiat Chrysler announces 1.1-million car recall over gear selector: Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge models affected

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced a recall for more than 1.1 million vehicles over a potential problem with the gear selector fitted to certain Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler models. According to a statement from the brand, 811,586 vehicles in the US are affected by the recall, as well as 52,144 cars and SUVs in Canada; 16,805 models in Mexico; and 248,667 outside the NAFTA region - likely including Australia, though we're yet to hear back from the company's local arm...


2017 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works spied testing
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2017 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works spied testing

Our spy photographers have snapped the next-generation Mini Countryman John Cooper Works testing on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. The new Mini Countryman SUV is based on BMW's front- and all-wheel drive UKL architecture that not only underpins the latest generation of Mini models, but also the BMW X1 and 2 Series Active Tourer...


Maserati Levante V8 rumoured, diesel-only for local launch
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Maserati Levante V8 rumoured, diesel-only for local launch

Maserati is reportedly preparing to add a hero V8 model to its brand-new Levante line-up, although Australian buyers will initially make do with a diesel-only range when the SUV launches here later this year. According to American website Autoblog, the car maker has already begun testing a petrol V8-powered prototype that could slot in at the very top end of the Levante range...


BYD E6 electric vehicle now available in Australia, more models coming
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BYD E6 electric vehicle now available in Australia, more models coming

Chinese electric vehicle now available in Australia Hire-car and taxi fleets the focus initially Large-scale charging infrastructure to be rolled out The BYD E6 electric vehicle is now available to buy in Australia, thanks to the expansion of an existing partnership between the Chinese manufacturer and local specialised transport company Carbridge...


2017 Hyundai Elantra SR spied without disguise
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2017 Hyundai Elantra SR spied without disguise

The recently confirmed Hyundai Elantra SR sports sedan has surfaced in its home country of South Korea this week, ahead of its coming Australian debut. CarAdvice reported on Hyundai Australia’s plans for the newest addition to its pioneering SR range in February, when the company confirmed that buyers can look forward to what will essentially be a Veloster SR Turbo in sedan form...


Nissan Pulsar hatch and Micra axed, Patrol diesel in runout
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Nissan Pulsar hatch and Micra axed, Patrol diesel in runout

Nissan Australia has axed three of its best-known models — the Micra, Y61 Patrol and Pulsar hatch (not sedan) — in one fell swoop, with stocks to be cleared by the end of 2016.  The trio of former core models are being phased out for different reasons — the Micra business case doesn't stack up financially, the aged Y61/UY61 Patrol is being retired, and the Pulsar hatch’s flagging sales and middling reputation aren’t helping Nissan’s wider cause...


2017 Honda Accord Hybrid unveiled, previews updated Accord styling
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2017 Honda Accord Hybrid unveiled, previews updated Accord styling

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid has been unveiled, and while it won't be sold in Australia, the facelift gives an idea of what to expect from the standard Accord range which will launch later this year. Honda's Australian arm made it clear at a recent roundtable that while an updated Accord was imminent, the updated Accord Hybrid version wouldn't be offered...


Suzuki issues recall for S-Cross SUV for incorrect seat stitching
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Suzuki issues recall for S-Cross SUV for incorrect seat stitching

Suzuki has issued a recall for its small S-Cross SUV after it was discovered that the front seat back may have been assembled with incorrect stitch seam spacing. The recall affects 3755 examples of the S-Cross built between 2014 and 2015. The car maker reports that the stitching on affected S-Cross’ may not meet the manufacturing control values around the area of the side airbag...


2017 Honda NSX could land at $325,000
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2017 Honda NSX could land at $325,000

Interest in the highly-anticipated 2017 Honda NSX continues to grow, with talk of local dealers now taking deposits from customers keen to get the supercar in their driveway as soon as possible. Now, pricing for the hybrid supercar appears to have also been confirmed...


Volkswagen and US govt agree on diesel buyback deal, "substantial compensation"
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Volkswagen and US govt agree on diesel buyback deal, "substantial compensation"

Volkswagen and the US government have reportedly reached a tentative deal regarding some of the cars affected by the dieselgate emissions testing scandal. Just as we were going to press, San Francisco district judge Charles Breyer has confirmed that the two parties have reached a provisional agreement. For the roughly 480,000 EA189 2...


2013 Fiat Scudo van recalled for brake discs, wiper motor
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2013 Fiat Scudo van recalled for brake discs, wiper motor

The Australian arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has recalled 40 examples of its Scudo van after it was reported that the affected vehicles may have been fitted with “non-conforming” front brake discs. It’s reported that the defect may result in an accident, posing a risk of injury to occupants and other road users...


2016 Suzuki Vitara S Turbo pricing and specifications
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2016 Suzuki Vitara S Turbo pricing and specifications

The 2016 Suzuki Vitara S Turbo launches this week, introducing Australians to the company’s brand new BoosterJet petrol engine. Neatly replacing the defunct Vitara RT-X at the top of the range, the Suzuki Vitara S Turbo gets a new 103kW/220Nm 1.4-litre direct-injected turbo engine with 17kW/64Nm more than the non-turbo 1.6 still powering the base Vitara RT-S...


2017 Volkswagen Amarok sketches revealed
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2017 Volkswagen Amarok sketches revealed

The first sketches of the facelifted 2017 Volkswagen Amarok utility have been released, with the German brand claiming the update has seen the "premium pick-up given the latest Volkswagen design"...