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Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge cancelled - report
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Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge cancelled - report

It has been confirmed that the Nissan GT-R-powered Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge is no longer heading for production. Francois Goupil de Bouille, an Infiniti vice president, has told Car that "after we evaluated sales numbers, we realised it was not realistic to produce [the Q50 Eau Rouge]". De Bouille said that the Eau Rouge was "just too costly", and that in the interests of balancing "cost versus benefit...


Volkswagen could be fined $25 billion for US emissions scam, CEO apologises
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Volkswagen could be fined $25 billion for US emissions scam, CEO apologises

The Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal rolls on, with the company's CEO issuing a public apology and the prospect that the German automaker could be fined up to $25 billion. Over the weekend, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) revealed that Volkswagen's US arm had installed special software on some of its diesel vehicles to cheat its way past the country's emissions test...


2015 Bathurst 1000: Star Wars-themed HRT Commodore supercar revealed
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2015 Bathurst 1000: Star Wars-themed HRT Commodore supercar revealed

  V8 Supercar racers Garth Tander and Warren Luff have unveiled the new Star Wars-themed Commodore they’ll use in their assault on the 2015 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama. The unveiling follows news last month that Holden and Disney - which bought Lucasfilm, the studio behind the Star Wars franchise, in 2012 - had teamed up to promote the coming The Force Awakens film...


Hyundai i30 could be offered with 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder
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Hyundai i30 could be offered with 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder

The Hyundai i30 could be set for a new high-tech, downsized petrol powerplant. Hyundai Motor Europe head of powertrain development, Dr Michael Winkler, told Australian media at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show that the Hyundai i30 small hatch could follow the lead of the European-market Kia Cee’d by being offered a three-cylinder engine...


Alfa Romeo: autonomous cars will be an "intrinsic part of the automotive industry"
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Alfa Romeo: autonomous cars will be an "intrinsic part of the automotive industry"

Alfa Romeo believes that autonomous cars will become an industry norm, but that ultimately these systems will never fully take away the enjoyment of driving a car manually. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Frankfurt motorshow last week, the CEO of Alfa Romeo and Maserati, Harald Wester, said autonomous driving technology would soon be a regular feature across a variety of cars...


Volkswagen rules out cut-price sports car
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Volkswagen rules out cut-price sports car

German manufacturer Volkswagen will not offer a small sports car to rival the likes of the Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ and Mazda MX-5. The brand had played on the idea of a two-seat sports car in the past, and indeed developed a concept model, the Volkswagen BlueSport concept, in 2009...


Volkswagen interiors could go button-less in the near future
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Volkswagen interiors could go button-less in the near future

The future of the car interior is at the precipice of going button-less, according to Volkswagen’s head of development, Heinz-Jakob Neusser. Speaking with CarAdvice at the recent 2015 Frankfurt motor show, Neusser suggested the German company is on the verge of removing buttons from its production cars, with a focus to making interiors more intuitive...


Kia Pro_cee’d GT automatic is possible - but is it feasible?
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Kia Pro_cee’d GT automatic is possible - but is it feasible?

You’ve probably read our previous reports that local sales for the Kia Pro_cee’d GT are being hurt by the fact it is available solely with a six-speed manual transmission. Kia Australia reckons sales of the sporty hatchback could increase markedly, should a dual-clutch automatic gearbox be offered. And lo and behold, such a drivetrain exists...


2016 Volkswagen Passat spied in Sydney ahead of Australian launch
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2016 Volkswagen Passat spied in Sydney ahead of Australian launch

The all-new 2016 Volkswagen Passat has been spied on the road in Sydney this week, just weeks out from its Australian market launch. The example shown here, spied by CarAdvice reader 'tuzii' around 20 kilometres from Volkswagen Australia headquarters, is badged as a diesel-powered 2.0TDI BlueMotion model...


BMW and Toyota to decide fate of new Z4, Supra at end of 2015 - report
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BMW and Toyota to decide fate of new Z4, Supra at end of 2015 - report

Toyota and BMW will reportedly decide at the end of the year on whether they will move a jointly developed sports car architecture through to production. A Toyota spokesperson told Reuters at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show: "By the end of the year we will approve whether or not we will make it...


Fiat 500X to target small hatches when it arrives later this year
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Fiat 500X to target small hatches when it arrives later this year

The Fiat 500X will look to drag buyers out of Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3 hatchbacks when it goes on sale in Australia later this year. Currently on track to launch in either November or December, the Fiat 500X is a compact crossover model that’s more of a natural rival for the likes of the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V, but the local brand says it doesn’t consider those cars direct competitors...


Fiat 500L won’t join 500X in Australia
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Fiat 500L won’t join 500X in Australia

The Fiat 500L mini MPV won’t follow the 500X compact crossover to Australia, Fiat Chrysler Australia (FCA) has confirmed. Initially planned to go on sale in our market by the beginning of 2015, the 500L is now on the outer, with FCA director of marketing Zac Loo revealing the local division has decided the 500X is a better fit for our market...


Holden wants OnStar for Australia, but will have to wait
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Holden wants OnStar for Australia, but will have to wait

The Holden Astra will arrive in Australia next year without OnStar, one of the car’s leading technology features available overseas, but the local division is determined to introduce it as soon as possible. The new Astra is the first vehicle from Holden’s German sister brand Opel to be offered with the OnStar connected services system from launch...


WRC Rally Australia 2015 Gallery : Up close and dusty
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WRC Rally Australia 2015 Gallery : Up close and dusty

Last weekend's 2015 Rally Australia event in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, was the 10th round of this year's World Rally Championship (WRC) and it did not disappoint. Volkswagen Motorsport continued its domination of the sport, with last year’s winner Sebastien Ogier again claiming top spot (with help from co-driver Julien Ingrassia) along with enough points to guarantee him his third consecutive WRC title with three rounds still to go...


Volkswagen, Audi admit to cheating pollution tests in the US
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Volkswagen, Audi admit to cheating pollution tests in the US

Authorities in the US have discovered that Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sold Stateside have been fitted with special software that limits dangerous emissions only during pollution testing. The United States Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has hit the German brands with an official notice of violation, stating that "four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 include software that circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants"...