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Holden Astra hatch to shoot for the pointy end of the sales charts
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Holden Astra hatch to shoot for the pointy end of the sales charts

The all-new Holden Astra will shoot for the pointy end of Australia’s new vehicle sales charts when it lands in local showrooms in the second half of next year. The five-door Astra hatch returns to Holden’s line-up after a seven-year absence, during which time the outgoing model was sold under sister brand Opel for little more than a year during its failed attempt to crack the Australian market in 2012/2013...


No Renault Trafic auto imminent, though company admits mistake
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No Renault Trafic auto imminent, though company admits mistake

Not launching the Renault Trafic van with the option of an automatic gearbox might in hindsight have been a mistake, admits the company’s executive vice president Jerome Stoll this week. Nevertheless, don’t expect a rapid about-face, with the company’s head of light commercials (LCV) Ashwani Gupta saying the company had “no visibility’ on the project materialising any time soon...


Holden engineers involved in new Astra development from the beginning
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Holden engineers involved in new Astra development from the beginning

Holden believes its high level of involvement in the development of the all-new Astra hatch will ensure it’s perfectly suited to our country’s unique preferences and conditions when it arrives here in the second half of next year...


Alpine could offer three models, return Renault Group to US
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Alpine could offer three models, return Renault Group to US

Renault’s Alpine sports car sub-brand could eventually offer a range of models, including an SUV, and spearhead the Renault Group’s return to the US market. A decision on the make-up of the revamped standalone brand will be decided in early 2016...


Apple meets with California to discuss self-driving car regulations - report
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Apple meets with California to discuss self-driving car regulations - report

Apple has reportedly met with Californian regulators to discuss upcoming regulations that will govern the more widespread deployment of autonomous vehicles on that state's roads. Documents seen by The Guardian show that a senior legal representative from Apple met with officials from California's department of motor vehicles (DMV)...


Renault Sport SUV still on cards as growth targets loom
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Renault Sport SUV still on cards as growth targets loom

Renault Sport will seek to double its sales over the next few years, and while much of this is expected to come from the next-generation (five-door-only Megane RS), it looks like also necessitating the addition of a whole new RS derivative. The French brand’s in-house performance arm makes the Clio RS and track-honed Megane RS, and also fettles ‘lesser’ Renault GT and GT-Line models...


Tesla Model X to get two-year head start on Audi e-tron electric SUV
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Tesla Model X to get two-year head start on Audi e-tron electric SUV

Tesla has built a buzz in the automotive industry, with several manufacturers now readying models to compete with the American upstart's full-electric sedans and SUVs. One of those manufacturers, Audi, has revealed it will introduce an electric SUV - but it won't launch until 2018, lagging considerably behind the soon to be launched Tesla Model X...


Mazda MPS performance renaissance on cards
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Mazda MPS performance renaissance on cards

The Mazda 3 MPS will return, but not for quite a while yet. On the plus side, the Japanese company could be aiming for hotted-up performance versions of multiple models such as the Mazda 6 and forthcoming CX-4 as well. The drivetrain of choice for bigger versions, as we understand it, could be a turbocharged version of the current 2...


Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: Hellcat-powered super-SUV “high” on local wish list
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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: Hellcat-powered super-SUV “high” on local wish list

The thought of the rumoured Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk powered by the immense Hellcat V8 engine has Fiat Chrysler Australia (FCA) very excited. Reports have been circulating for months that the American SUV brand is preparing a hardcore performance model powered by the supercharged 6.2-litre Hemi V8 currently fitted to the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Charger Hellcat models...


Hyundai Australia keen for "good looking" HiLux rival, CX-3 challenger
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Hyundai Australia keen for "good looking" HiLux rival, CX-3 challenger

A tough, "good looking" dual-cab ute and a small/sub-compact SUV are key models that Hyundai Australia is keen to see roll into showrooms in the coming years, according the local division's public relations head. Speaking exclusively with CarAdvice, Hyundai Australia public relations general manager Bill Thomas said a possible South Korean rival to those in the Toyota HiLux-dominated ute segment “could do quite well”, were one to reach our shores...


2015 Suzuki Swift pricing and specifications
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2015 Suzuki Swift pricing and specifications

The 2015 Suzuki Swift has been released in Australia with some styling changes and line-up adjustments. The updated version of the Swift follows only eight months after the most recent facelift of the five-door hatch, but this revision has seen the removal of the budget-friendly base model...


2015 Frankfurt motor show: hits and misses
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2015 Frankfurt motor show: hits and misses

The 2015 Frankfurt motor show was the biggest ever, with more than 200 reveals at the packed German IAA fair - and plenty of them were SUVs, either in show car form or as new models debuting in production guise. As with all major motor shows, there were vehicles that stopped the press and the company executives in their tracks, for reasons both good and bad...


Next Mazda BT-50 might be HiLux-based
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Next Mazda BT-50 might be HiLux-based

The growing global joint-venture between Mazda and Toyota could have implications for Australia’s massive light commercial sector. There are whispers that the next Mazda BT-50 one-tonne ute could be twinned with the Toyota HiLux, rather than the Ford Ranger as it is at present...


GM agrees to pay $1.3 billion fine for ignition switch recall scandal
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GM agrees to pay $1.3 billion fine for ignition switch recall scandal

General Motors has agreed to a pay a US$900 million ($1.3 billion) fine to the US government for covering up a known defect with some of its ignition switches. In exchange, the US Attorney's Office has agreed to defer prosecution in this case for three years, after which the government will close the case so long as GM has met all the terms and conditions of the deal...


Alfa Romeo will gain new customers without discounting
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Alfa Romeo will gain new customers without discounting

Alfa Romeo says it will not cultivate a culture of discounting once its new range of products are released. The Italian brand is poised to release eight all new models by 2018 and will compete in the four largest premium segments globally against the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. The company is aiming for a seven to eight per cent market share...