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2018 Skoda Octavia RS on sale in Australia from $38,890, RS245 confirmed
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2018 Skoda Octavia RS on sale in Australia from $38,890, RS245 confirmed

The facelifted 2018 Skoda Octavia RS range has touched down in Australia, starting at $38,890 before on-road costs, or $41,990 drive-away. Six variants, two engines and two body styles will be offered, for now, including the uprated 169kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine from the Golf 7.5 GTI, along with the familiar 135kW/380Nm 2...


Mazda launching compression-ignition in 2019, details EV and autonomous tech plans
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Mazda launching compression-ignition in 2019, details EV and autonomous tech plans

Mazda Motor Corporation will launch a world-first commercially produced compression-ignition petrol engine series, to be called SkyActiv-X, in 2019. This technology cuts fuel use, which is vital as Mazda look to slash its well-to-wheel carbon dioxide emissions to half of what they were in 2010...


VACC warns of number-plate cloning scam, motorists left to prove innocence
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VACC warns of number-plate cloning scam, motorists left to prove innocence

Guilty until proven innocent? The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) is this week shining a light on the most heinous practice of number-plate cloning, which it claims has left "numerous" car dealers fighting traffic infringement penalties. In one case, the VACC says, a Licensed Motor Car Trader was fined over $16,000 "for a single incidence of number plate cloning"...


Renault Koleos Diesel priced from $46,990, here in September
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Renault Koleos Diesel priced from $46,990, here in September

The Renault Koleos has added a new turbo-diesel engine to its range, in a single-specification variant that sits atop the range - starting at $46,990 before on-road costs. It's the same 130kW/380Nm 2.0-litre oiler that is offered in the related Nissan X-Trail, sending drive to an on-demand all-wheel drive system via a continuously-variable transmission (CVT)...


2018 Nissan Leaf: Is this our first official look at its final specs?
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2018 Nissan Leaf: Is this our first official look at its final specs?

We've seen the car in revealing spy photos and shadowy teasers, but this could be our first clear look at what the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf will offer buyers. According to American automotive listing and sales website Autobytel, the details here are what buyers in that market can expect when the new electric Leaf launches in the year ahead...


2015 Land Rover Defender recalled for brake fix
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2015 Land Rover Defender recalled for brake fix

Land Rover has issued a recall for 124 of its 2015-build Defender off-roaders over concerns a faulty repair for a previous recall could cause a brake fluid leak. The British manufacturer reports that the front brake pipe from the caliper to the flexible brake hose could be showing signs of chafing as a result of work completed for a previous recall...


2011 Kia Sorento, Sportage recalled for fire risk
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2011 Kia Sorento, Sportage recalled for fire risk

Kia has issued a recall for 106 vehicles across its previous-generation diesel-powered 2011 model-year 'XM' Sorento and 'SL' Sportage model lines over concerns a fuel hose leak could pose a fire risk. The Korean manufacturer reports that vehicles equipped with the Euro 5 'R' turbo-diesel engine may exhibit premature deterioration of the fatigue-resistance and oil-proofing of the fuel feed hose...


UK issues guidelines to protect connected cars from hackers
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UK issues guidelines to protect connected cars from hackers

The UK government has issued a new set of guidelines regarding automotive cyber-security of today's increasingly interconnected vehicles. As the government notes in the introduction to its guidance paper, cars are "more vulnerable than ever to hacking and data theft" thanks to new capabilities, including internet Wi-Fi hot spots, and autonomous driving features...


2018 Volkswagen Jetta spied undisguised
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2018 Volkswagen Jetta spied undisguised

The next-generation Volkswagen Jetta has been spied completely undisguised at the company's factory in Puebla, Mexico. These photos were first posted on by Autologia, although the Mexican website has since removed the article. If, as its seems, this is the new Jetta, the next-generation will have a sportier profile than today's sedan...


2019 Audi A3 to drop three-door, may gain five-door liftback - report
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2019 Audi A3 to drop three-door, may gain five-door liftback - report

The next-generation Audi A3 will reportedly lose its three-door hatch body style. Officials from Audi has confirmed the variant's demise to Autocar. The decision to drop the model from the next-generation's range is said to be driven by declining sales for the A3 three-door, and for three-door hatches in general. The three-door A3 was last sold in Australia in 2011...


A seven-seat Range Rover? Don't count on it: Land Rover design boss
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A seven-seat Range Rover? Don't count on it: Land Rover design boss

Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern, has hosed down any notion of a seven-seat Range Rover, suggesting such a move might confuse the market. “Range Rover is the crown jewels in our model range, so it’s things like formality, elegance, sophistication and the levels of those you dial up from one vehicle to another, which creates that hierarchy and positioning," McGovern told CarAdvice at the recent launch of the new Velar...


2018 Peugeot 3008 gets five-star ANCAP crash score
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2018 Peugeot 3008 gets five-star ANCAP crash score

The new-generation 2018 Peugeot 3008 compact SUV will launch in Australia this month with a five-star ANCAP crash rating - vital in a safety-oriented vehicle segment. The French rival for the Volkswagen Tiguan and Mazda CX-5 scored 86 per cent for adult occupant protection, 85 per cent for child occupant protection, 58 per cent for its fitment of active safety technologies and 67 per cent for pedestrian protection...


Porsche Cayenne to be recalled in Australia for diesel software fix
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Porsche Cayenne to be recalled in Australia for diesel software fix

Porsche Cars Australia will undertake a voluntary recall of the 3.0-litre V6 diesel Cayenne SUV, following confirmation of similar action in Europe. Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority, Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), last week ordered a ban on registrations for the Cayenne Diesel, with Porsche agreeing to recall around 21,500 vehicles...


2018 BMW 2 Series LCI pricing and specs
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2018 BMW 2 Series LCI pricing and specs

  The upgraded BMW 2 Series LCI coupe and convertible family will lob in Australia during September bringing some design and tech upgrades. But in exchange, prices have also been upped across the range. The BMW 2 Series LCI announcement comes shortly after the company detailed the related, upgraded 1 Series hatch family - headlined by price hikes at the low end but also inclusive of a circa $5000 cut to the M140i that doesn't carry over to the M240i...


Subaru doubles-down on shopping centre presence
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Subaru doubles-down on shopping centre presence

Subaru Australia's importer Inchcape is broadening its strategy to offer buyers an alternative to brick-and-mortar dealerships, with three new temporary pop-up shops now open. The new transactional pop-ups are designed to show-off the new Subaru XV, and follow on from its rollout of Impreza-based applications...