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BMW iPerformance range spearheads new hybrid line for Australia
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BMW iPerformance range spearheads new hybrid line for Australia

This week, BMW began the second part of its electric 'i' vehicle campaign in Australia with the release of the X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid and the new iPerformance vehicle range. In the same way that the M Performance line denotes 'sportier' versions of BMW's wider range - those that aren't quite full M-spec - the iPerformance moniker applies to hybrid versions of the standard line-up, leaving the 'real' i-range cars to stand alone...


Alfa Romeo MiTo dropped from Australian line-up
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Alfa Romeo MiTo dropped from Australian line-up

The Alfa Romeo MiTo light hatchback has been removed from the Australian line-up without so much as a quiet ciao. With just four sales so far this year, and only 156 for all of 2015, the little hatchback essentially faded into obscurity. To put this into context, Alfa Romeo has sold 177 units of the 4C sports car and just 160 examples of the MiTo hatch in the 15-month period from January 2015...


Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli recalled for accelerator pedal issue
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Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli recalled for accelerator pedal issue

Australian Maserati distributor, European Automotive Imports, has issued a recall for a number of its current-generation Quattroporte and Ghibli models over fears the accelerator pedal could become entrapped by the floor mat. According to the manufacturer, the accelerator may become stuck under the floor mat during operation, which could cause the throttle to stay engaged once the driver's foot is lifted...


Jaguar’s design similarities deliberate: Ian Callum
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Jaguar’s design similarities deliberate: Ian Callum

Jaguar says that designing its current model line-up to look similar is a deliberate and considered step, while the British brand goes through a global revitalisation program. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the new Jaguar F-Pace in Montenegro this week, the brand’s head of design, world-famous car designer Ian Callum, said that the decision to make the new SUV look so similar to Jaguar’s other models was very measured...


‘We don’t want to become the other SUV company’ says Jaguar design boss Ian Callum
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‘We don’t want to become the other SUV company’ says Jaguar design boss Ian Callum

Jaguar says that its roots as a sports car manufacturer need to be respected and continued, even while it begins its first foray into producing an SUV. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new Jaguar F-Pace in Montenegro this week, the brand’s head of design, world-famous car designer Ian Callum, said that while the F-Pace is a very capable and sporty SUV, Jaguar’s brand heritage of producing sports cars needs to be respected...


Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet axed
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Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet axed

The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet has been removed from sale in Australia. The drop-top VW Golf model was seen out by the 2015 Exclusive edition, which added extra equipment over the model that had been on sale since 2011...


Jaguar SVR badge not limited to V8s: Smaller engines and EVs all possible
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Jaguar SVR badge not limited to V8s: Smaller engines and EVs all possible

Jaguar says that its performance brand, Special Vehicle Operations, will not be limited to just V8 engines as improving engine technology and ever-tightening emissions regulations make a solid case for smaller engines. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the Jaguar F-Pace in Europe this week, Jaguar’s director of public relations, Richard Agnew, confirmed that SVO will turn its attention to other engine types in the future...


2017 Mazda CX-4 teasers leaked ahead of Beijing debut
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2017 Mazda CX-4 teasers leaked ahead of Beijing debut

The upcoming Mazda CX-4 SUV has been teased again before its official debut at the 2016 Beijing motor show, after more images of the new SUV were leaked on Mazda’s Chinese media website today. Pitched as a more coupe-like companion to the popular CX-5 SUV, in much the same vein as BMW's X3/X4 and X5/X6 pairs, the CX-4 is described by Mazda as an “exploring coupe”...


2016 Iveco Daily 4x4: rigorous outback testing completed ahead of local launch
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2016 Iveco Daily 4x4: rigorous outback testing completed ahead of local launch

One of the country's most hardcore off-road utility vehicles, the 2016 Iveco Daily 4x4, has concluded its Australian testing ahead of its launch in the coming months. The local testing regimen included 13,000 kilometres of testing at "almost full GVM" (4495 kilograms), and saw the Iveco Daily 4x4 encounter temperatures of 48° Celsius...


Queen Elizabeth II’s Bentley Mulsanne goes on sale
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Queen Elizabeth II’s Bentley Mulsanne goes on sale

If you’re not satisfied with the current stock of British Royal Family memorabilia, you could now get your hands on a 2012 Bentley Mulsanne once owned by Queen Elizabeth II. The car is listed by a dealership in Surrey, England on car-trading website Auto Trader, for just under 200,000 pounds ($374,400)...


Autonomous and human-driven trucks head into European platooning challenge
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Autonomous and human-driven trucks head into European platooning challenge

The European Truck Platooning Challenge is under way with participants scheduled to arrive in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, tomorrow. Six truck manufacturers are taking part in the European Truck Platooning Challenge, which is being run by the current president of the European Council. Among the truck makers taking part are Scania, Mercedes-Benz and Iveco...


2016 Jaguar XE and XF sedans recalled for fuel-hose fix
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2016 Jaguar XE and XF sedans recalled for fuel-hose fix

Jaguar Australia has recalled a number of its 2016 XE and XF sedans over fears a fuel-hose issue may cause the engine to stall unexpectedly. According to Jaguar, a low-pressure fuel-feed hose may detach from the fuel filter, causing fuel to leak into the engine bay, increasing the likelihood of the engine stalling...


Jeep Wrangler ute confirmed for Australia
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Jeep Wrangler ute confirmed for Australia

The iconic Jeep Wrangler is getting in on the ute sales boom and, with the next generation, will be available as a dual-cab pick-up in Australia. Speaking with CarAdvice this week, FCA Australia marketing and product manager, Zac Loo said that the anticipated Wrangler ute would be a logical extension of the model line-up, particularly for the Australian market...


2016 BMW X5 adds 'Innovations' equipment pack as standard
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2016 BMW X5 adds 'Innovations' equipment pack as standard

BMW has announced that the 'Innovations' package will now be available as a no-cost option on all X5 models. This brings the top-selling luxury SUV in-line with the updated Mercedes-Benz GLE range in offering more safety- and technology-centric equipment as standard...


Volvo XC90 Excellence under consideration for Australia
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Volvo XC90 Excellence under consideration for Australia

A high-end, even more luxurious version of the Volvo XC90 appears to be on the cards for Australia. The local arm of the Chinese-owned Swedish brand has confirmed it is considering adding the Volvo XC90 Excellence to its ranks as a flagship model for the range, which currently tops out with the XC90 T8 R-Design plug-in hybrid model at $122,950 plus on-road costs...