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Suzuki Vitara S with 1.4-litre turbo unveiled - UPDATE: Australian launch under consideration
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Suzuki Vitara S with 1.4-litre turbo unveiled - UPDATE: Australian launch under consideration

This week's Frankfurt motor show has brought an unveiling for the hotted-up Suzuki Vitari S and, although not yet confirmed for us, Suzuki Australia is known to be keen. The Vitara S is the first model to feature the company's new 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine. In Euro-spec trim, the new 1...


Citroen’s luxury brand DS to open 160 independent stores by 2020, Australia included
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Citroen’s luxury brand DS to open 160 independent stores by 2020, Australia included

French luxury brand DS is aiming to have 160 independent stores opened worldwide by 2020, as it seeks to expand its foothold in the premium luxury segment. Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice at the Frankfurt motorshow today, DS CEO Yves Bonnefont confirmed the organisation's plan for an international roll out...


Renault Megane RS: Next-gen hot-hatch to have five doors; manual gearbox in doubt
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Renault Megane RS: Next-gen hot-hatch to have five doors; manual gearbox in doubt

The next-generation, 2016 Renault Megane RS hot hatch will be a significant departure from the cult current version, with the three-door body to be relegated to the dustbin of history, and a manual gearbox no sure thing. Speaking at the Frankfurt motor show this week, Renault executive vice-president Jerome Stoll confirmed the hottest Megane, to be revealed in 2016, would take a similar path to its Clio RS little brother, at least in terms of body-style...


Toyota small SUV coming to Australia by the end of 2016
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Toyota small SUV coming to Australia by the end of 2016

The new-look, five-door Toyota C-HR concept SUV may not look like a production-ready car, but it’s a precursor to a sub-RAV4 model that will be on sale in Australia by the end of 2016. Following on from the three-door C-HR concept revealed earlier this year, the five-door model – with its almost-hidden rear door and even more hidden rear door handles – is said to give plenty away about a new small production SUV – the actual name of which is yet to be revealed...


2016 Suzuki Baleno unveiled - UPDATE: Push is on for Australian launch
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2016 Suzuki Baleno unveiled - UPDATE: Push is on for Australian launch

The new Suzuki Baleno hatchback has been unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, and the company's Australian outpost is understood to have thrown its hand up for a local launch. For overseas markets, the Baleno has been announced with two engines have been announced, with the headline act being the 1.0-litre Boosterjet...


Subaru recalls European design ethos
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Subaru recalls European design ethos

Subaru may place great emphasis on the North American market, but that doesn’t mean it’s forgotten the European design that defined former product such as the mid-2000s Liberty. These are the sentiments expressed to CarAdvice today by the CEO (or Geschaftsfuhrer) of Subaru Germany, Tomohiro Kubota, who we talked with about the direction of Subaru’s general design and execution...


Nissan Gripz: 240Z rally-inspired concept unveiled
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Nissan Gripz: 240Z rally-inspired concept unveiled

The Nissan Gripz concept has been given its full debut at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show and points to a potential Z-branded SUV. After teasers and rumours, the Gripz concept finally made its debut at this year's Frankfurt show. Nissan says that this "dual personality" show car has the "silhouette of a sports car with a raised ride height [and is] equipped to conquer more challenging driving conditions"...


Holden Commodore V8 fans must embrace downsizing or watch brand die, says GM exec
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Holden Commodore V8 fans must embrace downsizing or watch brand die, says GM exec

Fans of the traditional V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive Holden Commodore sports sedan need to accept that the world is moving on and embrace the future of engine downsizing, says the head of General Motors in our region...


2016 Chevrolet SS facelift mirrors Commodore update
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2016 Chevrolet SS facelift mirrors Commodore update

The final Australian-made American muscle car, the 2016 Chevrolet SS, has been revealed just days after the unveiling of its Holden Commodore donor car. Already equipped with the 6.2-litre LS3 V8 that’s just been dropped into our Commodore, the changes to the updated Chevy SS are limited to cosmetic tweaks and a new exhaust...


Alfa Romeo Giulia QV priced from €79,000 to €95,000; laps Nurburgring in 7:39m
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Alfa Romeo Giulia QV priced from €79,000 to €95,000; laps Nurburgring in 7:39m

The performance version of the upcoming Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan will be priced in Europe from €79,000 to €95,000 (plus relevant country taxes). On current exchange rates, that would see the Italian enter as  a competitor to the likes of BMW’s M3 and Mercedes-AMG’s C 63, priced at between $130-150,000 in Australia...


Alfa Romeo Giulia to be leader in performance across the range
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Alfa Romeo Giulia to be leader in performance across the range

Alfa Romeo says that its upcoming Giulia model, which was shown in its Quadrifoglio performance trim at today’s Frankfurt Motorshow, will be the leader in its class across the range in terms of performance. The Giulia QV is powered by an aluminium, turbocharged V6 engine ‘inspired’ by Ferrari...


2016 Renault Megane hatch premieres, led by 152kW GT for now
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2016 Renault Megane hatch premieres, led by 152kW GT for now

The new-generation 2016 Renault Megane hatch made its world premiere at the Frankfurt motor show today, ahead of a European launch early next year and relatively swift arrival in Australia in the second half of 2016. Renault’s new-look Megane hatchback moves the game forward for the brand in a number of ways, and will give the French brand’s fast-growing Australian arm a big boost, given it competes in the market’s biggest segment...


2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport Dynamic in Australia from May: All Terrain Progress Control added to range
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2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport Dynamic in Australia from May: All Terrain Progress Control added to range

Land Rover’s small Discovery Sport will soon welcome a new flagship to the range, with the unveiling today of a new ‘Dynamic’ variant that will hit Australia from May 2016. Revealed for this week’s Frankfurt motor show, the Discovery Sport Dynamic introduces a number of styling and driving tricks in its move to unseat the Luxury grade as the line-up’s top model...


Alfa Romeo confirms Quadrifoglio SUV performance model
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Alfa Romeo confirms Quadrifoglio SUV performance model

Alfa Romeo has today confirmed that it will produce a hotted-up performance version of its yet unnamed SUV (pictured here in disguise undergoing testing). Speaking to CarAdvice at the Frankfurt motor show today, the brand’s Chief Operating Officer of Europe, Africa and Middle East, Alfredo Altavilla, simply said “definitely, yes” when asked if Alfa Romeo would build a performance version of its upcoming SUV, and “Yes” again when asked if it would be a Quadrifoglio version...


Peugeot-Citroen brand DS: "we want to be premium"
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Peugeot-Citroen brand DS: "we want to be premium"

Peugeot Citroen’s recently split-off premium brand, DS, says it already competes with its German luxury competitors in terms of product, while it seeks to raise its brand value in the coming years. Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice at the Frankfurt motorshow today, the CEO of DS, Yves Bonnefont, admitted that his brand is currently stuck in the middle between mainstream and premium...