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Volkswagen Beetle Dune production model unveiled in LA - UPDATED
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Volkswagen Beetle Dune production model unveiled in LA - UPDATED

The Volkswagen Beetle Dune has been unveiled in production guise, almost two years after the concept made its debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show. Said to be inspired by the Baja Bugs based on the original Beetle, the new Dune is differentiated from other models in the Beetle range with a "more aggressive appearance"...


2016 Mazda CX-9 revealed in leaked browser images
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2016 Mazda CX-9 revealed in leaked browser images

The all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9 has surfaced early, appearing online today ahead of an official unveiling tomorrow at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Revealed through a series of images published by enthusiast website Carscoops.com, the new CX-9 seven-seater can be seen here from every angle, inside and out...


2017 Ford Kuga revealed as facelifted Escape: New looks, new Sync 3 Connect
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2017 Ford Kuga revealed as facelifted Escape: New looks, new Sync 3 Connect

Ford has today unveiled what is likely to debut in Australia no sooner than late next year as the 2017 Ford Kuga, in keeping with the mid-sized SUV’s local scheduling cycle. In its current form, the Kuga made its Australian debut in early 2013, more than a year after it first debuted in US-market Escape form at the 2011 LA auto show...


Volkswagen to buy back EU cars with "implausible" CO2 figures - report
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Volkswagen to buy back EU cars with "implausible" CO2 figures - report

Volkswagen is reportedly preparing to buy back vehicles sold in the European Union with understated CO2 emissions figures. Earlier this month, Volkswagen admitted that up to 800,000 vehicles were sold with "implausible" CO2 emission figures. These "irregularities" were discovered as the company carried out internal investigations related to the dieselgate affair...


Audi announces second-life program for spent EV batteries
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Audi announces second-life program for spent EV batteries

Audi engineers work to develop battery technology that offers consumers a battery design life of 150,000km or at least eight years of operation  — with an average of around 18,000km per year...


2016 Ford Kuga pricing and specifications
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2016 Ford Kuga pricing and specifications

The updated, 2016 Ford Kuga will arrive in Australian showrooms next month with a reverse-view camera standard across all variants and Sync 2 in mid- and high-grade models. Previously only included in the flagship Kuga Titanium, a rear camera will be fitted to 2016 versions of the entry- and mid-level Ambiente and Trend variants...


Kia details autonomous driving plans for 2020, 2030: Advanced assistance up first, full driverless to follow
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Kia details autonomous driving plans for 2020, 2030: Advanced assistance up first, full driverless to follow

Along with the teasing of next year’s Niro small SUV and an overnight unveiling of the new Optima Hybrid, Kia has today revealed details of its upcoming autonomous driving technologies. The South Korean carmaker has confirmed a $2.8 billion dollar spend on new driverless technologies, including the recruitment of a greater number of engineers to bring those systems to market...


NSW launches new Australiana number plate styles
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NSW launches new Australiana number plate styles

MyPlates, the company responsible for customised number plates in New South Wales, has announced its latest theme: Australiana. The theme offers four new background images, including the Australian flag and a silhouetted view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, along with a pair of beach and outback scenes...


Toyota boss talks down Lexus RX 7-seat potential - report
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Toyota boss talks down Lexus RX 7-seat potential - report

The global head of Toyota has hosed down talk of a longer seven-seat version of the new 2016 Lexus RX SUV. Despite the appearance of camouflaged RX SUVs in the US recently, Toyota president Akio Toyoda told press in Europe this week that seven-seat SUVs are the domain of the company’s volume-selling arm...


2016 Kia Optima Hybrid revealed, plug-in hybrid detailed
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2016 Kia Optima Hybrid revealed, plug-in hybrid detailed

The latest-generation Kia Optima Hybrid has been revealed, while the company has also detailed the Optima Plug-in Hybrid that's due to be launched globally next year. The Optima Hybrid features a 115kW/189Nm 2.0-litre direct-injection four-cylinder engine under the bonnet. This is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a built-in 38kW electric motor...


2015 Los Angeles auto show: what to expect
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2015 Los Angeles auto show: what to expect

As the dust settles around this year’s Tokyo motor show, held earlier this month, editorial engines are now firing up for the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Held annually, California’s big auto show is one of the largest on the calendar for North America, alongside the New York International Auto Show and the biggest, Detroit’s North American International Auto Show...


Audi developing wireless charging infrastructure for home and roads
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Audi developing wireless charging infrastructure for home and roads

Audi is at the forefront of wireless charging technology, with an inductive charging system currently in development for release in 2017 and a more powerful version coming soon after. Wireless charging technology works by using an alternating electromagnetic field from the base plate that induces an alternating current in the car's secondary coil across the small air gap...


Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night, Wrangler Backcountry special editions revealed
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Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night, Wrangler Backcountry special editions revealed

Jeep has prepared a pair of special edition 4x4s for this week’s 2015 Los Angeles auto show: the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night and the Jeep Wrangler Backcountry. The Grand Cherokee SRT Night gains a number of unique stealthy trim finishes inside and out...


Volvo C40, C60 trademarks registered: New coupe models on the way?
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Volvo C40, C60 trademarks registered: New coupe models on the way?

The low-slung Volvo Concept Coupe may at last be bound for market, with news that the Swedish carmaker registered a pair of telling names with the US Patent and Trademark Office on November 5: C40 and C60. Just as the letter S has come to represent Volvo’s sedan models, while V and XC represent hatches/wagons and SUVs respectively, the letter C has been associated with two-door variants...


Lotus Elise Sport, Sport 220 coming mid 2016
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Lotus Elise Sport, Sport 220 coming mid 2016

The Lotus Elise will get an update for 2016 that sees the return of the ‘Sport’ naming designation and the featherweight sports car get even lighter. The revised Elise Sport and Elise Sport 220 will arrive in local showrooms around the middle of next year, replacing the Elise and Elise S variants of the current range...