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Porsche 911 R all but confirmed
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Porsche 911 R all but confirmed

With almost all new 911s going turbo from this year, Porsche still believes there is room in the line-up for a hard-core purist’s version, rumoured to be called the 911 R. It’s not yet official, but speaking with head of Porsche South Africa Toby Venter at last week’s International launch of the new Porsche 911 at Kyalami in Johannesburg, it seems that if you want to see it, you’ll need to attend the upcoming Geneva Motor Show...


2019 Mercedes-Benz X-Class/Z-Class ute details emerge
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2019 Mercedes-Benz X-Class/Z-Class ute details emerge

New details from a top-secret Australian design forum have emerged, detailing the upcoming Mercedes-Benz ute that was spied testing this week in a Nissan Navara shell...


"Ludicrous car tax" needs to go: Mercedes-Benz Australia
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"Ludicrous car tax" needs to go: Mercedes-Benz Australia

Mercedes-Benz Australia has spoken out on the government's persistence with its 33 per cent Luxury Car Tax (LCT), calling it the "ludicrous car tax". The comments come from David McCarthy, Mercedes-Benz Australia's senior manager of public relations, product and corporate communications, as the 2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 becomes the latest model to hit the LCT threshold...


GM launches Maven car sharing service in the US
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GM launches Maven car sharing service in the US

General Motors has launched a new car sharing service, Maven, in the United States. At launch Maven will be restricted to just 21 parking spots around the city of Ann Arbor, around 65 kilometres west of Detroit, Michigan. As with other car sharing services, Maven allows members to hire cars by the hour via a smartphone app...


Ford Fiesta RS 'not in the plan'
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Ford Fiesta RS 'not in the plan'

The rumoured Ford Fiesta RS is not happening, according to the head engineer of Ford Performance division. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new Ford Focus RS, Tyrone Johnson, Ford Performance’s chief engineer and head of vehicles, confirmed that there’s no Fiesta RS in the pipeline...


Opel Insignia/2018 Holden Commodore winter testing spy photos
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Opel Insignia/2018 Holden Commodore winter testing spy photos

The next-generation Opel Insignia, which is likely to show up in Australia as the next Holden Commodore, has been spotted during cold weather testing near the Arctic Circle. The prototype seen here is wearing the same amount of camouflage and disguise as the vehicle that was spotted back in August 2015...


Ford Focus RS: dual-clutch transmission would've led to more understeer
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Ford Focus RS: dual-clutch transmission would've led to more understeer

The new-generation Ford Focus RS forwent an automatic or dual-clutch transmission to keep weight down on the front axle, but there’s still a possibility a self-shifting unit will make an appearance in the future. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the 2016 Ford Focus RS, Tyrone Johnson, the head of engineering and vehicle manager at Ford Performance, said costs were not the only reason the new Focus RS is available with a six-speed manual transmission only...


Ford Focus RS: all-wheel drive the 'only option'
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Ford Focus RS: all-wheel drive the 'only option'

The head engineer for Ford Performance cars says there was no other option but to use an all-wheel drive system for the new Ford Focus RS, admitting the previous generation’s front-wheel drive setup was already past its peak...


Opel alleged to be secretly fixing cars with illegal NOx emissions
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Opel alleged to be secretly fixing cars with illegal NOx emissions

One of Belgium's national TV networks is claiming that Opel is secretly performing upgrades on some of its diesel-powered vehicles, to reduce harmful emissions. The news report aired this week on VRT, Belgium's Flemish-language national broadcaster, claiming that Opel is secretly upgrading the software in its 2014 Zafira people movers when they're brought in for service...


2016 Mini Convertible: Australian debut set for second quarter
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2016 Mini Convertible: Australian debut set for second quarter

The new 2016 Mini Convertible will go on sale in Europe from early March, the company has confirmed, after having first appeared late last year. Premiering on the stands of the 2015 Tokyo motor show, the new Cooper Convertible (formerly Cabrio) was initially pencilled in for a mid-2016 debut...


2016 Holden Cruze pricing and specifications: Updated Z-Series and SRi-Z variants join Equipe
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2016 Holden Cruze pricing and specifications: Updated Z-Series and SRi-Z variants join Equipe

An updated and trimmed-back 2016 Holden Cruze sedan and hatch range is rolling into showrooms from today. The new Holden Cruze line-up comprises just three trim variants in each body style, with the base Equipe containing, and joined by revised Z-Series and SRi-Z variants...


Audi A2 replacement: new e-tron city car in the works - report
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Audi A2 replacement: new e-tron city car in the works - report

A successor to the little Audi A2 city car, discontinued in 2005, is reportedly being developed as a new entry model even smaller than the light A1. The A2 was never offered in Australia, but a former local offering - the Volkswagen Up! - is expected to form the basis of Audi’s littlest new offering...


Aston Martin DB10: One James Bond special heading to auction
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Aston Martin DB10: One James Bond special heading to auction

One of the 10 Aston Martin DB10 coupes created especially for the 24th James Bond movie, Spectre, will go on sale via auction. According to Aston Martin, this is the only DB10 that will be offered for sale to the general public. The DB10 is the first Aston Martin designed specifically for the spy movie franchise...


2017 Volvo S90 R-Design spied without disguise
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2017 Volvo S90 R-Design spied without disguise

The sporting 2017 Volvo S90 R-Design has been spied out-and-about this week, just days after the new premium sedan was unveiled in its everyday getup at the Detroit auto show. As with other R-Design variants in the Volvo line, this trim level will enter as the S90’s answer to the M Sport and S-line styling packages offered in the BMW and Audi ranges...


Volvo Polestar performance PHEVs coming
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Volvo Polestar performance PHEVs coming

Volvo Cars is in the midst of dramatically expanding the influence of its now in-house Polestar performance division, with an array of new road cars driven by high-performance plug-in hybrid powertrains and all-wheel drive on the way.  We spoke recently with Volvo Cars CEO and board representative Hakan Samuelsson in Detroit, and the news for fans of hottedup Swedish sports cars was entirely positive...