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2017 Mini Countryman spy photos
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2017 Mini Countryman spy photos

The second-generation Mini Countryman crossover has been spied in Europe's snow strewn northern reaches. Unlike earlier prototypes, this latest pre-production Countryman does without any false body panels. Stylistically, the new SUV doesn't stray far from the template laid out by the brand's original SUV with Mini styling cues stretched to fit a crossover body...


Ford to exit Japanese and Indonesian markets
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Ford to exit Japanese and Indonesian markets

Ford will leave Japan and Indonesia by the end of the year, citing low sales and an unlikely route to profitability. Overnight the company confirmed that it will withdraw from Indonesia, closing all dealerships and halting imports, during the second half of 2016. A spokeswoman told Reuters that "in Indonesia, without local manufacturing ..


2016 Porsche 718 Boxster pricing and specifications
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2016 Porsche 718 Boxster pricing and specifications

The new 2016 Porsche 718 Boxster has been revealed and is now available to order in Australia, bringing a new name, a new range of turbocharged four-cylinder engines, and a fresh new look. Wearing the 718 name made famous by the 1957 718 RSK roadster, the new 718 Boxster and soon-to-be launched 718 Cayman sibling have returned to four-cylinder power to increase efficiency and reduce emissions - 20 years after the original Boxster made its debut...


Mazda CX-6/CX-4 crossover spotted again
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Mazda CX-6/CX-4 crossover spotted again

The all-new Mazda CX-6 (or is it CX-4?) crossover coupe SUV has been spied once again in China ahead of its expected world premiere within a few months. This leak comes one week after our first look at the production crossover. This red example of what appears to be an upper-spec car, spotted near the factory in Changchun by CarNewsChina...


Volkswagen Golf update to debut at Geneva motor show - report
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Volkswagen Golf update to debut at Geneva motor show - report

An updated version of the Volkswagen Golf will reportedly make its world debut at the 2016 Geneva motor show in March. German publication AutoBild reports that the updated VW Golf will bring a range of technological updates, not to mention new engines and new styling...


ANCAP concerned about pedestrian deaths: Commends Mercedes-Benz GLC and Jaguar XE for five star ratings
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ANCAP concerned about pedestrian deaths: Commends Mercedes-Benz GLC and Jaguar XE for five star ratings

Reducing pedestrian fatalities must be a strong focus in the realm of vehicle safety in 2016, says Australian independent safety tester ANCAP. The watchdog released a statement this morning citing figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BIT), which found that pedestrian fatalities increased 7.9 per cent across Australia in 2015...


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...