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2016 Holden Spark 'a new benchmark', potential top-seller
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2016 Holden Spark 'a new benchmark', potential top-seller

The new 2016 Holden Spark has what it takes to go straight to the top of the declining micro-car sales charts, the company says. Said to bring a new sense of maturity, panache and technology to this uber price-sensitive segment, the Spark is also Holden’s first properly new car to launch in some time. It is, the brand claims, "a new benchmark"...


Tesla Model S P100D discovered by white-hat hacker
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Tesla Model S P100D discovered by white-hat hacker

A white-hat hacker in the USA has discovered what appears to be code and an image referencing the Tesla Model S P100D in the vehicle's latest firmware update. Jason Hughes, a white-hat hacker (the term is often used to refer to hackers who hack for good, instead of bad) discovered the code in version 7.1 of Tesla's firmware...


2017 Audi A5 Sportback spied testing
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2017 Audi A5 Sportback spied testing

The new 2017 Audi A5 Sportback, the five-door companion to the popular A5 coupe, has been spied in cold-weather testing this week. With production expected to begin later this year and sales likely to commence locally in 2017, the next-generation A5 family is not far from showrooms...


PSA Peugeot Citroen publishes first 'real world' fuel consumption figures
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PSA Peugeot Citroen publishes first 'real world' fuel consumption figures

PSA Peugeot Citroen has published what it claims are real-world fuel consumption figures for three of its most popular models, following an announcement late last year that it would commit to greater transparency with buyers...


Porsche Macan four-cylinder entry model confirmed for Australia, launch timing unclear
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Porsche Macan four-cylinder entry model confirmed for Australia, launch timing unclear

Porsche Australia has announced that it will introduce a four-cylinder petrol version of the Porsche Macan in 2017 or beyond, as demand continues for its smallest SUV range. The four-cylinder Porsche Macan uses a 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder engine from the Volkswagen Group (not the flat-four fitted to the new 718 Boxster), which produces 185kW of power and 370Nm of torque...


Mercedes-Benz Sprinter recalled for fuel injector line fix
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter recalled for fuel injector line fix

A small number of models in the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van range have been recalled in Australia this week. Mercedes-Benz reports that affected vehicles may have had faulty high-pressure fuel injector lines installed, which the company says “may not have been manufactured to specification”...


2017 Porsche Cayenne pricing and specifications: More standard kit, higher prices
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2017 Porsche Cayenne pricing and specifications: More standard kit, higher prices

The model-year 2017 Porsche Cayenne is now available to order in Australia, with customer deliveries scheduled to kick off late in the third quarter of 2016. Prices are up across the range, but Porsche says much of the increase can be credited to a newly expanded list of standard equipment...


2017 Holden Colorado ute facelift surfaces online again
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2017 Holden Colorado ute facelift surfaces online again

A grainy photo of what could launch in Australia as the updated 2017 Holden Colorado ute have surfaced online again this week. This latest leak follows the publishing of a spy photo last week that offered a first glimpse of the new-look Colorado update that will likely make a Thai-market debut in the months ahead...


Volvo XC60, V60 Cross Country and XC70 recalled: 1141 vehicles affected
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Volvo XC60, V60 Cross Country and XC70 recalled: 1141 vehicles affected

Volvo Cars Australia has issued a recall for 1141 vehicles in its 2016 diesel XC60, V60 Cross Country and XC70 SUV lines. The Swedish manufacturer is recalling the vehicles over concerns that the engine may suddenly shut down and restart while driving. As a result, the vehicle's power steering system can briefly cut out, while the driver's digital instrument cluster and infotainment system may also switch off...


DS brand set to stay as part of Citroen in Australia for some time
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DS brand set to stay as part of Citroen in Australia for some time

The global move to separate French premium brand DS from its Citroen roots won’t be taken up in Australia for quite some time, it seems. The DS brand was officially peeled away from Citroen at the 2015 Geneva motor show almost exactly a year ago, and while the newly-branded DS 5 luxury hatch (ie: not the Citroen DS5) has been launched here, it’s still being sold through Citroen dealers...


Market analysis: February SUV sales
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Market analysis: February SUV sales

The fact that SUV registrations are steaming along is not exactly going under-reported, but here is a more detailed breakdown from the month of February. SUVs achieved a market share in February (VFACTS) of 38.2 per cent, not far shy of the share of passenger cars (41). This is half the differential of just one year ago...


Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR race car revealed
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Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR race car revealed

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR was unveiled overnight and this race-ready Golf been specially developed for the TCR International touring car series, as well as the numerous regional series that employ the same rules. This racing version of the Volkswagen Golf is based on the road-going GTI model...


2017 Holden Astra: new Opel hatch crowned 2016 European Car of the Year
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2017 Holden Astra: new Opel hatch crowned 2016 European Car of the Year

The coming new 2017 Holden Astra has been named the 2016 European Car of the Year, in its overseas Opel-branded guise, by a panel of 58 motoring journalists from across the continent. The Astra finished with a total of 312 points and was the first choice of 24 jury members. Second was the Volvo XC90, which finished with 294 points as the number one pick of 11 jurists...


Australia not ready for Toyota plug-in hybrids, marketing chief says
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Australia not ready for Toyota plug-in hybrids, marketing chief says

Toyota Australia says that plug-in hybrids are still a niche product for our market and there is not enough demand to make a solid business case for such models. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the new 2016 Toyota Prius, Tony Cramb, executive director for sales and marketing of Toyota Australia, said that research into the local market has shown it’s still not the right time for Toyota plug-ins...


Jeep teases two Moab Easter concepts
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Jeep teases two Moab Easter concepts

Jeep has released a pair of teaser sketches of two concepts the company will unveil at the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari event in March. These images are just a first glimpse of the collection of concepts that will be revealed at the end of March. The two images tease the Wrangler “Trailcat” and “Crew Chief” concepts that will be showcased at the 50th annual Easter event, taking place in Moab, Utah, from March 19-27 2016...