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Volkswagen core brand's profit plunges in wake of diesel emissions issue
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Volkswagen core brand's profit plunges in wake of diesel emissions issue

Volkswagen Passenger Cars’ operating profit plunged 86 per cent in the first quarter of 2016 (year-on-year) in the wake of the diesel emissions cheating scandal, though the wider VW Group posted far more robust figures. Volkswagen Group’s core brand suffered a 1.3 per cent dip in worldwide deliveries to 1...


Ferrari designer says ‘no way’ to Ferrari SUV
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Ferrari designer says ‘no way’ to Ferrari SUV

On his first visit to Australia to launch the new Ferrari GTC4 Lusso, Flavio Manzoni, Ferrari’s senior vice president of design, has also said there is no chance that Ferrari will produce an SUV...


Mercedes-Benz GLB badge trademarked - report
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Mercedes-Benz GLB badge trademarked - report

German car maker Mercedes-Benz has reportedly trademarked the name GLB, which could hint at the introduction of a new SUV to sit between the GLA and GLC crossovers. According to British website Auto Express, the new SUV would be based on the small B-Class MPV, debuting as an additional and more spacious rival to models like the BMW X1 and Audi Q3...


Ferrari 458 MM Speciale one-off revealed
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Ferrari 458 MM Speciale one-off revealed

The Ferrari 458 MM Speciale, a one-off special vehicle created for an unnamed "enthusiastic British" client, was revealed overnight with a redesigned body wrapped around the mechanicals of the 458 Speciale. The buyer requested a "visor effect for the glasshouse", which lead to Ferrari making extensive changes to the car's aluminium body...


Haval says diesel has 'reached its zenith', has no plans to offer it
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Haval says diesel has 'reached its zenith', has no plans to offer it

Haval has ruled out adopting diesel engines in the future, saying the technology has already “reached its zenith” and that petrol and electrification has all the upside. Instead, all future models from the Chinese SUV brand will use turbocharged petrol engines. Additionally, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric offerings are claimed to be due in the “very near future”...


2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo revealed ahead of Australian debut
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2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo revealed ahead of Australian debut

The newly refreshed 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo has been revealed today, ahead of an Australian launch likely to occur in late 2016 or early next year. Due to enter the European market after July, the revised 3 Series GT makes its debut some three years after first joining the 3 Series range...


Mazda MX-5 takes top prize at Good Design Australia awards
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Mazda MX-5 takes top prize at Good Design Australia awards

It's already World Car of the Year's best car overall and best-designed car, and now the new ND MX-5 has added another styling trophy to its cabinet with a win in Australia's annual Good Design awards. Nominees for the prize were announced in April, with aesthetically adventurous rivals like the Citroen C4 Cactus and Kia Sportage throwing down with the MX-5 and more classically styled contenders in the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7...


Hyundai i30 N prototype puts on 2300km test for 24 hours of Nurburgring
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Hyundai i30 N prototype puts on 2300km test for 24 hours of Nurburgring

The Hyundai i30 N development car has completed the Nurburgring 24 hours endurance race in Germany this week, completing 91 laps and 2309.39 kilometres. Finishing 90th in the overall rankings out of 159 competitors, the i30 N hot hatch's endurance effort marks another stage in its development ahead of a 2017 debut in the next-generation i30's skin...


2017 Mercedes-Benz G350d Professional unveiled - UPDATED
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2017 Mercedes-Benz G350d Professional unveiled - UPDATED

With the new Mercedes-Benz G350d Professional, the automaker has updated its "highly purist" off-roader with a few more modern amenities, and extra lashings of power and torque. Under the bonnet, the G350d Professional has a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 engine that produces 180kW of power at 3600rpm, and 600Nm of torque between 1600 and 2400rpm...


2017 Skoda Kodiaq spied
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2017 Skoda Kodiaq spied

The Skoda Kodiaq large crossover has been spied with a light disguise ahead of its debut later this year. Earlier this year, Skoda unveiled its Vision S concept, hinting that it provides a pretty accurate preview of a new seven-seat three-row SUV that will sit above the existing Yeti...


Volkswagen considering 10 billion euro battery factory - report
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Volkswagen considering 10 billion euro battery factory - report

Volkswagen is reportedly considering building a dedicated factory to churn out batteries for electric vehicles (EVs). According to Deutsche Welle, executives within the car maker have anonymously told the German Press Agency (DPA) that Volkswagen Group is considering constructing a battery factory in its home state of Lower Saxony...


Counterfeit Toyota parts destined for Australia seized in Chinese raid
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Counterfeit Toyota parts destined for Australia seized in Chinese raid

Chinese police have seized more than $1 million worth of counterfeit Toyota car parts, many of which were destined for Australia. The stock was uncovered during a police raid in Guangzhou, south-east China. The raid was based on information provided by Toyota Australia...


Mercedes-Benz Unimog truck recalled for electrics fix
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Mercedes-Benz Unimog truck recalled for electrics fix

Mercedes-Benz’s local arm is recalling five of its Unimog trucks over concerns that incorrect wiring could cause the vehicle’s electrics and other power-reliant systems to shut down. The manufacturer reports that the connections for the cabin’s main power supply cable may not have been tensioned correctly during the production process...


ANCAP to refine message around date stamps on ratings
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ANCAP to refine message around date stamps on ratings

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) says the date stamps it puts on all test results to give them context are an effective solution, but concedes the messages around them could use some refining. In a bid to clarify its ratings, the independent crash test watchdog introduced the date stamp in September 2014...


2017 Suzuki Swift Sport to go turbo - report
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2017 Suzuki Swift Sport to go turbo - report

The 2017 Suzuki Swift Sport will reportedly draw power from a turbo engine when it debuts next year, according to UK magazine Autocar. The report, which offers no word on its source, claims the next-generation Swift Sport will do away with the enduring naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre engine, instead joining the growing brigade of turbocharged light hatches...