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2018 Maserati Levante S initial details revealed, here later this year
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2018 Maserati Levante S initial details revealed, here later this year

First details of the 2018 Maserati Levante S have been announced this week ahead of its Australian introduction in the second half of 2017, finally bringing petrol power to the Italian SUV's range. The company claims the Levante - its first-ever SUV model - has been responsible for Maserati's 50 per cent growth in sales so far this year, and hopes the new petrol model will build on that...


2017 Fiat 500L facelift unveiled
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2017 Fiat 500L facelift unveiled

The facelifted Fiat 500L has been unveiled, and it's claimed that 40 per cent of its components are new. Visually, the updated 500L is distinguished by new headlight internals with LED driving lights. The front and rear bumpers have also been restyled, with the lower air intakes given a wider design and extra lashings of bright work...


Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade: Hybrid concept debuts at Worthersee
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Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade: Hybrid concept debuts at Worthersee

The Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade has made its debut at the annual GTI meet at Worthersee, Austria, and celebrates the 10th year of apprentice-built vehicles at the event. Under the bonnet, the Golf GTI First Decade has a 300kW engine, presumably a variant of the company's 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol motor, driving the front wheels...


Volvo XC40 offers ‘significant potential’ for Swedish brand’s Australian arm
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Volvo XC40 offers ‘significant potential’ for Swedish brand’s Australian arm

The first ever Volvo XC40 compact luxury SUV could well be a game-changer for the Australian arm of the Swedish brand, as the market increasingly moves towards small SUVs. The all-new Volvo XC40 will be the brand’s first ever compact SUV, giving it a rival to the likes of the Audi Q2 and Q3, BMW X1, Mini Countryman and Mercedes-Benz GLA...


Holden Astra sedan, Subaru XV score five-star ANCAP rating
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Holden Astra sedan, Subaru XV score five-star ANCAP rating

The new Holden Astra sedan and Subaru XV have been awarded five-star safety ratings this week by independent crash-testing body ANCAP. Despite not offering autonomous emergency braking (AEB) anywhere in the range, the Astra sedan still managed 34.94 points out of 37, including a perfect 16 out of 16 for the side impact test...


NSW Police add Chrysler 300 SRT to promo fleet
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NSW Police add Chrysler 300 SRT to promo fleet

The New South Wales (NSW) Police have taken delivery of a new Chrysler 300 SRT, with the large sports sedan tipped to take over duties from the locally-produced Holden Commodore when Australian manufacturing concludes in October. While it's been decked out with 'Highway Patrol' branding, the sole 300 SRT police car (at least, for now) is only being used as a show vehicle, making appearances at shows, sporting events and public displays...


China's Geely takes majority stake in Lotus, shares in Proton
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China's Geely takes majority stake in Lotus, shares in Proton

China's largest privately-owned automotive group, Zhejiang Geely Holding, has agreed to a deal that will hand it the majority stake in famed British sports-car brand Lotus. The Chinese group - which also owns Volvo Cars and the London Taxi Company - will also take a 49.9 per cent share in Lotus' current parent, Malaysian company Proton...


Fourth Lamborghini model not until 2023
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Fourth Lamborghini model not until 2023

With the coming launch of the Lamborghini Urus SUV, the Italian brand will have a three-model family that the brand’s boss says will carry it through until 2022-2023. Only then will the house of the raging bull seek to introduce a fourth model to increase its volumes to around 10,000 units per year...


Kia Sorento Si Limited joins Australian range
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Kia Sorento Si Limited joins Australian range

The 2017 Kia Sorento range has been bolstered this week with the addition of a new Si Limited variant, which adds around $3000 of extra value for no price increase over the entry-level model on which it's based. Available in both petrol and diesel guises, the Sorento Si Limited follows in similar fashion to the recently announced value-focused Cerato Sport and Sportage Si Premium models...


Mercedes-Benz building $747m battery facility for EQ brand - report
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Mercedes-Benz building $747m battery facility for EQ brand - report

German luxury powerhouse Mercedes-Benz has broken ground on an upcoming 500 million euro ($747 million) manufacturing facility that will produce the lithium-ion battery packs for its upcoming range of electric vehicles (EVs) branded under the EQ banner, along with numerous other future models...


The Shortlist: Manual diesel AWD SUV with a full-size spare and sat-nav, under $45,000
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The Shortlist: Manual diesel AWD SUV with a full-size spare and sat-nav, under $45,000

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But... where to from there? In this series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...


2017 Mini JCW Countryman pricing and specs
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2017 Mini JCW Countryman pricing and specs

Australian pricing and details for the new 2017 Mini John Cooper Works (JCW) Countryman have been revealed today, ahead of its June launch. The new model enters the local market from $56,900 before on-road costs, matched as standard to an eight-speed automatic transmission and offering a six-speed manual shifter as a no-cost option...


Ford Fiesta Australian future in doubt, ST included
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Ford Fiesta Australian future in doubt, ST included

Despite making its global debut more than six months ago, the new-generation 2018 Ford Fiesta remains unconfirmed for an Australian debut. Likewise, the cult hero Fiesta ST, revealed in February, is no closer. The Blue Oval revealed the new iteration of the 'regular' Fiesta family last November, in Cologne, Germany, and it has already been launched in key markets throughout Europe where the B-segment is strong...


2018 Volkswagen Arteon: Australian details confirmed
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2018 Volkswagen Arteon: Australian details confirmed

Australian specifications for the upcoming 2018 Volkswagen Arteon have been announced this week ahead of its launch in October. Replacing the ageing Volkswagen CC, the Arteon is essentially, like its predecessor, a four-door coupe version of the Passat. Despite this, the Arteon will introduce an array of technology not currently seen in the Passat range, or Volkswagen's current local line-up for that matter...


Lamborghini to stay with naturally aspirated engines as long as possible
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Lamborghini to stay with naturally aspirated engines as long as possible

Lamborghini will stay with its current strategy of naturally aspirated V10 and V12 engines for as long as possible, the company’s boss claims. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new Lamborghini Huracan Performante (review 9am Friday) in Imola, Italy yesterday, the Italian brand’s CEO, Stefano Domenicali, admitted that Lamborghini will stick with natural aspiration for as long it possibly can, for it represents one of the pillars of the brand's DNA...