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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS pricing and specifications
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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS pricing and specifications

The Mercedes-Benz GLS will bring new levels of style and luxury to the German car maker’s flagship SUV range when the revamped (and rebadged) model arrives in Australian showrooms in April. The GLS takes the place of the outgoing GL, with the new naming structure more directly aligning the full-size SUV with the S-Class limousine, following the lead of the GLA/A-Class, GLC/C-Class and GLE/E-Class...


BMW i8 Spyder nearing production, concept bound for CES - report
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BMW i8 Spyder nearing production, concept bound for CES - report

A showroom-ready production version of the BMW i8 Spyder, first revealed as a concept in early 2012, is reportedly nearing debut. Revealed even before its coupe sibling had entered production, the i8 Spyder had nonetheless never been given a green light, with concerns over the application of its carbon fibre-reinforced plastic body in a convertible form understood to be the project’s main hurdle...


Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Evoque recalled
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Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Evoque recalled

Jaguar Land Rover Australia has issued a recall notice for variants in all three of its Range Rover model lines, affecting 261 vehicles in total. For the big Range Rover and its Range Rover Sport sibling, 21 models built between June 1-12 this year have been recalled for a defective seatbelt latch...


2016 Audi A3 sedan facelift spied testing
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2016 Audi A3 sedan facelift spied testing

A newly refreshed 2016 Audi A3 sedan has been caught out-and-about this week, undergoing cold-weather testing in Europe. The first of its name, Audi’s A3 sedan debuted at the 2013 New York auto show, after first appearing as a concept way back in 2011. With styling themes borrowed both from its hatch sibling and the larger A4, the A3 sedan was developed as a new lifestyle-focused option in the premium small-car segment...


Citroen E-Mehari electric vehicle revealed, European launch confirmed
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Citroen E-Mehari electric vehicle revealed, European launch confirmed

If you thought Citroen’s recent Cactus M concept was a clear nod to the company’s iconic Mehari off-roader, the French carmaker has pushed the homage a step further this week. At first glance, passers-by could easily mistake the new E-Mehari with the Cactus M, which debuted in September as an inventive sun-seeking version of the new C4 Cactus SUV...


BMW M2 coupe preliminary pricing and specifications leaked: M2 Pure from $89,900, M2 from $98,900
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BMW M2 coupe preliminary pricing and specifications leaked: M2 Pure from $89,900, M2 from $98,900

The BMW M2 coupe looks set to be available from under $90,000 plus on-road costs when it arrives in Australia in the second quarter of 2016. Enthusiast site Ausmotive has published what it claims are the full local pricing and specifications of the pint-sized performance hero. The source of the information is unclear, though it’s likely to have come from a dealer bulletin or some other internal communication...


Hyundai Ioniq teased, Australian launch confirmed for second-half 2016
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Hyundai Ioniq teased, Australian launch confirmed for second-half 2016

A shadowy preview of the new Prius-fighting 2016 Hyundai Ioniq has been handed down today, ahead of an international unveiling due next month. This first official image is joined by confirmation that the Ioniq’s production plan will mark a world first: the availability of petrol-electric hybrid, petrol-electric plug-in hybrid and full-electric powertrain options, all in the one model range...


Victorian Government commits another $46.5m to assist transition from vehicle manufacturing
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Victorian Government commits another $46.5m to assist transition from vehicle manufacturing

The Victorian Government is committing an additional $46.5 million to help automotive businesses, workers and communities transition into new industries with secure employment prospects. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Industry Minister Lily D’Ambrosio today launched the ‘Towards Future Industries: Victoria’s Automotive Transition Plan’ at the Bosch manufacturing plant in Clayton...


Real-world vehicle emissions testing program to commence in Australia in 2016
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Real-world vehicle emissions testing program to commence in Australia in 2016

Australia’s peak automotive body will fund research into the analysis of real-world vehicle emissions following the Volkswagen Group emissions scandal that exposed the inadequacies of local and global testing standards...


2016 Nissan Pathfinder spied testing
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2016 Nissan Pathfinder spied testing

An updated version of the Nissan Pathfinder is in the works, as these images captured by our spy photographer reveal. Light camouflage across the Pathfinder prototype’s front and rear panels can’t disguise some obvious design tweaks for the updated model. New at the front end of the refreshed Nissan Pathfinder are reshaped headlights, which now have a kink along their lower edges...


Kia Australia's sales on an upward march
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Kia Australia's sales on an upward march

Kia appears to be hitting its stride in Australia in 2015, given its annual growth rate of almost 20 per cent, or five times the market-wide figure. It was up 36 per cent in November alone. The Korean brand, which has been garnering critical respect for a number of years now, has nevertheless stagnated in sales over the past few years while sister company Hyundai has boomed...


Audi AG's top engineer Hackenberg exits, company reshuffle announced
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Audi AG's top engineer Hackenberg exits, company reshuffle announced

The Volkswagen Group global reshuffle in the wake of ‘dieselgate’ continues, with the latest heavy hitter to step down being Audi AG board member for technical development, Dr Ulrich Hackenberg. In a symbolic and momentous Friday for the embattled German giant, recently appointed Volkswagen Group chairman Matthias Muller also joined Audi AG’s supervisory board, while Audi’s global head of powertrains Stefan Knirsch took over from Hackenberg as board member for technical development...


2016 Toyota RAV4 pricing and specifications
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2016 Toyota RAV4 pricing and specifications

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 update has arrived, bringing with it revised styling, some cabin upgrades, engine tweaks, plus more active and preventative safety equipment. The updates particularly improve value of the flagship Toyota RAV4 Cruiser variants. The late-year RAV4 revision means industry top-seller Toyota has updated a staggering 13 models in 2015...


Why does New Zealand get better cars than Australia?
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Why does New Zealand get better cars than Australia?

New Zealand is better than Australia for many reasons. It's not just pavlova (they really did invent it). The skiing is better there. So are the roads. So is the adventure tourism, if jumping off stuff is your idea of a fun afternoon. Then there are the sheep. The mountains. The scenery. And the cars. What? Cars? Really? Yes, really...


The continued decline in micro cars
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The continued decline in micro cars

No vehicle segment has had a bigger fall from grace this year than the one comprising the nation’s smallest cars. According to VFACTS data, sales of micro cars are down 31.3 per cent this year to 10,132 units. They fell an even more significant 40.1 per cent in November, to 618. This equates to market share of just 1.0 per cent annual, and 0...