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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S gains manual option, but not for Australia - UPDATE
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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S gains manual option, but not for Australia - UPDATE

UPDATE: Australia has, for now, been ruled out for this new manual option. See full update at bottom of article.  Aston Martin has announced that customers in the market for its 2017 V12 Vantage S will now have the chance to order the performance hero with a manual gearbox...


2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class cabriolet spied testing
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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class cabriolet spied testing

Spy photographers have spotted a new Mercedes-Benz E-Class cabriolet on the streets of Europe, ahead of a market debut that will likely come in the second half of 2017. Despite the heavy camouflage on this production model, it is clear that the new cab’s styling will follow closely with the yet-to-be-revealed E-Class coupe that was spied earlier in the year, with the familiar Mercedes headlights up front and thin LED tail lights at the rear...


Volkswagen Tiguan R hot SUV not happening
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Volkswagen Tiguan R hot SUV not happening

A Volkswagen Tiguan R, using the Golf R’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system with Haldex clutch and 206kW/380Nm (in Australian tune) 2.0-litre turbo engine, is a bridge too far. The new-generation Volkswagen Tiguan, which we are driving this week in Berlin, will be available globally with the Golf GTI (and Skoda Octavia RS’) 162kW/350Nm turbo engine and a 4Motion AWD system...


New Aston Martin Vantage to borrow from Vulcan and DB10 design
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New Aston Martin Vantage to borrow from Vulcan and DB10 design

The next-generation Aston Martin Vantage will borrow design elements from the Vulcan and the James Bond limited-edition DB10 car, says the British brand’s chief designer. Speaking to CarAdvice at Aston Martin’s Gaydon factory in the UK this week, Marek Reichman admitted that topping the current Vantage will not be easy but the brand has taken the best of what made the current car popular and styled it in a different context...


Only Volkwagen used emissions testing defeat devices, says German investigation - report
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Only Volkwagen used emissions testing defeat devices, says German investigation - report

An investigation by German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has concluded that the Volkswagen Group was the only car maker to use defeat devices to cheat its way past emissions testing for diesel-engined cars. Although the final report is scheduled for publication at the end of April 2016, German business daily Handelsblatt has learnt about the investigation's conclusions from anonymous sources within the KBA...


Australian Mike Simcoe to become GM's global design chief on May 1
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Australian Mike Simcoe to become GM's global design chief on May 1

Australian designer Michael Simcoe will take over from Ed Welburn as the vice president of General Motors Global Design on May 1. In the process, Simcoe will become the seventh global design leader at GM, following in the footsteps of Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell, Irvin Rybicki, Chuck Jordan, Wayne Cherry, and the soon-to-depart Ed Welburn...


Volkswagen pitches itself as ‘premium, but for the people’
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Volkswagen pitches itself as ‘premium, but for the people’

Volkswagen Australia is still obviously chasing sales growth, but its focus is very much on offering products that it believes border on ‘premium’ territory while remaining relatively affordable. We spoke to Volkswagen Australia product marketing manager Jeff Shafer at the global launch of the new Tiguan this week (review coming soon), who laid out how Volkswagen saw its positioning...


Volkswagen insists new diesels don't have cheat software, but hasn't done real-world tests
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Volkswagen insists new diesels don't have cheat software, but hasn't done real-world tests

Volkswagen this week reaffirmed earlier statements that its EA288 diesel engines used in the latest versions of some core models do not have emissions-cheating software like their earlier EA189 predecessors, but the company has not conducted ‘real-world’ testing to show it...


Land Rover Reborn models unveiled
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Land Rover Reborn models unveiled

The Land Rover as we know it has met its maker, but the British off-road experts have now launched the Reborn initiative, which sees restored Series I Land Rovers offered for sale. Just 25 vehicles will be offered to customers, with each "hand-picked by Land Rover Classic's team of experts for authenticity"...


Renault Australia rolls out driveaway pricing on LCVs: EOFY deals for Kangoo, Trafic, Master
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Renault Australia rolls out driveaway pricing on LCVs: EOFY deals for Kangoo, Trafic, Master

Renault has released revised pricing for its light commercial vehicles (LCVs) ahead of a busy end-of-financial-year sales period, offering customers new driveaway deals across the range. All three models in Renault’s LCV range will benefit from promotional pricing that will see buyers climb into a brand-new van without forking out for extra on-road costs that can add up to more than $3000 beyond list price...


Kia Cerato Koup exits Australian market
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Kia Cerato Koup exits Australian market

Kia Australia has quietly removed the Kia Cerato Koup from sale in Australia, following a poor sales performance since its local launch in late 2013. The two-door hatch was offered in Australia with a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as the Kia Cerato Koup and a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the Koup Turbo...


Volkswagen small SUV spied testing in Golf outfit
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Volkswagen small SUV spied testing in Golf outfit

One of the first prototype mules for Volkswagen’s new sub-Tiguan small SUV has been snapped during testing, disguised as a three-door Golf. The new baby SUV from Volkswagen is anticipated to launch around 2018, competing in the hotly-contested small and compact SUV segment that is currently occupied by the likes of the Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, Mitsubishi ASX, Renault Captur...


Jaguar F-Pace SUV won’t cannibalise Land Rover sales
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Jaguar F-Pace SUV won’t cannibalise Land Rover sales

The first-ever Jaguar SUV won’t take sales away from its sister brand Land Rover, according to the British company. The medium luxury SUV segment is expected to hit 1.4 million global sales per annum by 2020, up from around 700,000 in 2015. Jaguar expects that at least 90 per cent of buyers for its new SUV will be new to the brand, and one in three will be female buyers...


Skoda Superb, Yeti and Volkswagen Tiguan recalled in Australia
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Skoda Superb, Yeti and Volkswagen Tiguan recalled in Australia

The recently-launched 2016 Skoda Superb, its small Yeti stablemate and the current-generation Volkswagen Tiguan have been recalled in Australia this week. The Superb's recall centres on a fault with the sunroof, while the Yeti and Tiguan have both been called in over an airbag issue...


Jaguar’s hybrid and electric models will need to carry the brand promise
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Jaguar’s hybrid and electric models will need to carry the brand promise

Jaguar says that electrification of its model line-up is an inevitable part of the brand’s future as it seeks to overcome ever-tightening emission restrictions while delivering sporty vehicles that befit the values of the British brand...