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Land Rover Defender production extended to 2016
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Land Rover Defender production extended to 2016

Production of the current-generation Land Rover Defender could continue into 2016 as the British SUV maker continues to mull where to build the iconic model’s successor. In a statement, Jaguar Land Rover confirmed Defender production at the brand’s Solihull plant in England might continue until the end of January after initially being scheduled to wind up by the end of this year...


2016 Audi Q1 spied testing in production body
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2016 Audi Q1 spied testing in production body

The coming new 2016 Audi Q1 compact SUV has been spied testing this week, ahead of a debut that could occur later this year or early next. Spied previously in the borrowed garb of a Volkswagen Tiguan, these new shots offer a first look at the new small Audi in its final outfit. Although the prototype shown here wears a thin layer of camouflage, more than a few of the Q1’s styling details can be seen...


2016 Infiniti Q30 revealed in new leaked shot
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2016 Infiniti Q30 revealed in new leaked shot

The new 2016 Infiniti Q30 hatch/crossover (hatchover? crosshatch?) may have been yanked onto the stage this week ahead of its official debut at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Spied testing in heavy camouflage last year, the high-riding Q30 was first revealed as a concept in late 2013...


10 cars that Australians should buy, but don't
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10 cars that Australians should buy, but don't

I'm constantly amazed at the number of cars on the market in Australia, not to mention the vast variety of brands to choose from. There a dozens of cars that never fail to make waves on the sales charts, and after six months of new car registrations in Australia, the usual suspects are riding on the back of what could be a record year...


Tesla Model S gains ‘20 engineering changes’ per week
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Tesla Model S gains ‘20 engineering changes’ per week

Tesla motors boss, Elon Musk, says weight reduction and other advancements are a constant work-in-progress for the Model S sedan, as the company works to continue unlocking improvements well into the car's life-cycle. The current Model S, which has been around since 2012, has seen consistent change - yet the weight of the car remains a sore point, focused largely on the hefty battery pack that powers the world’s best-selling electric car...


Queensland police deny quota claims on new electronic ticketing trial
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Queensland police deny quota claims on new electronic ticketing trial

Reports that Queensland Police officers have been commanded to issue at least 10 traffic fines per shift have been rejected by one of the state’s top cops this week. The reports come as the force prepares to trial a new electronic ticketing system intended to replace conventional hand-written on-the-spot fines...


Local carbon parts maker Quickstep secures supply deal, impresses German government
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Local carbon parts maker Quickstep secures supply deal, impresses German government

Australian carbon-fibre parts maker Quickstep has announced two key milestones this month, confirming its first supply deal with a global carmaker, while also achieving a landmark efficiency result in a major German manufacturing project. Quickstep made headlines in 2013 when it revealed plans for the commercialisation of its resin spray transfer (RST) technology, which it claimed at the time would “revolutionise the global automotive industry”...


Volkswagen Golf R Wagon priced at $58,990
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Volkswagen Golf R Wagon priced at $58,990

The Volkswagen Golf R Wagon will cost $58,990 plus on-road costs when it arrives in Australia in September. Volkswagen Australia will offer the Golf R Wagon in limited numbers, and has confirmed each one will arrive here with a special Wolfsburg Edition package that adds a host of unique styling and specification features...


Holden’s Captiva replacements firming as details of new Chevrolet SUVs surface
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Holden’s Captiva replacements firming as details of new Chevrolet SUVs surface

Holden’s coming replacements for the Captiva 5 and Captiva 7 twins are slowly coming into focus, with reports this week that GM’s Chevrolet arm is preparing new mid-sized and large SUVs. According to industry paper Automotive News, sources within Chevrolet have confirmed plans for a smaller next-generation Equinox - not currently offered in Australia - along with a new large seven-seater that would rival models like the Ford Edge and Toyota Kluger...


Nissan Australia's Takata airbag recall reaches nearly 191,000 vehicles
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Nissan Australia's Takata airbag recall reaches nearly 191,000 vehicles

Nissan Australia has confirmed that its recall of models fitted with supplier Takata’s faulty airbag inflators has potentially affected 190,874 vehicles across multiple lines. This latest announcement makes up 25,707 vehicles in that tally, affecting front passenger airbags of models across the D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail and J31 Maxima ranges...


Tesla Roadster successor confirmed for 2019
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Tesla Roadster successor confirmed for 2019

A new-generation Tesla Roadster will launch before the end of the decade with acceleration to rival the world’s quickest performance cars. Buried in a press release about the upgraded 2016 Tesla Model S and its new ‘Ludicrous’ drive mode is confirmation of the forthcoming convertible sports car, which the California-based electric car company promises will be even more hardcore than its sub-3...


Porsche Cars Australia profits almost triple to $18.8m after tax
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Porsche Cars Australia profits almost triple to $18.8m after tax

Porsche Cars Australia, the Australian importer of German manufacturer Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, has lodged papers with the industry regulator indicating an almost tripling of after-tax profits to $18,817,976 for calendar year 2014. The profit figure almost trebles profits lodged for calendar year 2013 of $6,810,968 after tax...


ZF debuts Advanced Urban Vehicle concept
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ZF debuts Advanced Urban Vehicle concept

Best known for its automatic transmissions, German component manufacturer ZF has unveiled a complete concept car, dubbed the Advanced Urban Vehicle. ZF’s pint-sized Advanced Urban Vehicle was developed from the ground up and built entirely in-house, allowing the company to experiment with a host of innovative drive systems and technologies...


Mercedes-Benz C-Class Allroad-style crossover on the cards
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Allroad-style crossover on the cards

Mercedes-Benz appears to be mulling the idea of producing a jacked-up crossover version of the C-Class wagon to match the Audi A4 Allroad. The German company last week staged the world premiere of the GLC (see local pricing and specifications here), a mid-sized SUV rival for the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 based on the same ‘MRA’ modular architecture as the C-Class, and sharing about 70 per cent of its parts...


Subaru Australia confirms motorsport involvement with limited WRX STI imports
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Subaru Australia confirms motorsport involvement with limited WRX STI imports

Subaru Australia has addressed recent rumours surrounding a possible return to rallying, confirming it is importing a limited number of competition-spec WRX STI motorsport cars for use by "enthusiasts and professional teams". Unable to be road registered, the Subaru WRX STI models are FIA-homologated and designed to suit the newest NR4 regulations – which replace the previous N4 and R4 classes...