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2015 Bathurst 1000: Nissan Altima supercar gets 25-year anniversary livery
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2015 Bathurst 1000: Nissan Altima supercar gets 25-year anniversary livery

Nissan will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its first Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) title with a special new livery for the 2015 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Replicating the warpaint worn by Jim Richards’ HR31 Skyline, the new livery’s debut builds on the heritage design featured last year in honour of a pole-position start 30 years ago for the Bluebird Turbo...


Top Five supercars of the 2015 Frankfurt motor show
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Top Five supercars of the 2015 Frankfurt motor show

Motor shows are all about supercars, right? We think so. With the hype of new launches settling down and our record number of CarAdvice journalists attending this year's Frankfurt motor show all back home, we have come up with a list of the Top Five supercars from this year's show. Let us know what you think of our choices. 5...


Scientists drop vulcanisation for self-healing tyre technology
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Scientists drop vulcanisation for self-healing tyre technology

A research team in Germany has found a new alternative to run-flat tyres and special internal coatings, developing a long-lasting rubber that can heal itself when punctured. The secret, according to scientists from Germany’s Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research and the Dresden University of Technology, along with Finland’s Tampere University of Technology, lies in a new technique that drops vulcanisation from the rubber production process...


BMW X4 M40i images and details leaked
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BMW X4 M40i images and details leaked

Images and details of the long-rumoured BMW X4 M40i have appeared online ahead of the car’s imminent official unveiling. The latest model in BMW’s M Performance range of vehicles will become the flagship variant in the X4 sports crossover line-up, sitting above the current X4 xDrive35i range-topper...


Ford Focus recalled for drive-shaft fault
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Ford Focus recalled for drive-shaft fault

Ford Australia has issued a recall notice for its small Focus car this week, over concerns that a mechanical defect could rob the front wheels of power. The fault, affecting 4277 vehicles built between May 21 2013 and January 24 2014, centres around the halfshafts that drive the front wheels...


Rolls-Royce won't pimp its rides with bigger wheels, says design boss
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Rolls-Royce won't pimp its rides with bigger wheels, says design boss

Rolls-Royce Cars has ruled out offering overly large wheels for its vehicles, despite the brand’s design chief, Giles Taylor, admitting he has an affinity for big rims. Taylor told CarAdvice at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show that there is a limit to what is acceptable for the brand in terms of wheel size on its cars, though he suggested that some high-profile owners have pimped their rides with much larger wheels to help with the street cred of the cars...


Mazda CX-9: New-generation model won’t have a diesel option
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Mazda CX-9: New-generation model won’t have a diesel option

  The new-generation Mazda CX-9 will not be offered with a diesel engine, CarAdvice can confirm. The all-new seven-seat Mazda CX-9 is expected to be revealed at the 2015 Los Angeles auto show in November, and it is likely that just one engine will be offered with the new model – and it’ll be fuelled by petrol, not diesel...


Mazda BT-50 petrol model ruled out
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Mazda BT-50 petrol model ruled out

The Mazda BT-50 range will not see the addition of an entry-level petrol model, despite many rivals offering a base model version with that fuel type at a more attractive price point. The refreshed 2016 Mazda BT-50 line-up still starts at $25,570 plus on-road for the base-model 2.2-litre turbo diesel single-cab-chassis XT variant, which puts the price of entry into a BT-50 higher than many rivals...


US EPA steps up emissions enforcement with real world driving tests
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US EPA steps up emissions enforcement with real world driving tests

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a notice to all car manufacturers that it will begin stepping up its enforcement regime for vehicle emissions. Although most of the media attention has been focussed so far on Volkswagen's admitted use of a defeat device on roughly 480,000 cars in the US, and 11 million worldwide, equipped with the EA189 turbo-diesel engine, which detects when the car is being tested under lab conditions, there has also criticism of the government agency that was hoodwinked...


Mazda Koeru production model likely to be sold in China before anywhere else
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Mazda Koeru production model likely to be sold in China before anywhere else

CarAdvice has learnt that a production version of the Mazda Koeru coupe-style SUV – the vehicle that is expected to wear the CX-4 badge – may be sold in China before it makes it to any other international markets...


Porsche chief, Matthias Muller, elevated to Volkswagen CEO post
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Porsche chief, Matthias Muller, elevated to Volkswagen CEO post

Matthias Muller, who has headed sports car maker Porsche for the last five years, has been appointed the new CEO of the Volkswagen Group. At his first press conference as Volkswagen CEO, Muller said (according to a translation provided by The Guardian): "Personally I will do all I can to win back the trust of our customers, our colleagues, our partners, our investors and the public at large...


Suzuki iM-4 spy photos
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Suzuki iM-4 spy photos

The production version of the Suzuki iM-4 has been spied by our photographers during testing in Europe. Alongside the iK-2, the iM-4 made its debut in concept car form at the Geneva motor show earlier this year. The iK-2 has since become the Baleno hatch, which was unveiled in production guise at the recent Frankfurt motor show...


2016 BMW X1 pricing and specifications
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2016 BMW X1 pricing and specifications

Front-wheel-drive models in the all-new BMW X1 range will be more expensive than their rear-drive predecessors, but will also be more practical, better equipped and more fuel efficient than before. The 2016 BMW X1 range will start at $49,500 plus on-road costs for the sDrive18d diesel, representing a $3200 hike in the starting price of the German luxury car maker’s compact crossover...


Weird and wonderful calls received by GM's OnStar centre
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Weird and wonderful calls received by GM's OnStar centre

General Motors’ OnStar connected services system has many practical functions, including giving motorists direct access to a specialist call centre operator while on the road at the push of a button. We used it a number of times at the international launch of the new Opel Astra hatch in Europe last week, pressing the blue button to ask fairly mundane questions in search of assistance and guidance...


Renault Clio and Captur Expression+ limited editions released
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Renault Clio and Captur Expression+ limited editions released

The limited edition Renault Clio Expression+ and Captur Expression+ variants are now available in Australia, boosting the value of the French brand’s city-sized hatch and SUV models. At $21,390 plus on-road costs, the Clio Expression+ EDC (dual-clutch automatic) costs $1100 more than the Expression EDC on which it’s based, yet claims to add $2000 in extra equipment...