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Tips for calculating your car-related tax deduction
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Tips for calculating your car-related tax deduction

Another financial new year has come and gone, so it’s time for most of us to start thinking about our taxes. Here are a few tips that may help with some of your car-related tax work. Unless you’re on a novated lease, any kilometres you do in your car for your job or business can contribute towards a tax deduction...


2016 Audi A4 Allroad spied ahead of possible Geneva motor show debut
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2016 Audi A4 Allroad spied ahead of possible Geneva motor show debut

Audi’s new Q1 compact SUV isn’t the company’s only next-generation model out touring highways, with the coming new 2016 A4 Allroad crossover spied testing this week. The appearance of this camouflaged prototype comes just weeks after the unveiling of the all-new 2016 A4 sedan and Avant wagon, which debuted online in June ahead of a world premiere at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show...


South Australia to host driverless car test from November
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South Australia to host driverless car test from November

Autonomous vehicle technology will take its first tentative steps into Australia in just a few months, with news this week that a test of driverless cars will soon kick off in South Australia. Techies and traffic safety campaigners have been forced to look on from distant sidelines as increasingly advanced self-driving cars take to public roads in Europe and the US, raising questions over just how far the futuristic vehicles are from appearing in Australia...


2016 Toyota Fortuner interior revealed for Thai market
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2016 Toyota Fortuner interior revealed for Thai market

The cabin of the all-new 2016 Toyota Fortuner has been revealed this week, courtesy of a new promotional website launched for the Thai market. The new Australia-bound Fortuner made its first official appearance last week, revealed at simultaneous events in Sydney and Bangkok as a nod to the important role both nations have played in the new SUV’s development...


Mercedes-Benz moots up to eight next-generation compact models
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Mercedes-Benz moots up to eight next-generation compact models

Mercedes-Benz has made a quantum shift over the past four years by rolling out five compact cars based on the same ‘MFA’ architecture — but the company says there's scope for even more iterations next time around...


Abarth to build "extreme" version of Fiat 124 Spider
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Abarth to build "extreme" version of Fiat 124 Spider

Abarth will build a hardcore version of the upcoming Fiat 124 Spider to give the Italian half of the partnership a distinct performance advantage over Japanese sister car, the Mazda MX-5. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief operating officer Alfredo Altavilla told Auto Express there would be two versions of the new roadster: the “comfortable” Fiat 124 Spider and the “extreme” Abarth model...


BMW confirms new concept pair for Pebble Beach show
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BMW confirms new concept pair for Pebble Beach show

BMW is queuing up a pair of new concepts for the Monterey Car Week event in the US next month, ahead of this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The carmaker is keeping quiet on just what we’ll see on its stand, although a telling teaser sketch released today hints at something along the lines of a properly track-inspired M-badged monster...


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...