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Volvo purchases Polestar tuning division
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Volvo purchases Polestar tuning division

Volvo has purchased the aftermarket and tuning divisions of Polestar, in effect giving it a direct in-house competitor to BMW's M, Mercedes-AMG and Audi's RS. The companies announced today that the Swedish automotive marque had completed a takeover of the Polestar brand, as well as its aftermarket parts and tuning operations...


Kia Picanto coming with $14,990 driveaway price-tag
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Kia Picanto coming with $14,990 driveaway price-tag

The slot below the Kia Rio will be filled by a new model, the Kia Picanto, either late in 2015 or mid-2016, CarAdvice has learned. Kia Australia chief operating officer, Damien Meredith, told CarAdvice at an event in Sydney this week that buyers can expect the new Kia Picanto model to be priced at $14,990 driveaway, so a list price of $13,990 plus on-road costs could be the official ask...


Subaru Australia eyeing potential rally return
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Subaru Australia eyeing potential rally return

After exiting the world of Australian rallying at the end of 2005, Subaru Australia could be eyeing a return to the sport, with four-wheel-drive cars set to be reintroduced into the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) for the 2016 season...


2016 Mazda BT-50 facelift revealed, Australian launch set for third quarter
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2016 Mazda BT-50 facelift revealed, Australian launch set for third quarter

The refreshed 2016 Mazda BT-50 utility, revealed through spy photos and patent application images in recent weeks, is now officially out in the open. Only one photo of the facelifted BT has been released so far, although it is clear that Mazda has taken a light touch with updating its still relatively new ute...


2016 Opel Astra GSi spied testing in final form
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2016 Opel Astra GSi spied testing in final form

The new 2016 Astra hatch is expected to welcome a new hot-hatch option to its range in the coming year, and these latest shots offer a first look at its final styling. The new Astra was given an online unveiling early last month, but, so far, only the regular model model has been shown - albeit in a sports trim with large alloy wheels...


DS to launch luxury flagship in 2018
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DS to launch luxury flagship in 2018

French luxury marque DS will launch a rival to the Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series in 2018, according to reports out of Europe. The DS brand hit the world stage in 2009, when Citroen revealed plans to revive its iconic DS badge not as a new model, but as a stylish new range above the company’s regular line-up...


2016 Toyota Fortuner without disguise - UPDATE
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2016 Toyota Fortuner without disguise - UPDATE

The 2016 Toyota Fortuner — the company’s new-generation HiLux-based SUV — appears to have been captured sans disguise in Thailand ahead of its expected world premiere next week. If these images — which we’ve sourced Top Gear Philippines and Ferd — are legit, then it appears the Fortuner will get a sleeker set of headlights and a very different V-shaped grille, to differentiate itself from its ute sibling...


2016 Mitsubishi Challenger spied undisguised
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2016 Mitsubishi Challenger spied undisguised

The next-generation Mitsubishi Challenger off-roader has been spotted completely undisguised on the streets of Bangkok. Captured by a Tawunap Eemnoob during filming of a television commercial, these images were originally posted on the Headlight Magazine forums...


BMW 330e plug-in hybrid under consideration for Australia
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BMW 330e plug-in hybrid under consideration for Australia

BMW will expand it plug-in hybrid offerings with the introduction of the 330e in 2016. BMW Australia previously introduced the 3 Series ActiveHybrid in 2013, an efficient hybrid that utilised the 335i engine with an electric motor in tow. It retailed for $97,700 and despite its performance credentials (faster than a Porsche Boxster to a 100km/h), it failed to make much of an impact locally...


Shelby GT350R Mustang: Australia’s Carbon Revolution revealed as wheel supplier
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Shelby GT350R Mustang: Australia’s Carbon Revolution revealed as wheel supplier

The Australian startup that rocketed onto the world stage with a set of ultra-light (and ultra-expensive) carbon-fibre wheels has made headlines again. This week, Ford has confirmed that the carbon-fibre wheels of its new Shelby Mustang GT350R are supplied by Carbon Revolution, which is based in the Victorian city of Geelong - familiar territory for the Ford Motor Company...


If they build it, would you come?: Would you use an electric car-share service?
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If they build it, would you come? Would you use an electric car-share service?

If the 1950s was the Jet Age and the early 2000s the Information Age, surely now we are entering a period in human history that will be referred to in future as the ‘Green Age’. Everything, everywhere now needs to address its environmental footprint and potential long-term impact for future generations, and the automotive world is certainly at the forefront...


BMW Australia: reclaiming number one position will 'take some time'
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BMW Australia: reclaiming number one position will 'take some time'

BMW Australia remains confident it can once again become the best selling luxury brand in Australia, in due time. The company recorded its best June on record last month with 2184 sales, while year-to-date sales are up by 16 percent at 12,602. Mercedes-Benz remains ahead, however, with 17,889 sales so far this year...


2016 Toyota HiLux interior, features revealed for Australian market
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2016 Toyota HiLux interior, features revealed for Australian market

Toyota has revealed further equipment details on its all-new 2016 HiLux this week, along with new photos of the Australian model’s interior. These shots follow the earlier release of an interior view specific to the Thai market, but, as expected, Australia’s new HiLux will boast a largely identical interior to the already premium look shown with the new ute’s unveiling in May...


2017 Citroen C4: teaser sketches may hint at new hatch
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2017 Citroen C4: teaser sketches may hint at new hatch

Citroen has handed down a set of new teaser sketches that may represent our first look at the next-generation C4 hatch. Officially, these sketches hint at the new ‘C-Quatre’ C4 sedan for China, which will replace that market’s C4 L model in the year ahead. It is believed however that this new model’s front-end styling will be shared with the next C4 hatch, expected to debut in Europe toward the end of 2016...


2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe teased ahead of Frankfurt debut
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2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe teased ahead of Frankfurt debut

Mercedes-AMG has handed down the first official teaser images of its muscular new 2016 C 63 Coupe, set to debut at September’s Frankfurt motor show. The new coupe’s launch will follow the late 2014 unveiling of its sedan and Estate wagon siblings. (Catch our February review of the new C 63 AMG S sedan here...