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Skoda wants your dog to travel in style
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Skoda wants your dog to travel in style

Skoda has, rather adorably, released a line of genuine dog-friendly accessories across its Citigo, Fabia, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Superb line-up.  The range of four-legged-focused items includes a Backseat Protection mat that covers the back seat and protects it from hair and dirt. The surface is washable, and has a non-slip surface...


Mercedes-Benz asks: How far can you stretch premium?
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Mercedes-Benz asks: How far can you stretch premium?

How far can you stretch the notion of ‘premium’? That was a question posed to us this week by Thomas Weber, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, who reiterated this week the company’s reluctance to produce a car smaller than the A-Class, namely a rival for the Audi A1...


McLaren says no to SUV, but still aims to treble sales by 2017
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McLaren says no to SUV, but still aims to treble sales by 2017

McLaren has used this week’s launch of the track- focused 675LT road car to shut down any speculation that it intends to add an SUV to its range. Wayne Bruce, Global Communications Director at McLaren Automotive, told journalists “there are no current plans or need for an SUV. “Our business is sports cars – that’s what our customers want, so we’ll leave SUV’s for others to do”, he added...


McLaren 675LT claims title of lightest car in class and 2.9 sec from 0-100
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McLaren 675LT claims title of lightest car in class and 2.9 sec from 0-100

Formula One constructor and sports car manufacturer, McLaren, claim their newly launched 675LT is the lightest car in its class, and one of the fastest. Slotting neatly between the 650S and McLaren P1 super sports car, the 675LT – that’s LT for ‘Longtail’ - tips the scales at just 1230kg, or 100kg less than the 650S, which was already the lightest car in class...


Leather-clad Fiat 500 unveiled
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Leather-clad Fiat 500 unveiled

A one-off leather-covered special edition Fiat 500 has been unveiled and has be sold at auction, raising funds to promote human rights programmes. This unique Fiat 500 convertible features a white body overlaid with leather crafted by Stefano Conticelli, a tailor and luxury accessories craftsman from Umbria, Italy...


McLaren 675LT launches at Silverstone
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McLaren 675LT launches at Silverstone

English supercar manufacturer, McLaren, has chosen Silverstone, the home of British motorsport, to officially launch its newest super sports car – the 675LT. The ‘LT’ is short for ‘Longtail’ and pays homage to the fastest version of the iconic F1 supercar – the McLaren F1 GTR, which notched up a string of podium finishes in the 1997 sports car season including second and third overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans...


Tesla Model X to be fastest SUV in the world
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Tesla Model X to be fastest SUV in the world

Tesla Motors boss, Elon Musk, says he expects the Model X SUV to not only offer the fast-accelerating ‘Ludicorous mode’, but be similar in performance to the just updated Model S. The 2016 Tesla Model S, can now accelerate from 0-100km/h in under three seconds (0-60mph in 2.8 seconds), giving it bragging rights over the likes of the Ferrari 488 an the Lamborghini Huracan...


2016 Tesla Model S upgrades: 0-100km/h under 3 seconds, upgraded battery pack, new entry price
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2016 Tesla Model S upgrades: 0-100km/h under 3 seconds, upgraded battery pack, new entry price

Update: Local starting price for the Tesla Model S drops to $100,100 (plus LCT and local state taxes - for around $110,000 mark) - battery pack upgrade priced at $4100. Tesla has updated its Model S range with the introduction of a new battery pack, more straight-line performance and a more affordable entry model...


Mercedes-Benz says SUV boom will never end
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Mercedes-Benz says SUV boom will never end

Will the global SUV boom end? Not a chance, says Mercedes-Benz, which this week launched its newest high-riding model — the GLC — and is mooting several more additions in future years. It’s no secret that, around the world, the crossover SUV is fast becoming the new default vehicle — in Australia, for instance, 34...


Holden announces $255 million loss in 2014, but improvements showing
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Holden announces $255 million loss in 2014, but improvements showing

Holden has today confirmed an after-tax loss of $255.2 million for the 2014 financial year. But, although significant, the loss was far from unexpected for the Lion brand, having already forecast major financial losses as it works through a costly transition to a sales and import-only operation...


Mercedes-Benz admits mistake, now more focused on RHD markets
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Mercedes-Benz admits mistake, now more focused on RHD markets

The chief of Mercedes-Benz’s research and car development has conceded the company made a big mistake not offering its previous-generation mid-sized SUV, the GLK, to right-hand-drive markets such as Australia. “In the first instance we were not sure if the overall volume was big enough and [there was] also complexity,” said Thomas Weber, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, told us this week...


Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge capped-price servicing announced for Australia
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Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge capped-price servicing announced for Australia

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia has launched three of its brands into the capped-price servicing arena this week, announcing the Mopar Menu Priced Servicing (MPS) program. As its name suggests, the Mopar MPS program is specific to FCA’s American brands: Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge. The company’s other brands, the Italian duo of Fiat and Alfa Romeo, will get their own program later this year...


Ford Mustang Apollo Edition unveiled
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Ford Mustang Apollo Edition unveiled

A one-off Ford Mustang Apollo Edition model has been created for charity, with more power and a unique exterior that recalls the glory days of manned space exploration. Based on the V8 Mustang GT, there's a 4.9-litre V8 under the bonnet. Strapped to the V8 is a supercharger, which ups power to 468kW and torque to 732Nm, an impressive jump over the stock motor's 303kW and 525Nm...


2016 Hyundai Tucson pricing and specifications
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2016 Hyundai Tucson pricing and specifications

Australian pricing for the new 2016 Hyundai Tucson has been announced today, ahead of a market launch scheduled for August 1. Hyundai’s new mid-sized SUV arrives to replace the small-to-medium ix35 that debuted in 2010 as a successor to the first-generation Tucson, making this something of a reboot...


Mercedes-Benz GLC pricing and specifications
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Mercedes-Benz GLC pricing and specifications

The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLC will be priced from $64,500 plus on-road costs when it launches in Australia on December 1. The GLC is shaping up as Mercedes-Benz's most important all-new model in years — an overdue, and desperately needed, medium SUV to rival the popular Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Land Rover Discovery Sport...