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2016 Skoda Rapid : August launch, touchscreen, sat-nav, 1.4 92TSI engine
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2016 Skoda Rapid : August launch, touchscreen, sat-nav, 1.4 92TSI engine

Australian details for the 2016 Skoda Rapid Spaceback hatch have surfaced this week ahead of an expected August or September launch, thanks to an early update to the ‘car configurator’ feature on the company’s customer website. News of the Rapid’s planned update came in March, when Skoda Australia director Michael Irmer told CarAdvice that two popular requests would soon be filled: satellite navigation and a new full-colour touchscreen...


VicRoads boss points to PT, bikes and relocation for Melbourne gridlock relief
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VicRoads boss points to PT, bikes and relocation for Melbourne gridlock relief

The boss of Victoria’s roads authority has thrown his arms in the air this week, suggesting in an interview that Melbourne motorists tired of never-ending congestion could look to public transport and the good ol’ pushbike for relief. Speaking with the ABC, VicRoads CEO John Merritt said that while investment in Melbourne’s infrastructure is ongoing, the city cannot “build its way out of congestion” with more and more roads...


Next-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake cancelled - report
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Next-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake cancelled - report

Mercedes-Benz has reportedly scrubbed the CLS Shooting Brake from the production schedule for its next-generation model, which is expected to debut sometime in 2018. According to the UK's Car magazine, the new wagon was already well into the later stages of development, but a renewed focus on production savings has since moved management to bin the shapely wagon...


BMW adds electric truck to increasingly green manufacturing program
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BMW adds electric truck to increasingly green manufacturing program

While Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler continues to fine-tune its safety-focused autonomous Freightliner truck, rival BMW is taking another path: ultra-green load hauling. BMW made headlines when it detailed a manufacturing program for its i3 electric vehicle that would focus on sustainability ‘from the cradle to the grave’, and this week the German carmaker gone one further...


Honda CEO outlines new focus in first address  - UPDATE
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Honda CEO outlines new focus in first address - UPDATE

New Honda CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, has held his first press conference since taking the reigns at the Japanese company, and has outlined his vision for the automaker. According to Automotive News, Hachigo told reporters: "Rather than focusing on numbers, it is important to come up with products that carry dreams and satisfy our customers...


Renault Talisman unveiled, Australian launch ruled out - UPDATE
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Renault Talisman unveiled, Australian launch ruled out - UPDATE

The all-new Renault Talisman has been revealed in Europe overnight, debuting as a replacement for both the Laguna and Latitude models. Don't expect to see the Talisman here, however, with production confirmed for left-hand-drive markets only...


Jeep Cherokee will keep controversial face in forthcoming update
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Jeep Cherokee will keep controversial face in forthcoming update

The mid-cycle update for the Jeep Cherokee, which is expected to debut in the middle of 2016, will retain the crossover's controversial looks, according to the brand's CEO. Not only did the latest-generation Cherokee shift to a front- and all-wheel drive car-based platform, but it also ditched the model's formerly square and sharp-edged looks for something much more organic...


Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Hummer recalls announced
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Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Hummer recalls announced

A trio of carmakers have issued recalls in Australia over the past week, including Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and, by way of GM Holden, the retired Hummer brand. For Mercedes-Benz, nearly 1800 examples of its A-Class and B-Class hatches sold between September 2012 and June 30 2013 may be affected...


Jeep Grand Cherokee five-star ANCAP rated
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Jeep Grand Cherokee five-star ANCAP rated

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has retroactively applied the maximum five-star safety rating to all Jeep Grand Cherokee models (bar the SRT8), dating back to March 2013 onwards. The changes factor in a range of upgrades introduced at the US factory from this period that saw the seat design and structure modified to meet crash requirements, thereby upping it from four stars...


New Skoda Fabia praised for five-star ANCAP rating
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New Skoda Fabia praised for five-star ANCAP rating

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has commended the all-new Skoda Fabia hatch and wagon range for a standard-setting five-star score in its latest round of testing. The new Skoda Fabia, the second generation of the car sold here, launches this week...


Honda Civic Type R edges closer to Australia? - UPDATE
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Honda Civic Type R edges closer to Australia? - UPDATE

Has the Honda Civic Type R hot hatch just taken a step closer to its long-anticipated (but not quite official) Australian launch? Speaking today in his inaugural speech as Honda Motor Company CEO, Takahiro Hachigo announced the new UK-made Civic Type R will go on-sale in Japan around August this year...


2016 Bentley Continental GT pricing and specifications
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2016 Bentley Continental GT pricing and specifications

Australian pricing and features for Bentley’s refreshed 2016 Continental GT range, revealed in February, have been detailed this week ahead of an October delivery schedule. The ultra-premium GT coupe and its GTC convertible sibling have been given a light refresh for the new model year, gaining light styling tweaks and an updated W12 engine...


Nissan Australia to outsource parts warehousing, 58 workers made redundant
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Nissan Australia to outsource parts warehousing, 58 workers made redundant

Nissan Australia will outsource its current in-house parts warehousing and logistics operations to a third party from August, leaving 58 staff across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth redundant. From next month, CEVA logistics will manage Nissan Australia’s parts, warehousing and “associated logistics functions” in the states of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia...


BMW M chief hints at future with power caps and no manual shifters
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BMW M chief hints at future with power caps and no manual shifters

New BMW M boss Frank van Meel has done little this week to offer purists any assurances on the future of their beloved manual transmissions. Talk of a manual-free M range has kept fans applying the Deep Heat to chilled spines for sometime now, with previous BMW M Friedrich Nitschke often advocating a switch to dual-clutch transmissions exclusively...


2016 European Car of the Year award nominees announced
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2016 European Car of the Year award nominees announced

Forty new models have been announced as candidates for the 2016 European Car of the Year award, drawn from a list of 24 premium and volume-selling brands. A number of contenders for the 2016 award are still to be launched onto the European market, and some - such as the Renault Talisman, Infiniti Q30 and Tesla Model X - are yet to debut in their final production forms...