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2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 unveiled
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2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT8 unveiled

The just revealed Aston Martin Vantage GT8 is claimed to be the lightest and meanest V8 Vantage model yet. Under the bonnet the company's 4.7-litre V8 has been retuned to deliver 328kW of power, which is 8kW more than the V8 Vantage GT. Torque output is unchanged at 490Nm...


Mazda 'RX-9' still on the production backburner
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Mazda 'RX-9' still on the production backburner

The Mazda RX-Vision concept that stole the Tokyo motor show last November remains on the production slow-burn, with plans to make it for the road seemingly still in their infancy. The gorgeous RX-Vision concept captured minds and hearts alike when it premiered six-months ago, while it also gave a glimpse at where Mazda was at with the rotary engine — its spiritual hallmark...


Mazda won't challenge Toyota for top spot on Australian sales charts
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Mazda won't challenge Toyota for top spot on Australian sales charts

Australia’s second-most popular new vehicle brand, Mazda, says it is unrealistic to imagine it could overtake market leader Toyota and take the top spot. Over the course of 2016 to date, Mazda Australia has sold 30,449 new vehicles, up 7.7 per cent. Toyota is down 5.1 per cent over the same period, though remains well ahead on 46,493...


Koenigsegg to contest Nurburgring record with One:1 hypercar
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Koenigsegg to contest Nurburgring record with One:1 hypercar

Koenigsegg has confirmed plans to make a new attempt on the production-car lap record at the Nurburgring - but not just yet. This isn’t the first time Koenigsegg has wanted to take its 1014Kw One:1 hypercar around the famous track in an attempt to dethrone the current record holder, the Porsche 918 Spyder...


Art and cars: Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE racers get bespoke badging
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Art and cars: Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE racers get bespoke badging

Aston Martin has revealed a selection of bespoke badges for the V8 Vantage GTEs entered in the upcoming World Endurance Championship. A different badge will adorn the three vehicles for each round of the premier endurance series. Beginning at the upcoming six-hour held at Silverstone, the GTEs will carry a Union Jac-inspired badge before receiving different designs to commemorate the following eight rounds, including the marquee event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans...


Mazda ponders becoming a Japanese alternative to premium Euros
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Mazda ponders becoming a Japanese alternative to premium Euros

With German premium brands racing to make their pricing more accessible to the masses, an opportunity exists for Mazda to meet them head-on and establish itself as a genuine, proudly Japanese luxury alternative. This is an idea espoused this morning by Mazda Corporation’s visiting global director and senior managing executive officer, Yuji Nakemine, who spoke today at the opening of Mazda Australia’s sprawling and glamorous new headquarters...


Mazda Australia's swanky new headquarters with collection of classics opens
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Mazda Australia's swanky new headquarters with collection of classics opens

Constant sales growth for well over a decade has paid off for Mazda Australia, with the company today staging the opening ceremony for its glamorous new purpose-built headquarters in Melbourne. Australia’s top full importer, and the second top-selling car brand overall behind Toyota, has been operating (and steadily bursting out of) a now-pokey building down the road from this new site since 2001...


Datsun Redi-Go, Fiat Mobi SUVs revealed for emerging markets
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Datsun Redi-Go, Fiat Mobi SUVs revealed for emerging markets

Budget-focused Nissan offshoot Datsun has unveiled its fifth new model, launching the Redi-Go in India overnight. At the same time, Italian car maker Fiat has revealed a new offering with the same focus on ‘emerging’ markets, dubbed Mobi. Both models will play in the same compact SUV segment as Renault’s recent Kwid, which in fact uses the same CMF-A (Common Module Family) platform that underpins the new Datsun...


Fiat Chrysler still keen on a merger with the 'big guys'
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Fiat Chrysler still keen on a merger with the 'big guys'

John Elkann, chairman of Fiat Chrysler, has reiterated the company's desire to find a merger partner with one of the larger automakers. In addition to his role at the Italian-American automaker, Elkann is also the nominated head of the powerful Agnelli clan and is the CEO of the family's Exor investment vehicle...


Toyota unveils uBox concept car for Generation Z
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Toyota unveils uBox concept car for Generation Z

Toyota has set its sights on a younger generation of car buyers with its latest concept vehicle, the uBox. Said to be aimed at Generation Z, the uBox is the result of a two-year collaboration between engineers and designers at Toyota Motors North America and students at Clemson University...


2015 Audi Q5 recalled for side airbag issue
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2015 Audi Q5 recalled for side airbag issue

A recall notice has been issued for for 18 examples of the 2015 Q5 SUV over a defect involving the side airbags. According to the German car maker, a fault with the airbag gas generator, the mechanism that inflates the airbag during an accident, may eject small metal parts when the airbag is deployed...


New York police could soon be using experimental ‘textalysers’
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New York police could soon be using experimental ‘textalysers’

Police in New York could be among the first in the world to trial an experimental technology that can detect if a mobile phone has been used behind the wheel. Dubbed ‘textalysers’, a name inspired by the familiar breathalysers used to detect alcohol in a driver’s system, the new systems have been proposed as a means of helping to cut down on driver distraction...


Faraday Future breaks ground at US$1 billion factory in Las Vegas
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Faraday Future breaks ground at US$1 billion factory in Las Vegas

At a ceremony yesterday, Faraday Future broke ground on the site of its US$1 billion ($1.3 billion) factory in North Las Vegas. The startup electric car maker says that, should all its plans come to fruition, the new factory to the north of Sin City will create 4500 direct jobs over the next 10 years. At present the company claims that it has around 700 employees in the USA...


2017 Volkswagen Polo R WRC teased
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2017 Volkswagen Polo R WRC teased

German manufacturer Volkswagen has teased its 2017 Polo R WRC rally car in a sketch, clearly stating the carmaker’s intentions of taking out the next WRC season. The new rally weapon has been in development since 2015 and will be more powerful than the current Polo WRC, which debuted in 2013, after new FIA regulations allowed manufacturers to increase the car’s turbocharged engine by around 44kW to a thumping 279kW...


Aston Martin-styled AM37 luxury powerboat collaboration unveiled in Milan
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Aston Martin-styled AM37 luxury powerboat collaboration unveiled in Milan

Aston Martin, together with Dutch boat builders Quintessence Yachts, has showcased a new AM37 powerboat during this week's Milan Design Week. Churning out 775kW from two V8 engines, the 37-foot (12.3 metre) AM37 can reach speeds of up to 52 knots. However, customers who are after a more tame seafaring machine can opt for the lower-powered AM37, its two 276kW engines offering a top speed of 44 knots...