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2017 Audi RS4 Avant spied testing
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2017 Audi RS4 Avant spied testing

Our spy photographers have captured images of the next-generation Audi RS4 Avant on public roads in Germany. The next-gen RS4 was last spied by a our eagle-eyed sharp shooters at the end of October 2015. That early engineering mule didn't wear any camouflage and, thanks to its wheel arch extensions, resembled a high performance version of the A4 Allroad...


2016 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet to land as Australia's most expensive Merc
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2016 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet to land as Australia's most expensive Merc

Hot on the heels of our international launch drive of the Mercedes-Benz S500 Cabriolet and Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet variants, speculative local pricing has indicated that the range-topping Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet is likely to become the most expensive Mercedes-Benz on sale in Australia...


BMW X7: research shows room for larger SUV in Australia
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BMW X7: research shows room for larger SUV in Australia

BMW Australia says there is room in its product portfolio for a larger proper seven-seater SUV in the form of the upcoming X7, a space that the current X5 with its third-row seating option doesn’t appear to be filling. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new BMW M2 at Targa Tasmania this week, BMW CEO Mark Werner admitted that sales of seven-seater X5s were not that high, despite healthy market demand for more than five seats in that segment...


Hennessey Venom GT Spyder claims world record for fastest convertible
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Audi A8L Extended: bespoke six-door limousine revealed
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Audi A8L Extended: bespoke six-door limousine revealed

A wealthy European customer has commissioned a one-off super-sized six-door limousine, dubbed the Audi A8L Extended, which the company has developed over the last year. The A8L Extended measures 6.36 metres in length and rides on a wheelbase of 4.22 metres — both figures are up 1.09m on the run-of-the-mill long-wheelbase A8...


BMW 'i' brand: initial Australian response 'almost overwhelming'
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BMW 'i' brand: initial Australian response 'almost overwhelming'

The response by Australian buyers to the BMW ‘i’ sub-brand has been profoundly positive, with the German brand's local head revealing it all but underestimated local demand. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new BMW M2 at Targa Tasmania this week, BMW Australia CEO Mark Werner said the response to BMW’s first foray into a standalone electrified sub-brand has been a local and global sales success...


BMW M2 to "substantially grow" M brand, says local CEO
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BMW M2 to "substantially grow" M brand, says local CEO

The BMW M2 is expected to substantially grow the volume of the M performance brand locally, with wait times for the high-end performance coupe already pushing towards the end of the year. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new BMW M2 at Targa Tasmania this week, BMW Australia CEO Mark Werner said that being able to plug the hole in the M model line-up with the M2, will provide considerable growth...


BMW M2 v M235i: a technical look
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BMW M2 v M235i: a technical look

The new BMW M2 has a starting price of $89,900 plus on-road costs, which puts it just $12,400 above the M235i, the smallest price gap between a top-spec standard range variant and its M derivative. The BMW M2 is the first modern-day M to sit below $100,000, undercutting the four-door M3 by $50,000 and the M4 coupe by $60,000 in M2 Pure manual form...


Aston Martin Vulcan: Southern Hemisphere's first delivery hits New Zealand
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Aston Martin Vulcan: Southern Hemisphere's first delivery hits New Zealand

The first Aston Martin Vulcan to be delivered in the southern hemisphere has taken residence at New Zealand’s Highlands Motorsport Park. One of only 24 Vulcans sold worldwide, the track-only hypercar is the only one of its kind south of the equator. Aston says it is the highest-value production car to be sold in New Zealand, at a cool $4...


2016 DS 4 Crossback: $46,990 high-rider hits Australia as brand's first SUV
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2016 DS 4 Crossback: $46,990 high-rider hits Australia as brand's first SUV

Citroen’s luxury arm DS has released a limited-run of the new DS 4 Crossback in Australia, making it the French brand’s first SUV model locally. First unveiled just before last year’s Frankfurt motor show, the 2016 DS 4 Crossback takes the place of the regular DS 4 hatchback in the Australian lineup, although in other markets the two models will be sold side-by-side...


Volkswagen Australia looks to bolster thin SUV stocks with range of new models
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Volkswagen Australia looks to bolster thin SUV stocks with range of new models

Volkswagen Australia admits its coverage of the booming SUV market lags behind key rivals, but is planning to make up lost ground in a hurry. SUV sales are quite literally driving the Australian vehicle market to record growth, up 13.8 per cent and comprising 38 per cent of the market in 2016 — almost the same percentage as passenger vehicles, which are down 8 per cent...


Volkswagen Tiguan XL seven-seater coming to Australia
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Volkswagen Tiguan XL seven-seater coming to Australia

The forthcoming seven-seat Volkswagen Tiguan ‘XL’ derivative due to launch globally in early 2017 looks certain for an eventual Australian launch. The stretched Tiguan variant is expected to be about 110mm longer than the regular five-seat second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan we recently drove ahead of its launch here this September, and will greatly increase the breadth of the company’s SUV family...


Market analysis: the precipitous fall of light cars
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Market analysis: the precipitous fall of light cars

No new-vehicle market segment shed more sales over the first quarter of 2016 against the same period last year than Light Cars, home to the Mazda 2, Hyundai Accent and Toyota Yaris. In what constitutes a sharp decline, light car sales over the period of January 1 to March 31 dipped 13.9 per cent, from 29,399 units over the period last year to 25,316 units in 2016...


Mercedes-Benz boss says Elon Musk is a 'Mastermind'
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Mercedes-Benz boss says Elon Musk is a 'Mastermind'

"Elon Musk, and Tesla, in fact, is a mastermind, as far as publicity is concerned," says Mercedes-Benz global boss, Dr. Dieter Zetsche in a frank discussion with journalists from Australia at the launch of the new SLC range in Southern France. "Tesla has promised a lot, but has also delivered most of it. It remains to be seen how that will continue...


Next Mercedes-Benz SLC could go front-wheel-drive
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Next Mercedes-Benz SLC could go front-wheel-drive

Along with the streamlined new naming conventions that fans are still coming to terms with, there's been a much more sensible and obvious platform-sharing arrangement of late within Mercedes-Benz. With more models moving onto a shared architecture, it is logical to consider that the next generation of Mercedes' renamed SLC range (previously SLK) might be underpinned by a front-wheel-drive platform in the future...