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Growth in upper-level models key to BMW success
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Growth in upper-level models key to BMW success

The unstoppable letters and numbers catalogue of BMW models sees no sign of slowing, as the brand looks to more higher-end models to help stimulate further growth. Speaking at the unveiling of the 2018 BMW 8 Series concept in Italy, the coupe itself part of the premium strategy, BMW AG Management Board Member Ian Robertson noted that the push toward an ever more premium top-end “is about giving a special treatment to the customer”...


Audi Q2, Q5, Mini Countryman, Skoda Kodiaq score five-star ANCAP rating
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Audi Q2, Q5, Mini Countryman, Skoda Kodiaq score five-star ANCAP rating

A slew of new European SUVs have been awarded five-star safety ratings by independent crash-testing authority ANCAP this week - including the Audi Q2 and Q5, Mini Countryman and Skoda Kodiaq. Both the Audi Q2 and Q5 received praise for their autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems, which operate at speeds of up to 85km/h and feature pedestrian detection technology...


Ford Focus RS Option Pack adds LSD, black highlights, on the cards for Australia
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Ford Focus RS Option Pack adds LSD, black highlights, on the cards for Australia

The Ford Focus RS Option Pack has been revealed this week, giving the Blue Oval's hyper hatch several mechanical and cosmetic upgrades. Compared to the already manic 'standard' Focus RS, the Option Pack adds a mechanical limited-slip front differential sourced from tuning company Quaife, along with a two-tone colour scheme inside and out...


2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk confirmed for Australia, here in December
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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk confirmed for Australia, here in December

The manic Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk super SUV has been confirmed for the Australian market, locked in for a December launch. Powered by a 527kW/874Nm 6.2-litre supercharged V8 shared with the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats, the flagship Grand Cherokee can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 290km/h...


Meet Jeff Morton: defying the odds to tackle the tarmac
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Meet Jeff Morton: defying the odds to tackle the tarmac

Seven years ago, Jeff Morton didn't know if he would ever be able to race again, let alone win the Country Club GT Sports Trophy at Targa Tasmania in his 2017 Lotus Exige Sport 350. In 2010, Morton was diagnosed with brain cancer and was facing a long road to recovery after an operation to remove the tumour...


Rob Melville to lead McLaren design, Stephenson rumoured for Mini return
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Rob Melville to lead McLaren design, Stephenson rumoured for Mini return

Supercar company McLaren has moved chief designer Rob Melville to the office with a view, promoting him to the position of Design Director. Replacing outgoing design director Frank Stephenson, Melville will report directly to McLaren chief operating officer, Dr Jens Ludmann. "I remember when I got the call to come and join McLaren back in 2009 and the joy I felt then is the same today...


2018 Dacia Duster spied
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2018 Dacia Duster spied

The next-generation 2018 Dacia Duster has been spied for the first time during hot weather testing in Europe this week, giving us a first look at the little off-roader. Dacia, the Romanian budget-focused sub-brand of French manufacturer Renault, has offered the Duster since 2010 in overseas markets, including Europe, though it has never made its way to Australia...


Opel/Vauxhall sale held up by disagreement over on-going development work - report
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Opel/Vauxhall sale held up by disagreement over on-going development work - report

The sale of Opel and Vauxhall to the PSA Group, owner of the Peugeot, Citroen and DS brands, has reportedly hit a snag. Sources have informed the Allgemeine Zeitung the company's works council has paused the transition timeline. Employee information sessions, which were due to be held this week, have been postponed indefinitely...


Mazda rotary turns 50
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Mazda rotary turns 50

Mazda is celebrating the 50th anniversary of it first production rotary engine, the technology with which it remains synonymous despite it being on hiatus since the 2012 death of the RX-8. The back story, as the company tells it, goes a little like this. Mazda, then called Toyo Kogyo Corporation, needed to stand apart from other fast-rising Japanese car makers, and to stay independent...


2018 Renault Megane RS side profile leaked
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2018 Renault Megane RS side profile leaked

A photo of the Renault Megane RS, exposing the hot hatch's side view, has been published online. Originally posted on the Facebook page for the Megane RS Online shop. It's not clear how the administrators of the site got hold of the image, but it seems to show an undisguised prototype at a Renault facility...


McLaren P1 LM sets new Nurburgring record
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McLaren P1 LM sets new Nurburgring record

The McLaren P1 LM has set a new Nurburgring record for a road-legal production vehicle. In a video released by Lanzante Motorsport over the weekend, the McLaren P1 LM was able to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife in six minutes 43.2 seconds. That's a whole 2...


BMW Motorrad Concept Link electric scooter revealed
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BMW Motorrad Concept Link electric scooter revealed

The BMW Motorrad Concept Link has been revealed this week, showcasing the company's vision of future zero-emissions urban vehicles. Inspired by last year's BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 concept - which was one of four vehicles revealed for the company's centenary - the Motorrad Concept Link blends futuristic design and digitisation with the form of a modern two-wheeler...


Hyundai i30 N completes Nürburgring 24 Hours
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Hyundai i30 N completes Nürburgring 24 Hours

Hyundai's N sub-brand continues its strategy of doing the final-phase testing for the i30 N hot hatch in endurance racing conditions. The 200kW-plus i30 N with its electromechanical front diff makes its world premiere this September in Frankfurt, and will arrive in Australia during November...


BMW M8 ute and Gran Coupe - so much want for a fast pickup truck
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BMW M8 ute and Gran Coupe - so much want for a fast pickup truck

Our mouths collectively dropped when BMW revealed images of the BMW Concept 8 Series, late last week. Prepare to drop your mouths even further with this awesome rendering of what could one day be the world's fastest ute. That's pickup truck for our international readers. This brilliant concept was designed by X-Tomi Design and shows a Commodore-style ute with a single piece side...


2018 Volvo XC60: Initial details confirmed for Australian launch
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2018 Volvo XC60: Initial details confirmed for Australian launch

The 2018 Volvo XC60 will launch in Australia in October, with the Swedish brand expecting the all-new, second-generation model will grow its sales in the tough-fought luxury SUV segment. The second-generation Volvo XC60 will compete with some big-name rivals from Europe and Asia, including the soon-to-arrive Audi Q5, BMW X3, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Lexus NX, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Range Rover Evoque and even the Porsche Macan...