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2015 Holden Insignia VXR debuts next-gen MyLink infotainment system, other brand firsts
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2015 Holden Insignia VXR debuts next-gen MyLink infotainment system, other brand firsts

The 2015 Holden Insignia VXR has been launched in Australia and debuts the next generation of Holden's MyLink infotainment system, along with several other Holden-first safety features. Built in Germany, the Holden Insignia VXR is a rebranded version of the Opel Insignia OPC, which received a facelift in 2013 and returns to Australia wearing a Holden badge...


Ford Ranger v Toyota HiLux: Australia's definitive new motoring battle
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Ford Ranger v Toyota HiLux: Australia's definitive new motoring battle

I was thinking about the great Australian automotive rivalries this week. Falcon v Commodore. STi v Evo. Ferrari v Lamborghini. Specifically, in an era defined by economical small cars and practical SUVs — the latter of which are hardly exemplars of sex appeal — is there room for great Aussie ‘blue corner, red corner’ battlegrounds in our automative landscape? Think, for instance, of the great multi-generational death match between two Australian-made, hyper-inflated, sedan-bodied testosterone boosters with V8 engines delivering grunt to the rear wheels...


Porsche 918 Spyder production ends
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Porsche 918 Spyder production ends

The most technologically-advanced Porsche model of all time - the Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid hypercar - has ended its production run after 21 months. The model was always going to have a short lifespan, with the German brand stating from the outset that it would only ever build 918 examples of the petrol-electric coupe...


Alfa Romeo Giulia to be unveiled this week in Milan
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Alfa Romeo Giulia to be unveiled this week in Milan

An all-new midsize premium sedan, the Alfa Romeo Giulia, will have its world debut on Wednesday June 24 at the Alfa Romeo museum in Arese, outside Milan, where the carmaker was based from 1963 until Fiat took control of the brand in 1986...


Alfa Romeo 4C Spider confirmed for Australia, arriving November
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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider confirmed for Australia, arriving November

They say you have more fun with your top off, and that could well be the case for the Alfa Romeo 4C, too - and some lucky Australians will have the chance to find out if that is true in November when the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider convertible arrives. The new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider employs the same lightweight carbonfibre monocoque and aluminium chassis as the hard-top version, with its all-aluminium 1...


Toyota Australia returns to profit
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Toyota Australia returns to profit

Toyota Australia is back in the black after posting a $194 million profit after taxes for the 2014/15 financial year end — as per Japanese practice —on March 31, 2015. Major factors contributing to these results were good local and continued strong export vehicle sales — Toyota Australia is our biggest car exporter — with 264,947 Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold in 2014/2015, and “efficient cost management”...


Torino Design ATS Wild Twelve concept unveiled
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Torino Design ATS Wild Twelve concept unveiled

Last weekend, automotive consulting firm, Torino Design, and small Italian car maker ATS unveiled their Wild Twelve concept at the Parco Valentino salon in Turin. Motivation for the Wild Twelve concept reportedly comes from a plug-in hybrid drivetrain with a total of 630kW of power and 920Nm of torque at its disposal. At its core is a 3...


Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat confirmed - report
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Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat confirmed - report

Will it be called the Hellcat? Or the Trackhawk? That's probably the biggest question that remains over a new high-performance version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee following reports that such a model has reportedly been confirmed for production According to US site Motor Authority, the hardcore Jeep Grand Cherokee model falls under the codename Project K, and it will use the same 6...


Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid revealed, ruled out for Australia
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Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid revealed, ruled out for Australia

The first ever petrol-electric Subaru Impreza has been revealed in the form of the Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid. The Japanese market model is the second hybrid for Subaru, following in the tread marks of the XV Hybrid. It uses the same drivetrain as that car, pairing a 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine with an electric motor and high-voltage battery bank...


Jaguar Land Rover working on brain monitoring to detect drowsiness
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Jaguar Land Rover working on brain monitoring to detect drowsiness

Jaguar Land Rover has begun research into using brainwaves to detect driver drowsiness. The Indian-owned British luxury car maker says that its Mind Sense research team, which includes "leading neuroscientists", is currently investigating if it's possible to use brainwave monitoring to spot the signs of driver inattention...


Honda HR-V held back by supply
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Honda HR-V held back by supply

The Honda HR-V is already established as a major hit for its maker — as we recently laid out — but theres’s scope for the four-month old small SUV’s impressive sales to grow even further. It all comes down to supply out of the Thai plant the supplies all HR-Vs sold in Australia, which is currently running at maximum speed on account of strong demand across Asia...


Infiniti Q30 confirmed for Frankfurt debut
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Infiniti Q30 confirmed for Frankfurt debut

Nissan's luxury marque has confirmed that the Infiniti Q30 will make its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show. The Frankfurt motor show, which starts on September 17, will be the first public outing for the production version of the Infiniti Q30 hatchback. So far, the company has extensively displayed a concept version, starting at 2013 Frankfurt show...


Nurburgring enacts speed limits, ends the era of manufacturers setting lap records
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Nurburgring enacts speed limits, ends the era of manufacturers setting lap records

The management of the Nurburgring is enforcing speed limits on the famed Nordschleife, meaning that it's effectively impossible for manufacturers to set new lap records. In an email sent by Carsten Schumacher, CEO of Capircorn Nurburgring GmbH, to Carscoops, the official reason was stated thusly: "Following the tragic accident on 28 March 2015, the German motorsport association (DMSB) introduced speed limits for races at the Nürburgring...


Mercedes-Benz on convertible SUVs: we will find a market
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Mercedes-Benz on convertible SUVs: we will find a market

The idea of a convertible SUV may seem silly, but given the growth of the SUV segment globally it's one that’s gathering momentum – including at Mercedes-Benz. The German luxury brand has been a player in the world of drop-top SUVs for years. Its iconic G-Wagen model was offered as a rag-top Cabriolet variant for military use and for public purchase for a staggering 34 years before being axed in 2013...


Mercedes-Benz GLS could include long-wheelbase, Coupe variants
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Mercedes-Benz GLS could include long-wheelbase, Coupe variants

The new-generation Mercedes-Benz GLS – the car that replaces the current Mercedes-Benz GL – will be revealed later this year, and the brand is looking at derivatives that could help it fill ultra-niche and ultra-luxury segments. The company has just launched its new GLE and GLE Coupe models in Europe, and there’s a GLC and GLC Coupe pairing also on its way...