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Holden hanging on to more engineering talent: Manufacturing shutdown plans get positive twist
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Holden hanging on to more engineering talent: Manufacturing shutdown plans get positive twist

Holden has confirmed that it will retain a larger engineering capacity than originally planned when its Australian manufacturing winds up in 2017. The news follows an announcement early last year that although Holden would dramatically reduce its workforce in the lead-up to the end of local production, “more than a handful” of engineers would continue to work at its Lang Lang proving grounds for localised tuning and other projects...


Peugeot 208 GTi gets price cut ahead of 2016 model launch
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Peugeot 208 GTi gets price cut ahead of 2016 model launch

The 2015 Peugeot 208 GTi has had a further $490 shaved from its Australian retail price this week, as the current model shifts into runout mode. Today’s cut follows a $1000 reduction that came as part of a brand-wide pricing change in June, effectively amounting to a total saving of $1500 off the 208 GTi’s earlier retail price...


2016 Mazda CX-9 captured on video with less camouflage
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2016 Mazda CX-9 captured on video with less camouflage

The second-generation Mazda CX-9 has been filmed in the canyons around Los Angeles. Unlike the photos that were captured earlier this month, this CX-9 prototype isn't clad in swirly camouflage. The video (above) was captured by Carspotter Jeroen and posted to their YouTube page...


Australia doesn’t love utes – it loves pick-up trucks
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Australia doesn’t love utes – it loves pick-up trucks

I call a ute a ute. I don’t call it a pick-up. I don’t call it a truck (although I like the macho nature of the word truck). It’s clear, however, that the word 'ute' is being phased out of car company marketing chit-chat, and it could well be that buyers are following the same path...


Saab and Dongfeng to work together on electric cars and plug-in hybrids
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Saab and Dongfeng to work together on electric cars and plug-in hybrids

In a statement released earlier this week, Saab owner NEVS (New Electric Vehicle Sweden) and Dongfeng confirmed that they had signed a long-term "strategic co-operation agreement ... to achieve global industrial synergies". As part of the agreement, Dongfeng will help Saab develop and bring to production "new energy" vehicles, a term often used in China to describe pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars...


Nissan, Renault, Peugeot, Citroen collaborate on EV warning system for pedestrians
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Nissan, Renault, Peugeot, Citroen collaborate on EV warning system for pedestrians

Four automakers, the European Commission and other collaborators have spent the last three years working together on a system that can warn other road users about an approaching electric vehicle. The system, known eVADER, uses a windscreen-mounted camera to detect pedestrians, cyclists and other road users...


2018 Holden Commodore captured?
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2018 Holden Commodore captured?

Here are the first spy images of the 2017 Open Insignia, a car tipped by many to be the basis for the forthcoming, first fully-imported Holden Commodore. The new Opel Insignia, which our spy photographers predict will premiere in September 2017 at the Frankfurt motor show but which could easily appear as early as 2016, is set to grow significantly over the current version, sold here in hot VXR AWD turbo guise...


Weekend deals on wheels: Big discounts on new cars
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Weekend deals on wheels: Big discounts on new cars

It’s time for the latest installment of Deals on Wheels, which looks at four factory-backed special offers for all you weekend shoppers. This isn’t a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you’re in the market for some new wheels...


All-new Volvo XC90 flying out showroom doors
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All-new Volvo XC90 flying out showroom doors

The all-new, 2016 Volvo XC90 family SUV is the subject of hot global demand in the wake of its long-awaited launch, with the Swedish company’s plant running overtime to keep up. Furthermore, says Volvo, an overwhelming 76 per cent of early orders have been for the top-spec XC90 Inscription variant, something it claims entrenches its positioning as a prestige brand...


Lamborghini to launch Veneno successor at Geneva 2016 - report
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Lamborghini to launch Veneno successor at Geneva 2016 - report

A successor to the small-run, super-exclusive Lamborghini Veneno will reportedly be launched at the next Geneva motor show, which takes place in March 2016. According to Yahoo Autos, the car was shown to prospective buyers, in hologram form, no less, at a private event during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance that ran over the weekend...


Ford Australia stands by optional safety stance for Ranger
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Ford Australia stands by optional safety stance for Ranger

The new 2016 Ford Ranger PX Series II model has arrived, and only one model in the range gets a reverse-view camera as standard. The 2016 Ford Ranger Wildtrak gets the potentially-life saving safety technology as standard, and buyers can option it in the XLT model (which starts from $46,690 plus on-road costs), but no other models have a camera fitted or even available as a factory-fitted option...


Daihatsu FX SUV concept revealed for Asia: Toyota badge possible for Australia?
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Daihatsu FX SUV concept revealed for Asia: Toyota badge possible for Australia?

Daihatsu may be long gone from Australian showrooms, but Japan’s oldest carmaker is still going strong overseas with a number of compact passenger and commercial vehicles on offer. The carmaker’s most recent launch was the new-generation Copen roadster, but other models familiar to Australian buyers - the Terios and the Sirion - are also still available in overseas areas...


Mazda Koeru SUV "an interesting thought-starter", says local division
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Mazda Koeru SUV "an interesting thought-starter", says local division

The Mazda Koeru SUV concept will be “an interesting thought-starter” when it debuts at next month’s Frankfurt motor show, says the brand’s local marketing chief. The Japanese car maker released a teaser sketch of the swoopy, coupe-inspired Koeru crossover concept earlier this month, sending the automotive rumour mill into overdrive about the car and its production potential...


Mazda confident of overtaking Holden in 2015
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Mazda confident of overtaking Holden in 2015

Mazda is confident of overtaking Holden this year to become the second highest selling vehicle manufacturer in Australia – and it has no intentions of slowing down in the future. Mazda Australia sold a record number of vehicles in the first seven months of this year (65,947 sales), and while Toyota remains dominant (118,554), Mazda’s strong performance puts it more than 6000 sales clear of Holden (59,632) and more than 7000 ahead of next-best Hyundai (58,610) with just five months to go...


2018 Ford Mustang facelift may sport 10-speed auto - report
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2018 Ford Mustang facelift may sport 10-speed auto - report

A report claims that the Ford Mustang is due for a facelift in 2017, with a 10-speed automatic a possibility for the revised car. According to Automotive News, a facelift for the Ford Mustang coupe and convertible is due in time for the 2018 model year, which in the US typically means a debut during the 2017 calendar year...