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New Skoda "Roomster" spy photos
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New Skoda "Roomster" spy photos

The second-generation Skoda Roomster or a new small van for the Czech brand has been spied on the streets of Europe undergoing testing. Even though its body is obscured by a disguise that dresses the car from head to toe, the prototype that was spotted by our spies is clearly a prototype for a Skoda van or van-based people mover, as it sports both temporary Czech Republic plates and a version of Skoda's corporate grille up front...


Hyundai Designer Casey Hyun talks design and draws an Aussie Ute
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Hyundai Designer Casey Hyun talks design and draws an Aussie Ute

Casey Hyun is a Creative Design Manager at Hyundai’s head office in Seoul, South Korea. He’s also in charge of strategic design for the entire brand and as such, works closely with Peter Schreyer, President of Hyundai/Kia Design. Originally from Australia, Casey’s most recent work includes the luxury Genesis and YF Sonata...


Isuzu Ute keeps on truckin' up the charts
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Isuzu Ute keeps on truckin' up the charts

There has been much written lately about a number of ‘glamour’ utes coming to Australia soon, with new technologies and fancier designs to accommodate people buying them as second family vehicles. Vehicles falling into this category include the new Nissan Navara, and the forthcoming updated Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50...


Jaguar Land Rover teases new Pothole Alert system
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Jaguar Land Rover teases new Pothole Alert system

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is working on a concept car that uses sensors and cameras to pick up obstacles such as potholes, and subsequently adjust the suspension to handle them as smoothly as possible. At the same time, using cloud-based systems, the car will share data gleaned by sensors in its suspension and offer it to other enabled road users so they can slow down or swerve, and alert the local council to get a repair team down there to sort it out...


Top 10? No big deal, says Mercedes-Benz
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Top 10? No big deal, says Mercedes-Benz

Luxury market leader Mercedes-Benz Australia says it doesn’t really care if it breaks into the top-10-selling brands in the country or not. The German premium powerhouse is easily Australia’s most purchased premium brand, and when you factor in its commercial vehicle arm, it’s also right up there with the market’s top-volume brands full-stop...


Supercars netting super sales among cashed-up Australians
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Supercars netting super sales among cashed-up Australians

Australians are buying fewer vehicles classified as sportscars this year than they did in 2014, but there is one part of the market that serves as a notable exception. Automotive sales database VFACTS breaks its Sports segment into three different sections based on price: Under $80,000, over $80,000 and over $200,000. And while total sales across all three are down 8...


2016 Mini John Cooper Works unveiled in Australia at Mini Garage Sydney launch
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2016 Mini John Cooper Works unveiled in Australia at Mini Garage Sydney launch

The next-generation Mini John Cooper Works has been unveiled for the first time in Australia, ahead of its official launch in July. The sneak peek was the highlight of a soiree held to celebrate the grand opening of the Mini Garage Sydney in Alexandria. The state-of-the-art facility provides Mini with a new home base, previously located alongside the BMW Sydney dealership in Rushcutters Bay...


Smart to bypass SUV gold rush, no convertible either
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Smart to bypass SUV gold rush, no convertible either

Daimler Smart has no plans to make the world’s smallest crossover SUV for the time being, contrary to recent reports out of Europe. CEO Annette Winkler told Automotive News this week that rumours of a high-riding Smart appeared greatly exaggerated. “We are not planning an SUV,” she said, though she did add the old standard line of “never say never”...


2016 Fiat 500 to be born on the fourth of July
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2016 Fiat 500 to be born on the fourth of July

The 2016 Fiat 500 will make its world premiere on July 4 of this year — the iconic nameplate’s 58th birthday. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles confirmed the reveal timing overnight, and promised to hold “an unforgettable event” to mark the occasion...


2016 Volkswagen Tiguan spy photos
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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan spy photos

Our spy photographers have snapped images of the next-generation Volkswagen Tiguan during testing on public roads in Europe. Unlike earlier spy photos, which revealed prototypes wearing stretched and widened versions of the current Tiguan's body, this vehicle has been equipped with the new car's body work...


2016 BMW 7 Series unveiled - UPDATED
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2016 BMW 7 Series unveiled - UPDATED

After a series of online leaks, the sixth-generation BMW 7 Series has been unveiled and detailed. As before, the new 7 Series will be available in both standard and long wheelbase formats. The regular car measures 5098mm from nose to tail, is 1467mm tall and rides on a 3070mm wheelbase, while the LWB version is 5238mm long, 1479mm tall and has a 3210mm wheelbase...


Haval Australia introduction delayed as launch plans hit a snag
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Haval Australia introduction delayed as launch plans hit a snag

Ambitious Chinese SUV manufacturer Haval has hit a snag in its launch plans, forcing it to push back its introduction to the Australian market. In April, Haval announced plans to launch locally this month with two models: the sub-compact H2 and the full-size H9. The large H8 was set to join them in July, while the mid-sized H6 Coupe and the slightly larger H7 were scheduled for 2016...


0% financing: five things you need to consider
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0% financing: five things you need to consider

0% finance sounds like free money, but it may not be the best deal when it comes to buying a car. Here are five things you should know about 0% financing before you sign on the dotted line. When buying something as expensive as a car or a house, many of us need some sort of financing to help us out. And almost all of these financing products require us to pay interest on the borrowed amount...


2015 Honda City Limited Edition launches from $19,490
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2015 Honda City Limited Edition launches from $19,490

A new Honda City Limited Edition variant has been added to the local line-up. The City Limited Edition is priced from $19,490 plus on-road costs, positioning it $1500 above the entry-level City VTi on which it’s based...


Mazda Australia recalls 80,000 cars with Takata airbags
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Mazda Australia recalls 80,000 cars with Takata airbags

Mazda Australia has announced a recall of a further 79,919 cars due to a potential flaw with their Takata airbags — an issue it shares with a growing list of car-makers worldwide. Australia’s top-selling full importer, Mazda, posted three separate recall notices on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website today...