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Smart Fortwo steering recall affects more than 20 per cent of 2014 sales total
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Smart Fortwo steering recall affects more than 20 per cent of 2014 sales total

More than 20 per cent of all Smart Fortwo models sold in 2014 have been recalled for a fault related to the micro cars' steering rack. Affecting a total of 26 MR 451 Smart Fortwos – 24.0 per cent of the 108 sold in 2014 – the recall relates to the steering rack bolts in cars built between January and August 2014...


New Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee and other models delayed
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New Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee and other models delayed

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is delaying the all-new or redesigned versions of some of its most iconic vehicles, such as the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee as the company moves to shift its resources elsewhere. Sources have informed Reuters that the Italian-American car maker is delaying work on some of its North American-made models as it concentrates on its upcoming relaunch of Alfa Romeo, which is set to get a brand new range of rear-wheel drive vehicles...


Small car sales plummet in May
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Small car sales plummet in May

Sales in the most popular part of Australia’s new car market — small cars under $40,000 — plummeted in May as the segment wore attacks from multiple fronts. Sub-$40K small car registrations in May were recorded by VFACTS as 16,043 units, which represents a 17.1 per cent drop on May 2014. The overall market share of all small cars declined last month from 22...


2015 BMW 1 Series pricing and specifications
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2015 BMW 1 Series pricing and specifications

Fresh styling, added equipment and sharper prices headline the upgrades to the 2015 BMW 1 Series that arrives in Australian showrooms next week. BMW Australia today confirmed price cuts of up to $2700 for its updated 1 Series hatchback, as well as a $2030 reduction for the flagship M135i hot hatch, which now tops the range at $62,900 plus on-road costs...


May 2015 car sales: Winners and losers
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May 2015 car sales: Winners and losers

New vehicles sales in Australia dipped 1.3 per cent in May compared with the same month last year, though the total market remains in positive territory year-to-date (YTD). Total registrations were 93,327 units, the lowest May tally since 2011. The negative figure also ends three months of growth in 2015, reflected by the fact that the market is up 2...


2016 BMW X1 revealed
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2016 BMW X1 revealed

The covers are off the 2016 BMW X1 – the German brand’s second-generation compact SUV that’s new from the ground up and mechanically overhauled from the 2009 original. The new X1 becomes the BMW Group’s third model based on its new front-/all-wheel-drive and transverse engine-aligned UKL architecture, following the third-gen Mini Cooper city car and the 2 Series Active Tourer MPV, and replacing the rear-/all-wheel-drive and longitudinal layout of the first-gen model...


2015 Kia Sorento nets one of ANCAP's highest scores to date
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2015 Kia Sorento nets one of ANCAP's highest scores to date

The 2015 Kia Sorento family SUV has been awarded one of the highest ANCAP scores ever, days ahead of the car’s official local launch ANCAP awarded the Sorento 36.62 out of 37 against its most stringent 2015 criteria, with perfect scores in the side impact and pole test. All impact zones on test dummies in front-offset and whiplash tests ranged between good and acceptable...


2016 BMW X1 leaked online
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2016 BMW X1 leaked online

The second-generation BMW X1 has been leaked online just hours ahead of its official debut. This dynamic front-end shot of the new X1 was posted by user Enl on the German Car Forum website. More brochure and press photos have since been published online by WorldCarFans...


SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo unveiled with 1931kW drivetrain
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SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo unveiled with 1931kW drivetrain

Fiat Chrysler has unveiled a concept car range, the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo, for the popular PlayStation racing simulator, Gran Turismo 6. According to the company, the company designers set out to design "the sportscar of 2035". As such, it not only features dramatic styling, but has a cockpit and engine cover made from graphene...


Hyundai Prius competitor spied inside and out
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Hyundai Prius competitor spied inside and out

Hyundai is preparing a dedicated hybrid vehicle to challenge the Toyota Prius, and our spies have managed to photograph it undergoing testing in Europe. Like the world's most popular hybrid, Hyundai's Prius-fighter features a Kammback body that has been aggressively profiled to reduce aerodynamic drag. The car also rides on a high-profile wheel and tyre combination...


Ute sales spiked in May
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Ute sales spiked in May

Light commercial ute sales appear to have spiked last month, based on early May sales data. Official VFACTS figures will be revealed tomorrow, but figures we've seen show a jump in one-tonne ute sales of about 22.0 per cent over the same month in 2015. The monthly jump is well above the year-to-date growth at that end of the market totalling about 3...


Hyundai Creta sub-compact SUV announced, Australian future cloudy
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Hyundai Creta sub-compact SUV announced, Australian future cloudy

Hyundai has announced it will launch an all-new global sub-compact SUV in the second half of 2015, and while details are very scarce, we do know one thing — its name. The new sub-Tucson high-riding crossover will be called the Hyundai Creta, derived from the large Greek Island of Crete, which in its heyday was a trade hub that connected Europe, Asia and Africa...


2019 Jaguar "J-Pace" SUV to be based on the Range Rover - report
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2019 Jaguar "J-Pace" SUV to be based on the Range Rover - report

The British luxury marque will reportedly follow-up the F-Pace SUV with a larger crossover model, which is being referred to as the Jaguar J-Pace. According to Car, the J-Pace will share a lot in common with the full-size Range Rover, including its aluminium architecture. In order to differentiate the two cars, the J-Pace will have a unique exterior and interior design...


Peugeot price cuts announced across most models
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Peugeot price cuts announced across most models

Peugeot Australia has cut the prices of most models in its passenger and SUV range in a bid to further stimulate local sales growth. Furthermore, the company has also rolled-out permanent national drive-away pricing on a number of its offerings to simplify the buying process. At the extreme end, this latter decision means a real-world price cut on the 508 Allure diesel sedan of about $5500...


2016 BMW 7 Series teased, full reveal on June 10
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2016 BMW 7 Series teased, full reveal on June 10

The “game-changing” all-new BMW 7 Series will be unveiled on June 10, and the Bavarian brand has boldly predicted it will represent “the future of luxury”. To tide us over, it has uploaded a rather cinematic teaser video highlighting some elements of the design, and some technological additions such as Laserlight headlights and a carbon-fibre core — both of which have been pinched from the i8 plug-in supercar...