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Citroen design lead slams "dangerous" styling; confirms next SUV two years away
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Citroen design lead slams "dangerous" styling; confirms next SUV two years away

The man responsible for the eye-catching exterior of the Citroen C4 Cactus has slammed "fashionable" coupe-style SUVs, calling their design "dangerous". Speaking directly to CarAdvice, Citroen exterior design lead Frederic Duvernier (pictured top), said that apart from being bored with the design of most SUVs and cars in general, he feels that “fancy coupe stuff” - such as the BMW X4 and X6, new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and freshly unveiled Tesla Model X - is inherently dangerous in its design...


Japan's driverless taxi experiment gearing up for 2016 trial
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Japan's driverless taxi experiment gearing up for 2016 trial

As South Australia prepares to kick off the southern hemisphere’s first driverless vehicle tests in November, neighbouring Japan is readying its own autonomous car trial, focused specifically on the needs of its elderly citizens...


Range Rover Evoque Convertible teasers kick off with wireframe sculptures
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Range Rover Evoque Convertible teasers kick off with wireframe sculptures

Land Rover has fired up the teaser campaign for its new Range Rover Evoque Convertible this week by launching a sequel to the 2011 launch of the regular hardtop Evoque SUV. As with that earlier campaign, the new droptop SUV has been previewed this week with a series of six wireframe sculptures dropped in key London locations, taking the form of 1:1 scale representations of the Evoque Convertible...


2016 Holden VFII Ute unveiled at Deni Ute Muster
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2016 Holden VFII Ute unveiled at Deni Ute Muster

The final piece of Holden's VFII series puzzle, the two-seat Commodore Ute, has been shown to the public for the first time at the 2015 Deni Ute Muster. As with its passenger siblings, the 2016 Holden VFII Ute features  a 304kW/570Nm LS3 V8 engine in SS models, while other changes are likewise in-line with the sedan and wagon, including keyless entry and start, and the all-important bi-model exhaust system...


Mitsubishi Lancer, Evolution recalled for Takata airbag defect: 59,522 vehicles affected
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Mitsubishi Lancer, Evolution recalled for Takata airbag defect: 59,522 vehicles affected

The number of vehicles affected by the Takata airbag scandal has grown by a further 59,522 units, with Mitsubishi Motors Australia recalling older examples of its Lancer and Lancer Evolution models this week. Affected vehicles in the Mitsubishi range include sedan and wagon variants of the CH Lancer, along with the CY and CZ Lancer Evolution, all built between June 11 2003 and December 30 2008...


Honda Accord Sport Hybrid recalled for electric motor fix
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Honda Accord Sport Hybrid recalled for electric motor fix

Honda Australia has recalled its Accord Sport Hybrid for a fault with the vehicle’s electric motor that could dramatically and suddenly reduce power. Affecting 53 models in the 2015 model year, the fault is due to “electrical noise”, or interference in the Accord Sport Hybrid’s electric drive system. The hybrid-powered version of the new Accord sedan is driven by a 2...


2016 Mini Clubman to launch in Australia next month
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2016 Mini Clubman to launch in Australia next month

The all-new Mini Clubman will go on sale in Australia next month, bringing new levels of practicality, equipment and luxury to the British city car brand’s showrooms. As with its predecessor, the second-generation Mini Clubman will be a petrol-only affair, with the range initially featuring the entry-grade Cooper and sporty Cooper S variants...


Audi Australia suspends sale of 2.0-litre EA189 diesel cars
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Audi Australia suspends sale of 2.0-litre EA189 diesel cars

Audi Australia has confirmed that it will temporarily suspend the sale of models fitted with the 2.0-litre EA189 diesel engine, which is currently at the centre of the Volkswagen Group's "dieselgate" affair...


Volkswagen Australia suspends sale of all 1.6- and 2.0-litre EA189 diesel vehicles
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Volkswagen Australia suspends sale of all 1.6- and 2.0-litre EA189 diesel vehicles

Volkswagen Group Australia has suspended the sale of all 1.6- and 2.0-litre diesel vehicles in Australia fitted with EA189 diesel engines affected by defeat device engine code that allows it to cheat US emissions testing procedures, with the saga dubbed 'DieselGate'...


2016 Alfa Romeo Giulietta facelift spy photos
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2016 Alfa Romeo Giulietta facelift spy photos

A prototype of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta facelift has been spotted by our photographers in Turin. While Alfa Romeo awaits more product based on its new rear- and all-wheel drive platform, including its first ever SUV, the brand will soldier on with its front-wheel drive hatchbacks, albeit with some changes and upgrades to keep them competitive...


Autonomous Chevrolet Volts to operate at GM R&D centre
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Autonomous Chevrolet Volts to operate at GM R&D centre

General Motors will next year begin operating a fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids at its main research and development centre in Detroit. According to the American automaker, the self-driving Volts will operate within the grounds of the Warren Technical Center, around 29 kilometres north of downtown Detroit...


Peugeot won't 'play the game' with Nurburgring lap times
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Peugeot won't 'play the game' with Nurburgring lap times

Despite fierce competition and years of one-upmanship across various brands, Peugeot has said it will not 'play the game' when it comes to chasing record-breaking lap times around Germany's infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit...


2016 Toyota HiLux was developed by a car guy, not a ute guy
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2016 Toyota HiLux was developed by a car guy, not a ute guy

The man who oversaw the development of one of the Toyota iQ - one of the most unconventional Toyota models of all time - was shocked when he learned that the company wanted him to lead the development of the new-generation 2016 Toyota HiLux. “No-one was more surprised than me… it’s quite a leap from a car like iQ,” said the executive chief engineer of the Toyota HiLux, Hiroki Nakajima...


Suzuki concept cars for 2015 Tokyo motor show revealed: Ignis Trail, Air Triser, Mighty Deck
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Suzuki concept cars for 2015 Tokyo motor show revealed: Ignis Trail, Air Triser, Mighty Deck

Hot on the heels of the reveal of the all-new Suzuki Ignis compact crossover ahead of the 2015 Tokyo motor show, the Japanese brand has unveiled a trio of fun-looking concept cars: the Suzuki Ignis Trail Concept, Suzuki Air Triser Concept and Suzuki Mighty Deck Concept...


Next-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom to debut all aluminium architecture - report
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Next-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom to debut all aluminium architecture - report

According to a report, the new Rolls-Royce Phantom will ride on all new aluminium platform, which will also underpin future vehicles from the British marque. Sources have informed Automobile that the next-generation Phantom, which could debut as early as next year, will be the first car to utilise a new aluminium architecture that's being developed for Rolls-Royce by BMW...