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Mazda CX-9: New-generation model won’t have a diesel option
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Mazda CX-9: New-generation model won’t have a diesel option

  The new-generation Mazda CX-9 will not be offered with a diesel engine, CarAdvice can confirm. The all-new seven-seat Mazda CX-9 is expected to be revealed at the 2015 Los Angeles auto show in November, and it is likely that just one engine will be offered with the new model – and it’ll be fuelled by petrol, not diesel...


Mazda BT-50 petrol model ruled out
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Mazda BT-50 petrol model ruled out

The Mazda BT-50 range will not see the addition of an entry-level petrol model, despite many rivals offering a base model version with that fuel type at a more attractive price point. The refreshed 2016 Mazda BT-50 line-up still starts at $25,570 plus on-road for the base-model 2.2-litre turbo diesel single-cab-chassis XT variant, which puts the price of entry into a BT-50 higher than many rivals...


US EPA steps up emissions enforcement with real world driving tests
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US EPA steps up emissions enforcement with real world driving tests

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a notice to all car manufacturers that it will begin stepping up its enforcement regime for vehicle emissions. Although most of the media attention has been focussed so far on Volkswagen's admitted use of a defeat device on roughly 480,000 cars in the US, and 11 million worldwide, equipped with the EA189 turbo-diesel engine, which detects when the car is being tested under lab conditions, there has also criticism of the government agency that was hoodwinked...


Mazda Koeru production model likely to be sold in China before anywhere else
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Mazda Koeru production model likely to be sold in China before anywhere else

CarAdvice has learnt that a production version of the Mazda Koeru coupe-style SUV – the vehicle that is expected to wear the CX-4 badge – may be sold in China before it makes it to any other international markets...


Porsche chief, Matthias Muller, elevated to Volkswagen CEO post
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Porsche chief, Matthias Muller, elevated to Volkswagen CEO post

Matthias Muller, who has headed sports car maker Porsche for the last five years, has been appointed the new CEO of the Volkswagen Group. At his first press conference as Volkswagen CEO, Muller said (according to a translation provided by The Guardian): "Personally I will do all I can to win back the trust of our customers, our colleagues, our partners, our investors and the public at large...


Suzuki iM-4 spy photos
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Suzuki iM-4 spy photos

The production version of the Suzuki iM-4 has been spied by our photographers during testing in Europe. Alongside the iK-2, the iM-4 made its debut in concept car form at the Geneva motor show earlier this year. The iK-2 has since become the Baleno hatch, which was unveiled in production guise at the recent Frankfurt motor show...


2016 BMW X1 pricing and specifications
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2016 BMW X1 pricing and specifications

Front-wheel-drive models in the all-new BMW X1 range will be more expensive than their rear-drive predecessors, but will also be more practical, better equipped and more fuel efficient than before. The 2016 BMW X1 range will start at $49,500 plus on-road costs for the sDrive18d diesel, representing a $3200 hike in the starting price of the German luxury car maker’s compact crossover...


Weird and wonderful calls received by GM's OnStar centre
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Weird and wonderful calls received by GM's OnStar centre

General Motors’ OnStar connected services system has many practical functions, including giving motorists direct access to a specialist call centre operator while on the road at the push of a button. We used it a number of times at the international launch of the new Opel Astra hatch in Europe last week, pressing the blue button to ask fairly mundane questions in search of assistance and guidance...


Renault Clio and Captur Expression+ limited editions released
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Renault Clio and Captur Expression+ limited editions released

The limited edition Renault Clio Expression+ and Captur Expression+ variants are now available in Australia, boosting the value of the French brand’s city-sized hatch and SUV models. At $21,390 plus on-road costs, the Clio Expression+ EDC (dual-clutch automatic) costs $1100 more than the Expression EDC on which it’s based, yet claims to add $2000 in extra equipment...


Volkswagen Touareg Element joining range in November
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Volkswagen Touareg Element joining range in November

The feature-packed Volkswagen Touareg Element will go on sale in Australia in November. The Touareg Element is based on the entry-level 150TDI version of Volkswagen’s premium large SUV. Its $69,990 plus on-road costs price tag makes it $2000 more expensive than the 150TDI, though it gains a host of additional features to more than offset the difference...


Bob Lutz, former GM exec, questions Apple's logic in wanting to enter car business
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Bob Lutz, former GM exec, questions Apple's logic in wanting to enter car business

Bob Lutz, the famously outspoken former executive of GM, Chrysler, Ford and BMW, has told interviewers that Apple will likely burn through large piles of cash if it enters the automobile industry. In an interview with cable business channel CNBC, Lutz was asked if Apple was wise to enter the car business. "No, I don’t think so...


Mazda Koeru concept heading for production
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Mazda Koeru concept heading for production

If these spy photos are anything to go by, the Mazda Koeru concept car seems as though it's heading into production. Taken at a cargo handling facility in China, the photos you see here were first published by Auto Sina. Although the Koeru concept only just had its official debut earlier this month at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, the Chinese website believes that development has been under way since 2013...


Volkswagen Group executives axed: Hatz, Hackenberg, Neusser to leave - report
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Volkswagen Group executives axed: Hatz, Hackenberg, Neusser to leave - report

More senior Volkswagen Group executives are set to be sacked in the wake of the diesel emissions cheating scandal according to a report. The story published overnight in Der Spiegel claims that it's not just the Volkswagen brand itself that is going to be hit by the crisis, and that other Volkswagen Group brands will feel the brunt...


BMW X3 diesel reportedly exceeds emissions limits, BMW denies any test rigging
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BMW X3 diesel reportedly exceeds emissions limits, BMW denies any test rigging

The German luxury car maker has denied any wrongdoing after claims that its BMW X3 diesel comfortably exceeds European emissions standards under real-world conditions. A report in the latest edition of AutoBild magazine says that during real world testing an all-wheel drive BMW X3 equipped with a turbo-diesel engine had emissions that were 11 times over the European limit...


How is fuel economy tested? Why does my car use more fuel than the fuel label?
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How is fuel economy tested? Why does my car use more fuel than the fuel label?

When it comes to purchasing a new car, fuel economy is always important. Manufacturers are required to test their vehicles in line with a mandated procedure (which is detailed under the Australian Design Rule (ADR) 81/02 Fuel  Consumption Labelling for Light Vehicles)...