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Mazda MX-5 tops November sports car sales
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Mazda MX-5 tops November sports car sales

The Mazda MX-5 hit the top of the sports car sales charts in November for the first time in years, on the back of the new model’s greatly improved pricing. The fourth-generation of the now iconic budget convertible series managed 221 sales in November, edging out the Toyota 86 (209), BMW 2 Series (176) and Hyundai Veloster (149) to lead the segment...


November new vehicle sales : VFACTS winners and losers, market on record pace
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November new vehicle sales : VFACTS winners and losers, market on record pace

New vehicle sales in Australia hit record highs in November, while cumulative annual sales have now well-and-truly eclipsed the magic million mark. VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber this morning shows that 98,639 new vehicles were sold in November, up 6.9 per cent and enough to break the previous record set in 2012...


2016 Ford Mondeo facelift spied testing in Detroit
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2016 Ford Mondeo facelift spied testing in Detroit

A facelift for the American Ford Fusion sedan, known in the rest of the world as the Ford Mondeo, has been spotted by spy photographers this week on the streets of Detroit. Although the Mondeo's Australian debut was significantly delayed, its Fusion-badged sibling has been on sale in the US since 2012, making it well-and-truly ready for a makeover...


Lancia Ypsilon catches fire during EuroNCAP crash test, BMW Z4 manages just three stars
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Lancia Ypsilon catches fire during EuroNCAP crash test, BMW Z4 manages just three stars

The Lancia Ypsilon has caught fire during a crash test conducted by EuroNCAP in which it managed a dismal two-star rating. The independent crash-tester explained that moments after the Italian-made city car completed the offset frontal barrier test a fire started in the engine compartment caused by the positive battery terminal shorting out and setting fire to brake fluid leaking from the reservoir...


Red Bull reveals latest Defender-based event truck
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Red Bull reveals latest Defender-based event truck

If you’ve ever wondered what you’d get if you crossed an Aventador with a Land Rover, you’re a bit mad. But, if you have, this might be your answer: Red Bull’s new party van. Appearing recently on the South African website of the energy drink and sponsor-all-the-things giant - and later pulled from all official Red Bull channels - the 4x4 event machine is understood to be a massively transformed long-wheelbase Defender 130...


Nismo Australian launch: GT-R could be first cab off the rank, more planned
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Nismo Australian launch: GT-R could be first cab off the rank, more planned

Nissan Australia won’t officially confirm when its tuning arm Nismo will launch locally, and there's still no clear picture of which will be the first tuned model to hit showrooms when the brand does eventually arrive. What is known is that the heavy-hitting Nismo GT-R will be joined by the 370Z Nismo and the Juke Nismo RS in the Australian line-up, though not necessarily in that order...


Mitsubishi Lancer, Pajero won't be replaced, says CEO
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Mitsubishi Lancer, Pajero won't be replaced, says CEO

The Mitsubishi Lancer appears dead in the water, with the Japanese car maker’s boss revealing there are no plans to build a successor to the popular small car. Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko gave industry journal Automotive News the clearest indication yet that the brand was turning its back on its traditional small car to instead focus on vehicles that sell well in the US, primarily SUVs...


Volvo S90 sedan revealed ahead of Australian debut - UPDATE
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Volvo S90 sedan revealed ahead of Australian debut - UPDATE

The all-new 2016 Volvo S90 has gone official, revealed today ahead of a Detroit auto show premiere in January and an Australian debut in August. Today's unveiling comes after months of revealing spy photos, leaked toys - and very little doubt that the S90 would look a good deal like its big XC90 SUV sibling...


Ford Mustang sold out until 2017
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Ford Mustang sold out until 2017

The Ford Mustang is now completely sold out in Australia for all of 2016. Ford said today that its Australian Mustang order bank ahead of the January launch now sat at 4000 units, 80 per cent of which had been secured with deposits. This is the entire 2016 allocation. First customer cars landed in Melbourne today, with three more shipments arriving inside a few days...


Victoria Police would be happy to issue no speeding fines
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Victoria Police would be happy to issue no speeding fines

Victoria Police assistant commissioner Doug Fryer has refuted suggestions that road fines are about revenue raising, and insists they’re about “community education”. Speaking at a press conference in Melbourne this afternoon, Fryer said: “[There’s an] inference it’s around revenue raising. I’d be more than happy that no one in Victoria get a fine for speeding...


Lamborghini Centenario special to debut in Geneva - report
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Lamborghini Centenario special to debut in Geneva - report

Lamborghini is expected to celebrate 100 years since the birth of its founder with a heroic new special-edition model in 2016, which will reportedly be known as the Centenario. Although the name is still to be confirmed, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann told the UK’s Auto Express this week that fans can expect to see a very special new offering unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March...


Tata Zica city car revealed for Indian market
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Tata Zica city car revealed for Indian market

India’s Tata Motors has released images of a new sub-light hatch that will go on sale in the company’s home market early next year. Dubbed Zica, the little city car will replace Tata’s Indica hatch in India, which has been on sale there in its second-generation form since 2008...


Fiat 124 Spider not just a "badge-engineered" MX-5
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Fiat 124 Spider not just a "badge-engineered" MX-5

The upcoming Fiat 124 Spider is not merely a badge-engineered Mazda MX-5, according to the boss of Fiat Australia. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new Fiat 500X in Sydney yesterday, Pat Dougherty said the perception that the 124 Spider is just an MX-5 in a different guise is not true...


Ford Ranger production increased, $250 million spent growing Thai plant
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Ford Ranger production increased, $250 million spent growing Thai plant

Rampant demand for the Australia-developed Ford Ranger across the Asia Pacific has seen the company commit $254 million to increase its Thai production capability. Ford is adding production equipment and facilities to its Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) plant to meet huge demand across our region, and to supplement the joint-venture plant with Mazda that currently makes the Ranger...


PSA Peugeot Citroen and Toyota reveal new light vans for Europe
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PSA Peugeot Citroen and Toyota reveal new light vans for Europe

A trio of new light vans has been revealed overnight as part of a joint venture between PSA Peugeot Citroen and Toyota. The new models, dubbed Peugeot Traveller, Citroen SpaceTourer and Toyota Proace, come as the result of an announcement in 2012 that PSA would build all three vans at its plant in Valenciennes, France...