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2017 Volkswagen Golf R Performance pack could come to Australia
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2017 Volkswagen Golf R Performance pack could come to Australia

The facelifted 2017 Volkswagen Golf R will soon be offered in Europe with a Performance option, and although not yet confirmed for Australia, the company's local arm says it is far from written off. In a short clip released in March, the German company teases several performance-oriented options that will allow owners to "squeeze even more out of your new Golf R"...


Holden's 230km/h U-2 Dragon support vehicle is an Aussie-built sedan
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Holden's 230km/h U-2 Dragon support vehicle is an Aussie-built sedan

Australian forces support allied armies all over the world, but one particular piece of Australian machinery plays a critical role in guiding one of the world's oldest spy planes in safely — at over 230km/h. The U-2 Dragon is a jet-powered Lockheed spy plane that cruises at 70,000 feet above the earth, around double the cruising altitude of a QANTAS domestic plane...


Mercedes-Benz Energy home battery system launches in the UK, Australia to follow shortly
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Mercedes-Benz Energy home battery system launches in the UK, Australia to follow shortly

Mercedes-Benz is following Tesla into the home energy business with the announcement that the brand's UK arm is readying delivery of its first energy storage units - and an Australian launch is imminent. The lithium-ion battery systems are based on the same technology Mercedes-Benz has been utilising in its hybrid and electric vehicles since 2012...


ANCAP defends Hyundai i30's range-wide five star rating
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ANCAP defends Hyundai i30's range-wide five star rating

Independent crash safety watchdog ANCAP has defended giving all Australian variants of the new Hyundai i30 the maximum five-star score despite some discrepancies, including the fact no NCAP body has actually crashed the vehicle...


2018 BMW M550d packs four turbos under its bonnet
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2018 BMW M550d packs four turbos under its bonnet

The BMW M550d is the quad-turbo diesel station wagon you've always wanted. Oh, you can get it as a sedan as well. And yes, you read that right: four turbos. The German brand's new 5 Series M Performance model sits alongside the M550i, with the M550d xDrive all-wheel-drive model packing a 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine with quad turbocharging...


Tesla Supercharger global network to double by 2018
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Tesla Supercharger global network to double by 2018

Electric vehicle (EV) company Tesla has announced plans to double its charging network by the end of this year, in the lead-up to the launch of its smallest and most affordable offering, the Model 3. Since 2012, Tesla has built 842 stations with over 5400 Superchargers and more than 9000 Destination Charging connectors, and plans to double that to more than 10,000 chargers by the end of 2017...


Geely MPV spied in Melbourne after concept debut
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Geely MPV spied in Melbourne after concept debut

The Geely 'MPV' has been spied in Melbourne this week, following its reveal in concept form at the Shanghai motor show. Dressed in heavy camouflage and wearing a "left-hand drive" sticker on its rump, the development vehicle was spotted by a CarAdvice reader just a week after it made its global premiere - hinting that the production version is a lot closer than originally thought...


Honda Civic, Hyundai i30 score five-star ANCAP safety ratings
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Honda Civic, Hyundai i30 score five-star ANCAP safety ratings

The Honda Civic and Hyundai i30 have been awarded five-star safety ratings by independent crash-testing firm ANCAP. Following the disappointing two-star result for the Great Wall Steed ute, the two popular small cars scored top marks, while the Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo Activity lifestyle van was also awarded the full five stars...


Nissan creates Nismo road car division, promises more hot vehicles
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Nissan creates Nismo road car division, promises more hot vehicles

Nissan has created the Nismo Cars Business Department as part of its plans to expand its range of Nismo-branded cars and increase sales. The new department will be housed within Autech, the company's vehicle conversion business, with talent drawn from Nissan, Autech, and Nissan Motorsports...


2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake teased ahead of debut
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2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake teased ahead of debut

The next-generation Jaguar XF Sportbrake wagon has been teased ahead its debut in the not-too-distant future. Overnight, the British luxury car maker released an overhead shot of the new wagon, which shows off the variant's large panoramic roof. The company also had the silhouette of the XF Sportbrake painted on the Wimbledon's centre court, as it is a sponsor of this year's grand slam tournament...


Google begins public 'early rider' trial of autonomous cars, orders 500 more vehicles
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Google begins public 'early rider' trial of autonomous cars, orders 500 more vehicles

Waymo, Google's self-driving car division, has started an early rider program for its autonomous vehicle fleet, and has significantly increased its order for autonomous Chrysler Pacific plug-in hybrid people movers. The early rider program is currently only open to residents living in and around Phoenix, Arizona...


Great Wall Steed flunks ANCAP test with two-star rating
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Great Wall Steed flunks ANCAP test with two-star rating

The budget Great Wall Steed ute has scored a shocking two stars in the latest round of ANCAP crash testing, against the 2016 ratings criteria. In response, Great Wall Motors Australia said it was disappointed, but accepted it needed to improve to meet our market's standards. The independent crash-test body gave the Chinese load carrier an overall truncated score of 16...


Roewe Vision-E concept previews 2018 crossover
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Roewe Vision-E concept previews 2018 crossover

The Roewe Vision-E concept made its debut at the Shanghai motor show, and shouldn't be confused with the Skoda Vision E concept. A production car based on the Vision-E will reportedly go into production in 2018. We expect that car to lose the concept's suicide doors, and it will likely feature a toned version of both the interior and exterior...


2018 Range Rover Velar 'SVR' spied
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2018 Range Rover Velar 'SVR' spied

A high-performance variant of the Range Rover Velar has been spotted outside the Nurburgring in Germany. Although the Velar was given its full debut in March, Jaguar Land Rover's development team has covered this prototype from head-to-toe in camouflage. From what we can see, this car has altered lower front air intakes and a new exhaust system...


Australia's EV and PHEV sales analysed
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Australia's EV and PHEV sales analysed

Electric and plug-in hybrid car sales continue to make barely a dent in Australia compared to other mature markets, though product cycles clearly represent a caveat. According to industry figures obtained by CarAdvice, trackable sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) or BEVs with a range-extender (REx) in Australia peaked at 294 units in 2015 before falling to 138 last year...