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Federal Budget delivers small business tax break for vehicle purchases under $20,000
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Federal Budget delivers small business tax break for vehicle purchases under $20,000

Last night’s Federal Budget delivered a boon for small business owners, allowing them to instantly claim back purchases of up to $20,000 – including new and used vehicles. Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey announced the tax break last night, which means that businesses with an annual turnover under $2 million can claim tax deductions immediately for an unlimited number of sub-$20,000 purchases made between now and June 30, 2017...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept previews anniversary edition
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept previews anniversary edition

Fresh images of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept have been released, giving us our clearest idea yet of what to expect from the 40th anniversary Golf GTI special edition that’s set to be released in 2016. Today’s images come less than 48 hours after Volkswagen initially released a pair of design sketches of the Golf GTI Clubsport concept, which is making its debut at this week’s Worthersee festival in Austria...


Citroen C4 Picasso, Grand C4 Picasso gain free Safari pack - UPDATE
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Citroen C4 Picasso, Grand C4 Picasso gain free Safari pack - UPDATE

The Citroen C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso are now available with a free Safari pack that enhances the practicality and usability of the family-focused models. Named after the Citroen DS Safari of 1958, the Safari pack includes roof bars, a 330-litre roof pod, a removable waterproof boot liner, and tablet holders on the front headrests for passengers in the second row...


BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage to pay tribute to 1970s 'Batmobile'
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BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage to pay tribute to 1970s 'Batmobile'

BMW will celebrate the godfather of its current performance car range next week when it unveils the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage design concept at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy. The image above is an artist’s impression, teasing the rear corner of the 3.0 CSL Hommage and confirming it will indeed be a modern interpretation of the iconic 1970s BMW 3...


New Ford GT operating system has more lines of code than a Boeing 787 Dreamliner
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New Ford GT operating system has more lines of code than a Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The new Ford GT supercar is not just a lightweight, high-horsepower track car, but a new halo car for the brand that employs a combination of complex software and sensor set integration that showcases future technology that will trickle down to future mainstream production models...


Ford GT: Right-hand-drive business case didn't stack up, says car maker
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Ford GT: Right-hand-drive business case didn't stack up, says car maker

The car that stole the limelight at this year’s Detroit motor show, the Ford GT supercar, will not be made in right-hand drive due to a perceived lack of return on investment. Speaking with CarAdvice in Detroit today, Ford Performance global director Dave Pericak ruled out the possibility of the vehicle being made available for our market...


Rolls-Royce Dawn : Wraith drophead name announced, launching in Q1 2016
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Rolls-Royce Dawn : Wraith drophead name announced, launching in Q1 2016

Rolls-Royce has announced the convertible version of its Wraith coupe will be called the Rolls-Royce Dawn. The Dawn was unveiled to representatives of Rolls-Royce’s global dealer network at a conference in California overnight roughly nine month ahead of the new drophead model’s launch in the first quarter of 2016...


Ford Sync 3 better for driving than Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, says car maker
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Ford Sync 3 better for driving than Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, says car maker

Ford says its new-generation infotainment system software is better suited to driving than interfaces offered by the likes of Google Auto (Android) and Apple CarPlay (iOS). Speaking with CarAdvice at the Ford GT innovation forum in Detroit today, the company’s senior technical leader for Human Machine Interface (HMI), Jeff Greenberg, noted that smartphone manufacturers do not have the equivalent experience to develop interfaces for drivers...


Increased mobile phone usage in cars not increasing crash rates, says Ford
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Increased mobile phone usage in cars not increasing crash rates, says Ford

The global director for human machine interface at Ford says it’s pointless to try to reprimand handheld mobile phone usage in vehicles as the crash data doesn’t reflect media reports of drivers distracted by mobile phones causing accidents...


Google confirms 11 accidents involving its self-driving cars over six years
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Google confirms 11 accidents involving its self-driving cars over six years

Google has confirmed that its fleet of self-driving cars have been involved in 11 accidents during the programme's six-year life, but not once were its software or drivers at fault. Yesterday we reported that since September 2014 there have been four accidents involving autonomous cars in the state of California...


2016 Audi Q1 development mule spied
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2016 Audi Q1 development mule spied

Car Advice's spy photographers have spotted a mule for the upcoming Audi Q1 crossover in Europe. At first glance, this vehicle looks like any other Volkswagen Tiguan that you might see on the roads. Look closer, though, and you'll notice that this vehicle is wearing thicker and temporary plastic wheel arch extensions that don't extend into the rear door panel...


2015 Mercedes-Benz V-Class pricing and specifications
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2015 Mercedes-Benz V-Class pricing and specifications

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz V-Class will cost from $85,500 plus on-road costs when it reaches Australian showrooms in July. Mercedes-Benz Australia will initially offer one V-Class variant, the V250 BlueTec Avantgarde, which is available with seating for up to eight occupants...


2016 Toyota Hilux's Australian supply challenge - UPDATE
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2016 Toyota Hilux's Australian supply challenge - UPDATE

Toyota Australia says its increasingly successful rivals in the ute market — a market it still dominates with the HiLux — deserve respect, but is confident the new-generation version premiering overseas on May 21 has what it takes to beat them back. The main issue, the company says, is not the quality of the vehicle but rather the supply out of Thailand...


Volvo to open South Carolina production plant in 2018
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Volvo to open South Carolina production plant in 2018

Volvo has confirmed it will start building cars in the US from 2018 after finalising plans for a new manufacturing facility in South Carolina. Construction of the US$500 million ($633 million) plant will begin by November in Berkeley County, and when it is complete, the facility will have an annual production capacity of about 100,000 vehicles...


Toyota Prado to get new 2.8-litre diesel engine, six-speed automatic from June production
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Toyota Prado to get new 2.8-litre diesel engine, six-speed automatic from June production

The Toyota Prado will benefit from a significant mechanical upgrade in the third quarter of this year. A source has revealed to CarAdvice that from June production the LandCruiser Prado will trade its current 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine for a new 2.8-litre turbo diesel and upgrade from a five-speed automatic transmission to a new six-speed auto gearbox...