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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider gets sub-$100K price tag
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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider gets sub-$100K price tag

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider will cost $99,000 plus on-road costs when it arrives in Australian showrooms in November. The price tag makes the new convertible $10K more expensive than the 4C coupe that has been on sale since February. The 4C Spider’s party piece is its removable soft-top roof, which can be stored in in a specially designed storage bag in the luggage compartment when not in use...


Next Opel Astra OPC may downsize to a 1.6-litre turbo
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Next Opel Astra OPC may downsize to a 1.6-litre turbo

The Opel Astra OPC and Holden Astra VXR twins look set to downsize to a 1.6-litre turbo engine when the next-generation hot hatches emerge later this decade. New Astra chief engineer Marc Schmidt confirmed with Australian journalists last week that a 1.6-litre engine was “at this point the ceiling on the [sports car] assignment”, seemingly foretelling a decrease in capacity from the current model’s 2...


Hyundai Tuscon 521kW "Brute Ute" by Bisimoto teased ahead of SEMA
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Hyundai Tuscon 521kW "Brute Ute" by Bisimoto teased ahead of SEMA

Bisimoto Engineering will reveal a highly tuned version of the new Hyundai Tuscon at the 2015 SEMA show in November. Dubbed the "Brute Ute", even though it doesn't a load-carrying tray out the back, the modified Tucson features a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine under the bonnet...


Apple electric vehicle aiming for 2019 deadline - report
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Apple electric vehicle aiming for 2019 deadline - report

If a report is to believed, Apple has set a "ship date" of 2019 for its first ever car. Anonymous sources have told The Wall Street Journal that the tech powerhouse is planning to have its first vehicle, an electric car of some description, ready by 2019...


Rolls-Royce SUV needs to be “undeniable, natural and authentic”
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Rolls-Royce SUV needs to be “undeniable, natural and authentic”

Turning a sleek luxury saloon in to an elegant large SUV could seemingly be a challenge, but it’s one that Rolls-Royce Cars director of design Giles Taylor is clearly looking forward to. CarAdvice spoke with Taylor at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, and he suggested that while he has been ordered to keep a lid on the progress of the new Rolls-Royce SUV, which has been dubbed Project Cullinan, it is moving along, and the design is a key part of the program...


2016 HSV Gen-F2 range pricing and specifications: 400kW supercharged V8 for R8 sedan, wagon, ute
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2016 HSV Gen-F2 range pricing and specifications: 400kW supercharged V8 for R8 sedan, wagon, ute

The refreshed 2016 HSV Gen-F2 line-up has been unveiled today, following last week’s reveal of the revised VFII Commodore range on which it’s based. Just as the VFII followed 2013’s VF launch, the Gen-F2 range arrives as an evolution of the current Gen-F range...


Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge cancelled - report
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Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge cancelled - report

It has been confirmed that the Nissan GT-R-powered Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge is no longer heading for production. Francois Goupil de Bouille, an Infiniti vice president, has told Car that "after we evaluated sales numbers, we realised it was not realistic to produce [the Q50 Eau Rouge]". De Bouille said that the Eau Rouge was "just too costly", and that in the interests of balancing "cost versus benefit...


Volkswagen could be fined $25 billion for US emissions scam, CEO apologises
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Volkswagen could be fined $25 billion for US emissions scam, CEO apologises

The Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal rolls on, with the company's CEO issuing a public apology and the prospect that the German automaker could be fined up to $25 billion. Over the weekend, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) revealed that Volkswagen's US arm had installed special software on some of its diesel vehicles to cheat its way past the country's emissions test...


2015 Bathurst 1000: Star Wars-themed HRT Commodore supercar revealed
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2015 Bathurst 1000: Star Wars-themed HRT Commodore supercar revealed

  V8 Supercar racers Garth Tander and Warren Luff have unveiled the new Star Wars-themed Commodore they’ll use in their assault on the 2015 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama. The unveiling follows news last month that Holden and Disney - which bought Lucasfilm, the studio behind the Star Wars franchise, in 2012 - had teamed up to promote the coming The Force Awakens film...


Hyundai i30 could be offered with 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder
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Hyundai i30 could be offered with 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder

The Hyundai i30 could be set for a new high-tech, downsized petrol powerplant. Hyundai Motor Europe head of powertrain development, Dr Michael Winkler, told Australian media at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show that the Hyundai i30 small hatch could follow the lead of the European-market Kia Cee’d by being offered a three-cylinder engine...


Alfa Romeo: autonomous cars will be an "intrinsic part of the automotive industry"
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Alfa Romeo: autonomous cars will be an "intrinsic part of the automotive industry"

Alfa Romeo believes that autonomous cars will become an industry norm, but that ultimately these systems will never fully take away the enjoyment of driving a car manually. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Frankfurt motorshow last week, the CEO of Alfa Romeo and Maserati, Harald Wester, said autonomous driving technology would soon be a regular feature across a variety of cars...


Volkswagen rules out cut-price sports car
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Volkswagen rules out cut-price sports car

German manufacturer Volkswagen will not offer a small sports car to rival the likes of the Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ and Mazda MX-5. The brand had played on the idea of a two-seat sports car in the past, and indeed developed a concept model, the Volkswagen BlueSport concept, in 2009...


Volkswagen interiors could go button-less in the near future
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Volkswagen interiors could go button-less in the near future

The future of the car interior is at the precipice of going button-less, according to Volkswagen’s head of development, Heinz-Jakob Neusser. Speaking with CarAdvice at the recent 2015 Frankfurt motor show, Neusser suggested the German company is on the verge of removing buttons from its production cars, with a focus to making interiors more intuitive...


Kia Pro_cee’d GT automatic is possible - but is it feasible?
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Kia Pro_cee’d GT automatic is possible - but is it feasible?

You’ve probably read our previous reports that local sales for the Kia Pro_cee’d GT are being hurt by the fact it is available solely with a six-speed manual transmission. Kia Australia reckons sales of the sporty hatchback could increase markedly, should a dual-clutch automatic gearbox be offered. And lo and behold, such a drivetrain exists...


2016 Volkswagen Passat spied in Sydney ahead of Australian launch
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2016 Volkswagen Passat spied in Sydney ahead of Australian launch

The all-new 2016 Volkswagen Passat has been spied on the road in Sydney this week, just weeks out from its Australian market launch. The example shown here, spied by CarAdvice reader 'tuzii' around 20 kilometres from Volkswagen Australia headquarters, is badged as a diesel-powered 2.0TDI BlueMotion model...