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2016 Porsche Panamera plug-in hybrid spy photos
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2016 Porsche Panamera plug-in hybrid spy photos

Our spy photographers have snapped pictures of the next-generation Porsche Panamera in plug-in hybrid form. Both the prototypes spotted by our photographers have filler caps on both rear flanks, indicating that the cars seen here are plug-in hybrids. It's not known at this stage whether the plug-in hybrid drivetrain in the new car will differ significantly from the current model's...


Next Porsche 911 GT3 and RS will feature manual option, shift focus to reducing weight
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Next Porsche 911 GT3 and RS will feature manual option, shift focus to reducing weight

According to the man behind the Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 RS, his team will focus more on weight reduction rather big jumps in power output for future editions. Andreas Preuninger, head of Porsche's high performance division, told Car magazine that he's "not a believer in this horsepower monster, up, up, up, more, more, more"...


Dodge Viper ACR unveiled
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Dodge Viper ACR unveiled

The latest track-ready, but street-legal, Dodge Viper ACR has been unveiled prior to going on sale in North America from the third quarter of 2015. Under that long bonnet beats a hand-built 8.4-litre V10 engine that delivers 481kW of power and 813Nm of torque to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission...


Audi TT Clubsport Turbo concept heading to Worthesee
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Audi TT Clubsport Turbo concept heading to Worthesee

The Audi TT Clubsport Turbo concept will make its in-the-flesh debut at the Worthesee festival in Austria, which starts on May 13. Under the bonnet, the Audi TT Clubsport Turbo concept features a 2.5-litre twin-turbocharged five-cylinder engine with 441kW of power and 650Nm of torque. Power goes to the ground via a permanent all-wheel drive system and a six-speed manual transmission...


Jaguar XE built for vital conquest
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Jaguar XE built for vital conquest

The all-new Jaguar XE sedan, which is being launched to the international media in Spain this week, is expected to attract up to a 95 per cent conquest rate – that is, new buyers to British luxury brand. “It’s the first time, certainly for many years, that Jaguar has had an entrant in this segment, so we’re talking to a whole new group of consumers that have never been able to afford a Jaguar, therefore consider a Jaguar," said the company's global PR director Richard Agnew...


Strong support for banning use of phones in cars, Volvo Australia survey finds - UPDATE
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Strong support for banning use of phones in cars, Volvo Australia survey finds - UPDATE

Seven in 10 drivers in Australia support increased fines and penalties for those caught texting or talking on phones illegally in their cars, according to the latest Volvo Driver Safety Index national survey of 750 people. And about 42.0 per cent support banning drivers using mobiles altogether, with 87...


Mercedes-Maybach S-Class for half the price
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Mercedes-Maybach S-Class for half the price

The Mercedes-Maybach S600 ultra-limo costs about half as much as its predecessor did, and is now available to order ahead of deliveries beginning at the end of 2015. Mercedes-Benz Australia today announced a starting price of $449,000 plus on-road costs for its passenger flagship. By comparison, the entry Maybach 57 cost just shy of $900,000 in 2003...


Holden Insignia VXR sedan pricing and specifications
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Holden Insignia VXR sedan pricing and specifications

The Holden Insignia VXR all-wheel-drive, turbocharged sedan will arrive in dealers next month priced at $51,990 plus on-road costs. This means Holden’s new German-made sports sedan is about $8000 cheaper than it was when it wore Opel Insignia OPC badges here, between September 2012 and August 2013, before GM’s Euro brand pulled the pin in Australia...


Volkswagen’s 'enemy' within the ranks?
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Volkswagen’s 'enemy' within the ranks?

Volkswagen AG has been in the news for a lot of reasons lately. There has been the sensational fracture at its very summit, resulting in the departure of scion Ferdinand Piech after he failed to gain support to oust incumbent CEO Martin Winterkorn. There's the less-than-ideal profit breakdowns in recent times, with both Audi and Porsche yielding higher operating profits than Volkswagen Passenger Cars in 2014, which dropped 14...


Honda Civic diesel discontinued
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Honda Civic diesel discontinued

The Honda Civic diesel has been discontinued two years after going on-sale, a result of low demand for small oil-burners in Australia. The decision comes as small surprise. Honda Australia launched its $500 pricier, but restyled and better-equipped, UK-made Civic hatch range at the start of this week — without any mention of the DTi-S variant...


2016 BMW 3 Series to arrive in Australia around October
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2016 BMW 3 Series to arrive in Australia around October

The updated, 2016 BMW 3 Series sedan and wagon will launch in Australia around October, tasked with narrowing the sales gap to the big-selling Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Revealed in Europe overnight — see more details here — the upgraded iteration of BMW’s most important model additionally premieres a few months before Audi stages the world debut of the new A4...


BMW 3 Series update revealed with new three-cylinder petrol and plug-in hybrid options
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BMW 3 Series update revealed with new three-cylinder petrol and plug-in hybrid options

As the current-generation car heads into its mid-life phase, the BMW 3 Series has been given a light makeover and a selection of new engines and drivetrains. Visually, the 3 Series update features revised front and rear bumpers, which have been tweaked to emphasise the car's width. The company has played with the headlights' internals, and buyers can now opt for full LED lighting, if they so desire...


Kahn Vengeance revealed in sketches, will be built from this year
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Kahn Vengeance revealed in sketches, will be built from this year

The look of the coach-built Kahn Vengeance coupe has revealed by the company via a series of design sketches. Based on the Aston Martin DB9, the Vengeance features a redesigned and wider body that's still recognisable as an Aston-based vehicle. The biggest change occurs at the rear where the car features much wider haunches, and a rounder and more scalloped tail that comes complete with afterburner-style lights...


PSA Peugeot Citroen, Ford extend small diesel engine agreement - report
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PSA Peugeot Citroen, Ford extend small diesel engine agreement - report

PSA Peugeot Citroen and Ford are reported to have extended their co-operation agreement on diesel engines under the 2.0-litre mark. A source has told Les Echos that "an amendment to the existing [diesel engine] contract should be signed before the summer". The current partnership was due to end in 2017...


Bentley Bentayga interior teased in new video
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Bentley Bentayga interior teased in new video

The interior of the upcoming Bentley Bentayga SUV has been teased in a new video from the British brand. In the video above and screenshots below, we can see, for the first time, the Bentayga's instrument panel, dashboard, head-up display, start/stop button, terrain selector, gear shift and much of the centre tunnel...