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2015 Holden Astra pricing and specifications
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2015 Holden Astra pricing and specifications

The Holden Astra is back - and there are several versions that buyers can choose from. The revival of the Holden Astra badge - which finished up in Australia under the Lion brand's guidance in 2009 after five generations - will be welcome by small car buyers, though we saw the Astra sold here in 2013 under the guidance of General Motors brand Opel before it pulled out of the local market...


2015 Holden Cascada pricing and specifications
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2015 Holden Cascada pricing and specifications

The 2015 Holden Cascada has arrived in Australia, and it comes with a sharp price-tag for a European four-seater convertible. The new Holden Cascada starts off from $41,990 plus on-road costs, making it one of the most affordable convertibles on the market - and marking "Holden's return to the convertible sports cars market", following the brand's most recent drop-top - the Holden Astra Twin Top - leaving the local range in 2009...


Mazda 2, Fiat 500X score four stars in EuroNCAP crash tests, Suzuki Vitara scores five - UPDATED
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Mazda 2, Fiat 500X score four stars in EuroNCAP crash tests, Suzuki Vitara scores five - UPDATED

The four-star crash ratings keep on coming, with the 2015 Mazda 2 hatchback and 2015 Fiat 500X baby SUV the latest big name models to achieve less-than-stellar crash ratings from safety authority EuroNCAP. The Mazda 2 scored well for adult occupant (86 per cent), child occupant (78 per cent) and pedestrian protection (84 per cent), but its overall score was pulled down by its safety assist score of 64 per cent...


Toyota backs Camry sales to stay strong until end of local production
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Toyota backs Camry sales to stay strong until end of local production

Toyota Australia is hopeful of maintaining current levels of Camry and Aurion sales between now and the end of local production in 2017. Speaking at the line-off ceremony for the new-look, 2015 Toyota Camry at the Altona production plant in Melbourne, Toyota Australia president Dave Buttner (pictured below) said the company planned build 90,000 cars per year over the final three years of production and was hopeful of maintaining the current 30:70 domestic-to-export sales ratio...


Kahn Flying Huntsman Pickup adds aggro to Land Rover Defender ute
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Kahn Flying Huntsman Pickup adds aggro to Land Rover Defender ute

Kahn Design has revealed its latest Land Rover Defender-based vehicle, the Kahn Flying Huntsman Pickup. As with the Flying Huntsman 6x6 concept, which was revealed earlier this year by Kahn, the Flying Huntsman Pickup features a heavily modified body and structure that's still recognisably related to the Land Rover Defender ute on which its based...


2015 Toyota Camry production kicks off at Altona
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2015 Toyota Camry production kicks off at Altona

The first of the last of its kind – the 2015 Toyota Camry – has rolled down the assembly line at Toyota Australia’s Altona production plant in Melbourne today. Today’s assembly ceremony represents the beginning of the end for the Australian-made Camry and the local automotive manufacturing industry as we know it, with Toyota set to close its factory around the same time as Holden at the end of 2017...


Land Rover Discovery Sport gains new Ingenium diesel engines
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Land Rover Discovery Sport gains new Ingenium diesel engines

Just a few weeks after the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport launched in Australia, its engines have been updated - but only in Europe and South Korea, for now. The 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport models launched locally are powered by the brand's existing TD4 and SD4 turbo diesel units, but the new Ingenium engines are set to see big drops in fuel use and emissions, with varied power levels...


Volkswagen Golf with a Targa-top, anyone?
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Volkswagen Golf with a Targa-top, anyone?

The next all-new Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet is a number of years away yet, but the company is considering an additional, and rather fascinating, idea to complement it. Firstly, Volkswagen’s next properly new soft-top Golf, rather than being spun off the current Golf VII, looks set to be based on the eighth-generation Golf due in 2017/18...


Tesla website, Twitter account and email accounts hacked
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Tesla website, Twitter account and email accounts hacked

One of the world's leading technology-focused car brands, Tesla Motors, has been a victim of a hacking incident. The US electric car brand - which launched in Australia in 2014 - has launched an investigation into the hacking event, which reportedly saw someone posing as a Tesla employee gain access to the brand's phone accounts and forward calls to an unrelated number...


Renault Sport teases hot Renault Sandero RS
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Renault Sport teases hot Renault Sandero RS

Renault Sport has teased a new model on the Dacia Sandero budget hatchback. The video carries the secondary title "surprise for South America". There, and in various other markets outside of Europe, the Sandero and other Dacia products are sold under the Renault badge...


Bugatti Veyron successor rumoured to pack more than 1100kW and 1500Nm, with 500km/h speedo
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Bugatti Veyron successor rumoured to pack more than 1100kW and 1500Nm, with 500km/h speedo

The sequel to the greatest hypercar of our time, the Bugatti Veyron, is set to blow minds based on pure statistics alone. In a report from Car Magazine in the UK, an insider has all but confirmed that the Bugatti Chiron (named after 1930s Bugatti race driver Louis Chiron) will stick with the W-shape 16-cylinder quad-turbo engine, which will output more than a staggering 1100kW of power and 1500Nm of torque, and capable of propelling the French-made hypercar from 0-100km/h in 2-seconds flat...


Renault Laguna and Latitude replacement spied inside and out
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Renault Laguna and Latitude replacement spied inside and out

Our spy photographers have snagged detailed photos of the next-generation range-topping sedan from Renault, on both the inside and outside. The new sedan is said to replace both the Laguna and Latitude ranges, and will be christened with a yet-to-be-revealed new name. Launched globally way back in 2007, the Laguna was available in both hatchback and wagon body styles...


Haval to offer extensive range of personalisation options free of charge
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Haval to offer extensive range of personalisation options free of charge

The Haval H2 will become one of the most customisable cars in its class when it arrives in June, and in an unprecedented move by the fledging Chinese SUV brand, all of the personalisation options are set to be offered free of charge...


Rolls-Royce SUV could become brand's top seller in Australia, says local boss
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Rolls-Royce SUV could become brand's top seller in Australia, says local boss

Rolls-Royce believes Australia’s seemingly insatiable demand for luxury cars and SUVs could see its first-ever SUV become its top-selling model in our market. Speaking with Australian journalists at the Shanghai motor show, Rolls-Royce Asia Pacific regional director Paul Harris says Australia’s unique landscape and buying habits are perfectly suited to its forthcoming model...


Volkswagen Golf R400 confirmed for production - report
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Volkswagen Golf R400 confirmed for production - report

The red-hot Volkswagen Golf R400 has been given the green light for production. Volkswagen Group head of powertrain development Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser told UK publication Car his team is hard at work honing the most insane production hatchback in the company’s history. “We have the Golf more sporty than ever, since we soon will have the Golf R400 – we will do this car,” Neusser revealed...