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Volvo insists Polestar will remain 'dynamic and independent' despite buy-out
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Volvo insists Polestar will remain 'dynamic and independent' despite buy-out

Volvo Cars performance brand Polestar will remain "dynamic and independent", according to the president and chief executive of Volvo Cars, Håkan Samuelsson. Polestar was previously run as a separate tuning house for Volvo Cars, but the greater Swedish company (which is itself owned by Chinese company Geely) bought 100 per cent of Polestar in July this year...


No early closure for Ford Australia manufacturing plants
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No early closure for Ford Australia manufacturing plants

Ford Australia today confirmed the exact closing date of its Victorian assembly line and engine plant — October 7, 2016. This timing confirms Ford will go the distance and honour the commitment it made in May 2013, when it announced its intention to close its local car-making operations in the first place...


Abarth 695 Biposto launches in Australia
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Abarth 695 Biposto launches in Australia

The brutal little Abarth 695 Biposto has touched down in Australia, becoming the first production car in the country that can be equipped with a race-spec dog-ring gearbox. Billed as “the world’s smallest supercar”, the 695 Biposto is effectively a road-going version of the Asseto Corse racecar, and is the fastest street-legal Abarth ever produced...


2016 HiLux will get over 60 Toyota Genuine accessories: Industry pack featured, export planned
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2016 HiLux will get over 60 Toyota Genuine accessories: Industry pack featured, export planned

The new 2016 Toyota HiLux will be offered with the biggest-ever range of Toyota Genuine accessories when it launches in Australia next month, including a special industry pack aimed at mining and construction buyers...


Toyota patents stackable wings for a flying car
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Toyota patents stackable wings for a flying car

Toyota has filed a patent application with the US government for a set of stackable wings that can be used on flying cars. According to Car and Driver, in the application that was filed back in March 2014, but only just published by the US Patent and Trademark Office, Toyota and two US inventors submitted designs and specifications for a "stackable wing for an aerocar"...


2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class to see increase in standard equipment
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2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class to see increase in standard equipment

The revised 2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class range will see a boost to its standard equipment list when the updated model launches in January next year. Mercedes-Benz Australia is promising that any change in pricing "will not be significant", although the brand will add plenty of kit to its smallest model offering in the local market for its competitor to the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series, and Lexus CT200h...


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia outlines improved customer care plans
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia outlines improved customer care plans

The local arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has detailed new plans to improve the way it handles enquiries and complaints across its stable of brands. The announcement follows reports that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) had earlier this year launched an investigation into the company’s customer care strategy...


2016 Peugeot 508 GT gets new drive-away prices, new 2.0-litre engine
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2016 Peugeot 508 GT gets new drive-away prices, new 2.0-litre engine

A refreshed 2016 Peugeot 508 GT range is now on sale in Australia, picking up a smaller new engine and reduced drive-away prices. As confirmed early last month, this latest change to the recently facelifted range brings a switch to Peugeot’s smaller and more efficient 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine, down in size from the outgoing model’s 2...


Ford GT to deliver 470kW, 731Nm… according to Forza Motorsport 6 game
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Ford GT to deliver 470kW, 731Nm… according to Forza Motorsport 6 game

The twin-turbo 3.5 litre V6 engine of Ford’s new GT supercar will deliver 470kW (630hp) and 731Nm (539lb-ft) of torque, if the new racing simulator Forza Motorsport 6 is to be believed. Many details for the new supercar have already been revealed, but Ford has so far remained quiet on exact power figures...


Mahindra TUV300 is a "true blue SUV", but not for Australia
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Mahindra TUV300 is a "true blue SUV", but not for Australia

Indian manufacturer Mahindra has launched what it describes as a “true blue SUV”, the Mahindra TUV300. While not quite the subject of a long-lost verse from John Williamson’s famous Aussie anthem, the car maker says the design of the TUV300 is “inspired by a battle tank”, giving the compact SUV a “tough, bold and stylish character”...


Honda Civic Tourer Active Life concept unveiled
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Honda Civic Tourer Active Life concept unveiled

The Honda Civic Tourer Active Life concept has been revealed ahead of its public debut at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show. Aimed at people who still harbour dreams of winning the Tour de France, the Active Life concept transforms the Europe-only Honda Civic wagon into a support vehicle for avid cyclists...


Nissan Leaf gains new battery with 27 percent more range - UPDATE
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Nissan Leaf gains new battery with 27 percent more range - UPDATE

The Nissan Leaf will be available, at least overseas, with a new battery pack that offers an increased driving range. The new 30kWh battery pack is now available as a standard fit feature on mid- and top-spec Leaf models in the US and is said to provide the electric hatchback with a range of 172 kilometres on a full charge...


Toyota Rukus axed from Australian line-up
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Toyota Rukus axed from Australian line-up

The Toyota Rukus has been axed from the local line-up on the back of dwindling demand for the boxy small car. Toyota Australia product public relations manager Steve Coughlan confirmed the decision had been made “in line with customer demand … to cease Australian production of the model next month”...


Suzuki Vitara pricing and specifications
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Suzuki Vitara pricing and specifications

The Suzuki Vitara returns this week to the booming small SUV segment it helped create way back in 1988, armed with interesting design and some very sharp pricing. The reborn Suzuki Vitara serves as a companion model to the S-Cross crossover, and shares that car’s architecture and mechanicals...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport goes official to celebrate 40th anniversary - UPDATE
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport goes official to celebrate 40th anniversary - UPDATE

When Volkswagen revealed its extra-hot Golf GTI Clubsport in May and called it a concept, fans might have expected a few changes before any leap to production. Not so, it turns out. Today, the German carmaker has revealed the final showroom version of that so-called ‘concept’, and you’d be hard pressed to spot the difference...