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Gordon Murray, Osamu Goto, Shell collaborate on Project M city car concept
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Gordon Murray, Osamu Goto, Shell collaborate on Project M city car concept

Car designer Gordon Murray, motor engineer Osamu Goto and Shell will collaborate on a city car concept dubbed Project M. In an interview with Autocar, Murray, designer of the McLaren F1, says that the Project M vehicle will push the "boundaries of light weighting, combustion, aerodynamics and low friction"...


Hyundai i30 Turbo ruled out for Australia   
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Hyundai i30 Turbo ruled out for Australia  

There will be no Hyundai i30 Turbo sold in Australia. The newly developed Hyundai i30 Turbo debuted at the 2015 Geneva motor show with a punchy 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine producing 137kW/265Nm and six-speed manual transmission. Such a model would have given Hyundai Australia a more sporting option than the current SR variant, which is powered by a 2...


2015 Hyundai i30 Series II pricing and specifications
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2015 Hyundai i30 Series II pricing and specifications

The new-look 2015 Hyundai i30 Series II brings a major range restructure that will likely make the South Korean brand’s small hatchback more enticing to new car buyers. The Hyundai i30 line-up now kicks off with the Active base model, while a new Active X variant builds upon that specification with some extra niceties, and is tipped to take the majority of sales - 50 per cent, by Hyundai's estimates...


Skoda seven-seat SUV here in early 2017
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Skoda seven-seat SUV here in early 2017

Skoda’s forthcoming seven-seat SUV is about two years away from local showrooms, according to the Czech brand’s Australian boss, who is determined to launch it here “as soon as we possibly can”. Following confirmation from Skoda’s global chairman, Winfried Vahland, at last month’s Geneva motor show that the new SUV was headed our way, Skoda Australia director Michael Irmer recently revealed that it would reach our shores only “a couple of months” after its launches in Europe...


Nissan Lannia sedan designed for China's youth
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Nissan Lannia sedan designed for China's youth

The Nissan Lannia will become the Japanese company’s first vehicle designed specifically for the youth of China when it debuts at the Shanghai motor show later this month. The mid-sized Lannia sedan is the evolution of Nissan’s Friend-Me and Lannia concepts from 2013 and 2014 respectively...


Two new high-performance Alfa Romeo engines to be built in Italy
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Two new high-performance Alfa Romeo engines to be built in Italy

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Termoli plant in Italy will produce two new high-performance engines that will spearhead Alfa Romeo’s global resurgence plans. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed the Termoli plant would be responsible for building both an “advanced, high-output four-cylinder engine" and a “Ferrari-derived six-cylinder engine”...


Zotye E01: Chinese EV fuses four cars into one
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Zotye E01: Chinese EV fuses four cars into one

China’s Zotye E01 looks set to take knock-off car design to a new level later this month when it debuts at the Shanghai motor show. A number of Chinese car makers have earned notoriety in recent years for releasing concept and production vehicles heavily inspired by existing models from established manufacturers, but Zhejiang-based Zotye Auto may be the first to fuse four cars into one...


2015 JMC Vigus pricing and specifications : Chinese ute from $23,990 driveaway
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2015 JMC Vigus pricing and specifications : Chinese ute from $23,990 driveaway

Newly arrived Chinese brand Jiangling Motors Co. (JMC) has released full pricing and specification details for its Vigus dual-cab pick-up for the Australian market. The JMC Vigus – sold by local distributor Jiangxi Jiangling Motors Import and Export Co. (JMIE) – is priced from $23,990 driveaway and is available with petrol and diesel engines, rear-drive and 4x4 layouts, and in two specifications levels...


Fisker cancels Thunderbolt production plans, Aston Martin drops lawsuit
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Fisker cancels Thunderbolt production plans, Aston Martin drops lawsuit

Aston Martin has dropped all legal action against its former design director, Henrik Fisker, regarding his Thunderbolt concept, with the latter cancelling any production plans for the car. If you like the look of the Fisker-designed, Vanquish-based Thunderbolt keep staring, because this is probably the closest you'll ever come to owning one, now that all production plans are off the table...


Canada sells its GM shares, Government Motors tag no longer true
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Canada sells its GM shares, Government Motors tag no longer true

Canada has sold its last remaining shares in General Motors, ending a period of government investment in the American automaker. The move was announced earlier this week, as the federal government sold 73.4 million shares in GM to Goldman Sachs. The Canadian government's block of shares represent around 4.6 percent of GM's outstanding stock...


Tesla Model S 70D: New entry-level model detailed
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Tesla Model S 70D: New entry-level model detailed

Tesla has announced the introduction of a new entry-level variant for its luxury sedan range, the Tesla Model S 70D. The news might not be quite on the scale of Tesla's non-automotive announcement, which is scheduled for May 1, but the new Model S 70D may well turn out to be the more important piece of info...


Citroen Aircross concept unveiled
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Citroen Aircross concept unveiled

The Citroen Aircross concept has been unveiled, days after an undisguised image of it leaked out thanks to a French motoring magazine. Details about the Aircross's plug-in hybrid drivetrain and likelihood for production are being held back, possibly until the car's public unveiling later this month...


2015 Ford Mondeo pricing and specifications
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2015 Ford Mondeo pricing and specifications

The long-awaited 2015 Ford Mondeo has been launched at last, and its maker is confident of making a serious splash in a relatively static segment. Launched to media this week but due in showrooms from the start of May, the new mid-sized Mondeo arrives some time after it premiered in the US as the Fusion, though only four months after going on sale in the UK...


Online bookmaker backs 2015 sales jump, Corolla to beat Mazda 3
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Online bookmaker backs 2015 sales jump, Corolla to beat Mazda 3

On the back of yesterday’s announcement that a record number of new vehicles were sold across the country in March, online bookmaker Sportsbet is backing this year’s sales tally to surpass that of 2014. Sportsbet has 2015 at $1.35 to register more new vehicle sales than 2014. Official VFACTS data shows that Australians purchased 277,594 new vehicles in the first three months of 2015, up 4...


2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK gets new engines and transmissions
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2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK gets new engines and transmissions

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK has been unveiled with new engines and transmissions at the bottom end of the range. The entry-level SLK200 trades its turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine for a larger 2.0-litre turbo. Its peak power output is unchanged at 135kW, though torque climbs 30Nm to 300Nm. The same 2...