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‘Sports’ car sales plummet in October
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‘Sports’ car sales plummet in October

Sales of dedicated sports cars fell off a cliff last month, with industry database VFACTS recording a 23.6 per cent drop over the same month in 2014. This statistic is a significant outlier, given sports car sales as a whole are down by a comparatively modest 3.8 per cent for the year so far. Naturally, the concept of a ‘sports car’ is a slippery one...


Volkswagen denies first sales decline of 2015 linked to 'dieselgate' stigma
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Volkswagen denies first sales decline of 2015 linked to 'dieselgate' stigma

Volkswagen Australia says it doesn’t believe negative stigma about the company relating to the ongoing ‘dieselgate’ saga is to blame for the brand’s first negative sales result of the year. Volkswagen sales were down 6.0 per cent last month compared with October 2014 to 4480 units...


Audi A4, Honda HR-V earn five-star Euro NCAP safety ratings, Volkswagen Caddy gets four
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Audi A4, Honda HR-V earn five-star Euro NCAP safety ratings, Volkswagen Caddy gets four

Euro NCAP has awarded the new Audi A4 and the Honda HR-V and Jazz the maximum five-star safety rating, while the new Volkswagen Caddy has managed four stars. The Audi A4 scored highly across all four criteria, achieving 90 per cent for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupant protection, and 75 per cent for both pedestrian protection and safety assist...


2017 BMW 5 Series GT spy photos
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2017 BMW 5 Series GT spy photos

The second-generation BMW 5 Series GT has been spotted by our spy photography team in Europe. It's understood that the new 5 Series GT will utilise the new Carbon Core platform launched with the new 7 Series, and which will also likely be found underneath the next-generation 5 Series that's currently in development...


Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio delayed until mid-2016 in Europe - report
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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio delayed until mid-2016 in Europe - report

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio will be delayed by six months, with the performance sedan now reportedly not due in European showrooms until the middle of 2016. Supplier sources have told Automotive News Europe that engineers at Alfa Romeo are currently hard at work refining the car's ride, as well as its safety features...


Origami Nissan Juke celebrates car's fifth birthday
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Origami Nissan Juke celebrates car's fifth birthday

The automaker's UK arm has created an origami-inspired Nissan Juke to celebrate the small SUV's fifth birthday. Nissan UK commissioned paper artist Owen Gildersleeve to build a full-size replica of its UK-made crossover, matching the Juke's dimensions and details one-to-one...


2016 Mazda CX-9 previewed ahead of LA auto show debut
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2016 Mazda CX-9 previewed ahead of LA auto show debut

A teaser sketch for the 2016 Mazda CX-9 has been handed down today, ahead of the all-new SUV’s unveiling at the Los Angeles auto show on November 20. There are few surprises to be found in this first preview, with the revealing artwork hinting at a design that builds on Mazda’s existing Kodo styling language...


Tesla Autopilot update coming to curb “crazy” behaviour
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Tesla Autopilot update coming to curb “crazy” behaviour

If you’ve spent any time on YouTube since electric car maker Tesla introduced its new semi-autonomous Autopilot feature to the Model S sedan last month, you might be able to guess where this is going. Offering a level of self-driving technology that allows for limited hands-free driving without - so the theory goes - risk of an accident, the debut of Autopilot has predictably led some to test its full capabilities, beyond Tesla’s prescribed usage...


Autonomous Volvo XC90 rolls into Adelaide for Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative
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Autonomous Volvo XC90 rolls into Adelaide for Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative

An experimental, advanced self-driving version of the new 2015 Volvo XC90 has debuted in Adelaide today, ahead of this weekend's Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) tests. Announced earlier this year, the ADVI will be the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere, billed by the South Australian government as a landmark event that invites interest from an industry projected to be worth $90 billion annually within the next 15 years...


Chevrolet Camaro, Nova restomods debut new crate engines at SEMA 2015
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Chevrolet Camaro, Nova restomods debut new crate engines at SEMA 2015

Two restomods, a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS and a 1967 Chevrolet Nova, have been unveiled by GM at 2015 SEMA to show off its new crate engines. The restored 1970 Camaro RS (above and below) has been given the LT4 crate engine. The 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine is also used to power the Corvette Z06, and develops 485kW of power and 881Nm of torque...


Hyundai confirms Genesis luxury brand split: SUVs, medium sedan, coupe on the cards
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Hyundai confirms Genesis luxury brand split: SUVs, medium sedan, coupe on the cards

Genesis brand to go it alone from December, global launch confirmed Six Genesis models by 2020: two SUVs, three sedans, one coupe ‘G’ model names confirmed: G90, G80, G70 and more Former VW designer Luc Donckerwolke stepping up in 2016 Hyundai’s Genesis badge is mature enough to seek a little independence, the Korean carmaker has confirmed today, revealing that the upmarket brand will soon go it alone...


2016 Subaru Impreza sedan spy photos: Sleek Tokyo concept transformed
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2016 Subaru Impreza sedan spy photos: Sleek Tokyo concept transformed

The all-new 2016 Subaru Impreza, only recently previewed as a sleek hatch concept at the Tokyo motor show, has been spied testing in sedan form this week. That recent concept hasn’t been our only preview of Subaru’s new small car, however, with earlier spy photos revealing a few clues of the hatch model’s final shape...


Honda R&D behind-the-scenes experience: Testing the brand's future powertrains and tech
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Honda R&D behind-the-scenes experience: Testing the brand's future powertrains and tech

Tim travels to Honda's R&D headquarters in Japan to sample some of the powertrains and technology headed to showrooms in the coming years.


2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS revealed: Big GL gets new name, new look
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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS revealed: Big GL gets new name, new look

The refreshed seven-seat 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS has been revealed today, ahead of an Australian debut set for early next year. As expected, today’s unveiling sees the big and familiar GL follow in the footsteps of its smaller stablemates, taking on a new name that better reflects its position in the carmaker’s SUV line-up...


Volkswagen believes 800,000 cars have "irregularities in CO2 levels"
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Volkswagen believes 800,000 cars have "irregularities in CO2 levels"

Overnight, Volkswagen headquarters issued a statement saying that "during the course of internal investigations irregularities were found when determining type approval CO2 levels" and that "based on present knowledge around 800,000 vehicles from the Volkswagen Group could be affected". The company has yet to detail which engines are covered by this latest discovery of "irregularities"...