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2015 Hyundai i40 pricing and specifications
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2015 Hyundai i40 pricing and specifications

The Hyundai i40 sedan and wagon range has this week received its first significant update since it arrived here in October 2011. One part of Hyundai’s mid-sized passenger car arsenal alongside the Sonata, the $32,490 — $43,990 (plus on-road costs) i40 line-up has been simplified through the removal of 50 per cent of the variants available, and is more affordably priced than before by between $1500 and $3600...


2015 Audi Q3 pricing and specifications
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2015 Audi Q3 pricing and specifications

The 2015 Audi Q3 has arrived in Australia with new and revised engines, subtle styling changes, more equipment and a simplified range structure. Audi’s updated compact SUV line-up features two equipment levels, the base Q3 and the high-grade Q3 Sport, each of which is available with four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engine options...


2015 Mitsubishi ASX updated with revised styling, new technology
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2015 Mitsubishi ASX updated with revised styling, new technology

The 2015 Mitsubishi ASX gets a number of styling changes and the addition of some new technology. Mitsubishi's popular ASX SUV this week received yet another revamp including 18-inch alloy wheels, black wheel arch surrounds and a chrome tailgate finisher...


2016 Mitsubishi Challenger revealed in patent images
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2016 Mitsubishi Challenger revealed in patent images

A number of patent images of what appears to be the new-generation 2016 Mitsubishi Challenger have surfaced online. The all-new Challenger - which is based upon the underpinnings of the popular Triton ute - is a different looking beast to its workhorse sibling, and includes the Japanese brand's new "dynamic shield" design language...


The safest SUV in Australia: 2015 Kia Sorento
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The safest SUV in Australia: 2015 Kia Sorento

The 2015 Kia Sorento this week scored the fifth-highest safety crash test score in ANCAP history with a mark of 36.62 out of a possible 37, making it the safest SUV in Australia. This puts the Kia Sorento at a safety rating above any model from the Japanese brands and even the likes of Audi. Only the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Volvo V40 and Hyundai Genesis have scored higher...


2016 Chevrolet Cruze front-end teased
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2016 Chevrolet Cruze front-end teased

Ahead of its debut later this month, the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze for the North American market has been teased via this half-shot of its front-end. The latest-generation Cruze debuted in 2014 at the Shanghai auto show, before going on sale in China earlier this year. As hinted at by GM's top brass, the Cruze that will be made and sold in North America differs stylistically from Chinese market model (below)...


Aston Martin Vanquish One of Seven features smooth-finish exposed carbonfibre body
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Aston Martin Vanquish One of Seven features smooth-finish exposed carbonfibre body

The Q division of the British luxury sports car maker, which specialises in bespoke models, has conjured up the very limited edition Aston Martin Vanquish One of Seven. This small run model was initially commissioned by Markus Storck, founder of bicycle maker Storck Bikes and avid car collector...


TVR to develop new car with Gordon Murray, Cosworth
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TVR to develop new car with Gordon Murray, Cosworth

British specialty automaker TVR has announced that it will be designing and engineering a new sports car in collaboration with Gordon Murray Design and Cosworth. TVR has publicly confirmed that it is working on an all-new coupe and convertible, with design and engineering being done in partnership with Gordon Murray, designer of the McLaren F1, and Cosworth...


Volkswagen Golf TSI BlueMotion becomes most efficient petrol version ever
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Volkswagen Golf TSI BlueMotion becomes most efficient petrol version ever

The Volkswagen Golf TSI BlueMotion has become the most efficient petrol-powered version of the German brand's iconic small car ever. The new Volkswagen Golf TSI BlueMotion uses a tiny 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol TSI engine producing 85kW and 200Nm - which the brand claims is more grunt than the original Golf GTI model...


Smart Fortwo steering recall affects more than 20 per cent of 2014 sales total
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Smart Fortwo steering recall affects more than 20 per cent of 2014 sales total

More than 20 per cent of all Smart Fortwo models sold in 2014 have been recalled for a fault related to the micro cars' steering rack. Affecting a total of 26 MR 451 Smart Fortwos – 24.0 per cent of the 108 sold in 2014 – the recall relates to the steering rack bolts in cars built between January and August 2014...


New Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee and other models delayed
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New Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee and other models delayed

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is delaying the all-new or redesigned versions of some of its most iconic vehicles, such as the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee as the company moves to shift its resources elsewhere. Sources have informed Reuters that the Italian-American car maker is delaying work on some of its North American-made models as it concentrates on its upcoming relaunch of Alfa Romeo, which is set to get a brand new range of rear-wheel drive vehicles...


Small car sales plummet in May
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Small car sales plummet in May

Sales in the most popular part of Australia’s new car market — small cars under $40,000 — plummeted in May as the segment wore attacks from multiple fronts. Sub-$40K small car registrations in May were recorded by VFACTS as 16,043 units, which represents a 17.1 per cent drop on May 2014. The overall market share of all small cars declined last month from 22...


2015 BMW 1 Series pricing and specifications
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2015 BMW 1 Series pricing and specifications

Fresh styling, added equipment and sharper prices headline the upgrades to the 2015 BMW 1 Series that arrives in Australian showrooms next week. BMW Australia today confirmed price cuts of up to $2700 for its updated 1 Series hatchback, as well as a $2030 reduction for the flagship M135i hot hatch, which now tops the range at $62,900 plus on-road costs...


May 2015 car sales: Winners and losers
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May 2015 car sales: Winners and losers

New vehicles sales in Australia dipped 1.3 per cent in May compared with the same month last year, though the total market remains in positive territory year-to-date (YTD). Total registrations were 93,327 units, the lowest May tally since 2011. The negative figure also ends three months of growth in 2015, reflected by the fact that the market is up 2...


2016 BMW X1 revealed
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2016 BMW X1 revealed

The covers are off the 2016 BMW X1 – the German brand’s second-generation compact SUV that’s new from the ground up and mechanically overhauled from the 2009 original. The new X1 becomes the BMW Group’s third model based on its new front-/all-wheel-drive and transverse engine-aligned UKL architecture, following the third-gen Mini Cooper city car and the 2 Series Active Tourer MPV, and replacing the rear-/all-wheel-drive and longitudinal layout of the first-gen model...