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June 2015 car sales: Winners and losers
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June 2015 car sales: Winners and losers

The annual June rush is over, new vehicle sales for the month were the highest on record and perhaps, just as interestingly, the top-selling new car was one very few of us would have expected… According to June 2015 VFACTS industry statistics, 125,850 new cars, SUVs and commercials were registered. That's a 6...


Subaru Levorg Australian Launch Confirmed - OFFICIAL
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Subaru Levorg Australian Launch Confirmed - OFFICIAL

Fans of Subaru’s fourth-generation Liberty GT wagon, “starved” of a logical replacement in recent generations, have had their prayers answered today. Subaru Australia has responded to reports of an Australian debut for the new Levorg wagon by putting all speculation to rest: it’s coming next year...


Renault Talisman previews continue, Australian launch unlikely - UPDATED
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Renault Talisman previews continue, Australian launch unlikely - UPDATED

If you’re all about the finer details in all things, this latest teaser for Renault’s new Talisman sedan is for you. The single image above is all that Renault is offering today, but it follows a short and equally vague video clip released earlier this week, teasing a few details of its own...


2016 Fiat 500’s inside sneaks out
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2016 Fiat 500’s inside sneaks out

Fiat’s updated city car, the compact 500, has been spied once more this week, just hours before its July 4 unveiling. Earlier snaps of lightly camouflaged prototypes confirmed that we can expect a handful of small exterior tweaks to the 2016 500, but its interior had, until now, been more heavily disguised...


Toyota HiLux TRD Prototype revealed: new Wildtrak rival debuts in Thailand - UPDATE
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Toyota HiLux TRD Prototype revealed: new Wildtrak rival debuts in Thailand - UPDATE

Toyota’s got a special TRD-prepped HiLux on show at this week’s Bangkok International Auto Salon in Thailand, hinting at a sporty new flagship for the top-selling pickup range. But, before you get your supercharged Speedos in a Siberian hitch, you need to know: this is not a direct successor to the powered-up TRD HiLux developed right here in Australia for a limited run back in 2008...


Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant - reports
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Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant - reports

An outsider contractor working at a Volkswagen factory in Germany has been crushed to death by a robot. Heiko Hillwig, a Volkswagen spokesman, confirmed to the Associated Press that a team including the 22-year old man were involved in setting up a stationary robot at the company's factory in Baunatal, Germany, around 100km north of Frankfurt...


Honda CR-V gets small price cut to help flagging sales
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Honda CR-V gets small price cut to help flagging sales

The mid-range Honda CR-V VTi-S has today received a $1000 price cut, with the aim of stimulating sales in the “highly competitive” medium SUV segment. The company's move to cut the price of the Honda CR-V VTi-S two-wheel-drive to $32,290 plus on-road costs, and the VTi-S 4WD to $35,290, aligns it better to the top-selling Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport ($32,790 and $35,790 in 2WD and 4WD guise respectively)...


Holden Commodore LPG to be axed
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Holden Commodore LPG to be axed

Holden will discontinue the LPG Commodore in the coming months due to a decline in interest and unviable ongoing production costs, according to a reliable industry source. The announcement, which is yet to be made public, comes ahead of the locally manufactured Commodore's end in Australia in 2017, and is likely to take effect when an updated Commodore range is released closer to the end of the year...


Subaru Levorg firming for Australia
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Subaru Levorg firming for Australia

Fans of sporty wagons holding out for official word on Subaru’s Levorg may not have much longer to wait, if talk within the brand’s dealer network is any indication. The Levorg made its first appearance in late 2013, debuting as an Impreza-based wagon that would enter the Japanese market as something of a spiritual successor to earlier, smaller Liberty wagons...


Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid exits US market, Australian model continues - UPDATE
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Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid exits US market, Australian model continues - UPDATE

Nissan’s petrol-electric Pathfinder Hybrid is no longer available in the United States and, according to new reports this week, it won’t be returning. The big American-built supercharged hybrid model joined the Australian Pathfinder line-up late last year, entering the range as a stand-in for the usual diesel option...


More brands passing new Luxury Car Tax savings on to buyers
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More brands passing new Luxury Car Tax savings on to buyers

Buyers shopping at the premium end of the new car market will hang onto a little extra pocket money from this week, with BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus and Porsche all moving to pass new savings onto customers. Away from the prestige marques, overall market leader Toyota has announced that it too will treat its customers to the same benefits, available on a number of its large family cars...


Ford EcoSport tweaked for Europe, Australian launch unclear
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Ford EcoSport tweaked for Europe, Australian launch unclear

   The “significantly enhanced” 2016 Ford EcoSport has launched in Europe, sporting an array of tweaks that should help it better compete with small SUV class leaders. The re-jigged, Indian-made Fiesta-based Ford EcoSport crossover gets styling tweaks including the optional deletion of the old-school tailgate-mounted spare wheel in favour of a tyre repair kit...


Mazda MX-5 program manager says "no chance" to turbocharging, yes to hardtop
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Mazda MX-5 program manager says "no chance" to turbocharging, yes to hardtop

Despite Mazda’s weight-reducing, ‘back to basics’ approach with the latest iteration of the MX-5 roadster, Nobuhiro Yamamoto, program manager for the all-new Mazda MX-5, told CarAdvice in an exclusive interview at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed that a folding metal hardtop will be offered, though stopping short on specific timing...


Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen not facing the scrapheap despite ever-tightening regulations
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Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen not facing the scrapheap despite ever-tightening regulations

How much longer can the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen exist in a world that is facing ever-tightening regulations for safety and emissions? Forever, perhaps… CarAdvice spoke with Mercedes-Benz’s vice-president of product for SUVs and sports cars, Wolf-Dieter Kurz, at the recent launch of the new GLE SUV and GLE Coupe, and he suggested the big hardcore off-roader will be sold until there’s no-one left who is willing to buy it...


Volkswagen Polo GTI upgraded with adjustable suspension, Sport mode - UPDATE
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Volkswagen Polo GTI upgraded with adjustable suspension, Sport mode - UPDATE

The standard features list on the 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI has been given a significant boost this week as part of an MY16 update, just shy of three months on from the local launch of the newly updated model. Just as market demand moved the company to reintroduce a manual transmission into the Volkswagen Polo GTI as part of April's mid-life facelift, those prayers have been answered once again...