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2015 Subaru Forester pricing and specifications
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2015 Subaru Forester pricing and specifications

The introduction of a long-awaited diesel CVT drivetrain headlines the changes to the 2015 Subaru Forester range, which goes on sale across Australia today. The Forester diesel CVT is available in two specification levels: the 2.0D-L at $35,490 plus on-road costs, and the 2.0D-S at $42,490. Subaru Australia has cut the price of other variants in the 2015 Forester range by between $1500 and $3500...


Tesla CEO Elon Musk promises to "end range anxiety" with Model S software update
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk promises to "end range anxiety" with Model S software update

Tesla CEO Elon Musk boldly claims he is “about to end range anxiety” with the announcement of an over-the-air software update for the Model S range planned for early Friday morning Australian time. Musk tweeted that the “entire Model S fleet” would benefit from the update, which seems likely to boost the battery range of the pioneering pure-electric luxury sports sedan...


Porsche to add new model line by 2020
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Porsche to add new model line by 2020

German sports car manufacturer Porsche looks set to add a seventh full-scale model line by the end of the decade in a bid to meet increasing demand for its high-performance cars and SUVs. Speaking late last week at the company’s annual press conference, Porsche CEO Mattias Mueller told the audience that “in the not too distant future, we will present a seventh model line” that would join the current production line-up by 2020...


Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat orders frozen until production catches up
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Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat orders frozen until production catches up

Unprecedented demand for the hugely powerful Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat versions has put production levels well behind the order book. With more than 9000 orders taken for the 707hp American muscle cars, and only 2200 actually delivered, Dodge has decided to suspend any further orders until supply catches up...


Australia’s new car market undergoing its own French revolution
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Australia’s new car market undergoing its own French revolution

French car-makers are making more headway with Australian car buyers this year, based on sales statistics from the first two months of the year. Each of the three French brands selling their wares on the local market — Citroen, Peugeot and Renault — have exhibited significant volume growth year-on-year in 2015, many multiples higher than the total market growth of two per cent...


BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid revealed
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BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid revealed

The BMW X5 xDrive40e formally revealed today is the Bavarian company’s first plug-in hybrid model from its “core brand” — those not part of its ‘i’ family. It joins a growing movement in PHEV technology from luxury brands, with rivals to include the diesel-electric Audi Q7 e-tron and forthcoming Mercedes-Benz GLE (nee ML-Class) PHEV...


Honda Civic to adopt turbo engines for non-performance models - report
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Honda Civic to adopt turbo engines for non-performance models - report

The Honda Civic, at least in the US, will soon feature a turbocharged engine as standard on the base model. Honda's head of research and development, Yoshiharu Yamamoto, told Automotive News that "downsized turbocharging will be the base, even for the Civic". Yamamoto's comments are believed to relate specifically to the American market...


Aston Martin Vanquish redesigned by Henrik Fisker as the Thunderbolt
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Aston Martin Vanquish redesigned by Henrik Fisker as the Thunderbolt

Automotive designer Henrik Fisker has refashioned the Aston Martin Vanquish into the Thunderbolt for the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. The one-off Thunderbolt has a reworked exterior that's been crafted from hand-laid carbonfibre. Up front the car features new headlights, a refashioned bumper with an eye-catching aluminium grille, a bonnet with a power dome, and triangular air intakes...


Mini John Cooper Works Cabrio : Red hot drop-top spied in the snow
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Mini John Cooper Works Cabrio : Red hot drop-top spied in the snow

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped a red-hot Mini JCW Cabrio prototype testing in the snow in Germany. The spy images show the John Cooper Works Cabrio test car with only light camouflage on its bonnet and the top of its windscreen, while the squiggly black and yellow plastic wrap does a slightly better job of disguising its rear quarter panels, tail-lights and tailgate...


Volkswagen planning to kill off slow selling models including the Beetle
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Volkswagen planning to kill off slow selling models including the Beetle

In its bid to rein in costs and increase profitability, Volkswagen is exploring several options including killing off the iconic Beetle nameplate. Sales of the second generation of the new Bug, introduced in 2012, have been disappointing over the last few years, particularly after the international hype that surrounded the car’s launch in 1997...


Chevrolet Corvette chief engineer denies switch to mid-engine layout
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Chevrolet Corvette chief engineer denies switch to mid-engine layout

The chief engineer of the Chevrolet Corvette has gone on the record to deny rumours about a switch to a mid-engine layout for the next-generation car. Tadge Juechter, chief engineer for the Chevrolet Corvette, was this week's special guest on the Autoline After Hours online TV show...


2015 Mazda MX-5 weighs under a tonne, will be lighter than some first-gen models - report
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2015 Mazda MX-5 weighs under a tonne, will be lighter than some first-gen models - report

If a report out of the US is correct, the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 is not only lighter than the outgoing model, but will also be less hefty than later versions of the first-generation convertible. According to Car and Driver, Mazda's official weight for the "ND" MX-5 is 998kg for the 96kW/150Nm 1.5-litre direct-injection four-cylinder model, and 1058kg for the 116kW/200Nm 2...


Brands that have dropped the most sales in 2015
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Brands that have dropped the most sales in 2015

Yesterday we discussed those brands that have experienced above-average sales growth so far during 2015. Now it’s time to explore the other end of that spectrum. In a market as competitive as Australia that is only growing at a mild rate (up 2 per cent this year after a flat 2014), any car maker that grows its sales invariably poaches them from someone else...


2016 Tesla Model X to cost about the same as a BMW X5 in Australia
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2016 Tesla Model X to cost about the same as a BMW X5 in Australia

The Tesla Model X is on track to arrive in Australia during 2016 priced broadly in line with the BMW X5, and close to the existing 5 Series-rivalling Model S sedan. Tesla’s eagerly awaited second model line is to begin production in the US around September this year, and marks the next big step in Tesla’s bold growth plans, which encompass volume increases of more than 50 per cent for several consecutive years...


Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R laps Albert Park F1 circuit in 2min23sec
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Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R laps Albert Park F1 circuit in 2min23sec

The multi-circuit record holding Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R has lapped Melbourne’s Albert Park Formula One circuit in 2:23.64 to become the first car of its kind to set a lap record of the Grand Prix track. Hustling the track-focused street-legal two-seat Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R around the 5...