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2016 Volkswagen Passat spied in Sydney ahead of Australian launch
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2016 Volkswagen Passat spied in Sydney ahead of Australian launch

The all-new 2016 Volkswagen Passat has been spied on the road in Sydney this week, just weeks out from its Australian market launch. The example shown here, spied by CarAdvice reader 'tuzii' around 20 kilometres from Volkswagen Australia headquarters, is badged as a diesel-powered 2.0TDI BlueMotion model...


BMW and Toyota to decide fate of new Z4, Supra at end of 2015 - report
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BMW and Toyota to decide fate of new Z4, Supra at end of 2015 - report

Toyota and BMW will reportedly decide at the end of the year on whether they will move a jointly developed sports car architecture through to production. A Toyota spokesperson told Reuters at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show: "By the end of the year we will approve whether or not we will make it...


Fiat 500X to target small hatches when it arrives later this year
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Fiat 500X to target small hatches when it arrives later this year

The Fiat 500X will look to drag buyers out of Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3 hatchbacks when it goes on sale in Australia later this year. Currently on track to launch in either November or December, the Fiat 500X is a compact crossover model that’s more of a natural rival for the likes of the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V, but the local brand says it doesn’t consider those cars direct competitors...


Fiat 500L won’t join 500X in Australia
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Fiat 500L won’t join 500X in Australia

The Fiat 500L mini MPV won’t follow the 500X compact crossover to Australia, Fiat Chrysler Australia (FCA) has confirmed. Initially planned to go on sale in our market by the beginning of 2015, the 500L is now on the outer, with FCA director of marketing Zac Loo revealing the local division has decided the 500X is a better fit for our market...


Holden wants OnStar for Australia, but will have to wait
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Holden wants OnStar for Australia, but will have to wait

The Holden Astra will arrive in Australia next year without OnStar, one of the car’s leading technology features available overseas, but the local division is determined to introduce it as soon as possible. The new Astra is the first vehicle from Holden’s German sister brand Opel to be offered with the OnStar connected services system from launch...


WRC Rally Australia 2015 Gallery : Up close and dusty
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WRC Rally Australia 2015 Gallery : Up close and dusty

Last weekend's 2015 Rally Australia event in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, was the 10th round of this year's World Rally Championship (WRC) and it did not disappoint. Volkswagen Motorsport continued its domination of the sport, with last year’s winner Sebastien Ogier again claiming top spot (with help from co-driver Julien Ingrassia) along with enough points to guarantee him his third consecutive WRC title with three rounds still to go...


Volkswagen, Audi admit to cheating pollution tests in the US
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Volkswagen, Audi admit to cheating pollution tests in the US

Authorities in the US have discovered that Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sold Stateside have been fitted with special software that limits dangerous emissions only during pollution testing. The United States Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has hit the German brands with an official notice of violation, stating that "four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 include software that circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants"...


Holden Astra hatch to shoot for the pointy end of the sales charts
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Holden Astra hatch to shoot for the pointy end of the sales charts

The all-new Holden Astra will shoot for the pointy end of Australia’s new vehicle sales charts when it lands in local showrooms in the second half of next year. The five-door Astra hatch returns to Holden’s line-up after a seven-year absence, during which time the outgoing model was sold under sister brand Opel for little more than a year during its failed attempt to crack the Australian market in 2012/2013...


No Renault Trafic auto imminent, though company admits mistake
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No Renault Trafic auto imminent, though company admits mistake

Not launching the Renault Trafic van with the option of an automatic gearbox might in hindsight have been a mistake, admits the company’s executive vice president Jerome Stoll this week. Nevertheless, don’t expect a rapid about-face, with the company’s head of light commercials (LCV) Ashwani Gupta saying the company had “no visibility’ on the project materialising any time soon...


Holden engineers involved in new Astra development from the beginning
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Holden engineers involved in new Astra development from the beginning

Holden believes its high level of involvement in the development of the all-new Astra hatch will ensure it’s perfectly suited to our country’s unique preferences and conditions when it arrives here in the second half of next year...


Alpine could offer three models, return Renault Group to US
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Alpine could offer three models, return Renault Group to US

Renault’s Alpine sports car sub-brand could eventually offer a range of models, including an SUV, and spearhead the Renault Group’s return to the US market. A decision on the make-up of the revamped standalone brand will be decided in early 2016...


Apple meets with California to discuss self-driving car regulations - report
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Apple meets with California to discuss self-driving car regulations - report

Apple has reportedly met with Californian regulators to discuss upcoming regulations that will govern the more widespread deployment of autonomous vehicles on that state's roads. Documents seen by The Guardian show that a senior legal representative from Apple met with officials from California's department of motor vehicles (DMV)...


Renault Sport SUV still on cards as growth targets loom
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Renault Sport SUV still on cards as growth targets loom

Renault Sport will seek to double its sales over the next few years, and while much of this is expected to come from the next-generation (five-door-only Megane RS), it looks like also necessitating the addition of a whole new RS derivative. The French brand’s in-house performance arm makes the Clio RS and track-honed Megane RS, and also fettles ‘lesser’ Renault GT and GT-Line models...


Tesla Model X to get two-year head start on Audi e-tron electric SUV
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Tesla Model X to get two-year head start on Audi e-tron electric SUV

Tesla has built a buzz in the automotive industry, with several manufacturers now readying models to compete with the American upstart's full-electric sedans and SUVs. One of those manufacturers, Audi, has revealed it will introduce an electric SUV - but it won't launch until 2018, lagging considerably behind the soon to be launched Tesla Model X...


Mazda MPS performance renaissance on cards
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Mazda MPS performance renaissance on cards

The Mazda 3 MPS will return, but not for quite a while yet. On the plus side, the Japanese company could be aiming for hotted-up performance versions of multiple models such as the Mazda 6 and forthcoming CX-4 as well. The drivetrain of choice for bigger versions, as we understand it, could be a turbocharged version of the current 2...