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Google recruits former Hyundai boss for self-driving project, but swears off manufacturing
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Google recruits former Hyundai boss for self-driving project, but swears off manufacturing

Google has poached the former CEO of Hyundai’s North American operations, John Krafcik, to lead its growing self-driving project - but the company says it has no plans to become a carmaker in its own right. An expert in ‘lean manufacturing’ who cut his teeth at Toyota and Ford, Krafcik was a key figure in Hyundai’s transformation into a big-time player in the American market...


Hyundai N performance sub-brand ‘needs to be exciting’ to work, says local division
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Hyundai N performance sub-brand ‘needs to be exciting’ to work, says local division

The head of Hyundai Australia public relations is confident the car maker's upcoming first-ever 'N' performance car will be exciting, but stresses that it needs to be for the sub-brand to work. Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice at WRC's Rally Australia in Coffs Harbour, Hyundai Australia public relations general manager Bill Thomas said the company is confident its debut N car will be “the right kind of car” with legitimate performance...


Honda CR-V DTi-L Limited Edition gets 1.6-litre turbo diesel 'Earth Dreams' engine
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Honda CR-V DTi-L Limited Edition gets 1.6-litre turbo diesel 'Earth Dreams' engine

The 2015 Honda CR-V Series II sees a return to diesel power, in the form of the $44,290 (plus on-road costs) DTi-L Limited Edition variant. This is the first time the Series II CR-V has been offered with a diesel engine. With 118kW and 350Nm, the 1.6-litre Earth Dreams turbo diesel offers more power than the 110kW/350Nm 2...


2016 Hyundai Sonata update debuts, Australian launch timing unclear
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2016 Hyundai Sonata update debuts, Australian launch timing unclear

A lightly revised 2016 Hyundai Sonata has been revealed for overseas markets this week, bringing handling improvements and new features. For Sonata models in North America, Hyundai has upgraded the mid-sized sedan’s suspension system with new aluminium components, replacing steel bits in the current range...


Mazda RX rotary sports car concept might emerge next month in Tokyo
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Mazda RX rotary sports car concept might emerge next month in Tokyo

Mazda has given one hell of a strong hint that it will begin talking in earnest about its long-speculated reborn rotary sports car at the Tokyo motor show next month. The mooted launch of a reborn Mazda RX sports car (some say to be called the RX-9) with a modernised rotary engine has long been a talking point surrounding the Japanese company...


Alpina B4 BiTurbo on track for sale in Australia
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Alpina B4 BiTurbo on track for sale in Australia

Bespoke BMW tuner Alpina has confirmed that it's in talks with BMW Australia to import the BMW 4 Series based Alpina B4 BiTurbo locally in the near future. Speaking from the Alpina stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show, assistant director of sales and marketing Daniela Schmid told CarAdvice that while there is no fixed date for a market entry in Australia, there is certainly a target to have their vehicles on Australian roads...


2016 Audi S4 sedan and S4 Avant revealed, due in Australia late next year
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2016 Audi S4 sedan and S4 Avant revealed, due in Australia late next year

Audi has announced at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show that performance S versions of the A4 sedan and A4 Avant wagon will be launched in 2016, minus the previous model’s DSG auto. As for an Australian launch, representatives for the carmaker's local arm have confirmed with CarAdvice that the S4 sedan and wagon siblings should land locally in late 2016...


Could Land Rover seriously make a regular passenger car?
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Could Land Rover seriously make a regular passenger car?

Could Land Rover really be toying with the idea of a regular (non-SUV) passenger car, or is it just being cheeky? That’s the question we walked away with following a quick doorstop with Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern today, at the Frankfurt motor show. JLR was using the colossal German event to premiere the Jaguar F-Pace, the first SUV from a decidedly passenger car-oriented brand...


Kia small SUV imminent, will take cues from Niro concept
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Kia small SUV imminent, will take cues from Niro concept

Kia is set to launch a sub-compact SUV based on the Niro concept that was revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show. In the past two years, work has been underway to bring a production car to market. Speaking with CarAdvice at the Kia design centre in Europe, chief designer Gregory Guillaume said the brand's B-segment SUV contribution was is "not far away"...


Suzuki Vitara S with 1.4-litre turbo unveiled - UPDATE: Australian launch under consideration
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Suzuki Vitara S with 1.4-litre turbo unveiled - UPDATE: Australian launch under consideration

This week's Frankfurt motor show has brought an unveiling for the hotted-up Suzuki Vitari S and, although not yet confirmed for us, Suzuki Australia is known to be keen. The Vitara S is the first model to feature the company's new 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine. In Euro-spec trim, the new 1...


Citroen’s luxury brand DS to open 160 independent stores by 2020, Australia included
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Citroen’s luxury brand DS to open 160 independent stores by 2020, Australia included

French luxury brand DS is aiming to have 160 independent stores opened worldwide by 2020, as it seeks to expand its foothold in the premium luxury segment. Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice at the Frankfurt motorshow today, DS CEO Yves Bonnefont confirmed the organisation's plan for an international roll out...


Renault Megane RS: Next-gen hot-hatch to have five doors; manual gearbox in doubt
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Renault Megane RS: Next-gen hot-hatch to have five doors; manual gearbox in doubt

The next-generation, 2016 Renault Megane RS hot hatch will be a significant departure from the cult current version, with the three-door body to be relegated to the dustbin of history, and a manual gearbox no sure thing. Speaking at the Frankfurt motor show this week, Renault executive vice-president Jerome Stoll confirmed the hottest Megane, to be revealed in 2016, would take a similar path to its Clio RS little brother, at least in terms of body-style...


Toyota small SUV coming to Australia by the end of 2016
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Toyota small SUV coming to Australia by the end of 2016

The new-look, five-door Toyota C-HR concept SUV may not look like a production-ready car, but it’s a precursor to a sub-RAV4 model that will be on sale in Australia by the end of 2016. Following on from the three-door C-HR concept revealed earlier this year, the five-door model – with its almost-hidden rear door and even more hidden rear door handles – is said to give plenty away about a new small production SUV – the actual name of which is yet to be revealed...


2016 Suzuki Baleno unveiled - UPDATE: Push is on for Australian launch
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2016 Suzuki Baleno unveiled - UPDATE: Push is on for Australian launch

The new Suzuki Baleno hatchback has been unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, and the company's Australian outpost is understood to have thrown its hand up for a local launch. For overseas markets, the Baleno has been announced with two engines have been announced, with the headline act being the 1.0-litre Boosterjet...


Subaru recalls European design ethos
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Subaru recalls European design ethos

Subaru may place great emphasis on the North American market, but that doesn’t mean it’s forgotten the European design that defined former product such as the mid-2000s Liberty. These are the sentiments expressed to CarAdvice today by the CEO (or Geschaftsfuhrer) of Subaru Germany, Tomohiro Kubota, who we talked with about the direction of Subaru’s general design and execution...