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Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport concept debuts at Worthersee
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Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport concept debuts at Worthersee

The Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport concept was unveiled overnight at the annual Worthersee festival in Austria. Under the concept's white, blue and black body is a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that develops a total of 295kW of power and 670Nm of torque. Beneath the bonnet there's a 1.6-litre turbocharged direct-injection engine borrowed from the Polo R WRC...


Mad Max: Fury Road – Up close and personal with Cranky Frank
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Mad Max: Fury Road – Up close and personal with Cranky Frank

With the fourth instalment of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road opening in Australia today, we took the opportunity to get up close and personal with Cranky Frank, one of many unique star cars from the movie...


AEB slashes rear-end collisions by almost 40 per cent, NCAP study finds
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AEB slashes rear-end collisions by almost 40 per cent, NCAP study finds

ANCAP has once again called for low-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) to be made standard on all new vehicles, after publishing a joint-study said to overwhelmingly prove its efficacy. Findings announced today from a research project jointly commissioned by ANCAP, the Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development, and ANCAP's sister organisation Euro NCAP, found that AEB led to a 38...


2015 Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo now from $29,990
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2015 Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo now from $29,990

The updated Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo is poised to get a price cut next week to $29,990 plus on-road costs — thereby matching the Toyota 86 GT — courtesy of a new two-spec strategy. These specifications and pricing were pointed out to us ahead of next week's official launch via a source, and are backed up by figures on a public industry database...


Fiat Chrysler Australia prices rise as Australian dollar continues dive
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Fiat Chrysler Australia prices rise as Australian dollar continues dive

The Australian dollar’s continued downward spiral relative to the greenback has forced Fiat Chrysler Australia to raise the price of six models in its stable, delivering increases of up to 4.9 per cent. The price rises, officially introduced in March, affect the Abarth 595, Alfa Romeo MiTo, Dodge Journey, Fiat Freemont, and Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee line-ups, with increases ranging from $500 to $2000...


Ford GT supercar better without electrification, says car maker
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Ford GT supercar better without electrification, says car maker

Ford Performance division’s chief engineer says the new Ford GT supercar delivers more driver-oriented performance because it’s not electrified. Speaking with CarAdvice at the Ford GT innovation forum in Detroit yesterday, lead engineer Jamal Hameedi said cars such as the Tesla Model S only showcase their performance primarily in straight-line speed while hypercars such as the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and LaFerrari are weight-compromised...


Nissan Australia recalls 102,000 vehicles over Takata airbag defect
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Nissan Australia recalls 102,000 vehicles over Takata airbag defect

Nissan Australia will recall approximately 102,000 vehicles following an expansion of the massive global recall of Takata passenger airbag inflators. The latest recall affects Nissan models from the 2004 to 2007 model years equipped with ‘SPI’ inflators. About 10,300 Nissan models sold in New Zealand are also affected by the recall, which affects more than 1...


Toyota Australia has “blinding flash of the obvious”, aims to combat pushy salesmen
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Toyota Australia has “blinding flash of the obvious”, aims to combat pushy salesmen

Toyota Australia is embarking on a significant grassroots overhaul from its dealer network up, as it chases a return to the 20-plus per cent market share it recently enjoyed. Simply put, some elements of its business locally “frustrate the customers beyond belief”...


Ford Performance division a "profitable business"
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Ford Performance division a "profitable business"

Ford Performance is set to capitalise on the growing global performance car segment as the Blue Oval seeks to expand its buyer group and brand appeal. Speaking with Australian media at the Ford GT Innovation forum in Detroit yesterday, Ford Performance division boss David Pericak said performance cars made financial sense for Ford...


Toyota and Mazda sign long-term partnership focusing on drivetrains, safety
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Toyota and Mazda sign long-term partnership focusing on drivetrains, safety

At a joint press conference overnight, Toyota and Mazda announced that the two companies will begin a "long-lasting partnership" that will focus on drivetrains and safety. The two companies will immediately form a joint committee that will look at ways to "utilise each company's respective strengths", as well as nurture collaboration on environmental and safety issues...


Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid may be approved by end of 2015
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Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid may be approved by end of 2015

The fate of the potential Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid will be decided later this year by the board of the German luxury car maker. Porsche CEO Matthias Muller told Automotive News that a decision on whether to go ahead with a plug-in hybrid version of the 911 would be made this year...


2016 Mini Cooper S Cabrio spied with top down
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2016 Mini Cooper S Cabrio spied with top down

The next-generation Mini Cooper Cabrio has been spotted by our spy photographers with its top down and only a minimal amount of camouflage. We've already published a number of spy photos of the new Mini convertible undergoing testing on public roads, but all the prototypes so far have been running around with their tops up...


2015 Audi RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback pricing and specifications
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2015 Audi RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback pricing and specifications

The updated Audi RS6 Avant and Audi RS7 Sportback models have arrived in Australia, incorporating revisions introduced to the recently facelifted A6-based sedan and wagon and A7-based liftback ranges. The wildest production wagon the Australian dollar can buy, the RS6 Avant is now $229,000 plus on-road costs, an increase of $4500 over the outgoing version that debuted in 2013...


2016 Toyota HiLux interior photos leaked showing Lexus LCD screen
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2016 Toyota HiLux interior photos leaked showing Lexus LCD screen

New photos of the 2016 Toyota HiLux (also known as the Toyota HiLux Revo in other markets) interior have been leaked ahead of the commercial vehicle's international reveal on May 21. The interior photos, posted on the MZ Crazy Cars Facebook page, show an infotainment screen, a push-button differential lock and a central trip computer screen lifted from the Lexus range...


Toyota Australia recalls 181,000 vehicles
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Toyota Australia recalls 181,000 vehicles

The growing Takata airbag recall saga continues, with Toyota Australia today announcing a recall of about 181,000 vehicles — a campaign that is also set to involve fellow Japanese brand Nissan’s local subsidiary. And due to the massive scale of the recall, Toyota’s Australian arm will not be able to get the supplied parts to fix faulty airbags for some time, potentially not until early 2016 based on current estimates...