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Next-gen Chevrolet Malibu to debut in New York, will lose 135kg
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Next-gen Chevrolet Malibu to debut in New York, will lose 135kg

The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu will debut at the 2015 New York motor show at the beginning of April. GM claims that the new Malibu has been developed with a "blank slate approach" and the new sedan will sit upon an "entirely new architecture". The new car will tip the scales about 135 kilograms lighter than the current car thanks to the extensive use of high-strength steels...


Australia's cheapest cars continue their sales freefall
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Australia's cheapest cars continue their sales freefall

Australians are continuing to shun the cheapest cars on the market in increasing numbers, with sales in the Micro Car segment already down 45 per cent this year. VFACTS sales figures released this week showed sales at the smallest and cheapest end of the market fell by 54.5 per cent last month alone. This follows on from the 30...


Audi TT Q crossover SUV firms for 2017
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Audi TT Q crossover SUV firms for 2017

An extension of the Audi TT family with a new SUV derivative looks on the cards for 2017, based on comments from Audi’s board member for technical development Ulrich Hackenberg. The company has not been shy in the past about its intention to leverage the TT badge into a style-driven sub-brand, but it has not been clear about the first step...


Mitsubishi plots 'king of PHEVs' to wear Evo badge
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Mitsubishi plots 'king of PHEVs' to wear Evo badge

Mitsubishi Motors is looking at a viable way to create a dedicated performance plug-in hybrid model — a model it wants to endow with all-wheel-drive and its hallowed Evolution, or Evo, badge. However, a new-generation Lancer remains years way at best — and the program is dead at worst — meaning the next Evo model will have to be based on another Mitsubishi model...


Ford Fiesta R2 rally car revealed, no Fiesta RS planned
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Ford Fiesta R2 rally car revealed, no Fiesta RS planned

Juxtaposed near the new Ford GT, the latest version of the diminutive Ford Fiesta R2 rally car made its debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show. Developed by UK racing firm M-Sport and Ford, the latest Fiesta R2 is powered by a direct-injection 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine...


Mercedes-Benz C350 e plug-in hybrid on the wish list for Australia
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Mercedes-Benz C350 e plug-in hybrid on the wish list for Australia

“By 2017, we’ll have ten plug-in hybrid models across our range," - that’s the bold statement made by Mercedes-Benz chairman Dieter Zetsche at the 2015 Geneva motor show. One of the early cabs off the rank will be the C350 e model that debuted at the Detroit motor show (where it wore the moniker C350 Plug-In Hybrid) and which we saw in the flesh on the Mercedes-Benz stand overnight at the Geneva show - and it’s a model Mercedes-Benz Australia would love to see domestically...


Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe "will sell well in Australia", company claims
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Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe "will sell well in Australia", company claims

The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe will land locally with a model spread across numerous grades in the latter part of this year, and German maker says it "will sell well". Mercedes-Benz Australia senior manager of public relations, product and corporate affairs, David McCarthy, was unusually reticent to name the GLE Coupe’s competition, despite it obviously being a direct rival for the BMW X6...


Mercedes-Benz Vision e Concept provides a glimpse into the future of vans
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Mercedes-Benz Vision e Concept provides a glimpse into the future of vans

The world premiere of the Mercedes-Benz Vision e Concept provides a look into how the future for these versatile workhorses might look like. The new plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Benz V-Class van was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva motor show, where the head of the company's van division, Volker Mornhinweg, was keen to emphasise the fact that the German marque hasn’t forgotten to touch all aspects of its product lineup with the high-tech brush and a sense of what might be possible in years to come...


New Car Sales Figures February 2015
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New Car Sales Figures February 2015

The following data are new car sales figures for the month of February 2015...


Car sales February 2015: Winners and Losers
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Car sales February 2015: Winners and Losers

New vehicle sales in Australia saw a strong result in February, with SUVs and luxury vehicles once again showing improvement while passenger cars continue to dip away. While January sales kicked off fairly flat, the shortest month on the calendar proved strong across the board, with monthly sales increasing by 4.2 per cent, while the year-to-date figure is up 2...


Taxi! Uber goes exotic for Melbourne F1
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Taxi! Uber goes exotic for Melbourne F1

Controversial ride-share company Uber is getting into the spirit of the upcoming Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix by offering folks free rides around the Albert Park circuit in some pretty heavy-hitting exotic metal. The private transport group is giving 20 people the chance to roll through Melbourne's 5...


Renault Clio RS220 Trophy limited edition unveiled
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Renault Clio RS220 Trophy limited edition unveiled

The more powerful Renault Clio RS220 Trophy made its debut overnight at the Geneva motor show. Under the bonnet, the RS220 features an engine with a larger turbo, a redesigned air intake, updated exhaust and new engine mapping. Thus equipped, the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine now churns out 164kW (220hp) of power and 260Nm of torque, with 280Nm available in fourth and fifth gears...


Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R to set Albert Park F1 circuit production car lap record
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Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R to set Albert Park F1 circuit production car lap record

The hardcore Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R is set to become the fastest commercially available production vehicle to lap Melbourne's Albert Park Formula One circuit. The lightweight, two-seat Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R will be let loose onto the full Australian Grand Prix circuit to set the first-ever production car lap record of the 5...


Skoda chairman confirms seven-seat SUV for Australia
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Skoda chairman confirms seven-seat SUV for Australia

The long-awaited 2016 Skoda seven-seat SUV will be sent to Australia “for sure”, according to global chairman Winfried Vahland. The Czech-made family hauler — also to be made in China for that market — will give the company a presence in the high-volume large SUV segment, and will offer buyers a European alternative to rivals such as the Hyundai Santa Fe...


Nissan Sway compact hatch concept unveiled in full
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Nissan Sway compact hatch concept unveiled in full

After teaser photos and videos prior to the Geneva motor show, the Nissan Sway concept car has finally been revealed in full. Said to be inspired by the iDX concept cars, the Sway employs many of the same visual cues that are present on the much larger Murano SUV and American Maxima sedan. These include the "V-motion" grille, and character and window lines that dramatically rise and fall...