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BMW 3 Series update revealed with new three-cylinder petrol and plug-in hybrid options
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BMW 3 Series update revealed with new three-cylinder petrol and plug-in hybrid options

As the current-generation car heads into its mid-life phase, the BMW 3 Series has been given a light makeover and a selection of new engines and drivetrains. Visually, the 3 Series update features revised front and rear bumpers, which have been tweaked to emphasise the car's width. The company has played with the headlights' internals, and buyers can now opt for full LED lighting, if they so desire...


Kahn Vengeance revealed in sketches, will be built from this year
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Kahn Vengeance revealed in sketches, will be built from this year

The look of the coach-built Kahn Vengeance coupe has revealed by the company via a series of design sketches. Based on the Aston Martin DB9, the Vengeance features a redesigned and wider body that's still recognisable as an Aston-based vehicle. The biggest change occurs at the rear where the car features much wider haunches, and a rounder and more scalloped tail that comes complete with afterburner-style lights...


PSA Peugeot Citroen, Ford extend small diesel engine agreement - report
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PSA Peugeot Citroen, Ford extend small diesel engine agreement - report

PSA Peugeot Citroen and Ford are reported to have extended their co-operation agreement on diesel engines under the 2.0-litre mark. A source has told Les Echos that "an amendment to the existing [diesel engine] contract should be signed before the summer". The current partnership was due to end in 2017...


Bentley Bentayga interior teased in new video
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Bentley Bentayga interior teased in new video

The interior of the upcoming Bentley Bentayga SUV has been teased in a new video from the British brand. In the video above and screenshots below, we can see, for the first time, the Bentayga's instrument panel, dashboard, head-up display, start/stop button, terrain selector, gear shift and much of the centre tunnel...


Mini John Cooper Works nears - UPDATE
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Mini John Cooper Works nears - UPDATE

The new-generation Mini John Cooper Works three-door, just now hitting European roads and on track for an Australian arrival around July, is the company’s most powerful production car to date. Mini’s new range-topper now sports a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 170kW of power between 5200 and 6000rpm and 320Nm of torque between 1250 to 4800rpm...


2016 Audi A4 to debut new 2.0-litre turbo engine
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2016 Audi A4 to debut new 2.0-litre turbo engine

German luxury brand Audi has announced an all new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that is set to debut in the crucial new-generation 2016 Audi A4. The new 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder engine produces a healthy 140kW of power and chunky 320Nm of torque across a broad range - from 1450-4400 rpm...


Aston Martin's new target buyer is an imaginary woman named Charlotte
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Aston Martin's new target buyer is an imaginary woman named Charlotte

Aston Martin’s new target buyer is an affluent, late-30s, Californian woman named Charlotte. That’s the word from Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, who told Automotive News the British luxury sports car manufacturer needs to increase its appeal to female customers to achieve its future sales goals...


Freightliner Inspiration self-driving truck approved for Nevada trials
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Freightliner Inspiration self-driving truck approved for Nevada trials

The Freightliner Inspiration and its Highway Pilot system have been approved for use on the roads of the US state of Nevada. At a ceremony overnight at the Hoover Dam, about an hour outside of Las Vegas, Nevada's governor, Brian Sandoval, ceremonially installed specially marked autonomous driving number plates on the futuristic-looking Freightliner Inspiration...


Fiat Chrysler Australia sales hit a snag in 2015
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Fiat Chrysler Australia sales hit a snag in 2015

Fiat Chrysler Australia’s recent, significant sales growth has hit a bit of a snag over the first four months of this year. Registrations and market share across its group of brands are down over the same period in 2014, against an overall market up 3.5 per cent. The exception is Jeep...


Tesla triples Q1 loss, but gains in other key areas
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Tesla triples Q1 loss, but gains in other key areas

Tesla Motors, Inc. posted a $US154 million loss in the first quarter of 2015, a three-fold increase over the same period in 2014.  That said, it also managed a 50 per cent jump in total revenues, improved its manufacturing efficiency, doubled its research and development spend, and took significantly higher Model S orders...


Peugeot Vision Gran Turismo unveiled
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Peugeot Vision Gran Turismo unveiled

The Peugeot Vision Gran Turismo is the latest virtual vehicle to pay homage to Gran Turismo, the long-running PlayStation car racing game. According to Peugeot, its Vision Gran Turismo vehicle is so low — it's just 1040mm tall — that it doesn't need any aerodynamic aids, such as prominent wings or active flaps...


New Opel Astra to debut in September, hot hatch version spied
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New Opel Astra to debut in September, hot hatch version spied

On the same day that GM's European arm confirmed that next-generation Opel Astra will debut in September, our spy photographers snapped photos of the hot hatch version undergoing testing. In a video with previous generations of the Kadett and Astra in the background, Karl-Thomas Neumann, CEO of Opel, confirmed that he would take the covers off the next-gen Astra at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show in September...


The changing landscape of Australia's favourite car brands
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The changing landscape of Australia's favourite car brands

Australia’s automotive landscape is constantly evolving, and glancing back through history highlights some dramatic shifts in our brand preferences. The following table compares 2015 year-to-date sales (January to April) versus comparative data from 2005: Brand Current rank 2005 rank Current sales 2005 sales Change Toyota 1 1  64,285 59,590 +7...


Volkswagen Australia notches new sales record
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Volkswagen Australia notches new sales record

Volkswagen swept up the sales charts in April, finishing in sixth position on the back of 13.8 per cent growth over the same month in 2014. Australia’s top-selling European brand recorded 4572 deliveries in April and netted 5.6 per cent market share, enough to leap ahead of both Mitsubishi (4077) and Nissan (4188), and not all that far off Ford (5163)...


Light is right for Australian new car buyers
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Light is right for Australian new car buyers

The exodus from passenger cars to SUVs may have reached record heights, but one segment in particular has bucked that trend in 2015. Sales of light cars have increased 11.0 per cent so far this year to 36,578, making it one of only two passenger segments not to lose ground compared with 2014 (the other is the medium segment, which is up 6.0 per cent)...