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Audi AG's top engineer Hackenberg exits, company reshuffle announced
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Audi AG's top engineer Hackenberg exits, company reshuffle announced

The Volkswagen Group global reshuffle in the wake of ‘dieselgate’ continues, with the latest heavy hitter to step down being Audi AG board member for technical development, Dr Ulrich Hackenberg. In a symbolic and momentous Friday for the embattled German giant, recently appointed Volkswagen Group chairman Matthias Muller also joined Audi AG’s supervisory board, while Audi’s global head of powertrains Stefan Knirsch took over from Hackenberg as board member for technical development...


2016 Toyota RAV4 pricing and specifications
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2016 Toyota RAV4 pricing and specifications

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 update has arrived, bringing with it revised styling, some cabin upgrades, engine tweaks, plus more active and preventative safety equipment. The updates particularly improve value of the flagship Toyota RAV4 Cruiser variants. The late-year RAV4 revision means industry top-seller Toyota has updated a staggering 13 models in 2015...


Why does New Zealand get better cars than Australia?
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Why does New Zealand get better cars than Australia?

New Zealand is better than Australia for many reasons. It's not just pavlova (they really did invent it). The skiing is better there. So are the roads. So is the adventure tourism, if jumping off stuff is your idea of a fun afternoon. Then there are the sheep. The mountains. The scenery. And the cars. What? Cars? Really? Yes, really...


The continued decline in micro cars
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The continued decline in micro cars

No vehicle segment has had a bigger fall from grace this year than the one comprising the nation’s smallest cars. According to VFACTS data, sales of micro cars are down 31.3 per cent this year to 10,132 units. They fell an even more significant 40.1 per cent in November, to 618. This equates to market share of just 1.0 per cent annual, and 0...


Diesel and hybrid passenger car sales keep shrinking
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Diesel and hybrid passenger car sales keep shrinking

When it comes to fuel sources in passenger cars, Australians are straying further and further from the margins. November VFACTS industry vehicle sales figures released last week show that 41,726 passenger cars were sold last month — passenger cars being sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, coupes and convertibles. Of these, an overwhelming 39,152 were petrol-fired vehicles...


New Car Sales Figures November 2015
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New Car Sales Figures November 2015

The following data are new car sales figures for the month of November 2015. For a detailed analysis, click here...


Mercedes-Benz GLA180 marks new entry point to SUV range
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Mercedes-Benz GLA180 marks new entry point to SUV range

Mercedes-Benz has aded a fourth variant to their compact SUV lineup, the entry-level Mercedes-Benz GLA180. Priced from $42,900 (plus options and on-road costs), the GLA180 undercuts the previous entry model, the GLA200d by $6000 and matches the entry price of the higher-selling Audi Q3. Featuring the same 90kW/200Nm 1...


Porsche Mission E production EV gets green light
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Porsche Mission E production EV gets green light

The stunning Porsche Mission E all-electric concept car caused quite a stir at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, and now the German sports car specialist has confirmed that the car will make it to production. A release from the Stuttgart maker stated that the "first 100% electrically powered Porsche is on its way", following a decision from the supervisory board to build the EV and get it into showrooms before the end of this decade...


Fiat’s low quality perception ‘will take time’ to change, says global CEO
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Fiat’s low quality perception ‘will take time’ to change, says global CEO

The global boss of Fiat says that the brand’s low quality and reliability perception cannot be fixed with commercials or marketing, but rather with the brand proving itself with cars such as the 500X...


Fiat 500X to revitalise brand in Australia
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Fiat 500X to revitalise brand in Australia

The Fiat 500X compact SUV will help revitalise the Italian brand in Australia, according to the brand’s local boss. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new Fiat 500X in Sydney this week, the boss of Fiat Chrysler Australia, Pat Dougherty, said the new model will help Fiat sell some ‘decent volume’...


Holden unconcerned by lack of Camaro, despite huge Mustang pre-orders
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Holden unconcerned by lack of Camaro, despite huge Mustang pre-orders

Holden insists it is not annoyed at the lack of right-hand drive availability on the Chevrolet Camaro, at the same time as nemesis Ford Australia is having sell-out success with the new Mustang. As we reported this week, Ford’s entire 2016 allocation of 4000 Mustangs is apparently sold out, with 80 per cent secured via deposit before even going on sale...


Toyota S-FR Racing Concept uncovered
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Toyota S-FR Racing Concept uncovered

The sporty little Toyota S-FR coupe concept car just got racy, with the Japanese company unveiling the Toyota S-FR Racing Concept ahead of its debut at the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon. Toyota Gazoo Racing has reimagined the slinky, cutesy S-FR Coupe into a track-focused racer ahead of the modified car showcase that runs from 15-17 January in Tokyo...


McLaren 675LT Spider revealed
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McLaren 675LT Spider revealed

The top has been dropped on the McLaren 675LT, with the British brand showcasing the McLaren 675LT Spider overnight. The new hard-top convertible supercar is described by the company as "the most focused, fastest and exhilarating open top McLaren model ever built", with its 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 497kW of power and 700Nm of torque...


2017 Holden Cruze confirmed, to be sold locally alongside Astra
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2017 Holden Cruze confirmed, to be sold locally alongside Astra

Holden has let slip that it will sell the next-generation Cruze alongside the already-confirmed Astra beyond the end of its factory closure in 2017 — with a big small-car sales boost expected. This means the next-generation Cruze, expected to be made in Korea, will be sold here alongside the new European-sourced Astra — the latter of which goes on sale around October 2016...


ANCAP gives Honda HR-V, Audi Q7 and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport five stars
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ANCAP gives Honda HR-V, Audi Q7 and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport five stars

The latest round of ANCAP safety tests have yielded maximum five-star ratings for a trio of SUVs — the Audi Q7, Honda HR-V and (as we already reported today) the new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. The Honda HR-V just now receives its rating despite launching in February, and going on to be Honda’s top-selling car locally. The ANCAP test crunched data from ASEAN NCAP testing...