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2016 Mazda MX-5 pricing and specifications
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2016 Mazda MX-5 pricing and specifications

The 2.0-litre version of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 will start at $34,490 plus on-road costs when it reaches Australian showrooms in November. The larger-engined variant will arrive roughly three months after the 1.5-litre entry model, which officially launches today from $31,990. Mazda Australia is offering both the 1.5- and 2...


Audi Australia “thrilled” about Q1 baby SUV
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Audi Australia “thrilled” about Q1 baby SUV

German luxury brand Audi will expand its SUV ranks in 2016 with a new baby model known as the Q1, and the company’s local chief says he’s “thrilled” about that. Audi Australia managing director Andrew Doyle told CarAdvice at the launch of the brand’s second-generation Q7 large SUV that the upcoming Q1 will be more than welcome in Australia...


Subaru Impreza, XV, Forester recalled for electrical fault
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Subaru Impreza, XV, Forester recalled for electrical fault

Subaru Australia has announced a recall this week on models in its Impreza, XV and Forester lines, over potential for a wiring harness malfunction. Forming part of a global 236,000 vehicle campaign, the local recall centres on a fault in the steering column, where friction between the wire harness and a metal plate may lead to a short circuit...


Suzuki documents detail how alliance with Volkswagen deteriorated - report
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Suzuki documents detail how alliance with Volkswagen deteriorated - report

Some automotive alliances have worked out spectacularly well, such as Renault and Nissan's tie-up, while others have flamed out. It's safe to say that the Suzuki and Volkswagen pairing falls into the latter category. Automotive News has seen documents from within Suzuki that chronicle the unravelling of its relationship with Volkswagen...


Range Rover models recalled for potential door latch failure
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Range Rover models recalled for potential door latch failure

Jaguar Land Rover Australia has announced a recall of models in its big Range Rover and Range Rover Sport lines, over concerns of a potentially faulty door latch. In a recall notice issued this week, the company advises that customers have reported an inability to secure some doors on either the primary or secondary latch...


Mini’s range consolidation: BMW exec says ‘less is more’
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Mini’s range consolidation: BMW exec says ‘less is more’

Peter Schwarzenbauer, the former Porsche executive responsible for the US-market launch of Porsche’s Cayenne SUV back in 2003, is nowadays the BMW board member responsible for the Mini brand. The Cayenne was a convention-breaking model for Porsche, moving the company beyond a pure sports car focus in the hunt for sales...


Fiat Freemont recalled - UPDATE
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Fiat Freemont recalled - UPDATE

There has been a recall for the 2013-2015 Fiat Freemont announced over a potential fire risk. According to the official recall notice posted to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's website recalls.gov.au, the issue relates to 2013-2015 Fiat Freemont 2.4-litre petrol models only...


Jeep Cherokee recalled over power tailgate problem - UPDATE
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Jeep Cherokee recalled over power tailgate problem - UPDATE

Fiat Chrysler Australia has announced a recall for the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee due to a problem with the power tailgate. According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's official site recalls.gov.au, the problem affects the Jeep Cherokee Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk models, as those variants are sold with a power-operated tailgate as standard...


Former Ferrari chairman fears change of focus after IPO
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Former Ferrari chairman fears change of focus after IPO

Last week, Luca di Montezemolo, the former Ferrari chief, was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Detroit and made some pointed remarks about the brand's upcoming IPO. "I hope that the clients will remain more important than the analyst or the investor or the financial markets", di Montezemolo (below) told reporters, including the Detroit Free Press, before accepting his place in the hall of fame...


Audi S8 Plus unveiled
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Audi S8 Plus unveiled

The German luxury marque has revealed the Audi S8 Plus, an even faster version of its large sedan. Under the bonnet, the new Audi S8 Plus features a more powerful iteration of the 4.0-litre direct-injection twin-turbo V8 that motivates the regular S8. Power is now rated at 445kW and torque climbs to 700Nm or 750Nm in overboost mode...


Alfa Romeo SUV on track for 2016 debut
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Alfa Romeo SUV on track for 2016 debut

Alfa Romeo’s coming new SUV model will hit its target of a 2016 debut, Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne has confirmed. Speaking with industry journal Automotive News Europe this week, Marchionne said that “all preparation work” on the first of two new SUVs is complete...


July 2015 car sales: Winners and losers
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July 2015 car sales: Winners and losers

New vehicle registrations continued their upward trajectory in July, growing 2.7 per cent over the same month in 2014. The July figures of 92,308 units take 2015’s cumulative annual total to 670,735, up 3.2 per cent. Monthly VFACTS figures show that July was business as usual: the swing to SUVs continues — these vehicles grew 13...


Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired by Music unveiled
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Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired by Music unveiled

Overnight, the German-owned luxury car maker unveiled the Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired by Music. According to the company, the Inspired by Music, which took two years to complete, celebrates the fact that since the dawn of the rock and roll age, many successful musicians have celebrated their success by indulging in a Rolls-Royce or three...


Mercedes-Benz outsells Honda in July, claims tenth spot
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Mercedes-Benz outsells Honda in July, claims tenth spot

Some sentences say little, while some speak volumes. ‘Mercedes-Benz outsold Honda in July’ fits within the latter category. The latest VFACTS industry sales figures released this morning reveal that the German luxury car and commercial brand managed 3052 registrations in July, up 21.1 per cent against the same month in 2014...


BMW partners up on traffic light countdown: EnLighten hits ConnectDrive overseas
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BMW partners up on traffic light countdown: EnLighten hits ConnectDrive overseas

BMW has partnered with traffic data company Connected Signals (formerly known as Green Driver) on an in-dash app that lets motorists stay ahead of upcoming signals. The app, called EnLighten, is already available on iPhone and Android devices, but this latest application marks its first appearance in an integrated vehicle setting...