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Government considers lifting import restrictions on new cars; industry furious
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Government considers lifting import restrictions on new cars; industry furious

The federal government today advanced its position on relaxing restrictions on the personal importation of new vehicles  — that is, buying a new car from dealers overseas if they will sell you one. In an announcement from the office of assistant minister for infrastructure Jamie Briggs, the government outlined its plan for what it called “getting on with delivering safer roads and better vehicles for motorists as part of our detailed review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act (MVSA)”...


2015 Nissan Navara pricing and specifications
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2015 Nissan Navara pricing and specifications

The 2015 Nissan Navara range will feature 27 unique variants when the new-generation ute hits Australian showrooms from next month. Nissan Australia today announced full specifications for the ‘NP300’ Navara line-up that replaces the D22 and D40 models, as well as pricing for the dual-cab variants, which will be the first to arrive...


"Extremely confusing" four-star ANCAP score for BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
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"Extremely confusing" four-star ANCAP score for BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

Safety testing organisation ANCAP has awarded the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer a sub-par four stars out of five, a result BMW Australia has described as "extremely confusing".  Sister organisation Euro NCAP awarded the same car the full five stars in 2014. It was one of a pair of four-star results for the Bavarian BMW Group announced overnight, given the Mini Cooper also netted only four out of five...


2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI pricing and specifications
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2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI pricing and specifications

The 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI has landed in Australia with its long-awaited manual transmission alternative from $27,490 plus on-road costs. The six-speed manual’s price makes it the cheapest current-generation Polo GTI ever offered in Australia, undercutting even the discontinued three-door variant, and makes it just $500 more than the previous-generation Polo GTI manual that was last sold here in 2010...


Startech Pickup reimagines Range Rover as a luxury ute
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Startech Pickup reimagines Range Rover as a luxury ute

The Startech Pickup, which is a Range Rover wagon that's been transformed into a luxury ute, will debut at the 2015 Shanghai auto show that starts next week. Startech, Brabus' tuning arm for Jaguar and Land Rover models, has taken the Range Rover luxury SUV and turned it into a ute. The conversion includes at least 100 new components crafted from aluminium, carbonfibre and steel...


Volkswagen T6 Transporter unveiled
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Volkswagen T6 Transporter unveiled

The sixth-generation Volkswagen Transporter has been unveiled with, what can be best described as, an evolutionary design philosophy. Volkswagen describes the Transporter line as "a classic in design", therefore the company has decided that it should be "modernised cautiously". Motivation, at least in Europe, will primarily come via Volkswagen's EA288 Nutz turbo-diesel engine...


Mitsubishi Triton gets five-star ANCAP result
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Mitsubishi Triton gets five-star ANCAP result

The new Mitsubishi Triton has scored a much-needed five-star result in the latest round of ANCAP safety testing. By attaining the top score against the latest - and toughest - criteria, the Triton is now available to a number of large-scale fleets that make five-star cars a prerequisite...


Renault Captur gets five-star ANCAP safety rating despite lacking rear airbag protection
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Renault Captur gets five-star ANCAP safety rating despite lacking rear airbag protection

Australian safety body ANCAP has announced a five-star safety rating for the just-launched Renault Captur crossover, even though the Clio-based vehicle misses out on airbags for the second row. Recent changes to the way ANCAP awards ratings means that despite missing airbags for rear seat passengers, the Captur still gets a five-star rating...


Global Citroen and DS separation to reach Australia 'in time'
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Global Citroen and DS separation to reach Australia 'in time'

The separation of Citroen and DS brands will take place in the near future for the Australian market, but for now, Citroen Australia is concentrating on growing the brands as a whole. Speaking to the media at the launch of the Citroen DS3 in Brisbane yesterday, the company’s head of marketing, Dimitri Andreatidis, said the separation of the two brands will happen, but not for the moment...


Premium sales to keep booming, but we can't go too far downmarket - BMW Australia boss
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Premium sales to keep booming, but we can't go too far downmarket - BMW Australia boss

BMW Australia managing director Marc-Heinrich Werner believes that sales of premium vehicles will continue to grow at a rate that outpaces the rest of the market. However, he also believes his brand must retain balance and avoid moving too far downmarket. This would happen by focusing too heavily on the growth areas at the lower ‘conquest’ end of its range, embodied by the likes of the 1 Series and 2 Series Active Tourer...


Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition available for order in Japan
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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition available for order in Japan

The three-diamond brand has begun taking orders, in Japan, for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition. Based on the Evolution GSR, the Final Edition features a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, which has been upgraded with sodium-filled exhaust valves. Power is delivered to the ground via a five-speed manual transmission and an all-wheel drive system...


BMW iDrive to make way for touchscreens, says design boss
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BMW iDrive to make way for touchscreens, says design boss

The head of design at BMW has admitted the company’s trademark iDrive infotainment system controller will make way for touchscreen technology in the future. BMW Group design director Adrian van Hooydonk told Autocar recently that touchscreens were one of a number of technology formats the car maker will use to allow drivers and passengers to interact with its next-generation vehicles...


More details on Ford patent for eleven-speed automatic transmission
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More details on Ford patent for eleven-speed automatic transmission

As was revealed recently, the Ford Motor Company has filed a patent in the United States that documents the development of an eleven-speed automatic gearbox in several configurations — a cool reference to Spinal Tap? But to understand it better we decided to take a look at the actual gear ratios to determine just what makes this 'box different to existing Ford units...


2016 Mitsubishi Outlander pricing & specifications
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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander pricing & specifications

The updated MY16 Mitsubishi Outlander has arrived in Australia just a fortnight after making its global debut at the 2015 New York auto show. The heavily updated mid-size SUV sports an entirely new look, with the brand’s bold ‘dynamic shield’ styling language the most noticeable change for the updated Outlander...


Hyundai writes message large enough to be seen from International Space Station
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Hyundai writes message large enough to be seen from International Space Station

A fleet of 11 Hyundai Genesis sedans has etched out the world's largest tyre track image: a message from a daughter to her astronaut father aboard the International Space Station. To make the simple message "Steph [hearts] you" visible from space, Hyundai assembled a multinational team from the US, Europe and Korea comprising cinematographers, drivers, surveyors, technicians, and support staff...