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Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class/CLA outsell Civic, Lancer and Pulsar
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Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class/CLA outsell Civic, Lancer and Pulsar

The Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class/CLA twins beat out traditional volume players in the small car segment including the Honda Civic, Mitsubishi Lancer and Nissan Pulsar in January.  We have written before about the way premium brands such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are increasingly ‘cutting the lunch’ of traditional mainstream brands with entry vehicles priced from about $35K plus on-roads, but January’s figures provide a stark reminder...


New Car Sales Figures January 2015
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New Car Sales Figures January 2015

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


2015 Ford Ranger Wildtrak exterior and interior spied undisguised
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2015 Ford Ranger Wildtrak exterior and interior spied undisguised

The 2015 Ford Ranger Wildtrak has been spied again in its top-spec trim ahead of its official launch in the coming months. The interior and exterior images of the undisguised Ranger Wildtrak were posted to the Ferd Fan Page and CarScoops earlier today and reveal gloss-black highlights on the front-end that appear to be derived from Ford's bigger pick-up truck products, such as the F-150...


New Barina Spark spotted in Korea ahead of Q1, 2016 Australian debut - UPDATE
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New Barina Spark spotted in Korea ahead of Q1, 2016 Australian debut - UPDATE

The next-generation Chevrolet Spark has been photographed undisguised in Korea ahead of its confirmed Australian premiere with Holden badges in early 2016. Aside from a bit of tape over the Chevy bow tie emblem in the grille, these images, originally posted on the Ferd Facebook page, seem to show a high-spec version of the next-generation Spark in almost production-ready form...


Suzuki iK-2 hatch and iM-4 4x4 concepts teased ahead of Geneva
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Suzuki iK-2 hatch and iM-4 4x4 concepts teased ahead of Geneva

Two concept cars will grace the Suzuki stand at this year's Geneva motor show: the Suzuki iK-2 hatch and Suzuki iM-4 four-wheel drive. The Suzuki iM-4 concept (above) is said to be an "iconic mini 4x4 developed with a concept theme of 'Shape the Inspiration'" and is set to feature "new technologies"...


Lexus RC F to be V8 Supercars safety car for 2015 season
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Lexus RC F to be V8 Supercars safety car for 2015 season

Lexus will have a role in the 2015 V8 Supercars season, but not as a participant. Rather, the marque will supply its Lexus RC F coupe as a safety car for this year's race fixtures. The use of the Lexus RC F as the racing series' official safety car is part of a broader partnership between V8 Supercars and Lexus...


Holden may not be No.1 by 2020, concedes GM executive
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Holden may not be No.1 by 2020, concedes GM executive

The General Motors executive in charge of our region has conceded that Holden may not achieve its ambitious target of dethroning Toyota to become the number one automotive brand in Australia by 2020. GM executive vice president and president of GM International Stefan Jacoby today presented somewhat softened ambitions for the brand following the announcement of the appointment of Australian and former Holden chief financial officer Mark Bernhard to the role of chairman and managing director...


BMW M5 AWD variant a possibility
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BMW M5 AWD variant a possibility

BMW's head of product management says there’s potential for all-wheel-drive versions of core performance models in the future if the brand can maintain its focus on balancing the power to weight ratio. CarAdvice sat down with head of product management at BMW's M Division, Carsten Pries, at the international launch of the BMW X6 M in Texas, United States to discuss the viability of all-wheel-drive on other performance models...


BMW M Division willing to consider standard transmission for non-SUV models
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BMW M Division willing to consider standard transmission for non-SUV models

BMW's strict choice of dual-clutch transmission for non-SUV M models as opposed to regular automatic transmissions may not be a steadfast philosophy, according to one of the performance division's top engineers. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the BMW X6 M in Texas (United States), BMW M division chassis and power train engineer, Brend Barbisch, said the future of transmission choices for its high-performance cars will not necessarily be clear cut based on its predecessors...


Holden appoints new managing director, announces 24 vehicle launches by 2020
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Holden appoints new managing director, announces 24 vehicle launches by 2020

Holden today named Australian and former CFO Mark Bernhard its new chairman and managing director and announced plans for 24 major vehicle launches by 2020 - by which time it has committed to being Australia's top-selling brand. General Motors executive vice president and president of GM International Stefan Jacoby today announced that Bernhard would leave his current position as vice president and CFO of Shanghai GM to head up Holden...


Kia Trail'ster : Turbocharged, AWD Soul-based hybrid concept teased again
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Kia Trail'ster : Turbocharged, AWD Soul-based hybrid concept teased again

Kia has released another teaser image of its new Soul-based concept car and confirmed it will be badged the Kia Trail’ster when it debuts at next week’s Chicago motor show. The latest image (featured above) shows the bottom half of the Trail’ster concept tackling a dirt track. It comes a week after Kia released the initial teaser of the car’s front end ploughing its way through a snowfield...


Chevrolet Bolt and Opel companion EV to begin production in 2016
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Chevrolet Bolt and Opel companion EV to begin production in 2016

General Motors will begin production of the Chevrolet Bolt EV as well as a companion Opel model from late 2016, according to a report. Sources have informed Reuters that the company will start producing the Chevrolet Bolt, as well as an as-yet-unnamed Opel derivative, from October 2016 at GM's small-car factory in Orion, a suburb of Detroit...


2015 Ssangyong Tivoli spied testing in Australia
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2015 Ssangyong Tivoli spied testing in Australia

The all-new Ssangyong Tivoli has been spied by CarAdvice while testing in Alice Springs ahead of its expected local launch mid-year. Set to rival the likes of Nissan's Juke, Holden's Trax and Renault's Captur, the Ssangyong Tivoli measures 4195mm long and 1795mm wide, smack bang around the segment average. Powered exclusively by either a 1...


Range Rover Sport SVR priced from $218,500
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Range Rover Sport SVR priced from $218,500

The Range Rover Sport SVR, the most powerful model yet from the Land Rover brand, will cost from $218,500 plus on-road costs when it reaches Australia in May. That price tag places the SVR at the top of the Range Rover Sport pile for a model that will take on the likes of the BMW X6 M, Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG (soon to be known as GLE63), and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S...


Jaguar F-Pace: British Macan rival shapes up
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Jaguar F-Pace: British Macan rival shapes up

The Jaguar F-Pace has been caught testing in near-production guise for the first time, confirming it will remain faithful to the C-X17 concept that previewed the SUV in 2013. Our spies suggest the F-Pace will be similar in size to the 4.7-metre-long C-X17 concept, which will make what is being pitched as a "family sports car" slightly bigger than most of its key rivals - including the Porsche Macan and sister car the Range Rover Evoque...