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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...


Peugeot 2008 : New Downtown pack, prices sneak up
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Peugeot 2008 : New Downtown pack, prices sneak up

The Peugeot 2008 now has a bit more street cred, with the French brand adding a new Downtown pack to its city-sized SUV. The Downtown accessories are claimed to add some "additional flair" by way of a range of exterior and interior enhancements. There are new decals offered in Citrus (lime green), Orange or Flash Pink...


Infiniti QX30 Concept teased ahead of Geneva reveal
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Infiniti QX30 Concept teased ahead of Geneva reveal

The Infiniti QX30 Concept will make its debut at this year's Geneva motor show at the beginning of March. When the QX30 Concept is revealed in the flesh in just under a month's time, it will be the first solid clue as to the look of the production Infiniti QX30 SUV. Along with its Q30 hatchback sibling, the QX30 will be one of the fruits of the collaboration between Nissan and Mercedes-Benz...


2015 Renault Captur pricing and specifications
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2015 Renault Captur pricing and specifications

The Renault Captur has finally landed in Australia, launching today from $22,990 plus on-road costs. The Captur’s arrival comes almost two years after we first drove Renault’s Clio-based baby crossover at its international launch in France in 2013...


BMW M electrification "still a few years" away
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BMW M electrification "still a few years" away

The performance arm of BMW says it will still be some years before it begins the electrification of its iconic models. Speaking to CarAdvice at the international launch of the BMW X6 M, Carsten Pries, head of product management of BMW M division, said there are still unanswered questions about the commercial viability of electric cars and whether BMW needs more electrified models than its current i3 and i8...


Aston Martin won't go downmarket to chase sales volume - report
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Aston Martin won't go downmarket to chase sales volume - report

Aston Martin is resisting the urge to venture downmarket in the search for more sales, according to an overseas report. When AutoGuide asked president of Aston Martin's American operations, Julian Jenkins, if the company had plans to produce lower priced models, he responded, "No, not at this stage"...


2016 Kia Cee'd GT spied
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2016 Kia Cee'd GT spied

The facelifted 2016 Kia Cee'd GT has been spotted during cold weather testing in Europe - and that could mean things will heat up for the locally offered Kia Pro_cee'd GT, particularly in terms of its sales. The updated Kia model is set to see the introduction of a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, something that Kia Australia has suggested could prove vital to the success of the manual-only Pro_cee'd GT...