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Ford Fiesta RS a possibility; petrol Focus ST automatic problematic - reports
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Ford Fiesta RS a possibility; petrol Focus ST automatic problematic - reports

A senior engineer has given hope to those hanging out for a Ford Fiesta RS, but cautioned that a self-shifting petrol Focus ST was a technical challenge. Tyrone Johnson, senior vehicle engineer at the newly merged Ford Performance division, spoke to members of the British press about the company's plans to grow its performance portfolio...


Volkswagen Golf GTD wagon to debut in Geneva
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Volkswagen Golf GTD wagon to debut in Geneva

The latest hot Golf variant, the Volkswagen Golf GTD wagon, will make its debut at the Geneva motor show in March. Although the GTD nameplate has been used by the company since 1982, this is the first time it's been affixed to a Golf wagon. Like the GTD hatch, the wagon is powered by a 2...


Volkswagen lifts Polo, Golf, Beetle, CC prices
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Volkswagen lifts Polo, Golf, Beetle, CC prices

Volkswagen Australia says exchange rate and inflationary pressures have forced it to increase the price of a number of models across its passenger car range. The increases, which range from $200 to $1000, apply to the majority of variants in the Polo, Golf hatch and wagon, Beetle and CC model lines...


Chrysler 300 SRT Core Satin Vapour special edition launches from $60,000
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Chrysler 300 SRT Core Satin Vapour special edition launches from $60,000

The special edition Chrysler 300 SRT Core Satin Vapour has joined the American brand’s muscle car line-up in Australia. Limited to 130 units, the Satin Vapour is based on the stripped-out 300 SRT Core variant and, at $60,000 before on-road costs, is positioned midway between the base Core ($56,000) and the fully equipped 300 SRT8 ($66,000)...


Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Polestar added to ACT Police fleet
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Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Polestar added to ACT Police fleet

A new Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Polestar sedan has been added to the ACT Police fleet for evaluation purposes. The high-performance Volvo S60 T6 R-Design isn't the full-blown Volvo S60 Polestar model, but still boasts a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder producing 242kW of power and 480Nm of torque...


Mitsubishi, Renault-Nissan model-sharing deal foundered on currency, sales projections - report
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Mitsubishi, Renault-Nissan model-sharing deal foundered on currency, sales projections - report

Earlier this week we reported that an agreed model-sharing plan between Mitsubishi and Renault-Nissan had faltered. Now, thanks to sources on both sides, we're beginning to find out why. Over the weekend, Mitsubishi North America executive vice president Don Swearingen told a dealers' conference that plans to base two future Mitsubishi models on platforms from the Renault-Nissan alliance had stalled, but refused to elaborate on the reasons...


McLaren 675LT to debut in Geneva with 496kW V8
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McLaren 675LT to debut in Geneva with 496kW V8

Woking-based supercar maker McLaren will take the covers off the McLaren 675LT at the 2015 Geneva motor show in March. Adhering to McLaren's current naming convention, the new 675LT will feature a 496kW (675PS) version of the company's 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine...


Alpine Vision Gran Turismo previews some styling cues of 2016 Renault sports car
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Alpine Vision Gran Turismo previews some styling cues of 2016 Renault sports car

Renault has unveiled the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo, which not only celebrates the brand's 60th anniversary, but also bares some hallmarks of the upcoming Alpine production car. According to the car's designer, Victor Sfiazof, the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo has a front end that's inspired by the A110 (bottom image, foreground), which is arguably Alpine's most famous model to date...


2015 Mini Clubman spied, rendered
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2015 Mini Clubman spied, rendered

The imminent six-doored 2015 Mini Clubman has been captured wearing less camouflage - and illustrated in a new computer-generated image -  by our European spy photographers, as the countdown to the new wagon's premiere later this year approaches its climax...


2016 Kia Sportage spied : New-look SUV set to debut new engine tech
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2016 Kia Sportage spied : New-look SUV set to debut new engine tech

Our European spies have spotted the next-generation 2016 Kia Sportage outside the Hyundai Kia Technical Centre in Russelsheim, Germany, ahead of the new model hitting the market next year. At first glance the shape of the new Kia Sportage appears similar to the model it replaces, though there are subtle changes all over the body of the car that indicate this is indeed an entirely new model...


Lotus Elise S Club Racer gains comfort pack standard
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Lotus Elise S Club Racer gains comfort pack standard

The hardcore, track-focused Lotus Elise S Club Racer has just become a little less hardcore thanks to the addition of the previously optional comfort pack. Lotus Australia general manager Glen Sealy said the decision to make the comfort pack standard in the supercharged S model is a reflection of buyer preferences, with the majority of Elise S Club Racer customers opting to add the extra equipment...


2015 BMW M135i revealed
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2015 BMW M135i revealed

Images of the 2015 BMW M135i have been released, revealing the updated styling of the Bavarian brand’s flagship hot-hatch. BMW announced the specifications of its upgraded 1 Series range earlier this month but has kept images of the M135i under wraps until now...


Aston Martin shareholder Investindustrial promises cash for brand's future plans - report
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Aston Martin shareholder Investindustrial promises cash for brand's future plans - report

Aston Martin shareholder Investindustrial says it will provide the resources required to facilitate the company’s growth push that could as much as double its global sales. Investindustrial chairman Andrea Bonomi told Bloomberg his company was committed to the biggest investment plan in the British luxury sports car maker’s history...


Mitsubishi compact SUV concept previews next ASX
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Mitsubishi compact SUV concept previews next ASX

Mitsubishi will take the wraps off a new compact SUV concept at the 2015 Geneva motor show in March, and the car could offer some clues to the design of the next-generation Mitsubishi ASX. Described as “a declaration of intent for Mitsubishi Motor Corporation’s future direction”, the compact, five-door crossover appears to be an evolution of the XR-PHEV concept that debuted more than 12 months ago at the 2013 Tokyo motor show...


US government tracking cars in real time via licence plates - report
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US government tracking cars in real time via licence plates - report

A report claims that the US government is using a network of cameras and licence plate readers to track cars in real time. According to the Wall Street Journal, the surveillance programme was initiated by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 2008 in states near the US-Mexico border, such as Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas...