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Nissan to focus on females in Japan
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Nissan to focus on females in Japan

In a move aimed at attracting more female car buyers in Japan, Nissan has revealed plans to hire more female salespeople and establish a greater number of dealerships tailored for women. Nissan already has what they term 'ladies first' dealerships and that number is set to triple. The Japanese carmaker aims to have 300 female friendly dealerships by the end of this financial year, and 700 by 2018...


Peugeot RCZ R Bimota boasts 224kW 1.6-litre turbo engine
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Peugeot RCZ R Bimota boasts 224kW 1.6-litre turbo engine

Developed in conjunction with Italian motorcycle maker Bimota, the Peugeot RCZ R Bimota has been unveiled at the Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy. Changes under the bonnet include a new ECU and a new bypass valve for the turbocharger. In concert with a new exhaust system, the RCZ R Bimota manages to squeeze 224kW out of its 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine...


Audi restores one of two remaining DKW Schnellaster electric vans
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Audi restores one of two remaining DKW Schnellaster electric vans

Only around 100 or so electric versions of the DKW Schnellaster vans were ever produced, and Audi has restored one of the two remaining vehicles. Between 1955 and 1962 DKW produced roughly 100 EV versions of its front-wheel drive Schnellaster van, primarily for electric companies, utilities and battery makers...


Renault Kadjar name confirmed for new SUV
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Renault Kadjar name confirmed for new SUV

Renault Kadjar will be the name used for the French brand's first C-segment SUV, which will be unveiled in full on February 2, 2015. Believed to be a spin-off model of the Nissan Qashqai, the new Renault Kadjar has been spied in disguise by CarAdvice's overseas snappers from the outside, while we've also see interior images of the new small SUV...


Holden-badged Opel Cascada spotted in Melbourne
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Holden-badged Opel Cascada spotted in Melbourne

Following on from Holden's announcement in May 2014 that the Opel Cascada, the Opel Astra GTC three-door, Opel Astra OPC hot-hatch and Opel Insignia OPC would find their way into Australia in 2015, CarAdvice has spotted a Holden badge wearing Opel Cascada in Melbourne. Holden's Cascada will be the first convertible to grace the Holden lineup in almost 8 years, since the demise of the Holden Astra Twin Top in 2009...


Kia Australia would like 'K' model naming structure
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Kia Australia would like 'K' model naming structure

Kia Australia believes renaming its model line-up would be a logical step to help reduce confusion in the market. Speaking in Melbourne this week, Kia Australia chief operating officer Damien Meredith confessed Kia’s model names were largely unknown to the average car buyer, particularly the Cerato small car that competes in the most popular segment in the country against the likes of the Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla...


Aston Martin DB10 and Jaguar C-X75 available to buy...from Scalextric
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Aston Martin DB10 and Jaguar C-X75 available to buy...from Scalextric

To coincide with upcoming release of the new James Bond film, Spectre, perennial slot car maker Scalextric has announced an official licenced set. Gone are the days of generic coloured sports cars on track though, the Spectre set includes detailed versions of the not-for-sale Aston Martin DB10 and stillborn Jaguar C-X75 supercar...


Sleep in a Tesla for just $100 per night
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Sleep in a Tesla for just $100 per night

From the USA, the great land of opportunity where no idea seems too stupid to try, comes the self-proclaimed "World's Fastest Hotel" - a mattress in the back of a Tesla Model S. Australians are no strangers to a mattress in the back of a car, or panel van for that matter, but renting the space out on crowd-sourced accommodation portal AirBnB is a new one...


Kia Australia set to improve brand perception
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Kia Australia set to improve brand perception

Kia Australia is set to focus on brand building and lifting its profile as it seeks to become a more mainstream brand with consistency in its consumer-facing communication. Speaking in Melbourne this week, Kia Australia chief operating officer Damien Meredith admitted that Kia "had been on sale for too long in Australia" and it was now time to fix its struggling brand perception...


Lamborghini Huracan gets wider and wilder
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Lamborghini Huracan gets wider and wilder

No one ever said the Japanese were subtle. Exotic car tuner Liberty Walk - or LB Performance - based just outside of Nagoya in Japan hit the supercar scene like Godzilla in 2009 with a modified, white Ferrari F40. They became a household name in the world of vehicle customisation by taking a brushed metal, widebody Lamborghini Murcielago to the 2012 SEMA show in Las Vegas...


Volkswagen, BMW partner to install around 100 US fast charging stations
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Volkswagen, BMW partner to install around 100 US fast charging stations

Volkswagen and BMW will install a set of almost 100 fast charging stations across the US by the end of 2015. The concerted effort by the two German automakers will expand the existing charging station network operated by Chargepoint. The new charging facilities will be located along the west coast and in the heavily populated north-eastern corner...


Audi to introduce virtual reality system for dealers from late 2015
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Audi to introduce virtual reality system for dealers from late 2015

Audi will begin rolling out virtual reality headsets to its dealers in the dying embers of 2015. The virtual reality set is placed over the eyes and strapped to the head. Capable of displaying a 3D image, the Oculus Rift headset is fitted with a camera that tracks the customer’s head movements, while a hand held controller allows for movement through the virtual space...


BMW, Toyota working together on a smaller, cheaper Mini model - report
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BMW, Toyota working together on a smaller, cheaper Mini model - report

According to a report, BMW and Toyota have begun investigating how they might produce a smaller and cheaper model to serve as a new entry point for the Mini range. One source within Mini told Automobile magazine, “It's still early days as far as the baby Mini goes, but when our new R&D board member Klaus Froehlich traveled to America early in the new year, this was one of the subjects on his agenda"...


2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe spied
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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe spied

If the C-Class sedan looks like a mini S-Class, our spy photos of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe indicate it will present itself as a junior version of the limo's two-door off-shoot. The German car maker has uses its patterned disguise tape to suggest the presence of a door pillar, though the C-Class Coupe is expected to feature a pillar-less profile like the S-Class Coupe...


Peugeot Citroen puts Hybrid Air development on hold - report
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Peugeot Citroen puts Hybrid Air development on hold - report

Reports claim that development of the Hybrid Air system by PSA Peugeot Citroen has been put on hold after the departure of the programme's chief and an unsuccessful search to find an automotive partner with whom to share costs with. According to a report in French business newspaper Les Echos, development of Hybrid Air technology has stalled...