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Your next car stereo could be a Samsung: $10 billion Harman purchase announced
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Your next car stereo could be a Samsung: $10 billion Harman purchase announced

Despite a nearly $7 billion cost in recalling its explosive Galaxy Note 7 phone this year, Korean tech giant Samsung has announced it will acquire connected audio visual specialist Harman in a $10 billion dollar all-cash deal to accelerate growth in connected car technologies...


Chevrolet Spark Activ: Soft-roader version of Holden Spark revealed in LA - UPDATE
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Chevrolet Spark Activ: Soft-roader version of Holden Spark revealed in LA - UPDATE

The Chevrolet Spark Activ has been unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show. The Activ is distinguished from other Spark models by its jacked-up suspension, which increases the car's ride height by 10 millimetres, while GM has also restyled the Spark's side sills and bumpers, with lots of new grey plastic hinting at some sort of off-road ability...


Volkswagen to reveal production T-Roc at Geneva - report
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Volkswagen to reveal production T-Roc at Geneva - report

The production version of the Volkswagen T-Roc SUV concept is set to be revealed at the 2017 Geneva motor show next March, according to a new report out of Europe. Britain's Autocar reports that the German automotive giant is planning to present a small crossover model that will be influenced by the 2014 T-Roc concept...


Volkswagen Passat GT Concept: American sedan given a sporty flavour in LA
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Volkswagen Passat GT Concept: American sedan given a sporty flavour in LA

The Volkswagen Passat GT Concept will make its in-the-flesh debut at the Los Angeles motor show this week. Designed by Volkswagen's North American arm, the Passat GT is, according to the Matthias Erb, the region's chief engineering officer, meant to be an "early example of how the new Volkswagen North American Region will meet the needs and desires of American customers going forward"...


Hyundai Ioniq EV to boast 320km range from 2018
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Hyundai Ioniq EV to boast 320km range from 2018

The Hyundai Ioniq, fresh from its unveiling earlier this year, will be given a significant range boost in order to take on the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3. Currently, the Ioniq Electric is powered by an electric motor boasting 88kW of power and 295Nm of torque, which drives the front wheels via single-speed transmission...


Ford driven by new safety technologies, local arm says
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Ford driven by new safety technologies, local arm says

Ford is putting as much energy into developing new vehicle technologies as it is in building them, according to the Blue Oval's local arm. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the company's Driving Skills for Life program, Wes Sherwood, communications director at Ford Australia, said if the brand is to consider itself as an innovator it needs to focus on developing new technology...


Mazda MX-5 RF RS: Red-hot model under consideration for Oz
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Mazda MX-5 RF RS: Red-hot model under consideration for Oz

Mazda Australia has expressed strong interest in the new flagship 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF RS model that will soon join the company's Japanese-market range. The MX-5 RF RS sits as the priciest of the three-tier domestic Japanese RF range, above base 'S' and the higher grade 'VS' variants, which respectively align themselves with the forthcoming Australian base and GT versions...


Mazda MX-5 RF pricing revealed: New hard-top in Australia from February
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Mazda MX-5 RF pricing revealed: New hard-top in Australia from February

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF, the hardtop version of Mazda's iconic Japanese roadster, will go on sale in Australia from February 1 with a starting price of $38,550 before on-road costs. Six different versions of the RF ('Retractable Fastback') will be available locally, with entry-level RF and more higher specified RF GT variants joining the current, four-strong roadster line-up...


Ford launches Driving Skills for Life program in Australia
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Ford launches Driving Skills for Life program in Australia

Ford has launched its 2016 Driving Skills for Life program, which aims to address one of the leading causes of death for young Australians - road tragedies. Kicking off in Melbourne over the weekend before heading to Geelong, Canberra and Sydney over the next four weeks, the Ford's Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) aims to reach over 1000 young Australians and their parents...


2017 Mercedes-AMG E43, Mercedes-Benz E350e pricing and specs
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2017 Mercedes-AMG E43, Mercedes-Benz E350e pricing and specs

Performance-focused petrol and extra-green plug-in hybrid sedans to touch down in February Australian pricing has been revealed for the new Mercedes-AMG E43 and Mercedes-Benz E350e plug-in hybrid models, ahead of their February arrival. Launching at both ends of the motoring spectrum, the two new E-Class variants should prove appealing to green-minded and sports-focused buyers alike...


Coupe coup: GLA could be next fastback SUV
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Coupe coup: GLA could be next fastback SUV

The Australian launch this week of the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe has led to a bit of speculation around the CarAdvice office. So far, Mercedes and BMW have played a game of tit-for-tat when it comes to fastback SUV models. First came the X5-based X6, then the X3-based X4. Mercedes-Benz countered with the GLE Coupe and now GLC Coupe models, both based upon their wagon counterparts...


2018 Holden Commodore Sportwagon spied again
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2018 Holden Commodore Sportwagon spied again

The next-generation Holden Commodore Sportwagon has been spied again on public roads in Germany. The car seen here is the second-generation Opel Insignia wagon, which will be sold down under as the next-generation Holden Commodore when local production of the VF II range ceases towards the end of 2017...


Morgan 3 Wheeler: Final order call, car not road legal from November 2017
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Morgan 3 Wheeler: Final order call, car not road legal from November 2017

The Morgan 3 Wheeler will be withdrawn from the Australian market from November 2017 due to coming changes to the Australian Design Rules (ADR). Late last week, the company's Australian arm put out a call for final orders of the rare three-wheel vehicle...


2017 Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet teased ahead of LA debut
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2017 Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet teased ahead of LA debut

Daimler has teased the new Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet that it will debut at next week's Los Angeles motor show. Over the weekend, the German luxury car maker put out a short teaser video on its social media accounts, giving us a glimpse at the new high-end convertible...


Audi R8 Star of Lucis: One-off Final Fantasy XV special built for Japan
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Audi R8 Star of Lucis: One-off Final Fantasy XV special built for Japan

The one-off Audi R8 Star of Lucis is a one-off creation for the Japanese market, which has been fashioned around the plot of the upcoming Final Fantasy XV game. Square Enix and Audi have also created an elaborate backstory to the car, which ties into its storyline, although the car doesn't reportedly feature in the game at all...