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2017 Mini Countryman pricing and specs
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2017 Mini Countryman pricing and specs

The second-generation Mini Countryman crossover will be priced from $39,900 plus on-road costs when it arrives in Australia at the end of March, an increase offset by significant specification increases. Mini’s new small SUV is a significant step forward on its predecessor in every area, and will fight in a more congested segment, principally against the imminent Audi Q2 (from $41,100), as well as the Mercedes-Benz GLA (priced from $43,600)...


Volkswagen Golf GTI three-door may return
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Volkswagen Golf GTI three-door may return

The Volkswagen Golf GTI three-door derivative is on the cusp of an Australian comeback, to fill the void created by the discontinuation of the Scirocco. Volkswagen Australia told us it was actively exploring the idea of bringing back the three-door hot hatch derivative after a five-year absence, potentially as a special edition...


Audi RS Q8: 457kW SUV concept bound for Geneva – report
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Audi RS Q8: 457kW SUV concept bound for Geneva – report

The recently-revealed Audi Q8 concept will be transformed into an all-out performance model next month, with an RS Q8 expected to make its debut at this year's Geneva motor show – according to a new report out of the UK. Autocar reports sources from the company's performance division, Audi Sport, are hinting at a twin-turbo V8-powered RS version of the Q8...


Volkswagen Golf update, Australian details
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Volkswagen Golf update, Australian details

The updated Volkswagen Golf ‘7.5’ will launch in Australia on July 3, about five months after its European market premiere, and like the new Tiguan before it, will be pushed slightly upmarket. We don't know all the specifics, but German brand’s Australian division says it will axe the current base 92TSI engine option, and instead kick off the range with the 110TSI turbo-petrol powertrain, alongside the familiar 110TDI diesel and high-performance GTI and R derivatives...


Nissan Qashqai has emissions testing defeat device says South Korean court
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Nissan Qashqai has emissions testing defeat device says South Korean court

A South Korean court has upheld a government investigation finding that the Nissan Qashqai used a defeat device to pass its oxides of nitrogen (NOx) tests. Earlier this week, the Seoul Administrative Court ruled against Nissan in a case brought by the car maker against the South Korean government...


2016-17 Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Evoque recalled for airbag fix
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2016-17 Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Evoque recalled for airbag fix

Range Rover has issued a recall for 42 of its 2016 and 2017 model-year Range Rover, Sport and Evoque model lines over concerns the airbags may not deploy properly. The British manufacturer reports that the mixture of chemicals used in the front passenger airbags on "certain vehicles" may not meet correct specification, which could result in the inflator not functioning correctly in the event of a collision...


Isuzu looked to Aussie owners for guidance on new engine upgrades
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Isuzu looked to Aussie owners for guidance on new engine upgrades

Isuzu Ute Australia and its growing customer base have the brand's Japanese headquarters sitting up and taking notice. Australia is the biggest global export market for Isuzu, leading Saudi Arabia, Philippines, UK and Italy. Sales have been growing strong over the past eight years, since the introduction of the D-Max to the local market in 2008, followed by the arrival of the MU-X in 2013...


Cayman GT4 RS: Did a Porsche dealer just leak the brand's next big thing?
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Cayman GT4 RS: Did a Porsche dealer just leak the brand's next big thing?

Oh social media, you can be such a fickle mistress. Once again the line between customer information and spoiled surprises has been blurred, this time by Porsche Centre Brisbane asking on Instagram for expressions of interest for the 2018 Porsche Cayman GT4 RS 4.0 - though the post has since been removed...


2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio: Australian launch confirmed for early next year
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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio: Australian launch confirmed for early next year

The muscly new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV will make its Australian debut early next year, the Italian brand's local arm has confirmed. Speaking with press at the launch of the Giulia Quadrifoglio performance sedan, new Fiat Chrysler Australia chief Steve Zanlunghi said buyers can expect full Stelvio details to lob in late 2017, ahead of its market debut...


2018 HSV Clubsport and Tourer rendered
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2018 HSV Clubsport and Tourer rendered

HSV has signed off local production with an epic LS9-powered Commodore, but what will happen next year when the Aussie-made Holden Commodore is gone? Our rendering guru has gone to town on images of the 2018 Holden Commodore and added a stack of HSV-ness. Tim Jackson, the boss of HSV, told CarAdvice that HSV is prepared for life beyond the locally produced Holden Commodore...


GM's Cruise Automation showcases hands-off driving: video
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GM's Cruise Automation showcases hands-off driving: video

Cruise Automation, the self-driving startup purchased by General Motors last year, has released a clip that shows one of its prototypes navigating the streets of San Francisco without human intervention...


Alfa Romeo Giulia Sportwagon scrapped
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Alfa Romeo Giulia Sportwagon scrapped

Plans for an Alfa Romeo Giulia wagon have been shelved, with the company believing the Stelvio will fill that market niche. Alfredo Altavilla, Alfa Romeo's head of manufacturing, has told Car the company has "decided not to do a Giulia Sportwagon". Altavilla isn't sure the brand needs a Giulia wagon, given the related Stelvio crossover drives well enough...


Zagame Motorsport launched as local interest in GT3-level racing booms
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Zagame Motorsport launched as local interest in GT3-level racing booms

Just one week after an epic 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour, Melbourne-based Zagame Automotive has officially launched its new track-focussed division, with the program to be headed up by Australian motorsport icon Cameron McConville...


100,000 for 100: Isuzu Australia sales milestone and big birthday in 2017
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100,000 for 100: Isuzu Australia sales milestone and big birthday in 2017

Isuzu Ute Australia is counting down to a major milestone, as the Japanese company this year celebrates its 100 year anniversary. After launching the D-Max locally in 2008 and the MU-X in 2013, Isuzu finished 2016 with a cumulative sales total of 94,376 and expects to hit the 100,000 mark in the first half of the year...


Mitsubishi ASX recalled for wiper motor fix
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Mitsubishi ASX recalled for wiper motor fix

Mitsubishi has recalled 25,016 examples of its small ASX in Australia for a fix to the front wiper motor. The recall, which affects models in the MY2011-12 'XA' and MY2013-14 'XB' Mitsubishi ASX lines, centres on the potential for water intrusion, drawn into the motor's cooling air opening after use...