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I've just about had it with camouflage cars
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I've just about had it with camouflage cars

Camouflage wrap used to be cool. Wind back the clock five years and camouflage was an effective way for automotive manufacturers to disguise their new or development prototype cars from prying eyes. That was its only purpose.  These flashy black-and-white wraps were made to hide the finer details of the design of new models, or to keep you guessing as to what the car may actually be...


2017 Renault Megane sedan and wagon pricing and specs
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2017 Renault Megane sedan and wagon pricing and specs

Local pricing and specifications for the 2017 Renault Megane sedan and wagon have been revealed this week, taking the body-style count from one - the now familiar five-door hatch - to a full three. The wagon will compete with equivalent versions of the Peugeot 308 and Volkswagen Golf, while the more style-focused sedan will do battle with the likes of the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Skoda Octavia...


Volkswagen Arteon wagon, V6 options being considered
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Volkswagen Arteon wagon, V6 options being considered

The Volkswagen Arteon has only just popped its head into this big scary world, and Volkswagen is already opening discussing variants for the vehicle. Dr Elmar-Marius Licharz, head of Volkswagen's medium and large vehicle programs, has told AutoExpress, “I would like to make an [Arteon] shooting brake — these plans are underway but it’s not yet final"...


2018 Audi A8 to feature 48V mild hybrid system as standard
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2018 Audi A8 to feature 48V mild hybrid system as standard

The next-generation Audi A8 will come fitted with a 48V mild hybrid system as standard. Automotive News reports the announcement was made earlier this week at the technical day of the Audi Forum in Munich. The mild hybrid setup includes a belt-driven alternator/starter, and a 48V lithium-ion battery that's recharged via regenerative braking...


Pope Francis receives new Opel Ampera-e
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Pope Francis receives new Opel Ampera-e

An all-electric Opel Ampera-e has been given to Pope Francis as part of the Vatican City's push to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. The Opel Ampera-e is essentially a Chevrolet Bolt with different grilles and badging. The two cars feature the same drivetrain consisting of a 150kW/360Nm electric motor and a 60kWh lithium-ion battery pack...


Opel Astra Sports Tourer wagon to form part of Holden's 24 new cars by 2020
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Opel Astra Sports Tourer wagon to form part of Holden's 24 new cars by 2020

CarAdvice can exclusively reveal that the Opel Astra Sports Tourer will form part of Holden's 24 new cars by 2020 and will wear the Holden Astra wagon, or Holden Astra Tourer badge when it arrives later this year. We understand the two model range will consist of the Holden Astra LS wagon and the Astra LT wagon...


New Australian Peugeot Citroen distributor hints at plans
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New Australian Peugeot Citroen distributor hints at plans

The new Australian distributor for Groupe PSA – the company that oversees the Peugeot, Citroen and DS brands – has given us some insights regarding its plans for our market. Last month it was announced that PSA had signed Inchape as its new distribution partner here, replacing Sime Darby. Inchcape is also responsible for Subaru here, so it has runs on the board...


Renault Zoe: Australian launch hinted at as new government approval details surface — UPDATE
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Renault Zoe: Australian launch hinted at as new government approval details surface — UPDATE

UPDATE 31/05: We heard back from Renault Australia and the latest is that there is no confirmation of the model for Australia. Renault Australia insists that it's pro-EV, but the local market isn't EV friendly at the moment. We are still under the impression that wasting money on a vehicle registration wouldn't be beneficial unless there was a serious intent to launch the product locally...


Ford Mustang Performance Packs now available in Australia
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Ford Mustang Performance Packs now available in Australia

Owners of the 2016 and 2017 Ford Mustang can now order licensed mechanical upgrades through Australian dealers for the first time, the company has confirmed this week. While there are no signs of supercharger kits or power upgrades for either the 2.3-litre Ecoboost or 5...


2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA: Initial pricing and details revealed
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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA: Initial pricing and details revealed

Initial pricing and specifications for the facelifted 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA range have been announced, with the updated small crossover to kick off in Australia from $43,900 plus on-road costs. Distinguished by a revised front grille, front and rear bumpers, along with new head- and tail-light clusters, the facelifted GLA also gets several equipment upgrades over the model it replaces...


Lotus Elise Cup 250: Featherweight sports car gets track tune, Australian pricing revealed
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Lotus Elise Cup 250: Featherweight sports car gets track tune, Australian pricing revealed

The Lotus Elise Cup 250 has been revealed this week, adding yet another special model to the British sports car company's line-up. Sitting above the Elise Sport 220, the Cup 250 is pitched as the "fastest, most focused" four-cylinder Lotus sports car ever, and is very much a race car for the road. Powering the Elise Cup 250 is the same 1...


Subaru BRZ 'STI' teased on Instagram ahead of June 8 reveal
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Subaru BRZ 'STI' teased on Instagram ahead of June 8 reveal

A special Subaru BRZ has been teased this week on social media, with the Japanese manufacturer's US arm uploading this single image of an STI-branded rear wing on Instagram this week. The photo, captioned with "Stay tuned...6/8/17...


Toyota will teach kids to drive at Tokyo Toy Show
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Toyota will teach kids to drive at Tokyo Toy Show

The Toyota Camatte concept is set to become a reality, with the Japanese automotive giant to open a kid's driving school at this year's International Tokyo Toy Show. Called the Camatte School, kids and parents will be able to experience obtaining a driver's licence - by learning how to operate the steering wheel, accelerator and brakes, and drive a car around a course...


2013-2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV recalled for engine fix
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2013-2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV recalled for engine fix

The pre-facelift Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been recalled this week, with 1654 units potentially affected by an engine fault which could shut off the petrol motor inadvertently. Mitsubishi reports that improper engine software, electric vehicle (EV) software and spark plug specification are the cause of the issue, which could turn off the plug-in hybrid system's petrol engine unexpectedly during use, limiting the vehicle to electric power only...


Toyota TJ Cruiser name trademarked
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Toyota TJ Cruiser name trademarked

The Toyota TJ Cruiser nameplate has been trademarked in the US, hinting at a new model for the company's already expansive SUV and crossover range. The filing for use on “automobiles and structural parts thereof" with the US Patent and Trademark Office was discovered by AutoGuide...