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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...


NEVS 9-3, 9-3X concepts unveiled: Electric Saab revival to enter production 2018
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NEVS 9-3, 9-3X concepts unveiled: Electric Saab revival to enter production 2018

The NEVS 9-3 and NEVS 9-3X concepts have been revealed ahead of their debut later this month. Externally, the NEVS 9-3 models are distinguished from their Saab 9-3 forebears via a new bonnet, grille, slim LED headlights, front and rear bumpers, and tail-light designs. The company hasn't provided many details about the revived 9-3's drivetrain, except to say the car will have a driving range of around 300 kilometres...


Uber fires head of self-driving car development in midst of legal battle with Google
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Uber fires head of self-driving car development in midst of legal battle with Google

Uber has fired Anthony Levandowski, the engineer who formerly headed up the company's self-driving car development team. Overnight, Uber confirmed to The New York Times it had fired its star engineer. Levandowski is at the centre of a court case launched earlier this year by Waymo, Google's autonomous vehicle arm, against Uber...


Growth in upper-level models key to BMW success
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Growth in upper-level models key to BMW success

The unstoppable letters and numbers catalogue of BMW models sees no sign of slowing, as the brand looks to more higher-end models to help stimulate further growth. Speaking at the unveiling of the 2018 BMW 8 Series concept in Italy, the coupe itself part of the premium strategy, BMW AG Management Board Member Ian Robertson noted that the push toward an ever more premium top-end “is about giving a special treatment to the customer”...


Audi Q2, Q5, Mini Countryman, Skoda Kodiaq score five-star ANCAP rating
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Audi Q2, Q5, Mini Countryman, Skoda Kodiaq score five-star ANCAP rating

A slew of new European SUVs have been awarded five-star safety ratings by independent crash-testing authority ANCAP this week - including the Audi Q2 and Q5, Mini Countryman and Skoda Kodiaq. Both the Audi Q2 and Q5 received praise for their autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems, which operate at speeds of up to 85km/h and feature pedestrian detection technology...


Ford Focus RS Option Pack adds LSD, black highlights, on the cards for Australia
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Ford Focus RS Option Pack adds LSD, black highlights, on the cards for Australia

The Ford Focus RS Option Pack has been revealed this week, giving the Blue Oval's hyper hatch several mechanical and cosmetic upgrades. Compared to the already manic 'standard' Focus RS, the Option Pack adds a mechanical limited-slip front differential sourced from tuning company Quaife, along with a two-tone colour scheme inside and out...


2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk confirmed for Australia, here in December
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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk confirmed for Australia, here in December

The manic Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk super SUV has been confirmed for the Australian market, locked in for a December launch. Powered by a 527kW/874Nm 6.2-litre supercharged V8 shared with the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats, the flagship Grand Cherokee can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 290km/h...


Meet Jeff Morton: defying the odds to tackle the tarmac
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Meet Jeff Morton: defying the odds to tackle the tarmac

Seven years ago, Jeff Morton didn't know if he would ever be able to race again, let alone win the Country Club GT Sports Trophy at Targa Tasmania in his 2017 Lotus Exige Sport 350. In 2010, Morton was diagnosed with brain cancer and was facing a long road to recovery after an operation to remove the tumour...