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Audi Q8 goes official with Detroit concept teasers
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Audi Q8 goes official with Detroit concept teasers

The Audi Q8 has taken another step towards production reality today, with the German premium marque handing down a pair of preview sketches ahead of a Detroit motor show unveiling next month. For now, Detroit's Q8 debut will be of a "near-production" concept only, but it marks the first proper look at the big new luxury SUV since the company first confirmed its coming way back in late 2014...


2017 Kia Picanto teased ahead of global debut
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2017 Kia Picanto teased ahead of global debut

Despite its face having already been plastered across the internet, a trio of new teaser sketches for the upcoming 2017 Kia Picanto has been released online. As with the larger new Rio that came before it, this sketch hints at hot-hatch looks. But, as always, that will prove to be more the wishful thinking of its designer than any sort of genuine preview...


Next-generation Subaru XV will help make small SUV sales great again
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Next-generation Subaru XV will help make small SUV sales great again

Subaru Australia believes this year’s modest decline in mainstream small SUV sales is a mere blip, with the company predicting double-digit growth in this segment through 2017 driven largely by its all-new XV crossover and the imminent Toyota C-HR. VFACTS figures show that small SUV sales at the affordable end of the market (sub $40,000) are down 1...


Volkswagen settles two Dieselgate suits for around $3.4 billion, European fixes approved
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Volkswagen settles two Dieselgate suits for around $3.4 billion, European fixes approved

Volkswagen has settled two major Dieselgate-related lawsuits in North America, which could set the company back a further $3.4 billion dollars. 3.0-litre V6 TDI The first case is a US civil lawsuit in relation to the 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine that has a defeat device that detects laboratory emissions testing and is capable of putting the engine into a “temperature conditioning” mode, which limits NOx (oxides of nitrogen) output...


Ford Australia gets R&D boost: Global president Fields in Melbourne, announces new funding
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Ford Australia gets R&D boost: Global president Fields in Melbourne, announces new funding

Ford has re-affirmed its commitment to Australia as one of three major global hubs for vehicle design and development, alongside Dearborn and Cologne. Ford Motor Company global president and CEO Mark Fields, in Australia for a series of meetings, personally announced today's boost in funding for the Victorian sites that developed the global Ranger and Everest, among numerous other product...


Lexus might make a convertible LC, but no F model before new V8 arrives
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Lexus might make a convertible LC, but no F model before new V8 arrives

The Lexus LC coupe could gain a convertible and a high-performance LC F companion down the track, but the drop-top is likely to appear well ahead of any hardcore go-fast model. Automotive News reports that a Lexus LC convertible is a strong possibility, and would be one of the first derivatives to emerge if Toyota decides to expand the LC range...


2017 Citroen C3 WRC revealed
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2017 Citroen C3 WRC revealed

The 2017 Citroen C3 WRC was unveiled overnight, and it looks even wilder and more extreme than the concept unveiled in September. Citroen's 2017 WRC entrant is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder engine. Thanks to the wider turbo restrictor permitted for the upcoming season, the engine is said to develop around 283kW of power (380hp)...


Tesla hires Volvo's chief interior designer to improve cabins
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Tesla hires Volvo's chief interior designer to improve cabins

Tesla has hired Volvo's head of interior design to help give its upcoming cars more inviting cabins. As initially reported by Elektrek, Tesla has hired Anders Bell to the position of senior director for engineering. Prior to this, Bell spent over two years at Volvo with a similar title...


Next Nissan Leaf to be priced at Pulsar level, platform shared with Mitsubishi, Renault - report
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Next Nissan Leaf to be priced at Pulsar level, platform shared with Mitsubishi, Renault - report

The next-generation Nissan Leaf will have its underpinnings shared with both Nissan's alliance partners, Renault and Mitsubishi. Last week, Arnaud Deboeuf, senior vice president of Renault-Nissan BV, confirmed to Automotive News that the next-generation versions of the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf will ride on a common platform and share key components, including electric motors...


Subaru will let you buy the new Impreza online, or at a shopping centre
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Subaru will let you buy the new Impreza online, or at a shopping centre

Subaru Australia’s importer Inchcape is experimenting with the very foundation of its business model, outlining a bold plan to sell the sharper new Impreza online and through a series of new transactional shopping centre stores and pop-up sites. The bold strategy was designed principally to grow the Impreza’s appeal among younger drivers...


2017 Subaru Impreza detailed: New generation expected to double in sales
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2017 Subaru Impreza detailed: New generation expected to double in sales

Subaru Australia is expecting its much-improved new-generation Impreza sedan and hatch range to achieve twice as many sales in 2017 as the outgoing car did this year. The dramatic sales growth in the relatively flat small-car segment — still Australia’s largest by sales, at 19 per cent market share — is expected to spearhead Subaru’s drive to pass its all-time local sales record next year, beating 2016's tally...


Subaru dramatically cutting its servicing costs, starting with 2017 Impreza
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Subaru dramatically cutting its servicing costs, starting with 2017 Impreza

Subaru Australia’s importer is finally addressing one area we’ve long considered a grievance on its cars —service costs. The 95 per cent new Impreza range launching this week will be the first Subaru models sold here with 12-month or 12,500km service intervals (whichever comes first) instead of the existing six-month/10,000km intervals across the rest of its range...


2017 Lexus LC 500 Australian details confirmed ahead of May launch
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2017 Lexus LC 500 Australian details confirmed ahead of May launch

The all-new 2017 Lexus LC flagship coupe is expected to arrive in local showrooms from May, with a choice of two drivetrains. Visually, the two variants are largely identical, bar the badging, but under the bonnet these coupes are two entirely different propositions. The performance heart of the LC500 is Lexus’s proven naturally aspirated 5...


Government proposes new fuel efficiency standards for vehicles
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Government proposes new fuel efficiency standards for vehicles

The Turnbull government has proposed new environmental and fuel efficiency standards this week that would force manufacturers to sell vehicles with more economical engines to meet emissions targets - similar to many European countries. Other measures being considered are improving the quality of fuel sold at service stations, and upgrading existing air pollution standards...


Uber admits that its self-driving cars illegally cut across bike lanes
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Uber admits that its self-driving cars illegally cut across bike lanes

Uber has admitted that its self-driving vehicles perform illegal and potentially dangerous right turns. In an email to The Guardian, an Uber spokeswoman admitted that its self-driving cars have a "problem" when they turn across bike lanes, but said that the ride-sharing firm was working on a fix...