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Pininfarina could soon produce an electric sports car

Italian design house Pininfarina is said to be moving towards producing an electric sports car, according to a new report. UK website Autocar claims that Mahindra, the Indian giant that acquired Pininfarina late last year, is looking to the iconic studio and coachbuilder to aid its electric vehicle (EV) plans...

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Hyundai taps star Bentley designer for Genesis styling
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Hyundai taps star Bentley designer for Genesis styling

Korean car maker Hyundai has recruited one of Bentley’s senior designers as its new vice president of styling. SangYup Lee had worked as the head of exterior and advanced design for the exclusive British marque since 2013. Before his stint with Bentley, Mr Lee worked at Volkswagen America’s Advanced Design Centre in California, as a senior designer for Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini...


Australia's National Motor Museum launching video game exhibition
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Australia's National Motor Museum launching video game exhibition

The National Motor Museum in South Australia will pay homage to our favourite motor racing games as part of a new exhibition that will explore the relationship between video games and motor culture. The exhibition, ‘REVolution: where pixels meet motors - an interactive history of video gaming and motor cultur', is thanks to a $125,000 grant...


2018 Volvo XC40 previewed alongside jacked-up 'V40.2' concept
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2018 Volvo XC40 previewed alongside jacked-up 'V40.2' concept

Shoppers in the compact SUV market have been given a first look at what could be their next buy, with the unveiling today of a concept that is sure to preview the new 2018 Volvo XC40. For now, the show car is known as the XC40.1, one of two new '40 Series' concepts, following in the footsteps of the current V40 and 40-badged models of generations past...


2016 Honda Civic Black Pack option unveiled
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2016 Honda Civic Black Pack option unveiled

The 2016 Honda Civic sedan may have only just had its order books opened in dealerships around the country, but the Japanese brand's new Thai-built sedan will also be available with a new Black Pack from launch. The genuine Honda accessory pack is available across all five grades of the all-new Civic sedan range, including the 1.8-litre VTi and VTi-S and the 1...


Toyota 86 future bright, says global chief engineer: Turbo unlikely, convertible still a dream
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Toyota 86 future bright, says global chief engineer: Turbo unlikely, convertible still a dream

The man responsible for the Toyota 86 says the model's future is bright, with enough ideas and concepts under development to keep existing fans interested and potentially attract new fans to the already popular model. In Australia for the country’s third Festival of 86 event, Toyota 86 global chief engineer Tetsuya Tada told CarAdvice he and his team have “plenty of ideas, but we’re always looking for the very best ideas”...


Car makers line up for Good Design Australia awards
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Car makers line up for Good Design Australia awards

A number of car makers have deemed their latest offerings appealing enough to be a chance for a prize at this year’s Good Design Australia awards. Last year’s prize, in both the main Good Design Award and the Overall Product Design in the Automotive and Transport category, went to the Tesla Model S. BMW’s i3 was also successful, taking the top award in the Sustainability class...


2017 Volkswagen Amarok gets V6 diesel power
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2017 Volkswagen Amarok gets V6 diesel power

The 2017 Volkswagen Amarok has been unveiled in the form of the new-look – and powered-up – VW Amarok Aventura dual-cab ute. The so-called "premium pick-up" is set to become the only ute in the segment with a turbo diesel V6 engine, with the new 3.0-litre power unit churning out 165kW of power and 550Nm of torque: up markedly on the most powerful twin-turbo four-cylinder engine currently offered in the Amarok (with 132kW and 420Nm)...


Mahindra reveals Pininfarina-designed Formula E concepts
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Mahindra reveals Pininfarina-designed Formula E concepts

Indian manufacturer Mahindra has revealed three Formula E race car concepts designed by Italian design house Pininfarina. Known for penning some of the most beautiful Ferraris to ever grace the world’s tarmac, Pininfarina - now owned by the Mahindra Group - has turned its attention to designing the next all-electric Formula racer...


2017 Lexus IS facelift unveiled - UPDATE
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2017 Lexus IS facelift unveiled - UPDATE

UPDATE: Lexus Australia has confirmed a 2017 local launch for the revised IS range. An updated version of the Lexus IS luxury sedan has been unveiled at the 2016 Beijing motor show. The 2017 Lexus IS brings with it a revamped front-end design including newly reformed headlights that still sit proudly above those tick-shaped daytime running lights...


Mazda MX-5 reaches production milestone with one-millionth model
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Mazda MX-5 reaches production milestone with one-millionth model

The one-millionth Mazda MX-5 has been produced in Japan, adding yet another milestone to the iconic soft-top's growing list of historic achievements. Repeatedly recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's best-selling two-seater sports car, the one-millionth Mazda MX-5 ever produced, rolled of the Hiroshima production line on April 22 - 27 years after mass-production of the model first began in April 1989...


Fiat Chrysler announces 1.1-million car recall over gear selector: Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge models affected
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Fiat Chrysler announces 1.1-million car recall over gear selector: Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge models affected

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced a recall for more than 1.1 million vehicles over a potential problem with the gear selector fitted to certain Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler models. According to a statement from the brand, 811,586 vehicles in the US are affected by the recall, as well as 52,144 cars and SUVs in Canada; 16,805 models in Mexico; and 248,667 outside the NAFTA region - likely including Australia, though we're yet to hear back from the company's local arm...


2017 Honda Accord Hybrid unveiled, previews updated Accord styling
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2017 Honda Accord Hybrid unveiled, previews updated Accord styling

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid has been unveiled, and while it won't be sold in Australia, the facelift gives an idea of what to expect from the standard Accord range which will launch later this year. Honda's Australian arm made it clear at a recent roundtable that while an updated Accord was imminent, the updated Accord Hybrid version wouldn't be offered...


2017 Volkswagen Amarok sketches revealed
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2017 Volkswagen Amarok sketches revealed

The first sketches of the facelifted 2017 Volkswagen Amarok utility have been released, with the German brand claiming the update has seen the "premium pick-up given the latest Volkswagen design"...


2017 Lexus IS facelift previewed ahead of Beijing debut
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2017 Lexus IS facelift previewed ahead of Beijing debut

A shadowy teaser for the updated 2017 Lexus IS sedan has been handed down ahead of the 2016 Beijing motor show, revealing at least two familiar tweaks in the process. Although a clear view of the full update is still to come, today’s teaser reveals a reshaped headlight design and a sharp new folder through each side of the front bumper...


Land Rover Reborn program open to Australian buyers
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Land Rover Reborn program open to Australian buyers

The recently-announced Land Rover Reborn program will be open to Australian buyers - but the stunningly restored early model Land Rover Series and Defender models that will be sold will cost a pretty penny. Last week the brand showed the first of its Land Rover Reborn models in the form of a Series I Land Rover, and there was an intended production number of 25 vehicles announced at that time, too...


Mini Living: Brit brand unveils concept apartment
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Mini Living: Brit brand unveils concept apartment

If you're a true Mini-malist, you'll probably have been expecting this spin-off for some time now - this is Mini Living, a new apartment concept installation that has been unveiled at the Salone del Mobile 2016 in Milan...


GM design at the top of its game: Simcoe
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GM design at the top of its game: Simcoe

Incoming new design boss for General Motors, Mike Simcoe, says there’s little for him to do in his new role but for supporting the work of his predecessor, retiring 43-year GM veteran Ed Welburn. Simcoe was announced as Welburn’s replacement today, having only found out on Tuesday that he’d got the gig...


Australian Mike Simcoe to become GM's global design chief on May 1
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Australian Mike Simcoe to become GM's global design chief on May 1

Australian designer Michael Simcoe will take over from Ed Welburn as the vice president of General Motors Global Design on May 1. In the process, Simcoe will become the seventh global design leader at GM, following in the footsteps of Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell, Irvin Rybicki, Chuck Jordan, Wayne Cherry, and the soon-to-depart Ed Welburn...


Jaguar’s design similarities deliberate: Ian Callum
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Jaguar’s design similarities deliberate: Ian Callum

Jaguar says that designing its current model line-up to look similar is a deliberate and considered step, while the British brand goes through a global revitalisation program. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the new Jaguar F-Pace in Montenegro this week, the brand’s head of design, world-famous car designer Ian Callum, said that the decision to make the new SUV look so similar to Jaguar’s other models was very measured...