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Mini design ‘needs to progress’, no larger models planned

Mini says that it has stepped out of the ‘retro’ design philosophy and is embarking on a new era of design that will see the brand progress with a new distinct flavour that still maintains the core DNA of the brand’s iconic styling...

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BMW to further differentiate model designs
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BMW to further differentiate model designs

BMW says its future models will see a more distinct design language that should see bigger visual differences between most models, whilst also taking the next step in the brand’s overall design evolution. Speaking to the Australian motoring media at the Frankfurt motor show yesterday, the company’s vice president of BMW group design, Adrian van Hooydonk, said it is now time to take the brand’s design to a new level...


BMW: Autonomous cars to greatly influence car design
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BMW: Autonomous cars to greatly influence car design

BMW’s head of design says the onslaught of autonomous vehicles and their expected reduction in accidents will have a radical change on car design, with manufacturers able to introduce smaller cars that will not require today’s passive safety requirements...


Honda's reborn Civic is this year's sweetest concept
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Honda's reborn Civic is this year's sweetest concept

'Reborn' Civic? The Civic never died! True enough. Honda's global small car is now into its 10th generation, making it one of the longest-running nameplates on the market. But, like most cars that claim decades-old lineage, the Civic has more than a few times come out of its cocoon bigger than before and with an all-new look...


2018 Toyota Landcruiser Prado revealed: Here in November without V6 petrol
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2018 Toyota Landcruiser Prado revealed: Here in November without V6 petrol

The newly-updated 2018 Toyota Landcruiser Prado has been revealed at this week's Frankfurt motor show, with the Japanese carmaker putting an increased focus on safety for buyers of the rugged off-roader. Outside, a refreshed exterior is highlighted by a revised – and decently chrome-heavy – grille, restyled headlights, re-profiled fenders, and a potentially polarising new bonnet, which Toyota says has been sculpted “to enhance downward visibility”...


Designer reimagines BMW's Isetta as the cute bubble car of the future
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Designer reimagines BMW's Isetta as the cute bubble car of the future

The BMW Isetta of the 1950s is one of the quirkiest models to come from the Bavarian manufacturer in its 100-year history, and now one independent designer has reimagined the original 'bubble car' for the 21st century. Created by Justin Hyunjung Cho as a ride-sharing solution of the future, the modern-day Isetta mixes the super-compact concept of the original with various design elements of modern BMW models and autonomous driving technology...


Evolution of the BMW M5
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Evolution of the BMW M5

Although the all-new BMW M5 has just officially broken cover, the model isn't one new to the limelight, the Bavarian super sedan able to trace its history all the way back to 1984. So, with the latest – and some might say greatest – version due to launch globally in early 2018, we thought it a perfect time to look back and see just how one of the world's favourite executive muscle cars has evolved over the last 33 years...


2018 BMW M5 leaked
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2018 BMW M5 leaked

The all-new F90 generation 2018 BMW M5 has been leaked in a video post by a Chinese website. The leaked video - more an assembled slideshow of images with some drum and bass in the background - shows the final design of the halo performance sedan from BMW, including interior, infotainment, exterior and detail images of the car...


Volkswagen Microbus confirmed - electric Kombi successor coming in 2022
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Volkswagen Microbus confirmed - electric Kombi successor coming in 2022

The dream is set to come true for hippies and fans alike - the Volkswagen Microbus is going to return, for real, in 2022. The German company announced that the all-new model will be shaped on the I.D. Buzz concept electric van, which debuted earlier in 2017 at the Detroit motor show...


Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet revealed
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Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet revealed

Mercedes-Maybach, the extra-luxurious marque of Mercedes-Benz, has revealed a follow-up this weekend to its bold and mighty Vision 6 concept. The new concept, imaginatively named Vision 6 Cabriolet, was revealed at this week's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance a year since the hardtop debuted at the same location...


Ford patents removable steering wheel for driverless vehicles
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Ford patents removable steering wheel for driverless vehicles

Ford has revealed patent drawings envisioning an autonomous-capable vehicle with removable driver controls - such as the steering wheel, instruments and pedals. The images allow for safety equipment like airbags to operate with or without the driver's controls in place, using sensors to detect whether these components are installed - therefore firing the appropriate airbags in either the steering wheel or dashboard...


McLaren proves car design is child’s play with all-new open-top sportster
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McLaren proves car design is child’s play with all-new open-top sportster

British supercar brand McLaren Automotive has revealed its most affordable open-top sports car ever, and it's apparently been "designed with family in mind". A collaboration between McLaren Automotive and North American toy manufacturer, The Step2 Company, the new wheels don’t feature the UK performance marque’s well-known twin-turbocharged V8, but instead rely on parents for propulsion...


2018 BMW Z4: New-generation roadster previewed for Pebble Beach show
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2018 BMW Z4: New-generation roadster previewed for Pebble Beach show

The BMW Concept Z4 has been revealed this week for the Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach, previewing the company's next-generation roadster. Seemingly confirming the Z4 name, the concept car previews the production version which will be revealed sometime over the next 12 months...


Mini Cooper Ice Blue and Clubman Masterpiece special editions coming
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Mini Cooper Ice Blue and Clubman Masterpiece special editions coming

There'll be two new special edition versions of the Mini Cooper Hatch and Mini Clubman launching in the coming months. First up will be an October launch for the Mini Clubman Masterpiece, a limited edition model of 30 examples based on the Cooper S Clubman model...


2018 Ford GT '67 Heritage Edition celebrates second GT40 Le Mans win
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2018 Ford GT '67 Heritage Edition celebrates second GT40 Le Mans win

The already uber-cool Ford GT supercar has just become a little cooler, with Ford announcing the arrival of a second new limited-edition model to be inspired by the US car maker's iconic Le Mans history. A follow up to the 2017 Ford GT ‘66 Heritage Edition revealed back in June 2016, the 2018 Ford GT ‘67 Heritage Edition again commemorates a Le Mans win, however this time it’s honouring the No...


2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo: Five fast facts about the 600hp beast from the east
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2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo: Five fast facts about the 600hp beast from the east

As a bloke with a fair soft spot for a variety of old-school Nissans – and even more so, a bit of a long-time GT-R fan-boy – getting the opportunity to drive one of the most mental road-legal GT-Rs of all time, the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo, was a huge thrill. And while you can watch and read all about it, I wanted to share five facts about the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo you might not have known...


I think I'm going to lose my bet.
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I think I'm going to lose my bet.

The bet was a simple one. I reckoned that the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class would sell more than 5000 units in its first full year on sale in Australia. I even wrote it on one of the many whiteboards at our office, to which my colleague Rob laughed and suggested a less ambitious number...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class revealed
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class revealed

Who would have thought the most hotly anticipated reveal for Mercedes-Benz this year would be a ute? But it sure is – and here it is, the all-new 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class. The first ever Mercedes-Benz X-Class, which is also the first ever pick-up from the three-pointed star brand, has been unveiled at an event in South Africa, with the Nissan Navara-based model clearly cutting a different figure to its donor vehicle...


Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur ready to build the Porsche you desire
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Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur ready to build the Porsche you desire

I’m not sure you need to make a bona fide weapons-grade supercar like the Porsche 911 Turbo S any more special than it already is, but regardless, Porsche has myriad options for those of you wanting to make an even more individual statement with your 911. In fact, you can make that statement with any Porsche, not just the flagship model...


2018 Honda Civic Type R triple exhaust makes the car quieter… wait, what?
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2018 Honda Civic Type R triple exhaust makes the car quieter… wait, what?

One of the talking points of the new-generation 2018 Honda Civic Type R is its three-pipe exhaust system, which you may have thought was just a (further) styling exercise for the Japanese hot-hatch. But there’s more to it than that. The three-tip system has a clever noise-lowering function when the Honda's 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine is hoofing it on the highway...