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2017 Hyundai i20 WRC challenger unveiled: More aero, more power for rally-spec city car

Hyundai Motorsport has lifted the covers on its 2017 Hyundai i20 WRC challenger at a media event at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy, ahead of the 2017 World Rally Championship (WRC) season opener in Monte-Carlo...

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Ford finding new R&D efficiencies in virtual reality
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Ford finding new R&D efficiencies in virtual reality

If you think that technology has changed the way we use and interact with our cars, spare a thought for the engineers who design them. At the launch of the RWD Ford Everest this week, CarAdvice was invited to experience the VR CAVE development environment at the company’s Broadmeadows headquarters...


China's WM Motor to launch four affordable EVs
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China's WM Motor to launch four affordable EVs

When a brand-new automotive marque pops up and says it will build four affordable electric vehicles aimed at mainstream buyers, you could be forgiven for taking the claims with a grain of salt. But perhaps don't dismiss WM Motor so quickly... The Chinese brand is headed by former Geely executive Freeman Shen, an enterprising businessman who told Reuters recently that he thinks his brand, WM Motor, can offer buyers a different kind of electric car...


2018 Volkswagen Arteon previewed: Late 2017 launch for CC successor
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2018 Volkswagen Arteon previewed: Late 2017 launch for CC successor

Just days after production of the sleek CC four-door coupe came to an end, its replacement, the 2018 Volkswagen Arteon, has been confirmed. The Arteon name is said to be a portmanteau of the words 'art' (which "describes the saloon's lines") and 'eon' (identifying this car "as a premium model")...


Pininfarina-styled SEM DX3 revealed in China
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Pininfarina-styled SEM DX3 revealed in China

When you can't find talent at home, you look abroad. It's a common enough strategy, and it's one that has been keeping the lights on at legendary Pininfarina in recent years. While it is perhaps known best for its work with Ferrari, many will quickly sing the praises of Pininfarina's design and production work with the likes of Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Lancia, BMW, Volvo - not to mention Mitsubishi, Cadillac and Chevrolet, among others...


Jaguar I-Pace concept: More than just a concept
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Jaguar I-Pace concept: More than just a concept

When British luxury carmaker Jaguar took the covers off its stunning all-electric I-Pace SUV, it was quick to point out that this wasn’t just a concept, but rather “a preview of a production vehicle – a Jaguar electric performance SUV”. Globally, Jaguar is riding a wave of success led by the company’s entry-level XE sedan, as well as strong sales from the F-Pace – the brand’s first-ever SUV...


Five controversial car designs of 2016: Help us decide, and win!
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Five controversial car designs of 2016: Help us decide, and win!

Here's the thing about design: it's immensely subjective. If a car rides poorly, or suffers noticeable road noise in the cabin, there's not much of an argument to be had there. It is what it is. (That said, we always find a way...) Styling, though? That's a whole other beast...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class to be offered as a dual-cab only
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class to be offered as a dual-cab only

There won’t be single-cab or space-cab versions of the all-new Mercedes-Benz X-Class, it has been revealed. The new model – presaged by the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class models shown in Stockholm, Sweden this week – will be offered solely as a dual-cab model. The news was confirmed by Dr Klaus Benzinger, head of strategic product project for the mid-size pick-up at Mercedes-Benz...


Mercedes-Benz Sprinter EV coming in 2018
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter EV coming in 2018

An electric version of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is due to be produced in 2018, and Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia is going to bring it Down Under. The electric model will make up part of the all-new, third-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter range that will be revealed in 2017, and styling of the new model has been presaged by the Mercedes-Benz Vision Van concept (pictured throughout this story)...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class to be built in Spain, but Thailand not out of the question
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class to be built in Spain, but Thailand not out of the question

The all-new Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute destined for Australia will be built in a Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain – but if the demand is big enough, it could also come from Thailand. The new Mercedes-Benz X-Class shares plenty with the Nissan Navara ute, including manufacturing facilities in Spain (where the vehicles for markets like Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe and Russia will be built) and in Argentina for the South American markets...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute to get full range of accessories
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute to get full range of accessories

The Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class may only be a show car for now, but the production version will have a full range of accessories for tradies to personalise their utes. While we don’t have full details of what the final production version of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class will be in terms of equipment, the concept model – particularly the Powerful Adventurer with its beefy body styling – could provide a few free hints...


Mercedes chief reckons X-Class could be the only premium pick-up for some time
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Mercedes chief reckons X-Class could be the only premium pick-up for some time

At the launch of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute concepts in Sweden this week, there was constant talk of the fact the three-pointed star brand is the first premium brand to enter the pick-up space. It’s true – Mercedes-Benz is the first. But the question remains as to whether the all-new Mercedes-Benz X-Class will be the last.


2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 revealed
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2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 revealed

The all-new 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 has been revealed, with the new super saloon touted as being the most powerful E-Class of all time. Under the bonnet of the powerhouse E-Class model is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine which, in E63 S specification, pumps out a massive 450kW of power and 850Nm of torque...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute to be a key option for Australian buyers, company claims
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute to be a key option for Australian buyers, company claims

The first-ever Mercedes-Benz ute, the all-new Mercedes-Benz X-Class, will offer Australian buyers something very different from what they’ve become accustomed to, the German maker says...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class pick-up concept revealed
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class pick-up concept revealed

A pair of concept versions of the first-ever Mercedes-Benz ute – known as the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class – has been revealed. That’s right: the new Mercedes-Benz pick-up will be known as the X-Class, the brand has confirmed...


Mercedes-Benz Pickup "The Concept" teased again ahead of global debut
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Mercedes-Benz Pickup "The Concept" teased again ahead of global debut

The much-anticipated new Mercedes-Benz ute has been teased for a second time, with the German brand releasing a backlit image of the cloaked model, labelled Mercedes-Benz Pickup "The Concept". The image is the latest teaser to be released by Mercedes-Benz, which isn't just a luxury car maker but also has a big portion of the commercial vehicle market tied up with its Sprinter van, not to mention its Citan small van (not sold in Australia) and its larger truck lines...


Porsche Mission E could spawn electric vehicle range, including an SUV
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Porsche Mission E could spawn electric vehicle range, including an SUV

It is possible that the first ever fully-electric Porsche model, the upcoming production version of the Porsche Mission E concept shown at last year’s Frankfurt motor show, will spawn a range of EV models. The production version of the Porsche Mission E – its real name as yet unknown – is still some time away, perhaps as much as two years...


Porsche 911 hybrid still on the cards, but not a priority
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Porsche 911 hybrid still on the cards, but not a priority

There has been a burning question among Porsche purists for a while now: will the Stuttgart brand really put a hybrid drivetrain into its performance icon, the Porsche 911? According to Porsche executive board member for research and development, Michael Steiner, there is potential for such a version of the 911...


Porsche Panamera two-door coupe 'definitely has a market'
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Porsche Panamera two-door coupe 'definitely has a market'

There’s a chance that a two-door Porsche Panamera coupe could be produced to take on the likes of the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T and Bentley Continental. Such a model has been predicted from the German sports car brand for a while, as a potential third family member of the Panamera range alongside the sedan(ish) model that launched recently, and the confirmed Sport Turismo wagon due in the coming years...


Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept could spawn coupe-style SUV
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Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept could spawn coupe-style SUV

The divisive Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept shown at the 2016 Paris motor show could well spawn a production crossover coupe, according to the company’s chief designer. Tsunehiro Kunimoto, corporate general manager of Mitsubishi Motors’ design office, spoke with CarAdvice at the unveiling of the bulky GT-PHEV concept SUV, where he was keen to point out that the show car was a styling exercise first and foremost...