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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...

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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...


Porsche 911 GT2 RS: Walter Rohrl says mega power figure was the 'biggest challenge' in development
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Porsche 911 GT2 RS: Walter Rohrl says mega power figure was the 'biggest challenge' in development

When you have driving masters like Walter Rohrl and Mark Webber involved in the development of a sportscar from the outset, you expect a serious weapon by the time the finished vehicle reaches consumers. In the case of the ballistic new 911 GT2 RS, the fastest and most powerful 911 ever, that is very much the reality...


Car colour choices speak to the region in which you live, says BASF
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Car colour choices speak to the region in which you live, says BASF

If you live in Europe you will prefer a bold blue; if you're from North America, chances are you'll settle for silver; and if you're from the Asia-Pacific region, aqua could be for you. That's right - my prediction that aqua is back appears to have been bang on the money, with German paint and chemical company BASF stating in its Automotive Colour Trends 2016/17 report stating there's a parallax effect in play - that being, "objects appear shifted or changed when viewed from different angles"...


2017 McLaren 570S Spider revealed: 3.2-second 0-100km/h for $435,750 drop-top McLaren
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2017 McLaren 570S Spider revealed: 3.2-second 0-100km/h for $435,750 drop-top McLaren

We knew it was coming, but here it is. The McLaren 570S Spider has been officially revealed, and it's no mere poser. Claimed to offer the same high-performance dynamic attributes and refinement of the 570S Coupe, but “with the added exhilaration of open-air driving”, the previously-confirmed 2017 McLaren 570S Spider combines the Coupe’s carbon-fibre MonoCell II chassis, with an electrically-operated two-piece hardtop...


Infiniti Q60 Project Black S: Pirelli deal hints at progress on potential M4 rival
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Infiniti Q60 Project Black S: Pirelli deal hints at progress on potential M4 rival

Pirelli has announced it will collaborate with Infiniti on the premium Japanese marque's Q60 Project Black S program, suggesting the 'concept car' unveiled at the 2017 Geneva motor show, might indeed prove to be more than just wishful thinking...


Oliver Heilmer to head Mini design, Stephenson nowhere to be seen
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Oliver Heilmer to head Mini design, Stephenson nowhere to be seen

The BMW Group has announced Oliver Heilmer as the new head of design for the Mini brand, almost a year since his predecessor Anders Warming moved on. Heilmer is the current president of Designworks, a subsidiary of the BMW Group - with design studios in California, Munich and Shanghai - and has been part of the group's design team for 17 years...


Rob Melville to lead McLaren design, Stephenson rumoured for Mini return
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Rob Melville to lead McLaren design, Stephenson rumoured for Mini return

Supercar company McLaren has moved chief designer Rob Melville to the office with a view, promoting him to the position of Design Director. Replacing outgoing design director Frank Stephenson, Melville will report directly to McLaren chief operating officer, Dr Jens Ludmann. "I remember when I got the call to come and join McLaren back in 2009 and the joy I felt then is the same today...


Audi, Hyundai, Mazda, Renault, Tesla nominated for Good Design Awards
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Audi, Hyundai, Mazda, Renault, Tesla nominated for Good Design Awards

Finalists for Australia's 2017 Good Design Awards have been announced, and several automotive manufacturers have products in line for the win. In the automotive and transport division, the Audi A5/S5, Q2, Hyundai i30, Mazda CX-5, Renault Megane and Tesla Model X are all nominated for the award, which the organisation says reflects excellence in architectural design, digital and communication design, and emerging areas of design such as business model innovation, social innovation and design entrepreneurship...


BMW 8 Series concept revealed
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BMW 8 Series concept revealed

Here it is, our first clear look at the upcoming 2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe, in concept form. The last time anybody in the world could stroll into a BMW showroom and lay down cash or cheque on a factory-fresh 8 Series, Fight Club and The Matrix were blowing minds and Limp Bizkit's Nookie was driving grown-ups spare...


2018 Toyota Camry unveiled with TRD and Modellista variants
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2018 Toyota Camry unveiled with TRD and Modellista variants

We'd already seen the 2018 Toyota Camry - but that vehicle was the one developed for the North American market. Here you see the 2018 Toyota Camry in Japanese domestic market spec: in other words, the version that'll be sold here from late this year...


ANCAP: Shocking old v new crash test highlights ominous fatality data
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ANCAP: Shocking old v new crash test highlights ominous fatality data

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has performed a head-on crash test between two cars of the same lineage, 17 years apart, to highlight newly unveiled data suggesting older vehicles are four times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than their modern counterparts...


Mini Countryman rooftop tent option revealed
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Mini Countryman rooftop tent option revealed

If you're one of those outdoorsy types who may actually get out into nature in your new-generation Mini Countryman, a new rooftop tent unveiled in Europe could be something to put on your Christmas list. The new AirTop pop-up tent has been developed co-operatively by Mini and Autohome, with the roof-rack-mounted expanding box made of fibreglass designed specifically for the all-new Countryman SUV...


2017 Shanghai motor show: Hits and misses
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2017 Shanghai motor show: Hits and misses

The opening press days of the 2017 Shanghai motor show have now wrapped up, with the biggest motor show in the region - and indeed, one of the biggest in the world - now open to the public. This year's show brought us a host of new production models and concepts - some weirder than others - and more than a few hints at what we can expect to see on the road in the years ahead...


Skoda Vision E revealed in Shanghai
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Skoda Vision E revealed in Shanghai

The Skoda Vision E concept, previewed through sketches over the past month, has made its Shanghai motor show debut today. The latest in Skoda's long-running 'Vision' series of concepts, the high-riding Vision E previews a coupe-styled companion to the new Kodiaq SUV...


Aqua is back, baby!
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Aqua is back, baby!

You guys, have you noticed? Aqua is back. No, I’m not talking about the shit band from the 2000s that had the hit about Barbie. I’m talking about the colour. On cars, specifically. In even more specific terms, car brands are seemingly embracing the idea that not all cars have to be black, white, grey or silver, though the targeting is very much where you’d expect it – at the younger buyer group, the ones who aren't going to be spending more than about $40,000 on a car...


Genesis design heading towards cars that 'won't need headlights anymore'
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Genesis design heading towards cars that 'won't need headlights anymore'

The head of design for Hyundai’s luxury brand, Genesis, says headlights are on their way out, as the generation of autonomous vehicles look set to take over. Speaking to CarAdvice at the New York motor show this week, Luc Donckerwolke, the former design director at Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley and now the chief designer at Genesis, believes car designers need to get away from the cycle of repeating the same design elements and instead focus on pushing future-proof designs, starting with altering headlight requirements...


Kia Optima Sportswagon, Mazda MX-5 RF take top honours at Red Dot Awards
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Kia Optima Sportswagon, Mazda MX-5 RF take top honours at Red Dot Awards

The Kia Optima Sportswagon and Mazda MX-5 RF have received "Best of the Best" titles at this year's Red Dot Awards for product design, while the Kia Niro and Kia Rio also nabbed wins in their respective categories...


Hyundai dual-cab ute still not in the pipeline "at the moment", says design head
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Hyundai dual-cab ute still not in the pipeline "at the moment", says design head

It seems the dual-cab ute Hyundai Australia so very dearly wants is still a way off, with the Korean brand's design head saying such as model is not in the pipeline just yet. Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice at this week’s 2017 Seoul motor show, Hyundai and Kia chief design officer Peter Schreyer said, while he and his team are working on a number of vehicles, a ute is still not currently one of them...