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Italdesign looking for US clients outside Volkswagen Group - report

The boss of Italdesign, the legendary design house now owned by the Volkswagen group, has gone on record saying he would like to expand the company’s clientele beyond the European giant’s umbrella...

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Bentley Bentayga v Bentley EXP 9F Concept: styling face-off
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Bentley Bentayga v Bentley EXP 9F Concept: styling face-off

As any model does, the all-new Bentley Bentayga has found its share of detractors when it comes to styling. But, the thing is, so did the bold and vaguely retro-futuristic EXP 9F concept that came before it. Indeed, back in 2012, reports out of Europe suggested that sources within Bentley had conceded that the EXP 9F's styling was "a little heavy-handed", moving the marque's designers to return to the drawing board...


Open-wheel EV sets new 1.5-second 0-100km/h world record time
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Open-wheel EV sets new 1.5-second 0-100km/h world record time

Students from Switzerland's ETH Zurich university have successfully set a new 0-100km/h world record time for an electric car, completing the benchmark sprint in a mind-numbing 1.513 seconds...


2017 Porsche Panamera teaser video reveals 911-inspired rump
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2017 Porsche Panamera teaser video reveals 911-inspired rump

Another day, another serving of imagery for the coming new 2017 Porsche Panamera. Just hours after a set of revealing new spy photos surfaced, showing off all but the internal styling of the new model's lighting, a new official teaser video has appeared...


Kia GT sports sedan expected on sale in Australia by late 2017
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Kia GT sports sedan expected on sale in Australia by late 2017

The long-rumoured Kia GT sports sedan is all-but certain to hit showroom floors in Australia in the third quarter of 2017. Kia Australia has made it clear that it plans to offer the yet-to-be-confirmed and yet-to-be-revealed new rear-wheel-drive sedan late next year...


Renault Twingo GT: rear-drive city car gets Renault Sport boost
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Renault Twingo GT: rear-drive city car gets Renault Sport boost

The sporty-looking Renault Twingo GT has been unveiled, revealing a tricked up version of the rear-wheel-drive French micro car. Inspired by the uber-cool 235kW/380Nm V6-powered Renault Twin’Run concept car first seen back in 2013, the Renault Twingo GT continues with the standard model’s rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, but boasts Renault Sport-fettled performance upgrades...


Jaguar Land Rover to sue over Chinese Evoque knock-off
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Jaguar Land Rover to sue over Chinese Evoque knock-off

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will take legal action against China's Jiangling Motor for its Land Wind X7 compact SUV, despite an earlier complaint having been fobbed off by Chinese authorities already. The X7 became the latest in a long line of Chinese-market models with knock-off styling when it first appeared in 2014, moving Jaguar Land Rover - which produces the small Range Rover Evoque - to file a complaint over intellectual property theft...


Mazda MX-5 takes top prize at Good Design Australia awards
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Mazda MX-5 takes top prize at Good Design Australia awards

It's already World Car of the Year's best car overall and best-designed car, and now the new ND MX-5 has added another styling trophy to its cabinet with a win in Australia's annual Good Design awards. Nominees for the prize were announced in April, with aesthetically adventurous rivals like the Citroen C4 Cactus and Kia Sportage throwing down with the MX-5 and more classically styled contenders in the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7...


Pininfarina could soon produce an electric sports car
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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...


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...