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Renault Megane RS265 targets sub-8min Nurburgring lap

The hottest street-legal Renaultsport Megane in history will launch in June with its sights set on reclaiming the lap record for a front-wheel-drive car around the Nurburgring...

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Ford Fiesta ST specification upgrades ruled out for Australia
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Ford Fiesta ST specification upgrades ruled out for Australia

Europe will receive a revised, better-equipped version of the Ford Fiesta ST hot-hatch, but the changes won't flow through to Australia. The Ford Fiesta ST 3 model has been launched in select European markets, bringing additional equipment such as satellite navigation and digital radio reception at a small premium - but the company's local arm has informed CarAdvice that no such changes will be offered here because the brand wants its hot-hatch to remain the sharpest priced of its peers...


Porsche Macan :: four-cylinder entry model revealed
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Porsche Macan : four-cylinder entry model revealed

An entry-level Porsche Macan powered by a four-cylinder engine shared with Volkswagen Group budget brands Skoda and Seat has been revealed at the 2014 Beijing auto show. The new base model Macan is equipped with parent company Volkswagen’s turbocharged 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder EA888 engine rather than the unique 'boxer' four-cylinder design recently confirmed for the Boxster and Cayman...


Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport to bridge the gap between C-Class and C63 AMG
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Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport to bridge the gap between C-Class and C63 AMG

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class range is set to see the inclusion of a new C450 AMG Sport model that will help fill the space between the regular range and the manic new-generation C63 AMG. The yet-to-be-revealed C450 AMG Sport will be powered by the same 3.0-litre twin-turbo six-cylinder engine as is seen in the C400, though it has been massaged for extra power...


Fiat Panda, Punto and 500 prices change as part of Italian city car shuffle
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Fiat Panda, Punto and 500 prices change as part of Italian city car shuffle

Driveaway prices for the entry-level versions of the Fiat Panda, Punto and 500 city cars have been shuffled as part of a range re-think. Until recently the stylish Fiat 500 hatch was the starting point in the range, priced from $14,000 driveaway, with the Punto ($16,000 driveaway) sitting between it and the Panda ($16,500)...


Audi A1 three-door model dropped
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Audi A1 three-door model dropped

The three-door Audi A1 has been axed from the brand's city car line-up in Australia. The German luxury brand will now sell only the five-door A1 Sportback, after a decision was made to dump the three-door version. Audi Australia senior product communications executive Shaun Cleary told CarAdvice the market was the determining factor in the decision to drop the three-door model...


Audi A1 to get three-cylinder engine, A3 set to follow
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Audi A1 to get three-cylinder engine, A3 set to follow

The march of the three-cylinder engine is set to continue, with the Audi A1 and Audi A3 destined to be fitted with fuel-saving triples. Audi CEO Rupert Stadler told UK publication AutoExpress at the 2014 Beijing auto show that offering a fuel-sipping three-cylinder engine in the brand's smaller offerings was logical...


Mercedes-Benz MLC :: first look at new X6 rival
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Mercedes-Benz MLC : first look at new X6 rival

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have captured the all-new Mercedes-Benz MLC-Class testing in Germany just days after a concept of the coupe-style luxury crossover debuted in China. The MLC-Class prototype is seen here on the streets outside Mercedes-Benz’s research and development centre in Sindelfingen...


Fiat Ducato large van revealed
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Fiat Ducato large van revealed

Couriers are about to get a touch more Italian style - the new Fiat Ducato has been revealed. The Italian company's commercial vehicle offshoot Fiat Professional claims the new model - which comes in more than 10,00 variants based upon van, cab-chassis and passenger transport models - sets a new standard in the large van class...


Hyundai US chief hints at future ute, could launch within three years
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Hyundai US chief hints at future ute, could launch within three years

A Hyundai ute looks set to become a reality, following a hint from the company's US chief. Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski was quoted by Autonews as suggesting that the pickup/truck/ute segment is one that cannot be ignored - and it appears clear the brand is aiming to expand its commercial vehicle offering following spy shots of a new large van range making their way to CarAdvice (see image above)...


Hyundai to upsize van range with Sprinter rivals
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Hyundai to upsize van range with Sprinter rivals

Hyundai is set to expand its commercial van range with new models to compete with big-name European package haulers. Two new large commercial models - a high-top, long wheelbase van and a single-cab van-based ute - are set to soon join the brand's ranks, giving Hyundai new models to rival vehicles such as the Renault Master and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter...


Suzuki iV-4 SUV : Production version due here in 2015
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Suzuki iV-4 SUV : Production version due here in 2015

The Suzuki iV-4 is set to become a production reality, with Suzuki Australia confirming the road-going version of the funky, tiny SUV will be sold here in 2015. The iV-4 was first shown in concept car guise at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show, and while the model had already been confirmed to make it to production, it won't be a successor to the Jimny model that was axed late last year due to lacking electronic stability control...


2014 BMW X3 pricing and specifications
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2014 BMW X3 pricing and specifications

The BMW X3 has been updated for 2014, with a new turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, more standard gear and higher pricing for the new-look SUV. The revamped all-wheel-drive SUV range adopts a more aggressively styled front-end including new headlights and grille designs, different front and rear bumpers, LED side mirror indicators and the choice of four new colours and five new wheel designs...


Infiniti says it’s time to stop being a second-tier luxury brand
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Infiniti says it’s time to stop being a second-tier luxury brand

Japanese luxury brand Infiniti says it’s time to get serious about taking on the German establishment. The Nissan-owned luxury brand, which was made an independent division of the Japanese company late last year, is planning to push a range of new models into production over the next six years – and Infiniti Americas vice president Michael Bartsch told CarAdvice at the 2014 New York auto show in frank terms that the company needs to prove it’s worthy of consideration...


2015 Ford Mustang GT debuts
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2015 Ford Mustang GT debuts 'Burnout' function

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3nbwCjZKk8 Performing a perfect burnout in the 2015 Ford Mustang will be as simple as changing the radio station or setting the cruise control. The all-new Mustang GT will come standard with electronic line-lock – an industry-first software feature that helps drivers smoke up the rear wheels by engaging a function in the car’s on-board computer...


2016 Chevrolet Volt spied
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2016 Chevrolet Volt spied

The new-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt has been caught undergoing testing ahead of its expected debut next year. The all-new petrol-electric hybrid model will reportedly be built on the same underpinnings as the next-generation Cruze small car, a move that will save General Motors significant engineering and development costs and also shave the price of the car significantly...


2015 Subaru BRZ gets suspension revisions, subtle tweaks
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2015 Subaru BRZ gets suspension revisions, subtle tweaks

A subtly updated version of the Subaru BRZ is set to arrive in Australia in the coming months after being unveiled in Japan overnight. The introduction of the 2015 Subaru BRZ comes just days after Toyota announced an almost identical list of upgrades for its half of the Japanese sports car partnership, the 86...


Mini Paceman updated with sharper looks, performance
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Mini Paceman updated with sharper looks, performance

The updated two-door Mini Paceman has been unveiled at the 2014 Beijing auto show ahead of its July global launch and imminent arrival in Australia late in 2014 or early in 2015. Headlined by a 5kW power increase for the refreshed Mini Cooper S Paceman – now outputting 140kW and 240Nm – the Paceman update comprises a four-cylinder engine line-up including two 1...


Jeep Wrangler Polar edition arrives for winter
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Jeep Wrangler Polar edition arrives for winter

The Jeep Wrangler Polar edition has blown into Australian showrooms a few weeks out from the start of winter. Priced $3000 above the Wrangler Overland on which it’s based, the limited edition Polar is available in two-door ($45,500) and four-door ($50,000) body styles and is fitted with a range of unique features and styling elements inspired by the harsh climate of Antarctica...


Suzuki Alivio concept :: Australian arm keen for new small sedan
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Suzuki Alivio concept : Australian arm keen for new small sedan

The Suzuki Alivio concept sedan has been revealed at the 2014 Beijing auto show, pointing the way to a production small sedan to sit alongside the S-Cross high-riding hatch. The Suzuki Alivio concept was revealed by Suzuki China, and that arm of the company says the new model has been designed to be "sporty and noble"...