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Mercedes-AMG buys quarter share in Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta

Mercedes-AMG has paid an undisclosed amount to purchase a 25 per cent stake in MV Agusta, with the partnership confirmed to focus on a sales and marketing push targeting buyers of both high performance cars and motorcycles...

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Kia to launch dedicated hybrid crossover in 2016 - report
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Kia to launch dedicated hybrid crossover in 2016 - report

Kia will launch a dedicated hybrid crossover vehicle before the end of 2016, according to officials from the South Korean car maker. Autocar reports the new model, known internally as ‘DE’, will be based on a unique platform. It will be powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor, and feature a new-generation automatic transmission...


Nurburgring sold to Russian pharmaceutical billionaire - report
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Nurburgring sold to Russian pharmaceutical billionaire - report

Russian billionaire Viktor Kharitonin has purchased two-thirds of the Nurburgring race track, which fell into bankruptcy in 2012. Bloomberg reports that the chairman of Russian pharmaceutical company Pharmstandard has purchased a majority share in the famed German track...


Next-generation Audi A4 confirmed for 2015
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Next-generation Audi A4 confirmed for 2015

Audi has confirmed that the mainstay of its range, the Audi A4, will enter a fifth generation in 2015. During celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the A4 badge, Audi announced that its Ingolstadt plant in Germany is preparing for the launch of the next-generation A4 in 2015...


Renault Australia held in higher regard than it thought, strong growth still left in it
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Renault Australia held in higher regard than it thought, strong growth still left in it

Against the backdrop of continued record sales in Australia, Renault’s ambitious local arm has conducted a wide-ranging focus group study into what local buyers know and think about its brand — and the results have come as something of a surprise...


Mini 5 Door to end decade-long sales plateau for brand in Australia, says local boss
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Mini 5 Door to end decade-long sales plateau for brand in Australia, says local boss

The new Mini 5 Door will end a decade-long sales plateau and take the brand to record heights in Australia, the company’s local boss says. The new 5 Door body style adds rear doors, a fifth seat and more rear legroom and boot space over the regular three-door hatch for an $1100 premium, giving it an initial starting price of $27,750 for the Cooper before the $25,600 Cooper One slots in beneath it early next year...


Ferrari Q3 profit falls below Maserati because of payout to ex-chairman
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Ferrari Q3 profit falls below Maserati because of payout to ex-chairman

In a shake-up of the status quo, Maserati posted a higher operating profit in the third quarter of 2014 than Ferrari, thanks in part to the Maranello-based brand’s golden handshake with now-former chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo.  Fuelled by strong growth of its Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans, Maserati made 90 million euros ($128m) between July and September, more than doubling its profits over the same period in 2013...


Mini 5 Door Cooper One : $25,600 base model here in early 2015
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Mini 5 Door Cooper One : $25,600 base model here in early 2015

Mini will seek to bring more young families to the brand by introducing the entry-level Mini 5 Door Cooper One to Australia early next year. Mini Australia national manager Kai Bruesewitz confirmed plans for the addition of the base variant at the launch of the new 5 Door hatch range in Adelaide this week...


Audi and Porsche the Volkswagen Group's biggest profit centres
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Audi and Porsche the Volkswagen Group's biggest profit centres

The Volkswagen Group posted an operating profit of 3.2 billion euros ($A4.6b) in Q3, up 16 per cent on 2013, and remains on track for record full-year sales in excess of 10 million vehicles — a figure it previously told shareholders it would likely not reach until 2018.  The German company delivered just under 7.1 million passenger vehicles (up 5...


Citroen C3 Aircross Lunar concept touches down in Sao Paulo
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Citroen C3 Aircross Lunar concept touches down in Sao Paulo

The Citroen C3 Aircross Lunar concept car will be on display at the Citroen stand at this year's Sao Paulo auto show. The Aircross is an off-road-style derivative of the C3 Picasso MPV. Manufactured by Citroen's Brazilian arm, it's sold in select South American markets...


Toyota FCV to be zero car at final Japanese Rally Championship race
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Toyota FCV to be zero car at final Japanese Rally Championship race

The Toyota FCV hydrogen fuel cell hybrid will act as the zero car at the final race in this year's Japanese Rally Championship. As a zero car, the Toyota FCV will race out on the course of the 285km Shinshiro Rally, held at the beginning of November, prior to other competitors, warning bystanders about the upcoming rally cars and spotting any potential hazards on the track...


Scion FR-S T1: Toyota 86 targa heading to SEMA
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Scion FR-S T1: Toyota 86 targa heading to SEMA

A targa top Toyota 86, dubbed the Scion FR-S T1, will be one of the Japanese brand's main attractions at this year's SEMA show in Las Vegas. Will Toyota bring an open-top 86 to the market? Jeremy Lookofsky from Cartel Customs isn't hanging around to find out. He and his team have come up with a targa top version of the Scion FR-S — in the US, the 86 is sold exclusively by Toyota's youth brand...


Fiat Chrysler Australia announces new boss
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Fiat Chrysler Australia announces new boss

Fiat Chrysler has appointed Pat Dougherty (pictured) as the new boss of its Australian division, completing a busy week of executive movements after the resignations of the local operation’s CEO and public relations chief. Dougherty is currently the vice president of FCA’s parts and service division, Mopar, following a dual role of head of Fiat sales, network and operations and head of fleet sales for the North America...


Safety shouldn’t be an optional extra
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Safety shouldn’t be an optional extra

News this week that the all-new 2015 Mazda 2 will not come with some potentially life saving safety equipment as standard has sparked a conversation that needs to be had: should safety cost you more? My opinion is that no, it most certainly shouldn't – for the most part...


2015 Mini 5 Door: pricing and specifications
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2015 Mini 5 Door: pricing and specifications

The first-ever Mini 5 Door hatchback will steal sales from the Volkswagen Golf and Mazda 3, according to British-based brand's local chief. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the Cooper 5 Door, Mini Australia national manager Kai Bruesewitz said he expects Australians will “absolutely” shop the larger and more practical Mini variant against more traditional and conservative small cars...


Mini John Cooper Works : New $48K hot-hatch arriving mid-2015
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Mini John Cooper Works : New $48K hot-hatch arriving mid-2015

The new Mini Cooper JCW will undercut the $49,900 Audi S1 when it goes on sale in Australia around the middle of next year. Mini Australia national manager Kai Bruesewitz told CarAdvice the new John Cooper Works hot-hatch would be priced from “around $48,000” in three-door six-speed manual form, very deliberately slotting about $2000 beneath key rival Audi’s recently released pocket rocket...


Renault Australia disappointed that LHD-only Espace is off the table, for now
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Renault Australia disappointed that LHD-only Espace is off the table, for now

Renault Australia managing director Justin Hocevar has admitted to being a little frustrated by the company’s decision to limit production of the stylish new Espace MPV to left-hand drive at launch. While previous iterations of the Espace have not been sold here given Australia’s small people-mover market, the company’s local arm believes the new version, which is more stylish crossover than stodgy minivan, would find a niche here...


Renault Australia pondering Dacia launch, led by 2017 Duster
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Renault Australia pondering Dacia launch, led by 2017 Duster

Renault Australia is giving renewed thought to launching the Dacia budget sub-brand in Australia in a few years time, potentially led by a next-generation version of the rugged Duster SUV due in 2016/17.  Should such an idea materialise, it could see a new brand name join the fray in Australia’s hugely competitive new car market...


BMW X5 M and X6 M revealed, due in Australia around May 2015
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BMW X5 M and X6 M revealed, due in Australia around May 2015

The hardcore second-generation 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M high-performance SUVs are set to storm into Australian showrooms around May 2015 after making their world premiere this morning.  Once again a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine sits beneath the bonnet of both, but this version has 423kW on tap between 6000 and 6500rpm, up four per cent...


Infotainment systems, in-car electronics most common source of new car complaints - report
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Infotainment systems, in-car electronics most common source of new car complaints - report

According to an extensive American car owner survey, entertainment and navigation systems are the most likely source of complaints in new cars. Consumer Reports' 2014 Annual Auto Reliability Survey, which tracked car issues reported by the magazine's subscribers over the past 12 months, was released earlier this week, with the category that encompasses in-car electronics generating the most complaints...