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Lotus Formula One team appoints female driver

Lotus has done exactly what many would have expected of a racing team with accident-prone driver Pastor Maldonado on its books and appointed a poorly-qualified driver to its Formula One team for what would amount to nothing more than some cheap publicity...

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Toyota 86 Pro-Am racing series announced in conjunction with V8 Supercars
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Toyota 86 Pro-Am racing series announced in conjunction with V8 Supercars

Toyota isn't entering the V8 Supercars series, but the Japanese brand will serve up an entree in 2016 with the announcement of a new Toyota 86 Pro-Am racing series. Described by the brand as "an affordable, grassroots motorsport series based on the country's best-selling sports car", the new championship will be raced exclusively at V8 Supercars events from 2016...


Smart Fortwo Brabus previewed ahead of Geneva launch
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Smart Fortwo Brabus previewed ahead of Geneva launch

Set for a debut next week at the 2015 Geneva motor show, the Smart Fortwo Brabus performance micro car has been partially revealed in advance by the brand's parent company Mercedes-Benz. The Mercedes-Benz PassionBlog, run by the company's official museum, has given the world a first look at the new-generation Smart Fortwo Brabus...


Mercedes-AMG GT3 racer officially unveiled with 6.2-litre V8
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Mercedes-AMG GT3 racer officially unveiled with 6.2-litre V8

The Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car has been officially revealed by Daimler after a leak overnight by a French weekly magazine. Based on the road-going Mercedes-AMG GT coupe, the GT3 racer has been built to comply with the FIA's GT3 racing regulations...


Holden introduces lifetime capped-price servicing for all models ever sold in Australia
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Holden introduces lifetime capped-price servicing for all models ever sold in Australia

Every Holden ever built will now be covered by a new lifetime capped-price service program, with the Australian arm of General Motors claiming the program will cover more than 2.5 million cars. Holden's Capped Price Service (CPS) program will launch from 1 March, 2015, and Holden claims the program will ensure "customers always know how much their service will cost"...


Peugeot Partner update revealed
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Peugeot Partner update revealed

The Peugeot Partner van has been given a subtle facelift and update, and will have its European premiere at the 2015 Geneva motor show. The reveal of the revised Partner follows on from the update to its Citroen Berlingo sibling, which was revealed a few days ago...


Jensen GT mixes old and new, will feature 496kW/854Nm supercharged V8
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Jensen GT mixes old and new, will feature 496kW/854Nm supercharged V8

The Jensen GT, which will debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show, will serve as a prelude to an all new vehicle due in 2016. With retro styling penned by Jonathan Gould, the new Jensen GT is said to based on the SV8 and will use a mix of new and old components, as well as parts from other manufacturers, the most obvious of which are the Jaguar F-Type's tail-lights...


Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car leaked ahead of Geneva reveal
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Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car leaked ahead of Geneva reveal

Images, which are claimed to be, of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car have been published online ahead of the car's official debut. The photos were first published on the website of French weekly news magazine Le Point and follow on from the official teaser image, which was released earlier this week by Mercedes-AMG...


2015 Kia Carnival pricing and specifications
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2015 Kia Carnival pricing and specifications

The 2015 Kia Carnival is available in four grades with pricing starting from $41,490 for the base model S in petrol and tops out at $59,990 for the platinum diesel. The new Kia Carnival, which drops the ‘Grand’ from its predecessor’s name, is an entirely new vehicle from the ground up, with the South Korean brand using the same platform as the upcoming Sorento for its latest people mover...


Second-generation Audi R8 e-tron EV detailed
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Second-generation Audi R8 e-tron EV detailed

The 2015 Audi R8 e-tron electric supercar will have 340kW of power and a remarkable 920Nm of torque, sprint from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds and offer a range in excess of 450km. The second-generation of Audi’s halo product and technological testing guinea pig thereby more than doubles the range over the original small-batch model, as laid down by Audi’s board member for technical development Ulrich Hackenberg, long a champion of the project...


2015 Audi R8 revealed
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2015 Audi R8 revealed

The second-generation Audi R8 has officially bolted into the public sphere at last, less than a week before it makes its debut in the flesh at the Geneva motor show. Long-awaited, the Ingolstadt marque’s V10-powered mid-engined supercar flagship is kin to the Lamborghini Huracan, and will again serve as the hardcore flagship of Audi’s global range...


ACCC’s capped price servicing crackdown might soon include other brands
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ACCC’s capped price servicing crackdown might soon include other brands

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) investigation into capped-price servicing would appear to have the potential to affect a number of car-makers beyond just Kia, CarAdvice has learned. Each of Australia’s top 10 brands has a form of capped-price servicing, which sets a ceiling for what its dealers can charge customers for a scheduled maintenance visit...


BMW Touch Sensitive Radio Preset Buttons
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BMW Touch Sensitive Radio Preset Buttons

Did you know that running your fingers along the radio preset buttons in a BMW displays where it leads on the iDrive screen? Dave Zalstein shows you what we mean.


2015 J.D. Power dependability study: Lexus on top; Bluetooth, voice recognition most cited problems
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2015 J.D. Power dependability study: Lexus on top; Bluetooth, voice recognition most cited problems

The 2015 J.D. Power dependability study has named Lexus as the most reliable brand for the fourth year running. This year's study is based on the experiences of 34,000 US owners of 2012 model year vehicles, meaning that many of these cars were purchased in 2011. The top two issues reported in this year's survey were Bluetooth pairing and voice recognition systems misinterpreting users' commands...


Volkswagen Sport Coupe Concept GTE sketches out new VW design language
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Volkswagen Sport Coupe Concept GTE sketches out new VW design language

Sketches of the Volkswagen Sport Coupe Concept GTE, which will debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show, have been posted online. According to the Wolfsburg-based company, the Sport Coupe Concept GTE is the "champion of a new progressive Volkswagen design language". In the words of Walter de Silva, Volkswagen's design chief: "Evolution and revolution come together in the Sport Coupe Concept GTE...


2015 Audi TT Coupe scores four stars in Euro NCAP crash testing; Renault, Opel vans manage three
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2015 Audi TT Coupe scores four stars in Euro NCAP crash testing; Renault, Opel vans manage three

The 2015 Audi TT Coupe has managed a less-than-perfect four-star crash rating in the latest round of testing by the European New Car Assessment Programme, Euro NCAP. The third-generation Audi TT managed the four-star rating chiefly due to a "lack of latest advanced technologies such as autonomous emergency braking," a release from Euro NCAP claimed...


2015 Audi R8 leaked online ahead of Geneva debut
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2015 Audi R8 leaked online ahead of Geneva debut

A photo that is claimed to be an official press shot of the new-generation 2015 Audi R8 has been posted online ahead of its scheduled debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show. The shot was published by Spanish website Motorpasion, though it's not clear how the site obtained the image...


Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept provides clues about next-gen ASX
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Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept provides clues about next-gen ASX

The Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II concept car will make its formal debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show, one year on from the original XR-PHEV concept. For version two, Mitsubishi has cleaned up the exterior, bringing it a step closer to production reality. At the front there's revised headlights, a twin-slat grille, a contrasting lower section, and a prominent metal-look bash plate...


McLaren 675LT unveiled with 497kW 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8
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McLaren 675LT unveiled with 497kW 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8

The McLaren 675LT, which will sit atop the Super Series range, has been revealed and detailed ahead of its premiere at the 2015 Geneva motor show. McLaren claims that it has changed more than 50 per cent of components in its twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8, which now produces 497kW of power and 700Nm of torque. That's up on the 478kW/678Nm produced by the engine used in the 650S...


Fiat 500 Vintage '57 Edition on the cards for Australia
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Fiat 500 Vintage '57 Edition on the cards for Australia

The limited-run Fiat 500 Vintage '57 edition premieres at next month’s 2015 Geneva motor show, and the retro-styled baby car might just come to Australia later in the year. Similar in conception to the 1957 Edition model launched in November 2013, this one is based on the since-updated 500, but in the same way it pays homage to the original 1957 Nuova Cinquecento...