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Bugatti Veyron lake crash driver faces 20 years in prison

It may have been the most infamous car crash of its time, but the man who deliberately ploughed his Bugatti Veyron into a lake may soon be facing some serious jail time. Andy House bought the ultra-exotic Bugatti Veyron for US$1 million in 2009, and insured the car at US$2...

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Ford's virtual reality: We strap on Blue Oval's headset and sit inside a digital Mustang
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Ford's virtual reality: We strap on Blue Oval's headset and sit inside a digital Mustang

Ford Australia’s healthy Australian design and engineering division has invested in an upgrade of its immersive virtual reality studio that lets you ‘sit’ inside a car’s cabin before it’s actually built — and it was kind enough to give CarAdvice a go...


Productivity Commission paints bleak picture for automotive manufacturing industry workers
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Productivity Commission paints bleak picture for automotive manufacturing industry workers

The Productivity Commission has painted a bleak picture for workers in Australia’s automotive manufacturing industry. In its final report on the industry, released yesterday, the Productivity Commission says up to 40,000 Australians will lose their jobs when local automotive manufacturing ends in 2017...


Chevrolet Niva : Russian SUV's Australian connection revived
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Chevrolet Niva : Russian SUV's Australian connection revived

The new Chevrolet Niva SUV revealed today ahead of its world debut at the Moscow motor show this week represents the reincarnation of a Russian icon — one that also revives an extant Australian connection.  Pitched as the patriotic choice for Russian buyers with a keen sense of adventure, the Chevrolet Niva is the second-generation of the vehicle produced under a joint venture between General Motors and AvtoVAZ, parent company of the Niva’s original maker Lada...


Toyota Camry V6 unveiled, but won't become Australia's 2015 Aurion
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Toyota Camry V6 unveiled, but won't become Australia's 2015 Aurion

An overhauled Russian-market Toyota Camry has been unveiled at the Moscow motor show, replacing the V6-engined model that previously looked near-identical to the Toyota Aurion sold here. However the new Russian Camry marks a departure from the Australian Aurion, with Toyota Australia product public relations manager Steve Coughlan confirming the sedan revealed overnight was not representative of the model that would be built and sold on our shores...


2015 Volvo XC90 details revealed
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2015 Volvo XC90 details revealed

It has been a staggering 12 years since the world has witnessed the introduction of a new Volvo XC90 and that, apparently, was just slightly too long for some to wait. A mere 10 hours before the global embargo was set to expire—at midnight, local time, in the Swedish capital where the new model was to be launched—images of the much teased, second-generation Volvo XC90 were let loose after an earlier wave of journalists visited the top-secret location at Artipelag, an artistic centre on the Stockholm Archipelago...


Infiniti ESQ revealed: luxury Juke for China uncovered
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Infiniti ESQ revealed: luxury Juke for China uncovered

The Infiniti ESQ is a new China-only model that is, put simply, a rebadged Nissan Juke. The ESQ was teased months ago by the Japanese luxury car brand, and now a batch of official images show just what Infiniti has done to make its version of the Juke appear more luxury-focused...


2015 Volvo XC90 First Edition: 1927 vehicles available via online purchase only
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2015 Volvo XC90 First Edition: 1927 vehicles available via online purchase only

In a nod to Volvo's year of inception, the first 1927 examples of the new 2015 Volvo XC90 will be sold as First Edition models, and can only be purchased using the company's website. The 2015 Volvo XC90 First Edition will be offered with a choice of all-new four-cylinder drivetrains - a new twin-turbo diesel D5 engine producing 168kW of power and 470Nm of torque, or a supercharged and turbocharged T6 petrol unit with 238kW and 400Nm...


Mercedes-Benz M-Class to be renamed GLE-Class at 2015 facelift - reports
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class to be renamed GLE-Class at 2015 facelift - reports

By renaming the Mercedes-Benz M-Class to the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, the three-pointed star is taking another step towards rationalising its naming scheme. The following letter combinations are currently or have recently been used on various Mercedes-Benz models: A, B, C, CL, CLA, CLK, CLS, E, G, GL, GLA, GLK, M or ML, R, S, SL, SLS, SLK and V...


2015 Skoda Fabia interior unveiled
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2015 Skoda Fabia interior unveiled

A week after the exterior was revealed, the Czech car maker has revealed the interior of the next-generation Skoda Fabia. The image released by Skoda shows the interior of, what we believe to be, a high-spec Fabia. A broad swathe of body coloured plastic on the leather wrapped wheel, as well as running practically the entire width of the dashboard, sets the new car apart from the related Volkswagen Polo...


2015 Volvo XC90 revealed: first images of vital new SUV
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2015 Volvo XC90 revealed: first images of vital new SUV

The first images of the new 2015 Volvo XC90 seven-seat SUV have finally been revealed. The pictures show a modern new look for the second-generation XC90, although there are some entirely familiar elements to its design - particularly at the rear end. The front, which had been teased earlier this month, is decidedly more modern...


Productivity Commission calls on government to scrap luxury car tax
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Productivity Commission calls on government to scrap luxury car tax

The Productivity Commission has called on the Federal Government to consider scrapping the luxury car tax (LCT). In its final report on the Australian automotive manufacturing industry, the Productivity Commission labels the LCT “arbitrary in its effect” and “a higher-cost and less efficient method of raising revenue than more broadly based taxes”...


Government says Australia won't become a "dumping ground" for old used imports
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Government says Australia won't become a "dumping ground" for old used imports

The Federal Government says it has no intention of allowing Australia to become a “dumping ground” for other countries’ old vehicles, referring to the Productivity Commission’s recommendation to relax the restrictions on the importation of second-hand passenger and light-commercial vehicles...


Mazda 3 XD Astina : 420Nm diesel launches from $40,230
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Mazda 3 XD Astina : 420Nm diesel launches from $40,230

Mazda Australia has launched a new flagship grade of its small car and most popular model, the Mazda 3 XD Astina, priced from $40,230. That’s for the six-speed manual version of the 2.2-litre twin-turbocharged diesel model that is available in a single range-topping grade and hatchback variant, with a six-speed automatic the only ($2000) option...


Mazda BT-50 and Mazda 6 underperforming, being prepared for sales push
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Mazda BT-50 and Mazda 6 underperforming, being prepared for sales push

Mazda Australia has set an annual sales target of 105,000 units in 2014, with the new-generation Mazda 2 and renewed incentives for the underperforming Mazda BT-50 and Mazda 6 to help drive the increase. To July this year Mazda sales are down 1.4 per cent, with an average monthly sales figure of 8565 translating to a full year total of 102,785...


Mazda considering milestone models to celebrate upcoming anniversaries
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Mazda considering milestone models to celebrate upcoming anniversaries

Mazda is considering launching special new models to coincide with some significant anniversaries for the brand in the coming years. Mazda global sales and marketing general manager Yasushiro Aoyama told CarAdvice at the launch of the new Mazda 2 in Japan last week the largest celebration would be the company’s centenary in 2020...


Audi introducing 48-volt electrical system to boost power and efficiency
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Audi introducing 48-volt electrical system to boost power and efficiency

Audi will upgrade part of its vehicles’ electrical system from 12 to 48 volts, allowing it to integrate new technologies and increase the power and efficiency of its cars. Audi recently showcased some of the 48-volt electrical system’s potential in its RS5 TDI and A6 TDI concepts...


Subaru to use one platform for future models - report
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Subaru to use one platform for future models - report

The next generation of Subaru passenger vehicles will be based on a single architecture as the brand looks to cut costs and development times. Automotive News reports the new platform will underpin everything from the compact Impreza to an all-new seven-seat SUV designed to replace the ageing Tribeca...


Subaru WRX S4 launched in Japan with 221kW/400Nm engine
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Subaru WRX S4 launched in Japan with 221kW/400Nm engine

The Subaru WRX S4 has been unveiled in Japan, featuring a more powerful turbocharged engine than the model that's sold in Australia and other overseas markets. Under the scooped bonnet lives a version of Subaru's 2.0-litre direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine that's capable of delivering 221kW of power and 400Nm of torque to all four wheels...


Alfa Romeo 6C to target Jaguar F-Type, but only in limited numbers - report
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Alfa Romeo 6C to target Jaguar F-Type, but only in limited numbers - report

Ambitious Italian marque Alfa Romeo is believed to be planning a new limited edition performance coupe, which is expected to be christened Alfa Romeo 6C. An unidentified source has informed Auto Express that Alfa is planning to launch the 6C in 2017, two years after the important new Giulia sedan makes its debut...