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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid to debut in New York

The first-ever Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will make its debut at the New York auto show, which starts next week. Aside from the teaser image above and the fact it's coming to New York show, RAV4 Hybrid will feature a unique set of tail-lights with greyed out indicators and light-tube-style elements, but there are, so far, no details about its drivetrain...

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Geely commits £250 million : Major Chinese investment to develop 2017 London Taxi
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Geely commits £250 million : Major Chinese investment to develop 2017 London Taxi

Chinese corporation Geely will pump £250 million ($A475m) into a new development and assembly facility in England as it gears up for the next-generation London Black Cab due in 2017. The investment will cover a new purpose-built facility in the Ansty area of Coventry, close to the London Taxi Company’s existing factory...


Mercedes-Benz Ute : German HiLux rival to launch in Australia around 2018
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Mercedes-Benz Ute : German HiLux rival to launch in Australia around 2018

Mercedes-Benz has dropped a bombshell today by announcing plans to launch a mid-sized pick-up well before the end of the decade. This translates to their being a Mercedes-Benz-badged one-tonne capacity rival for the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux, plus the Volkswagen Amarok, in Australian showrooms from about early 2018 — probably in single-, king- and dual-cab guises...


Mercedes-Benz Australia to have three plug-in hybrids on sale this year
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Mercedes-Benz Australia to have three plug-in hybrids on sale this year

Mercedes-Benz Australia has confirmed plans to add three plug-in hybrid models to its showroom in 2015. The German luxury car brand will offer plug-in hybrid versions of the C-Class, GLE-Class and flagship S-Class, all of which are expected to launch at the same time, and ahead of schedule, around November this year...


2015 Ford Everest First Look : Bangkok motor show
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2015 Ford Everest First Look : Bangkok motor show

The wraps have been taken off the 2015 Ford Everest. Designed and engineered in Australia, the Everest has been revealed at the Bangkok International Motor Show...


2015 BMW 5 Series gains new options packages; 550i variant discontinued
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2015 BMW 5 Series gains new options packages; 550i variant discontinued

BMW Australia has introduced two new options packages for the 2015 BMW 5 Series range. Available from March production, the new Professional and Exclusive packages bundle together a host of comfort and driver assist systems to enhance the BMW 5 Series sedan, Touring and Gran Turismo models...


2016 Mitsubishi Challenger spied
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2016 Mitsubishi Challenger spied

The 2016 Mitsubishi Challenger SUV has been caught on the road undergoing testing ahead of its potential debut later this year. The new-generation Challenger remains based upon the Triton ute, and like the new version of that pick-up, the SUV spin-off appears to have grown in length while also taking on a different design...


Toyota reveals new modular TNGA vehicle architecture
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Toyota reveals new modular TNGA vehicle architecture

Toyota has unveiled a new modular global vehicle architecture that will underpin approximately half of all the vehicles it sells by 2020. Toyota says the new structure, dubbed Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), will be versatile enough to form the basis for compact and large vehicles and all sizes in between, along with supporting both front- and rear-wheel-drive layouts...


2016 Opel Astra spied on the road in Europe
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2016 Opel Astra spied on the road in Europe

Our spy photographers have snapped photos of the next-generation Opel Astra on public roads in Europe, giving us our clearest look yet at the next-generation hatchback. Compared to earlier prototypes, the latest pre-production versions of the Astra are clothed with production body work, bumpers and lighting...


Holden Sandman name returns
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Holden Sandman name returns

Holden has dusted off the legendary Sandman badge in a bid to evoke some nostalgia 40 years after the nameplate premiered. The company, alas, has not brought back the famed panel van. But what it has done is deck out the SV6 and SS-V VF Commodore Sportwagon and Ute with some groovy ‘70s-style accoutrements...


Mahindra in talks to buy Pininfarina - report
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Mahindra in talks to buy Pininfarina - report

A report claims that Mahindra & Mahindra is currently in confidential talks with Pininfarina, which could lead to the Italian design and engineering firm becoming part of the Indian conglomerate. Unnamed sources have told Bloomberg that the two companies have been in discussions about a possible takeover for several weeks...


Mercedes-AMG GT: Hardcore, possible Black Series prototype spied testing
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Mercedes-AMG GT: Hardcore, possible Black Series prototype spied testing

An aggressive looking Mercedes-AMG GT prototype has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring, hinting at a possible Black Series edition of the sports coupe. This supports comments made by Mercedes-Benz at the Detroit Motor show in January this year, that the new AMG-GT range will spawn multiple models...


2015 Skoda Rapid : Specification upgrade to bring touchscreen and satellite navigation
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2015 Skoda Rapid : Specification upgrade to bring touchscreen and satellite navigation

The boss of Skoda Australia is confident a specification upgrade due in the third quarter of this year will give the compact Skoda Rapid a boost in local showrooms. Skoda Australia director Michael Irmer confirmed the update would bring a touchscreen infotainment unit and satellite navigation – features that the current Rapid Spaceback has sorely missed...


2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class revealed
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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class revealed

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class replaces the current-generation M-Class, but there's more to the new model than a name change and a facelift. The new-look Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class - which will be revealed at next week's 2015 New York motor show - sees plenty of changes compared with its M-Class predecessor, including a heavily revised front-end with reshaped lights, bumper and grille, while the rear also sees new LED lights and a restyled bumper with reshaped exhausts...


Ford Ranger equipment charge driven by demand for high-spec utes
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Ford Ranger equipment charge driven by demand for high-spec utes

Unveiled to the world at this week's Bangkok motor show in Thailand, the 2015 Ford Ranger brings an unprecedented level of equipment to the pick-up category. With technology that, until recently, was only available in premium brand vehicles, the new Ranger's specification boost is driven largely by demand for the higher trim level vehicles in all markets...


2016 Kia Optima revealed in first official image
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2016 Kia Optima revealed in first official image

The 2016 Kia Optima has shown its face for the first time just days out from its official unveiling at next week’s 2015 New York auto show. The new-generation Optima represents a design evolution, building on the styling of the current model that kicked off Kia’s uprising in 2010...


Skoda Octavia RS 230 confirmed for Australia in 2016
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Skoda Octavia RS 230 confirmed for Australia in 2016

The Skoda Octavia RS 230 will take the Czech brand to new heights in Australia when it reaches our shores next year. Skoda Australia director Michael Irmer this week confirmed the fastest ever Octavia, the flagship RS 230 that debuted at the Geneva motor show earlier this month, is locked in for our market for 2016...


2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid detailed
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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid detailed

The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu range will include a conventional hybrid version using bits of technology from the new Volt plug-in. As we know, Chevrolet’s all-new mid-sized staple premieres in regular petrol form in New York next week. The petrol-electric version will be the US market’s efficiency leader. Under the bonnet is a new direct-injection 1...


2016 Citroen C4 here in Q3
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2016 Citroen C4 here in Q3

The 2016 Citroen C4 is scheduled for an Australian launch in the third quarter of this year, sporting a revised look as well as a new transmission and engine choices. The update to the Citroen C4 includes the introduction of the Peugeot-Citroen group’s 1.2-litre petrol turbo that delivers 96kW of power and 230Nm of torque...


Skoda Octavia RS production doubled to cut nine-month local lead times
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Skoda Octavia RS production doubled to cut nine-month local lead times

Production of the Skoda Octavia RS has been doubled to meet unexpectedly high demand for the performance model and to help ease local lead times that have blown out to nine months. Skoda Australia director Michael Irmer confirmed Octavia RS production at the car’s Mlada Boleslav plant in the Czech Republic has been boosted from 350 to 700 vehicles per week to attempt to satisfy global hunger for the sporty mid-sized sedan and wagon models...