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Toyota GT86 CS-R3 rally car unveiled

A rally version of the Toyota 86, the Toyota GT86 CS-R3, will make its public debut at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland that starts on August 21. The new Toyota GT86 CS-R3 has been under development for the last year by Toyota Motorsport (TMG), but isn't quite ready yet for competitive racing...

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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer front-drive MPV priced from $44,400
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer front-drive MPV priced from $44,400

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer MPV will kick off from $44,400 plus on-road costs when it arrives in Australian showrooms from November this year.  The local starting price, which reflects our report last week, means the first front-wheel-drive BMW sits $3500 over and above its Mercedes-Benz B-Class B180 arch rival, though the Bavarian brand makes up for it with specification and what it boldly claims to be a sportier drive...


BMW could in time offer as many as 12 front-drive cars, and Mini a further 10
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BMW could in time offer as many as 12 front-drive cars, and Mini a further 10

BMW says its front-wheel-drive UKL platform could underpin as many as 12 new compact models in coming years, including the next 1 Series and X1, as well as up to 10 spinoffs for its Mini sub-brand.  In time, the company claims front-wheel or all-wheel-drive models based on the UKL — BMW’s version of the Mercedes-Benz MFA or Volkswagen MQB modular architecture — will comprise as much as 40 per cent of the Group’s total global sales, though rear-drive remains its pillar...


Rear-drive made "no sense" for 2 Series Active Tourer, says once-skeptical BMW engineer
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Rear-drive made "no sense" for 2 Series Active Tourer, says once-skeptical BMW engineer

One of the chief chassis development managers for the controversial BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, Martin Schuster, admits he felt a sense of skepticism at the prospect of pulling off a front-wheel drive BMW when he joined the project about five years ago.  But while a traditional (for BMW) rear-drive layout was considered for the car in 2009, it was swiftly binned because it “made no sense” in a family-friendly MPV, says Schuster...


Nissan admits quality problems with existing Navara, promises new model will improve
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Nissan admits quality problems with existing Navara, promises new model will improve

The current-generation Nissan Navara has something of a bad reputation in terms of its reliability and quality, but the Japanese brand promises the new-generation model will be better. Nissan global chief of product planning, Keno Kato, says the company has made quality at the forefront for the new D23 Navara. “Quality is a highest priority...


Audi A2Q coming in 2018 - report
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Audi A2Q coming in 2018 - report

The ever-expanding Audi range will see the addition of a new Audi AQ2 model in 2018 according to a new report that also posits a new Audi Q6 coupe-style SUV by 2017. German magazine Autobild claims the new Audi AQ2 will give the brand a rival to the BMW i3, and will be built upon the flexible MQB underpinnings of the Volkswagen Group, specifically upon the Audi A3/Volkswagen Golf architecture...


Renault Sport R.S. 01 : Nismo-powered racer to get supercar styling
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Renault Sport R.S. 01 : Nismo-powered racer to get supercar styling

Renault’s replacement for its Megane Trophy racecar - the new Renault Sport R.S. 01 - will boast genuine supercar styling when it debuts at next month’s 2014 Moscow motor show. The French manufacturer has teased fresh design elements of its new racer, which will compete in the 2015 World Series by Renault championship...


Tesla, Panasonic join forces to make battery Gigafactory a reality - report
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Tesla, Panasonic join forces to make battery Gigafactory a reality - report

Panasonic and Tesla have signed a partnership agreement to jointly build a massive new factory for lithium-ion batteries, dubbed the Gigafactory, in the US. Japanese newspaper Nikkei is reporting that the two have agreed in principle to an arrangement where Tesla will be responsible for the land and buildings, while Panasonic will provide the machinery required to produce lithium-ion battery cells en masse...


2015 Ford Falcon Ute uncovered
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2015 Ford Falcon Ute uncovered

The new 2015 Ford Falcon Ute and 2015 Ford Falcon XR8 have been caught together alongside the new-look G6E model. These images, sent in by a CarAdvice reader, show for the first time how the new-look Falcon Ute (above) will appear when it makes its debut towards the end of this year...


Geely MK becomes Australia's cheapest car at $8999 driveaway
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Geely MK becomes Australia's cheapest car at $8999 driveaway

The Geely MK is currently available from $8999 driveaway, making it the cheapest new car on the market. John Hughes Geely in Perth is advertising the discounted pricing on the small Chinese sedan as part of a driveaway campaign offer that has been running through July and is expected to continue into August, according to a member of the dealership’s sales team...


Nissan Navara-based SUV firms for possible 2015 debut
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Nissan Navara-based SUV firms for possible 2015 debut

The likelihood of an SUV spin-off of the new Nissan Navara ute appears to have stepped up a notch. Earlier this year at the New York auto show, Nissan chief Andy Palmer hinted at the possibility of a rugged off-road SUV, likely with seven seats, to take on the likes of the Isuzu MU-X, Holden Colorado 7, Mitsubishi Challenger and upcoming Ford Everest...


Range Rover Sport SVR claims production SUV Nurburgring record
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Range Rover Sport SVR claims production SUV Nurburgring record

The Range Rover Sport SVR has become the fastest production SUV around the Nurburgring in Germany. The new Sport SVR lapped the 20.8km Nordschleife circuit in 8 minutes and 14 seconds. The time puts the new flagship performance SUV in quick company, narrowly behind sports car such as the Alfa Romeo 4C (8:04) and Renault Megane RS265 (8:07...


Nissan Pulsar Nismo hot-hatch likely to take on FWD Nurburgring record
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Nissan Pulsar Nismo hot-hatch likely to take on FWD Nurburgring record

The record-setting Renault Megane RS275 hot-hatch could soon be targeted from an enemy within, with a new Nissan Pulsar Nismo model expected to tackle the recent Nurburgring record. Just a few weeks ago a specially developed, road-legal Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R set a new front-wheel-drive record time of 7:54...


Ferrari working on new powertrain with supercharged engine and electric turbo - report
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Ferrari working on new powertrain with supercharged engine and electric turbo - report

Ferrari is reportedly working on a supercharged engine with an electric turbocharger in an attempt to eliminate turbo lag from its future sports cars. 4WheelsNews quotes a source in Italy that claims the new engine technology will deliver more immediate power delivery than the brand’s new twin-turbocharged V8, as well as offer more power and greater fuel efficiency...


Jaguar XE S: new sports variant revealed
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Jaguar XE S: new sports variant revealed

The face of the sporty Jaguar XE S has been quietly revealed in the latest teaser for the new premium mid-size model. Identified by the ‘S’ badge in the lower left-hand corner of the car’s grille, the XE S also features large lower front-side air intakes with vertical black louvres on their outer edges...


Toyota Mirai: source outs fuel cell vehicle name - report
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Toyota Mirai: source outs fuel cell vehicle name - report

Toyota’s first-ever hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will be badged ‘Mirai’, according to a source familiar with the decision. The unnamed source revealed the name of the all-new model, which means ‘future’ in Japanese, to Bloomberg, though asked not to be identified as the decision has not yet been made public...


Six-cylinder BMW i9 to be built for 100th anniversary - report
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Six-cylinder BMW i9 to be built for 100th anniversary - report

A BMW i9 plug-in hybrid supercar will reportedly be built to celebrate the Bavarian company's centenary in 2016. According to Auto Motor und Sport, the company will make an "über-i8" that will be dubbed the i9; any hopes that BMW might have had for the i10 badge are nixed by the fact Hyundai already uses that nameplate for its entry-level hatch...


Land Rover Discovery Sport confirmed to feature seven-seat option
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Land Rover Discovery Sport confirmed to feature seven-seat option

The new Land Rover Discovery Sport, which will replace the Freelander, will be offered with a third row of seats. To accompany this tidbit of information, Land Rover has issued official "spy" photos and video of the new Discovery Sport undergoing testing on public roads clad in camouflage...


2015 Honda Jazz launches from $14,990
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2015 Honda Jazz launches from $14,990

The third-generation Honda Jazz launches in Australia with a starting price of $14,990 for the base model manual. The new city car is expected to charge Honda’s resurgences in Australia, despite a horror first half of 2014, with the brand’s sales down by 34 percent. The 2015 Honda Jazz is powered by a 1...


2015 Ford Falcon rear end revealed in FB post
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2015 Ford Falcon rear end revealed in FB post

A spy shot that offers the first look at the rear end of the new 2015 Ford Falcon has been posted anonymously on Facebook. The photograph appears genuine and captures a Falcon G6E, revealing a back end as dramatically changed as the large car's front (pictured below) and matched in terms of the much cleaner look...