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Nissan 370Z replacement must be 'revolutionary' to survive, says design head

The head of design at Nissan global has revealed that the replacement for the now-six-year old 370Z needs to be "more revolution than evolution" in order to have a future...

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Nissan GT-R still "has more potential" in current generation
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Nissan GT-R still "has more potential" in current generation

The man in charge of global design at Nissan has revealed that, while the next GT-R is still "more than two years away", the current car has potential to get even better. Speaking to Australian media at this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race, Nissan chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura said the current supercar’s straight-line performance will be hard to better, but that other improvements are achievable...


Extreme Rallycross:: WRC ace Chris Atkinson helps preview new Australian motorsport series
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Extreme Rallycross: WRC ace Chris Atkinson helps preview new Australian motorsport series

Extreme Rallycross, a brand-new Australian motorsport series, has been previewed this week with the help of our country's most successful rally driver, Chris Atkinson. Expertly sliding a circa-230kW/300Nm custom-built all-wheel-drive machine around a specific course is a task few can handle with ease, and even fewer while smiling almost the entire time...


Subaru Levorg: still no decision on Japanese performance wagon
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Subaru Levorg: still no decision on Japanese performance wagon

A decision on whether the Subaru Levorg will make it into Australian showrooms remains up in the air, even though the company had hoped to announce its call either way before the end of last month. Speaking to CarAdvice today, Subaru Australia national corporate affairs manager David Rowley said, "[There's] still no definite decision"...


Lotus Exige S Club Racer:: road racer sheds 15kg but can't better performance claims
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Lotus Exige S Club Racer: road racer sheds 15kg but can't better performance claims

The already lightweight Lotus Exige S has shed kilos and gained unique equipment with the arrival of the new Lotus Exige S Club Racer. Based on the already spritely Exige S coupe (pictured below), the Lotus Exige S Club Racer teams a 257.5kW/400Nm supercharged 3.5-litre V6 engine with a six-speed manual transmission...


2015 Mazda MX-5 available for virtual 'test drives' ahead of official sales start
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2015 Mazda MX-5 available for virtual 'test drives' ahead of official sales start

Keen to drive the all-new fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 but can't wait for its official on-sale date? Fear not, Microsoft and Forza have the solution. From March 17 – one month before North American public sales begin – the 2015 ND Mazda MX-5 will be available to drive in the video game world of Forza Horizon 2 via a free downloadable pack...


2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI Review
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2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI Review

Dave heads to Spain to drive the new 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI on road and on track...


2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI: first-time adjustable suspension not for Oz
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2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI: first-time adjustable suspension not for Oz

The new Volkswagen Polo GTI will launch locally in 2015, but its keynote adjustable suspension will not be made available, at least initially. Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice ahead of our first drive of the new 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI this week, Volkswagen Group Australia general manager of communications Karl Gehling said the local division is not planning on offering the adjustable 'Sport Select' suspension come the model's second-quarter Australian launch...


Australian supercar maker Joss secures backing, set to list publicly early 2015
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Australian supercar maker Joss secures backing, set to list publicly early 2015

Aspiring Australian manufacturer Joss has secured funding to build its locally made supercars with the company set to list publicly from early next year. Speaking to CarAdvice today, Joss founder Matt Thomas said the 17-year old privately-owned company will list publicly in 2015 after securing backing from the Hatzimihail Group – a family-run business heavily invested in lighting technology...


2015 Mazda MX-5: 1.5-, 2.0-litre engines confirmed for Australia
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2015 Mazda MX-5: 1.5-, 2.0-litre engines confirmed for Australia

Mazda has officially confirmed the engine lineup for the 2015 Mazda MX-5 along with releasing several new images of the upcoming sports car. As reported by CarAdvice in early October (but now officially confirmed), there will be a choice of 1.5- and 2...


Mazda MX-5 to race in new global one-make series
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Mazda MX-5 to race in new global one-make series

Two months after its multi-nation debut, Mazda has announced the all-new fourth-generation MX-5 will compete in a new one-make Global Cup racing series. Announced at this week's Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Mazda says, starting in 2016, the Global MX-5 Cup – a worldwide expansion of the US's existing Mazda MX-5 Cup series – will run across North America, Europe and Asia...


Morgan Threewheeler electric model coming - report
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Morgan Threewheeler electric model coming - report

The quirky Morgan Threewheeler could be set to adopt an electric drivetrain. A report in the UK's Telegraph newspaper states that the Worcestershire-based company is considering a plug-in EV alternative for the Threewheeler, which is otherwise available with a V-twin 2.0 litre air-cooled motorcycle engine...


2015 Mazda 2: pricing and specifications
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2015 Mazda 2: pricing and specifications

The new-generation Mazda 2 will get a price cut when it goes on sale on November 1, with the new model range starting from $14,990 – down from the $15,790 list price of the current model. That price puts it $800 lower than the list price of the existing Neo, though that car has been seen on dealer lots from $15,990 driveaway for months...


Lotus Exige S automatic here in 2015
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Lotus Exige S automatic here in 2015

An automatic version of the hardcore Lotus Exige S road racer will be offered for the first time ever, the Malaysian-owned British car maker has announced. Said to be completing its final stages of testing, the new six-speed automatic Lotus Exige S is set to go on sale globally from January...


2015 Kia Optima : Diesel hybrid, wagon variant and turbo models all likely
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2015 Kia Optima : Diesel hybrid, wagon variant and turbo models all likely

The next-generation 2015 Kia Optima – which is expected to debut in 2015 – will remain true to the current car in terms of its design, but is expected to bring with it a wealth of technical changes including a high-tech diesel hybrid drivetrain, a wagon body style and new turbo models for Australia...


Fiat 500: next-generation styling will be evolutionary, not revolutionary
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Fiat 500: next-generation styling will be evolutionary, not revolutionary

The next version of the Fiat 500 will feature styling revisions, but it won’t push the boundaries of styling, according to the company’s head of European design, Roberto Giolito. Speaking with CarAdvice at the 2014 Paris motor show, Giolito expressed his intent to keep up with the times, yet maintain true to the original – and the current – 500 model...


Kia Rio hot-hatch: 186kW go-fast model planned
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Kia Rio hot-hatch: 186kW go-fast model planned

A hot-hatch version of the Kia Rio could become a reality in its next generation, and it could harness more power than the established players. A lot more. According to Jurgen Grimm, head of powertrain development in Hyundai Motor Europe, a new turbocharged sporty version of the Rio relies heavily upon the same derivative of the new-generation i20 making it to production...


Fiat to expand Abarth with speedy 500X
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Fiat to expand Abarth with speedy 500X

Fiat will increase its presence in the performance arena through its Abarth sub-brand, with the Italian company suggesting the new Fiat 500X model will spawn a go-fast variant. Fiat head of European design Roberto Giolito told CarAdvice that Abarth cannot be limited only to the 500 hatchback with its 595 derivatives. “The Abarth vision is not only based on 500s...


2014 Nissan X-Trail diesel pricing and specifications
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2014 Nissan X-Trail diesel pricing and specifications

The new diesel versions of the Nissan X-Trail medium SUV have gone on sale, with pricing starting from $35,380 - undercutting key rivals such as the Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester. The pricing puts the diesel X-Trail at the pointy end of the field, though it applies to a front-drive version rather than an all-wheel drive powertrain as is seen in the CX-5, CR-V, Forester, Outlander, Kuga, RAV4, Sportage, ix35 - in fact, just about every model out there except the Renault Koleos...


Peugeot 308 GTi confirmed: 199kW hot-hatch on the cards
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Peugeot 308 GTi confirmed: 199kW hot-hatch on the cards

A new Peugeot 308 GTi hot-hatch could boast as much as 199kW from a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine. CarAdvice can reveal that Peugeot is looking at offering the new 308 GTi with either 250 or 270PS (that’s 184kW or 199kW, respectively). The brand currently offers a 199kW tune of its 1...