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Audi Sport contemplates hypercar program

Audi Sport has not ruled out developing a small-volume quattro ‘hypercar’ to sit above the mid-engined R8 V10 and rival the imminent, Formula One-derived Mercedes-AMG Project One...

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ANCAP crash course: The good, the bad, and the dangerous
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ANCAP crash course: The good, the bad, and the dangerous

'Safety first'. It's a phrase commonly uttered in schools, workplaces, and even in the home. But in the wake of the Ford Mustang’s recent two-star ANCAP safety rating, the notion of safety actually being first has, yet again, come to the fore...


2017 HSV GTSR W1: company boss justifies $170k LS9-powered monster
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2017 HSV GTSR W1: company boss justifies $170k LS9-powered monster

For the $169,990 (before on-road costs) asking price of the just-revealed 2017 HSV GTSR W1, you could get yourself into a BMW M3 Competition, Mercedes-AMG C63 S, or even the brand-spanking new Alfa Romeo Giulia. Talk to the man in charge at HSV, though, and he says justifying the company's most expensive ever model is simple...


Volkswagen California campervan under consideration for Australia
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Volkswagen California campervan under consideration for Australia

The Volkswagen California campervan is being considered for an Australian launch, CarAdvice can exclusively reveal. The pop-top version of the Volkswagen T6 van is being evaluated by the German company's local arm, with a Facebook post by the brand's Australian branch stating: "We are currently collating customer feedback regarding the Volkswagen California for future product consideration"...


Demise of local manufacturing represents opportunity, says HSV head
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Demise of local manufacturing represents opportunity, says HSV head

The head of Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) says, while the end of local manufacturing in Australia is a loss, it's part of wider industry changes that, with the right mindset, represent opportunities. Speaking to CarAdvice this week, HSV managing director Tim Jackson said the factors behind the wind up of local production – first Ford, soon Holden, and then finally Toyota – aren’t merely confined to Australia...


2018 HSV range to be broader, but not boring: "If we do a boring product, we're dead"
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2018 HSV range to be broader, but not boring: "If we do a boring product, we're dead"

HSV's 2018 vehicle line-up, beyond the end of Holden's Australian production program, will be more diverse and focussed on attracting new customers - but not at the cost of excitement. Speaking to CarAdvice this week, HSV managing director Tim Jackson said he’s confident Holden Special Vehicles can succeed in a post-locally-built Holden Commodore era...


Corvette frame spotted at General Motors battery lab: Hybrid Corvette on the way?
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Corvette frame spotted at General Motors battery lab: Hybrid Corvette on the way?

CarAdvice has spotted a Corvette undergoing construction within General Motors' 85,000ft battery lab in Warren, Michigan, suggesting the next Corvette will be partially battery powered. Rumours of a mid-engined Corvette started circulating after images of a Holden Commodore ute kitted out with a giant aero kit and wide body hit the internet...


Ford Everest reclassified from passenger vehicle to four-wheel drive: MA to MC confirmed after owner backlash
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Ford Everest reclassified from passenger vehicle to four-wheel drive: MA to MC confirmed after owner backlash

Ford Australia has listened to its customers and reclassified four-wheel drive versions of the Ford Everest from MA (passenger vehicle) to MC (off-road passenger vehicle), following substantial owner backlash over its off-road bona fides...


Nissan LCV head confident of "permanent need" for pickups into the future
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Nissan LCV head confident of "permanent need" for pickups into the future

The global head of Nissan light commercial vehicles says although the proliferation of electrified and autonomous passenger vehicles is imminent, the uniqueness and wide-ranging flexibility of pickups ensures they will be needed "forever"...


Nissan sports cars "not incompatible" with autonomous future, says senior tech exec
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Nissan sports cars "not incompatible" with autonomous future, says senior tech exec

A key figure leading Nissan toward its goal of zero emissions and zero fatalities, says regardless of its future in electric and autonomous vehicles, the Japanese brand will always feature a flagship sports car, such as the Nissan GT-R...


Suzuki Jimny sales to be cut to 100 units per year as replacement looms
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Suzuki Jimny sales to be cut to 100 units per year as replacement looms

The current-generation Suzuki Jimny has had its final year on sale in Australia at full capacity, with the Japanese brand set to cut back sales in 2017 ahead of an all-new model hitting showrooms in the near future. It's a move that will see Suzuki comply with a Voluntary Code of Practice from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries that requires the Japanese maker to limit the number of vehicles it sells without side airbag protection to 100 units...


Hyundai CX-3 rival to fill local segment hole from late 2017
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Hyundai CX-3 rival to fill local segment hole from late 2017

With SUV sales continuing to rise, and small SUVs garnering more attention, Hyundai Australia is well aware it needs a proper ix35 replacement. Fortunately for the local arm of the South Korean brand, its 'baby Tucson' will be in showrooms from the second-half of 2017...


2017 Hyundai i30: five-door only for Australia, wagon not a "viable option"
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2017 Hyundai i30: five-door only for Australia, wagon not a "viable option"

Hyundai Australia has confirmed that when the all-new 2017 Hyundai i30 range launches locally in the second quarter of 2017, only the five-door hatchback body style will be offered...


Hyundai Australia keen on motorsport, but Supercars "just not for us"
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Hyundai Australia keen on motorsport, but Supercars "just not for us"

With a brand-new N performance range due to launch globally in the coming months, Hyundai Australia says it's keen for some local motorsport involvement, but not in the Gen2 Supercar series. Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice at this weekend's 2016 World Rally Championship (WRC) Rally Australia event in Coffs Harbour, Hyundai Australia public relations manager Guido Schenken said while rally is an important sport for the brand, the next chapter of what was known as the V8 Supercar series, isn’t...


Opel Insignia OPC to lose V6 for all-wheel drive turbocharged four-cylinder
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Opel Insignia OPC to lose V6 for all-wheel drive turbocharged four-cylinder

The European market's performance-tuned 2017 Opel Insignia OPC will be powered exclusively by an all-wheel-drive four-cylinder turbo-petrol setup, dropping the current turbocharged V6 arrangement, according to an Opel engineer. Here in Australia, instead of that sporty four, a V6 engine will join the more vanilla 2...


Keiichi Tsuchiya at WTAC 2016: The story behind the ultimate Toyota 86 fairy tale

Keiichi Tsuchiya at WTAC 2016: The story behind the ultimate Toyota 86 fairy tale

At this year's World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) 2016 at Sydney Motorsport Park, an incredibly rare and special moment occurred when the man widely considered to be the father of modern drifting, Keiichi Tsuchiya, performed a drift demonstration in a meticulously rebuilt 1984 Toyota AE86 Corolla – a car synonymous with drifting culture the world over...


2018 Ford Edge Australian pricing and details revealed
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2018 Ford Edge Australian pricing and details revealed

CarAdvice can exclusively reveal that the 2018 Ford Edge will go on sale in Australia from 2018 with a starting price of $49,990, featuring seven seats, a single diesel engine offering and a range-topping Titanium Plus model with a $75,000 asking price. Four model range (Trend, Sport, Titanium, Titanium Plus) Priced from $49,990 to $75,000 Single 2...


Hyundai i30 N to be produced in Czech Republic, production capacity to grow 10 per cent
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Hyundai i30 N to be produced in Czech Republic, production capacity to grow 10 per cent

Hyundai's first N Performance model, the i30 N, will be produced at its Czech Republic plant, which will increase production capacity to cater for the extra demand. Speaking exclusively with CarAdvice, Petr Vanek, public relations director for Hyundai motor manufacturing Czech, told CarAdvice that plant production will increase by 10 per cent in line with the new model coming online...


2017 Land Rover Discovery leaked
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2017 Land Rover Discovery leaked

Images of the all-new 2017 Land Rover Discovery has appeared on the company's Australian website hours before its international debut. A single still image of the new fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery appears on the landrover.com.au site, showing the car without camouflage and giving the best indication yet as to what to expect of the new model's design...


HSV future unclear with no Holden deal beyond 2017
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HSV future unclear with no Holden deal beyond 2017

The future of Holden's performance arm, Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), is unclear with no agreement struck between Holden and HSV beyond 2017. Premoso Pty Ltd, the company that operates HSV in Australia, filed documents with ASIC in May this year that show profits for financial year 2015 had dropped from a little over $5.7 million in 2014 to just over $3...