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BMW 640d Gran Coupe Review
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BMW 640d Gran Coupe Review

A super-powerful diesel is the sweetest BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, but is it a sweet-enough sedan alternative?


Audi : biggest models to be biggest losers
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Audi : biggest models to be biggest losers

The Audi A8 limousine and Audi Q7 SUV, the German brand's biggest models, will lose significant weight for their next-generation models. Audi has confirmed the A8 will partly use the hybrid carbonfibre and aluminium construction (pictured bottom) being used by the new Lamborghini Huracan and its R8 supercar twin due in 2015...


Mercedes-Benz S300 Bluetec Hybrid drops brand’s flagship below $200K
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Mercedes-Benz S300 Bluetec Hybrid drops brand’s flagship below $200K

The Mercedes-Benz S300 Bluetec Hybrid will join Australia’s S-Class range in late April to take the company’s flagship model below the $200,000 mark. A price tag of $195,000 will place it $20,000 below the current entry model – the six-cylinder turbo diesel S350 Bluetec. The Mercedes-Benz S300 Bluetec Hybrid teams a 150kW/500Nm 2...


Hyundai Genesis : Luxury sedan spied in Australia
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Hyundai Genesis : Luxury sedan spied in Australia

The Hyundai Genesis sedan has been spied in Australia roughly six months out from its local introduction. CarAdvice snapped the Genesis near Hyundai's Sydney headquarters where engineers are currently tuning it for Australian road conditions and customer preferences...


Volkswagen Passat: first look at sleeker mid-sized sedan
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Volkswagen Passat: first look at sleeker mid-sized sedan

A prototype of the next-generation Volkswagen Passat has been spied, giving us our first look at the German manufacturer's forthcoming medium car. Captured by CarAdvice's spy photographers in Spain, the Passat sedan test car wears production body panels beneath its heavy camouflage wrap, suggesting Volkswagen is in the final stages of development of the eighth-generation model that’s expected to be revealed in the second half of 2014...


Audi A6: luxury sedan, wagon updated for 2014
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Audi A6: luxury sedan, wagon updated for 2014

The Audi A6 range has been updated for the 2014 model year with added standard equipment and options, and revised pricing. Four-cylinder Audi A6 models – the 132kW/320Nm turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol and 130kW/380Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel – gain xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and 18-inch alloy wheels...


Maserati Quattroporte: $319,800 flagship GTS here in January
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Maserati Quattroporte: $319,800 flagship GTS here in January

The range-topping Maserati Quattroporte GTS will be the first of the all-new luxury sedan variants to arrive locally from January next year, priced from $319,800. Originally planned to arrive in September following its European launch earlier this year, the sixth-generation Quattroporte-based GTS is $21,000 more than the outgoing Quattroporte Sport GTS flagship...


BMW 5 Series: seventh-gen sedan, Touring spied
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BMW 5 Series: seventh-gen sedan, Touring spied

The next-generation BMW 5 Series has been spied in prototype form in both sedan and Touring body styles close to three years out from its anticipated debut. Spotted on the back of a flatbed truck in Germany by CarAdvice's spy photographers, the seventh-generation BMW 5 Series sedan test mule wears heavy camouflage but has a sleeker profile and new flush-mounted exhaust outlets...


Jaguar XJ: facelifted luxury flagship spied
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Jaguar XJ: facelifted luxury flagship spied

A mildly facelifted Jaguar XJ has been spied testing in the UK, confirming the luxury British marque is readying a mid-life update for its flagship sedan. Spotted by CarAdvice’s spy photographers wearing light camouflage, the Jaguar XJ test car is distinguished from the existing production model by its smoother front bumper; smaller, narrower grille; and larger front air intakes...


Chrysler 300S: new sporty-looking variant from $47,500
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Chrysler 300S: new sporty-looking variant from $47,500

A Chrysler 300S has been added to the US large car’s line-up, bringing a sportier-looking variant available for less than $50,000. The S version of the Chrysler 300 costs from $47,500, placing it between the $43,000 entry-level 300 Limited and high-performance SRT8 that starts from $56,000...


BMW 5 Series: facelifted range launches locally from $79,900
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BMW 5 Series: facelifted range launches locally from $79,900

The updated BMW 5 Series range has officially launched in Australia, offering refreshed styling, enhanced equipment levels, powertrain upgrades and a revised price list. On sale since July, the facelfited BMW 5 Series range – comprising sedan, Touring wagon and Gran Turismo hatch body styles – introduces design tweaks first revealed in May...


Holden Commodore International special edition celebrates 35 years
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Holden Commodore International special edition celebrates 35 years

The Holden Commodore International special edition has been released to mark the 35th anniversary of the iconic Australian-made large car. The VF Commodore International is available in $36,990 sedan and $38,990 Sportwagon body styles, making it $2000 more than the entry-level Evoke on which it’s based. LPG is a $2500 option on both variants...


Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe spied in Germany
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Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe spied in Germany

The Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe has been spotted testing on the roads around Germany's Nurburgring. Snapped by CarAdvice's spy photographers wrapped in camouflage, the two-door derivative of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class can be seen wearing its full AMG kit for the first time, following the unveiling of the Concept S-Class Coupe in Frankfurt earlier this month...


Porsche Panamera diesel facelift: power up, fuel consumption down
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Porsche Panamera diesel facelift: power up, fuel consumption down

Details of the facelifted Porsche Panamera diesel have been revealed ahead of its official unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show on September 10. The new Porsche Panamera diesel carries over the existing Audi-sourced 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine, albeit revised with a new crankshaft drive, pistons and new water-cooled turbocharger, to produce of 221kW at 4000rpm and 650Nm between 1750 and 2500rpm – up 37kW and 100Nm on the current model...


Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG: performance limousine caught filming
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Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG: performance limousine caught filming

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG has been caught camouflage-free while filming a commercial in The Netherlands. Shot and made public by YouTube user 'Gnepiah', the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG was spotted while the German manufacturer was filming an ad for the flagship S-Class model in Rotterdam...


Audi A8, S8 facelift revealed: both here mid-next year
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Audi A8, S8 facelift revealed: both here mid-next year

The first facelift of the current generation Audi A8 and S8 has been unveiled, offering revised drivetrains, new technologies and subtle styling changes. Weighing up to 85kg less than the outgoing model, the Audi A8 gains a new bonnet and grille, a redesigned front bumper, and new-look LED headlights with optional Matrix LED technology that includes a 25-diode cluster...


2014 Ford Falcon: updated large car
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2014 Ford Falcon: updated large car's death-row launch unprecedented

Ford Motor Company chief operating officer Mark Fields admits next year’s launch of the facelifted Ford Falcon will be unprecedented. This is because the updated Falcon will be launched from death row. CarAdvice asked Fields whether, to his knowledge, the 2014 FH Falcon would be the first new or updated model Ford has ever launched after announcing the model line would be killed off...


Mercedes-Benz E300 Hybrid: $108,900 diesel-electric luxury sedan arrives
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Mercedes-Benz E300 Hybrid: $108,900 diesel-electric luxury sedan arrives

The Mercedes-Benz E300 Hybrid has arrived in Australia, giving local luxury buyers the chance to get behind the wheel of the country's first diesel-electric hybrid. Starting at $108,900, the Mercedes-Benz E300 Hybrid sits $10K above the E250 CDI and $9K above the Lexus GS450h. The E300 BlueTec Hybrid is powered by a 2...


Mercedes-Benz nine-speed auto likely for Oz in 2014
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Mercedes-Benz nine-speed auto likely for Oz in 2014

A nine-speed automatic transmission introduced in Germany in the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec is likely to reach the local E-Class range in 2014. As reported by the UK's Autocar, Mercedes-Benz quietly replaced the current seven-speed auto with the new 9G-Tronic gearbox as standard equipment in the 185kW/620Nm twin-turbocharged 3...