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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer to be pricier but better-equipped than Mercedes B-Class

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will launch in Australia later this year with a higher price of entry than its Mercedes-Benz B-Class arch rival, but the Bavarian brand’s local arm says it will more than even the ledger with a substantial list of standard equipment from entry level...

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Aston Martin cans Lagonda SUV plans; targets large, luxury four-door - report
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Aston Martin cans Lagonda SUV plans; targets large, luxury four-door - report

Aston Martin’s 21st century Lagonda won’t be an SUV, according to the man charged with the task of creating the new luxury model. Aston Martin design director Marek Reichman told PistonHeads the long-rumoured Lagonda SUV – a pet project of former CEO Ulrich Bez that was previewed in concept form in 2009 – was no longer part of the brand’s future plans...


Mercedes-Benz E400 Estate: week with Review
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Mercedes-Benz E400 Estate: week with Review

Can a Mercedes wagon change James Ward's once rock solid brand alliance?


2014 Range Rover Sport SDV8 Review
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2014 Range Rover Sport SDV8 Review

Range Rover's Sport is all new for 2014. Can it more deserved wear the Range Rover badge?


Quant e-Sportlimousine : Zero emissions concept approved for public roads
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Quant e-Sportlimousine : Zero emissions concept approved for public roads

The zero emissions Quant e-Sportlimousine has been approved for use on public roads, four months after its world premiere at the 2014 Geneva motor show. Approved for use on public roads in Germany and Europe, the Quant e-Sportlimousine employs a supposedly unique nanoFlowcell battery-based electric drive system, touted as being able to store and release electrical energy at very high energy densities...


Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster : British brand's fastest ever drop-top revealed
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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster : British brand's fastest ever drop-top revealed

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster will become the brand's fastest, and fastest-accelerating, series production roadster to date when it launches globally later this year. Powered by the same naturally aspirated V12 engine found in the V12 Vantage S Coupe revealed last year, Aston Martin claims the V12 Vantage S Roadster will also be its most powerful convertible...


2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Review
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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Review

There wasn't much wrong with the outgoing Mercedes-Benz CLS, but a mid-life update makes it better than ever (inside & out).


BMW X1 Review : sDrive20i
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BMW X1 Review : sDrive20i

The world's first compact luxury SUV still holds appeal - especially in the way it drives...


Lexus : Bold design lifting brand recognition, lowering buyer age
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Lexus : Bold design lifting brand recognition, lowering buyer age

Lexus’s bolder car designs are helping to attract younger buyers and improve brand recognition, the company says. The Toyota-owned luxury brand introduced the first of a new wave of more aggressively styled cars in 2012 with the fourth-generation GS sedan (below)...


Nissan Qashqai and Ssangyong Stavic face ANCAP criticism
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Nissan Qashqai and Ssangyong Stavic face ANCAP criticism

ANCAP has lashed out at Nissan and South Korean brand Ssangyong following its latest round of safety testing, the results of which were published today.  A trio of new models were subjected to the safety body’s regimen, with two — the Nissan Qashqai crossover and new Mercedes-Benz C-Class — scoring the maximum five stars, and Ssangyong’s Stavic people-mover falling short with a four-star result...


Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Review: CLA250 Sport 4MATIC
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Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Review: CLA250 Sport 4MATIC

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Sport 4MATIC has launched in Australia priced from $64,900 – $1500 more than the front-wheel-drive CLA250 Sport originally planned to be sold locally. Available for order since February, the CLA250 Sport is powered by a lightly tuned version of the same turbocharged 2...


Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid revealed : Uses 2.8L/100km, has 325kW and 650Nm
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Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid revealed : Uses 2.8L/100km, has 325kW and 650Nm

Further details of the all-new Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid have been revealed, with the brand's first plug-in model offering plenty of tech and mountains of power. The S500 Plug-in Hybrid combines a twin-turbo petrol V6 engine with an 80kW electric motor. The combination offers up maximum power of 325kW and maximum torque of 650Nm, and enables the 5...


Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Sport 4MATIC tipped to become model's top seller
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Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Sport 4MATIC tipped to become model's top seller

Due to start landing in Australian driveways any day, the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Sport 4MATIC is tipped to become the compact sedan's model range sales leader, according to the local division. Speaking at the Australian and New Zealand launch of the turbocharged four-wheel drive CLA250 Sport (pictured), Mercedes-Benz Australia spokesman David McCarthy said he would not be surprised if the mid-level model became the range’s most popular...


Australians flock to premium brands against the grain of a flat market
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Australians flock to premium brands against the grain of a flat market

Premium car manufacturers are continuing to go against the grain in Australia’s softening new vehicle market, with the overwhelming majority of luxury brands experiencing growth in the first half of 2014.  While the total market is tracking 2.4 per cent below the record-setting 2013 figure of 1...


CarAdvice Q&A : Umberto Maria Cini, Maserati’s managing director of General Overseas Markets
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CarAdvice Q&A : Umberto Maria Cini, Maserati’s managing director of General Overseas Markets

It has been an extremely busy 12 months for Maserati both globally and in Australia, and it looks like being even busier over the next few years as a range of new models enter showrooms. Australia is an important market for the brand, a fact indicated by the recent visit of Umberto Maria Cini, managing director for Maserati General Overseas Markets, based in Dubai...


Almost 40 per cent of luxury car owners would consider an EV - study
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Almost 40 per cent of luxury car owners would consider an EV - study

Almost 40 per cent of luxury car owners in the UK say they would buy, or seriously consider buying, an electric vehicle capable of driving 300 miles (483km) on a single charge from their brand. UK website WeLoveAnyCar asked 24,227 Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz owners if they would consider an electric car with a 300-mile range, all other factors (including price, style, options and performance) being equal, and found that four in 10 responded positively...


Lexus NX Review
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Lexus NX Review

Lexus's smallest SUV is finally on the road. CarAdvice finds out whether the Q5, X3 and Evoque should be worried...


Brabus to build Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman - report
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Brabus to build Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman - report

High-performance aftermarket tuner Brabus will reportedly begin building the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman next year. German publication Automobilwoche reports the S-Class Pullman limousine will be manufactured in Bottrop, Germany, from December 2015 by Brabus, a private company with a long history of tuning Mercedes-Benz, Smart and Maybach vehicles...


Citroen DS 6WR : First interior images of Chinese SUV revealed
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Citroen DS 6WR : First interior images of Chinese SUV revealed

The Citroen DS 6WR looks set to be as stylistically interesting inside as it is out, with the French marque releasing the first interior images of its premium brand’s first-ever SUV. With its Wild Rubis-inspired exterior unveiled prior to the model’s official 2014 Beijing auto show debut last April (pictured bottom), the two Citroen DS 6WR interior shots reveal a sharply designed cabin clearly aimed at appealing to luxury buyers...


2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Review
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2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Review

The latest-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is the new benchmark in the luxury GT class.