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Mitsubishi compact SUV concept previews next ASX

Mitsubishi will take the wraps off a new compact SUV concept at the 2015 Geneva motor show in March, and the car could offer some clues to the design of the next-generation Mitsubishi ASX...

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Renault Kadjar name confirmed for new SUV
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Renault Kadjar name confirmed for new SUV

Renault Kadjar will be the name used for the French brand's first C-segment SUV, which will be unveiled in full on February 2, 2015. Believed to be a spin-off model of the Nissan Qashqai, the new Renault Kadjar has been spied in disguise by CarAdvice's overseas snappers from the outside, while we've also see interior images of the new small SUV...


McLaren P1 GTR confirmed for 2015 Geneva motor show debut
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McLaren P1 GTR confirmed for 2015 Geneva motor show debut

The McLaren P1 GTR – the British brand's most powerful and most exclusive model yet – will make its production car debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show in March. A fresh video teaser of the 736kW rear-wheel-drive hybrid hypercar accompanied McLaren's announcement of the car's motor show premiere, with the sports car maker confirming production of the limited edition track-only model will begin later in the year...


Holden “a portfolio that needs improvement”, admits exec who vows increased consistency in future line-up
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Holden “a portfolio that needs improvement”, admits exec who vows increased consistency in future line-up

General Motors vice president of design Ed Welburn has admitted the current Holden line-up “needs improvement”, vowing to put consistency back into the future range with a plan that has “thrilled” Australian dealers. Welburn recognises that in the future there needs to be consistency of design language across all Holden products so customers are not confused by a varied array of models...


Tesla Model S updated with new luxury interior option
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Tesla Model S updated with new luxury interior option

Buyers of the Tesla Model S electric sedan who prefer to be driven places rather than sit behind the wheel will be pleased to learn of the new Executive Rear Seat option pack. Designed to offer a more luxury-focused feel than the regular three-seat bench fitted as standard in the Tesla Model S, the new twin-seat option pack replaces the middle pew with a fixed armrest with storage and cupholders...


Audi SUV expansion : TT, Q6 and Q8 sporty derivatives in planning
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Audi SUV expansion : TT, Q6 and Q8 sporty derivatives in planning

Audi is preparing to extend its SUV line-up with several “sporty” and “exclusive” models such as a TT SUV, and Q6 and Q8 derivatives. Speaking at the Detroit motor show, Audi board member for technical development Ulrich Hackenberg began by explaining that a naming rights issue is central to the reason the company is calling its compact model the Q1 in two years’ time, and is now looking into an SUV version of the TT instead of a potential Q4...


Mercedes-Maybach working on uber-luxury SUV to rival Bentley Bentayga
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Mercedes-Maybach working on uber-luxury SUV to rival Bentley Bentayga

Mercedes-Benz is laying the groundwork for the development of a new ultra-luxury SUV to rival the forthcoming Bentley Bentayga and the long-wheelbase Range Rover. The flagship SUV, if Mercedes goes ahead with the project, will be the second member of its new Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand, which launches this week with an S-Class-based limousine for the rich and famous (pictured bottom)...


Audi R8 : 400km-plus range and March debut for electric-only new model
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Audi R8 : 400km-plus range and March debut for electric-only new model

The next-generation Audi R8 is confirmed to debut at the Geneva motor show in March, ditching a manual transmission for the first time but gaining an all-electric version that promises a 400km-plus range. Audi board member for technical development Ulrich Hackenberg threw his hand in the air to admit he culled the previous all-electric R8 e-tron range that was due to go into production, instead pushing his engineers to boost battery range...


Buick Avenir ready for rear-drive platform sharing, Australian team to be involved
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Buick Avenir ready for rear-drive platform sharing, Australian team to be involved

At the Detroit motor show this time last year, Cadillac chief marketing officer Uwe Ellinghaus spelled out the future of his rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan platforms in no uncertain terms. “[Future] platform and component sharing is the name of the game to reduce costs,” the German-born ex-BMW executive told CarAdvice...


2018 Holden Commodore : Australian designers and engineers heavily involved in VF successor
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2018 Holden Commodore : Australian designers and engineers heavily involved in VF successor

The replacement for the Holden Commodore – whether it retains its name or not – will not simply be a rebadged version of the next-generation Opel Insignia. Holden designers and engineers are now confirmed to be deeply involved in the project, which still has around three years of development time remaining, with mules confirmed to be in testing at the local General Motors arm’s Lang Lang proving ground outside Melbourne, Victoria, that was only recently saved from being sold off...


Meet the Australian-designed and built concept car that could “change the industry” worldwide
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Meet the Australian-designed and built concept car that could “change the industry” worldwide

The pure electric Chevrolet Bolt SUV concept revealed this week in Detroit might be the most significant job ever undertaken by Holden’s Melbourne-based design and fabrication team, according to General Motors International vice-president of design Mike Simcoe...


Jeep Wrangler Ute under consideration
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Jeep Wrangler Ute under consideration

Jeep is still pondering the production of a Wrangler Ute for its next-generation off-roader, with numerous international markets including Australia very interested in the potential product. Speaking with Australian media in Detroit today, global Jeep CEO and president Mike Manly said a Wrangler pick-up would fit well into the Jeep range but stressed that the business case for such a variant was still not solid...


Jeep working to improve customer satisfaction
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Jeep working to improve customer satisfaction

Jeep says it’s working to address its growing customer dissatisfaction in Australia as the number of product recalls reached record levels last year. Jeep issued 14 voluntary safety recalls last year, 11 of which were for the popular Grand Cherokee (six affected the 2014 model). Fiat Chrysler Australia issued 16 recalls in total in 2014...


Jeep Renegade baby SUV 'no risk' to brand's tough reputation
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Jeep Renegade baby SUV 'no risk' to brand's tough reputation

Jeep’s global boss says the soon-to-launch Renegade small SUV is not risking the brand’s hard-earned reputation for producing tough and rugged vehicles. The Jeep Renegade is set to launch in Australia later this year and will become the smallest offering from the American brand...


Holden “underestimated” factory closure uncertainty and lacked clear communication, admits GM exec
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Holden “underestimated” factory closure uncertainty and lacked clear communication, admits GM exec

The man who made the decision to pull the pin on Australian Holden manufacturing, General Motors head of international operations Stefan Jacoby, has admitted that he “underestimated” consumer concern following the announcement and communication from the brand wasn’t clear enough...


Holden manufacturing closure "the right thing for Australia", says GM exec
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Holden manufacturing closure "the right thing for Australia", says GM exec

More than a year after the announcement that Holden will close its car manufacturing facilities in Elizabeth, South Australia, and engine plant at Port Melbourne, Victoria, the man who made the shut-down decision maintains it was the right call...


2015 Honda NSX supercar's developement not as slow as some think, says chief engineer
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2015 Honda NSX supercar's developement not as slow as some think, says chief engineer

Acura has dismissed suggestions that the exciting new Ferrari and Porsche-hunting NSX hybrid supercar revealed today at the Detroit motor show had an unusually long gestation period from the proposal stage to production.  The second-generation Acura NSX supercar hits US showrooms within a few months where it will wear a price of about $US150,000, confirmed by the company...


Fiat convertible delayed after switch from Alfa Romeo
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Fiat convertible delayed after switch from Alfa Romeo

The switch from Alfa Romeo to the Fiat or Abarth brand for the upcoming convertible built by Mazda has meant production delays of up to four months. The Fiat or Abarth-badged MX-5 equivalent was originally slated to be released as an Alfa Romeo this year but the decision was taken last minute to switch brands in order to keep the premium feel of the Alfa product...


Alfa Romeo within 'shooting range' of BMW says global boss
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Alfa Romeo within 'shooting range' of BMW says global boss

Alfa Romeo will be going straight for BMW with its future products as it seeks to upscale its new range of upcoming models. The brand’s global boss, Sergio Marchionne, told the media at the Detriot Motor Show today that Alfa Romeo was “pretty much dead on BMW” and that the German brand was within “shooting range” when the Milan-based brand unveils its 3 Series rivaling sedan later this year...


Holden V8 to live beyond 2017
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Holden V8 to live beyond 2017

Holden has officially announced that when local manufacturing ceases in 2017, a two-door sports coupe with a V8 engine will be at the ready to replace SS versions of the Holden Commodore sedan. The man who stands by his decision to close Holden’s Elizabeth, South Australia, plant in 2017, General Motors executive vice president of international operations Stefan Jacoby tonight confirmed the news...