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McLaren Sports Series to debut in New York, engine note teased in video

The new more affordable McLaren Sports Series has been confirmed as one of the debutants at the 2015 New York motor show. In the video above, a camouflaged Sports Series prototype is shown haring around a snow covered test track with the rasp of the new car's engine performing duties as the teaser's soundtrack...

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Toyota Corolla sedan facelift possibly revealed in safety video
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Toyota Corolla sedan facelift possibly revealed in safety video

The look of the updated Toyota Corolla sedan has possibly been revealed in a video, which was shown prior to Toyota's presentation at the 2015 Geneva motor show. In the computer animated video, a Toyota Corolla sedan is seen darting around a virtual town demonstrating various safety features, including automated emergency braking, lane departure warning, road sign recognition and automatic high beam...


New-generation Smart a no-go for Australia
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New-generation Smart a no-go for Australia

Hot on the heels of Mercedes Benz Australia confirming that it was keen to make the Smart business model work in Australia, representatives have been forced to admit that the new version won’t be available in Australia for the foreseeable...


Audi 'A0' rival to the Smart car mooted by chief
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Audi 'A0' rival to the Smart car mooted by chief

An Audi ‘A0’ city car remains a possibility for the Ingolstadt brand as a new range-opener, according to the company’s board member for technical development Ulrich Hackenberg. Always keen to expand into new segments — the TT Q crossover and Q8 being two forthcoming examples — the company also sees potential for what would become a rival for Mercedes-Benz’s Smart brand...


Borgward is back: Plans full-scale model range, rollout begins in September
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Borgward is back: Plans full-scale model range, rollout begins in September

Returning German luxury brand Borgward, absent for 54-years but relaunched in Geneva this week, will use the Frankfurt motor show in September to premiere the first model in what it says will become a large scale-line up. Expect this first vehicle to be a mid-sized luxury SUV (what else?) with the option of a plug-in electric (PHEV) drivetrain, styled by former Saab design director Einar Hareide...


Italdesign GEA imagines itself as an autonomous luxury sedan
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Italdesign GEA imagines itself as an autonomous luxury sedan

With the Italdesign GEA, the famous Italian design house has taken a stab at what a luxury autonomous sedan may look like and contain. Riding on massive 26-inch alloy wheels, and measuring 5.37 metres long, 1.98m wide, 1.46m tall and sitting on a 3.33m wheelbase, the GEA promises its four occupants plenty of space...


Ferrari 488 GTB premieres at Geneva: twin-turbo mid-engined V8 seen, heard in action
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Ferrari 488 GTB premieres at Geneva: twin-turbo mid-engined V8 seen, heard in action

The first-ever Ferrari 488 GTB has debuted at this week's 2015 Geneva motor show, accompanied by the first full video of the twin-turbocharged mid-engined V8-powered successor to the 458 Italia in full attack mode. Coming 40 years after Ferrari launched its first-ever mid-rear-engined V8 berlinetta, the 308, the new 488 GTB launches with a dry-sump 3...


Audi’s forthcoming Tesla Model S rival inspired by the new R8 e-tron, scheduled for 2017
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Audi’s forthcoming Tesla Model S rival inspired by the new R8 e-tron, scheduled for 2017

The 2015 Audi R8 e-tron electric supercar revealed this week at the Geneva motor show will spearhead the company’s plans to make a pure electric rival to the Tesla Model S from one of its next-generation passenger cars. Audi’s second-generation R8 e-tron supercar has 340kW of power and a remarkable 920Nm of torque, sprints from 0-100km/h in 3...


Ford GT limited to 250 units per year, will be priced against Aventador
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Ford GT limited to 250 units per year, will be priced against Aventador

The Ford GT supercar took to the stage at the 2015 Geneva motor show, and its handlers had some important info about its pricing and availability. Ford spokespeople told members of the automotive press that production of the new GT will be capped at around 250 cars per year...


Next-gen Chevrolet Malibu to debut in New York, will lose 135kg
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Next-gen Chevrolet Malibu to debut in New York, will lose 135kg

The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu will debut at the 2015 New York motor show at the beginning of April. GM claims that the new Malibu has been developed with a "blank slate approach" and the new sedan will sit upon an "entirely new architecture". The new car will tip the scales about 135 kilograms lighter than the current car thanks to the extensive use of high-strength steels...


Audi TT Q crossover SUV firms for 2017
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Audi TT Q crossover SUV firms for 2017

An extension of the Audi TT family with a new SUV derivative looks on the cards for 2017, based on comments from Audi’s board member for technical development Ulrich Hackenberg. The company has not been shy in the past about its intention to leverage the TT badge into a style-driven sub-brand, but it has not been clear about the first step...


Mitsubishi plots 'king of PHEVs' to wear Evo badge
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Mitsubishi plots 'king of PHEVs' to wear Evo badge

Mitsubishi Motors is looking at a viable way to create a dedicated performance plug-in hybrid model — a model it wants to endow with all-wheel-drive and its hallowed Evolution, or Evo, badge. However, a new-generation Lancer remains years way at best — and the program is dead at worst — meaning the next Evo model will have to be based on another Mitsubishi model...


Ford Fiesta R2 rally car revealed, no Fiesta RS planned
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Ford Fiesta R2 rally car revealed, no Fiesta RS planned

Juxtaposed near the new Ford GT, the latest version of the diminutive Ford Fiesta R2 rally car made its debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show. Developed by UK racing firm M-Sport and Ford, the latest Fiesta R2 is powered by a direct-injection 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine...


Renault Clio RS220 Trophy limited edition unveiled
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Renault Clio RS220 Trophy limited edition unveiled

The more powerful Renault Clio RS220 Trophy made its debut overnight at the Geneva motor show. Under the bonnet, the RS220 features an engine with a larger turbo, a redesigned air intake, updated exhaust and new engine mapping. Thus equipped, the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine now churns out 164kW (220hp) of power and 260Nm of torque, with 280Nm available in fourth and fifth gears...


Skoda chairman confirms seven-seat SUV for Australia
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Skoda chairman confirms seven-seat SUV for Australia

The long-awaited 2016 Skoda seven-seat SUV will be sent to Australia “for sure”, according to global chairman Winfried Vahland. The Czech-made family hauler — also to be made in China for that market — will give the company a presence in the high-volume large SUV segment, and will offer buyers a European alternative to rivals such as the Hyundai Santa Fe...


Nissan Sway compact hatch concept unveiled in full
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Nissan Sway compact hatch concept unveiled in full

After teaser photos and videos prior to the Geneva motor show, the Nissan Sway concept car has finally been revealed in full. Said to be inspired by the iDX concept cars, the Sway employs many of the same visual cues that are present on the much larger Murano SUV and American Maxima sedan. These include the "V-motion" grille, and character and window lines that dramatically rise and fall...


Renault Sport model expansion mulled, RS crossover mentioned
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Renault Sport model expansion mulled, RS crossover mentioned

The Renault Sport moniker could be applied a wider range of the company’s products in future years in an approach somewhat mirroring that of Audi’s S Division or Mercedes-AMG. Currently limited to the Megane RS and Clio RS, the French brand says it is considering ways to leverage the cache of its sporty sub-brand in as many ways as are economically feasible...


Koenigsegg Regera petrol-electric 1119kW/2000Nm supercar revealed
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Koenigsegg Regera petrol-electric 1119kW/2000Nm supercar revealed

The plug-in hybrid Koenigsegg Regera supercar was unveiled overnight at the 2015 Geneva motor show. Despite the presence of a petrol engine, three electric motors and a charging point, Koenigsegg would rather that we not refer to the Regera as a plug-in hybrid...


Production Kia Sportspace now on Australian agenda, will be 2016 Optima wagon
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Production Kia Sportspace now on Australian agenda, will be 2016 Optima wagon

The production version of the stunning Kia Sportspace concept — aka a wagon version of the new-generation Optima —  will come to Australia by mid-2016, something that until recently appeared unlikely...


Audi RS3 sedan edging closer
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Audi RS3 sedan edging closer

An Audi RS3 sedan appears set to launch by 2016, giving the Ingolstadt marque a ready-made rival for the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG. The three-box beast will combine with brutal mechanicals of the RS3 Sportback hatch with the A3 sedan body-style. Don’t forget, Audi previewed the new RS3 model with the sedan-based A3 Clubsport concept (pictured above) earlier last year...