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China’s GAC Motor entering US next year, previews wild EV concept in Detroit

China's GAC Motor says it wants to enter the massive US car market next year, with a wide range of models and a mission that - if successful - will make it a major player outside its home country...

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2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to rival Hellcat with over 520kW
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2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to rival Hellcat with over 520kW

The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has been teased at the 2018 Detroit motor show ahead of going on sale some time next year. Ford says the new Mustang Shelby GT500 will be powered by a supercharged V8 with over 700 horsepower or 522kW, and "will be the most powerful street-legal production Ford ever"...


Acura RDX Prototype revealed
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Acura RDX Prototype revealed

The Acura RDX Prototype has been unveiled at the 2018 Detroit motor show, and previews the third generation version of the crossover vehicle. As with earlier Prototype models from Honda and Acura, not much will change between the show car and the production model, although we do expect the latter to feature larger wing mirrors...


2019 Ram 1500 revealed in Detroit
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2019 Ram 1500 revealed in Detroit

The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 has made its debut at the Detroit motor show this week, sporting a lighter body and technology upgrades, along with a new mild-hybrid powertrain. Weighing up to 102 kilograms less than its predecessor, the new 1500 features an aluminium tailgate - but not the tray bed, which remains a decision unique to Ford and its big F-150...


2018 Volkswagen Jetta unveiled
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2018 Volkswagen Jetta unveiled

The new Volkswagen Jetta has made its debut at the 2018 Detroit motor show, but the sleeker-looking sedan is unlikely to grace Australian showrooms. Unlike the current car, the new Jetta is based on the MQB platform for front- and all-wheel drive cars with a transverse engine. The new sedan is one of the last mainstream models in the Volkswagen range to transition onto MQB...


Kia Telluride in development, Aussie arm keen
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Kia Telluride in development, Aussie arm keen

The very big and very bold Kia Telluride concept is now being developed for a market debut, a pair of senior executives have confirmed this week, and the Australian arm has its hand up. In conversation with Australian press at this week's Detroit motor show, the news was confirmed by Kia Motors Corporation president and chief designer Peter Schreyer, and Kia Motors Europe chief designer, Gregory Guillaume...


Ford F-150: Two new reasons RHD might happen next generation
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Ford F-150: Two new reasons RHD might happen next generation

Two key factors might make the return of a right-hand drive (RHD) Ford F-Series pickup economically feasible for the first time in years - opening the door for a hypothetical return to Australia. The more obvious of these is the recent addition of a diesel engine to what has long been the US market’s number one vehicle (more than 800,000 annual sales there)...


Kia planning no N division, no powered-up Stinger... for now
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Kia planning no N division, no powered-up Stinger... for now

The Kia Stinger GT is all the car it needs to be right now, says Hyundai Motor Group's chief of high-performance engineering, Albert Biermann - and so are the rest of Kia's GT models. Biermann was on hand at this week's Detroit motor show to talk with Australian press about his team's targets for Kia's sporting range...


Mercedes-AMG CLS53, E53 models debut in Detroit
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Mercedes-AMG CLS53, E53 models debut in Detroit

Mercedes-AMG has unveiled a new '53' model line in Detroit, with power from a 48V hybrid-boosted inline-six engine. Debuting in the CLS, E-Class Coupe and E-Class Cabriolet, the new powertrain comprises of a turbocharged inline-six petrol engine making 320kW of power and 520Nm of torque, augmented by a 48V electric system offering an extra 16kW and 250Nm for brief periods...


2018 Kia Cerato GT confirmed for Australia, turbo looks likely
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2018 Kia Cerato GT confirmed for Australia, turbo looks likely

A new 2018 Kia Cerato GT model will headline the Korean brand's Australian line-up this year, sitting atop an otherwise familiar model spread. While some other model ranges in the Kia family are topped by a GT-Line variant, those are mere styling kits to give the car a more sporting look. But, as with the flagship Optima GT, removing the 'line' adds power and handling tweaks for a more sporting drive...


2018 Kia Cerato: AEB or sub-$20k, don't bet on both
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2018 Kia Cerato: AEB or sub-$20k, don't bet on both

The operations boss for Kia Australia says he is all too aware of the "nearly compulsory" status of autonomous emergency braking in today's new cars, and the situation has left his team with a dilemma. Last year, Kia Australia chief operations officer Damien Meredith was "pretty confident" buyers could expect to find autonomous emergency braking (AEB) at every level of the new 2018 Cerato range, revealed in Detroit this week...


2018 Hyundai Veloster & Veloster N unveiled
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2018 Hyundai Veloster & Veloster N unveiled

The 2018 Hyundai Veloster has been revealed this week at the 2018 Detroit motor show, headlined by the Veloster N hot hatch. Four variants of the small coupe-come-hatchback have been revealed, the standard Veloster, the Veloster Turbo, the Veloster R-Spec and the Veloster N – all occupying a different spot on the potency scale...


Hyundai Veloster N unlikely for Australia
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Hyundai Veloster N unlikely for Australia

Hyundai Australia says it’s unlikely we'll see the recently-unveiled Veloster N in Aussie showrooms. Unlike the European-sourced i30 N, the new Veloster and Veloster N – unveiled today at the Detroit motor show – are being built in South Korea. While the 'regular' 2018 Veloster range is set to debut in the third quarter of this year, the N model remains unconfirmed...


2018 Kia Cerato revealed in Detroit
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2018 Kia Cerato revealed in Detroit

The new-generation 2018 Kia Cerato has been unveiled in Detroit today, debuting in its US-market 2018 Kia Forte form. Only the sedan body has been revealed, although earlier spy photos reveal what we can expect from the hatch design. Slightly bigger in every direction, the Forte also debuts a new variant of Hyundai-Kia's 2...


2019 Toyota Avalon revealed - UPDATE
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2019 Toyota Avalon revealed - UPDATE

UPDATE: Toyota Australia has confirmed Apple CarPlay is under consideration for our market, and we've added some new images to the gallery. See bottom of article for more details Toyota has pulled back the covers on the 2019 Avalon, debuting a sharp new styling direction and a more luxurious, tech-focused interior...


Lexus LF-1 Limitless crossover concept debuts in Detroit
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Lexus LF-1 Limitless crossover concept debuts in Detroit

Lexus has taken the covers from its LF-1 Limitless concept car, which previews a potential flagship crossover of the future, and signals the overall design direction of the Japanese luxury brand for the next model cycle. It comes two decades after Lexus debuted the RX at the same motor show, in Detroit - a vehicle it claims is still the segment’s top seller despite nearly 50 new competitors lobbing since then (it’s #5 in Australia)...


Infiniti Q Inspiration concept revealed in Detroit
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Infiniti Q Inspiration concept revealed in Detroit

The Infiniti Q Inspiration concept has been revealed at the Detroit motor show overnight, giving us a first look at the company's future designs. Pitched as a "new form language for an era of advanced powertrains", the Q Inspiration takes the form of a four-door coupe, potentially previewing an upcoming rival to the Mercedes-Benz CLS...


2018 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 previewed ahead of Detroit reveal
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2018 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 previewed ahead of Detroit reveal

The upcoming 2018 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 4Matic+ has been teased on social media ahead of its reveal at the Detroit motor show this week. Set to become the flagship of the new-generation CLS range, the AMG CLS53 will become the first mainstream AMG-badged hybrid, and likely pioneer a new range of electrified '53' models...


2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt revealed
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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt revealed

The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt has gone official ahead of its debut at the 2018 Detroit motor show. Paying tribute to the 1968 Mustang that starred in the Bullitt film alongside Steve McQueen, the 2019 limited-edition Pony car packs several unique features, along with added performance from its 5...


2019 Hyundai Veloster N revealed among leaked images
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2019 Hyundai Veloster N revealed among leaked images

Images of the new 2018 Hyundai Veloster have surfaced online, revealing not only the regular car but also the top-shelf, high-performance Veloster N. This isn't our first look at the new Veloster without disguise, although it is certainly the clearest sight yet. Likewise, the N variant had previously been seen only in heavy camouflage, spied during test...