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Volkswagen Australia insists niche models will remain, EVs to come later

The Volkswagen Scirocco and Volkswagen Beetle have both been axed from the brand’s line-up, with special edition models of each to see those cars out. The Volkswagen Scirocco Wolfsburg edition brings a few extras, and the retro-styled Volkswagen Beetle Classic will be limited to just 53 examples in Australia...

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Volkswagen e-Crafter electric van concept revealed
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Volkswagen e-Crafter electric van concept revealed

Hot on the heels of being named the 2017 International Van of the Year, the Volkswagen Crafter has gone electric - in concept form, at least. This is the Volkswagen e-Crafter, a fully electric parcel mover aimed specifically at city van operators based on the all-new Volkswagen Crafter large van that is due to arrive in Australia late in 2017...


Audi all-electric SUV in Australia by 2020, entire line-up to get electrified
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Audi all-electric SUV in Australia by 2020, entire line-up to get electrified

Audi is looking to introduce several electrified models in Australia by the end of the decade, including a fully-electric vehicle (EV) likely to be released around 2019. Speaking to CarAdvice at the preview of the all-new Q2 SUV in Sydney, Anna Burgdorf, general manager for corporate communications at Audi Australia, confirmed the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Q7 e-tron will arrive locally within the next year, while an EV model is expected before the end of the decade...


Mitsubishi Ground Tourer GT-PHEV concept revealed ahead of Paris debut: Upsized Outlander could be on the way
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Mitsubishi Ground Tourer GT-PHEV concept revealed ahead of Paris debut: Upsized Outlander could be on the way

Mitsubishi has revealed its Grand Tourer GT-PHEV concept ahead of its presentation at the Paris motor show later this month. First teased in June, the new concept previews Mitsubishi’s “vision for a new-generation SUV’, likely to be the next Outlander...


Varsovia concept: Polish start-up reveals high-tech, ultra-luxe PHEV
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Varsovia concept: Polish start-up reveals high-tech, ultra-luxe PHEV

Poland-based startup Varsovia has revealed its range-extended plug-in hybrid (PHEV) concept, which promises to “broaden the definition of a luxury vehicle”. Varsovia Motor Co - named after the Polish capital of Warsaw - pitches the new sedan as a “mobile office”, featuring two 19-inch transparent displays, a built-in computer and advanced information system...


BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance: China-only PHEV revealed
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BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance: China-only PHEV revealed

The BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has been revealed at the Chengdu motor show in China this week. Adding to the company’s growing family of electrically-assisted iPerformance models, which already includes the X5 xDrive40e and 740e, the new X1 variant is capable of consuming fuel at a rate of just 1.8L/100km on the combined cycle...


2017 Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid unveiled, Australian order books open
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2017 Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid unveiled, Australian order books open

The 2017 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has been revealed ahead of its public debut at the Paris motor show next month, serving as the new entry point into the range. Starting at $242,600 plus on-road costs, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is over $60,000 cheaper than the twin-turbo V6 Panamera 4S revealed in June. Porsche’s new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) teams a 243kW/450Nm 2...


Audi A9 e-tron gets green light for production, due in 2020 - report
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Audi A9 e-tron gets green light for production, due in 2020 - report

The rumoured Audi A9 limousine looks set to become a reality, after the company’s boss reportedly gave the go-ahead for the new model to go into production. According to an article by Autocar, the German marque’s new flagship will sit above the A8 in the line-up when it launches by the end of the decade, sharing numerous components with the upcoming Q6 e-tron SUV...


BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition revealed, five confirmed for Australia
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BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition revealed, five confirmed for Australia

If the 2016 BMW i8 hybrid sports car wasn’t already exclusive enough, the brand has just confirmed an ultra-exclusive Protonic Red Edition - and only five are coming Down Under. Starting at $299,000 plus on-road costs, the special i8 features the bespoke Protonic Red metallic with contrasting Frozen Grey metallic accents, riding on 20-inch W-spoke alloy wheels...


Karma Revero 'revealed': Fisker-based plug-in to debut in September - video
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Karma Revero 'revealed': Fisker-based plug-in to debut in September - video

The 2017 Karma Revero has been revealed online, equipped with a solar roof that the company says can “create enough energy to power the car”. Known as Fisker Automotive in its troubled former life, Karma Automotive’s new model is largely identical to its donor, the original but still fresh-looking Fisker Karma - a car that that first debuted at the 2008 Detroit motor show...


2017 BMW 740e iPerformance pricing announced: S500e rival here from late 2016
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2017 BMW 740e iPerformance pricing announced: S500e rival here from late 2016

Australian pricing and specifications have been revealed for the new 2017 BMW 740e iPerformance today, ahead of a late 2016 market launch. Revealed at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, the 740e iPerformance succeeds the old ActiveHybrid 7 and debuts as BMW's assault on the Mercedes-Benz S500e...


Hyundai Ioniq to take on Toyota for Uber partnership in Europe
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Hyundai Ioniq to take on Toyota for Uber partnership in Europe

Hyundai is looking to entice Uber drivers to its Ioniq electric vehicle (EV) in an effort to take over Toyota’s hold on the ride-sharing service. In May, Toyota announced a partnership with the ride-sharing monolith, establishing a special fleet program to sell Toyota and Lexus vehicles to Uber drivers...


Mercedes-Benz C350e, GLE500e, S500e plug-in hybrids on sale in Australia
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Mercedes-Benz C350e, GLE500e, S500e plug-in hybrids on sale in Australia

Mercedes-Benz has released a trio of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models in Australia this week - the C350e sedan and estate, GLE500e SUV and the S500e limousine. Following the debut of the S500 Plug-in Hybrid nearly three years ago and the C350 Plug-in Hybrid’s Detroit motor show reveal in January 2015, the three PHEV models are available to order now in Mercedes-Benz dealerships...


Nissan range-extended EV, self-driving tech to debut soon
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Nissan range-extended EV, self-driving tech to debut soon

Nissan is planning to launch a new range-extended electric vehicle, as well as semi-autonomous driving technology, before the Japanese financial year ends on March 31, 2017. According to Automotive News, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault and Nissan, provided details about the new range-extended EV and self-driving system at the company's annual shareholder meeting last week...


Skoda working on full-electric SUV for 2020 debut - report
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Skoda working on full-electric SUV for 2020 debut - report

Czech manufacturer Skoda is reportedly developing an all-electric SUV that it plans to launch at the turn of the decade, according to a new report out of the UK. After parent company Volkswagen detailed its plans to release 30 new electric and and electric-assisted models by 2025, senior representatives from Skoda have told British website Autocar that the company is working on an all-new electric vehicle (EV)...


Petrol cars to dominate Australian market in 2030 - study
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Petrol cars to dominate Australian market in 2030 - study

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has published a study predicting that in 15 years time, petrol-powered vehicles will continue to dominate the Australian market. Despite the drive to adopt electric or electric-assisted vehicles to cut emissions and reliance on fossil fuels, the study suggests that in Australia, the number of battery-powered vehicles on local roads will continue to trail petrol cars in 2030...


Alfa Romeo full-size sedan due in 2018 - report
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Alfa Romeo full-size sedan due in 2018 - report

Alfa Romeo is working on a large sedan to rival the likes of the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, according to a new report out of the UK. Sitting above the Giulia sedan in the company’s line-up, the new 5 Series rival will likely share its rear-wheel-drive platform with its smaller sibling...


Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid gets solar roof option for Europe, Japan
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Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid gets solar roof option for Europe, Japan

The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the new Toyota Prius has been launched in Japan with the option of a solar roof which charges the batteries when the car is parked. Dubbed the Prius PHV in its home market and the Prius Prime in the US, Toyota's plug-in hybrid won’t be made available in Australia, with the company's local arm having ruled out PHEVs for the foreseeable future...


Peugeot Citroen outlines electrified future strategy
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Peugeot Citroen outlines electrified future strategy

PSA Groupe, formerly known as PSA Peugeot Citroen, has presented details of its new electric and plug-in hybrid strategy that will focus on a new modular platform developed with Chinese partner Dongfeng Motors. In its presentation, PSA Groupe outlined its plans to introduce four fully-electric models (EVs) by 2021 and a further seven plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variants by the same year...


Nissan wants Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid tech as soon as possible
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Nissan wants Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid tech as soon as possible

Nissan is preparing to tap into Mitsubishi Motor Corporation’s (MMC) expertise in plug-in hybrid vehicles to greatly speed up the development of its own PHEV fleet. Long a leader in pure electric vehicles with the Leaf, Nissan’s lack of penetration in PHEV technology has been notable...