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by Tegan Lawson


Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia’s new-car market.

Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews.

What happened in the week ending February 24, 2017? Catch our video above, and links to the full stories below.



Fortune magazine has awarded BMW 21st position on the list of ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’, Toyota was 34th.

MORE: BMW voted world’s most admired car company, pips Toyota


BMW Australia is set to welcome the X2 small crossover in the first half of 2018, to rival the likes of the Audi Q2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

MORE: BMW X2 crossover confirmed for Australia

Introducing Range Rover Velar

The all-new Range Rover Velar has been teased ahead of its world premier, likely to be at the Geneva motor show in March. The Velar will sit between the Evoque and Sport in the Range Rover line up.

MORE: Range Rover Velar teased ahead of March 1 debut, name confirmed


The 2017 Skoda Superb Sportline has landed in Australia. For an extra $1000 above the 206TSI model, the Sportline gets a huge range of exterior and interior styling changes.

MORE: 2017 Skoda Superb Sportline pricing and specs


Renault Australia has confirmed the Trafic is getting a much-needed new addition. The current generation will be available with an automatic transmission – in around 18 months.

MORE: Renault Trafic automatic confirmed at last


The race is on to purchase Proton and its subsidiary Lotus. Renault and Suzuki are believed to have bowed out, but Citroen and Citroen parent PSA Group, and Volvo owner Geely, are reportedly considering bids.

MORE: Geely, PSA to bid for Proton and Lotus takeover this week – report


Jaguar has partnered with fuel company Shell and will bring an in-car, cashless payment app to Australia. The technology will allow drivers to pay for fuel using PayPal or Apple Pay through the infotainment system, initially in the F-Pace, XE and XF.

MORE: Jaguar’s new in-car Shell fuel payment system is coming to Australia


And the CSIRO together with Deakin University have found a way to mass-produce carbon-fibre that is stronger and of a higher quality than what is currently available. It could be a game-changer for the automotive industry.

MORE: CSIRO cracks the carbon-fibre code – cheaper, stronger and mass produced

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