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2021 Volkswagen Golf R snapped without disguise – UPDATE: teased, again

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2021 Volkswagen Golf R snapped without disguise – UPDATE: teased, again

UPDATE, October 31: The 2021 Volkswagen Golf R has been teased once again, this time with the previously spied R badge – a new design, although revealed already with new R-Line models – displayed in its new home beneath the VW roundel...

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Mitsuoka Buddy unveiled: Retro American styling for the Toyota RAV4
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Mitsuoka Buddy unveiled: Retro American styling for the Toyota RAV4

The Mitsuoka Buddy has emerged online, offering buyers the chance to own a modern vehicle with the retro styling of an American SUV. Based on the Toyota RAV4, Mitsuoka has transformed the vehicle into a classic American model from the 1980s, with a design vaguely reminiscent of the Chevrolet K5 Blazer or Suburban from the era...


Kia's LandCruiser rival could come with military credentials
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Kia's LandCruiser rival could come with military credentials

Kia Australia has been pushing for a ladder-frame SUV and ute for our local market for some time now, with proper off-road capability to compete against the dominant Toyota LandCruiser. The obvious choice would be to use the Kia Mohave's ladder-frame chassis to develop such models. This idea was all but confirmed recently when The Korean Car Blog spotted a prototype out testing, using a raised Mohave chassis...


Battery Ram! Electric pick-up coming, says boss – report
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Battery Ram! Electric pick-up coming, says boss – report

A fully-electric version of the Ram 1500 pick-up is currently in development, it has been confirmed. Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) boss, Mike Manley, made the announcement during a conference call discussing third-quarter earnings, according to American newspaper Detroit Free Press...


2020 Ford Escape awarded five-star safety rating
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2020 Ford Escape awarded five-star safety rating

The 2020 Ford Escape will hit showrooms next month, and buyers can now be assured the all-new SUV offers some of the highest levels of safety available. The independent Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) awarded the Escape a five-star safety rating off data provided by partner Euro NCAP, scoring favourably with adult occupant protection (92 per cent), child occupant protection (89 per cent), vulnerable road user protection (82 per cent), and safety assists (77 per cent)...


Million-dollar Toyota 2000GT begins restoration in Sydney
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Million-dollar Toyota 2000GT begins restoration in Sydney

A very rare Toyota 2000GT sports car has begun its restoration journey, it has been revealed. Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia announced the 2000GT's restoration kicked-off at a workshop in Sydney in recent days. Only 351 examples of the Toyota 2000GT were made between 1967 and 1970 – with nine being delivered to Australian customers – making it one of the rarest vehicles to ever come from the Japanese car maker...


2019-2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class, and CLA recalled
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2019-2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class, and CLA recalled

Mercedes-Benz Australia has issued a recall of 101 examples of its A-Class, B-Class, and CLA variants with Model Years from 2019 to 2020 (MY19-MY20) due to the potential for an oil leak to occur. The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), states the oil leak could either ignite and cause a fire, or leak onto the roadway and cause an accident...


Mercedes-Benz to increase stake in Aston Martin to 20 per cent
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Mercedes-Benz to increase stake in Aston Martin to 20 per cent

Mercedes-Benz will increase its stake in British sports car company Aston Martin Lagonda by up to 20 per cent over the next three years. In a statement issued by Mercedes-Benz, the German car giant said the move would provide Aston Martin with broader access to technology and powertrains. In May 2020, former head of Mercedes-AMG, Tobias Moers, was announced as the new CEO at Aston Martin...


2021 Porsche 911 Carrera Cross: High-riding 'Safari' imagined
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2021 Porsche 911 Carrera Cross: High-riding 'Safari' imagined

A prototype Porsche 911 has been spied testing in Germany, but with one curious detail: raised suspension. Why a brand-new 911 sports car would even be fitted with high-riding suspension remains a mystery. At this stage there have been no industry whispers about such a variant...


Kia boss to electrify brand with relaunch – report
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Kia boss to electrify brand with relaunch – report

Kia CEO Ho-Sung Song is preparing to relaunch the company as it begins rolling out a range of electrified cars. In an interview with Automotive News, Mr Song revealed the Korean car company would align itself with a younger customer base as it transitions away from traditional combustion powertrains...


2021 Lotus Lambda SUV imagined
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2021 Lotus Lambda SUV imagined

A brand-new 2021 Lotus Lambda SUV could be here before the end of the year. Earlier this month rumours indicated the British company – best known for producing lightweight sports cars – was preparing to unveil the Lambda after patent images surfaced online. These renders from Spanish publication motor...


2021 Nissan Navara caught undisguised – UPDATE: Teased!
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2021 Nissan Navara caught undisguised – UPDATE: Teased!

UPDATE: There is little left to be seen of the new-look 2021 Nissan Navara, thanks to the spy photos and leaked promotional images below – but once it has left the station, the teaser train must go on. An official teaser has appeared on Nissan Australia's social media profiles today, offering a shadowy look at the Navara's facelift, along with a short history lesson on the company's ute game...


2021 Volkswagen Touareg Wolfsburg price and specs: Limited-edition SUVs arrive
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2021 Volkswagen Touareg Wolfsburg price and specs: Limited-edition SUVs arrive

2021 Volkswagen Touareg Wolfsburg unveiled for Australia Limited to 300, of which 200 will have the V6 and 100 will use a V8 Blacked-out styling with plenty of tech Priced from $119,990 plus on-road costs to $139,990 plus on-road costs The 2021 Volkswagen Touareg Wolfsburg has been announced, with only 300 of the special SUVs on offer...


Hercules Alpha: The 750kW electric Nissan pick-up
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Hercules Alpha: The 750kW electric Nissan pick-up

A startup in the US says it is planning an electric pick-up for the American market. Hercules says its electric ute – named the Alpha – will be based on the Nissan Titan, a full-size pick-up only available in North America. Rather than developing a vehicle from scratch, Hercules plans to re-engineer the Titan into a fully-electric vehicle, claiming the vehicle will produce around 750kW from its four electric motors...


'Fast & Furious' movie franchise to end – report
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'Fast & Furious' movie franchise to end – report

News out of the US claims the 11th Fast & Furious film will be the very last in the long-running movie franchise. According to a report from Hollywood news website Deadline, Universal Pictures has tasked director Justin Lin with wrapping up the series, with a storyline expected to stretch across the final two films...