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SEAT ponders 2016 Australian return led by forthcoming compact SUV

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SEAT ponders 2016 Australian return led by forthcoming compact SUV

Spanish brand SEAT is pondering a return to Australia as soon as 2016, with CEO Juergen Stackmann confident its sporty range would fit in well locally if given the chance...

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Ford Falcon XR8 pricing : Flagship 335kW supercharged Falcon XR8 priced from $52,490
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Ford Falcon XR8 pricing : Flagship 335kW supercharged Falcon XR8 priced from $52,490

The Ford Falcon XR8 is back from the dead — at least for a little while — and will retail for $52,490 plus on-road costs, making it the flagship of the Blue Oval brand’s final Australian-made sedan range. As the final piece of the FG X puzzle following a long-running teaser campaign, the XR8 replaces the FPV line-up, which is now but a memory...


Volkswagen XL2 Sport: Ducati-powered VW coupe concept intrigues in Paris
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Volkswagen XL2 Sport: Ducati-powered VW coupe concept intrigues in Paris

Volkswagen sprang something of a surprise on the eve of the Paris motor show at its annual Group Night, revealing a lean and mean sports coupe concept with ample production potential, developed with help from its famed motorcycle arm Ducati.  The wing-doored Volkswagen XL2 Sport, a performance derivation of the groundbreaking XL1 plug-in diesel hyper-miler, is pitched as a “driving machine unlike any other”...


Audi TT Sportback concept: final decision on expanded TT family just weeks away
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Audi TT Sportback concept: final decision on expanded TT family just weeks away

A decision on how to best expand the Audi TT range beyond the current series-production coupe and convertible offerings is due within just a few weeks, according to Audi AG board member for technical development Ulrich Hackenberg. The company tonight revealed a new TT-based concept car called the TT Sportback featuring a hi-po version of the Audi S3’s 2...


Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Ti Review
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Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Ti Review

The Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid in flagship Ti guise is an interesting diesel alternative that retains the V6's cavernous cabin


Ford shows 2020 vision as it slashes 2014 profit projections
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Ford shows 2020 vision as it slashes 2014 profit projections

Ford Motor Company wants to grow its global sales by about 50 per cent from 6.3 million units in 2013 to 9.4 million units by 2020 and charge ever harder down a path of platform-sharing and increased vehicle commonality...


Volkswagen Passat GTE plug-in hybrid revealed
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Volkswagen Passat GTE plug-in hybrid revealed

The Volkswagen Passat GTE plug-in hybrid will be among the German giant’s reveals at this week’s 2014 Paris motor show.  The electrified take on its new-generation mid-sized staple takes on the GTE moniker premiered on the Mk7 Golf in February, and features a 160kW/400Nm powertrain that boasts claimed fuel use of less than 2...


2015 Alfa Romeo MiTo QV Review
Rating: 6.510 /10
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2015 Alfa Romeo MiTo QV Review

The revised 2015 Alfa Romeo MiTo QV is more of a style statement than a corner-carver


2015 Subaru Impreza update revealed in US
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2015 Subaru Impreza update revealed in US

An upgraded version of the US-market Subaru Impreza small car has surfaced, bringing with it subtle styling tweaks, extra sound-deadening, additional equipment and the availability of EyeSight preventative safety technologies.  The mid-life update comes as Subaru of America — the core region for the Japanese brand — guns for its seventh consecutive year of record sales...


Holden Colorado Black Edition revealed
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Holden Colorado Black Edition revealed

The Holden Colorado Black Edition crew cab ute is about to roll into town, just ahead of an eerily similar take on the Toyota HiLux.  Appropriately making its premiere at next weekend’s Deni Ute Muster — a gathering of ute aficionados in the regional town of Deniliquin — the Black Edition comes with a number of Holden cosmetic accessories bundled together at a reduced price...


Aggressive Cadillac seeks to conquer Germans from New York headquarters
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Aggressive Cadillac seeks to conquer Germans from New York headquarters

General Motors’ mission to return luxury arm Cadillac to “a pre-eminent position among global luxury brands” has taken on a new dimension this week, with the company spinning off its flagship brand into a separate business unit based out of New York, and away from Detroit...


Porsche, Ferrari... Mazda? Japanese company plots range of designer goods
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Porsche, Ferrari... Mazda? Japanese company plots range of designer goods

Mazda is apparently pondering whether to launch a line of ‘designer’ items, potentially including apparel and furniture, as part of a wider strategy to push its brand upmarket. The audacious proposal, laid out by global design chief Ikuo Maeda and supported by Mazda global CEO Masamichi Kogai, would theoretically see the small Japanese marque follow in the tyre marks of upscale brands Porsche and Ferrari...


Mini keeps going maxi, but so what?
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Mini keeps going maxi, but so what?

This story was started while sitting on a flight from Abu Dhabi to London, my destination for the now-completed launch of the new Mini five-door. Cue the wails of purists calling for a return to a bygone ethos, one perfected by Sir Alec Issigonis with his original Mini of the 1950s. This is notwithstanding the fact that Mini made a five-door prototype in 1957...


Audi TT Roadster revealed
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Audi TT Roadster revealed

The third-generation Audi TT Roadster has been revealed six months after its coupe sibling, and one week ahead of its world premiere in the metal at the 2014 Paris motor show.  Pitched as offering “purity in its most beautiful form”, the topless Audi TT is the second member of a range poised to include additional derivatives such as a four-door family version and potentially a Shooting Brake-style crossover wagon, a la the growing Mercedes-Benz CLA family...


Renault Megane RS275 touches down from $52,990
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Renault Megane RS275 touches down from $52,990

The tuned Renault Megane RS275 Trophy has touched down in Australia, giving the French company’s popular and acclaimed hot-hatch range a new flagship model.  The latest in a string of special edition Megane RS models, the RS275 Trophy gets a host of changes over the familiar RS265, led by a range of 2...