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Volkswagen planning new MQB pickup model - report

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Volkswagen planning new MQB pickup model - report

Volkswagen will reveal a US-market ‘unibody’ pickup truck concept at the New York motor show this week, according to well-placed sources speaking with industry title Automotive News...

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Infiniti Q60 Black S: Hardcore hybrid set for October reveal
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Infiniti Q60 Black S: Hardcore hybrid set for October reveal

Infiniti is expected to reveal its production-ready, performance hybrid Q60 Black S at this year’s Paris motor show in October, but you won’t see it on sale until at least 2020 — provided it’s green lit for production by company chiefs at all. The 500hp (370kW) Black S model will tap into the company’s collaboration with the Renault Sport Formula 1 team...


2018 Renault Clio RS Cup v Suzuki Swift Sport comparison
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2018 Renault Clio RS Cup v Suzuki Swift Sport comparison

You don't need to spend a ton of cash to have fun on four wheels, nor do you need maximum power. Sometimes cars with lower performance ceilings, driven near their ragged edge, are the most fun of all. Cases in point, the two you see here. The just-launched Suzuki Swift Sport from Japan and the just-updated Renault Clio RS200 Cup from France, both pocket rockets par excellence...


Formula 1 cars need to really roar – Ricciardo
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Formula 1 cars need to really roar – Ricciardo

Australian Formula 1 star, Daniel Ricciardo, says he at least partially misses the days when F1 cars were incredibly loud and visceral, compared to today's hyper-complex electrified beasts. He even spoke favourably about having some kind of mandatory minimum noise for F1 cars...


2018 Hyundai Ioniq Premium hybrid review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2018 Hyundai Ioniq Premium hybrid review

The Hyundai Ioniq is a compelling Toyota Prius rival that goes without the polarising design. However, the imminent PHEV and EV versions are the real tech showcases...

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$32,000 - $39,000

2018 Holden Equinox range review
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2018 Holden Equinox range review

Holden has had to battle without a compelling mid-size SUV to rival the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson and Toyota RAV4 for far too long. But finally the brand has something to throw into the fray: the Holden Equinox, sold as a Chevy in North America but retuned by Holden’s engineers to better suit our roads...


2018 Volkswagen Polo review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2018 Volkswagen Polo review

The new Volkswagen Polo isn’t the most exciting city car to behold, or steer through corners. But if it's substance and depth you desire, then nothing in the class can match it. A city car for grown-ups.


2018 Suzuki Swift Sport review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2018 Suzuki Swift Sport review

The new Suzuki Swift Sport is a significantly better car than its predecessor. This 970kg turbocharged terrier may be a literal lightweight, but it's not a figurative one.


2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI won't have a manual gearbox in Australia
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2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI won't have a manual gearbox in Australia

In news for traditional hot hatch enthusiasts, Volkswagen Australia will not offer a manual gearbox on the brand new Polo GTI, due in August — though it will become available overseas, should the company’s local arm change its mind...


Mercedes-AMG: No standalone SUV coming
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Mercedes-AMG: No standalone SUV coming

The Mercedes-AMG performance sub-brand has no plans to develop its own mega-power crossover, arguing such a car would cannibalise existing Mercedes-Benz products. The ever-growing performance division this week launched the new GT 4-Door super-limo, expanding its line-up into the ‘family’ space for the first time...


2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Exceed AWD review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Exceed AWD review

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross joins the ASX and Outlander in the company’s city-focused crossover line-up. It lacks this pair’s razor-sharp pricing for now, but takes it right up to the class leaders in other important areas.

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$38,500

Mercedes-AMG: 300kW hot hatch on the way
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Mercedes-AMG: 300kW hot hatch on the way

Turns out Mercedes-AMG can eke even more power out of a 2.0-litre four-banger, after all. The successor to the manic A45 hot hatch will have a brand new unit making 300kW. We were part of a group of Australian motoring writers to chat with Mercedes-AMG chief Tobias Moers at the Geneva motor show this week, who threw us some crumbs to work with...


Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door PHEV coming
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Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door PHEV coming

The flagship Mercedes-AMG GT 4 Door super-limo may have a 470kW/900Nm V8 punch, and reach 100km/h in only 3.2 seconds, but a plug-in hybrid model due in 2020 will make it look slow. Daimler AG boss, Dieter Zetsche, dropped the news an EQ Power+ badged plug-in hybrid version of AMG's new hero was coming. We were lucky enough to have Mercedes-AMG boss, Tobias Moers, expand on that for us...


2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS review
Rating: 8.210 /10
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2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS review

The third generation and tech-loaded Mercedes CLS range returns to the sleek design language of the mould-breaking original. If the E-Class sedan bores you, then this might be your perfect car.


SsangYong returning to Australia
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SsangYong returning to Australia

Forgotten manufacturer SsangYong will return to Australia’s increasingly-cluttered car market before the end of 2018. The Korean brand will operate through its own factory distributor this time — it was last imported by Ateco Automotive — and is currently signing up a network of dealers and local management...