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Video: Porsche and LucasFilm reveal collaborative Star Wars ship design
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20th Dec 2019
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Video: Porsche and LucasFilm reveal collaborative Star Wars ship design

If you've ever wondered just how involved a celebrity is with the formulation of their namesake scent or clothing line, today's unveiling might have you wondering the same of the designers at Porsche and Disney.
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Mike Stevens
Renault Koleos gains CarPlay, Android Auto retrofit
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20th Dec 2019
1 min read

Renault Koleos gains CarPlay, Android Auto retrofit

Renault has followed in the footsteps of Mazda, Toyota and Lexus in allowing owners of older vehicles to upgrade their cars with the latest smartphone mirroring software from Apple and Google. Starting today, owners of Koleos SUV models built before September 2017 will be able to pay $486.40 to have the car's hardware and software upgraded to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Mazda charges $495 for the upgrade, while Toyota asks just $199 to upgrade eligible models.
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Scott Collie
Automotive Industry Insights podcast: Our hits and misses of 2019!
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20th Dec 2019
1 min read

Automotive Industry Insights podcast: Our hits and misses of 2019!

Join Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Kez Casey on the final podcast for 2019. Mike chats about his time behind the wheel of the 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce. Scott Collie joins in to discuss the top five most clicked news stories of 2019, and we talk about our favourite and most disappointing cars for the year. Lastly, Kez reviews the 2020 Toyota Supra GTS. The Automotive Industry Insights podcast will return on January 10, 2020, and we thank you for listening throughout 2019.
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Mandy Turner
Jaguar Land Rover buys off-road specialists Bowler
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18th Dec 2019
1 min read

Jaguar Land Rover buys off-road specialists Bowler

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has bought Bowler, the boffins behind some of the world's wildest Land Rover Defenders. Bowler has been around since 1965, and specialises in creating cars for the rough-and-tumble world of rally raid. Its cars are built in low volumes, powered by either V6 turbo-diesel or supercharged V6 petrol engines. It was the supplier for the one-make Defender Challenge that ran between 2014 and 2016, too. Land Rover has been working with the company since 2012.
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Scott Collie
2020 Skoda Karoq gets less efficient 110TSI engine, new 140TSI Sportline hero
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18th Dec 2019
2 min read

2020 Skoda Karoq gets less efficient 110TSI engine, new 140TSI Sportline hero

Skoda will swap the 1.5-litre engine in the base Karoq for a less efficient 1.4-litre unit in 2020 – and it says Australia's emissions regulations are to blame. The only Karoq on offer in Australia is currently the 110TSI, which is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine making 110kW and 250Nm. It's mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
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Scott Collie