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Renault Kangoo dCi EDC here by year's end - UPDATE
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18th Sep 2017
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Renault Kangoo dCi EDC here by year's end - UPDATE

Update: Renault Australia has confirmed the launch of the Kangoo dCi EDC for our market "before the end of 2017. See bottom of article for details. The Renault Kangoo diesel is now available with the company's Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic transmission in Europe, after previously being a manual-only affair. Available with both the dCi 90 and dCi 110 versions of the French van, the six-speed dual-dry-clutch unit adds just 28 kilograms in weight over the standard manual transmission.
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James Wong
2018 Holden Astra 'GSi' spied
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18th Sep 2017
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2018 Holden Astra 'GSi' spied

A hotter version of the Holden Astra hatch has been spied undergoing testing with almost no disguise on. The development prototype wears new front and rear bumpers with new styling that's sportier, but not overly aggressive. The car's sporty intent is signalled by splashes of red piping at both ends. Interestingly, the warm Astra was spotted testing with steel wheels matched with red-painted brake callipers.
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Derek Fung
Toyota HiLux upgrades and improvements coming: local arm 'not resting on laurels'
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18th Sep 2017
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Toyota HiLux upgrades and improvements coming: local arm 'not resting on laurels'

Despite the Toyota HiLux dominating local sales figures for the last sixth months consecutively – and taking out top honours in 2016 – the Japanese car maker's local division says it's taking the market and the segment seriously, with more upgrades and improvements to the hard-working model well and truly in the pipeline. “We’re certainly not going to rest on our laurels,” Toyota Australia product public relations manager Stephen Coughlan told CarAdvice.
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David Zalstein
Aston Martin DB11 V8 could offer sports suspension but sticks with 375kW
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17th Sep 2017
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Aston Martin DB11 V8 could offer sports suspension but sticks with 375kW

At this week’s launch of the new Aston Martin DB11 V8, the British luxury sports manufacturer told CarAdvice some of the changes made between it and the V12 version, were a direct result of customer feedback. Take the suspension and engine modes. Owners told the company that there could be more separation between the three suspension settings – GT, Sport and Sport +, which Aston says has been dialled in on the V8.
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Anthony Crawford
BMW M four-cylinder engine unlikely, unless electrified
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16th Sep 2017
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BMW M four-cylinder engine unlikely, unless electrified

BMW’s M Division says it will not produce a small-capacity high-performance turbocharged four-cylinder engine until it can find the right way to counter the deficits of such a power unit with electrification. Speaking to Australian media in Munich today, the boss of BMW’s M Division, Frank Van Meel, said the performance sub-brand is keen to maintain its six-cylinder power units despite rival Mercedes-AMG having made use of smaller capacity four-cylinder units.
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Alborz Fallah