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Skoda Karoq, Kodiaq gain 140 TSI option in the UK
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29th Mar 2019
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Skoda Karoq, Kodiaq gain 140 TSI option in the UK

Skoda's UK division has confirmed the availability of a new engine for the Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs, in the form of the 140kW 2.0 TSI 4x4. The new powertrain variant will be available on the Karoq Sportline, along with the Kodiaq SE L, Scout, Sportline, Edition, and L&K variants offered overseas. In addition to the aforementioned 140kW, the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot petrol makes 320Nm which is available between 1400 and 4100rpm.
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James Wong
Toyota Kluger Black Edition on sale from $55,970
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28th Mar 2019
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Toyota Kluger Black Edition on sale from $55,970

Toyota Australia has released the Kluger Black Edition, priced from $55,970 before on-road costs. Based on the mid-range GXL trim, the Black Edition features a range of black pack-style add ons and appointments, which Toyota says "dial up the attitude – and appeal" of its top-selling large SUV. Key highlights include 19-inch gloss black alloys shod in 245/55 tyres, black accents for the roof rails, front grille, headlight inserts, and lower side mouldings.
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James Wong
Australian Greens' EV targets, and the local car industry's response
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28th Mar 2019
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Australian Greens' EV targets, and the local car industry's response

The Australian Greens' proposals to dramatically grow sales of zero-emission vehicles (EV) and add a higher tax to internal combustion luxury cars have been met with a mixed response from key car industry stakeholders. The party, Australia's third-largest by votes as of the last federal election, has pledged to outright ban all internal combustion vehicles by 2030 ( a decade before France does the same, for example).
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Mike Costello
Smart: 50 per cent stake could be sold to Geely - report
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27th Mar 2019
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Smart: 50 per cent stake could be sold to Geely - report

Three sources have told The Financial Times Daimler, owner of Mercedes-Benz, is close to selling a 50 per cent stake in the Smart brand to Chinese automaker Geely. A deal could be announced as soon as the Shanghai motor show, which takes place in the middle of April. If the sale goes ahead, it would fit both Smart's future vision for itself and Geely's acquisitive streak.
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Derek Fung
2020 Audi RS6 Avant spied
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27th Mar 2019
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2020 Audi RS6 Avant spied

Audi's next-generation RS6 Avant has stepped for a development drive once again, headlined by a huge pair of exhaust pipes, flared guards and a suitably aggressive face. Snapped on a rainy day in Europe, the car doesn't deviate far from the playbook laid out by previous Audi Sport wagons, though is wearing a lot more camouflage than the vehicle spied in June last year. Up front, there's a gaping grille flanked by edgy air intakes, while the headlights follow in the footsteps of the regular A6.
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Scott Collie