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Kia Optima Sportwagon PHEV being re-considered for Australia
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22nd Oct 2017
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Kia Optima Sportwagon PHEV being re-considered for Australia

Kia Australia is re-thinking its decision not to import the Optima Sportwagon to sell alongside its sedan contemporary. However, it seems that if the company were to perform an about-face and offer the stylish load-carrier here, it’d come with a twist: a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain. Kia Australia’s managing director Damien Meredith told us earlier this week that the company was considering offering the PHEV, sold in Europe and elsewhere already, as a new green ‘halo’.
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Mike Costello
Interview: Holden Supercars driver, Garth Tander looks towards the V6 engine
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21st Oct 2017
5 min read

Interview: Holden Supercars driver, Garth Tander looks towards the V6 engine

The Holden V8 is no more, after manufacturing in Australia wrapped up on Friday. Holden’s involvement in the Supercars Championship will see all motorsport teams race with a twin-turbo V6 engine from 2019. Garth Tander has been racing Holden Commodores for 19 years and has the record for the most amount of years with the same manufacturer. We spoke with him, as featured on Celebrating Holden: a podcast special. Read the words below, or listen to the interview at the bottom of this article.
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Mandy Turner
Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition revealed
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21st Oct 2017
2 min read

Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition revealed

The Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition has been revealed this week, acting as a special-edition sendoff to the company's V12-powered off-roader. Limited, fittingly, to just 65 units, the Final Edition starts from an eye-watering €310,233 ($466,436) and features numerous equipment and cosmetic enhancements to make this already-imposing vehicle stand out from your 'regular' G65.
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James Wong
Chrysler, Dodge end right-hand drive production - report
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20th Oct 2017
1 min read

Chrysler, Dodge end right-hand drive production - report

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has reportedly ceased right-hand drive production at its Windsor and Brampton facilities in Canada. According to a report by of South Africa's Allpar, the move means the Chrysler and Dodge brands will be leaving South Africa early next year, spelling the end for nameplates like the Chrysler 300 and the Dodge Journey.
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James Wong
Holden ends manufacturing: 161 years of local production draws to a close
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19th Oct 2017
5 min read

Holden ends manufacturing: 161 years of local production draws to a close

Today marks an incredibly sad day, in the history of Australian automotive manufacturing. With Ford and Toyota both ceasing local manufacturing operations last year and this year respectively, Holden is the 'last man standing', today closing the doors at Elizabeth. The last car to roll down the production line is a red Holden Commodore SS-V Redline sedan, which will be retained by Holden to form part of its heritage collection.
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Paul Maric