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Jaguar targeting 50:50 for future models
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13th Oct 2014
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Jaguar targeting 50:50 for future models

Jaguar will target a 50:50 weight distribution for every new model it produces, believing that it is the optimal layout for balanced and dynamic vehicles. Jaguar XE vehicle engineering manager Jon Darlington told CarAdvice that all models built on the new sedan’s aluminium architecture – and other future models with different underpinnings – would aim to have their weight spread evenly between the front and rear.
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Tim Beissmann
2015 Kia Optima : Diesel hybrid, wagon variant and turbo models all likely
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11th Oct 2014
3 min read

2015 Kia Optima : Diesel hybrid, wagon variant and turbo models all likely

The next-generation 2015 Kia Optima – which is expected to debut in 2015 – will remain true to the current car in terms of its design, but is expected to bring with it a wealth of technical changes including a high-tech diesel hybrid drivetrain, a wagon body style and new turbo models for Australia.
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Matt Campbell
Kia Pro_cee’d GT could soon gain dual-clutch option
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9th Oct 2014
3 min read

Kia Pro_cee’d GT could soon gain dual-clutch option

The Kia Pro_cee'd GT may soon become more desirable to considerably more car shoppers, as the brand has confirmed plans to add a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Jurgen Grimm, head of powertrain development for Hyundai Motor Europe (encompassing both Hyundai and Kia brands), told CarAdvice at the 2014 Paris motor show that a pair of dual-clutch transmissions (DCTs) would be rolled out in 2015, and indicated that the Pro_cee’d GT is one of the cars that could receive a new self-shifting 'box.
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Matt Campbell
Renault confirms two new SUVs, but Australian arm rules out Qashqai-based variant
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6th Oct 2014
4 min read

Renault confirms two new SUVs, but Australian arm rules out Qashqai-based variant

Renault will introduce a pair of new crossover SUV models starting with a new small model based on the Nissan Qashqai in 2015. Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker confirmed the plans for a new small SUV along with a larger model in an interview with CarAdvice at the 2014 Paris motor show.
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Matt Campbell
Renault ute confirmed, but its styling will be a challenge, says design chief
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6th Oct 2014
2 min read

Renault ute confirmed, but its styling will be a challenge, says design chief

A new Renault ute has been confirmed for production, but the task of designing the French brand’s first-ever one-tonner is apparently presenting some challenges in terms of its design. Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker told CarAdvice at the 2014 Paris motor show that the new Navara-based ute - which CarAdvice first reported on back in July - is likely to present some styling struggles.
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Matt Campbell