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Jaguar F-Type V8, V6 in exhaust sound off

The brand new Jaguar F-Type has already created plenty of buzz over its design and performance following the sports car's unveiling at last month's 2012 Paris motor show and now a clip from the British marque gives fans the opportunity to compare two of its powerplants in an exhaust sound off...

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2013 Ford Mondeo makes Australian debut
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2013 Ford Mondeo makes Australian debut

The 2013 Ford Mondeo has gone on display at the 2012 Sydney motor show, more than a year before the model is set to go on sale locally. It joins the EcoSport baby SUV and Kuga mid-size SUV as a showcase for Ford Australia’s fresh range of models heading down under for 2013...


PSA Peugeot Citroen workers protest at Paris motor show
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PSA Peugeot Citroen workers protest at Paris motor show

French police were forced to use tear gas to break up around 1000 protesters outside the Paris motor show overnight as local workers become increasingly unsettled over the country’s dire economic situation and the growing state of unemployment. The group of protesters included a large number of PSA Peugeot Citroen employees belonging to the company’s Aulnay plant near Paris, which will cease vehicle production in 2014...


Kia Soul EV due in 2014: report
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Kia Soul EV due in 2014: report

An all-electric Kia Soul based on the next generation of the boxy small car will provide the Korean brand with its first globally available electric vehicle when it launches in 2014. According to a report from UK publication Autocar, the company has confirmed the plan for the Kia Soul EV, which will join the all-new conventional internal combustion-powered model that is destined to launch in Australia in 2014...


Ferrari Enzo successor engine revealed
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Ferrari Enzo successor engine revealed

The hybrid powerplant of the next Ferrari hypercar, and Ferrari Enzo replacement, has been revealed in an image published in the latest issue of the Official Ferrari Magazine. The image of the Ferrari F70 engine bay shows the upcoming Italian road-weapon's V12 engine and the electric motor it's coupled to - a combination likely to see a total power output above 680kW thanks to the company's use of its HY-KERS system shown earlier this year at the 2012 Beijing motor show...


Volvo V40 Polestar set for Australia in 2013
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Volvo V40 Polestar set for Australia in 2013

An even hotter version of Volvo's new hatchback is on the way, and the Swedish manufacturer says Australia is a prime candidate for the new model, dubbed the Volvo V40 Polestar. While the Volvo V40 R-Design, unveiled at the 2012 Paris motor show, is all about sporty styling enhancements that can be combined with all available powertrains from the 82kW D2 diesel to the high-performance 183kW T5 turbo petrol, the Volvo V40 Polestar promises to bring more serious power and performance enhancements...


Lamborghini Urus: plug-in hybrid possible after planned 2017 launch
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Lamborghini Urus: plug-in hybrid possible after planned 2017 launch

The Lamborghini Urus is still at least five years away from production despite a positive reaction from Lamborghini customers and the general public to the controversial super SUV during its global roadshow...


Lamborghini to continue investing in special editions
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Lamborghini to continue investing in special editions

Lamborghini will continue to build one-offs and super exclusive limited edition vehicles as a way of funding new technology for its series production cars. Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann told a group of media including CarAdvice at the 2012 Paris motor show: "We will continue to invest in one-offs like the Aventador J, or like the technical demonstrators with a very limited number of cars, up to 20, like the Sesto Elemento"...


Lamborghini Aventador, Gallardo won't get plug-in hybrid technology
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Lamborghini Aventador, Gallardo won't get plug-in hybrid technology

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann has officially ruled out a plug-in hybrid option for either the V12-powered Lamborghini Aventador or the Lamborghini Gallardo V10. Winkelmann told a small group of automotive media including CarAdvice at the 2012 Paris Motor Show that "there is no plug-in hybrid planned for the either the Lamborghini Gallardo or Aventador"...


Kia's design revolution under Peter Schreyer
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Kia's design revolution under Peter Schreyer

The man that has contributed greatly to Kia's turnaround believes having the freedom to start the company's design revolution was the key ingredient its current success. Speaking with the media at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Kia's global head of design, Peter Schreyer, emphasised that car design is inherently a compromise but having the freedom and trust of the organisation has been instrumental in creating today’s Kia models...


Ferrari F70 carbonfibre chassis previews hybrid Enzo successor
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Ferrari F70 carbonfibre chassis previews hybrid Enzo successor

The successor to the Ferrari Enzo hypercar will be 20 per cent lighter, 22 per cent stiffer and 27 per cent more rigid than its predecessor thanks to its new Formula One-inspired carbonfibre chassis. The all-new model, dubbed the Ferrari F70 in its development phase, will feature a chassis that shares its materials, design methodologies, construction processes, instruments and staff with the manufacturer’s F1 team, Scuderia Ferrari...


Kia shuns CVTs in favour of DCTs
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Kia shuns CVTs in favour of DCTs

The world's fastest-growing automotive manufacturer is staying clear of continuously variable transmissions (CVT). Speaking with CarAdvice at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Kia's European head of powertrain development, Joachim Hahn, confirmed the company has no plans to introduce a CVT in the future...


Audi Crosslane Coupe signals shift to greater design differentiation
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Audi Crosslane Coupe signals shift to greater design differentiation

The all-new Audi A3 Sportback and Audi S3 hot-hatch may have been the production stars on the 2012 Paris Motor Show stand for the German manufacturer, but it was the Audi Crosslane Coupe concept that really showed the brand's future. Beyond its lightweight 'Multi-material Spaceframe' construction and its ultra-frugal plug-in hybrid drivetrain (consisting of a 1...


Volkswagen Group platform strategy goes large
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Volkswagen Group platform strategy goes large

In what is clearly a textbook case of 'less is more', the number of platforms the Volkswagen Group produces is about to reduce dramatically. But somewhat ironically, VW Group engineers claim the result will be a wide range of vehicles with a greater level of differentiation. According to Volkswagen's general manager of chassis development, Dr Horst Glaser, "the customer doesn't care about what parts are in the car"...


Honda Civic wagon on the way
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Honda Civic wagon on the way

A versatile wagon based on the new Honda Civic hatch will bolster the Japanese manufacturer's small car line-up by 2014. Honda released a teaser sketch of the new stretched Civic wagon at the 2012 Paris motor show, foreshadowing a concept that is tipped to be unveiled at March's 2013 Geneva motor show ahead of the production model's showroom debut either late in 2013 or sometime in 2014...


Smart Fortwo, Forfour city cars delayed
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Smart Fortwo, Forfour city cars delayed

The all-new Smart Fortwo city car is running around 12 months behind schedule and, according to a Mercedes-Benz source, should have already been on sale. The crucial new model for Daimler's underperforming micro-car brand, which is being jointly developed with Renault-Nissan and was previewed by the Smart Forstars concept (above) at the 2012 Paris motor show, is likely to debut at the 2013 Geneva motor show in March, although this may stretch out to Frankfurt in September...


Audi A3 e-tron plug-in favoured over pure EV
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Audi A3 e-tron plug-in favoured over pure EV

Audi will launch a plug-in version of its all-new small car, dubbed the Audi A3 e-tron, in 2014 in favour of a pure electric version, with Volkswagen Group engineers agreeing the hybrid technology is the best current solution for reducing fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions...


Kia pro_cee'd turbo hot-hatch all but confirmed
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Kia pro_cee'd turbo hot-hatch all but confirmed

Kia is likely to build a performance variant of its pro_cee'd three-door hatch with the Korean company all but confirming that the project is already under way. Kia Europe’s vice president of marketing and product planning, Benny Auyen, made mention of a turbocharged pro_cee'd with around 200hp (150kW) during his opening speech for Kia at the Paris Motor Show yesterday...


RenaultSport Clio 200 Turbo won't trigger WRC entry
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RenaultSport Clio 200 Turbo won't trigger WRC entry

Renault has ruled out entering the World Rally Championship with a race version of its new RenaultSport Clio 200 Turbo. The new Renault Clio RS has switched from a long-serving normally aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder to a 1.6-litre four-cyliner turbo that is the engine configuration for WRC regulations...


Mazda CX-5 to get petrol power boost
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Mazda CX-5 to get petrol power boost

The Mazda CX-5 SUV will gain a more powerful petrol engine option in 2013 when the 2.5-litre four-cylinder from the new Mazda6 medium car is slipped under the bonnet. Mazda Europe's vice-president of R&D and general manager, Ichiro Hirose, confirmed the new petrol addition at the launch of the new Mazda6 wagon at the 2012 Paris motor show...