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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...

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Land Rover considering baby SUV for expanded Discovery 'family'
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Land Rover considering baby SUV for expanded Discovery 'family'

The Land Rover Discovery family of vehicles will grow to include at least three variants, and the British brand has highlighted the potential for an all-new compact entry model. Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern insisted the brand’s leisure-focused family of vehicles would grow beyond the current mid-sized Discovery Sport (which will replace Freelander 2 next year) and the larger Discovery...


Land Rover Discovery Sport : British brand considering sporty Audi SQ5 rival
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Land Rover Discovery Sport : British brand considering sporty Audi SQ5 rival

Land Rover is considering a more performance-oriented version of the new Discovery Sport to rival the likes of the Audi SQ5. Land Rover director of programs Murray Dietsch admitted that the mid-sized Discovery Sport (pictured) was not an “outwardly sporty vehicle”, but responded “I’d like to one” when asked about the possibility of a more powerful variant...


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


Jeep Grand Wagoneer : Seven-seat SUV to fight luxury brands
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Jeep Grand Wagoneer : Seven-seat SUV to fight luxury brands

A new large seven-seat SUV that will be known as the Jeep Grand Wagoneer is set to give the US off-road specialist brand a rival to the European luxury brands. The development of the long-awaited range-topping model that will sit above the Grand Cherokee in the Jeep line-up and offer a three-row, seven-seat layout is progressing according to plan, according to Jeep president and CEO, Mike Manley, who told CarAdvice at the 2014 Paris motor show the Grand Wagoneer will play an important role when it launches in 2018...


Peugeot 308 GTi confirmed: 199kW hot-hatch on the cards
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Peugeot 308 GTi confirmed: 199kW hot-hatch on the cards

A new Peugeot 308 GTi hot-hatch could boast as much as 199kW from a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine. CarAdvice can reveal that Peugeot is looking at offering the new 308 GTi with either 250 or 270PS (that’s 184kW or 199kW, respectively). The brand currently offers a 199kW tune of its 1...


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


Toyota says it needs more SUVs in its line-up
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Toyota says it needs more SUVs in its line-up

Toyota will add at least two more SUVs to its line-up in the coming years, it has been revealed. The Japanese brand unveiled the C-HR concept crossover model at the 2014 Paris motor show, were the company’s managing officer and executive vice president of Toyota Motor Europe’s sales group, Karl Schlicht, told CarAdvice that more high-riders are on the way...


2015 Renault Espace - first look
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2015 Renault Espace - first look

http://www.caradvice.com.au/310463/?yt_desc - Read the article here. With its new hunkered down stance and much more elegant clothes, Renault is referring to the new Espace as a crossover not a people mover. Minor bits of detailing aside, the new Espace is very similar to the Initiale Paris concept that debuted at the Frankfurt motor show around this time last year...


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV S-Concept - first look
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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV S-Concept - first look

http://www.caradvice.com.au/309651/?yt_desc - Read the article here. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S has been revealed, with the sharply-styled show car expected to offer a preview of an updated version of the petrol-electric SUV that could debut in 2015.


2015 Suzuki Vitara - first look
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2015 Suzuki Vitara - first look

http://www.caradvice.com.au/304139/?yt_desc - Read the article here. Design-wise the Vitara owes a lot to last year’s Suzuki iV-4 concept car. This means that the next-gen Vitara features smoother body surfacing, especially around the edges and for the wheel arch flares. A clamshell bonnet with a fake air vent between it and the A-pillar helps to make a link to the nameplate’s past...


Jaguar XE coupe, convertible, wagon, LWB all alive in designer’s sketchpad
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Jaguar XE coupe, convertible, wagon, LWB all alive in designer’s sketchpad

Jaguar design director Ian Callum has created an entire family of vehicles based on the new Jaguar XE in the hope that the range will expand beyond the original sedan. “Put it this way: I know what a wagon would look like, I know what a coupe would look like … and I know what a long-wheelbase would look like,” Callum said at the Paris motor show...


Jeep SRT range may grow to include smaller vehicles
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Jeep SRT range may grow to include smaller vehicles

There’s potential for smaller Jeep models to get the sporty SRT treatment, according to the brand’s president and CEO, Mike Manley. Speaking with CarAdvice at the 2014 Paris motor show, Manley indicated there is room for more SRT variants in model lines such as the Cherokee and Renegade, as buyers of smaller SUVs are also likely to want the go-fast treatment...


Mitsubishi Lancer: New small car still "three or four years" away, if it gets green light at all
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Mitsubishi Lancer: New small car still "three or four years" away, if it gets green light at all

The ageing Mitsubishi Lancer could be forced to fight on beyond a decade of production, with the company’s boss admitting a successor will not arrive until 2017 or 2018, if at all. Mitsubishi Motors president Osamu Masuko told CarAdvice it would take the Japanese car maker “about three or four years” to ready a replacement for the current Lancer, though once again stopped short of confirming an all-new generation of the long-serving and historically popular nameplate...


Fiat 500 five-door mooted : retro range could absorb Punto hatch
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Fiat 500 five-door mooted : retro range could absorb Punto hatch

The Fiat Punto could soon become a member of the Fiat 500 family. Fiat’s head of European design, Roberto Giolito, told CarAdvice that the next-generation Fiat 500 hatchback line has the potential to include a five-door model. If Fiat were to expand the 500 range to include a five-door, it would follow the likes of fellow retro brand Mini with its new 5 Door...


Mercedes-AMG GT : "more to come out of the GT portfolio" says head of AMG, but no more hypercars
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Mercedes-AMG GT : "more to come out of the GT portfolio" says head of AMG, but no more hypercars

The boss of Mercedes-AMG has defended suggestions that the performance arm of Mercedes-Benz is heading the wrong way by first replacing its SLR hypercar with the cheaper SLS and now the cheaper-again GT, with no replacements for the higher models planned...


Volvo XC90 : Swedish brand not interested in beating dynamics of Porsche Cayenne
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Volvo XC90 : Swedish brand not interested in beating dynamics of Porsche Cayenne

Development of the new-generation Volvo XC90 never set out to beat a Porsche Cayenne for handling, making a hotter Polestar-tuned version of the large premium SUV all but off the cards. Speaking at the Paris motor show, Volvo senior vice president Lex Kerssemakers said that despite many manufacturers using the Cayenne as a dynamic benchmark, the Swedish company never set out to match it...


Volvo XC40 : forthcoming small SUV set for plug-in hybrid power
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Volvo XC40 : forthcoming small SUV set for plug-in hybrid power

The Volvo XC40 will be the second model created out of the Swedish brand's new C-segment Modular Architecture (CMA) following the next-generation Volvo V40 due around 2016. Volvo senior vice president Lex Kerssemakers confirmed details about the new platform at the Paris motor show, which is being developed in conjunction with Chinese parent Geely as a highly flexible small car architecture that the company wants to spawn a new V40 and first small SUV to rival the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Range Rover Evoque...


Rolls-Royce SUV being decided, hybrids out for now
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Rolls-Royce SUV being decided, hybrids out for now

A decision on whether Rolls-Royce will produce an SUV hasn't yet been made, but executives from parent company BMW say it remains on the table while promising the super-luxury brand's line-up will expand. Speaking at the Paris motor show, Rolls-Royce chairman Ian Robertson said that "we are looking" at building an SUV, but "whether we take this car a step further yet we haven't finally decided"...


Renault confirms two new SUVs, but Australian arm rules out Qashqai-based variant
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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. “We have a lot of road to catch up to have a full line-up of crossovers,” he said...