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Toyota Australia excited by hybrid sales, 'won't apologise' for lack of EV

Toyota Australia’s vice-president of sales and marketing Sean Hanley, who spearheaded the launch of the first Prius here 18 years ago, really wants to tell the world how successful petrol-electric hybrid vehicles have become...

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2020 Karma Revero teased
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2020 Karma Revero teased

Karma Automotive is bringing the Revero back, teasing the next-generation model ahead of its reveal at the Shanghai motor show next month. It'll be shown alongside the all-electric Vision concept, and a car developed alongside Pininfarina, all of which will feature some form of electrification...


2014-14.5 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV recalled
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2014-14.5 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV recalled

Mitsubishi has recalled the MY2014 and MY2014.5 Outlander PHEV, over concerns about an airflow sensor in the internal-combustion engine. According to the company, the airflow sensor in the petrol engine could fail. If the problem occurs, the car's performance will be diminished, causing the EV warning lamp to come on...


Honda’s new electric-car push and return to hybrid tech
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Honda’s new electric-car push and return to hybrid tech

Honda's retro-styled electric car – the E Prototype – is expected to lead the Japanese brand’s entry into battery powered vehicles in Australia within two years. And the company wants a quarter of its local sales to be hybrid or electric by 2025. “We definitely want it...


2018 Lexus IS300h, LS500, LS500h recalled
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2018 Lexus IS300h, LS500, LS500h recalled

Lexus Australia has issued a recall for the 2018 model-year IS300h, LS500 and LS500h this week, over concerns models fitted with run-flat tyres could experience unexpected deflation. The Japanese marque reports affected vehicles could have tyres subject to an improper assembly process, which could see a crack develop in the sidewall reinforcement layer...


2019 Toyota Prius pricing and specs
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2019 Toyota Prius pricing and specs

Toyota Australia has announced pricing and specifications for the refreshed 2019 Prius range, which is now on sale from $36,590 plus on-road costs. Compared to the outgoing model, the MY19 Prius gets updated designs for the front and rear fascias, incorporating new bumpers, sharper LED headlights, and new LED tail-light clusters...


Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered: 'We ARE going to make it'
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Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered: 'We ARE going to make it'

Peugeot has confirmed it'll build the hotted-up, hybrid 508 Sport Engineered revealed as a concept at the Geneva motor show. Responding to a journalist saying there's a "slim chance" it'll build the quick 508 on Twitter, Jean-Philippe Imparato, CEO of Peugeot, responded with a fairly emphatic "It's not a slim chance... We ARE going to make it!"...


Alfa Romeo Tonale Concept revealed
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Alfa Romeo Tonale Concept revealed

Alfa Romeo has unveiled a thinly-veiled preview of what we can expect from its Jeep Renegade-based compact crossover, in the form of the slinky Tonale Concept. Alright, so it mightn't quite make the journey to production completely unscathed, but there's very little on the Tonale that isn't ready for the showroom floor...


Nissan confirms e-Power for Europe by 2022
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Nissan confirms e-Power for Europe by 2022

Nissan has confirmed it will launch vehicles fitted with its e-Power technology in Europe before 2022, as part of its ongoing commitment to electrification. Roel de Vries, Nissan's corporate vice president, made the announcement at the 2019 Geneva motor show in Switzerland, on the back of the reveal of the e-Power-powered IMQ concept – see what we did there? “Already Nissan is the world’s leader in mass-market EV technologies and a fully electrified Europe is now within our sights,” de Vries said...


Aston Martin Valkyrie drivetrain confirmed to have 865kW
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Aston Martin Valkyrie drivetrain confirmed to have 865kW

Aston Martin has confirmed power outputs for its hotly-anticipated Valkyrie hypercar, which will blend a naturally-aspirated V12 and KERS-style electric boost to develop 845kW. Aston Martin announced last year the Valkyrie will have a naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 from Cosworth at its core...


2020 Kia Niro revealed for Geneva
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2020 Kia Niro revealed for Geneva

Kia Europe has unveiled a refreshed Niro Hybrid and Niro Plug-in Hybrid for the 2019 Geneva motor show, headlined by design revisions along with new customisation and equipment options. The exterior changes bring petrol-electric variants in line with the all-electric e-Niro, including new bumpers, a new quad-LED 'ice cube' daytime-running light design, the option of full-LED headlights, new double-arrow LED lights in the front bumper...


Toyota Corolla GR Sport, Trek revealed
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Toyota Corolla GR Sport, Trek revealed

Toyota Europe has revealed a pair of new Corolla variants for the Geneva motor show, offering two very different flavours depending on buyer preference. First up is the Corolla GR Sport (pictured in silver), which in concept is in a similar vein to the Ford Focus ST-Line – offering sporty looks and equipment without any powertrain upgrades...


Hyundai Tucson N-Line teased
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Hyundai Tucson N-Line teased

Hyundai is preparing to expand its N-Line trim in Europe, giving the warmed-over i30 a Tucson-based brother. The new Tucson N-Line looks likely to launch at the Geneva motor show next month, with a range "of motorsport-influenced details inside and out". Based on what we've seen, the car will get a more aggressive front-end treatment and unique alloy wheels, along with N-Line badging on its flanks...


Mitsubishi Engelberg concept teased again
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Mitsubishi Engelberg concept teased again

Mitsubishi has once again teased the concept it plans to reveal at the 2019 Geneva motor show, revealing its chunky profile and split headlamp treatment. Based on our brightened version of the teaser, pictured above, the car will have a face blending elements of Triton and Eclipse Cross, with the same split headlight treatment and bluff snout...


Toyota Prius C to be axed in the US
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Toyota Prius C to be axed in the US

Toyota's North American division will cull the little Prius C from its line-up in the coming months, making way for the new-generation Corolla Hybrid to take its place in the range. Speaking with the US's Autoblog, a Toyota spokesperson confirmed the move, adding there's around 700 units left in dealer stock in the US...


Aston Martin Project 003 teased
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Aston Martin Project 003 teased

Aston Martin has offered the first glimpse at its upcoming Project 003 hypercar, set to hit the market late in 2021. Just 500 examples will be made, following in the footsteps of the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro, dubbed Project 001 and 002 respectively. Power will come from a hybrid-electric powertrain, pairing a turbocharged petrol engine with a battery boost...


Ferrari: Mid-engined hybrid coming this year
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Ferrari: Mid-engined hybrid coming this year

Ferrari will this year unveil a new mid-engined hybrid supercar, with more power and torque than the current 488 Pista. The company's CEO, Louis Camilleri, confirmed the news at an earnings call, as reported by Automotive News. We know it'll combine a petrol V8 engine with electric augmentation, but whether or not it'll be a plug-in model, series hybrid, or merely use electrification for a KERS-style boost, remains a mystery...


2020 Subaru Forester e-Boxer hybrid for Australia - UPDATE
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2020 Subaru Forester e-Boxer hybrid for Australia - UPDATE

UPDATE, Feb 13 2019: Subaru Australia now says its "best estimate" for Forester e-Boxer hybrid timing is the last quarter of 2019, potentially November. This is still to be locked in, however. The new model will make its debut at the Geneva motor show next month. Find out Forester reviews here...


2018 Lexus ES300h... not just a tarted-up Camry

2018 Lexus ES300h... not just a tarted-up Camry

When you think Lexus, you think old man’s car. Well, that’s all changing… and in a big way. Lexus has gone to town on dropping that image with sharp styling, stacks of luxury and the option to ‘sportify’ your car with an F-Sport package. Enter stage left the Lexus ES300h. I hopped into the car thinking it was a Toyota Camry with some fancy leather and a stack of features...

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2020 Nissan Juke to debut this year with electrified option - report
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2020 Nissan Juke to debut this year with electrified option - report

The current Nissan Juke is getting a little long in the tooth, and the company's European marketing boss has indicated an all-new version is due to be revealed sometime this year, ahead of a market launch in 2020. Speaking with the UK's Auto Express, Helen Perry, Nissan Europe head of small car marketing said: "[The current Juke] is in the latter period of its life...