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Interview: Taycan a look at the Porsche Mission E

The Porsche Mission E concept recently made its Southern Hemisphere debut in Sydney. Anthony Crawford was there to talk to Ingo Appel, Head of Product and Smart Mobility at Porsche Australia. AC: CarAdvice is down here at Barangaroo today with Ingo Appel...

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Mercedes-Benz EQC: Of course it's an SUV
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Mercedes-Benz EQC: Of course it's an SUV

"Shame it's an SUV," wrote one of our Instagram followers on Tuesday, following the global unveiling of the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQC in Sweden. There was a time, early in this modern era of electric vehicles, when car enthusiasts couldn't possibly get on board with the thought of owning an EV...


Honda slow-and-steady on electrification for Australia
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Honda slow-and-steady on electrification for Australia

The head of Honda's local arm says that whatever the brand might look to take leadership on in the Australian market, electrification won't be at the top of the list. Speaking with CarAdvice, Honda Australia boss Stephen Collins touched on a two-fold problem: the business case for hybrids isn't compelling, and, for now, full-electric models seem to be on the 'look but don't touch' list for our region...


Interview: McLaren ambassador, Amanda McLaren

Interview: McLaren ambassador, Amanda McLaren

Three years after our exclusive chat with Amanda McLaren at the 675LT reveal, we once again had the chance to catch up with the McLaren brand ambassador and daughter of founder, Bruce McLaren, at the launch of the 600LT at Goodwood Festival of Speed. But this time, we got a bit more candid and personal. Read the words below or listen to the interview...


Holden: Buttner talks on return from retirement
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Holden: Buttner talks on return from retirement

Calling time last year on a four-decade career in the automotive industry – leaving his role at the top of Toyota Australia as it completed the transition from manufacturer to full-line importer – Buttner expected, proverbially, to retire to a quiet life on the farm...


BMW Z4M: Waiting on another? Don't count on it
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BMW Z4M: Waiting on another? Don't count on it

While Toyota fanboys set the internet on fire speculating about the huge gaps in the publicly disclosed information about the new Supra, BMW has been much more forthright about its sister car, the forthcoming BMW Z4. We’ve already driven a prototype version of the Z, and been told by the BMW team engineering it that the Toyota will share all of its major components including the same engines...


BMW M will electrify everything, division boss says
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BMW M will electrify everything, division boss says

BMW has recently said it thinks up to 40 per cent of the cars it produces by 2025 may be powered by some form of pure electric or hybrid powertrain, and now we have confirmation that M Division is set to get in on the act. "For sure, all M vehicles will be electrified by the end of the next decade," Frank Van Meel, M's boss, told Australian journalists at the launch of the updated BMW M2 and new M5 Competition in Spain...


BMW M may withhold top M badge from front-drivers
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BMW M may withhold top M badge from front-drivers

While the prospect of a part-electrified future M3 or M4 is an interesting one, the question that is seeing more heads scratched in Munich is that of how M Division will cope with the move of the next generation of smaller BMWs to a native front-drive architecture, with the list set to include the next 2 Series...


Electrification, luxury and design: Talking with Marek Reichman and Andy Palmer
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Electrification, luxury and design: Talking with Marek Reichman and Andy Palmer

Andy Palmer sits near the top of the list of industry executives journalists like to talk to. There's a refreshing honesty to the 54-year old Brit, a willingness to slice through the sort of circumspect phrases his underlings put into press kits and speak his mind. He managed it when working in the ultra-corporate world of Nissan, where he rose to be head of global product development...


2018 Wrangler in the Australian outback: Q&A with off-road boss Bernie Trautmann
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2018 Wrangler in the Australian outback: Q&A with off-road boss Bernie Trautmann

The long-awaited and comprehensively leaked 2018 Jeep Wrangler was finally revealed in November, but it'll be later this year before we see the latest generation of the iconic off-roader in Australian showrooms. When it lands, the 2018 JL Wrangler will have benefited from extensive testing in rugged central Australia, with international engineering heads John Adams and Bernie Trautmann basing themselves out of Alice Springs...


Interview: Volkswagen Australia chief Michael Bartsch wants to revive the car servicing industry
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Interview: Volkswagen Australia chief Michael Bartsch wants to revive the car servicing industry

Ever since Volkswagen Group Australia’s managing director, Michael Bartsch, returned from the US two years ago after a long stint in senior executive roles at Porsche and Infiniti, he’s prioritised talking about the state of our car servicing industry...


Mark Webber: “I’ve always been a Porsche guy. Even when I had to pay for them myself.”
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Mark Webber: “I’ve always been a Porsche guy. Even when I had to pay for them myself.”

The GT2 RS launch in Portugal gave us a chance to catch up with Mark Webber, recently retired from front-line racing duties but now working in both development and as a brand ambassador for Porsche. The 41-year old Aussie was brought along to give passenger rides on the circuit at Portimao, but sodden conditions put paid to that...


Interview: On the road with Richard Ferlazzo, Holden design boss
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Interview: On the road with Richard Ferlazzo, Holden design boss

As Holden winds down its Australian manufacturing operations, we take a ride with the company's design chief to see just what he - and the entire local operation - will be doing with themselves now that everything's imported...