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2018 Kia Optima pricing and specs

UPDATE, 20/06/18: We've added new images of Australian-spec MY18 Optimas to this article. Head to the galleries section for more pictures Local pricing and specifications for the updated 2018 Kia Optima have been released this week, bringing a fresh look, some new equipment, along with price revisions...

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2019 Audi A4 spied again
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2019 Audi A4 spied again

The Audi A4 facelift has been spied again, this time in 'A4 L' sedan guise on the roads of Europe. While it was spied in its homeland, the A4 L is actually a Chinese-market car – the Chinese characters on the boot lid are a dead giveaway. Despite this particular vehicle being based on a Chinese version, the updated face is the same as the Euro-spec wagon spied last month...


2019 Peugeot 508 SW leaked
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2019 Peugeot 508 SW leaked

The upcoming Peugeot 508 SW has been leaked on social media, shortly after the French manufacturer issued a teaser for its all-new wagon. Following reports a month ago claiming a replacement for the current 508 Touring was heading to the Paris motor show, the brand issued a teaser via Twitter – asking viewers to #BreakTheCodes to uncover the new model's name...


Tesla Model 3: Consumer Reports backflips on 'don't buy' verdict
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Tesla Model 3: Consumer Reports backflips on 'don't buy' verdict

It's amazing what difference a week can make in motoring. Just last week, Consumer Reports said it wouldn't recommend the Tesla Model 3, after testing revealed some strange behaviour under brakes. Elon Musk responded quickly, telling the world he – or rather, Tesla – could fix the problem with an over-the-air update...


Mercedes C-Class, R-Class added to Takata recall
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Mercedes C-Class, R-Class added to Takata recall

Mercedes-Benz has added the 2008-09 C-Class and 2009-13 R-Class to the ever-growing list of cars on the Takata airbag recalls list. In the C-Class, the driver and passenger airbags are included, while only passenger-side airbags are impacted in the R-Class. As impacted Takata airbags age, a combination of heat and humidity can make the propellant degrade...


Genesis: Oz launch pushed back to Q4
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Genesis: Oz launch pushed back to Q4

Genesis, luxury subsidiary of Hyundai, won't be arriving in Australia until at least the fourth quarter of 2018 – after previously being scheduled for the third quarter. Public relations manager for Hyundai Australia, Guido Schenken, confirmed the news this week, meaning we won't see the G70 (top) or G80 (formerly Hyundai Genesis) until very late this year...


Skoda launches bulletproof Superb Estate
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Skoda launches bulletproof Superb Estate

The people who need bulletproof cars (think dictators and heads of state, along with the occasional celebrity) generally like to stand out. They also tend to have money, and lots of it, which is why armoured vehicles are usually based on high-end limousines. That hasn't stopped Skoda from turning its sensible Czech approach to car manufacturing onto the task...


Tesla Model 3 'not good enough to recommend' - Consumer Reports
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Tesla Model 3 'not good enough to recommend' - Consumer Reports

Elon Musk is promising to fix the problems with the Model 3's braking performance, after Consumer Reports – a similar publication to Choice – returned poor results in its braking tests, and dubbed the car 'not good enough to recommend'. During testing, Consumer Reports discovered "flaws – big flaws" with the 'affordable' Model 3's brakes...


2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class arriving in August
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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class arriving in August

Mercedes-Benz Australia has confirmed the updated C-Class range – including the sedan, wagon, coupe and cabriolet – will be arriving in August, followed by the hi-po AMG C63 in December. Speaking with CarAdvice, public relations and product communications manager for Mercedes-Benz's local arm, Jerry Stamoulis, said the core range will be launching in a couple months time, with final pricing and specifications to be announced around July...


Volkswagen USA rolls out four concepts in Georgia
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Volkswagen USA rolls out four concepts in Georgia

Volkswagen Australia is sparking enthusiast conversation by only offering the Golf GTI in dual-clutch performance package guise from October this year. Meanwhile, Volkswagen USA is trying to get car-lovers talking in a different way, rolling out four hotted-up concepts at SOWO: The European Experience in Savannah, Georgia...


Volkswagen Passat 206TSI sedan axed
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Volkswagen Passat 206TSI sedan axed

The Volkswagen Passat 206TSI R-Line sedan has been dropped from the line-up, leaving just the wagon with the top-shelf powertrain option. Speaking with CarAdvice, Volkswagen Australia's public relations and brand experience manager, Kurt McGuinness, confirmed the changes, citing the introduction of the Arteon four-door coupe as the cause...


2012-15 Suzuki Kizashi, SX-4 recalled
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2012-15 Suzuki Kizashi, SX-4 recalled

Suzuki has recalled the Kizashi and SX-4 over concerns a manufacturing error could cause problems with the continuously-variable transmission. According to the company, a resistor on the circuit board inside the CVT controller could develop a crack in its soldered portion...


Mercedes-Benz C-Class Nightfall Edition revealed for the UK
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Nightfall Edition revealed for the UK

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the C-Class Nightfall Edition for the UK, bringing black pack-style enhancements to all body variants of the popular nameplate. Based on the current pre-facelift C-Class range – which will get a mild refresh in the coming months – the Nightfall Edition sports unique appointments like power-coated matte-black alloys, black mirrors, side graphics, and a carbon rear spoiler (coupe and cabriolet)...


Tesla Model 3: Dual-motor, Performance order books open this week
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Tesla Model 3: Dual-motor, Performance order books open this week

Elon Musk has confirmed the order books will open for dual-motor and performance-oriented Model 3 variants this week, with production to start in July. The news was announced (surprise surprise) on Twitter, and matches an April tweet claiming the expanded line-up would be available from "probably July"...


BMW recalls 300,000 vehicles in the UK over stalling issue
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BMW recalls 300,000 vehicles in the UK over stalling issue

BMW has expanded a safety recall in the UK, issuing a notice for around 312,000 examples of its previous-generation 1 Series, 3 Series, X1 and Z4 over concerns vehicles could suddenly stall without warning. Affected units were produced between March 2007 and August 2011, and the recall concerns both petrol and diesel variants where applicable...


Cadillac ATS to be axed
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Cadillac ATS to be axed

The Cadillac ATS sedan looks set to be discontinued after this year, just six years after being introduced as a competitor to the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Speaking with industry journal Automotive News, Cadillac spokesperson, Donny Nordlicht, said: "Production of the ATS sedan is ending due to extensive plant upgrades, expansion and re-tooling to prepare for the next generation of Cadillac sedans"...


2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class L debuts in Beijing
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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class L debuts in Beijing

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the updated C-Class L for the Chinese market at the Beijing motor show, bringing similar upgrades to the standard-wheelbase version sold globally. Key upgrades for the C-Class L include the new digital driver instrument cluster, EQ Boost mild-hybrid technology for select engine variants, a revised design for the LED headlights, and minor design changes inside and out...


2019 Jaguar XE and XF unveiled, 300 Sport added to range - UPDATE
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2019 Jaguar XE and XF unveiled, 300 Sport added to range - UPDATE

Jaguar has announced the 2019 model-year upgrades for its XE, XF and XF Sportbrake, headlined by the addition of new four-cylinder, all-wheel drive 300 Sport models. Although there are a number of minor tweaks to the base XE and XF package, the biggest news is the 300 Sport...


2014-17 Audi A4, A5 recalled for trim fix
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2014-17 Audi A4, A5 recalled for trim fix

Audi Australia has issued a recall for A4 and A5 models built between October 2014 and October 2017 fitted with the optional Bang & Olufsen sound system, over concerns some interior trim pieces could come loose. The German marque reports the A4 sedan, Avant and Allroad along with A5 Sportbacks with the cost-option audio system could be fitted with faulty aluminium strips in the loudspeaker of the front and rear doors...


Tesla Model 3 production halted
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Tesla Model 3 production halted

Tesla has paused Model 3 production for up to five days, as it seeks to improve automation processes in its Fremont, California, factory. According to a report in BuzzFeed, the break in production came as a surprise to employees, who have allegedly been forced to use annual leave or stay home without pay...