• Lamborghini fostering a new generation of younger fans

    Lamborghini says its core DNA of futuristic designs, emotional evocation from its naturally aspirated engines, and fun-to-drive sensation have led to its brand becoming far more popular amongst the younger generation than its rivals.
    The Italian brand, which has the youngest owner demographic of any supercar manufacturer in the world, is led by Stefano Domenicali, who strongly believes that while his competitors have gone down the turbo or electrification path, it’s Lamborghini’s in
  • Evidence mounts for Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

    Video shows RHD Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, but Jeep Oz no closer to confirmation
  • CarAdvice podcast 54: EV Council, ClimateWorks, and that $390k EV grant

    Joining Mandy this week is Mike Costello and Dave Zalstein.
    Featuring in car news is the 2018 Volkswagen Arteon Australian details confirmed, Ford Fiesta Australian future in doubt, Hyundai i30 N to offer eight-speed dual-clutch for 2019, Ford CEO Mark Fields retires, and Michelin rejects the call to increase minimum worn tyre depth.
    Birthday boy, Tony Crawford, reviews a bright red 2017 HSV GTSR Maloo.
    Dave went to Italy to visit Miata Land – a guy who collects Mazda MX-5s (called M
  • CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 26, 2017

    Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia’s new-car market.
    Keeping you in the loop this week, Trent Nikolic is in the CarAdvice Garage with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews.
    What happened in the week ending May 26, 2017? Catch our video above, and links to the full stories below.
    THE WEEK IN NEWSVolkswagen’s new Arteon has been detailed for Austra
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  • Senior management moves at JLR Australia

    Experienced Audi exec joins Jaguar Land Rover amid major management reshuffle
  • Audi details local leadership switch

    ‘Sansom era’ underway at Audi Australia as O’Brien move linked to Winkler’s return
  • Tesla Model 3 Details Leak Via Dealer Documents

    key details concerning the performance and dimensions of tesla’s upcoming model 3 have leaked online with the tesla model 3 owners club forum publishing what it claims to be a dealer comparison chart designed to upsell customers into the larger, more expensive model s. contained within the comparison chart are the model 3’s 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) times, at 5.6 seconds, and the model 3’s battery range, described as 215+ miles (346 kilometres). tesla’s official produ...
  • Suzuki is Australia’s loveable underdog

    Ten years ago a visit to your neighbourhood Suzuki dealer promised as much excitement as doing three years worth of tax returns.
    But, like a few other Japanese brands of late – Honda comes immediately to mind – humble little Suzuki has suddenly pulled its finger out.
    While always known for honing reliable, practical and sometimes highly capable cars, the Japanese player has at best only flirted with being anything approaching cool.There are exceptions, of course: the go-anywhere Sie
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  • BMW Scraps i5 Plans In Favour Of Electric X3

    bmw’s long awaited third i model, the 3 series-sized i5, has reportedly been axed causing a shift in bmw’s long term electric vehicle plan. bmw blog reports several unspecified sources have revealed that plans for a more mainstream electric ‘i model’ have been cancelled, with bmw instead looking to adapt its mainstream models with electric drivetrains. whereas other manufacturers, and bmw itself, look to cost savings through flexible platforms, both of t...
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  • Holden builds final Commodore export

    Production ends on last ever Aussie-built US-spec Chevrolet SS
  • Jaguar XE SV Project 8 teased ahead of June 28 reveal – UPDATE

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3t_DD1vzSgJaguar has teased its upcoming limited-run XE SV Project 8 sports sedan in a quick online video, ahead of the new model’s reveal on June 28.
    Based on the XE sedan, the SV Project 8 follows the F-Type Project 7 from 2014, and will become the most powerful road-legal Jaguar ever, thanks to its 441kW 5.0-litre supercharged V8.
    Like Project 7, Project 8 will be a limited-run collector’s edition – with production capped at 300 units gl
  • Jaguar XE SV Project 8 teased ahead of June 28 reveal

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3t_DD1vzSgJaguar has teased its upcoming limited-run XE SV Project 8 sports sedan in a quick online video, ahead of the new model’s reveal on June 28.
    Based on the XE sedan, the SV Project 8 follows the F-Type Project 7 from 2014, and will become the most powerful road-legal Jaguar ever, thanks to its 441kW 5.0-litre supercharged V8.
    Like Project 7, Project 8 will be a limited-run collector’s edition – with production capped at 300 units gl
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  • Tickford releases Mustang suspension pack

    Mustang gets Australia-specific suspension tune, leather upholstery from Tickford
  • New-gen Benz E-Class Coupe glides in

    Mercedes-Benz expecting sales lift from second-generation E-Class Coupe
  • Driven: Audi’s supercar-slaying TT RS lands

    Sub-$140K price for Audi’s TT RS Coupe, while Roadster version lands at $4000 more
  • BMW unveils 8 Series concept

    Concept hints at flagship BMW 8 Series, production version arriving in 2018
  • 2017 Lamborghini Huracan Performante review

    If you’ve ever been to Italy you will know travelling between its cities is akin to going from one village to another. There are farms next to car dealerships, then it turns industrial for a little bit and back to farmland.
    It’s an odd thing to see, but there’s a general sense of history and authenticity to the place that is impossible to replicate. And it’s the home of so many things the world loves, including supercars.
    Thankfully for us, we’ve come on a good day
  • 2018 Tesla Model 3 spied and specifications leaked

    A preliminary spec sheet for the Tesla Model 3has found its way onto the internet, along with photos of pre-production prototypes of the new EV.
    The white Tesla Model 3 above was spotted by user Caine_Virgil and posted on Reddit. While the shot of the car’s rear, below, was posted by user luxendary on the Tesla subreddit.
    Earlier this week, Trevor Page, founder of the Model 3 Owners Club, posted a comparison specifications sheet, which was reportedly handed out to Tesla employees.
    The she
  • 2017 Audi TT RS review

    I’m going to bet that if you went to primary school in Australia, among the Scottys, Maccas, DJs and Davos, someone wore the nickname ‘pocket rocket’ with pride.
    Small in stature maybe, but the ‘rocket of the playground made up for it with speed, agility and that legendary epic run at downball that went the whole of recess. So I’m told.
    Bottom line, being athletically capable has nothing to do with physical size.
    So with a footprint of just 7.6 square meters, and s
  • 2017 Audi TT RS Track Review | Audi’s Wild Child Lets Its Hair Down

    audi has coined the term “compact supercar” to describe the 2017 tt rs, claiming that the high-powered sports car is the fastest-accelerating car available in australia under $190,000 - yet the package itself is so unassuming.the tt rs looks quite a bit like the rest of the tt range, though there’s a few dialed-up touches such as bigger wheels, larger air intakes, and a fixed rear spoiler, but certainly none of the extravagant flourishes you might find on a genuine supercar...
  • Volvo S60 Polestar’s Nurburgring record kept secret for a year

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qip8y2LtzMc
    Last year, the Volvo S60 Polestar managed to set a record for a four-door production car around the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
    In the hands of Cyan Racing, the racing team that was spun off from Polestar when the tuner was bought by Volvo two years ago, a road-legal Volvo S60 Polestar completed a lap of that famed long and winding road in seven minutes 51.110 seconds.
    It’s not known if Polestar or Cyan Racing modified the car from showroom-spec fo
  • BMW 8 Series concept revealed

    Here it is, our first clear look at the upcoming 2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe, in concept form.
    The last time anybody in the world could stroll into a BMW showroom and lay down cash or cheque on a factory-fresh 8 Series, Fight Club and The Matrix were blowing minds and Limp Bizkit’s Nookie was driving grown-ups spare.
    Now, in time for the 20th anniversary of that first-generation model’s end run – with some 32,000 examples built over 10 years – an all-new 8 Series is coming t
  • BMW i5 cancelled, will focus on EV versions of regular models – report

    The BMW i5 has reportedly been cancelled, with the company electing to spend its EV dollars on electrifying models in the regular BMW range.
    Several sources have informed BMW Blog the Bavarian automaker has scrapped plans for a third distinct model for the BMW i range.Above: BMW i5 patent rendering.
    Last year patent renderings surfaced pointing to a new family-friendly BMW i model. Thought to be branded as the i5, the new model featured a larger and more practical body, although it still retain
  • 2017 Audi TT RS pricing and specs: Sports car flagship arrives from $137,900

    Australian pricing and specifications for the 2017 Audi TT RS range have been released this week, with the new two-door hero starting from $137,900 before on-road costs.
    For the first time, both the TT RS coupe and roadster will be offered locally, powered by a 294kW/480Nm 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine – and both capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in under 4.0 seconds.
    Under the bonnet is the company’s revised 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder petr
  • Autonomous maps Here and now

    Map company Here says Australian autonomous vehicle trials will foster innovation
  • Rolls to drop atmo V12 for Phantom VIII

    New turbocharged V12, four-wheel steering for next-gen Rolls-Royce Phantom
  • China’s Geely moves on Proton, Lotus

    Proton acquisition by Geely may prove to be another win for DSI’s Aussie engineers
  • Fiat Chrysler sued over diesel emissions cheating, Mercedes-Benz offices raided

    In the wake of Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal, Fiat Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz have been cast into the spotlight, as authorities on both sides of the Atlantic have launched new actions into possible cases of emission testing defeat devices being used to illegally pass vehicles for sale.
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    The United States’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a civil lawsuit against the Italian-American automaker, arguing nearly 104,000 Ram 1500 pickup trucks and Jeep Gra
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE Performance concept: 200kW PHEV debuts at Wörthersee

    The Volkswagen Golf GTE Performance concept has been revealed this week at the company’s annual Wörthersee gathering, packing 200kW of power from its upgraded plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain.
    Finished in white with a contrasting black roof and blue body accents, the GTE Performance concept takes on a similar aesthetic to the GTI 40 Years special edition, thanks to its larger rear spoiler and aggressive diffuser with dual tailpipes, while the 19-inch black Pretoria alloy wheels
  • Maserati adds petrol power to Levante range

    Levante to house most powerful Maserati V6 yet, arriving locally in second half 2017
  • Australia’s Largest Rolls-Royce Showroom Opens In Melbourne

    melbourne has a new home of rolls-royce with a sparkling showroom opening in richmond taking the place of the previous southbank showroom. as part of the zagame automotive group, rolls-royce nestles in alongside lamborghini, ferrari, maserati, aston martin and mclaren as well as audi, alfa romeo and fiat on the same swan street strip. as well as being australia’s largest rolls-royce showroom, the melbourne site also holds the title of the largest asia pacific sh...
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  • Subaru To Develop Electric Variants Of Current Range

    subaru is set to join the ever-expanding electric vehicle field, but rather than developing a new ground-up ev platform the japanese automaker will adapt its current range. in an interview with bloomberg, subaru corp ceo yasuyuki yoshinaga revealed the automaker's approach to electrification as a means of helping the the relatively small company compete in the ev sector. instead of launching a specific sub brand, like bmw i or mercedes’ fledgling eq div...
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  • Bentley Continental 24 Celebrates Nurburgring 24-Hour Return

    bentley is celebrating its return to the nurburgring 24-hour with a new limited edition version of its continental coupe.called the continental 24, the model will be limited to 24 units carrying a price tag in the uk of at least €250,000 (au$375k) each.the limited edition model follows in the wheeltracks of the continental supersports, unveiled at this year's detroit auto show, which the carmaker claims is currently the world's fastest four-seater.the 24 sh...
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  • Lamborghini: Electric supercar technology not ready

    Lamborghini says the current technological capacity of electric componentry is not suitable for a supercar that suits the brand’s characteristics.
    Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new Lamborghini Huracan Performante, the brand’s research and development boss, Maurizio Reggiani, said the technology for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) still needs to mature and become more affordable before it can be applied to a Lamborghini super sports car.
    “If you t
  • ANCAP 5-Star Scores For Subaru XV And Holden Astra Sedan

    the latest round of crash testing from the australasian new car assesment program program (ancap) has revealed two new five-star recipients with the 2017 subaru xv and holden astra sedan scoring top marks. crash test data for the subaru xv mirrors the results of the structurally identical subaru impreza on which it is based, which was tested by ancap in 2016 meaning an overall protection score of 35.8 out of 37 possible points. the xv also received a ‘good’ rat...
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  • 2018 Maserati Levante S initial details revealed, here later this year

    First details of the 2018 Maserati Levante S have been announced this week ahead of its Australian introduction in the second half of 2017, finally bringing petrol power to the Italian SUV’s range.
    The company claims the Levante – its first-ever SUV model – has been responsible for Maserati’s 50 per cent growth in sales so far this year, and hopes the new petrol model will build on that.
    Under the bonnet is a Ferrari-built 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, developing
  • Time running out for car-makers dodging AEB

    Autonomous braking set to become key for five-star ANCAP from next year
  • Driven: Mercedes-AMG E63 blasts in

    Mercedes-AMG E63 expected to make up about 10 per cent of E-Class sales
  • 2017 Maserati Levante S review

    The windscreen is absolutely covered in sand and the exhaust is spitting out a cracking note as we climb a massive sand dune. The car’s outside thermometer is reading 49 degrees Celsius and we’re in the middle of an Arabian desert. This is the last place on earth you’d expect to find a Maserati Levante.
    But, it was the sand dunes around an hour outside of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates where Maserati engineers were prompted to bring the Levante prototype — which
  • Honda Jazz VTi vs Kia Rio S comparison

    Whether you’re looking for a first car, or just something to take down to the station every day, or maybe even a last car, there are some fairly fantastic brand-new vehicles out there for as little as $15,000.
    We’ve got two such compact cars here – the all-new 2017 Kia Rio and the just-refreshed 2017 Honda Jazz.
    Because we’re aiming to keep things close to the $15K mark, both of these cars are entry-level, manual versions. If you’re willing to change gears you
  • Honda Jazz VTi v Kia Rio S comparison

    Whether you’re looking for a first car, or just something to take down to the station every day, or maybe even a last car, there are some fairly fantastic brand-new vehicles out there for as little as $15,000.
    We’ve got two such compact cars here – the all-new 2017 Kia Rio and the just-refreshed 2017 Honda Jazz.
    Because we’re aiming to keep things close to the $15K mark, both of these cars are entry-level, manual versions. If you’re willing to change gears you
  • 2017 Fiat 500L facelift unveiled

    The facelifted Fiat 500L has been unveiled, and it’s claimed that 40 per cent of its components are new.
    Visually, the updated 500L is distinguished by new headlight internals with LED driving lights. The front and rear bumpers have also been restyled, with the lower air intakes given a wider design and extra lashings of bright work.
    For the revised 500L, there are three basic models: the Urban, the off-roader-styled Cross, and the more capacious Wagon.As before, all 500L variants ride on
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade: Hybrid concept debuts at Worthersee

    The Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade has made its debut at the annual GTI meet at Worthersee, Austria, and celebrates the 10th year of apprentice-built vehicles at the event.
    Under the bonnet, the Golf GTI First Decade has a 300kW engine, presumably a variant of the company’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol motor, driving the front wheels.
    At the back, there’s a 48V electric motor generating up to 12kW of power and spinning the rear wheels. Depending on the situation, th
  • Tickford Adds New Suspension And Interior Upgrades To Mustang Mod Range

    revived ford tuner, tickford, has announced its latest series of upgrades to suit the mustang - this time adding new interior upgrades and a more serious suspension setup. the new parts join previously released exhaust and wheel packages for the mustang as well as engine tune upgrade packages. the sport suspension system is offered for both the turbocharged four-cylinder mustang ecoboost and the v8-powered mustang gt and consists of monotube strut coil-overs at the front a...
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  • Volvo XC40 offers ‘significant potential’ for Swedish brand’s Australian arm

    The first ever Volvo XC40 compact luxury SUV could well be a game-changer for the Australian arm of the Swedish brand, as the market increasingly moves towards small SUVs.
    The all-new Volvo XC40 will be the brand’s first ever compact SUV, giving it a rival to the likes of the Audi Q2 and Q3, BMW X1, Mini Countryman and Mercedes-Benz GLA. Volvo has teased potential customers with a concept model of the new compact crossover, the Volvo Concept 40.1
    Currently – on a global basis a
  • 2017 Toyota C-HR Koba 2WD Review | A Smooth Operator That Sets New Standards

    it’s rude to stare, but with the toyota c-hr it’s almost impossible not to. bold from every angle, the c-hr is about as close as you’ll come to a surrealist sculpture on wheels.in australia the c-hr arrives with the small suv segment in full swing. these little guys pack in raised ride height and chunky styling, but not necessarily the go-anywhere ability of some bigger suvs (although that’s not necessarily a given anymore).you can personalise a c-hr with a variet...
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  • 2017 Mini Cooper S Countryman Review | An Icon On The Outside With A Thoughtfully Modern Twist

    with shiny red duco and a bold white contrasting roof, the mini you see before you lives up to the stereotype - except for one thing, the size of it. this is the biggest car ever to wear a mini badge.that’s because the mini countryman has grown in size to be a better fit for modern families. it’s still small for an suv but big for a mini. more importantly though, with the iconic cooper s badge on its tailgate, the countryman is a lot of fun to drive.is that a happy compr...
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  • Holden Astra sedan, Subaru XV score five-star ANCAP rating

    The new Holden Astra sedan and Subaru XV have been awarded five-star safety ratings this week by independent crash-testing authority ANCAP.
    Despite not offering autonomous emergency braking (AEB) anywhere in the range, the Astra sedan still managed 34.94 points out of 37, including a perfect 16 out of 16 for the side impact test.
    “It is disappointing autonomous emergency braking is not available across the board on [a new model] and we continue to encourage consum
  • NSW Police add Chrysler 300 SRT to promo fleet

    The New South Wales (NSW) Police have taken delivery of a new Chrysler 300 SRT, with the large sports sedan tipped to take over duties from the locally-produced Holden Commodore when Australian manufacturing concludes in October.
    While it’s been decked out with ‘Highway Patrol’ branding, the sole 300 SRT police car (at least, for now) is only being used as a show vehicle, making appearances at shows, sporting events and public displays.
    Under the bonnet is a 6.4
  • China’s Geely takes majority stake in Lotus, shares in Proton

    China’s largest privately-owned automotive group, Zhejiang Geely Holding, has agreed to a deal that will hand it the majority stake in famed British sports-car brand Lotus.
    The Chinese group – which also owns Volvo Cars and the London Taxi Company – will also take a 49.9 per cent share in Lotus’ current parent, Malaysian company Proton.
    The binding heads of agreement announced today is between Geely’s holding company and the current umbrella for Prot

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