• Bentley Continental Supersports touches down in Australia, pricing announced

    The 2017 Bentley Continental Supersports has touched down in Australia, making its local debut at the Australian Grand Prix this week in Melbourne.
    Pricing for the flagship Continental coupe and convertible starts at $569,522 and $626,474 in Australia before on-road costs respectively.
    With its uprated 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine, the Continental Supersports develops a massive 522kW of power at 5900rpm and a whopping 1017Nm of torque – which comes in between 2050rpm and 45
  • Ferrari ‘Dino’ mule spied

    A modified and camouflaged Ferrari believed to be a prototype for the rumoured upcoming Dino has been spied in the snow this week during cold weather testing.
    The vehicle in the images – which combines elements of the current 488 GTB and previous 458 Italia – could be a sign that the Prancing Horse could be working on an entry-level sports car that could revive the iconic Dino nameplate.
    It appears numerous modifications have been made to the body of the 458/488, including larg
  • XJS, P-Type And T-Type Headline New Jaguar-Land Rover Trademark Applications

    in the last few weeks jaguar-land rover has lodged trademark applications for no less than 29 model names.the venerable xj nomenclature is one of them – rekindling memories of glorious v12 sports cars – as are unusual ones such as sawtooth, stormer and landmark.according to autoguide some of the others include p-type, t-type, c-xe, ixe, dixe, xedi, xei, cxf and cxj.earlier applications for i-pace and i-type were rumoured to cover future electric jaguars with the i-pace sp...
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  • Skoda To launch Four New SUVs For China

    the rising popularity of suvs in china has prompted volkswagen group’s czech republic brand skoda to develop four new suvs for the world’s largest new car market.revealed by car news china the new models will be the skoda kodiaq, the kodiaq coupe and two new vehicles at this stage referred to as model k and model q.all will be made at the shanghai-volkswagen joint venture plant.the kodiaq opens the batting with a launch scheduled for next month’s shanghai auto show.
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  • 2017 Toyota Yaris pricing and specs – UPDATE

    Update – Toyota has officially announced pricing and specifications for the updated Yaris range. See article for details
    Pricing and specifications for the 2017 Toyota Yaris have been released this week, bringing a fresh look and new driver assistance technologies to the Japanese company’s little hatch.
    Visually, the second facelift for the Yaris is distinguished by its new headlights, grille, front and rear bumpers, along with redesigned tail-lights that now stretch into
  • 2018 Kia ‘Stonic’ spied again

    A new city-friendly crossover, rumoured to be branded as the Kia Stonic, has been spied undergoing testing in Europe.
    The new SUV will sit below the Sportage in Kia’s SUV range, and will share its underpinnings with Hyundai’s new global sub-Tucson crossover, which was last spied in January.
    This latest Stonic prototype, captured at closer range, is wearing a bit less camouflage than the car spotted in the snow in February. We can now see the shape of the car’s headlights, its
  • Geely withdraws Proton/Lotus bid, leaving Peugeot parent as only suitor

    Geely has withdrawn its bid to enter into a partnership with Proton, leaving the PSA Group, parent company of Peugeot, Citroen and DS, as the Malaysian national car maker’s only remaining partner candidate.
    An Conghui, Geely’s president, confirmed the news to the South China Morning Post, although he didn’t tell the newspaper why Geely decided to withdraw from the bidding process.
    Li Shifu, Geely’s chairman, complained to Bloomberg earlier this month that Proton “h
  • Geely withdraws its bid for Proton, leaving Peugeot parent as only suitor

    Geely has withdrawn its bid to enter into a partnership with Proton, leaving the PSA Group, parent company of Peugeot, Citroen and DS, as Malaysia’s national car maker only remaining partner candidate.
    An Conghui, Geely’s president, confirmed the news to the South China Morning Post, although he didn’t tell the newspaper why Geely decided to withdraw from the bidding process.Li Shifu, Geely’s chairman, complained to Bloomberg earlier this month that Proton “haven&r
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  • McLaren BP23: F1’s spiritual successor teased again

    McLaren has released a new teaser image (above) of its upcoming ‘Hyper-GT’ car, which will be the F1’s spiritual successor thanks to its three-seat layout.
    The new car is being developed under the codename BP23 by McLaren Special Operations, the bespoke division of McLaren Cars, which typically specialises in customising production vehicles to the tastes and whims of high value customers.
    BP23 will apparently be a part of the Ultimate Series family and, as such, will have a hy
  • Honda HR-V VTi-L v Mazda CX-3 Akari v Mitsubishi ASX XLS v Toyota C-HR Koba comparison

    Small crossovers are a vogue segment, drawing buyers up from lower hatchbacks and down from bigger SUVs alike.
    The newest entrant, creating significant buzz, is the Toyota C-HR. Australia’s biggest-selling brand has taken its time joining the fray, but based on our favourable first impression, it has been well worth the wait.
    Here we pitch the C-HR against the reigning three top-sellers in the class, the Mazda CX-3, Mitsubishi ASX and Honda HR-V.In order to show the maximum number of
  • 2017 Mazda CX-9 Sport AWD review

    Why would you spend more? It might sound like a tag-line for a discount shoe shop, but the same is true for the 2017 Mazda CX-9 range.
    We have here the most affordable all-wheel-drive version of the 2017 Mazda CX-9 line-up, the CX-9 Sport AWD, which starts at $46,490 plus on-road costs. If you don’t want to spend even that much, there’s a front-drive version for four grand less.
    But considering how much kit you get for your cash, there’s a strong argument to suggest you needn&
  • Porsche updates 2018 model range

    Small price rises, new colour palette, added tech in mild Porsche range update
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  • Toyota 86 Racing Series: Fast-tracking the next generation of motorsport stars

    “This is the motorsport equivalent of petty cash.”
    So says Neil Crompton, former touring car ace and current motorsport commentator, of the Toyota 86 Racing Series, the grassroots motor racing category that took Australia’s race track by storm in 2016.
    Now in its sophomore season, the 86 Racing Series continues to provide aspiring racing drivers with a cost-effective platform to hone their race craft and, hopefully, forge a career in professional motorsport.
    The premise of the
  • 2017 Kia Stinger GT spied testing in Sydney

    One of Australia’s most anticipated new cars, the 2017 Kia Stinger, has been spied testing in Glebe by CarAdvice reader Neil.
    The Kia Stinger is a hot commodity with CarAdvice receiving several emails a week with sightings of the two development vehicles currently stationed in Australia.
    Following the death of Australia’s locally built rear-wheel drive performance car at the end of 2017, Kia will stroll in with a hope of stealing Commodore sales.The GT variant spotted
  • Hyundai adds V6 power to Santa Fe range

    New Hyundai Santa Fe Active X packs 3.3-litre V6, 19-inch alloys
  • 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Active X: V6-powered seven-seater rejoins local range

    The Hyundai Santa Fe Active X has returned to the range this week, bringing back the company’s naturally-aspirated 3.3-litre V6 as a permanent resident in its large SUV range.
    Starting from $40,990 before on-road costs, the front-wheel driven Santa Fe Active X sits between the all-wheel drive 2.4-litre petrol Active manual ($39,350) and all-wheel drive Active automatic models ($41,850), while featuring numerous extras over the Active grade.
    Standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy w
  • BMW confirms Formula E racing project

    BMW Motorsport has announced its plans for a potential team entry into the fifth season of the all-electric Formula E championship.
    Currently in its third season, the FIA Formula E championship has already seen the likes of Citroen, Jaguar and Renault make manufacturer’s entries, with BMW the latest major automaker to join the electric racing series.
    This adds to the existing partnership BMW has had with the series since its first season, with its electrified ‘i&
  • 2018 Porsche range: More power and new kit for 911 S, price hikes across most Porsche lines

    Porsche has announced availability of a new Porsche Exclusive upgrade for 911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera 4S and 911 Targa 4S models, delivering GTS-rivalling power.
    The announcement is joined by news that Australia’s Porsche Connect Plus package has scored an important update, gaining the LTE telephone module that compatibility requirements had previously kept from local buyers.
    All of this forms part of a wider 2018 model year change, which adds new exterior and interior colours, and in
  • 2018 Porsche range: more power and new kit for 911 S, new pricing across Porsche lines

    Porsche has announced availability of a new Porsche Exclusive upgrade for 911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera 4S and 911 Targa 4S models, delivering GTS-rivalling power.
    The announcement is joined by news that Australia’s Porsche Connect Plus package has scored an important update, gaining the LTE telephone module that compatibility requirements had previously kept from local buyers.
    All of this forms part of a wider 2018 model year change, which adds new exterior and interior colours, and ad
  • Volkswagen Karmann Ghia on stilts!

    We’ve come to know the Volkswagen Baja Bug as a Beetle that’s been modified to go off-road – but what about a VW Karmann Ghia that’s been given the same treatment?
    This 1964 model was recently on offer through Ebay and was modified in the late 1970s for some seriously fast off-road racing that competed in 1979 and 1981’s Baja 1000.Nothing much has changed to the car since then, keeping its original racing roll cage, steering, brakes, tube sub frames, suspension and
  • Volkswagen Kombi ute with a mad 250 horsepower!

    This is not your average Volkswagen Single Cab ute.
    Sure, the orange and black paintwork is cool, and its low stance on those huge American racing rims sets the veedub off perfectly.As advertised on Old Bug, it’s what’s underneath that will blow your mind. Powering it is a six-cylinder 3.0-litre Porsche engine that produces 250 horsepower and is matched with a Porsche 915 gearbox and rear suspension.
    This is a seriously quick car. And it’s street legal. It would be enough to s
  • Mazda Has Rotary Electric Car Range-Extender Engine And Auto Start-Stop Under Development

    good news for rotary engine fans with word mazda has lodged some new patents for the much-loved powerplant.according to autoblog the japanese giant’s new patents cover a rotary engine used as a range-extender for electric cars and an auto-start-stop system to improve emissions and fuel consumption.the ev application follows the mazda2 re (range-extender electric car - pictured, top of page) which mazda showed two years ago and is similar to say the bmw i3 and chevrolet volt. in the...
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  • 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet update spied

    The facelifted Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet has been spied this week during development testing, giving us a first look at what to expect from this relatively mild mid-life update for the German company’s flagship drop-top.
    It appears not much will change visually with the forthcoming update, with revised front and rear treatments the noticeable changes on this lightly-camouflaged prototype.
    Up front, the grille and bumper will get a mild redesign to bring the big convertible in l
  • Uber Autonomous Cars Need Frequent Driver Help

    documents obtained by recode show uber’s fleet of autonomous cars in various north american locations (mostly in pittsburg, pennsylvania and phoenix, arizona) are proving to be…well not completely autonomous.the cars do have a driver behind the wheel and, for example, during the week which ended on 8 march, those drivers of the 43 cars in use assumed control on average once every 1.3kms.recode reports those driver interventions include ‘critical’ (where the drive...
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  • Exclusive: Top secret Aus trip for Huracan Performante

    Prospective buyers previewed latest Lamborghini Huracan in secret Aus show
  • Jaguar Land Rover trademarks 29 new model names

    Jaguar Land Rover made 29 trademark filings around February 22, hinting at possible new models from Tata-owned luxury car maker.
    According to AutoGuide, which made the discovery, many of these filings were to renew existing model names, but there are 14 new or revived names that have piqued our interest.
    Among the names registered by the company that could be used for future new Jaguar models are P-Type, T-Type and XJS. The XJS name was last used on a range of large luxury coupes and convertibl
  • Peugeot family says Opel purchase part of plan to ‘conquer’ the world

    Members of the Peugeot family have revealed more of the rationale behind the PSA Group’s purchase of the bulk of GM’s European operations, including Opel and Vauxhall.
    Reuters reports that Jean-Philippe and Robert Peugeot sat down for an interview with Welt am Sonntag, and presented further thoughts on the 2.2 billion euro ($3.1 billion) deal.
    Robert Peugeot, chairman of the PSA Group’s strategy committee, said, “All large carmakers have a volume of three million cars in
  • Opel’s Diesel Emissions Investigation Closed

    german brand opel has been cleared in the french consumer authorities’ diesel emissions investigation launched following volkswagen’s ‘dieselgate’ disaster.that’s good news for opel following its sale to the french psa group.according to industry paper automotive news the french investigation “did not bring to light any evidence of fraud” on the part of opel.however, the french probe has seen files relating to possible emissions fra...
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  • Mitsubishi ASX, Outlander redesigns delayed to due to merger with Nissan – report

    The next-generation Mitsubishi ASX and Mitsubishi Outlander crossovers have reportedly been delayed due to the automaker’s purchase by and integration with Nissan.
    Supplier sources have told Automotive News that the timeline for Mitsubishi’s two key crossovers has been pushed back as the company attempts to find component sharing synergies with Nissan.
    The new ASX will now reportedly share a platform and parts with the Nissan Qashqai, while the larger Outlander will be based on the
  • Honda Reveals Prices For Long Awaited New Civic Hatch

    the japanese car maker has revealed local details of the all-new hatch that is due in showrooms in may, confirming it will mirror the existing five-model sedan line-up in terms of price and equipment - with the exception of the sporty rs, which costs $500 more in hatch form.the japanese brand has a lot riding on the civic hatch which it hopes can reclaim some of the nameplate's former glory when the car goes on sale in may. "our target is to win the hear...
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  • 2017 Volkswagen Golf Local Specs Revealed

    the german car maker has revealed local specifications for its updated golf small hatch and wagon range due to arrive in showrooms from july. volkswagen australia is still hush-hush on local pricing, but there is expected to be a modest price rise across the board. officially named the golf 7.5, the refreshed small car is a chip-shot laying up for the new eighth-gen due in 2019 and volkswagen has kept wholesale changes to a minimum to reflect that fact...
  • Tesla axes Model S 60 and 60D

    Tesla has announced it will discontinue the entry-level Model S 60 and 60D variants in April, leaving the 75 and 75D as the base models in the range.
    In a release sent out this week, the American electric vehicle manufacturer said most customers bypassed the more affordable variants.
    Essentially software restricted versions of the 75 and 75D, the 60 and 60D variants offered a $9900 saving over the Model S’s previous entry point.
    The 60 was capable of a 400km driving range, could
  • 295kW Mercedes missile added to Vic police force

    Victoria police substitutes Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S for E43 to show off safety
  • Mercedes-Benz begins collecting safety tech data on Australian roads

    Mercedes-Benz has begun gathering data for its upcoming active safety and driver assistance systems in Australia, in conjunction with the company’s research and development team based in Sindelfingen, Germany.
    Following the original announcement last December, a special E-Class sedan – decked out with additional equipment designed to collect various data including local road information, signage, navigation and traffic behaviours – will be used in regular d
  • Exclusive: Ford benchmarks Range Rover

    Luxury Range Rover in secret tests as Ford gets ready for five new SUVs
  • Exclusive: Up to four new engines for Ford Ranger

    Powertrains, chassis, brakes and safety tech all set for a lift on 2019 Ford Ranger
  • Exclusive: Ford Figo under test in Australia

    Ford Figo engineering mules point to new budget car project in Australia
  • Tesla discontinues base 60kWh Model S

    Model S range-opener now starts at $118,600 BOCs for 75kWh Tesla
  • Honda lobs Civic hatch pricing

    Near identical pricing and spec for Honda’s Civic hatchback and sedan siblings
  • Mercedes-Benz tests safety tech on Aussie roads

    Safety system development by Mercedes Aus and German R&D team begins on local roads
  • Volkswagen updates Mark 7 Golf

    Due in July, Volkswagen Golf 7.5 drops 92TSI variant, adds standard gear
  • Mercedes-Benz testing safety tech on Aussie roads

    Safety system development by Mercedes-Benz and German R&D team begin on local roads
  • 2017 Honda Civic hatch pricing announced, arriving in May – UPDATE

    Update – The original version of this article stated all Civic hatch models come equipped with chrome exhaust tips. However, this is not the case – only RS models have chrome exhaust outlets.
    Australian pricing and initial details for the new 2017 Honda Civic hatch range have been detailed this week, before going on sale in May.
    Starting at $22,390 plus on-road costs, the Civic hatch range comprises of five variants – VTi, VTi-S, VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX – mirrorin
  • 2017 Honda Civic hatch pricing announced, arriving in May

    Australian pricing and initial details for the new 2017 Honda Civic hatch range have been detailed this week, before going on sale in May.
    Starting at $22,390 plus on-road costs, the Civic hatch range comprises of five variants – VTi, VTi-S, VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX – mirroring the sedan, with all models coming standard with a continuously-variable transmission (CVT).
    All models come standard with body-coloured upper tailgate spoiler, black lower rear spoiler, piano black fron
  • Mercedes-AMG E43 goes operational with Victoria Police – UPDATE

    Update – Victoria Police have issued a statement regarding the potential for Mercedes-AMG models to replace the current high-performance fleet of locally-made vehicles. See bottom of article for details
    Victoria Police has welcomed the Mercedes-AMG E43 to its highway patrol fleet. The new operational prowler, dubbed the ‘Guardian V2’, was revealed this week at Victoria’s Towards Zero Road Safety Conference 2017.
    Replacing last year’s Mercedes-AMG GLE63 Coupe&n
  • Mercedes-AMG E43 goes operational with Victoria Police

    Victoria Police has welcomed the Mercedes-AMG E43 to its highway patrol fleet. The new operational prowler, dubbed the ‘Guardian V2’, was revealed this week at Victoria’s Towards Zero Road Safety Conference 2017.
    Replacing last year’s Mercedes-AMG GLE63 Coupe patrol car, the AMG E43 is on loan to the Victorian police force for the next year and will play a role in highlighting the importance of safety systems in new cars.
    “Our partnership with Mercedes-Be
  • 2017 Honda CR-V seven-seater teased in Thailand

    The next-generation 2017 Honda CR-V has been teased in Thailand, with seven seats and a turbo-diesel engine.
    As reported by Paul Tan’s Automotive News in Malaysia, the new CR-V teased during the Thai launch of the Civic hatch differs slightly from the recently-revealed US-market model, which is five seats only and doesn’t offer the option of a diesel mill.
    The oiler in question is Honda’s ‘Earth Dreams’ 1.6-litre i-DTEC turbo-diesel engine, deve
  • Pininfarina-styled HKG H600 concept headed for production

    The Hybrid Kinetic Group is planning to launch its H600 sedan in the US by the end of the decade, according to a new report.
    In a new article published by industry journal Automotive News, board member Carter Yeung says the concept car unveiled at the Geneva motor show earlier this month is a strong indication of what the production version will look like.
    “A lot of Chinese companies overpromise and underdeliver. We’re going to be the opposite,” he tol
  • Mazda rotary patents discovered online

    Mazda has filed two patents for new drivetrains incorporating a rotary engine, but fans of the RX-7 and RX-8 sports cars may be a little disappointed with the engine’s application.
    The patents were discovered on the US Patent and Trademark Office’s website and published by Autoblog.The first patent was filed on September 11, 2015, and is for an electric drivetrain with a rotary engine acting as a generator to recharge the car’s battery.
    In the accompanying patent diagram, we c
  • 2019 Bentley Flying Spur mule spied

    A mule of the next-generation Bentley Flying Spur luxury sedan has been spotted undergoing extreme cold weather testing.
    The new Flying Spur sedan, as well as the next-generation Continental coupe and convertible, will shift from their current front- and all-wheel drive platform, shared with the departed Volkswagen Phaeton, to the MSB component matrix for rear- and all-wheel drive cars.
    Developed by Porsche, the MSB platform made its debut with the second-generation Panamera, hence this prototy

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