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Lotus: No Cash For New Models Yet, But Big Evora Update Coming

Former Lotus boss Dany Bahar’s dream of an all-new range by 2015 is now little more than a fading memory, but new chief Jean-Marc Gales remains optimistic for the struggling sports brand’s future. In an interview with the UK’s Autocar...Show More Summary

Parents Setting Bad Example With Mobile Phones While Driving: QUT

A new Queensland University of Technology study has found parents are setting a poor example when it comes to mobile phone use behind the wheel. While parents will strongly discourage their children from using a mobile phone while driving, the study found they are unlikely to follow their own advice. Show More Summary

Lexus LF-C2 Production Skipped In Favour Of SUV Sales: Report

Lexus has reportedly binned a long-planned production schedule for its newly revealed LF-C2 convertible concept, in favour of a new three-row SUV model. The LF-C2, shown at this month’s LA Auto Show, was widely believed to preview a coming droptop version of the new RC Coupe, giving Lexus a rival to BMW’s 4 Series Convertible. Show More Summary

Mercedes-Benz Previews Autonomous Interior Study Ahead Of Las Vegas

Mercedes-Benz will unveil its idea on how car interiors of the future could look, with a design study to be revealed at January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. As cars become increasingly self-driven in the decades ahead, Benz believes there will be no need for front seat passengers to keep their eyes on the road - or forward at all. Show More Summary

Audi Q8 Coming To Rival BMW X6, Mercedes GLE Coupe

Audi executive Ulrich Hackenberg has confirmed the coming of a new Q8 SUV that will sit alongside the next-generation Q7 family SUV. As expected, the long-rumoured Q8 will bring a more coupe-like design to the party, giving Audi a rival to the strong-selling BMW X6 and another new rival in the growing segment, Mercedes-Benz’s upcoming GLE Coupe. Show More Summary

New 2016 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Concept Bound For Detroit Auto Show

Infiniti has confirmed it will reveal a clear look at its next-generation Q60 coupe at January’s Detroit Auto Show. The Q60 badge first appeared earlier this year as part of Infiniti’s range-wide rebranding, which saw its G, M, FX and EX badges replaced with a new Q and QX nomenclature. Show More Summary

The Week That Was: Mitsubishi Triton, Holden Colorado, BMW Active Tourer

Mitsubishi’s all-new 2015 Triton has been unveiled, ahead of an Australian arrival midway through next year. A new 2.4 litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine will power the new model in Australia, with power and torque rated at 133kW and 430Nm. Show More Summary

2015 Mazda2 Sedan Revealed, Australian Re-Launch Possible

Mazda has pulled the covers from its new Mazda2 Sedan, ahead of an official unveiling at the Thailand Motor Show. Reports earlier this month correctly predicted the unveiling, which follows the hatch’s local arrival last month. The ‘2’...Show More Summary

2014 Nissan X-Trail TS Review: 1.6 Diesel 2WD CVT Auto

Vehicle Style: Medium SUV Price: $35,380 (plus on-roads) Engine/trans: 96kW/320Nm 1.6 turbo diesel 4cyl | CVT auto Fuel Economy claimed: 5.3 l/100km | tested: 6.1 l/100km OVERVIEW It's been a six-month wait between the launch of Nissan’s new X-Trail, and the arrival of the diesel models to complete the range. Show More Summary

Volvo Celebrates V8 Supercar Launch Year With S60, V40 'Sprint' Specials

Volvo has launched a pair of special-edition models into the Australian market this week, celebrating its first year in the local V8 Supercars championship. Based on the S60 T4 Kinetic midsized sedan and the V40 T4 Kinetic small hatch,...Show More Summary

‘X-Car’: X-Men Kia Sorento To Be Unveiled At 2015 Australian Open Tennis

Kia has put a new slant on its Sorento SUV, revealing a one-off 'dream factory' special ahead of an official unveiling before the Australian Open tennis tournament in January. Dubbed the ‘X-Car’, the unique Sorento was a joint effort from Kia and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Show More Summary

LA Auto Show: Chevrolet Chaparral, Infiniti Synaptiq Concepts Revealed

A pair of futuristic, open-wheeler-inspired concepts have been unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show, with each designed to answer a different call. Chevrolet’s effort is called the Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo (pictured above) - built for the PlayStation 3 Gran Turismo 6 game. Show More Summary

Kia Sorento ‘X-Car’ To Be Unveiled At 2015 Australian Open Tennis

Kia has revealed its new Sorento SUV in a whole new light, ahead of an official unveiling before the Australian Open tennis tournament in January. Dubbed the ‘X-Car’, the unique Sorento was a joint effort from Kia and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Show More Summary

Holden Kicks Off Customer Council In Push For Greater Satisfaction

Holden has taken a new step in its bid to build and maintain customer loyalty, launching a new Customer Council and VIP Experience program this week. Dubbed “the only program of its kind” in the Australian automotive landscape, the inaugural Customer Council saw ten Holden owners assemble in Melbourne to meet with Holden executives. Show More Summary

Marcos Ambrose And Pirtek Reunited For V8 Supercars Sydney 500

Marcos Ambrose’s much hyped return to V8 Supercars has come ‘full circle’, with news that a previous partner will come along for the ride. In a ‘one off’ appearance in the final round of 2014, Ambrose’s Dick Johnson Racing (DJR) Ford Falcon will carry sponsorship from hose and fitting company Pirtek. Show More Summary

Ford Australia Calls Out Toyota Camry With New Mondeo

Ford’s not shy about singling out key rivals in its bid for increased market share over the coming year, with much of that attention focused on market leader Toyota. The brand has lately been offering $200 to shoppers that buy a Toyota...Show More Summary

Renault Adds Limited Edition 'Floride' To Megane CC Range

Renault Australia has added a limited edition model to its Megane Coupe Convertible range, just in time for summer. Called the Floride, the model’s name harkens back to the Renault 8 and Renault 10-based Florides of the 50s and 60s, although US versions were named “Caravelle” to avoid confusion with the state of Florida. Show More Summary

2015 Holden Colorado And Colorado 7 SUV Review

What’s hot: More refined, quieter and smoother on road, improved interior finish. What’s not: Some improvements reserved for top-spec models. X-FACTOR: Genuine off-road ability now mixed with improved on-road compliance; a good family all-rounder. Show More Summary

2016 Audi A4 Spied Testing

With the current Audi A4 now in its sixth year in showrooms, a replacement for the luxury automaker's staple midsized sedan and wagon is just around the corner. Expected to draw some styling elements from the recently-launched Audi TT, the next-gen A4's exterior will nevertheless be a subtle renewal of the current model's styling. Show More Summary

2015 Jaguar F-Type: Now With Manual, All-Wheel-Drive

Jaguar has turned up the heat on its F-Type sports car for 2015, and effectively doubled the range from six models to 12. As revealed earlier this month, various F-Type models are now available with a torque-on-demand all-wheel-drive system; and Jaguar has even revised its bonnet designed to distinguish AWD models. Show More Summary

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