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Hyundai HB20 R-Spec Concept Unveiled In Sao Paulo

A concept version of Hyundai’s HB20 small hatch has been unveiled at the Sao Paulo Motor Show, wearing R-Spec badges. The regular HB20 is a small-sized model purpose-built for the Brazilian market, comparable with the i20 and i30 from the Australian market. Show More Summary

MINI Cooper 5-Door Review: 2015 Cooper Petrol, Diesel, S Hatch

What’s Hot: Astonishing go-kart handling, dynamic performance, improved ergonomics. What’s Not: No standard Bluetooth audio streaming, sat-nav or rear camera on the base model. X- FACTOR: Add another two doors, and suddenly there's a practical MINI with all the fun and phenomenal handling of the original. Show More Summary

Reborn Lister Reveals Hypercar Hopes

Revived British brand Lister has released artwork for a new hypercar it hopes to introduce in the coming years. The would-be world-beater exists only as a concept for now - and only on paper at that - but the carmaker says it is now hunting for investors to make the unnamed hypercar a reality. Show More Summary

New CEO For Fiat Chrysler Australia

Fiat Chrysler has announced that American executive Pat Dougherty will enter as the new chief of its Australian operations from December 1. Dougherty comes to Fiat Chrysler Australia after more than 30 years of service with the company’s US operations, most recently as the head of Mopar. Show More Summary

Isuzu MU-X To Tackle Dakar In 2015

After a year on the sidelines, Isuzu is preparing for a return to the Dakar Rally in 2015 with a purpose-built version of its MU-X SUV. Prepared by Sydney-based Isuzu Motorsports, the MU-X will compete in the ‘International T2’ class for slightly-modified production-based vehicles. Show More Summary

Land Rover Considering Electric Tesla Model X Rival: Report

It’s little surprise that Tesla founder Elon Musk has been declared a top ‘disruptor’. His Roadster and Model S models have spurred better-established rivals into a greater spend on electric vehicles, with Porsche the most recently reported brand to be considering a player in the all-electric arena. Show More Summary

2015 Mazda2 Review: Neo, Maxx, Genki

What’s Hot: Snappy styling, peppy engine, attractive pricing. What’s Not: Cramped rear seat, no cruise control for base model Neo. X-FACTOR: One of Australia’s most loved light cars is back, and it’s got broader appeal to boot. Vehicle Style: Five-door light hatchback Price: $14,990 (plus on-roads) to $21,990. Show More Summary

Ferrari Shares For Sale, But Likely To Remain Family-Owned

Ferrari fans will soon be able to purchase a small slice of their beloved Italian carmaker, but they’re unlikely to be able to influence the company directly. Industry paper Automotive News reports Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) plans to put up 10 percent from its 90 percent stake in the Prancing Horse, for sale to new investors. Show More Summary

Audi R8 Competition: The Best And Last

Audi has revealed what is expected to be the last of its current-generation R8 supercars, in the form of the special R8 Competition. Commemorating the seven-year run of the current R8, the Competition enters as the most powerful production Audi ever offered. Show More Summary

WA: RAC Declares Traffic Signal Congestion Trial A Success

Western Australia’s RAC has declared its recent anti-congestion trial in Perth a success, reporting that the methods used “considerably decreased” heavy traffic. Using technology aimed at traffic light efficiency, the RAC says improvements to peak-hour performance showed congestion could be relieved without the need for new infrastructure. Show More Summary

Volkswagen Polo Review: 2015 81TSI Comfortline DSG Auto

Vehicle Style: 5-door light hatch Price: $20,790 (plus on-roads) Engine/trans: 81kW/175Nm 1.2 4cyl petrol | 7spd dual-clutch auto Fuel Economy claimed: 4.8 l/100km | tested: 7.3 l/100km OVERVIEW When the current generation Volkswagen Polo arrived in Australia in 2010, it sent a ripple through the light car class. Show More Summary

2015 BMW X5M, X6M Performance SUVs Revealed

The latest generation of BMW M’s hero X5 M and X6 M SUVs have appeared, revealed today ahead of their LA Auto Show debut next month. Both super SUVs, which follow the 2012 and 2013 arrivals of their regular counterparts, arrive to replace the M-powered SUVs that first appeared in 2009. Show More Summary

Volkswagen Polo Review: 2014 81TSI Comfortline DSG Auto

Vehicle Style: 5-door light hatch Price: $20,790 (plus on-roads) Engine/trans: 81kW/175Nm 1.2 4cyl petrol | 7spd dual-clutch auto Fuel Economy claimed: 4.8 l/100km | tested: 7.3 l/100km OVERVIEW When the current generation Volkswagen Polo arrived in Australia in 2010, it sent a ripple through the light car class. Show More Summary

Detroit Electric SP01 Redesign Revealed

Reborn electric carmaker Detroit Electric has revealed its newly made-over SP:01 this week, following its debut as a concept back early last year. The Lotus Exige-based SP:01 gets its own unique front and rear styling tweaks, but, unlike the Tesla Roadster before it, the Lotus look remains dominant. Show More Summary

Rendered: Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Wagon

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA four-door coupe will soon welcome a Shooting Brake wagon counterpart. Mercedes confirmed the new model’s coming back in July, and spy photos in recent months have offered a clear view of what we can expect.Show More Summary

Federal Government Bypasses Senate On Fuel Excise Rise, For Now

The Federal Government’s controversial fuel excise hike is set to go ahead from next month, as the government looks to accelerate revenue from the tax increase. In response to the Senate’s refusal to pass the fuel excise rise and other...Show More Summary

FCC4 Is Fiat’s Response To The Four-door Coupe SUV Trend

Fiat is the latest brand to jump on the four-door coupe SUV bandwagon (is that a wagon with an SUV on it? - Ed), revealing the FCC4 concept in Brazil this week. Designed for the Sao Paulo Auto Show, the FCC4 is a response, in its own quirky way, to models like the BMW X6 and the coming Mercedes GLE Coupe. Show More Summary

Audi A8 Review: 2014 3.0 TDI Diesel Quattro

Vehicle Style: Upper large luxury sedan Price: $195,000 (plus on-roads) Engine/trans: 190kW/580Nm 3.0 litre diesel 6cyl | 8spd auto Fuel Economy claimed: 5.9 l/100km | tested: 9.4 l/100km OVERVIEW Despite the relatively small Australian market, there is no shortage of luxury-laden options for buyers shopping at the premium end. Show More Summary

2016 Holden Volt To Get Bigger Engine, Improved Range

General Motors has revealed this week that its next Chevrolet Volt electric sedan, sold here with a Holden badge, will get a larger petrol engine. The current Volt can travel around 87km on battery power alone before a 1.4 litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine kicks in to maintain the battery's charge. Show More Summary

Mazda6 Coupe In The Works?

Talk of a two-door Mazda6 is again doing the rounds, following rumours and reports that stretch back to 2011 and earlier. Motivation for introducing a Mazda6 Coupe likely comes from the US, where models like the Honda Accord can also be had in two-door form. Show More Summary

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