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2015 Peugeot 508 Allure HDi Review: Comfortable Long-Legged Cruiser

Vehicle Style: Medium sedan Price: $45,990 (plus on-roads) Engine/trans: 120kW/340Nm 2.0 turbo diesel 4cyl | 6sp automatic Fuel Economy claimed: 5.7 l/100km | tested: 8.9 l/100km OVERVIEW Updated for 2015 with a sharper snout and more...Show More Summary

Mazda MX-5: No High Performance Models In The Works

Mazda has reportedly declared that its sticking firmly to the traditions that built the MX-5 roadster into the icon it is today. That means no high-performance version is in the works, so the 2.0 litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated model may be as ‘hard-core’ as the fourth generation MX-5 ever gets. Show More Summary

Nissan Leaf To Get New Battery Tech, Improved Range In Midlife Update

Nissan is reportedly planning a mid-cycle update for its all-electric Leaf hatch, aimed at boosting the EV’s range and sales appeal. Industry paper Automotive News quotes an unnamed source said to be familiar with the project as saying the Leaf’s battery pack is about to get a significant boost to available power. Show More Summary

Subaru BRZ tS Limited Edition Revealed For Japan

Subaru customers in Japan can now order a new special edition of the BRZ sports car, dubbed the BRZ tS. The product of Subaru Tecnica International (tS stands for ‘tuned by STI’), the Japanese carmaker says its new model offers all the STI benefits one might expect, including “inherent handling pleasure enabling drivers to control it at will”. Show More Summary

Nissan Patrol V8 Gets More Gear, Lower Pricing For 2015

Nissan has rationalised its Patrol V8 lineup, removing the previous entry-level ST-L model and dramatically cutting the cost of entry for the remaining Ti and Ti-L grades. The price cuts have been so dramatic that the Patrol Ti, previously the mid-grade model in the range, now retails for $69,990. Show More Summary

Peugeot 308 R HYbrid Enters Testing, Production Future Firming Up?

Peugeot's wild 308 R HYbrid hot hatch concept looks destined for the production line, with the French automaker's CEO Maxime Picat posting two photos of a camouflaged prototype to Twitter with the caption: "Looks like #Peugeot308RHYbrid...Show More Summary

Electric Car Breaks Through For First Pikes Peak Win, Driven By Rhys Millen

After trying for a number of years, an electric vehicle has broken through to win the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This year's race was won by veteran hillclimber Rhys Millen, the Drive eO PP03 (no, that's not a typo) racer set a new record for electric cars of 9m07.222s, with Millen leading home another electric-powered entrant in second. Show More Summary

First Formula E Series Concludes, Piquet Junior Champion

The inaugural FIA Formula E Championship has reached its conclusion, following the final two races at the London ‘ePrix’ over the weekend. First announced in 2012, Formula E was designed as a preview of what could become the future of motorsport using all-electric race cars, and its first season has been declared a success by organisers and fans. Show More Summary

Fiat Rejected Cherokee-Based Ute In Favour Of Mitsubishi Triton

Fiat came within a whisker of producing a ute based on the Jeep Cherokee. The four-door ute, shown in concept form as the Fiat FCC4 at last year's Sao Paolo motor show, would have followed in the path of the US-market Subaru Baja that was based on the two-door Brumby. Show More Summary

Honda BR-V Prototype Revealed: 7-Seat SUV Announced For SE Asia

Honda has revealed a new seven-seat SUV "prototype" ahead of its first public appearance at the Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show in August. But is this the long-awaited RHD successor to the MDX crossover? While the MDX continues...Show More Summary

Lotus SUV Gunning For Porsche Macan, Locked In For 2019

Lotus says its upcoming small SUV is locked in for a 2019 debut, and that it should give the Porsche Macan a run for its money. Speaking to British mag Auto Express at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales (above)...Show More Summary

Mazda Engineer Eyeing Off Return To Le Mans, With Rotary Power

The key engineer behind Mazda’s success at the Le Mans 24-Hour in 1991 believes the Japanese carmaker should have another crack at the big race - using rotary power. Speaking with Top Gear UK, Nobuhiro Yamamoto made the declaration while watching some of Mazda’s favourite race cars doing their thing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Show More Summary

Renault Talisman Announced, Will Replace Laguna, Latitude

French automaker Renault has officially announced a new name for its midsize sedan line, with the "Talisman" set to replace both the Latitude and Laguna when it debuts sometime towards the end of this year. We won't have to wait that...Show More Summary

2015 Holden Insignia VXR Review: Sticky, Porky, But Nice...

What’s Hot: Technology plus, dynamic AWD performance, solid price What’s Not: Small cabin, noisy, a bit porky, no spare wheel X-FACTOR: Holden’s car to maintain 'showroom momentum' comes courtesy of a performance-plus German sports sedan. Show More Summary

Red Bull Racing Ponders Road Car Project

How does one go from selling energy drinks to manufacturing cars? It's certainly a strange trajectory for a business to take, but Red Bull may go down that very path if its motorsports arm executes its long-planned road car programme. Show More Summary

Porsche Macan: China’s Latest Copyright Court Case

It seems Porsche may have missed the memo from Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth last month, as the Germen carmaker reportedly plans to commence legal action in China. Speth said carmakers were powerless when it comes to Chinese brands...Show More Summary

Jaguar Land Rover R&D Boss Rules Out Driverless Cars

The head of research and development at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has said the British automaker has no plans to develop a fully-autonomous vehicle, telling journalists that at JLR "we don't consider customers cargo". JLR controls the Jaguar, Land Rover and Range Rover brands. Show More Summary

2015 MINI John Cooper Works: Price And Features For Australia

MINI has announced pricing for the new John Cooper Works hatch range, with the price of entry now well south of the $50k mark and the standard feature list now fatter than ever. Set to launch locally in the middle of July and initially...Show More Summary

Lotus 3-Eleven Unveiled At Goodwood

The new Lotus 3-Eleven has been unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, described by the sports car maker as its “quickest and most expensive series production car ever”. How quick? The 3-Eleven in race-spec can hit 60 MPH (96km/h) from rest in under three seconds, on its way to a top speed of 280km/h. Show More Summary

Next-Generation Audi A4 Sedan And Wagon Revealed

Audi has lifted the lid on its all-new A4, which is due to arrive in Australia in the first half next year to do battle with the ever-popular C-Class, the BMW 3 Series and Lexus IS. Full details will be revealed at the new A4's first...Show More Summary

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