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Subaru To Display Next-Gen Impreza Concept and XV Successor At Tokyo

Subaru will premiere its Impreza Five-door Foncept at the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of this month, previewing the next generation of the Japanese automaker's all-wheel drive small hatch. A pair of teaser sketches show the new Impreza...Show More Summary

Volkswagen Australia Details Vehicles Affected By Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed which model lines are affected by the emissions-cheat scandal dubbed "dieselgate", revealing over 77,149 cars sold in Australia by Volkswagen and Skoda are equipped with suspect engine management software. Show More Summary

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal – Cost-Cutting And Loyalty Bonuses Begin

Volkswagen’s ‘dieselgate’ emissions scandal continues as the carmaker officially announces cost-cutting and loyalty measures to deal with the crisis. New VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller has addressed more than 20,000 employees at the company’s...Show More Summary

BMW M4 GTS Revealed With Water-Injected Turbo Six And 368kW

Remember that water-injected M4 pace car that BMW trotted out at the opening round of the MotoGP championship this year? Well it's got a production version now, and it's called the BMW M4 GTS. Like the E90 M3 GTS (and the E46 GTR and...Show More Summary

2016 Peugeot 208 - Australian Price And Features

Peugeot Australia has announced details of its refreshed 208 light car line-up, which will launch later this month with a dramatically lower entry price of $15,990 for the base 208 Access. It's the lowest pricetag ever applied to a Peugeot...Show More Summary

Behind The Wheel Of Toyota’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Future

The future of mobility around the world is rapidly changing. Greener, more sustainable transport solutions are required, but so far there is no single answer to the growing global need for low emissions transportation. Toyota made aShow More Summary

Toyota Australia Targets Commercial Fleets With Long-Term Hydrogen Plan

Hydrogen as a fuel source may only be in its infancy compared to fossil fuels, but Toyota Australia is keen to start a conversation with politicians and regulators to enable its use in the future. That’s the word from Toyota Australia...Show More Summary

Proton Pickup Concept Unveiled In Malaysia

Proton has used its Alami Proton Carnival 2015 at the carmaker’s Centre of Excellence Complex to unveil a new pickup concept. The concept is as-yet unnamed, and any future plans for production are unclear. It’s fair to say, however, the Malaysian carmaker would do its sales no harm by adding a pickup to the range. Show More Summary

Volvo Details New Autonomous Driving Interface – Video

As self-driving cars ever-so-slowly become the norm rather than the exception, carmakers are facing the challenges of ‘modernising’ car interiors to suit the new technology. Volvo’s autonomous vehicle program is well underway, and the company has now unveiled a new driving interface called IntelliSafe Auto Pilot. Show More Summary

Lexus Softens Stance On Non-Hybrid CT and Plug-in Hybrids

While Lexus still has no confirmed plans to add new powertrains to its hybrid-only CT range, local boss Sean Hanley says the company’s Australian operation would eventually like to see a greater breadth of engine offerings for its entry-level hatchback. Show More Summary

New Car Sales, VFACTS September: Nothing To See Here… Oh, Maybe EV And Hybrid Sales

I met Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the AFL Grand Final on Saturday. There was a crush near a door (I was in the ‘members’), and I pushed past without looking. I then realised I was pushing past the new Prime Minister of the land. Show More Summary

Volkswagen’s Nightmare: No ‘Fix’, A Legal Apocalypse And A Busted Future

While Volkswagen has said that it will recall “and repair” the 11 million cars fitted with the fraudulent ‘defeat device’, it is highly likely that there is no possible repair. What is it proposing to do? Re-engineer all 11 million cars...Show More Summary

Opel GT Coupe Could Lead To A Holden Attack On The Audi TT

With a five-door hatch and wagon already shown, there’s still more to come from the Opel Astra, which will wear Holden badges when it arrives in Australia next year. Rumours out of Europe indicate that a coupe model is under development, planned to rival the Audi TT and next-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class Coupe. Show More Summary

Range Rover Evoque Convertible Wireframes Hit London Streets

Londoners have been given their first impression of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible thanks to a series of wireframe sculptures in iconic addresses. While the production Evoque Convertible will officially launch in November, the wireframes give an early look at what to expect. Show More Summary

Ford GT Le Mans Racer Development Detailed - Video

In June 2016 Ford will return to the Le Mans 24-hour with its all-new GT supercar, aiming to recapture some of the glory it experienced in the late 1960s when the original GT40 notched up four consecutive Le Mans wins. And in a neat coincidence (or not), next year marks the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1966 victory at the famous French circuit. Show More Summary

The Week That Was - Toyota Hilux Tesla Model X Volkswagen Dieselgate

Following an initial announcement earlier this year, Toyota’s all-new HiLux is ready to roll out of Australian showrooms. Underpinned by an all-new, more rigid chassis, the eighth generation Hilux promises to build on the previous model’s rugged abilities, while delivering a more comfortable and quiet operating environment. Show More Summary

BMW 9 Series - Vision Future Luxury Concept Considered For Production

The rumours surrounding a future top-shelf coupe from BMW under the ‘9 Series’ banner refuse to die, and reports out of Europe suggest the new model is still on the carmaker’s radar. German magazine AutoZeitung has raised the issue again,...Show More Summary

Sydney CBD Transformed As George Street Closures Begin

Sydney’s CBD is about to undergo a generational change, as new plans for the city’s numerous bus routes come into effect from today. One of Australia’s busiest roads – the iconic George Street – will be progressively closed to traffic from this week. Show More Summary

2015 Skoda Fabia 81TSI DSG Review - Plenty Of Tech, Plenty Of Poise

The Skinny: Skoda’s light car offering is certainly not light on for technology. The new Fabia packs in everything from mobile phone mirroring to autonomous emergency braking. That makes it something special among non-premium light cars. Show More Summary

Honda’s Hybrid S2000 Successor Arriving 2018

The sports car renaissance continues at Honda, with a successor to the screaming S2000 scheduled to arrive in 2018. Like the compact S660, and the flagship NSX, the new sports car will feature a mid-engined architecture, boosted by performance hybrid technology similar to that of the NSX. Show More Summary

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