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Lincoln’s Continental Badge Returns With Premium New Concept

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Ford’s Lincoln luxury arm has battled along behind American rival Cadillac since falling behind the GM marque in 2000, but that may be about to change. Reports late last year revealed that Ford’s new boss, Mark Fields, had committedShow More Summary

Daimler SuperTruck Beats Efficiency Target By 115 percent, Looks Awesome

Daimler and its Freightliner truck division have smashed through efficiency targets set by the US Department of Energy with its SuperTruck technology demonstrator, which combines sleek aero and mechanical refinements to drop average fuel consumption to 19.28 l/100km. Show More Summary

Victoria: Holden Still The Favourite For Car Thieves In 2014

New data for 2014 shows that Holden remains the top pick for car thieves in Victoria, reflecting numbers drawn from across the nation in recent years. In 2014, the Holden brand accounted for 2791 of all reported automobile thefts, followed closely by Nissan on 2634 and 2337 for Toyota models. Show More Summary

Australia’s Worst Collision Hot Spots 2015: AAMI

Insurer AAMI has released its annual list of Australia’s worst collision hot-spots, showing improvement in some areas and several repeat offenders. Thousands of insurance claims were analysed across the country to compile the list, with the insurer finding the same old black spots continue to appear in the list for some states. Show More Summary

2015 Citroen DS3 Adds New Safety Tech For Australia

Citroen’s refreshed DS3 hatch will hit Australia next month, bringing lightly updated looks and a number of new safety extras. Revealed early last year, the updated hatch’s key styling tweaks include updated lighting at both ends, new wheels and new interior trim options. Show More Summary

Mazda2 Sedan Gets Rebadged As Scion iA In USA

No, this isn't the Mazda2-based next-gen Yaris that's been rumoured, however Toyota sub-brand Scion's iA light sedan is definitely a Toyota/Mazda mashup of sorts. Spied by industry paper Autonews and "rendered" by TopSpeed (above), the iA is essentially a rebadged Mazda2 sedan with a different front bumper and unique headlight jewellery. Show More Summary

2015 Malaysian F1 GP: Ferrari Hits Back As Vettel Takes Victory At Sepang

Sebastian Vettel silenced anyone who doubted the wisdom of his move to Ferrari as the German took his first win for the Scuderia at the Malaysian Grand Prix and the team's first since Spain in 2013. Ferrari out-paced, out-raced and out-foxed an oddly at-sea Mercedes team and even dragged Kimi Raikkonen home in fourth after a first lap incident. Show More Summary

The Week That Was: Ford Ranger, Skoda Octavia Scout, Isuzu D-Max

Ford’s updated Ranger pickup for 2016 was unveiled in Thailand this week, ahead of an expected third quarter arrival in Australia. As expected, the Ranger gets the new ‘face’ of the Ford Everest 4WD and a new ‘chiselled’ bonnet design, but rear styling remains largely unchanged from the current model. Show More Summary

Aston Martin Commences Legal Action Over Thunderbolt Prototype

Almost as soon as Henrik Fisker’s ‘comeback’ car was unveiled at the Concours d'Elegance in Florida, Aston Martin has filed a complaint with the Los Angeles federal court. Called the Thunderbolt, the prototype (pictured above) is unashamedly...Show More Summary

Mahindra In Talks To Buy Pininfarina

Pininfarina is reportedly in talks with India’s Mahindra, with the latter looking to buy out the Italian engineering and design group. Bloomberg quotes unnamed sources said to be close to the matter, who have confirmed negotiations have been underway for several weeks. Show More Summary

Ford Intelligent Speed Limiter Aims To End Speeding Fines: Video

Ford has devised a way to rid society of the dreaded speeding fine, through a new system now available in its S-Max people-mover. Called Intelligent Speed Limiter, the system will automatically slow the vehicle from its current speed as it approaches a lower speed zone, or ease back on the limiter once a higher zone has been entered. Show More Summary

Akrapovic To Offer Phone-Controlled Variable Exhaust System

Got a modified car? Sick of crawling past Johnny Law at part-throttle because of your... ahem... "non-standard" exhaust? Akrapovic might have the answer for you in the form of its remote-controlled variable exhaust system. Called the...Show More Summary

Mercedes-Benz Confirms One Tonne Pickup Plans

Mercedes-Benz will join fellow German carmaker Volkswagen in building a new one-tonne pickup truck for various markets. Already famous for its much larger trucks, Benz is now promising a midsized model to tackle the might of established players like Toyota’s HiLux and the Isuzu D-Max. Show More Summary

Ford Brings Mobility Challenge, And Prizes, To Australian Outback

Ford’s Innovative Mobility Challenge Series has come to Australia in the hunt for clever solutions to global motoring and transport needs. Announced in July last year, the series, which offers prize money to the winning creators, has so far launched in the Americas, Portugal, Africa, India, China and England. Show More Summary

TNGA: Toyota’s New Global Platform Revealed, New Engines Coming

TNGA: Toyota New Global Architecture Announced New Powertrains: Lighter, Lower, More Efficient New Tech Joined By Improved Production Competitiveness The next generation of Toyota models will offer “attractive, low-stance designs, responsive handling, [and] a high-quality drive feel”. Show More Summary

New Kia Optima Revealed As Korea's K5 In New Spy Photos

The Korean-market version of Kia’s all-new Optima has been revealed today, courtesy of some eagled-eyed fans on the brand’s home turf. Known in Korea as the K5, the Optima shown here wears a front bumper design that is more in-line with the teasers released last week, differing from the official photo released only hours ago. Show More Summary

New Mitsubishi Challenger Spied Testing

Mitsubishi's next-generation Challenger off-road SUV has been spotted in testing, revealing that it won't share its front-end styling with its mechanically-similar cousin the Triton ute. Instead, the Challenger's snout will more closely resemble the facelifted Outlander, which is due to go on sale locally in the middle of April. Show More Summary

Mercedes GLE500e, S500e, C350e Plug-in Hybrids Confirmed For Australia

Mercedes-Benz’s new GLE 500e plug-in hybrid EV will make its way to Australia over the coming year, the carmaker has confirmed. Revealed to the world yesterday ahead of a New York Auto Show debut, the GLE 500e is the German company’s first-ever plug-in hybrid SUV. Show More Summary

Lotus Exige: 2015 S Club Racer Revealed

Lotus has taken its Exige S track specialist and stripped it of 15kg, to bring you the new Exige S Club Racer. While 15kg might not sound like much, the Exige S only weighed 1176kg to begin with, and its new 1161kg starting weight is combined with 42kg of aerodynamic downforce at 160km/h. Show More Summary

Holden Sandman Returns: Special Ute, Wagon Models Debut For Surf Comp

Holden has revived an Australian legend this week, announcing availability of two new special-edition ‘Sandman’ models. Firstly, no; it’s not the panel-van that fans have dreamed of since Holden and Mambo teamed up on a VU-based Sandman concept back in 2000. Show More Summary

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