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National Asthma Council Australia Calls For Car Makers To Improve Cabin Air Quality

A review of seven of Australia’s best selling cars has led the National Asthma Council Australia to call for improved air quality inside vehicles, to reduce the risk of in-car asthma attacks. More than just a health and wellbeing issue,...Show More Summary

Tesla Losing $5400 On Every Vehicle Sold: Official Figures

The latest financial statements from Californian automaker Tesla reveal that the company is losing AU$5400 for every vehicle sold. Tesla’s operating loss at the end of the second-quarter reporting period was AU$484.7 million. Tesla’s...Show More Summary

Hyundai Lukewarm On Standalone Sports Coupe, But Bullish On N Products

While Kia is forging ahead with plans to bring a RWD sports coupe to market, its corporate cousin Hyundai isn't so keen to stay in the sports car segment once the current-generation Genesis Coupe bows out. Speaking to UK mag Autocar, Hyundai UK boss Tony Whitehorn says there is presently no business case for a future Hyundai sports car. Show More Summary

Honda S660 Sold Out, But Young Buyers Steering Clear

The first production run for Honda’s S660 sports car has sold out, with all 8600 units spoken for and the order book full until June next year. All of the S660s have been sold within Honda’s home market of Japan, but the carmaker may have been surprised by the average age of the new model’s primary customer. Show More Summary

The Week That Was: Mazda MX-5, Volvo XC90, Audi Q7

The long wait for Mazda enthusiasts ended this week when the carmaker’s all-new MX-5 finally arrived in Australia. Local customers will have a choice of both Roadster and Roadster GT specifications, with either a 1.5 litre or, available soon, a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine. Show More Summary

Kia To Launch RWD Sports Car Based On GT Concept In 2017

Reports from the UK motoring media this week suggest that Kia is gearing up to launch its first-ever RWD performance car in 2017, with the flagship model expected to draw heavily from the four-door GT Concept of 2011. According to Auto...Show More Summary

Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Sets New 24-Hour Hydrogen Record

A Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell has set a new record for hydrogen-powered vehicles, with the SUV driving for 24 continuous hours while boasting zero emissions. In the hands of Norwegians Arnt-Gøran Hartvig (a sports scientist) and Marius Bornstein...Show More Summary

Lexus Luxury Coupe To Accompany LS As New Flagship Model?

Lexus may be one step closer to confirming a new flagship coupe model, if we are to correctly read infer from comments made by Lexus US boss Jeff Bracken. Speaking with Reuters, Bracken offered a strong hint that a new model was in the works. Show More Summary

2015 Toyota Camry Altise Hybrid Review: A Smart Alternative To Diesel Mid-Sizers

The skinny: Toyota’s Camry is about as well known as parenthood and sausage-sizzles, but the hidden jewels in the range may just be the fuel-sipping hybrid models. Offering big car space with light car fuel bills, Toyota's family of hybrids have none of the DPF replacement fears of similar diesel models. Show More Summary

Mazda Koeru Concept SUV To Debut At Frankfurt

Mazda will whip the covers off its low-slung, sporty Koeru Concept at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show, with a single teaser sketch released today showing a sleek looking crossover with a five-door hatch bodystyle. And according toShow More Summary

Ford Australia Taking Premium Approach To Profitability

Ford Australia won't engage in price wars with other manufacturers in a "race to the bottom", with the company instead aiming to capture buyers at the higher end of the non-premium market in an effort to maximise profitability for its model ranges. Show More Summary

BMW i Range: 'Room For More', Says CEO - Report

A new model to flesh out BMW’s green ‘i’ range has long been rumoured, and company CEO Harald Krueger has reportedly fanned those flames this week. Speaking with German press, Mr Krueger said that the ‘numbers’ add up for a third i variant to sit between the current i3 and i8 models. Show More Summary

Next Generation Golf GTI Bringing Big Power Boost

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is often described as the original hot hatch, having helped launch the segment with the original Mk1 back in 1975 and offering more hits than misses throughout the generations since. Next year Volkswagen is expected to update the current Mk7 Golf range and the GTI along with it. Show More Summary

2016 Mazda MX-5 Designed For Removable Hard Top, But No MX-5 Coupe In The Pipeline

Nobuhiro Yamamoto, programme manager for the new Mazda MX-5, says the ND-generation MX-5 is capable of being fitted with a removable hard top - just like the first and second-generation models before it. Speaking with TMR at the launch...Show More Summary

2016 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Review: A Lighter, Faster, Premium Family Express

The skinny: Audi Australia, sitting on 17.0 percent growth for 2015, is in a happy place at the moment. And its new seven-seat Q7 will do the cause here for Europe's "number one" premium brand, no harm. This, the Q7, is superior family transport. Show More Summary

2016 Mazda MX-5 Review: This Gorgeous Toy, A Classic Reborn…

The skinny: To drive the new Mazda MX-5 is to love it. It is as simple as that. And if you can get any time at the wheel – five minutes or five hours – you will find every second of it just sheer unadulterated joy. Wide, flat, light and toy-like externally, the new MX-5 is the epitome of on-road balance and involved motoring. Show More Summary

2016 Mazda MX-5: Price And Features For Australia

This week Mazda launches the car that Australian motoring enthusiasts have long been waiting for: the fourth-generation MX-5. Australian customers will have a choice of both Roadster and Roadster GT specifications, with either a 1.5 litre or 2.0 litre naturally aspirated four cylinder engine. Show More Summary

Audi Q7: 2016 Price And Features For Australia

Audi's all-new Q7 large SUV has rumbled onto Australian roads this week, launching as a single-engine, single-spec offering priced from $103,900. It's a significant price jump over the most affordable variant of the previous-generation...Show More Summary

Three-Cylinder Large Cars Off The Agenda At Volvo

Despite an engine downsizing push at Volvo that has seen the company's previous in-line five and six cylinder engines nixed, the company has no plans to downsize any further with its large cars. Speaking to TMR at the local launch of...Show More Summary

Audi Launches New Entry-Level Q7 Fuel Miser SUV For Europe

Audi has added a new entry-level model to its Q7 luxury SUV range in Europe, the Q7 'ultra', which trims fuel usage to just 5.5 l/100km and lowers the price of entry for the big wagon. Customers in Europe can now snap up the new variant for €58,000 (AU$86,300) plus on-roads. Show More Summary

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