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Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Revealed

Mercedes-Benz has today revealed its long-expected C 450 AMG 4Matic, a new hero model in the ‘regular’ C-Class line-up that will slot in below the Mercedes-AMG C 63 champion. First reported early last year, the AMG-tweaked C 450 enters the international range as a long-overdue rival to the Audi S4 and BMW’s 335i M Sport. Show More Summary

2015 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 Coupe Revealed

Mercedes-AMG has officially unveiled its new GLE 63 Coupe performer, ahead of its appearance at the Detroit Auto Show. Its full name is the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe 4Matic, and its targets in the sales race include BMW’s X6 M SUV and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. Show More Summary

Buick Avenir Revealed: Holden-Designed Concept A New Local Flagship?

GM has revealed its big new Avenir sedan concept in Detroit this week, opening the door to an obvious question: will it come to Australia? Designed as a collaborative effort between GM North America and the local Holden arm, the Avenir was built at the company's Port Melbourne studios. Show More Summary

Infiniti Q60 Makes Detroit Debut

Infiniti has officially debuted its Q60 Concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit today, showcasing the brand's latest design direction and previewing the replacement for the aging Q60/G37 sports coupe. The company...Show More Summary

Chevrolet Bolt Concept To Preview New Tesla Model 3 Rival: Report

Chevrolet will reportedly unveil a new concept at this week’s Detroit Auto Show, previewing a future Tesla Model 3 rival. Both The Detroit News and The Wall Street Journal have quoted anonymous sources, reporting that the new concept will join its larger sibling in the all-new Volt at the motor show wearing an appropriate name: Bolt. Show More Summary

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Teases New SUV Styling

Volkswagen has rolled out a new SUV concept, its fifth in four years, at this week’s Detroit Auto Show. This new concept, dubbed Cross Coupe GTE, builds on the styling language established with the earlier Cross Coupe, CrossBlue, T-Roc and Taigun concepts. Show More Summary

Australian Car Manufacturing - High Achievers, Orphans And Lost Souls. Part 3: 1960 - 1972

There was a time in the '60s and early '70s when Australia’s car manufacturing industry had an unshakeable self-belief. This was the time when Holden, without permission from GM Detroit, went ahead and produced the Monaro. It also, at...Show More Summary

F-Pace: Jaguar’s SUV Puts A Name To The Face

Forget XQ, forget Q-Type. Yes, Jaguar has registered both trademarks, but you won’t see either badge on the rump of its coming new SUV. Instead, the British carmaker’s first high-riding family car will trade on the warm welcome to its F-Type sports cars with a new take on the theme: F-Pace. Show More Summary

The Week That Was: Toyota’s Top-Seller, Detroit Lead-Up, CES

Toyota’s Corolla was in front for most of the year, but this week the results were finalised - the Corolla was Australia’s favourite car in 2014. After a year-long battle with the Mazda3 for sales supremacy, the Corolla was declared the nation’s top-selling car by 422 units. Show More Summary

2016 Lincoln MKX Leaked Ahead Of Detroit Auto Show

Lincoln’s 2016 MKX crossover has appeared online through what’s believed to be an accidental leak, just days ahead of its likely appearance at the Detroit Auto Show. The leak contains a smorgasbord of photos and information about the new MKX, which was previewed in concept form at last year’s Beijing Auto Show. Show More Summary

Subaru Liberty B4 Blitzen Concept On Show At Tokyo Auto Salon

Subaru has stirred the emotion of its fans by reviving the Blitzen theme for its latest concept, on display at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Under the skin is a sixth (current) generation Subaru Legacy (Liberty) B4, powered by the regular model’s 2.5 litre boxer four-cylinder engine. Show More Summary

Nissan And NASA To Team Up On Autonomous Vehicles

Nissan’s US arm and NASA have announced a five-year partnership, aimed at developing technology for autonomous vehicles. NASA believes self-driven cars for everyday consumers that will eventually be used on the world’s roads aren’t too far removed from projects they’ve already completed. Show More Summary

2015 Mercedes-Benz C250 Diesel Review

Vehicle Style:Premium mid-size sedan Price: $70,400 (plus on-roads) Engine/trans: 150kW/500Nm 4cylturbo-diesel | 7spd auto Fuel Economy claimed: 4.5 l/100km | tested: 6.7 l/100km OVERVIEW Confession time: The previous Mercedes C-Class never appealed to this writer. Show More Summary

California To Halve Petrol Dependency By 2030, Obama Urges Green Buying

California will aim to cut its use of petroleum by 50 percent over the next 15 years, if re-elected Governor Jerry Brown has his way. The returning governor announced the ambitious goal as he was sworn in for a fourth term this week, adding that California will look to increase its ‘green’ energy production to 33 percent of total output by 2030. Show More Summary

BMW To Apply Electric Propulsion To All Future Models: Report

BMW may be about to embrace electrification in a very big way, if the latest reports are to be believed. According to British magazine Autocar, BMW may equip the majority of its road cars with petrol/electric and diesel-electric powertrains, with the hybrid powerplants designed to run primarily on electric power under most conditions. Show More Summary

Queensland: Lane Filtering For Motorcycles Legal From February

The Queensland Government has raised some eyebrows in the motorcycling community by announcing lane filtering will become legal from next month. Starting February 1, riders holding a full licence will be permitted to ride between stationary or slow-moving vehicles at speed of up to 30km/h. Show More Summary

2015 Mazda2 Maxx Automatic Review: Premium For A Low Price

Vehicle Style: 5-door light hatchback Price: $18,990 (plus on-roads) Engine/trans: 81kW/141Nm 1.5 litre petrol 4cyl | 6sp automatic Fuel Economy claimed: 4.9 l/100km | tested: 5.9 l/100km OVERVIEW Since launching in October last year, the new 2015 Mazda2 has been selling up a storm. Show More Summary

Volvo V60 Cross Country Coming To Australia In Late 2015

Volvo has confirmed that its new V60 Cross Country, a high-riding companion to the V60 wagon, is on its way to Australia. Revealed in November, the new midsized SUV-like offering had first been marked as an 'under consideration' prospect for our market, with an official allocation still to be locked in. Show More Summary

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe Teased: Video

Mercedes-Benz has already revealed its new GLE Coupe SUV and the sports-focused GLE 450 AMG 4Matic Coupe, but it’s not stopping there. At next week’s Detroit Auto Show, tuning arm Mercedes-AMG will take the wraps off the inevitable GLE 63 Coupe, the range’s new performance hero. Show More Summary

2015 Seat Leon ST Cupra Revealed

Performance wagons appear to be making a comeback. Volkswagen has already announced the impending arrival of the Golf R Wagon and corporate cousin Skoda is rumoured to be prepping a 206kW version of its own Octavia RS - which may also be available in Labrador-friendly wagon flavour. Show More Summary

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