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Citroen C3-XR Crossover Unveiled, On Sale In China From December

Citroen’s C3-XR small SUV for the Chinese market has been officially unveiled, ahead of its sales-debut in December. It’s been a fast turnaround for Citroen with the C3-XR, which was originally previewed as the C-XR concept at April’s Beijing Auto Show. Show More Summary

Tesla Model S P85D To Be Unveiled Soon - And ‘Something Else’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk knows how to play the social media game, teasing his one-million-plus followers on Twitter this week with news of a ‘Model D’. Get ready to meet the Model S P85D, which is some variation on the current top-spec Model S P85. Show More Summary

2015 Suzuki Vitara Detailed At Paris Motor Show

Suzuki’s all-new Vitara has made its official public debut at the Paris Motor Show, with the Japanese carmaker also revealing the new model’s specifications for various markets. First previewed in the iv-4 SUV concept, the new Vitara is squarely aimed at the booming compact SUV segment with a wheelbase of 2500mm. Show More Summary

Falcon XR8 Goes Public, New Falcons Now On The Roads

“Passion” was the word of the night at the opening of Ford’s ‘Outside the Oval’ exhibition in Melbourne. The exhibition, featuring design pieces and artworks by Ford Australia designers and engineers, is a charitable event running this weekend only to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Show More Summary

Citroen's DS Range To Double By 2020, American Buyers Need Not Apply

Citroen’s luxury DS off-shoot will double the size of its global product portfolio before 2020, with the nascent brand keen to expand its range of style-driven vehicles. Speaking with TMR at the Paris Motor Show, DS Vice President of...Show More Summary

2015 Hyundai i20: Australian Timing For New Turbocharged Range Unclear

Hyundai's new i20 hatch debuted in Paris this week, but with the Australian dollar trending poorly against the Euro, it could be sometime before the Turkish-built range hits local showrooms. In its current form, Australian-delivered i20s are sourced from Hyundai’s Indian plant. Show More Summary

VFACTS September: Mazda3 On Top, Compact SUV Sales Soar

Mazda has fought back in the Australian new-car sales race, with its Mazda3 small car pipping the Toyota Corolla for the top spot in September. Not since February has the Mazda3 topped the sales charts in Australia, with the Corolla's monthly successes chipping away at the 3's lead. Show More Summary

2014 Toyota HiLux Black: New Special Hits Australia

The unholy trinity of darkness is complete: the special-edition Colorado Black and Amarok Dark Label are joined this week by Toyota’s HiLux Black Edition. As with its shadowy rivals, the SR5-based HiLux Black gets a blacked-out finish to the side steps and sports bar, along with new black-accented 17-inch alloys. Show More Summary

Lexus GSF Performer Spied Testing

The hotly anticipated Lexus GS F has been caught testing in Europe this week, ahead of an assault on established heroes like BMW’s M5 and the Mercedes E 63 AMG. The big performance sedan is expected to draw power from the same 5.0 litre V8 found in the new Lexus RC F. Show More Summary

SsangYong XIV Concepts Preview X100 SUV In Paris

SsangYong has unveiled two small SUV concepts at the Paris Motor Show, expected to preview a new model called the X100. As the names suggest, the XIV Air and XIV Adventure concepts are extensions of the original XIV concept from the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Show More Summary

Local Motors Reveals Crowd-Sourced Sports Car Ahead Of Production

American outfit Local Motors - known at TMR for its specially-designed pizza delivery rig - has been crowd-sourcing the development of a lightweight sports car. Now, the project’s contributors have voted on a winning design and production is expected to begin in the coming months. Show More Summary

2015 Suzuki Grand Vitara: More Value, Drive-Away Deal On Urban Navigator

Suzuki has simplified its Australian Grand Vitara line-up for 2015, adding value to the lower-spec variants while culling the Urban and top-shelf Prestige models. The Grand Vitara will continue in both three- and five-door modes, but the five-door has been given the most attention for the 2015 model year. Show More Summary

Paris Motor Show 2014: The Podium Winners (And Podium Of Shame)

It’s a Paris Motor Show that encourages visitors to plug in, tune out the internal-combustion engine noise and drop out of the polluting society that’s bringing hellfire and damnation to our climate. Which is to say that plug-in hybrids seemed to be the order of the day, for companies big and small. Show More Summary

2015 Volvo XC90: Price And Features For Australia

Volvo’s all-new XC90 SUV will hit Australia in the second quarter of next year, but the Swedish carmaker is wasting no time in detailing local specifications. The company has made no secret of its intention to take on Australia’s premium marques, and this latest announcement confirms the extent of Volvo’s plans. Show More Summary

2015 Fiat 500X Revealed, Australian Debut Under Consideration

Fiat’s new 500X compact SUV has gone official at last, following months of spy photos, teasers and, back in 2012, a first on-stage glimpse. The newest member of the growing ‘500 family’ made its debut at the Paris Motor Show today, ahead of a 2015 market debut. Show More Summary

Nismo Pulsar Euro Hot-Hatch Revealed At Paris Motor Show

Nissan tuning arm Nismo has pulled the covers from yet another performance concept at this week’s Paris Motor Show: the Pulsar Nismo. This isn’t Nismo’s first hotted-up Pulsar - the last was based on the sedan model offered in Australia - but it is the tuner’s first go at the new European hatch. Show More Summary

2015 Mazda MX-5: 1.5 Petrol Confirmed, 2.0 Petrol Bound For US

Mazda has confirmed that its all-new MX-5 roadster, unveiled early last month, will be offered in most markets with a 1.5 litre petrol engine. Details for that mill have not been revealed (the drip feed continues), but it is expected to be the naturally-aspirated SkyActiv-G unit that produces 81kW in the new Mazda2 hatch. Show More Summary

Holden: More Opel Models Coming To Australian Range

Holden has confirmed that a significant portion of its future Australian line-up will be drawn from its European counterpart, Opel. Addressing press at this week’s Paris Motor Show, Holden and Opel together confirmed the in-bound Insignia, Astra and Cascada models would be just the start of a new Euro-sourced range. Show More Summary

2015 Ford Falcon XR8: Price And Features

The Ford Falcon XR8 is back, and now the headliner for the ‘regular’ 2015 Falcon range has a price-tag. It was no accident that the XR8 was the first variant officially revealed by Ford for its new FG X model, joining the XR6 to herald the arrival of its next - and last - Falcon sedan and ute range. Show More Summary

2015 Corvette Z06 Performance Detailed: Here's A Hint, It’s Fast

Chevrolet has finally revealed just how fast the 466kW/861Nm 6.2 litre supercharged V8-powered 2015 Corvette Stingray Z06 really is. With figures the US carmaker knew but refused to reveal, you could be forgiven for thinking that the new Corvette was something of a disappointment. Show More Summary

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