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New Volkswagen CC Rendered

Volkswagen may have given the world its first look at a new-generation CC earlier this month, when it unveiled the big Sport Coupe GTE concept in Geneva. Promising a “new era” in the brand’s styling language, the four-door coupe revealed an evolved take Volkswagen’s familiar angular themes. Show More Summary

New Hyundai Elantra Revealed In Leaked Marketing Shot

Hyundai’s new-generation Elantra, expected to make its global debut in Korea next month, has surfaced online today in a new leaked photo. The small new sedan was last seen testing in January, wrapped in heavy camouflage and battling snow-covered roads during cold-weather testing. Show More Summary

Renault-Nissan Aiming To Pass GM’s Sales By 2018, Enter Top Three

The global automotive sales charts of 2018 will see the top three dominated by European and Asian carmakers, if Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn has his way. For now, Japanese giant Toyota remains the world’s best-selling auto manufacturer, followed by the Volkswagen and GM groups. Show More Summary

Tesla Australia Announces Guaranteed Buyback Program

Tesla Australia has announced a new financing program for its local customers, promising a guaranteed buyback value at the end of the ownership experience. Called 'Tesla Resale Value Guarantee', the carmaker says the program will “assure...Show More Summary

New BMW X1 To Bring Sportier Styling, Proper ‘X-Car’ Proportions

BMW’s new second-generation X1 will boast sportier looks and proper SUV proportions, design boss Karim Habib told press this week. The smallest of BMW’s X cars has been spied testing over the past year and, while camouflage continues to obscure the finer details, its shape is clear for all to see. Show More Summary

New Mercedes C-Class Coupe Confirmed For Frankfurt

The all-new C-Class Coupe will make its world debut at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed. The new two-door will join the sedan and Estate wagon bodies that have launched over the past year, most recently with the new C 63 hero models. Show More Summary

Formula 1: 2015 Season Preview

The 2015 Formual 1 Season is about to kick off, with the opening round of the series to be contested in Melbourne this weekend. After last year's complicated rule change extravaganza, this year's F1 is relatively stable, with just a few detail changes to the sporting regulations. Show More Summary

Top Gear Dropped For A Week, Clarkson Cops Suspension Over 'Fracas'

“Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation. No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday.” That, from UK public-service broadcaster the BBC earlier...Show More Summary

Nissan Juke: 2015 Price And Features For Australia

Nissan’s updated Juke, unveiled around this time last year, will make its Australian debut in late March. The refreshed 2015 Juke range picks up a handful of subtle styling tweaks, new features and a small new turbo engine. Nissan has also dropped the mid-spec ST-S models from the line-up for 2015. Show More Summary

Minimum Safety Standards Must Be Adopted Worldwide: Global NCAP

The Global New Car Assessment Programme, made up of member bodies like the local ANCAP, has called for agreement on minimum safety standards in all new vehicles sold worldwide. Carmakers in emerging markets such as India, China and Russia...Show More Summary

New Renault Laguna Rendered, July Debut Expected

Renault’s next-generation Laguna sedan, spied testing in recent weeks, is expected to make its global debut in the coming months. Long overdue, the new Laguna will debut as a replacement for the third-generation model that has been on sale in various markets since 2007. Show More Summary

Volkswagen Polo 3-Door, Beetle On The Chopping Block: Report

Volkswagen’s compact Polo range could soon be scaled back and the new Beetle might be on the road to early retirement as the company works to find savings across a bloated global line-up. According to German paper Der Spiegel, the hunt...Show More Summary

SsangYong Tivoli Range-Extended Hybrid Revealed In Geneva

SsangYong has given its all-new Tivoli compact SUV the electric vehicle treatment in a concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. Called the Tivoli EVR, the concept is a range-extended hybrid powered by a 95kW electric motor matched with a single-cylinder petrol engine used only for recharging the battery. Show More Summary

Bentley Bentayga SUV Spied On The Road

Bentley’s coming new Bentayga SUV has been spied testing again this week, revealed in a new state of undress. Caught this time in the middle of cold-weather testing, Bentley’s first-ever SUV is shown lugging a load through a snow-covered mountain pass. Show More Summary

Audi Q1 Due In 2016, New Audi A4 To Debut In September

Audi’s annual press conference, held today, has brought confirmation of a number of new models for the German luxury marque. Along with the all-new electric SUV confirmed this morning, Audi has also confirmed that its anticipated Q1 compact SUV will enter production early next year. Show More Summary

Audi Confirms Electric Rival To Tesla’s Model X SUV

Tesla’s upcoming Model X electric SUV won’t have the spotlight to itself for long, with news today that Audi will soon launch its own electrified crossover. Announced by Audi’s engineering chief Dr Ulrich Hackenberg during the carmaker’s annual press conference this week, the as-yet unnamed model will enter production in early 2018. Show More Summary

New Volkswagen Tiguan: Seven-seat Option Confirmed For Mexico Plant

Volkswagen has revealed that it will produce a seven-seat variant of the next-generation Tiguan SUV at its Mexican plant in a bid to boost ailing sales in North America. But, while the regular five-seat version of the new midsized Tiguan...Show More Summary

Federal Government Abandons $500 Million Cut To Australian Car Industry

The Federal Government has today confirmed it will back down on plans to significantly cut the Automotive Transformation Scheme. Plans to cut the fund were announced around last year’s federal budget but have now fallen by the wayside, the victim of yet another political roadblock from the hostile Federal Senate. Show More Summary

New Malibu, Cruze, Camaro Teased In Leaked Promo Image

A freshly leaked image has offered a second look at the coming new Malibu, just days after the first official teaser hit the net. The new image delivers a more revealing look at the new midsized Malibu, with a first glimpse of the new face and its familiar dual-port Chevrolet grille. Show More Summary

New MINI Cooper JCW: $47,400 Price And Features For Australia

MINI’s new 170kW/320Nm John Cooper Works hot hatch will hit Australia in the third quarter with a $47,400 starting price, the carmaker has confirmed. The 2015 JCW’s pricing, which marks a $3000 saving over its predecessor, sees the hot hatch join a new Cooper range positioned as an overall more affordable line-up than the previous generation. Show More Summary

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