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Lighter, More Capable New Bentley Continental GT Due In 2017

Bentley’s swooping Continental GT coupe will enter its third generation in 2017, according to a new report out of the UK. The new coupe is expected to represent a more significant step forward than the current model, which first appeared in 2010 with a sleeker version of the look introduced by the first Continental GT in 2003. Show More Summary

2016 BMW 7 Series Revealed In New Leaked Photo

BMW’s new 7 Series has surfaced once again without disguise, this time in a dark copper finish and no small amount of bling. This latest shot, which shows off the big new sedan’s more sporting profile, follows a handful of revealing spy photos that highlighted its other key angles in January. Show More Summary

Volkswagen Unveils New 1.0 And 6.0 Litre Engines In Vienna

The Volkswagen Group has unveiled two new petrol engines at the annual Vienna Motor Symposium, effectively ‘book-ending’ its powerplant line-up in the process. At the Symposium, the carmaker declared that the future of the internal combustion...Show More Summary

Toyota Camry: 2015 Features And Pricing For Australia

Toyota has officially launched the updated 2015 Camry range in Australia, with significantly overhaled styling and dramatic price reductions across the board. The price of entry has plummeted to just $26,490, pushing the midsized Camry deep into small-car territory. Show More Summary

Subaru XV: 2015 ‘Sunshine Yellow’ Special On Sale In Australia

Subaru Australia has rounded out its recently updated 2015 XV range with a new special edition, adding features and a special one-off colour. Finished in ‘Sunshine Yellow’, the new special is based on the entry-level 2.0i model, matched with a CVT auto and a handful of extras at a $1750 premium over the regular model. Show More Summary

Fiat Ritmo Replacement Coming As Small Sedan And Hatch Range

Fiat will unveil a new version of its small ‘Linea’ sedan next week, destined once more to battle ‘budget’ models like the Peugeot 301 in Turkey and easter Europe. More importantly for buyers in the west, a new hatch version will follow next year, aimed directly at the likes of Volkswagen’s Golf range. Show More Summary

Australia's Child Seats: No 5-Star Scores In Latest Tests, RACV Calls For Action

Not one of the six units evaluated in the latest round of Australia's Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) testing achieved the maximum 5-star rating. All of the restraints achieved between 2- and 4-star ratings for safety, with one of the ‘transformable’ seats rising from 3- to 4-stars when switched from rear-facing to forward-facing. Show More Summary

Jaguar Preparing Hardcore XE R, XE SVR

New details of Jaguar’s M3-stalking midsizers have surfaced in the UK, following this week’s European launch of the new XE sedan. Talk of a hero R-badged model in the XE line has been doing the rounds since its September unveiling, but, for its part, the carmaker has yet to reveal exactly what buyers can expect from the new flagship model. Show More Summary

2015 Spanish F1 GP: Rosberg Strikes Back In Catalunya

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg finally struck back against his so-far dominant teammate, taking an easy Spanish Grand Prix win at the Circuit de Catalunya. The German was never under threat after he converted pole-position to a good lead in the opening laps. Show More Summary

Next Porsche 911 GT3 To Shed Pounds, Not Gain Power: Report

Porsche's engineers have reportedly decided that it's time to give up the chase for more power and instead focus on reducing weight. Speaking with UK magazine car, Porsche's GT division head Andreas Preuninger said that the next-generation 911 GT3 RS will be among the first models to adopt this new strategy of weight reduction. Show More Summary

Kia Carnival Review: 2015 Platinum Diesel - Behold, The King Of Family Buses

What’s Hot: Cavernous interior, generous storage options, quality interior. What’s Not: Narrow torque band, average infotainment system, roof-mounted centre seatbelts. X-FACTOR: When it comes to family buses, Kia's new Carnival rules the pack - but is also one for SUV buyers to consider. Show More Summary

The Week That Was: Audi A4 & A6 Allroad, Renault Trafic, Holden Insignia

Audi’s 2015 A4 Allroad arrived in Australia this week, on sale now as a stand-alone variant and priced from $70,500 plus on-roads. The A4’s larger sibling in the A6 Allroad also arrived in local showrooms, bringing a generous price cut, more equipment and sharpened styling. Show More Summary

Idris Elba Breaks Blue Bird’s Flying Mile Record At Pendine Sands

The record for the ‘flying mile’ at Pendine Sands in Wales is no more, after standing for more than 88 years. Sir Malcolm Campbell’s famous Blue Bird held the record at 174.8 MPH (281.3km/h), but the new mark has been set at 180.4 MPH (290.3km/h). Show More Summary

Tesla Model 3 Set To Be Unveiled In March 2016

Never one to rush things, Tesla is scheduled to finally unveil its first all-electric midsized sedan model in March 2016. Whether it will be called the ‘Model 3’ or the ‘Model III’ is unclear, but the preferred ‘Model E’ name has been all but ruled out following a threat from Ford to get the lawyers involved. Show More Summary

Porsche Developing Cruise Control With Cornering Function

Porsche is taking a significant step towards the autonomously-driven future, by developing a cruise control system with the ability to read corners. Active cruise control in some cars can already maintain a safe following distance to...Show More Summary

BMW M3 Gets Light Update For 2015

BMW has updated its M3 performer for 2015, bringing some minor changes to interior and exterior styling along with new paint options. Rear tail lights are now the full LED variety, while the BMW Individual program has added Smoked Topaz Metallic and Champagne Quartz Metallic to its list of available paint finishes. Show More Summary

Volvo Safety Survey Finds Mobile Phone Use Similar To Drink Driving

Volvo Australia has conducted its Safety Index survey for 2015, finding majority support for tougher penalties on mobile phone use while driving. The Swedish carmaker says 70 percent of respondents were in favour of the tougher penalties, while 87 percent said mobile phone use behind the wheel was comparable to drink driving. Show More Summary

Audi TT Twin Turbo Clubsport Concept Unveiled For Worthersee

As the 2015 Wörthersee Treffen tour approaches, another concept from the Volkswagen Group emerges and this one packs a 441kW punch. Audi has taken its TT sports car, added inspiration from the Audi 90 IMSA GTO of the late 1980s and an electric bi-turbo setup to create the TT Clubsport Turbo concept. Show More Summary

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Teased Ahead Of Woerthersee Debut

Volkswagen is preparing to unveil a new special-edition version of its Golf GTI hero, promising more power and a very limited production run. Set to debut at next week’s Wörthersee GTI-Treffen event in Austria, the new GTI Clubsport concept is described as a “near series” show car that will evolve into a special 40th anniversary model next year. Show More Summary

Mercedes-Maybach: 2015 S600 Price And Features For Australia

If the nearly $900,000 cost of entry into Daimler’s ultra-premium Maybach brand back in 2003 kept you from climbing aboard, have we got some news for you. Although that earlier experiment with relaunching the Maybach marque proved, ultimately,...Show More Summary

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