Against the backdrop of continued record sales in Australia, Renault’s ambitious local arm has conducted a wide-ranging focus group study into what local buyers know and think about its brand — and the results have come as something of a surprise. It turns out that any perceived negatives about being French, and the stereotypes that [...]
The recently updated 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe is now slightly dearer in top-spec Highlander guise, but it now gets even more equipment than the already generously specified model it replaces. The $53,240 Highlander is $1250 more than the 2014 version, and adds new items such as an automated reverse parallel parking system and front [...]
The new Mini 5 Door will end a decade-long sales plateau and take the brand to record heights in Australia, the company’s local boss says. The new 5 Door body style adds rear doors, a fifth seat and more rear legroom and boot space over the regular three-door hatch for an $1100 premium, giving it [...]
In a shake-up of the status quo, Maserati posted a higher operating profit in the third quarter of 2014 than Ferrari, thanks in part to the Maranello-based brand’s golden handshake with now-former chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo. Fuelled by strong growth of its Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans, Maserati made 90 million euros ($128m) between July [...]
Mini will seek to bring more young families to the brand by introducing the entry-level Mini 5 Door Cooper One to Australia early next year. Mini Australia national manager Kai Bruesewitz confirmed plans for the addition of the base variant at the launch of the new 5 Door hatch range in Adelaide this week. “We [...]
The Volkswagen Group posted an operating profit of 3.2 billion euros ($A4.6b) in Q3, up 16 per cent on 2013, and remains on track for record full-year sales in excess of 10 million vehicles — a figure it previously told shareholders it would likely not reach until 2018. The German company delivered just under 7.1 [...]
The Citroen C3 Aircross Lunar concept car will be on display at the Citroen stand at this year’s Sao Paulo auto show. The Aircross is an off-road-style derivative of the C3 Picasso MPV. Manufactured by Citroen’s Brazilian arm, it’s sold in select South American markets. Compared with regular C3 Picassos, the Aircross features jacked up suspension, [...]
Since October 2007, Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute have been tracking the month-to-month progress of the fuel economy for new vehicles sold in the U.S. In that time, this overall "window sticker"...
The Toyota FCV hydrogen fuel cell hybrid will act as the zero car at the final race in this year’s Japanese Rally Championship. As a zero car, the Toyota FCV will race out on the course of the 285km Shinshiro Rally, held at the beginning of November, prior to other competitors, warning bystanders about the [...]
A targa top Toyota 86, dubbed the Scion FR-S T1, will be one of the Japanese brand’s main attractions at this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas. Will Toyota bring an open-top 86 to the market? Jeremy Lookofsky from Cartel Customs isn’t hanging around to find out. He and his team have come up with [...]
Fiat Chrysler has appointed Pat Dougherty (pictured) as the new boss of its Australian division, completing a busy week of executive movements after the resignations of the local operation’s CEO and public relations chief. Dougherty is currently the vice president of FCA’s parts and service division, Mopar, following a dual role of head of Fiat sales, [...]
Though one can already purchase a hybrid from Hyundai — the Sonata Hybrid, to be exact — the South Korean automaker is now planning to follow in the footsteps of Toyota and Honda by building a hybrid that always was from the get-go.Show More Summary
There’s a new Fast and the Furious moving coming out in 2015, Furious 7, and it’s set to feature many of the original crew from the first movie, including the late Paul Walker. It will also feature one other important aspect borrowed from the first movie, the underground racing scene of Los Angeles known as Race Wars. This is where...
Just a week after starting production of its Range Rover Evoque in China, the first time a Jaguar Land Rover vehicle has ever been built outside of the U.K., the British automaker confirmed that its Discovery Sport SUV will be built in Brazil. The announcement was made at this week’s Sao Paulo Auto Show where the all-new SUV was presented...
General Motors is gearing up to spend $63 million on expanding its Lansing Delta Township plant — home of the GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse — as part of an overall $300 million improvement plan involving the automaker’s Michigan properties. Show More Summary
The yet-unnamed SUV will look considerably more aerodynamic than the boxy Range Rover.
A week ago we told you about a LaFerrari up for sale in Germany, and just a few weeks before that we saw another one up for sale in Dubai. Now we have details of yet two more examples of the Ferrari flagship up for sale, one in Dubai and the other in Luxembourg. Both are red and come with, you guessed it, virtually zero miles on the clock. The car...
Mercedes-Benz is working on an extra, extra-long version of its S-Class sedan that’s expected to revive the Pullman name and have a price tag that’s more than double that of the Rolls-Royce Phantom in some guises. A prototype version has now been spotted, revealing many of the car’s details ahead of its expected launch late next...