Sep 17, 2013

TM Holden Barina RS: handling tweaks, body kit, 17-inch alloys; more power?

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TM Holden Barina RS: handling tweaks, body kit, 17-inch alloys; more power?

A sportier Barina RS is due by the end for 2013, but Holden has yet to say whether it will feature the more powerful 1.4-litre turbo engine seen in the US.

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Sep 17, 2013

Is the Nissan Altima front- or rear-wheel drive?

Is the Nissan Altima front- or rear-wheel drive?

The short answer is it’s a Camry-class front-wheel drive sedan. Long answer: it’s also a rear-wheel drive sedan that races against Falcons and Commodores.

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Sep 13, 2013

2015 Chevrolet Suburban/Tahoe, GMC Yukon: squarer, larger, 6 USB ports

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2015 Chevrolet Suburban/Tahoe, GMC Yukon: squarer, larger, 6 USB ports

GM’s full-size Chevrolet Suburban/Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs have grown up, squared up and can house up to 6 USB and power sockets, including one mains outlet.

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Sep 12, 2013

Porsche 918 Spyder laps Nurburgring in 6 minutes, 57 seconds

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Porsche 918 Spyder laps Nurburgring in 6 minutes, 57 seconds

Porsche’s 918 plug-in hybrid supercar has lapped Nurburgring’s famous northern track in a record shattering 6 minutes, 57 seconds.

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Sep 12, 2013

Renault Initiale Paris has Paris map in roof, 32-speaker sound system

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Renault Initiale Paris has Paris map in roof, 32-speaker sound system

Resplendent in Ribenaberry purple, the Renault Initiale Paris hints at the next-gen Espace. But forget that, it has a map of Paris milled into the roof!

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Sep 11, 2013

Suzuki iV-4 concept car points to next generation Jimny

Suzuki iV-4 concept car points to next generation Jimny

We don’t know much about the iV-4 except that it’s tiny, will eventually translate into a production model in 2015, and has four-wheel drive.

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Sep 11, 2013

BMW i8 hybrid supercar has Gorilla Glass windows, laser headlights

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BMW i8 hybrid supercar has Gorilla Glass windows, laser headlights

BMW has revealed specifics about its i8 plug-in hybrid supercar, including power, performance and economy, as well the first use of Gorilla Glass in a car.

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Sep 11, 2013

2014 Nissan X-Trail goes Rogue, loses boxy style, has 7 seats

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2014 Nissan X-Trail goes Rogue, loses boxy style, has 7 seats

For the 3rd gen X-Trail Nissan has ditched the “I’m a real four-wheel drive, just look at how boxy I am” style for something smoother.

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Sep 11, 2013

Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupe: beautiful next-gen CL changes name

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Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupe: beautiful next-gen CL changes name

Hopefully the production S-Class coupe just has a set of door handles and wing mirrors slapped on before the team calls its a day.

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Sep 10, 2013

Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar can hit 340km/h, 100km/h in 2.8s

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Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar can hit 340km/h, 100km/h in 2.8s

Forget the Cayenne and Macan, the Porsche 918 Spyder is doing what Porsche does best: mind-bending supercars with up-to-the-minute technology.

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Sep 10, 2013

Audi Nanuk concept mixes V10 diesel supercar with off-road ability

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Audi Nanuk concept mixes V10 diesel supercar with off-road ability

In a bid to prove that it can still do something different, Audi has unveiled the Nanuk concept, which mixes supercar performance with off-road capability.

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Sep 9, 2013

Half-size Lamborghini Aventador created entirely from cardboard, paper

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Half-size Lamborghini Aventador created entirely from cardboard, paper

Taras Lesko has produced a half-size Lamborghini Aventador police interceptor from paper printouts stuck onto a cardboard body.

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Sep 9, 2013

8V Audi A3/S3 cabriolet surfaces; looks cute, exactly as expected

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8V Audi A3/S3 cabriolet surfaces; looks cute, exactly as expected

The new MQB-based A3 cabrio holds little surprises, but it should please Audi’s core target demographic just fine, and the new S3 packs 221kW/380Nm

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Sep 9, 2013

Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan replaces tall boy Golf Plus hatch

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Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan replaces tall boy Golf Plus hatch

The Sportsvan is the Mark VII generation Golf’s tall body hatch, but given Australia’s apathy towards non-SUV-shaped people movers, it’s unlikely for Oz.

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Sep 8, 2013

Dacia Duster given facelift, still not coming to Australia

Dacia Duster given facelift, still not coming to Australia

The Dacia Duster’s facelift makes it look a little more butch and a little bit more bling, which is odd for the cheap-as-chips entry-level brand.

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Sep 7, 2013

Man laps Manhattan in 24 minutes, uploads it to YouTube, is arrested

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Man laps Manhattan in 24 minutes, uploads it to YouTube, is arrested

Christopher Tang lapped Manhattan in a record 24 minutes. On his dash cam YouTube video he gave away few too many details, allowing the NYPD to arrest him.

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Sep 7, 2013

Jaguar C-X17 SUV concept: would Austin Powers approve?

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Jaguar C-X17 SUV concept: would Austin Powers approve?

First Jaguar teased us with the silhouette of the first ever Jaguar SUV. Now someone posted an image purporting to be the front of the C-X17 SUV concept.

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Sep 6, 2013

Citroen Cactus hybrid concept stores energy in compressed air tank

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Citroen Cactus hybrid concept stores energy in compressed air tank

Citroen’s Cactus concept previews an upcoming C4-based SUV, but features some concept car touches, such as the HybridAir drivetrain and “air bump” cladding.

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Sep 6, 2013

Smart FourJoy concept: an electric Mini Moke clad in polished aluminium

Smart FourJoy concept: an electric Mini Moke clad in polished aluminium

Clad in polished aluminium and lacking any doors, the four-seat Smart FourJoy is said to preview an upcoming four-seat model, not a modern day Mini Moke.

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Sep 5, 2013

Lexus LF-NX concept previews X1/Q3-fighting SUV; probably RAV4-based

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Lexus LF-NX concept previews X1/Q3-fighting SUV; probably RAV4-based

Take away the worst elements of overstyling, add in door handles and wing mirrors, and the LF-NX should look similar to the Lexus’ upcoming small SUV.

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Sep 5, 2013

Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R mixes 1.6L turbo with electric motors, supercapacitor

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R mixes 1.6L turbo with electric motors, supercapacitor

To up the fun factor of the Yaris, the new Hybrid-R concept has a 1.6-litre turbo engine, all-wheel drive, two 45kW electric motors and a supercapacitor.

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Sep 4, 2013

Audi Sport Quattro concept: a hybrid 515kW 30th birthday cake

Audi Sport Quattro concept: a hybrid 515kW 30th birthday cake

The hybrid Sport Quattro concept car celebrates the original Audi Quattro’s 30th birthday and, once again, ignites a whole bunch of Quattro revival rumours.

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