Jul 8, 2013

Toyota Prius: a short history in honour of 3 million cars sold

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Toyota Prius: a short history in honour of 3 million cars sold

We chart the Toyota Prius’ history from a dowdy sedan to an icon of eco-friendly motoring spanning three different body styles.

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Jul 6, 2013

Facelifted Mercedes-Benz C207/A207 E-Class coupe/cabrio arrive sans V8

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Facelifted Mercedes-Benz C207/A207 E-Class coupe/cabrio arrive sans V8

Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced the pricing of the facelifted C207 E-Class coupe and A207 E-Class cabrio range, which goes on sale from July 2013.

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Jul 4, 2013

2014 Mazda 3 sedan revealed: looks as good as you’d expect

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2014 Mazda 3 sedan revealed: looks as good as you’d expect

Mazda’s new 3 sedan has been revealed ahead of schedule thanks to Top Gear Russia, which has published photos of the car prior to its embargo lifting.

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Jul 4, 2013

Opel Insignia Country Tourer apes Subaru Outback, targets Audi A6 Allroad

Opel Insignia Country Tourer apes Subaru Outback, targets Audi A6 Allroad

Opel has jacked up the suspension on its Insignia wagon, added wheel arch flares and all-wheel drive to create the new Insignia Country Tourer.

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Jul 4, 2013

The Homer car turned into reality for the 24 Hours of LeMons

The Homer car turned into reality for the 24 Hours of LeMons

The Porcubimmer Motors team has produced a real-life version of The Homer, the car designed by Homer for Homer, that finished 5th in the 24 Hours of LeMons.

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Jul 3, 2013

Ford Fiesta ST to go on sale in Australia from September 2013

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Ford Fiesta ST to go on sale in Australia from September 2013

Ford Australia has confirmed that the Fiesta ST hot hatch will go on sale locally from September 2013. Pricing has yet to be confirmed, though.

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Jul 2, 2013

2013 Ford Fiesta ditches diesel; gains new face, Sync, petrol engines

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2013 Ford Fiesta ditches diesel; gains new face, Sync, petrol engines

The facelifted Fiesta will arrive in Australia from September 2013. In addition to revised styling it gains Sync and new petrol engine options.

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Jul 1, 2013

Hyundai i30 3-door Special Edition joins the small car fray

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Hyundai i30 3-door Special Edition joins the small car fray

Hyundai has added a 3-door version of its popular i30 hatchback to its range. Until the end of July 2013 the new 3-door features drive-away pricing.

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Jun 29, 2013

VF Holden Commodore SSV Redline ute laps Nurburgring in 8m 19.47s

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VF Holden Commodore SSV Redline ute laps Nurburgring in 8m 19.47s

Holden is claiming a new lap record for a commercial or utility vehicle around the Nurburgring track for its top-spec Commodore SSV Redline ute.

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Jun 27, 2013

2014 Mazda 3 for Oz: 2L, 2.5L engines; 7-inch nav, internet display

2014 Mazda 3 for Oz: 2L, 2.5L engines; 7-inch nav, internet display

Mazda Australia has released the first details about the new 3: sales begin Q1 2014, and 2- and 2.5-litre petrol engines are the only options at the start.

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Jun 26, 2013

New Mazda 3: 3rd gen hatch is smoother, has much larger nav screen

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New Mazda 3: 3rd gen hatch is smoother, has much larger nav screen

Thanks to Czech website Autoforum, the third generation Mazda 3 has broken cover. The new car has smoother skin, and a larger entertainment and nav display.

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Jun 26, 2013

Mazda 3: a visual history

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Mazda 3: a visual history

The third generation Mazda 3 is just around the corner, so what better time than now to take a look through the short history of Mazda’s popular small car.

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Jun 26, 2013

2nd gen Range Rover Sport starts at A$102k; nav standard

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2nd gen Range Rover Sport starts at A$102k; nav standard

The second generation Range Rover Sport goes on sale in Australia soon with a starting price of a shade over A$102k, excluding on-road costs.

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Jun 25, 2013

9th gen Honda Accord Hybrid has Li-ion batteries, EV mode

9th gen Honda Accord Hybrid has Li-ion batteries, EV mode

Based on the plug-in hybrid Accord (not available in Australia), the new Honda Accord Hybrid boasts lithium-ion batteries and class leading fuel economy.

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Jun 22, 2013

Tesla demos battery swap that takes 90 seconds; faster than a fuel pump

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Tesla demos battery swap that takes 90 seconds; faster than a fuel pump

At an Apple-style event, electric car maker Tesla has demonstrated a battery swap that takes just 90 seconds to complete.

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Jun 21, 2013

Volvo demos autonomous parking vehicle: avoids moving cars, people

Volvo demos autonomous parking vehicle: avoids moving cars, people

Volvo has just demoed a test car that can autonomously guide itself around a car park, avoid moving cars and people, find a parking spot and park itself.

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Jun 20, 2013

Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II to tackle Pikes Peak electrically

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Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II to tackle Pikes Peak electrically

Mitsubishi will contest the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the 400kW four-engine, four-wheel drive electric MiEV Evolution II.

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Jun 19, 2013

Aston Martin Vanquish Volante: topless beauty shots aplenty

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Aston Martin Vanquish Volante: topless beauty shots aplenty

It’s exceptionally beautiful and exceptionally pricey, and can run from 0 to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds thanks to a 412kW/620Nm 6-litre V12.

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Jun 18, 2013

MY14 Mitsubishi Pajero goes diesel only, gains 5-star safety rating from ANCAP

MY14 Mitsubishi Pajero goes diesel only, gains 5-star safety rating from ANCAP

Mitsubishi has tweaked the Pajero for the 2014 model year, deleting the 3.8-litre petrol engine and upgrading the safety kit so it’ll earn a 5-star rating.

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Jun 17, 2013

RWD V8 Volvo S60 coming to Oz … for V8 Supercars

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RWD V8 Volvo S60 coming to Oz … for V8 Supercars

Volvo has announced that it will enter the 2014 V8 Supercars season with a V8 rear-wheel drive version of the S60.

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Jun 16, 2013

F32 BMW 4-Series coupe is a 3-Series with two fewer doors

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F32 BMW 4-Series coupe is a 3-Series with two fewer doors

BMW has unveiled the 4-Series coupe and it looks exactly as we expected: a 2-door 3-Series and almost identical to the 4-Series Coupe Concept.

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Jun 14, 2013

Opel Insignia facelift brings new touchpad operated entertainment and nav system

Opel Insignia facelift brings new touchpad operated entertainment and nav system

Opel has updated its Insignia sedan, hatch and wagon with more “premium” styling, and a new haptic feedback touchpad for the entertainment and nav system.

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