Automotive

01
Feb
Jaguar F-Type four-cylinder turbo in the works – report

A new entry-level Jaguar F-Type powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine is believed to be under development, according to a report out of the UK. Autocar reports a recently spied Jaguar F-Type development prototype is the test bed for a new model that will house a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder and belatedly join the current supercharged engine line-up comprising a 250kW/450Nm and 280kW/460Nm 3.0-litre V6 and a 364kW/625Nm... [read news]

27
Jan
Macfarlane to Toyota Australia workers “very high chance” of closure without reforms

Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane believes there’s a “very high chance” Toyota will stop building cars in Australia if its employees do not accept revised workplace agreements. Macfarlane told ABC News today talks between the federal and Victorian governments in Melbourne this week had not delivered a plan to save the Altona-based car maker and the state’s automotive parts suppliers, but said the two agreed changes to... [read news]

23
Jan
Kia GT concept likely for production before GT4 Stinger

Kia’s chief designer says the Korean brand is more likely to produce the four-door Kia GT concept before it brings out a production ready version of the two-door Kia GT4 Stinger that was unveiled at this month’s Detroit motor show. Speaking with CarAdvice in Detroit, Kia president and chief design officer Peter Schreyer admitted the four-door GT car is the more likely candidate to reach showrooms first. “The four-door [is more likely... [read news]

20
Jan
Great Wall V200 recall - 9000 diesel utes affected

More than 9000 diesel-powered Great Wall V200 utilities have been recalled due to a fault that could cause the wiring harness to melt. Ateco Automotive, the Australian distributor for the Chinese brand, is recalling 9134 Great Wall V200 utes built between June 2011 and April 2013 powered by the 105kW/310Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. According to the official recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer... [read news]

17
Jan
2015 Ford Escort designed and developed by Ford Australia

The Ford Escort being revived for the Chinese market is being designed and developed by the company’s Australian operations. Ford unveiled an Escort sedan concept at the 2013 Shanghai motor show last April that previewed a new compact four-door to be released in China in 2015. The US brand at the time reluctantly acknowledged Ford Australia’s Broadmeadows design studio had been involved in the styling, but CarAdvice has learnt from... [read news]

02
Jan
Audi: New Cars 2014

Details of the new additions to Audi Australia’s showroom in 2014. Audi A3 sedan (January), S3 sedan (April) Audi will make a flying start to 2014 with the Australian launch of the Audi A3 sedan. Audi’s first compact sedan is 150mm longer than the A3 Sportback and 62mm longer between the wheels, and has a 55L-larger boot (425L in total). The A3 sedan will be available locally with three turbocharged four-cylinder engines – 103kW/250Nm... [read news]

30
Dec
Ford: New Cars 2014

Details of the new additions to Ford Australia’s showroom in 2014. Ford Transit (January, Q2) Ford Australia will overhaul its Transit commercial vehicle line-up in two waves in 2014. The short-wheelbase Transit Custom will arrive first in January, promising more car-like dynamics, styling and technologies, including the Sync connectivity system from Ford’s passenger car range. The front-wheel-drive Transit Custom is powered by a... [read news]

29
Dec
Subaru: New Cars 2014

Details of the new additions to Subaru Australia’s showroom in 2014. Subaru WRX (March) The fourth-generation WRX becomes the first to fully break away from the compact Impreza to become a standalone model. On sale in Australia – the third-biggest WRX market globally after Japan and the US – in March, 2014 marks 20 years since the launch of the original WRX. The new model will be offered exclusively as a sedan and is tipped to start... [read news]

28
Dec
Skoda: New Cars 2014

Details of the new additions to Skoda Australia’s showroom in 2014. Skoda Octavia RS (Q2) The Skoda Octavia RS will arrive in the second quarter of 2014. Skoda’s performance flagship is again available in ‘liftback’ sedan and wagon body styles, and with turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel engine alternatives. The petrol model lifts its 162kW/350Nm engine from the new Volkswagen Golf GTI and sprints from 0-100km/h... [read news]

21
Dec
Lamborghini Huracan: 448kW Italian supercar revealed

Having teased the spy car paparazzi with camouflaged pre-production mules for many months, the Lamborghini Huracan has finally been revealed with the release of official images and technical details. Over 10 years, its predecessor, the V10-powered ‘baby’ Lamborghini Gallardo helped the famous, but relatively unstable, Italian brand grow from a niche player in the notoriously fickle hyper-performance market to a rock-solid, pillar of... [read news]


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